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Old 04-22-2009, 03:26 PM
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Coupon Tips

Coupons can be found everywhere if you know where to look. You can find them online on coupon sites, in the Sunday paper, magazines, as well as in flyers sent to you by the store itself. You can also contact the manufacturer of the products you use the most to see if they will send you coupons.

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Old 04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
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Take advantage of days where stores will double the value of a coupon. This means that instead of saving just 50 cent you are now saving a dollar. However you should also be aware that there are some coupons that state on them not to be doubled.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
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Share your coupons. Get together with your church or a group of friends and pool together all of your coupons. More then likely they will have a coupon for a product that you use and they do not, and you will have one that they can use but you will not.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
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Make sure you read your coupons carefully. There is always fine print on them stating a specific size or quantity or flavor that the coupon is to be used for.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
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Watch the expiration dates! If you have two coupons for the same thing, use the one that is going to expire first. You can use the other one at a later date.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:28 PM
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There are coupons out there for more then just food items in the grocery store. There are coupons available for electronics, dining out, movies and so much more. Don’t forget to take advantage of these as well.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:30 PM
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Keep your coupons organized in a file folder at home. This will help you when you are planning your grocery shopping list. If you have your coupons sorted by sections such as “frozen”, “dairy” and “canned” then you will know where to find them when you are looking for them.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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Don’t cheat when using coupons. Don’t try to use one for something that you did not actually purchase, and don’t use one that is past its expiration date.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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Most stores will allow you to use both a store coupon (or sale price) with a manufacturers coupon. Of course if you are not sure it does not hurt to ask.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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Pay attention at checkout when using coupons (and when your not) to make sure that your coupons are in fact being scanned. Sometimes the scan does not work the way that it should and you are not saving the money. When you are done, check your receipt – before leaving the store – to make sure everything looks right. Have a list of the coupons that you used and the amounts on the coupons so that you have an idea of what you will be saving before going to the store.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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If, when you get to a grocery store – or other store- and the item that you have the coupon for is not in stock, as about a rain check on the product. This way when the store gets more in, you will be paying for it with the sale price.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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When you get to the check out line, have your coupons in a neat pile facing the same direction to hand to the cashier. This will make their job a little easier and faster when it comes time to scan them.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:31 PM
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Believe it or not, coupons can be printed from your very computer! Coupon sites often feature the same offers found in your local Sunday newspaper. These are nationally validated by manufacturers and may be redeemed at most locations where the product is offered. Bookmark these pages and quickly browse featured coupons before heading off to the grocery store. The savings are sure to add up!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:08 AM
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Exclamation Coupon Tips

In recent months--particularly with the popularity of those "extreme" couponing shows--many companies have put limits on the number of items one can purchase with coupons during one shopping trip (for example, "no more than four identical coupons for the same product may be redeemed at one time").

Pay close attention to what you're buying, and how many of each item you're buying...
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:13 AM
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Exclamation Play the "match" game when redeeming coupons

Many companies are specific about what products, sizes, and varieties can be redeemed with a manufacturer's coupon. For example, you may be asked to buy two jars of peanut butter to redeem that $1.00 off coupon ... or you'll find that that detergent coupon is valid only on powdered or liquid versions of a particular brand, and is not valid on those "pod" or "power pack" forms of the same product. Many brands don't allow you to use coupons on "trial" or "travel" sizes of their products, either...
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:10 PM
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Getting double (or in some cases, even triple) value on your coupons is an exciting way to save money. However, you could end up paying more in the long run...stores that double and triple coupons often make up for the losses by charging more for a given size of a particular product. (That extra money you save has to come from some place, you know.)

I recently tripled a 55-cent coupon on a popular brand of trash can liners which generally sells for $7.79 at the store where I shop most often. At the triple coupon store, its "everyday low price" was $9.35 and was reduced to $6.99 this week. With the $1.65 off from the tripled coupon, the final price was $5.34. During a typical week at that store, however, you cannot double or triple a 55-cent-off coupon. If I had tripled the coupon at the second store's regular price, that box of trash can liners would have cost $7.70. Redeeming the single coupon at my usual store at its price of $7.79 would have brought the price down to $7.24--a difference of 46 cents.

Do the math before falling into the triple-coupon trap!
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:41 AM
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When using coupons, you may occasionally be told "we can't accept this coupon" by the cashier--or sometimes, even by the register, even though you have purchased the correct item and the coupon is not expired (yes, registers have electronic hiccups now and then). Make sure the cashier compares what you bought to what the coupon is good for (see tip #15 above); sometimes, he or she can legally redeem the coupon by hitting a "vendor coupon" key on the register, which overrides the electronic hiccup.

Be firm but friendly, and the cashier will more often than not work with you; if you get a cashier who uses coupons frequently and knows the score, so much the better!
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:08 PM
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Question A different kind of coupon "doubling"

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Watch the expiration dates! If you have two coupons for the same thing, use the one that is going to expire first. You can use the other one at a later date.
Occasionally, you may purchase two packages of the same product, each containing a coupon inviting you to "SAVE NOW on the purchase of two packages of (such-and such)!" on the packaging. Redeem one of the coupons now and save the second coupon to use on the next purchase of two packages of the same product. As Will says above, watch your expiration dates!
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:13 PM
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Cool Surprise (on the) packages

While on-package coupons are usually easy to spot, some of them (like those on small packages or on magazines) are often hidden among the label or cover copy. Look for the coupons when you shop. When you purchase the item, remove the coupon at the checkout counter and include it with the coupons you plan to redeem.

A note to our cashiers in this group: If you see an on-pack coupon, take a second to point it out to the shopper (or remove it yourself during the checkout process) for maximum savings.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:50 AM
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Exclamation Some stores are getting tougher about coupons!

You may have noticed that some stores have toughened their redemption policies lately. There's a good reason why. Too many less-than-honest shoppers have snuck through coupons for products not covered by the coupons redeemed...or for too many purchases of the same product in a short period of time.

They're even cracking down on coupons that don't scan properly because they're not clipped neatly, torn, folded and creased, or otherwise damaged. Some stores don't even allow the cashier to override such coupons by hitting the "vendor coupon" button on her register. In these cases, a department head or a customer service associate has to come to the register to confirm you've purchased the correct product. It's time-consuming for the manager and the cashier...and could really be embarrassing for you!

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