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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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As we get full swing into the holiday season, there are lots of ways to save on purchases for gifts and many other items.  One of my favorite ways though is to start stretching our money from the very beginning!  As I decide what we are going to buy, or at least what stores we are likely to shop in I head online and buy discounted gift cards to that store.

Discounted gift cards??  What’s that you say…

I shared a few weeks ago that if you get a gift card you don’t want that you can sell it online and get back cash.  We’ll that magic works both ways, one person gets cash instead of something they won’t use and I can get a gift card to a store we are about to shop in for 10% less than the gift card is actually worth!!

Here’s an example to help you understand better.  We are gearing up for holiday decorations and crafts, in our house crafts are more important than presents really.  I like to make time once a week to have friends over and make kids ornaments and crafts and just let the girls be creative.  Crafts are expensive though, so… this morning I went to CouponTrade.com and bought a Michael’s gift card.  The gift card has a value of $73.56, but I snagged it for $62.89 after a discount code.  So already I’ve saved $10.67 or 14.5% before we even hit the store!!  Once we go shopping we can still use coupons and check out all the clearance deals we want to save even more.  The gift card we got today is an eCard which means there is no shipping cost and that I’ll have it within 1 day in my email.

Want to try it out??

CouponTrade.com is currently offering all Southern Savers readers an awesome deal.  Get 5% off your entire purchase on any gift card you buy with code SOUTHERNSAVERS.  This is limited to one per customer, so if you want more than one gift card… buy them in the same order.

Try it out and leave a comment with the deal you got.

    • Sheri

      This rocked. I had 3 items for my sons sitting in my shopping cart at mlb.com, and I was able to ave $14 by doing this. Thanks so much!!

    • guest

      Just tried to buy a Petco gift card. It was 18% off, then adding the 5% SS code I think a $102 card was $84. I gambled here: Right now Petco has the cheapest price online for my particular cat medicine, but who knows how long that special will last versus it could be two weeks waiting on this gift card to arrive in mail. But if it works I’ll get medicine that would normally be about $130 for $84, and zero shipping. Nice. The coupontrade website is pretty hinky and worrisome to use — example, tough to narrow your search based on letter of alphabet [must position mouse precisely in center of letter to click], another example you can’t find Terms and Conditions till you’re about to press Submit, which for a $100 purchase was too late in my opinion. Once you press it, there’s no way to go back, no “return to transaction” button and the Back button on your browser is not activated. You have to start over with the rather repetitive typing of your transaction details. By then I had had to retype that stuff a bunch of times already due to accidental hits of wrong keys that would wipe out everything not just in that field, but on the whole screen. Frustrating enough to diminish my confidence in the site, but since you recommend it Jenny I know it will work out.

    • hogwashcoupons

      I bought four gift cards, listed on the site at 0% to 18% discounts, but all getting the 5% Southern Savers discount. I’m a little nervous having never used coupontrade.com, but I have heard of it before and have never had an issue with any of the info shared on SS. If all goes well, I’ve got two direct gifts and cards to buy three additional gifts with discounted cards that I can stack onto those stores’ coupons, etc. Saving money always sounds good to me!

    • Nikki

      I was looking into this and I put an ecard in my basket. It says “for online use only”. Does that mean I can only redeem it for online purchases?

    • jenjav

      does anyone know how the e-gift cards work for using it in-store? the website says it can be used as a “voucher” in store, but i wonder, does it have a bar code to scan like a coupon ?

    • RK’s Dad

      You should avoid Babies R Us/Toys R Us gift cards. My baby received one when she was born in 2010. When I tried to use it several weeks ago, it was rejected. I called Babies R Us, and they told me that it expired, even though there is no expiration date on the card, and they are refusing to give my baby daughter back her present. Apparently, Babies R Us has decided that they get to keep my little daughter’s present. You should be aware of this before you decide to buy a gift card from them.

      • April

        I don’t know which state you are located, but most states have Unclaimed Property Laws which prohibit retailers from charging or expiring Gift Cards – they have to have a statement on the gift card or certificate that says there is a dormant fee per month or words to that nature. I would call your State Treasurer or research online before tossing the present.

    • Rita

      Is it too late to do this? I put some gift cards in my basket and tried the code SOUTHERNSAVERS. Nothing happened.