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Understand your Coupons

Now that you have coupons and filed them in your coupon organizer, lets understand your coupons and find out what the verbiage on them means. I made a little diagram below to give you a visual of what we’re looking for.  It’s not the greatest diagram but hopefully it gets the point across 🙂

Understand your CouponsThe first thing you’re looking for on your coupon is the Coupon Type.  The two different types you’re look for are a “Manufacturer” and a “Store Coupon”.

  • Manufacturer coupons are redeemable anywhere coupons are accepted. Most stores accept Manufacturer Coupons but you should always make sure before you plan your shopping trip with them.
  • Store coupons are specific to the store specified.  An example would be a “Target Coupon”, you can only use that coupon at Target.  Some stores accept competitor coupons so in that case you could use the coupon at a different store.

The second thing you need to look at is the “Expiration Date”.  Stores don’t accept expired coupons unless they specify otherwise.

The third thing is the “Value of the Coupon”. In this situation the coupon is $1/2 of the specified product. That means you need to purchase (2) in order to use the coupon. I don’t recommend looking at the picture on the coupon to determine what product it’s valid on. Sometimes the picture is a different product. It’s important to pay attention to the wording.

The fourth thing is the “Use of Coupon”.  This is important because sometimes you can only use (4) of the same coupon in a transaction. If you use more then what’s allowed, the coupon will cause the register to beep.  Below is the most common wording used on a coupon.

  • One Coupon per Purchase: If you buy one bottle of shampoo, you can use one manufacturer’s coupon for that bottle. If you want to use another coupon for the same item you must purchase another item. You are not allowed to use two manufacturer’s coupon on one item. So basically is you have 10 coupons, you’ll need 10 products.
  • One Coupon per Item Purchased:  This means the same as “One coupon per Purchase”.
  • One Coupon per Transaction:  You are only allowed one coupon for this item for each transaction. This means if you buy two or more of the same item you’ll need to do separate transactions.

The fifth thing is the “Barcode”. You need to make sure that it’s visible and nothing is cut off or it won’t scan.

Sometimes coupons will say “Do Not Double” or “Do Not Triple”. This does not apply when your store advertises that they will double or triple the coupon. The manufacturer is stating that they won’t pay for the additional discount. The store that accepts the coupon absorbs the difference in the amount. This is the stores way of getting more people to shop there.

Keep in mind that every coupon has these things in different location. For example, the “Expiration date” may be at the bottom of the coupon. The thing to remember is that each coupon will have all these things in order for it to be valid.

Please leave me a comment on this post if you have any questions or comments regarding this post.

The next step is Coupon Lingo

This is the 6th post in a series. Click this How to use Manufacturer Coupons link to read more posts in this series.

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Kathleen

April 12, 2012 @ 18:10

What a great explanation and tutorial. There is so much I don't think people understand about using coupons.

Janice

April 12, 2012 @ 21:24

You got the first first spot on Ultimate Blog Party. Way to go!

Cascia Talbert (The Healthy Moms Magazine)

April 12, 2012 @ 21:48

Cascia Talbert from The Healthy Moms Magazine - Just dropping by from The Ultimate Blog Party I am looking forward to networking with you and getting to know you better! I hope you have the opportunity to visit our blog! http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2012/04/ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

Tricia Nightowlmama

April 12, 2012 @ 22:07

what a great post thanks so much for sharing I get confused sometimes

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