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Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals Index, Information, and Rules Thread (update 6/7/12)

The Raddish 2,876 April 1, 2011 at 03:37 PM in Brick & Mortar (B&M) (4)
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The purpose of this thread
The purpose of this thread is to serve as a main index for all of the important and structured threads in the Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals forum. Think of it as your one-stop-shopping thread where you can quickly get links to all of the information you need to save money at your local drugstore or grocery store! Smilie
Who maintains this thread?
You do! Smilie Everything indexed in this thread will be contained in the wiki posts below. If you see something here that needs updating, please edit the appropriate wiki. If you are not comfortable with editing the wikis, please post in this thread and ask for help and another user or a DS/GS forum moderator will be happy to help you.
What information can be found here?
The following things are located in this thread:
Nonspecific threads and links
Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals Specific Threads
A list of commonly used abbreviations in the Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals forum
Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals Forum Specific Rules <-- Please click and read, we need your help here!
What else do I need to know?
The following things are helpful items found elsewhere on Slickdeals:
Slickdeals.net Site Wide Forum Rules
Slickdeals Drugstore and Grocery Store Coupon Usage Rules and Guidelines
Reputation Points and policies regarding their usage
How to use Personal Stickies
BB Code List and Examples

Community Wiki

Last Edited by shopnut May 28, 2014 at 02:33 PM
This wiki is updated by users like you! To help maintain the integrity of the wiki, please use the following guidelines when updating:
If you have a grocery store that you want to add - feel free to add it.
Please do NOT add specialty threads to this list for CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.

Please do NOT add any threads to the reference section for CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Only the monthly and weekly deals should be updated.
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OFFICIAL LIST OF DRUGSTORE AND GROCERY STORE THREADS

Nonspecific threads and links
Deal Related
New Q Shoppers, Don't be Scared! You Can Do This!!
2014 Coupon Schedule (This is so you know when the SmartSource (SS), RedPlum (RP), and Proctor & Gamble (P&G) inserts will be released)
shuriken's "5 Minute a Day Couponing" Video Tutorials for Drugstore & Grocery Shopping! <--- Videos have been private and unwatchable since 2012...?

Alphabetical List of Unexpired Newspaper Coupons
Coupon Acceptance Policies - From Corporate
Drugstore B&M Products recalls thread <-- dead link
List of Printable Coupon Sites / Places To Obtain Extra Coupons <-- dead link
Loadable Manufacturer's Coupon Compilation
Prescription Coupon Thread (all Prescription Coupons go here now)
Printable Manufacturer's Coupon listing
RAOK for Giving Away Coupons
Slickdeals Coupon Forum
Tearpad Alley, Peelies Off and HangTag Noose - Share your Tearpad, Blinkies, Peelies and Hangtag Coupon Finds!
The Drug Store / Grocery Store COUPON ONLY TRADING Thread
Recreational Threads
BS Thread All Off Topic Discussion -- Warning: Need a sense of humor to enter.
Drugstore shoppers: how old are you?
Get to know your fellow Drugstore / Grocery Store SDer
Insert your RANT -- *All Rants about service and employees go here now*
What does your username mean?

Drugstore and Grocery Store Specific Threads
Click to go directly to each Drugstore section
CVS
Walgreens
Rite-Aid
Click to go directly to each Grocery Store section
Acme Markets
A&P Supermarkets
Arizona Grocery Stores
Bi-Lo Grocery Stores
BigY Supermarket
Bloom Grocery Stores
Central California Grocery Stores
Cub Foods
Dollar General
Family Dollar
Festival Foods
Food Lion
Fred's Hometown Discount Store
Fresh N Easy
Giant Eagle
Giant Food
GiantPA
Hannaford Supermarket
Harris Teeter
HEB
Homeland Grocery Stores
Hy-Vee
Kmart
Kroger
Lowes Foods
Marsh
Military DECA/ Commissary
Meijer
Northern California Grocery Stores
Northwest Region (OR, WA, UT, MT, ID, ND, WY) Grocery Stores
Pathmark
Price Chopper
Publix
Rainbow Foods, Pick-n-save, Copps
Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms
Safeway
Shaw's Supermarkets
Shoppers Food
Shoprite
Southern California Grocery Stores
Stop & Shop
Target
Walmart
Wegmans
Weis Markets
Whole Foods
Winn-Dixie
CVS/pharmacy - CVS FAQ and General Information Thread
CVS Reference Threads
CVS FAQ
CVS Brands Product Reference List
CVS Clearance Thread
CVS Coupon Guide
CVS Chat thread
Coupon Threads
CVS Coupon DISCUSSION: questions, scenarios & chat for ALL coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PRINTABLE CVS Coupons
Monthly Threads

