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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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Just had to boast- I would have spent $106 at the grocery store today- I dropped it down to $61.00 and left with $15.00 in catalinas for next order.
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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!
You will simply be amazed at what you can do. I kid you not. Thumbsup Good luck in your couponing ventures. Smilie With four pre-teen boys you will need lots of stockpiles.

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Probably a basic question, but...
Where do people get a hold of so many multiples of the same Qs? In reading around it is commonplace for people to talk about using 2,3,4,5,10 of the same MFR Q to knock the price of a promo product down near $0.

But as far as I can tell the selection of Qs available for printing and online is significantly different (and generally less valuable) than Qs available in weekly circulars (SmartSource, RedPlum, etc.)

So do people buy 10 copies of the local paper every Sunday? Seems that that would kill some of the savings, considering the Sunday paper here costs $5 each!
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cklennon I check out what coupons are available at http://www.taylortownpreview.com/ and then I buy extras from Ebay or the couponclippers.com and thecouponmaster.com. There are many coupon sites out there that you can get extra coupons from. If you purchase them this way then you can get the ones you want for the price of a couple of newspapers.
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Probably a basic question, but...
Where do people get a hold of so many multiples of the same Qs? In reading around it is commonplace for people to talk about using 2,3,4,5,10 of the same MFR Q to knock the price of a promo product down near $0.

But as far as I can tell the selection of Qs available for printing and online is significantly different (and generally less valuable) than Qs available in weekly circulars (SmartSource, RedPlum, etc.)

So do people buy 10 copies of the local paper every Sunday? Seems that that would kill some of the savings, considering the Sunday paper here costs $5 each!
I wish I understood how the marketing gurus decide these things. But I don't. Some areas of the country get amazing coupons while others get ho-hum coupons in their local papers. Some good ones that come to mind recently were the $2.50 off Electrasol q, the free Good Bites q and the free Mighty Dog q that some places received in their inserts. Here, we got absolutely NONE of those. Mad The good coupons coupled with the price of the papers can make the investment well worth it. Some places have .50 cent papers! And these aren't podunk towns. These are metropolitan areas with terrific inserts. Where do you live that the paper costs $5? EEK!

I had one friend that made a deal with her paper carrier to sell her all his leftover paper's inserts for less that the price of the paper.

Some people receive inserts in their mail as well. I have signed up for that but never actually received one. Sadwalk

Now if you want to get even cheaper, some people frequent McDonald's, Starbucks and other Sunday morning haunts to get extra inserts from the papers people leave lying around. Other ideas include newspaper recycling bins in apartment complexes, military bases or other community areas that have recycling centers. Don't forget the free peelies, blinkies and tearpads that seem to be everywhere. Once in a while I take a day and just go hunting for them. I generally do pretty well at finding them too. Thumbup

And as previously mentioned, there are many sites to buy coupons as well. Generally, the more popular a coupon is, the harder it will be to get. Popularity increases prices on Ebay. Also coupon clipper sites put buying limits on the really good ones but generally they will be less expensive than Ebay.

HTH. Smilie
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I am having an inside garage sale this Thursday...I hope it goes well! This will be my first "big" sale!

Dawn that picture was really pretty in the BS discussion board! I would love, love, love to be there right now!
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Totally brand-new here (this is my very first post). My big question, relating to CVS, is how do you decide what to buy? Do you focus on money-makers and end up with a bunch of weird stuff, or do you wait for deals on stuff you actually use, etc? When do you spend all your ECBs? Strategy, people! Thanks.
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Totally brand-new here (this is my very first post). My big question, relating to CVS, is how do you decide what to buy? Do you focus on money-makers and end up with a bunch of weird stuff, or do you wait for deals on stuff you actually use, etc? When do you spend all your ECBs? Strategy, people! Thanks.
Welcome Definitely focus on the money makers at first. Pretty soon, you will be able to add in whatever you want as you build up ECB's. Thumbup
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I have noticed something recently - the other drug stores sometimes run the same deal on a product at the same time. CVS had $4 ECB on Tylenol and Rite Aid had a $4 Q in their flyer. My CVS takes competitor's Qs, so I got what usually retails for $17.99 for $4.
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I have noticed something recently - the other drug stores sometimes run the same deal on a product at the same time. CVS had $4 ECB on Tylenol and Rite Aid had a $4 Q in their flyer. My CVS takes competitor's Qs, so I got what usually retails for $17.99 for $4.
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I just wanted to say, Thanks so much. I have learned alot from this thread. Rep'd!
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I got my coupons in a photo album and it has made things a lot easier.. but I only cut the ones I know I will be using soon or good ones.

Then I leave the inserts intact, but they have become such a mess. I am lucky I have an extra bedroom. Right now - my inserts are stacked up in there. I bought a file box for them but they've all gotten mixed together.. after going back through the inserts a few times to get certain coupons - I got lazy and mingled them in one bunch. There has to be a better way to organize them.

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Holly, I bought a clear plastic tub at OD that holds hanging file folders. And then, of course, I bought the folders. Normally I take a post-it and mark the date on the first insert and then put all the ones from that week in that folder and stick it in the tub. No matter how often you cut out of them, its a pretty decent way to organize the inserts.

(If you have a CVS, you can probably find the hanging file folders there. Smilie)
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Holly, I bought a clear plastic tub at OD that holds hanging file folders. And then, of course, I bought the folders. Normally I take a post-it and mark the date on the first insert and then put all the ones from that week in that folder and stick it in the tub. No matter how often you cut out of them, its a pretty decent way to organize the inserts.

(If you have a CVS, you can probably find the hanging file folders there. Smilie)
Thanks. That's a great idea.. I just have mingled coupons from one insert into coupons from another. The past two weeks - I have kept them separated.. So hopefully I will do a better job in the future. The hanging file tub w/the post-its sounds like a great way to organize.

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