April 4, 2011

COUPON CODES: WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Posted by Lori
Remember the Feeling Lucky Giveaway?  The winner was Jen and I recently put together Jen’s coupon shopping trip complete with a hand-made “GREEN” shopping bag.

Jen's ready to go SHOPPING!

Her bag consisted of the following shopping list complete with the coupons needed to see these great savings.

WAL-MART DEALS:

NYC Color Eye Liner, $0.94
$1.50/2 NYC Color Printable Coupon
$0.19 ea. after coupon

NYC Color Nail Polish, $0.94
$1.50/2 NYC Color Printable Coupon
$0.19 ea. after coupon

Frigo String Cheese Singles, $0.40
$0.40/1 Printable Coupon
FREE after Coupon

Reach Dental Floss, $0.97
$1/1 Reach Toothbrush or Floss Product printable
FREE after coupon

Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste, $0.97
$1/1 Aquafresh Coupon
FREE after Coupon

Vlassic Relish, $1.18
$0.55/1 Vlasic Pickles, Peppers, or Relish printable
$0.63 ea. after coupon

*NEW* Revlon Tweezers $1.87
Use the $2.00 off Revlon Coupon (Manufacture Coupon on Target Site)
Total Cost FREE, $.13 MONEYMAKER
OR
*NEW* Revlon Nail Clipper $1.42
Use the $2.00 off Revlon Coupon (Manufacture Coupon on Target Site)
Total Cost FREE, $.58 MONEYMAKER

BOGOF Athenos Hummus ($5.49 value)
SAVE .50 on any Totino’s Party Pizza

$10.00 Mail-In Wal-Mart Gift Card Offer
Purchase one Zicam Product ($3.00 off coupon)
Purchase one Cotonelle Ultra 12 pack (.50 off coupon)
Mail in receipt and receive a $10.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card
Free four piece chicken tenders—Burger King
Not only that, but a mail-in rebate for a $10.00 Wal-Mart gift card was also part of the giveaway.  And dinner on us at Burger King! 


Jen is eligible for a $10.00 Wal-Mart gift card if she makes the correct
purchases and mails in the form! 

WOMS—we promise to offer future coupon giveaways, and we promise to get an update from Jen on her couponing adventures.
Remember our favorite couponing and savings blogs:  valleydealseekers.com, passionforsavings.com, and freebies2deals.com (and there are lots of others).  They all use similar coupon lingo and when I first started out couponing I didn’t understand it. So I emailed our friends at Valleydealseekers.com, they filled me in, I used it, and now I am sharing my knowledge with you (our WOM-MOM FOLLOWERS). 
When cruisin’ their sites, you will see shopping lists complete with coupon match-ups (they do the research for you).  In order to understand the coupon-matchup, you have to understand the coupon code.  There are three major couponing inserts you will find in your Sunday paper.  When the code is given with the date—this means that it was found in that particular newspaper insert along with the date of the newspaper. 
RP=Red Plum (also, you can find red plum coupons at www.redplum.com)

A screen shot of the Red Plum page.  Coupons are below.
SS=Smart Source (also, you can find Smart Source coupons at http://www.smartsource.com/)
P and G=Proctor and Gamble (these inserts are found in Sunday papers—in addition, you can sign-up to be a member of the Proctor and Gamble mailing list.  They will email you with special promotions and to tell you when their major insert will be featured in an upcoming Sunday paper). 

Inserts from the Sunday paper.  Unfortunately, a Red Plum insert wasn't included this Sunday. 
Now you know the couponing lingo, so start clipping!  And get ready to save!

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