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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Learning the Lingo - Detailed Version

Detailed Version:
If you are looking for the short version of the acronyms below click HERE.

B1G1 or BOGO - Buy one Get one Free

B2G1 - Buy two get one free

Blinkie - In store coupon typically in a small box with a red flashing light near the product that the coupon is for.  (These are distributed by Smart Source not the Grocery Stores

CAT or Catalina - Coupon that prints at the register after your purchase is complete.  It can either be a store or manufacturer coupon.  Sometimes Catalina's are triggered by your shopping habits, other times there is an in store promotion from the manufacturer.  When we find "formulas" for Catalina's we post them on the website.

CRT - Cash Register Tape

CVS - Drug Store, typically high priced, but with their rewards system can be very profitable if you learn how.

DND - Do Not Double * A coupon that states do not double.  This wording applies to coupons redeemed at a grocery store that doubles coupons as part of their coupon policy.  If the UPC code of a coupon begins with the number 5 and the policy of the store is to double coupons the registers are programmed to double automatically.  In this case a cashier would have to manually suppress the register to prevent it each coupon with the wording DND from doubling.  If a coupon begins with the number 9 it won't double regardless of the stores policy.  This is one of those YMMV (your mileage may double) and varies from store to store.

Double Coupon  - A coupon that a grocery store doubles in value.  Applies to coupons redeemed at a grocery store whose policy is to double coupons to entice shoppers to their store.  The face value of the coupon is reimbursed to the grocery store by the manufacturer; however the amount that doubled is absorbed by the grocery store as part of their marketing budget.

ECB - Extra Care Bucks are printed on the bottom of a receipt at CVS to be redeemed at a later time on merchandise in the store.  Value of ECB's printed correspond with weekly/monthly sales.

FLIP - Food Lion Internet Printable Coupon that are released weekly and posted on our website.  They also have Baby and Pet Coupons that are issued quarterly

HIPS - Harvey's Internet Printable Coupons released weekly and posted on our website.

Insert - Coupons in the Sunday Newspaper.  Booklets are labeled Smart Source (SS), Proctor and Gamble (PG), and Red Plum. (RP)

IP or Printable - Internet Printable Coupon printed from an online website.  Most coupons allow 2 prints per month per IP address, before resetting on the first of each month.  However, the reset schedule can vary.  Before printing you may be required to download software that enables your computer to print bar codes.  DO NOT COPY!!   Each coupon has their own barcode that is tied to your IP address.  The exception is when a manufacturer releases a coupon on their website in the form of a pdf file that allows multiple prints.  The bar code of this coupon is the same regardless of the number of prints or computers that it is printed from.

IVC - Instant Value Coupon - You will find these at Walgreens and CVS in their weekly and/or monthly ads.  In most cases these coupons do not need to be cut out rather the cashier will type once and the coupon will apply  to each item (as long as it is within limits).

MIR - Mail In Rebate

MM - Money Maker

MQ or Manny Q - Manufacturer Coupon

OOP - Out of Pocket

OOS - Out of Stock

Overage -  This applies when the cost of an item is less than the coupon value.  For example, if an item cost $0.75 and you use a coupon for $1.00 off the $0.25 difference is referred to as overage.  There are several options as to how the store will handle this situation. 
     1.  The amount of overage is applied to the balance of the remaining balance of the grocery bill.
     2.  The value of the coupon is reduced to the cost of the item, thus canceling overage.
     3.  The value of the item is increased to meet the value of the coupon, canceling overage.
OYNO - On your next order

PG or P&G -  Proctor and Gamble Sunday Insert Booklet. 

Peelie - A coupon in the form of a sticker that has to be peeled off to redeem.

RC - Rain Check is a piece of paper that guarantees the sale price of a product when it is out of stock that can be redeemed at a later time.

Rebate - Mail in offer by a manufacturer or store that issues a refund based on predetermined criteria

RP - Red Plum Insert booklet in the Sunday Newspaper

RR - Register Reward is a Catalina that prints at Walgreens at the end of a purchase based on specific sales.  A RR is considered a manufacturer coupon that can then be spent like cash on items in the store.

SCR - Single Check Rebate is a rebate check mailed to a Rite Aid customer who has entered purchases on sales made from the previous month that have been entered on their website.  The amount of SCR is based on advertised sales.

SS - Smart Source booklet, blinkie, or printable coupon issued through News Marketing America.

WAGS - Walgreens

Wine tag / Ring tag / Hangtag - A coupon generally found hanging from the bottle "neck" of the product. (Ketchup, syrup, salad dressing)

WYB - When You Buy

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary meaning what works at one store may or may not work at another.  Also applies to coupons, pricing of items, stock available, sales price, etc...

Kroger Highlights: 1/10 - 1/16

Kroger is having another 10 for $10 sale this week - which of course means nothing except that these items are $1 each - regardless of how much you buy.  Don't be fooled by their mind-games!!   There are several little freebies this week, some great deals on biscuits and whatnot, and scroll down to the bottom to check out 2 good catalina promotions.
*NOTE: These are the best deals for the SOUTHEAST region:

Tyson Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breast: $1.99/lb
Baby Peeled Carrots: 99¢
Apples: $1/lb


Gatorade Sports Drink $1
Use 50¢/1 from 1/10 RP
(makes it FREE!) *If your store doubles

Stonyfield Oikos Yogurt: $1
Use $1/1 from 1/3 SS
(makes it FREE!)

