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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

What Does it All Mean?

on 7.23.2009 at 11:07am
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What does it all mean

I have a wide range of posts about how to save in the store and coupons in general but realized that aren’t many places on Southern Savers that explain how to use the lists and the site.

I know the lists are long and very colorful and for many newcomers it just turns into a mass of words.

First Things First:

To find deals for a specific store you can use the buttons below the main header to go straight to a list of all recent posts. Some stores have further drop options like Publix, you can go only to the penny item post or to the advantage buy lists. The two buttons on the far right will take you to the weekly coupon previews and the “Top Deals” and “Need it Now” lists. These are to help you sort through all the stores faster if there is only one or two staple items that you need.

If you need to find a post for another store or maybe from a past printable coupon list then use the drop down list to the left that says “Deals by Store” it is all the categories that I use to organize things.

Found the list, now what does it mean:

When you are looking at a list you are looking at the deals in the store that are considered to be at their lowest possible price. I do not list entire weekly ads because many items are not on sale or are only a fraction of the sale that they will be later. For more about the basics of saving go here.

Here is an example from a recent Publix list to break down:

Kellogg’s Cereal B1G1 at $4.39
Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Corn Pops, or Apple Jacks
-$1 off Kellogg’s Cereal RP 6/07 (exp 7/19)
(makes it $1.19 ea)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals in store dispenser
-$2/2 Dannon Danimals wyb (2) Kellogg’s Cereals “Fuel for School” booklet
Kellogg’s $10
Fuel for School! Rebate
(note: look for boxes marked $5 in coupons inside)

The item on sale and any details are in black.
The coupons available are in red.
My notes and tips for you are in green.

I try to list all the coupons that are out for that item so that you can find more to use. Since we want to stock up on items we want to have a coupon for each item. You can only use one manufacturer coupon per item though so pick the coupons you have.

RP 6/07 – this coupon was in the Red Plum newspaper insert on June 7th.
exp 7/19 – the coupon will expire on 7/19 — I will only list expiration dates if it is during the sale week
in store dispenser – the little red boxes that are all over the store
booklet – usually found at the store also around the front entrance or on end cap displays, ask customer service if they have it too.

if you see:
-$1/2 General Mills Kids Cereals printable (IE) or printable(FF) or SS 7/12, 7/19

(IE) – a link specific for those use Internet Explorer
(FF) – a link specific for those on Fire Fox
SS 7/12– coupons for the same value are also in the Smart Source Sunday newspaper insert from July 12th and 19th.

Depending on how you organize your coupons you will not need to worry about the insert dates.You will have cut up your inserts so these do not matter you will just go to your coupon organizer and see if you have them.If you do not cut your inserts then the dates are there for you.

For printable links I try to get you as close to the coupon as possible.Some do require registration but many do not.

For more lingo questions check out the incredibly long lingo list.

I can read it, now what:

Your goal is stick to the list as much a possible when in the store so the easiest thing is to highlight the entire list and copy it into a word document. Delete what you do not want to buy and then add the few things that you need that are not on sale (note “few”). I would recommend using this list as your shopping list in the store. It helps you stay on task of only buying sale items and it helps you at check out to remember the coupons you need and the price that it should be. One note on price… stores do vary by 10-20 cents on items that are on sale depending on area. You will at least know whether it rang up at the B1G1 price or if it’s way off.

Go here to read the basics of saving in a grocery store.

A Few other Tips:

  • If you really need a specific item right now try using the search bar on the left side to find that item in a deal list. This is also great if you want to know what coupons are out for something not on this week’s list.
  • While 200 comments may seem daunting, always try to skim the comments when getting your list together. There are great ideas that you guys have to share!  I try to move deals to the main list, but sometimes I can’t even keep up with all comments.
    • Lindsay

      I am probably posting this in the wrong place, but I found a $1.00 off E coupon for the Fiber One Yogurt on both cellfire and shortcuts and added them to my Kroger card… QUESTION: will the $1.00 off deduct twice for one item or can I get 2 and have $1.00 off of each? I also have paper qs for the $1.00 off as well. I would rather get two for free than money back. Thanks. Still trying to figure our E qs. Thanks again for all you do Jenny!!

