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New Q Shoppers, Don't be Scared! You Can Do This!!

hawaiiandawn 9,954 October 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM in Question (3)
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In this forum, we are all here to help each other and learn. (Crikey. Almost two years since I have joined and someone had to explain what a particular smiley meant just last week. Stick Out Tongue) I learned something from a wise q girl a long time ago...."A coupon is a form of payment." Armed with that knowledge, don't fear using the q as long as you are using them as the manufacturer states.

I know there are a couple of websites around that offer to teach you how to coupon shop for a fee. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you there is NO NEED to pay anyone a fee to learn to shop. Smilie All you need is SD and the coupon love you can get here is amazing.

Coupon shopping takes one thing....the confidence to learn and try. It can be scary but you can do it. Again, no need to pay someone. There are many many Jedi masters here that like to help Padawans.

I know it seems like SD can be overwhelming. Especially for those with little time to peruse the entire board. Here are some of my fave threads...

Here's a thread with the rules. I like it because the first two posts have a good list of abbreviations for nooblets. There is some really good info in it too. Not just boring old rules....

Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread

Need more q resources??

Clipper Sites Thread

Here is a current list of printable q's. TYVM to Bailey327 and Laulea2782 for all their hard work and to all contributors for their finds! hug

Printable Manufacturer's Coupon Compilation

A new fabulous addition here to SD is the Coupon Database. Thanks SD team!

SD Coupon Database

Having problems printing Brick's coupons??

Troubleshooting Bricks Problems TYVM AlanisRox69

Want to see what's coming?

2013 Newspaper Coupon Insert Schedule TYVM Shopnut. Smilie

A place to trade coupons....

DS Coupon Trading Thread From me. Smilie

A place to gift or receive coupons....

RAOK Thread for Giving Away Coupons TYVM MFH. Smilie

Here is a list of unexpired paper q's to match up with your deals....

Alpha List of Unexpired Newspaper Q's TYVM Thxslic and Shopnut. That thing is a monster to update I am sure.


Need to learn about coupon policy acceptance at your local stores? TYVM Shuri!

Store Coupon Policy and Acceptance Thread [http]

Grumpy cashiers not wanting to take your q's? Commiserate here...

What is the funniest, strangest, most off the wall reason a cashier has given you for NOT taking your coupons?

The Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread is mod stickied to the top. Maybe you'd like to create a personal sticky of some of them? At the top of the thread, on the far right is a thread tool link. You can subscribe (my personal fave) or sticky any thread you like.

List of Common Abbreivations

Abbreviations Sitewide and/or Commonly Used Abbreviations in the DS forum (located in WIKI)

LASTLY......don't be afraid to ask! Read the wiki. (What's a and/or Wiki? It's the first post after the initial post in a thread. It can be updated by any registered user. Just like Wikipedia!) And then if you still have a question, I am sure someone will help. PM, IM, phone a friend or bat call. Just ask. Smilie

Afraid of the Wiki? Go here for some FAQ regarding the Wiki.

Whee YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!Whee

Community Wiki

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Thread with suggestions and ideas for coupon organization.. ** Credit goes to mrsjawshewa and NCSUFire**

2012 Coupon Insert Schedule


Where can I use store q and manu q on the same item? TYVM Plgffl & MommieD
  • Target- Yes you can use a store q and a manu q on one item.
  • CVS- Yes you can use a cvs q and a manu q on each item.
  • Publix- Yes you can use a publix q and a manu q on each item.
  • Kroger- You can use Kroger coupons with manu q's, but not e-coupons (electronic coupons; such as shortcuts, cellfire, Kroger loadable coupons, etc).. *the register no longer allows for both an EQ and MQ to be used together on one item*
  • Walgreens- Yes you can use a wag q and a manu q. (Register won't allow more coupons than items in order) *always use the MQ first, then the Walgreens IVC (instant value coupon)*
  • Petsmart& PetCo- Yes you can use a store q and a manu q at those stores.
  • Rite-Aid- I beleive you can, I have , but I am not sure of the official policy.
  • Update on Rite-Aid policy: They do allow store q along with manufacturer q's. This was told to me by a store manager when I was in CA recently.
  • Meijer - Yes you can use Meijer Mealbox or Meijer discount Q's from ads with a manu q.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club - register flags possible duplicate but allows both BJ's and manu q.
Those are the only stores that I know of or that I have shopped at that have both store coupons and mq.

Add to the list of stores that accept both coupons on one item: Safeway and Albertsons and Fred Meyer.

The best thing is to email your stores and ask for a copy of their official coupon policy.

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#3
Thank Q! hug Sometimes it is a little overwhelming and time consuming. I have to remind myself that I can't get in on EVERY deal---but I can try!LMAO
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Amazing post. Thanks so much! It is SDers that really encourage me to take advantage of those deals that are out there for the taking without shame!
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nice post Dawn!!!

Welcome to the Hotel California... err welcome to SD newcomers Big Grin

Kick back, relax,set a spell, read, you'll be rolling in free or really cheap goodies in no time.
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Quote from shoppinqueen View Post :
nice post Dawn!!!

Welcome to the Hotel California... err welcome to SD newcomers Big Grin

Kick back, relax,set a spell, read, you'll be rolling in free or really cheap goodies in no time.
TY. Smilie Sometimes I feel so irrelevant now. No CVS, no Target and almost all WAG's prices are about $2 per deal higher than ya'lls. Makes it hard to contribute. Encouragement is all I have to offer. Embarrassment
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TY. Smilie Sometimes I feel so irrelevant now. No CVS, no Target and almost all WAG's prices are about $2 per deal higher than ya'lls. Makes it hard to contribute. Encouragement is all I have to offer. Embarrassment
Why no CVS???
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Thank you HD ! Good topic to help n00bs. Needed by many people. hug
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#10
Great thread. I cannot say enough about all the SD'ers who have helped me along the way. I feel like I have a whole new group of friends who really understand my addiction to shopping.Big Grin

I asked my DH what time it was this morning. His response, "Time to Shop." He just doesn't get it.
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Thanks! I love this place, everyone has been very helpful to me! You wouldn't believe all the money I've saved since joining. I wish I had known about coupon shopping years ago.
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Why no CVS???
not all areas have all the stores found in the forums.
and sometimes if they are, they are an hour or so away making it hard for people to do deals.
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Great thread Dawn! I think it should be stickied up at the top as a welcome letter. Big Grin

I am spreading the coupon bug to my mom and friends. Not that I am as good as many of you, but you learn little by little on how to get better. My mom was so excited to save $8 in Qs yesterday, I told her I saved $30. But I know many of you would save $70 on my same order LOL.

But every bit helps, whether it's $8 or $30 or $70!!
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Why no CVS???
No CVS or Target in paradise...the islands Big Grin
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Great thread HD!! Smilie
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