Weekly Threads

Walgreens - Walgreens FAQ and General Information Thread
Reference Threads
WAGS "HOW TO" MANUAL *PLEASE* read this first before asking questions
Walgreens Alphabetical List of Current In-Store Coupons
Walgreens Clearance Thread

Monthly Threads
Walgreens Current Monthly RR Deals

Weekly Threads

Rite Aid - Rite Aid FAQ and General Information Thread
Rite Aid Reference Threads
RiteAid FAQ and General Information Thread
Rite Aid Chat Thread
Rite Aid "How To" Thread
Rite Aid - Clearance Thread

Rite Aid list of fillers to use UP rewards
Monthly Threads

Weekly Threads



Acme Markets - Official Acme Markets (PA) Deals Thread

A&P Supermarkets - Official A&P Supermarkets Deals thread

Arizona Grocery Stores - Official Arizona Grocery Stores Thread

BigY Supermarket - Official BigY Supermarket (MA, CT) Deals Thread

Bi-Lo Grocery Stores - Official Bi-Lo Grocery Stores Thread

Bloom Grocery Stores - Official Bloom Grocery Store Thread

Cub Foods - Official Cub Foods Deals Thread

Dollar General - Official Dollar General Thread

Family Dollar - Official Family Dollar Thread

Festival Foods - Official Festival Foods (WI) Thread

Food Lion - Food Lion Deals Thread

Fred's Hometown Discount Store - Official Fred's Thread

Fresh N Easy - Fresh N Easy Deals Thread

Giant Eagle - Giant Eagle Deals Thread

Giant Food - Giant Food Deals Thread

GiantPA - Official GiantPA (PA, MD, VA, and WV) Thread

Hannaford Supermarket - Hannaford Supermarket (MA, ME, NH, NY, VT) Deals

Harris Teeter - Harris Teeter Deals Thread

HEB - HEB Deals Thread

Homeland Grocery Stores - Homeland Deals Thread

Hy-Vee Grocery Stores - Hy-Vee Grocery Store Thread

Kmart - Kmart Deals YMMV
Official K-mart Super Double Coupon Thread
Kroger - Kroger Stores Deal Thread
The old Kroger Stores Deal Thread (locked) for Reference only
Lowes Foods - Lowes Foods Deals Thread

Marsh- Marsh Grocery Store Deals Thread

Military DECA/ Commissary - Official Military DECA/ Commissary Thread

Meijer - Meijer Deals Thread

Northern and Central California - Northern and Central California Grocery Store Deals Thread

Northwest Region - Northwest region (OR, WA, UT, MT,ID, ND, WY) Grocery store's (Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Top, QFC, Winco) deals

Pathmark - Pathmark Deals Thread
Pathmark - Double Coupon Locations
Price Chopper - Official Price Chopper Deals Thread

Publix - Official PUBLIX (AL, FL, GA, SC, TN) Deals Thread
Publix weekly Mystery Coupon (AKA Mystery Penny Item) thread
The Official Publix Grocery Chat Thread and anyone else is welcome Chat too!
Rainbow Foods, Pick-n-save, Copps - Rainbow Foods , Pick-n-save, Copps Deals Thread

Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms - Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms Weekly Deals (MA Only)

Safeway - Official Safeway Deals thread - No Off Topic Discussion
Safeway B&M Chat Thread
Shaw's Supermarkets - The *NEW* Shaw's Supermarket Deals Thread (Started: 9/1/2008)
Shaw's Supermarket Chat Thread
The *OLD* Shaw's Supermarket Deals (locked) for Reference Only
Shopper's Food - Shopper's Food Deals Thread

Shoprite - Shoprite Deals

Southern California Grocery Stores - Southern California: Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros, Vons/Pavilions, Henry's, Sprouts, and Others Markets + Coupon Information

Stop & Shop - Stop & Shop Deals Thread

Target - Target & Super Target Deals Thread. Keep OT to a minimum. Please read first post and both wikis before posting.

