Introduction to coupons
You're going to get alot of terms and abbreviations thrown around when entering the world of coupons, so I've started a list of the most common to help guide those newbied (like I was/am!). I've asked these questions so you don't have to!
|$X/X||this refers to the coupon amount in dollars i.e. $2 and the amount of the product you need to buy e.g. 1 - so $2/1 means 2 dollars off 1 of the product|
|$X/ $X||$X off when you spend (wys) $X, for example Dollar General often offers $5 off when you spend $25|
|All digital||normally applies to Dollar General and Family Dollar, this means that you only need to use the app or website to add the coupons and no paper coupons are required for these deals - very newbie friendly|
|Bonus cash||Normally refers to the cash you receive for the next spend at Rite Aid|
|Cashback||We have a whole section dedicated to this, see here
|CRT or crt||specific to CVS, Cash Register Tape which are the coupons that print at the red machine, at the end of your receipt or add to your CVS card|
|DG||Dollar General, the store|
|DM or dm||Direct Message, on Instagram|
|DQ||Digital Coupon, usually via the stores phone app or on a webite|
|ECB||CVS ExtraCare or ExtraBux rewards, the money that you'll receive on your account for the next spend|
|Glitch||When a store or online site has a glitch you'll have to act fast. Here, something goes wrong for the store and results in a reduced price or additional points for the buyer. For example, say the store has a special offering 2 items for $250, however when you add those 2 items to the cart, it results in the total being $150 - this is a glitch. Some are honored i.e. the store dispatches, however others are cancelled before shipment. It's worth a shot|
|IP (or IP's or IPS)||Internet Printable coupons|
|Money maker or just "mm"||Kinda obvious, but this is where you actually come out ahead in the transaction i.e. you receive more in rewards than you paid out, sometimes you don't have anything out of pocket and get rewards|
|MQ||Manufacturer coupon, usually found on the manufacturers website|
|NLA||No longer available, sometimes also called "dead" i.e. the deal is dead|
|OOP||Out Of Pocket, the amount you'll actually have to pay in cash/credit|
|PQ||Paper coupon, found in newspapers or in-store|
|RA||Rite Aid, the store|
|RMN||Retail Me Not, see below for how to get the coupons|
|Roll||Roll is the term used to describe using the previous rewards (for example CVS ExtraBux on the current transaction i.e. roll the money forward|
|SS||Smart Source, usually with a date so 11/11 SS is the Smart Source) November 11 coupon|
|Stack or Stacking||When you can use more than 1 coupon in a single transaction, you stack coupons i.e. many websites only allow a single coupon to be used (or even in-store), however when you stack coupons it means you can use more than one|
|Trans||Transaction, some deals require multiple transaction i.e. trans #1 buy X, trans #2 buy Y|
|Wags||Walgreens, the store|
|wys||When you spend...some coupons have a requirement to spend a certain amount|
|YMMV||Your Mileage May Vary, it means you might be able to get the deal, you might not|
Read this first!
The most important rule of couponing is as follows:
Do not run and try and get every deal you see. First and foremost, couponing is about SAVING money by stockpiling items you need at a low price, so you won't have to pay full price when you actually need them. So think about what you use on an ongoing basis and go from there!
Couponing can get addictive and the competitiveness is real! And stay healthy!
Where to get or clip coupons
If you like the old school method, lots of US Sunday newspapers contain coupons which you can cut out and use - super easy!
I'd like get a list going about which newspapers have coupons, so please leave a comment below with your state, city (if you're OK with that) and the newspaper name which contains the coupons. Thanks!
Retail Me Not (rmn) coupons
If you're old school and want the paper coupons delivered to your door, check here to see if there are any local publications which provide them. Otherwise, you'll have to print them at home, [go here] (https://www.retailmenot.com/everyday) and folow the insructions (you'll need to install the coupon software)
This one is online (like RMN above) and follows a similar principle, click here to go there. Top Tip alert: coupons.com updates their coupons every Sunday and also on the 1st of the month, so check back then for new coupons.
Click here print your own coupons online, same as Redplum and coupons.com
Now found on the Retail Me Not website (see above), print your own coupons
Another one to add to the arsenal of coupon printing
lozo.com contains lots of coupons, be sure to check that one out
Grocery Coupon Network
Another coupon site, use their search to find coupons that you need.
Other ways to get coupons
There are several other sources, including visiting the manufacturers website (e.g. Scotts for toilet paper) and getting coupons directly from their website. Also, some people have had success with just emailing the manufacturers and asking. Finally, as detailed below, many stores have their own apps (CVS, Wallgreens and Dollar General to name a few) which offer coupons through them.
You can also check Facebook pages run by the manufacturers for additional deals sometimes.
Summary of Coupon websites
- Smart Source - (https://www.smartsource.com)
- Retail Me Not - (https://www.retailmenot.com/everyday) (formerly Red Plum)
- PGE Everyday - (https://www.pgeveryday.com)
- Coupons(dot)com - (https://www.coupons.com)
- Lozo - (https://www.lozo.com)
- Grocery Coupon Network - (https://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com)
Searching for coupons
There are websites out there that allow searching across all the above coupon sites, which we've listed below. Choose the one you find easiest to use or where you most often find the coupons you're after
- Hip2Save - (https://hip2save.com/coupon-database/)
- Southern Savers - (https://www.southernsavers.com/printable-coupons/)
- Living Rich with Coupons - (https://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/)
- Coupon Tom - (https://coupontom.com/) <---- my personal favorite
- Hot Coupon World - (https://www.hotcouponworld.com/coupon-database/) (interesting name!)
Probably the most famous in coupon circles, there are a few things you need to know about DG
- Coupons expire at a fixed point, so if you use one in one week, you won't have it until after the coupon expiry date - something to watch out for as they often have deals each week
- DG has a Saturday (usually) $5 off $25 spend, so make preparations for heading out on a Saturday
- See previous tip, get there early on a Saturday as some stuff gets cleaned out quickly
- If you're a first time Dollar General customer, you'll get a $1 off $1.01 purchase, make sure you use this before you use the $5 off 25, as you can only use 1 "off" coupon in one transaction
- Printing your CRT's rather than sending them to your card gives you a 48hr window to use them after they've already expired
- Try printing your CRT's later in the week so that they roll over to the following week's deals. This way you'll have a better chance of lowering your OOP and more options.
Tips for using coupons
- Start small and work your way up
- Be nice to the cashier at the register
- You can ask if something applies i.e. I thought when I purchased these items there was a discount
- You can change your mind if something dosen't work as expected
- Learning is growing
Leave a comment if there are any acronyms or things you don't understand about couponing and we'll update this page.
11/22/18 initial version
11/23/18 added Dollar General tips
11/23/18 added details of how to find RetailMeNot coupons
11/26/18 more acronyms added and changed them to alphabetical order for easier finding
12/12/18 added some more details about where to get and print coupons
01/22/19 Happy 2019 - added some more details about coupons.com and added grocerycouponnetwork.com and lozo.com and details of manufacturers sites
02/13/19 added some CVS tips