    • Jenn

      Lindsay, my ecoupons have both deducted from one item. You can always buy 2 and get $1.00 off of each. You can also use your paper coupons on the item(s), one manufacturer’s paper coupon for each item and then your ecoupons. HTH.

    • Pheona

      Jenny,
      Just wanted to say “THANK YOU SO MUCH” – to you and anyone who helps you with this site. It’s been LIFE-CHANGING. I live in Columbia, SC and recently learned about this site through a friend who attended a workshop. At first it was a bit much for me to digest, NOW, it’s my BFF!!
      Thanks so much for all you do to help others.

    • jessica

      this is so helpful i send A TON of people here to look/review your site and i always get questions back.. HOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND!!!???
      thank you for all your work and i pray blessing on your family!
      jessica

    • Andrea

      Another good way to make list for Publix is to use their list maker from their online ad. I just make notes on it about the number of Qs I have. It works great for me.

    • Thanks so much. I have spent hours in the last 2 weeks figuring most of this out, but it was nice to have it clarified.

    • Leslie

      Where is the search bar on the left side for need it now items?

      Love your site. Thanks for everything.

    • June

      I’m having trouble printing the on-line printable Q’s. I only get another window that is requesting me to download my coupon printer. I have already done this.
      I’m confused. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

    • Jenna

      Leslie–the search bar is actually on the upper right side of the page. I think she mistyped that.

    • Jenn

      Adding to what Jenny said, many times, I shop my coupons. In other words, I put Jenny’s list into a word doc, edit it, print it and then collect all of my coupons. I paper clip what I have to my list, and then, as I shop, I hold my coupons and shop through them. I already have mental notes on my staples, so I just add them to my cart. When I am out of coupons, I am done shopping.

      I originally started by taking my big binders with me, and still do from time to time, but I like to make short quick stops at the grocery store because I usually have a 3 year old and a 1 year old with me.

    • Allieson

      Jenn, I do the same thing you do! I make the list in a word doc. fold it, put all my coupons in it and when I am done with the coupons I know I’m done shopping. It’s so much easier. My publix accepts Rite Aid coupons, CVS extra bucks AND Walgreens RR!! I’m totally set. =)

    • Teresa

      June – are you using Firefox? If so, that frequently happens with me too. Safari works for most of the sites that won’t print off Firefox. I have to use both browsers. Hope that helps.

    • Bobbie

      I don’t see a search bar on the right or left side for need it now items. Is it susposed to be along with all the other grocery and drug store names? Thanks for any help.

    • Jenn

      Bobbie, if you type in anything in the search bar, it will take you to where you need to go. For example, I am in need of laundry soap, but my regular store doesn’t have any on sale. I can type “laundry” soap in the search bar, and it will bring up all “laundry” items. If I want to find where it is on sale this week, I can add Sunday’s date as “laundry, 7/19” and it will show me where it is on sale this week. HTH

    • Jenn

      Wow, Allieson, you are so blessed!!!

    • Kristen

      Bobbie,

      Look at the top right of the page, below the Southern Savers logo and the buttons for each store.
      You will see “Welcome to Southern Savers.”
      Below that is “if this is your first time go here to get started”
      The search bar is a blank box with the SEARCH button right next to it.

    • Bobbie

      Thanks to both Jenn & Kristen. I know what that’s for now.

    • Taryn

      Thank you Jenny for your hard work and dedication. You are helping so many save money for their own families and to be able to donate more to others, which is critical in this tough economy. In Christ, Taryn

    • Angela

      Thank you so much for all of your help each week!! My mom and I are signed up for one of your upcoming couponing classes and we are really looking forward to it. I’ve learned a lot from just the blogs, but think that your class is really going to help. See you there!

    • Allison

      Jenn, I’m retarted. I was going to write out my nickname…Allie and wrote Allieson instead. I can’t even blame that one on lack of caffene or the late hour…But reading my name again in your post made me laugh out loud. Surely you were wondering what crazy mother spelled Allison that way right?!?! =)