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A while ago I started explaining coupon lingo, and hoped to finish in a more timely manner… this week though we are going to knock out all the rest!
Once you learn the lingo of any culture, life gets easier to understand. You start to talk like a native, and outsiders will listen to you with a slightly quizzical look in their eyes. So are you ready to unravel some more coupon lingo to better get our tribe? Here we go!
This is simply an abbreviation for “when you buy.” So if you see $1 RR wyb Folgers Coffee 22.6-33.9 oz, it means that you will receive a Register Reward worth $1 when you buy Folgers Coffee in the listed sizes. One inside tip: when you see a coupon that says $1 off Eggs “when you buy” milk and cheese, remember that the coupon is just for eggs. You can still use a coupon on the milk and the cheese!
Fifty cents off of two items. You must buy two items to get the fifty cents off. When you use this coupon, consider it the manufacturer’s coupon for two items. You cannot combine a Buy One, Get One Free Coupon with a .50/2 on the same two items, you would need to purchase three items.
Fifty cents off of three items. You must buy three items to get the fifty cents off.
B1G1, BOGO, B1G1F
These are everyone’s favorite deals and coupons. Buy One, Get One Free. This means different things at different stores. At some grocery stores, B1G1 actually means that you can buy just one item at 50% off. At other grocery stores and all drugstores, you must truly buy one at full price to get the other item for free.
We will cover buy one get one coupons and buy one get one sales in a post all their own in a few days!
RP, PG, SS
No, these aren’t part of a new movie rating system. These are the abbreviations for the coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. The top of the cover page of each insert will be listed as Red Plum (RP), Proctor & Gamble (PG) or Smartsource (SS). When we list what coupons are available after an item, it will be formatted with one of those abbreviations and then some numbers (ex. SS 7/14). The numbers following the name of the insert are actually the date of the newspaper that the insert was found. So, SS 7/14 is the Smartsource coupon insert that was in the Sunday Paper on July 14th. A great way to save time cutting coupons is to write the abbreviation plus the date on the front of the insert and then file them in an accordion file holder. Then, when you are assembling your list, you can pull out your SS 7/14 and cut just the coupon you need!! One big tip, if you are like me and forget to label and file your inserts and you have several stacked up, don’t worry! The date is typed in microscopic print on the binding of the insert.
Peelie (Coupon on Product)
These are the coupons that you peel off of the package. You can use them immediately or save them for later, but they are only for the person who is actually buying the product they are attached to. I know they are tempting, but seriously leave them there if you aren’t buying the item! Also, these are typically manufacturer’s coupons and can be used anywhere. Heads up, you’ll never see the word peelie in any Southern Savers match up, I can’t stand the word for some reason, so you’ll see coupon on product or on select products. This doesn’t mean that you will always find these in your store, it is up to the stocker and distributors what stores and products get coupons.
Blinkie (In Store Dispenser)
My children’s responsibility when we shop is to locate coupons. It is their treasure hunt of sorts. These coupons are their favorite. Look near a product in the store for a small dispenser box often with a “blinking” light to grab your attention. My rule of thumb is to take two and walk away. If you have ever tried to take more, have you noticed that the machine pauses after it dispenses two. It wants you to walk away and leave some of those coupons for others! Again, these coupons can be used immediately or saved for later. These coupons are usually manufacturer’s coupons and thus can be used anywhere. You won’t see “blinkie” on Southern Savers (other than this post) either, I will use “in store dispenser” in coupon match ups.
Tune in for part 3 on Thursday…