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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

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#1186
does kmart honor coupons post purchase? i know target does up to 3 days.
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Quote from jmoy View Post :
does kmart honor coupons post purchase? i know target does up to 3 days.

getting anything adjusted or redone at kmart is as easy as doing your own root canal while participating in a donkey race. IMO, not worth the time or effort to even get them to attempt to try.
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Quote from karmalaw View Post :
getting anything adjusted or redone at kmart is as easy as doing your own root canal while participating in a donkey race. IMO, not worth the time or effort to even get them to attempt to try.
Haha thanks. It always takes a while to even do store pick up!
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#1189
This is a very helpful thread! It should be put at the top where all people can see specially the newbies. Every penny matters so every coupon matters too! Thanks a bunch for making this wonderful thread.
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Quote from scotty_j View Post :
This is a very helpful thread! It should be put at the top where all people can see specially the newbies. Every penny matters so every coupon matters too! Thanks a bunch for making this wonderful thread.

You can keep this at the top of your list by clicking on "thread tools" at the upper right hand side and click on "sticky this thread". You can do this for any thread that you want to show for you at the top all the time.
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#1191
Can someone tell me what "Limit 1 coupon per customer per purchase" means? I read this as only being able to use 1 coupon for the entire transaction so if I want to use another coupon I would have to do a second transaction... sound right?
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Can someone tell me what "Limit 1 coupon per customer per purchase" means? I read this as only being able to use 1 coupon for the entire transaction so if I want to use another coupon I would have to do a second transaction... sound right?

Per purchase means "per item that the coupon matches". The wording "per customer" is then redundant but unfortunately it is read/interpreted as "one per transaction" by many cashiers/employees. My advice would be to use multiple coupons per transaction unless someone stops you. (Pick good cashiers.) I have found it sometimes difficult to fight on this one.
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#1193
where can i trade coupons at
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Quote from artfarttoo View Post :
where can i trade coupons at
One of your first posts was in the appropriate thread
here
is your post
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Attachment 130197

Thread with suggestions and ideas for coupon organization.. ["http] ** Credit goes to mrsjawshewa and NCSUFire**

2012 Coupon Insert Schedule ["http]


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.
Thank you!!!!
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Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
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
yeeeeeeeees!!! I can do it!!!!
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#1197
I am trying to learn how to coupon but I am feeling very overwhelmed and I am not sure where to begin. I have read many different articles about how to coupon but I think I need someone to show me step by step. I would love and appreciate any help that I can get!

Thank You!!!
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I am trying to learn how to coupon but I am feeling very overwhelmed and I am not sure where to begin. I have read many different articles about how to coupon but I think I need someone to show me step by step. I would love and appreciate any help that I can get!

Thank You!!!
It is not that complicated sweetie. Just start with ONE store, learn that stores rules, policies & procedures. Get their coupon.acceptance policy, check their website, facebook page email them or ask at the in store customer service desk. Get that stores loyalty card. Do you have a newspaper subscription to your local paper? Does it have coupons?
Do you have a computer & printer? If the coupon insert in your newspaper seems less than the previews then maybe you need to scroll through the printables thread here on the sd forum & print mqs for the stuff your family needs or likes.
But do not do that until you get the coupon polucy for your local store. You are going to feel silly if your store does not accept home printed coupons or limits them differently than newspaper coupons or blinkie/ tearpad mqs.
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General comment -- posters share deals or crow triumphant transactions of 98% discounts or FREE items or money making transactions. Those are great but they are not the majority of anyones retail purchases.

If you are just starting out, try for a more reasonable goal -- like I am going to save 30% off my groceries. It takes time to build up a coupon supply and a full pantry.
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Quote from cutenicoleevans View Post :
I am trying to learn how to coupon but I am feeling very overwhelmed and I am not sure where to begin. I have read many different articles about how to coupon but I think I need someone to show me step by step. I would love and appreciate any help that I can get!

Thank You!!!
Might wanna remove your address, though I doubt you actually live at Graybar Electrical Supply. Dontknow


A new Bham couponer? Welcome aboard Smilie

Like Rose said, pick one store. Learn it inside and out. Aim low to start, 20-30% off your bill. It takes time to build a stockpile, and the stockpile is what lets you pass on the less than stellar deals in time, but for now, you most likely still have to buy staples that a lot of us have oodles of already. Over time, you'll be able to cut your grocery bill (or your HBA bill, whether you choose a drugstore or a grocery store first) back much more than that, but it's gonna be a work in progress for a while.


The articles and blog posts and instagram pics are all only part of the picture. For every super sweet transaction like that, there are plenty of sub-optimal ones. For example, I paid full price for Sudafed this week. Didn't even have a coupon on me EEK! Embarrassment LMAO
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