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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

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doritos

Recently you may have seen a .pdf file containing (6) Free Doritos Coupons, you may have even tried to use them.  I have received a large amount of e-mails asking whether these coupons were legitimate or not and I wanted to answer that here: these coupons are 100% fraudulent.  Frito Lay has come out and publicly stated that they are no good.

A good rule of thumb to keep you from accidentally using fraudulent coupons is to look for the source of the coupon.  If they are are not linked to any official site (in this case either the Frito Lay site or any official coupon site such as redplum or smartsource), you should not use them.  In other words, find them in their original source and make sure it is a credible one.  Another way to think about the coupons is this:  Frito-Lay could not possibly afford to give every customer 6 free bags of Doritos; it would probably bankrupt them! Sorry if you really wanted to use these but please don’t use these coupons and tell your friends not to use them either!

Also in general any FREE coupon passed around via email should scream “not real”.  Get more information about spotting coupon fraud.

Thanks for helping me to make Southern Savers a place where ethical couponers save money together!  (and thank you to everyone who e-mailed asking about these coupons before running out to use them!)

    • anna

      I hadn't heard about that but I have been told by Kroger now that they are offically not letting you use internet coupons that allow you get an item for free. Like Bogo Coupons since there was a lot of people fraudulently copying and usuing them.

      • Tara B

        yeah glad I saw this as a friend of mine sent a bunch of these to me by email..today. I was sad to learn they were not good.

    • Jen

      There are also some free 12-pk coke coupons circulating as well. My local Publix said they are fraudulent also.

      • noahcat

        A cashier told me that the only coupons that Coke ever issues are rare and have a hologram or something like it on them. I have never seen one.

        • Muddy

          With coke rewards you can choose freebie coupons for your reward. They do have holograms on them and come through regular mail. I have received many of those as I've cashed in on codes I've entered.

    • ashley

      I received the Doritos coupons via email and didn't try to use them, but the email also contained fraudulent coupons for Pepsi, Dannon and Folgers.

    • kristin

      OH MY GOSH I am mortified! My friend works at a grocery store part time and teaches full time. He gave me a sheet of them, and I thought that they were from the grocery and for real! I am so embarrassed. What will happen to those of us that had no idea and were dumb enough to think they were for real???

      • courtney_80

        if you haven't used the product, i would take it back to the grocer and tell them what happened.

        • Carol

          I took back 2 products (a 12 pack and a bag of doritos) after I found out the coupons were fake. The store clerk and manager were extremely nice about it and thanked me for coming in. Made me feel better too!

    • Patti

      Kristin – you aren't the first & won't be the last to get what seem like legitimate coupons from friends. I was caught up in all the ones from Facebook over a year or two ago (they were GREAT high value coupons and were so, so, so not “real”). I got AMAZING deals….but they weren't “right.” I think I've made up for it with coupon karma — I lay coupons I don't use on the products shelves in the grocery store all the time. Don't worry about it — just stop using them and look for signs of legitimacy the next time you get coupons from a friend or a website. I got the coupons too but haven't used them. Its ok — because you actually are upset that they're not real and you won't use them again, if you've used them already!

    • Thanks so much for posting this! I've received this coupon via email from five or six different friends, and I hate explaining that it's not legal! Thanks for getting the word out Jenny!

    • Kris

      I had a real coupon the other day for free Uncle Ben's rice that was sent to me in the mail. At first the cashier didn't want to take the coupon saying Publix no longer took any coupons for free products. I explained that this one was obviously mailed to me – not copied. After checking with the mgr – they did take it but it led me to believe they are cracking down on all the fradualent coupons.

    • Christine

      Oops….I have already used some….I did not know they were bad. I won't use the rest of them. Thanks for informing me..I don't want to do anything to hurt Publix…I love shopping there and want to keep on good terms with them.

