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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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Quote from HollyGolightly View Post :
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.

Thanks, hawaiindawn! bounce
Blowkiss No problem.
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I use the plastic baseball card holders inside a 3 ring fabric binder with a zipper. It has pockets and holders for my scissors, pens and such. I still have a separate holder with sections for each store that fits inside. I have the pages going from personal hygiene, to beauty to health to food, etc. It sits perfectly in most carts so I can page through to the Q I need. It has a handle I can hold it by as well, so it's perfect! Nothing falls out, it fits PLENTY of pages and it keeps all I need to shop. I'll take pics to show and post them for you. HTH!
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anyone know how long after the expiration date do manufacturer coupons beep?
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Quote from swue556 View Post :
anyone know how long after the expiration date do manufacturer coupons beep?
They'll never beep the way registers are programmed now, as far as I understand it.

I used a peelie a while ago that expired in 2005 (I had no idea until I checked the date of the other peelies after I got home). It went through beeplessly.

Eventually they will start beeping sometime after expiration, but not until changes are made to their system.
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I have to say a big thank you to all who are the power contributers.... this q thang is a whole new world to me and a bit overwhelming....

I usually just use my local store shopper cards and look for the best deals.... I never buy the paper or use coupons unless they are handy and there.... with this economy I have to start.....

I have learned much just reading here on SD.. and I am very depressed that I didn't even KNOW about the CVS program since I just spent $600 using up my Flex Spending in December! (KICKING MYSELF)

I have downloaded the $1.00 off coupon from the Coffee-Mate Site, and I've signed up at the folgers site for their mailed coupon.....

I read the ebook on the couponmom site (thanks for the link to it) I registered my shopper cards on Dillons, Shortcuts, and Upromise.......... whew....... Oh and I really like the OP mentality that "Coupons are a Form of Payment" thank you!

I am ready to buy a paper (or two on Sunday) WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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are CVS Q's still posted here?
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I've searched, thought I'd seen this somewhere, but can't find it now. Please forgive me if so..

What does the number "5" or the number "9" on the left of the barcode signify? I'm pretty new to couponing and I had a cashier make a comment about one I'd used, he keyed it manually (it had a "5").

Thanks for your patience with me.

Fancy
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I've searched, thought I'd seen this somewhere, but can't find it now. Please forgive me if so..

What does the number "5" or the number "9" on the left of the barcode signify? I'm pretty new to couponing and I had a cashier make a comment about one I'd used, he keyed it manually (it had a "5").

Thanks for your patience with me.

Fancy
Hi,

A coupon starting with a "5" just means the coupon can be doubled or tripled. If the coupon starts with a "9" - it is coded to NOT double or triple.. (Side note: coupons that start with a "9" always beep at CVS and Walgreens)..
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Quote from tracyinks View Post :
I have to say a big thank you to all who are the power contributers.... this q thang is a whole new world to me and a bit overwhelming....

I am ready to buy a paper (or two on Sunday) WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck!! Thumbsup Don't forget to try the other methods for getting whole inserts.
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Hi,

A coupon starting with a "5" just means the coupon can be doubled or tripled. If the coupon starts with a "9" - it is coded to NOT double or triple.. (Side note: coupons that start with a "9" always beep at CVS and Walgreens)..

You go, Holly!! Helpin' out the new folk! hug
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Quote from ladakn View Post :
are CVS Q's still posted here?
Unfortunately not. There are links to discuss the coupons is found here
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=157982&t=715594

Quote from fancy1 View Post :
I've searched, thought I'd seen this somewhere, but can't find it now. Please forgive me if so..

What does the number "5" or the number "9" on the left of the barcode signify? I'm pretty new to couponing and I had a cashier make a comment about one I'd used, he keyed it manually (it had a "5").

Thanks for your patience with me.

Fancy
Quote from HollyGolightly View Post :
Hi,

A coupon starting with a "5" just means the coupon can be doubled or tripled. If the coupon starts with a "9" - it is coded to NOT double or triple.. (Side note: coupons that start with a "9" always beep at CVS and Walgreens)..
Holly is right. Here is a link to a thread that will help you understand more of what she was telling you
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=157982&t=889094
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Thanks for the answers and the link too.

That helps me get a better grip on coupons!
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Quote from HoratioHoney View Post :
I use the plastic baseball card holders inside a 3 ring fabric binder with a zipper. It has pockets and holders for my scissors, pens and such. I still have a separate holder with sections for each store that fits inside. I have the pages going from personal hygiene, to beauty to health to food, etc. It sits perfectly in most carts so I can page through to the Q I need. It has a handle I can hold it by as well, so it's perfect! Nothing falls out, it fits PLENTY of pages and it keeps all I need to shop. I'll take pics to show and post them for you. HTH!

I use the same thing!! Smilie I have the pages broken down to different categories i use and then the categories alphabetized. My sis wanted to go grocery shopping the other nite with me and the first thing she asked when getting in the car was "did u bring your coupons?" Silliest thing I ever heard. Do I ever leave home without them????? and she wanted to know if she could use some 'cuz she wants to save money too.... I just had to share. She didn't do too bad saved around $20.00 ......I had like 8 bags and saved like $50+....and I luv those gas points.....

I usually match up my coupons to sale items in the paper and go armed with alist and already pulled coupons in an envelope. Then look thru my binder in the isles in case there are unadvertised specials I can take advantage of....

woot
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#194
My first shopping Sunday........... went to CVS and Dillons...........

At Dillons I save 37% ($27.58)
At CVS I saved 17.00 (and earned $4.00 ecbs)

I am pooped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My first shopping Sunday........... went to CVS and Dillons...........

At Dillons I save 37% ($27.58)
At CVS I saved 17.00 (and earned $4.00 ecbs)

I am pooped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations! Now the kep is to take those $4 ECB and make them multiply
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