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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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Growing up, we were taught to buy in bulk, buy house brands and frequent the “big box stores” to save the most money. Honestly all three of those are the worst things that you could do to save!

In this video I debunk three of the biggest shopping myths:

  1. The promise of savings from the “big box store”
  2. House brand verses National Brand
  3. A big size = big savings

Watch the video and head to the comments section below to discuss more shopping myths.

For even more on shopping myths, watch the recording of my google hangout on the subject.

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    • mommalana

      The biggest myth that I see right now is that the shopping clubs are high priced. While prices continue to sky rocket at the grocery stores I am finding Sam’s to consistently be a better buy for perishable foods which is mostly what I buy. I cannot beat most of the prices even with BOGOs and coupons at the grocery stores. I think that deserve another look. Plus I can go and buy what I need anytime without worrying about sales or coupons. One day passes are available at Sam’s Club so that you can go in and take a look. In SC it is against the law for them to charge an upcharge so you pay what members pay. A membership will pay for itself quickly if you use it.

      • Kimberley S. Walton

        I agree. I’ve been couponing for 3 years now and found bilo to be the best choice for us. However, for about 6 months now, I’ve noticed not many good sales and meat going up and not on sale. I did the saving star and living social sams membership for .50. We now go there every week along with bilo for the little coupon items.

      • Jenna

        Since meat and veggies aren’t typically coupon items, we do watch the local Aldi and Sam’s every week for comparing prices. (Our Publix will match Aldi’s prices, too.) I just wish we had a Costco. I’ve heard such good things, and I’d happily shop Costco over Sam’s.

    • NonnieMouse@gmail.com

      Two more reasons why smaller packages gets more for less (specifically with food):

      Reason 1) When you buy bigger, you eat bigger. When we break open a big package at our house, people tend to eat until it is gone, especially kids. A smaller package means people are more likely to stop after eating a reasonable portion (because the package is empty now). It’s the main idea behind the killing manufactures have been making with 100 calorie packs, but it saves you money instead of costing an extra arm and a leg.

      Reason 2) 1 2lb package versus 2 1pound packages: the weight listed on the package is the minimum weight. Packages receive some overfill to ensure that they meet the minimum weight. You get a little more weight per smaller package. Not huge, perhaps, when you are looking at bags of animal crackers, but this can really become big when buying bagged produce. Sometimes the weight is over by as much as a quarter of a pound. Over time, this adds up.

      All else being equal, get the smaller packages.

      (The one con to this: added packaging. Solution, recycle.)

    • Jenna

      Great post! I don’t know how many times I’ve had to tell people that Walmart doesn’t actually save you money.

    • Marte Archer

      Not to be disrespectful of walmart but the only time was last year when they would match other store bogos with their prices. I saved quite a bit and even made money back using my receipts with their app. Now, target is great because they match and when their items are on sale or clearance with coupons I practically get it for free. Publixs is still my main store, I use the five dollar off winn dixie coupons and stack coupons and I typically walk out with a 70 to 80 percent savings. I try to tell my friends that less than ten minutes a day sometimes five to check new coupons that they could save so much but it’s “too much of a bother”.

    • TABITHA RAMSEY

      I know my scenio is not the bulk issue, but I have seen cheaper prices at Walmart yesterday for the things I needed. I am new to all this so any advice or tips or anything to help me, save money or understand I would love it. I need shaving razors, electric razor for head and face and the nieva skin products and the softlips cube.The sale last week on the schick razors and diapers was awesome deal at cvs. I didn’t have cash to buy sadly so had to skip it. maybe if I was able to get the deals I might have saved on what I wanted to buy this week. I needed the Norelco 5100 series priced at Walmart for 29.99 and wanted the softlips cube. These two products was the cheapest at Walmart and also before my coupons. paid 19.99 for Norelco razor waited on the softlip cube.cube was 4 something at cvs today and at Walmart yesterday was 2 something.norelco razor not same as I wanted was more money at cvs and only had a 5 off coupon….is the cvs store coupons and ecb suppose to be the money savers? o the disposable razors was 6 something at Walmart and the ones at cvs was 11 to 17. i always wonder too do i pay more for what i didn’t need but will in long run bc it save money? like the bilo deal on 14.99 on tide but u get downy bleach dryer sheets for free when i could bought gain cheaper got coupons in the box i bought and mail in rebate and more washing loads( it was all i needed.) but i am low on all this other stuff? u mentioned that its to save not on need shopping….lol like i said im new so any tips and stuff would help. ……i love saving money. i just don’t know if im understanding it and couponing to the full potential.