Using SavingStar Coupons at Stores Without a Loyalty Card

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Re-posting since many of you are new to shopping Farm Fresh and want to take advantage of the SavingStar program.

I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of exactly what you need to participate in the SavingsStar program at stores that don’t have a store loyalty card such as Farm Fresh.

At Customer Service, ask for a UPromise key tag.  You will use the same key tag for any UPromise or SavingStar coupons you load onto the card.

You must register the card online just like your store loyalty cards.  Once you register the card, you can add coupons to your account.  At the register, just have the cashier scan your UPromise card, and you’ll see the SavingStar coupon savings in your SavingStar account.

*A manager had to find the key tags, but they are at the Mt. Pleasant location. I know many of you have been able to get them at other stores in Hampton Roads as well.

Read all about the SavingStar coupon program on this post.


Couponing Basics: Understanding Coupon Terminology

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There is a standard for referencing coupons & coupon locations. Most sites you view should have similar abbreviations and coupon terminology.

Below are the most common:

  • Insert-the group of coupons found in the newspaper
  • SS-Smartsource coupon insert
  • RP-Red Plum coupon insert
  • P&G-Proctor and Gamble coupon insert
  • GM-General Mills insert
  • All You Mag-coupons from the All You Magazine (followed by issue month)
  • 01/02-date coupon insert was delivered (Jan. 2nd)
  • $1/2 or $0.50/1-the coupon value is $1 off when you buy 2 products or get $0.50 off when you buy 1.
  • $1/2 from 01/02 SS insert-get $1 off 2 products, coupon found in the Smartsource insert from Jan. 2nd
  • Peelie– coupon found stuck to an item (you have to “peel” it off)
  • Blinkie– coupon found in a machine near the item (usually has a blinking light)
  • Tearpad– coupon found on a pad near an item (you tear off a coupon)
  • Catalina– coupon or advertisement printed at the register (named after the machine itself)
  • Mailer-coupons received in the mail or included with a free sample
  • BOGO or B1G1-Buy 1 item, get 1 item Free
  • BOGO 50% off or B1G1 50% off -Buy 1 item, get 1 item 50% off the price
  • Printable coupon or IE-a coupon printed online
  • Overage – stores like Walmart don’t adjust a coupon down, you get the full price of the coupon value even if the product cost is less than the coupon value. Example – purchasing a product for $0.97, using a $1 off coupon give you $0.03 overage.
  • Moneymaker-sometimes you will make money by using a coupon paired with a register reward deal or similar promotion. Ex. Item price is $5.99, earn $5.99 RR. Essentially you are getting this item for free after the RR but if you have $1.50 coupon you only spent $4.49 and still received the $5.99 RR. You have made a “profit” of $1.50!
  • OOP-Out Of Pocket, initial expense
  • WYB-When You Buy, followed by a number (refers to needing to purchase a specific # of items)
  • RR-Register Reward from Walgreens
  • ECB-ExtraCare Buck from CVS-more to follow part 3
  • +UP Reward – Rite Aid reward
  • Roll” a Catalina-using a Catalina, RR or ECB earned from your 1st transaction to pay for your 2nd transaction, using the 2nd Catalina to pay for a 3rd transaction and so on
  • Stack – using a manufacture and store coupon together on 1 product. See more information coupon stacking here.
  • YMMV – “Your mileage may vary”  This deal may be dependent upon your specific store or store manager.

Use the store coupon matchups to put these coupon terms to go use!

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New Deal Rating System

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TCC rating $

In an effort to help everyone determine what we (Melissa, Emily and I) feel is a good deal, I’ve added a new Deal Rating System.  You will start to see a deal rating box on the bottom of all applicable deals posts.  While coupons and deals are only posted that we feel are “good,”  it can be helpful to know just how good the deal really is.

Obviously, $$$$ is the highest rating we can give a deal.  That’s not to say $ isn’t good.  We just might not have a current sale or offer to pair the coupon with, but we want you to hold onto the coupon because it is likely you will be able to score a great deal later.  The coupon just may no longer be available.

Please use this new rating system in addition to the stock-up price guide to help ensure you are maximizing your savings.

TCC rating $$$$

What do you think of the new rating system?  Do you think this will be beneficial to your money saving efforts?


What’s My Stock-up Price?

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Wonder what I consider to be a good price?  You can see my stock-up price list here.  This should only be used as a guide and I would highly suggest stocking up if the price meets or drops below the price listed.

Create your own price guide for your favorite products and feel free to let me know about items you would like to see added to the list.