      • Christine

        After reading about these coupons being fradulent and posting my comment, I then went back to my Publix to pay for the 2 bags of doritos that I had previously gotten for free….my Publix Manager told me that the coupons were not fraudulent…she said, that she had gotten many of them, and had called to be sure that they were legit and was informed they were. I told her that I had read they were bad, on your website. She told me they were good and that I did not need to pay for the doritos I had gotten. I told her that just in case, I would not use anymore of the coupons I had and that if she found out any other information to please let me know. That same day another lady had 6 bags in her cart and I saw a sheet of the same coupons that I had been sent by email. Not sure why there is a discrepency in information, but, I honestly don't see how these can be truly legit, now that I think about it.

    • Ln

      My husband was at the Publix pharmacy on Friday. He and another lady there got to talking about coupons and he told her I used Southern Savers. She said she did too. He noticed she had about 6 bags of these chips in her cart and he asked if they had a good deal on them. She gave him 3 copies of this coupon to give to me for my next trip. When I saw the coupon I knew they were fraudulent because I had seen them mentioned on another site as illegal. She told my husband that she got them from this site (this is how I knew that she knew it was a fake coupon…obviously this coupon has never been up on your site but saying it was from here would make it seem more legit) and that the computers didn't beep when she uses them, so obviously she was buying a ton of them off and on. I immediately checked the website you mentioned in a post that lists fraudulent coupons and called Publix armed with my knowledge. I told the manager that it did not come from this site and that he should be aware of the coupon. He knew about the coupon but did not know that it had recently been redeemed at his store. He said their policy was to not take any internet coupons for free products so he wasn't sure how they were getting through. I had to call because I didn't want anyone ruining the wonderful coupon policy at Publix. Anyway, just wanted you to know that there are people saying it came from here so I'm glad you put this up. Plus, what manufacturer is dumb enough to put a pdf format of 6 free product coupons out that can be used numerous times and doesn't expire until Dec. Really, it's up to us to think about things like this before we use a coupon. This was in Trussville, AL.

    • RebeccaFer

      Thanks for the info Jenny. What a sad world we live in that people have nothing better to do then sit at home and make fraudulent coupons up! ARghhhh! I hadn't seen these but I'm sure I will eventually since people know I am a serious coupon user. I'll educate them when it gets sent my way.

    • JennyU

      This is why I love your site Jenny. When I first starting couponing, there were 4 or 5 sites I used. Somewhere along the line I stopped using the others because sometimes things they talked about to get good deals were a bit shady. I know anything I find on your site is legit. Thank you are all the hard work and values you put into this site.

      • Susan

        i HEARTILY agree!!! Some websites/blogs post dubious “bragging” regarding great deals–it's not a deal if you have to steal or lie to get it! Thank you, thank you, Jenny, for your commitment to ethical couponing!

    • renamac

      I have not seen this coupon (YET) but I want to say thanks for such an honest and by the book website. I like to lay my head down on my pillow at night knowing that I was honest in all I do. I trust your website. You keep us all on the up and up . Thanks so very much for all the time you have dedicated to this website. We wouldn't be able to save our families so much money without your help.

    • CindyLu

      Yes, unfortunately there are some wicked people in this world. And I was reminded of that this wkend; I purchased a very few items at my local (small town) grocery store (ShopRite) and as usual printed coupons before heading there. As I ck out and hand the cashier my coupons he let me know they no longer take internet coupons – talk about FURIOUS!!!! Afterwards, went to CVS and was talking with the store mgr. there about the incedent and he explained why and showed me the fradulent coupon that is currently cirrculating for a FREE 12pk Pepsi product. So I hope there is enough of us honest people left in this world to keep this coupon technique going and outweigh the wicked ones. Jenny you have such an awesome site going and I truly believe all of us are just trying to make it financially a little bit easier in this struggling economy. Keep up the awesome website – Jenny you are heaven sent to my pocketbook! :0)

    • ScottK

      It's sad, but there's quite a few companies effected by this now. The coke/pepsi one as was mentioned, as well as a $10 off “any” duracell battery package. Sad!

