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

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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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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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#136
Quote from HollyGolightly :
Does anyone know whether there is a newbie thread for Wags? I know CVS has one and I thought Wags did too.. but I can't find it when I do a search for it.. I might be searching the wrong words though.

Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks..

Where is this CVS newbie thread? I'm a newb and would like some translations/definitions. Like this:

$2 ECBs wyb Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or styler 2.99 LIMIT 1
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment, any except trial size $1 (1-31-09) V 10/5/08
Garnier Fructis Style Product, any except trial size $1 (1-31-09) V 10/5/08


Where are these coupons listed below the offer?

Please enlighten me, SD yodas. bounce
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Quote from HollyGolightly :
Does anyone know whether there is a newbie thread for Wags? I know CVS has one and I thought Wags did too.. but I can't find it when I do a search for it.. I might be searching the wrong words though.

Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks..

Where is this CVS newbie thread? I'm a newb and would like some translations/definitions. Like this:

$2 ECBs wyb Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or styler 2.99 LIMIT 1
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment, any except trial size $1 (1-31-09) V 10/5/08
Garnier Fructis Style Product, any except trial size $1 (1-31-09) V 10/5/08


Where are these coupons listed below the offer?

Please enlighten me, SD yodas. bounce
V is for Valas....something or another....now they are called RedPlum or RP.
SS is for Smart Source

The dates 10/5/08 are the insert that it came from. Inside the ()'s is the expiration date.
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I've always considered the definition of smash and grabber to be anyone besides me that shops at MY CVS's and purchases items that I would want to purchase or otherwise gets in my way or holds up the cashier line. Smilie
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Quote from NCSUFire View Post :
V is for Valas....something or another....now they are called RedPlum or RP.
SS is for Smart Source

The dates 10/5/08 are the insert that it came from. Inside the ()'s is the expiration date.
Great, thanks. I also found that CVS thread:

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=351614&t=676935

I really took advantage of the Sunday/Monday sale so I'm all geeked out now. I was OOP $5 for about $40 worth of stuff and I still have $12 in ECBs. Nothing compared to you regulars but I was pretty happy with myself. Wink
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Quote from oogabooga1 View Post :
Great, thanks. I also found that CVS thread:

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=351614&t=676935

I really took advantage of the Sunday/Monday sale so I'm all geeked out now. I was OOP $5 for about $40 worth of stuff and I still have $12 in ECBs. Nothing compared to you regulars but I was pretty happy with myself. Wink
My first CVS deal I did I bought a $100 and something of stuff and got $20 back in ECBs. I was on Cloud9 but didn't understand how everyone was so excited about this Big Grin DW and I said there has to be a better way to do this.

This is when I quickly learned about breaking up deals into smaller amounts.

I think you did great. Anytime your ECB amount is greater than your OOP is a win for me.
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#140
I have a coupon question: if I have a coupon that says "$1 off when you buy two bottles of dove shampoo" (for example), and I have two of those coupons, can I buy two bottles and use both coupons or would I have to buy four bottles to use both coupons?
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I have a coupon question: if I have a coupon that says "$1 off when you buy two bottles of dove shampoo" (for example), and I have two of those coupons, can I buy two bottles and use both coupons or would I have to buy four bottles to use both coupons?
You can use one coupon on two bottles. So you are correct that you would have to buy 4 bottles to use both coupons.
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#142
I have a few questions. Its been awhile since I have had time to sit down and slickdeal. I have 2 little girls 3yr and 10 mo. Anyways am I better off subscribing to a few sunday papers to get the coupons? I notice a lot of my area stores do not take internet coupons. Any suggestions to save me and my family are welcome!!!!!
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I have a few questions. Its been awhile since I have had time to sit down and slickdeal. I have 2 little girls 3yr and 10 mo. Anyways am I better off subscribing to a few sunday papers to get the coupons? I notice a lot of my area stores do not take internet coupons. Any suggestions to save me and my family are welcome!!!!!
Some stores like Walgreens sell them for $0.99. I get one home delivery and if I need more I trade with others or go buy extras.

I would check around for local places (McDonalds, etc) to see what they do with the coupons from the papers they get.

You can find them a lot of places, neighbors, etc.
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#144
Ok
My million dollar question is:

Has anyone figured out how to get bricks coupons to print from a Mac?
Is my networked printer the problem?

I almost quit the CVS game once over this and it is depressing me again now that I restarted my cards (Just in time for BF).

