Abbreviations I commonly use (frequently people use other ones, but these are what I like):
- SS = Smart source
- RP = Red plum
- PG or P & G = Proctor & Gamble
- GM = General Mills
- PTC = printed Target coupon
- MTC = mobile Target coupon
- EB = extra bucks, you get these from CVS
- UR = up rewards, you get these from Rite Aid
- RAV = Rite Aid video reward coupon
- AY = All You magazine
- BOGO OR B1G1 = buy one get one
- R = Rebate
- OOP = Out of pocket
- WYB = When you buy
- MIR = Mail in rebate
- Whenever you get your Sunday paper be sure to get more than 1 - increments of 2 if you can – that way if a bogo sale comes along you will be able to use a coupon on each item.
- Check out this site where it gives you info on this great program where at select stores there is a machine where you can take your recycling & get points for it. Then you can redeem those for coupons!
Information to know for each store:
- All of the stores listed below allow you to stack a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon. Unless specified the store does not accept competitor coupons and they do not give overage on coupons.
- Rite Aid – you can stack a RAV, in store C & regular C all on 1 item. You can use 4 like coupons per transaction. On bogo free sales you can only use 1 coupon per 2 items, however bogo 50% off you can use 1 coupon per 1 item. For manufacturer coupons a bogo free coupon can be stacked with a dollars off coupon on 2 items. However a bogo free coupon may not be used on a bogo free or bogo 50% off sale. Feel free to check out the full Rite Aid coupon policy.
Something special about Rite Aid is the more you shop there the better discounts you get. At certain levels you get a coupon for 1 order, then the next level you get 10% off all non-sale items (instant price reduction items) and at the next level you get 20% off! Also be sure to like their fb page as sometimes they offer printable coupons there. They also offer coupons in a load 2 card program =)
- CVS – Buy a green bag tag & bring a reusable bag! Every 4th visit (once per day) using your card you get 1 EB. I recommend pulling the strap off, tape your CVS rewards card to the back & attach both to your keychain, that way you never have to worry about which bag it’s on. Make sure when you go into the store you can your CVS card at the red machine, which is near the front of the store. This machine is a great way to get CVS coupons, which of course can be stacked with manufacturer coupons! If you lose your EB you can print them on their site (be sure to make an online acct) at least during the month you earned them or you can contact the store. Also be sure to sign up for e-mails as you get surprise coupons for items and sometimes $5 off $25 order (prior to other coupons). Also be sure to sign up for the extracare beauty club. With every $50 spent on beauty products you get 5 EB
- Target – You can sign up to get texts from Target which will give you a link to access mobile Target coupons. You can also use Shopkick, which is a mobile app to get (mobile) Target coupons. In addition you can print Target’s Printable Coupons If you have a Target credit card you get 5% off immediately (post coupons) that is amount that is charged to your card. You can stack a manufacturer coupon with a Target coupon on each item or pair of items (if it’s a bogo free sale). For more information check out the Target coupon policy.
- Giant – More than 1 like coupon can be used, but only 1 like coupon per day per card will be doubled up to a total value of $1. They don’t accept internet coupons with the word free in it. To read their (short) policy click here.
- Weis – You can use as many like coupons as you want, but only 4 per day will be doubled (up to a total value of $1/coupon). They accept bogo free, but not just free printed coupons, They will accept other manufacturer store coupons (like Catalina coupons, but it must say manufacturer on the top). I am not sure if a bogo C can be stacked with one $1/1 C. I will have to try at some point, but I always thought you couldn’t. To read more of their policy click here.
- Wegmans – You can use as many like coupons as you want, but only 4 like ones will be doubled per day (up to a value of 1.98 or the cost of the item per coupon). They do not accept printed coupons for free items that require no other purchase. To read more of their policy click here & find your store in the list.
- Wal-mart – They do overage and accept competitor coupons – but that part is just a version of price match. Honestly I don’t think the price match is worth the hassle, but it’s there. Most things aren’t worth it to buy there, but some things you can get good deals on. If you want to read more about their policy click here or here (for pdf version), but be prepared because it seems many of their employees hate their jobs & will hate you, esp if you use more coupons.
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