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.

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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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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?

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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
Coupons.com
RedPlum
SmartSource

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.

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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.

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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

Where do you find coupons?

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Advanced Couponing: How to Keep Track Of Upcoming Deals

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I recently posted about a Rite Aid Freebie starting 3/24 and one of our readers asked us for a reminder about it.  As hard as we try to keep you updated on deals we can not always do this.  There are always so many great deals, sales and coupons to keep up with we don’t always remember either.  :o

I wanted to share a quick post with you today on how I keep track of upcoming deals that I personally want to take advantage of at the Drugstores and a few other stores that I don’t always shop.  I call this my “Paper Brains!”  :o

When I first started “strategic couponing”, as I like to call it, I used a notebook to write down the deals I wanted to grab at each store.  Well, I like to be very neat and organized and this notebook was not working for me.  So I set up a quick Word Document and that’s what I’ve been using ever since.  It is very simple and to the point and I have it up and running on my computer at all times.  So as I’m searching the internet and I come across a deal that I want to get I simply copy and paste it onto my word document under the corresponding week and store that it is at.  I also have this set up for at least a month at a time.  Then, when I’m ready to go shopping, I simply print my store list for that week and go shopping!

Here is what my document look likes so far for the week of 3/24:

WEEKLY DEALS 3/24

WALGREENS

Buy 2 Nice! One Dozen Grade A Large Eggs $1.00 each, when you buy 2, sale price 3/24-3/30
Use one
$0.55/2 – Eggs, Dozen – (smartsource.com)
Final Price: $0.73 each, when you buy 2

RITE AID

18 packs of Scunci Elastic Hair Bands on sale for $1.99
Get back $1.99 +Up
Final Price=FREE

CVS

TARGET

WALMART

FOOD LION

 

Like I said, I only use this for the drugstores and stores that I don’t regularly shop.  I do not include Farm Fresh or Harris Teeter deals on here.  For those, I use Dana’s printable lists that she posts each week with the coupon mathchups.

Again, I just wanted to share how I keep my deals organized.  I hope this helps you out!

Happy Couponing!!
Melissa

 

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Couponing Basics: Stacking Coupons

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Can You Stack Coupons?

“Stacking” coupons is one of the great secrets of saving with coupons.  Once you realize that stores will allow you to use both a store coupon AND a manufacture coupon on 1 item, the whole world of coupons seems a bit brighter.  Why?  Because you have now essentially doubled your savings!

Now, not all stores allow “coupon stacking” and not all stores even offer store coupons.  The popular chains do; however,  have this wonderful note in their coupon policies.  This week, we will look at your favorite stores that allow coupon stacking.

Before we more forward, it is important to note that you can’t use 2 manufacture coupons on 1 product.  I am discussing using a store coupon (see post here) with a manufacture coupon.  You must also follow any restrictions set forth by the manufacture or the store.

Coupon Stacking Example:

Buy 1 Trix Cereal @ $2.50
Use $1/1 Trix Manufacture coupon
Stack with $1/1 Trix CVS store coupon
Final: $0.50 each after coupons

 

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According to the CVS Coupon Policy:

 

CVS/pharmacy accepts one third-party manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.

Make sure to always scan your Extra Care Card at the Magic Coupon Kiosk before shopping.  You might be surprised with an unexpected store coupon or free offer.  You can also print CVS coupons online.

 

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Couponing Basics: How to Use Ecoupons

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Electronic coupons or ecoupons are next up on the list of topics for Couponing Basics

What is an ecoupon?

An ecoupon is a digital coupon that isn’t clipped or printed.  The coupon is downloaded online directly onto a store loyalty/discount card and is redeemed electronically. The coupon value will automatically be deducted at checkout once the qualifying purchase is made within the redemption period.

Where are ecoupons accepted?

Ecoupons have become more prevalent and are now widely accepted.  However, not all stores accept ecoupons so it is important to know your stores coupon policy.  Simply heading over to the store website will also help determine if and which service your store uses for ecoupons since each store will have a specific ecoupon service they use.  You will need to sign up for that particular ecoupon service and register your store loyalty card to load and redeem coupons.

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Couponing Basics: What is a Catalina Coupon?

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I’ve been talking about all types of coupons, but What is a Catalina Coupon?

A Catalina is a coupon printed at the register from a Catalina machine when a participating product(s) is purchased.  The Catalina machines are little printers next to the register (shown below).

There are several ways to earn a Catalina coupon or CAT:

 

  1. Purchase X amount 0f products and earn X dollars off your next purchase.  You will need to purchase a specific number of participating products or a specific dollar amount of products to trigger the Catalina.
    • Buy 2 Kikkoman soy sauce and get $1.50 off your next purchase, buy 3 and get $2 off your next purchase OR
    • Purchase $30 of participating Proctor &  Gamble products and earn $10 off your next shopping trip

    These coupons are great because you can use them to help save on items where coupons are rare such as milk and meat.

  2. Purchase X products to receive a FREE product on your next shopping trip.  You need to purchase a specified number of products to either receive a coupon to get a free product or to get money off of a specific product(s).
    • Purchase 4 participating General Mills Cereals and get FREE Milk (coupon printed at register).  You must purchase the 4 boxes of applicable cereal then you will get a Catalina coupon at checkout for FREE milk.  You can’t get the milk free in the same transaction.

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