Halls Cough Drops: $1
Use 50¢/1 PRINT
(makes it FREE!)

Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes: $1
Use 35¢/1 from 12/13, 11/22, 11/15 SS
Stack WITH 40¢/1from Cellfire or Shortcuts
(makes it FREE!)

Birdseye Frozen Vegetables: $1
Use 35¢/1 or 50¢/1 from 11/15, 12/6 SS
(makes it FREE - 30¢ ea)

Ester-C is BOGO for $10.99
Use (2) $5/1 from 1/3 RP
(makes it 50¢ ea!)

Hunts Tomato Sauce: $1
Use 50¢/2 PRINT
(makes it 50¢ ea if it doubles!)

Dannon Yogurt (32 oz or 4-6 Packs): $1.88
Use $1/1 from 11/1, 11/15 & 12/6 SS
(makes it 88¢)

Pillsbury Biscuits/Rolls/ Breads: $1
Load 30¢/2 Biscuits, 40¢/2 Crescents, 50¢/2 Sweet Rolls at Shortcuts & Cellfire
Stack WITH various $1/2, 50¢/2, etc.. PRINT, PRINT, or PRINT
or from 1/3, 12/13, 12/6, 11/15, 11/08 SS
(as low as 25¢ ea)

HOT: Glade Catalina Deal (1/1 - 1/24):
Buy 2 ~ Get $3 ONYO
Buy 3 ~ Get $4 OYNO
Buy 4 or more ~ Get $5 OYNO
*This says it is for the Fragrance Collection only, but I've read several people who have bought regular Glade candles and gotten the catalina!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Holiday Clearance candles - marked down as low as 75¢ at some Krogers!

Kraft Cheese Catalina Deal (1/1 - 1/24):
Buy 5 or more Kraft ~ Get $5 OYNO
singles, parmesan cheese, natural cheese (chunks, shredded, crumbles (5oz), sticks and cubes), string-ums cheese, cracker cuts, deli deluxe cheese slices, philadelphia ready to eat cheesecake filling ,  philadelphia cream cheese, velveeta cheese product, cracker barrel, cheese whiz process cheese, breakstone sour cream, breakstone cottage cheese, knudsen sour cream, knudsen cottage cheese

- Thanks, Mcatwood on HotCouponWorld!

NEW: Kroger Site Hosts MORE E-Coupons!

To all you Kroger shoppers out there, you know that you can load "E-Coupons" onto your Kroger Plus card by going to the following sites (Click on the image to go there):


But NOW, Kroger's website has their very own E-Coupons you can load up to your card! 
Go HERE to see the selection and load to your card.  I see some pretty good ones already:
-$2/1 Quilted Northern
-$2/1 Brawny
-$5/5 Healthy Choice
...and many more!

Target Deals: 1/10 - 1/16

Target doesn't have too much to get all excited about this week -  a few of the gift card deals they have result in prices that I am just not willing to pay for lotion, food, etc...  Once you get used to free lotion, food, and toiletries - I guess you just get spoiled!  Here are the best deals I see:

Good Deals:
AXE Gift Sets: $5 ~ Get a $5 Target Gift Card wyb 2
Use (2) $1/1 PRINT*has reached limit
(makes it $3 for 2 sets!)
*This deal is good until mid-February, so no rush!

Sobe Lifewater $1 ~ Get a $5 Target Gift Card wyb 10
Use (2) $2 off 5 Peelie found on some bottles
also a 25¢ coupon HERE
(makes it 10¢ ea!)

Special K Bars & Crackers: $2.39 ea ~ Get FREE Special K Fruit Crisps (They look like poptarts) wyb 2
Buy (2)
Use $1/2 from 1/3 RP
Stack WITH $1/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it $1.78 for 3 Kelloggs products!)

Yo-Plus or Fiber One Yogurt 4-Packs: $1.50
Use $1/1 PRINT, PRINT or from 1/3 SS
(makes it 50¢ ea!)

Electrasol Finish 20 ct. GelPacs: $3.23 (*Clearanced at some Targets)
Use $2.50/1 from 1/3 SS *Regional
(makes it 73¢!)

Lean Cuisine Frozen Meals: $1.88
Use $1/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it 88¢ ea!)

Kashi Go-Lean Crunch: $2.75
Use 75¢/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it $2 ea)

A Few Little Freebies:

Johnson & Johsnon Baby Shampoo - Travel Size: 97¢
Buy 2, use $2/2 PRINT
(Makes it FREE)* I hear this makes great eye makeup remover too!

Johnson's Buddies Sudzing Bar: 99¢
Use $1/1 from 11/8 RP (Exp. 1/15!)
(Makes it FREE!)

Reach Dental Floss: 99¢
use $1/1 from 1/3 RP
(makes it FREE)

- Thanks to Kerry over at TotallyTarget!

