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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

Going Nuts? I can help you understand coupon terms and abbreviations

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I love hearing from you all and get so many encouraging emails each day of people who are able to stretch their budget and meet their goals.  I also get lots of questions, so I thought today I would knock out one of the top questions I get:

How do I know when the coupon inserts are expired?

For everyone that uses the whole insert method of coupon organization (my favorite), you can feel like you need to keep those inserts forever.  It’s that or you have to go through each page and look at the expiration dates…

Honestly 12 weeks worth are all you really need to keep.  There is a great trick I use though to be sure I’m aren’t tossing valid coupons.

Pull up the coupon database and search the date of the insert in question.  Inserts have a one or two digit month and two digit day (ex. SS 8/14, RP 1/08).  The database will only show coupons that are still good to use:

If there are any coupons that haven’t expired, they will be listed and you can clip those few. (The four coupons shown above).  If nothing comes up, you are good to get rid of the insert!

What should I do with expired inserts?

The preferred option is to send expired coupons to the troops who can use them up to 6 months past the expiration date.  If not, I suggest you at least recycle them.