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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

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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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For the not so organized q shoppers:

Newbie q shoppers, if you are not so organized (like me) and the thought of clipping coupons, putting them in binders, in baseball card sheets etc overwhelms you, don't worry, you could do what I do..It is not very organized at all, but I make do with this and I have been couponing for almost 2 years now:

1) Label your inserts each week with a sharpie marker: eg: SS 9/13/09, RP 9/13/09, P&G 8/30/09. Someone told me this when I started, and it works best for me.

2) Store inserts in different small bins: Keep all the SS (Smart Source) inserts in one storage bin ordered by date, all the RP (Red plum/Valassis) in another and one for the P&G that comes out every month.

4) Clip freebie q's when you get the inserts: In each week's inserts, if there are freebie q's, clip them and keep them all in one large envelope.

3) Plan and get your q's in advance: Since you read SD, you will get the ads for the stores in advance. Plan your deals for each week. If you see some great Money maker deal being talked about, or something that is a good price for you, order q's on fleabay, trade for them, or go to coupon clipping sites or buy more Sunday papers. Whatever works for you.

5) Each week, clip the q's for whatever is on sale at a particular store by doing insert matchup, and put it in an envelope: I go to my storage bin, pick out that insert (this is why labelling the insert is helpful) and clip my q. Most of the deals mention which SS has the q etc. You can also do coupon matchup using the alphabetical coupon list thread on SD (by user thxslic). I then put all my weekly q's in one envelope, but group each stores q's together. I don't use paperclips, but you could do that.

6) Put the "might" use q's in another envelope: In another envelope, I put a few q's I "might* use like freebie q's and tearpad q's. So, basically I have just 2 envelopes that I take with me in my purse. One with some freebie q's and tearpad q's I *might* use, and another with q's for the week.

7) Write down a shopping list per store: I write down a list for what I am going to buy at each store and just write coupon next to the item - meaning I need to use a q.

8) At the store, after I pick up all my stuff based on my list, I then stand in some lonely aisle and take out my coupon envelope, and take out my q's for the items that I have in my cart. (Avoid the health and beauty since they might think you're upto something - all expensive stuff there and I learnt this the hard way at CVS - when I was standing in the razor aisle taking my q's out, an announcement kept repeating that help was needed at that aisle or something like that and finally I realized I was the only one there)

9) When handing your coupons, make sure you hand over a $$/$$$ q first and then the rest.

10) While in the store, scout out blinkie machines, tearpads and take some even if you don't need the item or use it. You will not regret this later when said item becomes a MM (money maker). These tearpads are also useful for trades. One region's stores might get some tearpads and another region might get something else, so I get tearpad q's whether I use the item or not. Just don't empty out the entire tearpad, leave some for others if the tearpad is full. Of course, if there are only 5 q's left take the 5, LOL. Use your judgement.

Store all these tearpad q's, blinkie q's in separate envelopes.

11) Keep all the evelopes in another storage bin. I have envelopes for tearpad q's, blinkies, freebies and weekly q's. I sometimes just keep the freebie/tearpad envelopes in my car in the storage area between the two front seats.

12) When envelopes tear up, put the q's in new ones. Every now and then, clear out expired q's - it takes up quite a bit of time.
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The above all works as one way of organizing coupons.. But, different methods work for different people... so find the way that works best for you.

for example: I don't have the write the name/date of the inserts on them -- it's already printed in them -- just look at the margin on the folded side (the equivalent of the "spine") -- you'll find the name, the date, and even what newspaper in which it was inserted.. but I do file them in a folder with the name and date on them (I get 20 to 28 of each insert every week)

I use hanging file folder boxes -- everything is filed by date - with a separate folder for each type of insert. .. so, for example, all of my 9/13 inserts are in the same filing box -- just separated out by type of insert. This helps when I've been told that a coupon is a in particular insert -- or just told the date -- I can easily go through the other inserts for the same date without having to dig through another box of inserts. It also lets me easily see what inserts were included on a certain date.