*I suggest printing out the stock up price list and putting it in your binders to reference while you shop.

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Advanced Couponing: Best Money-Saving Apps for iPhone & Android

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Best Money-Sving Smartphone Apps

Technology has made couponing easier, but it can be intimidating for those just jumping on the smartphone bandwagon. If you’re new to this high-tech world of smart phones, downloading apps, and mobile coupons then it’s time to take the plunge and start saving with your cellphone!

First, do you have an Android or iPhone?  Do you know how much data you have available each month?  Do you have unlimited texting as part of your cellphone plan?  Make sure you are familiar with your plan before you start downloading apps and signing up for text alerts.

If you have an iPhone you can download these apps from the App store directly on your phone or through iTunes store on your computer.  If you have a Android phone, head to the Marketplace for the download.

Tip: Turn your cellphone to Wi-Fi mode when you’re home browsing the web, checking emails or browsing through your apps.  Save your data for when you’re on the go.

15 Best Money-Saving Apps

:: Keyring – Scan and save all of your loyalty cards in your phone. Never carry plastic or paper loyalty, membership, library cards or coupons again!  This is the app I use.

:: Cardstar – Move your plastic loyalty cards, reward cards and membership cards to your phone.  Alternative to Keyring App.

:: RedLaser – Barcode Scanner, Deal Finder & QR Code Reader

:: Barcode Reader – Lowest prices at your fingertips! Take a photo of any printed barcode, and Barcode Reader will show you the lowest possible prices in local (US only) and online stores.

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Couponing Basics: Where to Get Coupons

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Where do I get coupons?  This is always a question that pops up when I’m chatting with people about coupons.   Coupons can be found just about everywhere these days.  The key is to always be on the lookout for coupons whether you’re at home, work or running the kids to baseball practice.

Where to Get Coupons:

Coupon Inserts

1.  Sunday paper: The newspaper is one of the best sources for coupons. There is typically 2 coupon inserts per week. SmartSource and RedPlum.  Proctor & Gamble will include a monthly insert and General Mills periodically includes coupon inserts as well.  I recommend getting multiple newspapers, so you can purchase multiple of the same products during a good sale (stockpile).  Find out where to get extra coupon inserts to maximize your savings.

2. Online: Your computer is a fantastic resource for printable coupons. The norm is for a site allowing 2 prints per computer. These coupons can change and may have a low print limit.  If it’s a product you know you will use, I’d print quickly.  You will also find printable coupons on Facebook from a lot of your favorite brands.  A few of my favorite printable coupon sites are below:

Coupon Network

3. In-Store: Inside stores can be a great resources for coupons.  Look along store aisles for “Peelies” on the product and Tearpads, coupon booklets or “blinkies” near items.  Remember that “blinkies” tend to be coded with a “9” so the coupon won’t multiply.  Also, Catalina coupons may print from a Catalina machine next to the register at the end of your purchase.

all you magazine

4. Magazines:  A lot of magazines now include some coupons. Good Housekeeping, Allure and All You Magazine are good sources. You can order a subscription to All You from Amazon or purchase at Walmart.  The Amazon price is only $1.66 per issue with a year subscription.  The Walmart price is $2.99 per issue, so you will save a significant amount of money by purchasing a subscription.


5. Mailers/Free samples: Signing up for free samples not only gets you a free product but a coupon usually comes along with the sample! Coupons from sample offers can be great to pair with a sale;  especially on products that don’t see frequent coupons.  I’ve also noticed that these coupons will typically have a longer expiration date than other coupons.

6. Product Package:  Look inside the packages of purchased products to see if a coupon is available.  Often, the outside of the product package will advertise a coupon is inside the package, but not always.

7.  Physicians Office:  You can also find coupons at your physician or dentist office.  These aren’t always for prescription savings.  I’ve found Crest coupons at my dentist and Tylenol coupons at my children’s Pediatricians office.

8:  Email:  Signing up for a companies email newsletter (with your couponing email address) is a great way to get coupons on your favorite products.  Some coupons will be emailed out only to members or you’ll get an email notifying you of the coupon location (ie. company website or Facebook page.)

9: Store Loyalty Cards: Some stores allow you to use electronic coupons (ecoupons).  These are digital coupons that you don’t print.  They are electronically loaded onto your card or account.  Read more about How to Use Ecoupons and the added benefits of paperless coupons.

As you can see, coupons can be obtained from a wide variety of locations.  Now that you know where to find coupons.  Find out how to read coupons.

Next up: How to Get Extra Coupon Inserts

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