    • Angie

      I work for Bi-Lo and we are receiving emails about fraudulent coupons weekly. Some of the current ones out there besides the Doritos coupon are: Free 12 pack Coke, Free 12 pack Pepsi, Free Folgers Coffee, Free Velveeta, Free Reynolds Aluminum Foil, 6 Free bottles of Fuze. We really have to scrutinize every Free coupon right now.

    • Tracey

      Most stores here in ATL won't accept internet coupons for free items.

    • I am a CSM at walmart and i have seen soooo many of these .. we will not accept these at my store .. we have had to say if it says free and its come off the internet its FAKE! you would be amazed at the amount of people that argue with me even when i have printed off the CIC's website that they are fake and have shown it to them! Please dont use these and ruin couponing for all of us!

    • Christine

      After reading about these coupons being fradulent and posting my comment, I then went back to my Publix to pay for the 2 bags of doritos that I had previously gotten for free….my Publix Manager told me that the coupons were not fraudulent…she said, that she had gotten many of them, and had called to be sure that they were legit and was informed they were. I told her that I had read they were bad, on your website. She told me they were good and that I did not need to pay for the doritos I had gotten. I told her that just in case, I would not use anymore of the coupons I had and that if she found out any other information to please let me know. That same day another lady had 6 bags in her cart and I saw a sheet of the same coupons that I had been sent by email. Not sure why there is a discrepency in information, but, I honestly don't see how these can be truly legit, now that I think about it.

    • gracie1

      I did go back to my Publix today — they rock! when it comes to coupons. I went to customer service along with an empty bag of chips that I had “purchased” and explained that I had unknowingly used two fraudulent coupons, and that I wanted them to scan my empty bag twice so that I could pay for them. To say that they were impressed is an understatement, and they thanked me, scanned my empty bag twice and happily took my money. I tried to explain to hubby that I was really kind of being selfish, as I do not want the cashiers to pull out their magnifying glass to read the fine print every time I hand them coupons :)

    • Christine

      After reading about these coupons being fradulent and posting my comment, I then went back to my Publix to pay for the 2 bags of doritos that I had previously gotten for free….my Publix Manager told me that the coupons were not fraudulent…she said, that she had gotten many of them, and had called to be sure that they were legit and was informed they were. I told her that I had read they were bad, on your website. She told me they were good and that I did not need to pay for the doritos I had gotten. I told her that just in case, I would not use anymore of the coupons I had and that if she found out any other information to please let me know. That same day another lady had 6 bags in her cart and I saw a sheet of the same coupons that I had been sent by email. Not sure why there is a discrepency in information, but, I honestly don't see how these can be truly legit, now that I think about it.

    • Christine

      After reading about these coupons being fradulent and posting my comment, I then went back to my Publix to pay for the 2 bags of doritos that I had previously gotten for free….my Publix Manager told me that the coupons were not fraudulent…she said, that she had gotten many of them, and had called to be sure that they were legit and was informed they were. I told her that I had read they were bad, on your website. She told me they were good and that I did not need to pay for the doritos I had gotten. I told her that just in case, I would not use anymore of the coupons I had and that if she found out any other information to please let me know. That same day another lady had 6 bags in her cart and I saw a sheet of the same coupons that I had been sent by email. Not sure why there is a discrepency in information, but, I honestly don't see how these can be truly legit, now that I think about it.

    • gracie1

      I did go back to my Publix today — they rock! when it comes to coupons. I went to customer service along with an empty bag of chips that I had “purchased” and explained that I had unknowingly used two fraudulent coupons, and that I wanted them to scan my empty bag twice so that I could pay for them. To say that they were impressed is an understatement, and they thanked me, scanned my empty bag twice and happily took my money. I tried to explain to hubby that I was really kind of being selfish, as I do not want the cashiers to pull out their magnifying glass to read the fine print every time I hand them coupons :)