Walmart - Official Walmart Deals thread

Wegmans - Official Wegmans Thread (MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA)

Weis Markets - Weis Markets Deals Thread

Whole Foods - Whole Foods Deals Thread

Winn-Dixie - Official Winn-Dixie Thread (LA, MS, AL, GA and FL)

Community Wiki

Last Edited by wuzzy March 8, 2015 at 04:05 PM
A list of commonly used abbreviations in the Drugstore B&M forum

There is also a list of abbreviations that are used site-wide located here.

To add additional abbreviations to the list below, simply click on the mod alert button at the bottom of this post and include the abbreviation in your mod alert.
AC - After Coupon
Actuals - The actual item as opposed to a coupon for it (an item from your stockpile)
ADDIE or Addy - Address
AR - After Rebate
Blinkies - instore smartsource coupon dispensed near product, usually from red blinking box
BOGO or B1G1 - Buy one get one free
BOLO - Be On the Lookout
BTFE - Box Tops for Education
BTW - By the way
B&M - Brick & Mortar, as opposed to an online store
C&D - Cease and Desist [wikipedia.org]
CAT - Catalina (coupon dispensed at register after purchase, usually has a red border)
CBAD - Chef Boyardee
CLFE - Campbell's Labels for Education
COH - Cut Out Hunger
CPN - Coupon
CRT - Cash register tape
CVS - Consumer Value Store
CYE - Check your email
DD - Dear Daughter
DH - Dear husband
DIL - Daughter-in-law
DS - Dear Son
DW - Dear Wife
ECB - CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchasese
ESC - EasySaver Catalog (Walgreens rebate booklet)
ETA - Edited to add
ETS - Excluding Trial Size
FAR - Free After Rebate
GC - Giftcard
GDA - Good Deal Alert
HBA - The health and beauty aid section in the grocery store
HD - Hot Deals or Hawaiian Dawn
HTH - Hope this/that helps
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IP - Internet Printable
IS - Instant Savings (Buy $20, get $10 IS)
IVC - Instant value coupon (Walgreens store coupon)
KWIM - Know what I mean?
LFE - Campbell's Labels for Education
LMK - Let Me Know
MQ - Manufacturer's Coupon
MIR - Mail In Rebate
NP - No problem
OAS - a coupon that is good on one purchase, any size
OOP - Out of Pocket
OOS - Out of Stock
OP - Original Poster; Author of a thread
OYNO - On your next order
OT - Off Topic
P&G - Proctor & Gamble Sunday supplement coupons
Peelie - coupon that you peel off the package
PITA - Pain in the ***
PLMK - Please Let Me Know
PM - Private Message
PM - Price Match
POP - Proof of purchase
PP - purchase price
PSA - Prices Starting At or Public Service Announcement
Q - Coupon
Q or Qualifier - The POP required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package
RA - Rite Aid
RAOK - Random act of kindness
RC - Raincheck
RP - RedPlum Sunday newspaper supplement coupons (formerly Valassis)
RR or R/R - Register Reward (Walgreens)
RS - Redsolar
S&G - Smash and Grab
SAHM - Stay At Home Mom
SASE - Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
SCO - Self Checkout
SCR - Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid's monthly rewards/rebate program)
SD - Slickdeals (the very site you are on)
SMP - Specially Marked Packages
SOL - Sadly out of Luck
SS - Smart Source or Sunday Supplement coupons
Stacking - Some stores allow the use of more than one coupon per item, IF the coupon itself does not restrict such usage.
TP- Tearpad - A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TIA - Thanks in advance
TMF - Try Me Free
TR - The Raddish
TYVM - Thank you very much
V - Valassis Sunday supplement coupons (now called RedPlum)
WAGS - Walgreens
Wine Tag - coupon, usually for $ off any meat, cheese or produce.
W/L - wishlist
WSL - while supplies last
WT - winetag
WYB - When You Buy
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary - success of the attempt may vary at your store
YVW - You're very welcome
$1/1, $1/2, ... - money off per number of items (i.e. $1/1 is 1 dollar off when you purchase one where $1/2 is 1 dollar off when you purchase 2)

Community Wiki

Last Edited by The Raddish April 7, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals Forum Specific Rules

DS'ers! We need your help!

The times are changing, and we are going to try something new in this forum. We want YOU to write the rules! We have a set of site wide rules which governs everyone who has an account here at Slickdeals, but often our sub-forums require some additions that just don't pertain to the rest of the site. This is your opportunity to provide input on how you would like your favorite sub-forum to be run!