All of my clipped coupons go into a binder regardless of where I found them - -newspaper, blinkies, etc. - that has two sections of empty pages :

One section for each of the stores I shop at frequently (I move the coupons for the week to the slots for that store as the week arrives), and the Walgreen's space has two pages -- one for coupons I'll use there and the second for the RR's I receive.

The rest of my coupons are grouped into categories and then specific sub-categories -- i.e. Beauty has: face care, makeup, shampoo, etc.. and Health has: eye care, cold/flu remedies, pain relievers, etc.

I can easily tell what coupons I have with me when I see products I hadn't planned on buying. The downside is I carry the binder -- unless I pull out just a few coupons to use for a quick run into the store.

Oh -- and the binder has a zip pocket on the outside - I tuck my receipts and any blinkie/tearpad coupons I find in there and organize it when I get home. On the inside of each cover are pockets large enough to hold any large coupon booklets that I'd like to keep intact as well as space for the sheets of paper that have my notes/plans for each store.
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karma, yup, I do agree that each person has their own way of organizing. I really like your folder idea for each weeks inserts..I might do this for a month instead of each week since I don't get many inserts..

For me, although I'm in awe of those who use the binders and baseball card sheets, I know I could never pull that off, as I am so disorganized.

Just wanted to put out that we could still coupon with minimal organizing and just using envelopes, and not get overwhelmed at the thought of all the q filing and binders etc.,
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karma, yup, I do agree that each person has their own way of organizing. I really like your folder idea for each weeks inserts..I might do this for a month instead of each week since I don't get many inserts..

For me, although I'm in awe of those who use the binders and baseball card sheets, I know I could never pull that off, as I am so disorganized.

Just wanted to put out that we could still coupon with minimal organizing and just using envelopes, and not get overwhelmed at the thought of all the q filing and binders etc.,
If you don't want to do a full binder.. try a photo album -- I did that for awhile until I outgrew it. Moving over to the hanging file folders and boxes was the smartest thing I did though... even when I don't feel like dealing with the coupons I can usually manage to get the inserts into their folders.
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The above all works as one way of organizing coupons.. But, different methods work for different people... so find the way that works best for you.

for example: I don't have the write the name/date of the inserts on them -- it's already printed in them -- just look at the margin on the folded side (the equivalent of the "spine") -- you'll find the name, the date, and even what newspaper in which it was inserted.. but I do file them in a folder with the name and date on them (I get 20 to 28 of each insert every week)

I use hanging file folder boxes -- everything is filed by date - with a separate folder for each type of insert. .. so, for example, all of my 9/13 inserts are in the same filing box -- just separated out by type of insert. This helps when I've been told that a coupon is a in particular insert -- or just told the date -- I can easily go through the other inserts for the same date without having to dig through another box of inserts. It also lets me easily see what inserts were included on a certain date.

All of my clipped coupons go into a binder regardless of where I found them - -newspaper, blinkies, etc. - that has two sections of empty pages :

One section for each of the stores I shop at frequently (I move the coupons for the week to the slots for that store as the week arrives), and the Walgreen's space has two pages -- one for coupons I'll use there and the second for the RR's I receive.

The rest of my coupons are grouped into categories and then specific sub-categories -- i.e. Beauty has: face care, makeup, shampoo, etc.. and Health has: eye care, cold/flu remedies, pain relievers, etc.

I can easily tell what coupons I have with me when I see products I hadn't planned on buying. The downside is I carry the binder -- unless I pull out just a few coupons to use for a quick run into the store.

Oh -- and the binder has a zip pocket on the outside - I tuck my receipts and any blinkie/tearpad coupons I find in there and organize it when I get home. On the inside of each cover are pockets large enough to hold any large coupon booklets that I'd like to keep intact as well as space for the sheets of paper that have my notes/plans for each store.
I file my inserts the same way except one box of hanging file folders is for SS and the other is for RP/PG. It works beautifully when I need to grab a coupon from a specific insert. Have not yet graduated to the binder. I just use two coupon carrier folders - one for food items and one for non-food items. I always have at least one set of inserts cut out in those carriers in case I need them. Otherwise I pull from the inserts as SD alerts me to hot deals from my specific stores or from the weekly flyers I get.
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CVS or Walgreens? Which store yields the most savings?

