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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How to Read Coupon Speak

Ok, so you've started to collect the coupon inserts, printable coupons, and you've even got your organization system down. Now, how in the world do I find these deals?

Blogs, my friend. Bloggers are excellent resources for you to find all of the deals that your coupons allow you to unlock. There is a lingo that you will need to become familiar with if you want to learn how to take advantage of the bloggers' knowledge.

First, let's take an imaginary example of a coupon listing and dissect its anatomy:

$1/1 Lysol NeutraAir 1/30/11 P&G x2/28/11

  1. The beginning ($1/1) expresses the value of the coupon. Using this coupon will give you $1.00 savings when you buy 1 item. 
  2. "Lysol NeutraAir" is the name of the item that the coupon can be used on. Often times, the coupon itself will list other items that are included as well, but bloggers limit it to the main applicable item.
  3. 1/30/11 expresses the date that the coupon was released in the newspaper. 
  4. In this example, P&G says that this coupon was part of the Proctor & Gamble insert. The coupon inserts are abbreviated as RP (Red Plum), SS (Smart Source), P&G(Proctor & Gamble), and GM (General Mills). 
  5. x2/28/11 just reminds you of the coupon's expiration date.

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