To start things off, I have three guidelines to offer in this endeavor:
  1. The rules must be focused on improving the user experience in a friendly manner.
  2. The rules should be easy to understand for new members and seasoned regulars alike.
  3. Keep in mind that Slickdeals.net is not responsible for enforcing individual store policies, so the rules should not be geared toward doing so.
With that in mind, please feel free to post your thoughts in this thread and collate the rules you would like to be implemented here in the wiki. Once we're done, we'll turn this wiki into a regular post that can be easily referenced by all! Even so, we can always discuss making changes in this thread on an ongoing basis to meet your needs.

For sake of reference, here are the current rules which will continue to apply while we work together to create a new, simpler set of rules that will help foster a friendly environment for everyone. Smilie

There is now in place a change to the previous wiki rules.
Wiki's are vital tools for sharing information. The very purpose of their design is to be free for anyone to edit them. Users should never be chastised for sharing information in the wikis.

The only thing a thread starter has control over is their own post and the request for thread removal. All wikis, with the exception of the printable coupons thread in this forum, may be edited by anyone.

Why is the printables wiki an exception? Because it is being used as a database and has documented data loss. The good news is that we are working on a solution.

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#5
Could we have a standard color for the same type of Qs when doing a matchup? A color for insert, B color for printables, C color for hangtags, blinkies, tearpads, D color for store related Qs, etc? Reformating from one store to another is a PITA.

What happened to slayers thread that he created for this purpose?
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The previous rules defines a small set of threads where the wikis are only updated by a special team. Speaking on behalf of the three of us that update the Printable thread, this thread needs to be kept closed in this manner as to not cause another wiki crash or a loss of data.

Here is the wording from Slayers' previous rules:

Wiki's that are confirmed to be off limits to regular users:

1. Printable Manufacturer's Coupon Compilation
2. Kroger Deals
3. Alphabetical List of Unexpired Newspaper Coupons
4. Official PUBLIX (AL, FL, GA, SC, TN) Deals Thread. No OT please! (2nd wiki only)

If a wiki is confirmed to be off limits to regular users, it means you cannot edit the wiki and it must be done by a special team member. In these threads you are to post in the thread and ask for information to be added to the wiki. These are threads where the OP and special team members are very active in helping to keep the wiki organized and up to date.
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Quote from tn_native View Post :
Could we have a standard color for the same type of Qs when doing a matchup? A color for insert, B color for printables, C color for hangtags, blinkies, tearpads, D color for store related Qs, etc? Reformating from one store to another is a PITA.
This is not a bad idea. Though it would require a fair amount of work to go back and edit them all in all the threads, with enough people involved it could be done.

These coupon threads exist in multiple forums as well so that is something to consider.

With the wiki though, anyone can edit them if they were so inclined.

I do like the idea of a standard though. Smilie

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What happened to slayers thread that he created for this purpose?
When I originally started the DS sub-forum SD was just rolling out the wiki feature, and I had a thread like this one but with all of the indices as individual posts that I (and some of the other mods) would update daily, sometimes much more often. I'm very minimalist when it comes to stickies, as I generally dislike them, and I despise a top-heavy forum full of stickies. That's why I created the index thread that contains links to all of the other pertinent threads.

When we brought slayers on, he and I at one time discussed switching over to a wiki format, but eventually decided against it for reasons long forgotten. Rules have changed over time, and the index became harder and harder to manage. Slayers preferred the individual stickies and managed the forum that way, and now that he is gone we're going back to my original index, but this time leveraging the power of the wikis which should make it easier on everyone.
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I guess I meant that make it a STANDARD for everyone to DO their wikis with the same colors for the same TYPE of Qs. ie, we make the wikis, we color them the way each thread does it now, but it would be great to have a COMMON set of coloring so we wouldn't have to change from Red (inserts) to Red (ANY paper Q, to exclude printables). If you've never done matchups, then you probably don't know what a pain they can be. If I've done matchups for Listerine Head Bang in the Kroger thread one week, it could be used again in the Publix thread, but the colors all have to change for each and every line. (before the new year, there were at least 15 different listerine Qs that were valid at one time, not including the printables, tear pads, etc).

I didn't know that there was an announcement that slayers left. I thought it was just cruel joke.

RE: stickies, that's why the DS thread doesn't look the same tonight as it has... The new Q users thread is missing bulb for me.
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Quote from tn_native View Post :
I guess I meant that make it a STANDARD for everyone to DO their wikis with the same colors for the same TYPE of Qs
I agree that this is a fantastic idea and certainly worthy of its own discussion with users both here and in the coupon forum to come up with the standard.