I don't have a vehicle so it is hard for me to get to both stores. For the expeienced drugstore deal hunter -- Which store would you choose if you could only shop at one?

TIA!
Welcome SyPhy! Your question is a really good one. I am sure if you asked polled the DS forum on this, you would probably get about a 50/50 split. It seems to go in cycles. CVS will be hot for awhile, then WAGs, then CVS, then WAGs. There can be other factors involved with this too. Such as your local store's attitude towards coupon usage. For example, say CVS and WAGs both have Gillette Fusion razors on deal. But for our scenario, let's say the CVS deal is .50 better. But when you shop at your local CVS, they notice they are hard core coupon haters and make the experience as miserable as possible. However the WAGs store is very coupon friendly. Well, I think I might be inclined to say I get the most savings at WAGs. Stock on hand is another factor that may influence your shopping experience. So, you see, this is not an easy question to answer. Dontknow I still would suggest doing both for a bit until you see which store you yields the most success for you.

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Q Question!
I am moving to a local city hopefully this weekend. I would like to order a newspaper to have Qs delivered to the comfort of my first home. Wink

1. When you buy Sunday subs, how's the cheapest way to buy? I've noticed that there are discount rag sites that end up being about $0.60 cheaper per paper than the actual newspaper's site itself.
2. I have the option of having multiple papers delivered at once. Do any of you have that done? Have you encountered any issues with this method (stolen papers, paperboys/girls who figure it's an error and just give you one, etc.)?
Welcome blackleatherrai!

I am not sure how to answer your first question but I think there are many people here that have a deal worked out with their carriers for buying multiple subscriptions. Some of them even have carriers that will drop off, say two papers and then 48 sets of inserts. Thereby relieving them of the worry of having to get rid of all those extra papers. Your best bet is to contact your local carrier and see what you can arrange. I think the more you commit to buying the better deal it may get you. But remember, if you go this route, you will probably be obligated to buy that same amount of papers even on Sundays when there are no inserts. HTH. Smilie
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Is there a database that I should know of that lists all the Qs in each insert with their details?
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Is there a database that I should know of that lists all the Qs in each insert with their details?
You might be interested in the SD unexpired coupon listing on this B&M site.
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Is there a database that I should know of that lists all the Qs in each insert with their details?
Try Taylortown Coupon Preview [taylortownpreview.com]
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You might be interested in the SD unexpired coupon listing on this B&M site.
As far as I remember, this one isn't comprehensive but lists about what Taylortown does. I think the Hot Coupon World list is considered to be the "go to" list for insert q's.
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CVS or Walgreens? Which store yields the most savings?

I don't have a vehicle so it is hard for me to get to both stores. For the expeienced drugstore deal hunter -- Which store would you choose if you could only shop at one?

TIA!
I frequently walk or take the bus to shop, I've got a neat collapsible shopping cart that I take with me. I'm lucky that both stores are within a close distance from the bus stop so I'll do both stores. I'd suggest staggering your trips based on which store has the best deals that week and/or of your RR or ECB are close to expiring.
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I always have a horrible experience at Walgreen's ... But I LOVE CVS!!!
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cvs in my area always been the best. wal greens ehh
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As far as I remember, this one isn't comprehensive but lists about what Taylortown does. I think the Hot Coupon World list is considered to be the "go to" list for insert q's.
I now avoid Taylortown, as the site has given me a virus on my computer the last two times I ventured that way. Because HCW allows for ANYONE to add Qs they received (and how [tearpad, blinkie, homemailer, grocery ad, etc]), I also use HCW as my 'go to' for Qs (insert or otherwise).
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Could someone please explain to me how a buy one get one free coupon works when there is a buy one get one free sale on the same item? Do you get 2 items free? I believe it is next week Rite Aid has a BOGO sale on single serve candy and I also have BOGO coupons for Reese's candy, but I am not sure if it works any differently during a BOGO sale.
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