Rite-Aid Highlights: 1/10 - 1/16

This week at Rite-Aid has a few freebies and some good deals on facial products and dental care.  Don't forget that you will get a game piece with each transaction that you can place on your game board and win instant prizes!!
Go HERE to watch some very short commercials called "Video Values" - once you earn 20 points from viewing, you'll be able to print out a $5/$25 coupon.
Scroll to the bottom for a simple deal scenario - resulting in nearly FREE diapers!
To view Rite-Aid's Coupon Policy, see HERE

Best Rebate Deals: 

Theraflu $4.99
Submit $3.00 SCR
Use $2/1 PRINT
(makes it FREE!)

Contact $4.99
Submit $4.99 SCR
Use $2/1 from 1/10 RP
(makes it FREE + overage!)

GE Light Bulbs $2.00
Submit $2.00 SCR
(makes it FREE!)

Huggies Jumbo Pack of Diapers or Pull-Ups: $8.99
Submit $1 SCR
Use $1/1 Rite-Aid Coupon HERE
Stack WITH $2/1 Pull-Ups PRINT or $1.50/1 Diapers PRINT
(makes it as low as $4.99 ea!)

Other Deals:

Aveeno Lotion (Starting at) $3.49
Use $1/1 in ad coupon
Stack WITH $2/1 in 1/10 inserts OR PRINT
(As low as 49¢ ea)

Clean and Clear (Prices Start at) $3.69
Use $1/1 in ad coupon
Stack WITH $2/1 in 1/10 inserts OR PRINT
(As low as 69¢ ea)

GUM Toothbrushes, Flossers, Crayola Toothbrushes (Price Starting At) $2.99 BOGO
Use (2) $1/1 from 11/15 RP
(makes it 49¢ ea)

Drano Max 12-17oz., $3.49
Use 50¢/1  in-ad coupon
Stack WITH 55¢/1 PRINT
(Makes it $2.44)

Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner $12.99
Use $3/1  in-ad coupon
(Makes it $2.99)

Scrubbing Bubbles: $12.99
Huggies: $8.99
Cotact: $4.99
TOTAL= $26.97

$5/$25 Video Values Coupon
$7 Scrubbing Bubbles MFR Q
$3 Scrubbing Bubbles In-Ad Q
$2 Huggies MFR Q
$1 Huggies Rite-Aid Q
$2 Contact Q

PAY: $6.97
Get Back: $5.99 in Rebates!
Less than $1 spent after Rebates to take home diapers, a shower cleaner, and contact solution!

- Thanks, ForTheMommas!

Simplify Sundays

Debbie McCuiston, self-proclaimed "Queen of Clutter-Free", does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of "clutter", and focusing on what's important.  We're really excited about this new segment - and hope you are too!  Take it away Debbie....

Hope everyone has had a very productive week.  Hope you were able to clean out at least one drawer and keep it clean. The keeping it clean is the real test!!!  Congrats to the ladies that have made amazing progress in  tossing out "major clutter." I am very impressed! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
  This week I would like to take a look at the clutter that floats around in our heads. (Sorry I can't help with the voices that are in your head...that's a program for Dr. Phil.) Now if you are a mom or any woman that takes a breath every day, you know what I am talking about. Mine was usually the schedule of the darling hubby and all 15 kids (at least it felt like there are 15 some days. I really only had 2 kids to keep up with)...what to serve for all 21 meals this week and how to keep enough underwear clean for the WHOLE family all week. Just thinking about it gives me a headache.
As I have gotten older  I have made it a practice to keep as little information in my head as possible.  (If you are a friend of mine, do not leave a comment agreeing with this.)  In this day and time there is always somewhere you can find all the information you need at the click of a mouse. Why should I know it all anymore?--no one cares.  The way I solved the problem of scheduling is to keep a desk calendar hanging on the pantry door. As one of the kids would come in with their school calendar for band, football or any other activities, it went on the calendar. Everyone was given a color and their activity was coded that way. It was very easy to look at the calendar and decide how our week was to be directed. EVERYTHING went on the calendar...birthday parties, youth events, school stuff, even dad and mom's stuff was included. I also included the times that need to be alloted for each activity. That way I knew if we could fit more than one activity on that day.  It only took a few missed parties to make the kids realize that mom's rule "if it ain't on the calendar, it ain't happening" was the rule that we would live by. This may sound like a lot of work and the first time it will take a bit of time, but take my word for it you will be surprised at the amount of pressure it takes off of you and your over-taxed brain. It's all organized and very handy. I also kept a small calendar in my purse when I worked just in case someone had a question or needed to add to or take away from the week's activities.
Now that the kids are grown and married, we still keep the calendar. There aren't as many colors but we seem to be just as busy and it's just the 2 of us. It really has helped keep us from over-booking ourselves at times. We are now working on trying to schedule a Saturday every once in awhile as a "let's stay in our pj's, watch movies, screen our calls and eat junk food all day."  I will let you know how that works out.
This gives new meaning to the saying, "A place for everything and everything in its place."

If you have any questions or suggestions please email me at
Try to organize one new thing this week - your calendar or keep working on that junk drawer. May God give you joy as you seek to bring peace to you and your family's life.


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