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I didn't know that there was an announcement that slayers left. I thought it was just cruel joke.
Perhaps 'left' is the wrong word, as he is still an active member of SD.

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RE: stickies, that's why the DS thread doesn't look the same tonight as it has... The new Q users thread is missing bulb for me.
It's still there, and in fact is listed at the top of the first wiki. Also, you can use personal stickies for any thread you wish, so you can stick it right back up there at the top! Wink5
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What happened to slayers thread that he created for this purpose?
I also forgot to add that the wikis in the thread slayers recently started had mostly bad links in it, some to long expired threads. I've updated most of the links in this thread and cleaned up the BB code quite a bit so it should be easier to maintain going forward.
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Quote from bailey327 View Post :
If a wiki is confirmed to be off limits to regular users, it means you cannot edit the wiki and it must be done by a special team member. In these threads you are to post in the thread and ask for information to be added to the wiki. These are threads where the OP and special team members are very active in helping to keep the wiki organized and up to date.
You girls have put in a tremendous amount of work into those wikis, and I see no reason not to honor this agreement as long as the wikis continue to be maintained to such a high standard. worship I also think that the way you have made this point known in your wiki is perfectly reasonable.

If someone with demonstrated ability is interested in learning to help you keep up, I assume that the three of you would amicable to working with them? I am not referring to anyone specific here, just a general question. Smilie
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I would love to see a "coupon usage rules" thread (or some designated place to host the Q usage rules, even if that is just a wiki here). Slayers gave us lots of great posts about what the rules are, but they are scattered all over the place and the newbies can't find 'em (and don't know to even look for them). I had asked him about consolidating all of them into one SD Coupon Usage thread at one point, but he wasn't keen on it...I got the feeling that there may have been a reason behind the denial, but am not really sure what it was.

We do have the Coupon Barcode Basics thread, but Slayers closed it a while back and while it is an important thread that definitely needs to stick around, it has some conflicting info in it. With the influx of new q shoppers (thanks TLC Frown ), we have lots of folks trying coupons without knowing what they are doing, and making lots of mistakes...which reflects poorly on the rest of us. I'd love to have one place for all the rules as they pertain specifically to coupons and their usage (I'd even be happy to host it/put it together/assist with compiling/whatever).

Thoughts on this? Anyone?
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You girls have put in a tremendous amount of work into those wikis, and I see no reason not to honor this agreement as long as the wikis continue to be maintained to such a high standard. worship I also think that the way you have made this point known in your wiki is perfectly reasonable.

If someone with demonstrated ability is interested in learning to help you keep up, I assume that the three of you would amicable to working with them? I am not referring to anyone specific here, just a general question. Smilie
Thanks, Raddish. We have kept the team to a small number as even with the three of us now and using ways of checking to see who is working in the wikis, we can still step on each other occasionally if we're not careful. But, yes, definitely, that's how we so quickly replaced sheysaves when she left us a couple months ago was we had a willing victim volunteer who offered to help us out and join our team. Tn_native jumped in and offered her assistance to us immediately and it has been working out well as our schedules all fall differently.
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Wow, Turnip ... errr ... Raddish ... Big Grin ... you've been busy.
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I would love to see a "coupon usage rules" thread (or some designated place to host the Q usage rules, even if that is just a wiki here). Slayers gave us lots of great posts about what the rules are, but they are scattered all over the place and the newbies can't find 'em (and don't know to even look for them). I had asked him about consolidating all of them into one SD Coupon Usage thread at one point, but he wasn't keen on it...I got the feeling that there may have been a reason behind the denial, but am not really sure what it was.

We do have the Coupon Barcode Basics thread, but Slayers closed it a while back and while it is an important thread that definitely needs to stick around, it has some conflicting info in it. With the influx of new q shoppers (thanks TLC Frown ), we have lots of folks trying coupons without knowing what they are doing, and making lots of mistakes...which reflects poorly on the rest of us. I'd love to have one place for all the rules as they pertain specifically to coupons and their usage (I'd even be happy to host it/put it together/assist with compiling/whatever).

Thoughts on this? Anyone?
I DEFINITELY feel that there needs to be some sort of "monitoring" (if you will), or people will continually post about coupon misusage, abuse, fraud, or whatever you want to call it.

And when you have too many chiefs and not enough Indians .... oh, good lord! Crazy
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