I want free/nearly free vitamins, gosh darn it.
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This threadmay help with the MAC printing issue.
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#146
Thank you so much for this thread! I'm a Q greenie and I must admit, it's been a little intimidating! I am almost embarrassed to say that I've been a member of this forum for some time now and haven't taken the time to actually sit down and read. Embarrassment

Besides my job being one of the casualties of 2008, I also have 4 pre-teen boys in my home (yes, 4!) and I'm sick and tired of leaving the grocery store in tears. After bills, I have a whopping $200/every 2 weeks left and $150 has been going to groceries. I was one of the many who believed that Q'ing was not worth the time and effort. HOW WRONG WAS I?!? I have only just begun and have already saved so much money. My sister (lostgurl70) has been a great tutor.

I can honestly say, this forum is going to be a God-send for me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how everyone helps each other out, even the newbies. Anyway, thank you again for such detailed explanations and I hope to be talking with you all soon!
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Thank you so much for this thread! I'm a Q greenie and I must admit, it's been a little intimidating! I am almost embarrassed to say that I've been a member of this forum for some time now and haven't taken the time to actually sit down and read. Embarrassment

Besides my job being one of the casualties of 2008, I also have 4 pre-teen boys in my home (yes, 4!) and I'm sick and tired of leaving the grocery store in tears. After bills, I have a whopping $200/every 2 weeks left and $150 has been going to groceries. I was one of the many who believed that Q'ing was not worth the time and effort. HOW WRONG WAS I?!? I have only just begun and have already saved so much money. My sister (lostgurl70) has been a great tutor.

I can honestly say, this forum is going to be a God-send for me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how everyone helps each other out, even the newbies. Anyway, thank you again for such detailed explanations and I hope to be talking with you all soon!
Welcome to the DS subforum!

Couponing is worth the time and effort. I know it helps to cut out the non-grocery bill necessities (the annoying things like paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, razors, soap, mouthwash, vitamins, etc.) so that we can concentrate on using our money for actual groceries or other things we need.

Nothing feels better than to get something for free because they paid you to take another item off the shelf.

I've learned that most stuff is cheaper at Super Walmart, unless the grocery stores have it in their ad as a sale price or run a super promotion, then in which case it becomes way cheaper than Super Walmart and if you can find a coupon that matches up with their sale prices and/or super promotion, then you are often looking at free food.

Certain select items (i.e. Green Giant Steamers) were $1.00 compared to $2.50 at Stater Bros. -- On the other hand soda at SWM is very expensive compared to CVS and grocery store sale prices.

Of course, I would avoid the produce section at the SWM where I shop like the plague, doesn't matter what the price, the produce seems to be vomit when I get there. They had avocados for 68 cents, but had flies roaming around the produce them and the cucumbers looked terrible.

So for produce and meat, it is off to the membership warehouse store that Walmart hates.

Of course, with their 15% cap on markup -- the soda prices are still very lousy and they ripped me off on the green beans -- yep, with coupon at Stater Bros. I was able to get it down way below their cost. Mad

Example:

Del Monte Green Beans 14 1/2 ounce can @ Stater Bros: 99 cents per can
Less $1/2 = 50 cents off each can = 49 cents per can
(would of been an even better deal, had these been on sale at one of the grocery stores)

Membership Warehouse that caps margins at 15%:
$6.49 for 8 cans = 81.125 cents per can (for something other than Del Monte)

Evil Membership Warehouse: Frown
$7.88 for 12 cans = 65.66 cents per can (for Del Monte)

Still Head Bang on how they allowed the Evil Membership warehouse to undersell them.

However, the yogurt that my mother likes is always cheapest at the membership warehouse, no matter what promotion the grocery stores give. Even Albertson's B1G1 promotion still made the cost per yogurt higher than buying it at the membership warehouse, and this even after putting coupons on the B1G1 deal!.

Bottom line, taking the time to look and read this forum to find out the best deals will save you a lot of time and hassle as it is often many different places will have the best deals for certain items. Smilie
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#148
so i dont know where else to ask but i have problems navigating this site, i know harris teeter is tripling coupons soon, wheres the harris teeter thread i searched for it but couldnt find it! HALP!? lol
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so i dont know where else to ask but i have problems navigating this site, i know harris teeter is tripling coupons soon, wheres the harris teeter thread i searched for it but couldnt find it! HALP!? lol
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=157982&t=874169
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#150
lol thanks, but i also had just found it in that index thread haha
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