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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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This has been a fun and different year for couponing. Thanks to a new not-reality TV show, we saw new coupon policies from a number of stores.

New Publix Coupon Policy

New Bi-Lo Coupon Policy (the best changes we saw)

Updated Harris Teeter coupon Policy (great changes)

Official CVS Coupon Policy (first ever)

Official Walgreens Policy (another first ever!)

Rite Aid Policy Changes (the worst changes we saw)

While the policy changes made some of us feel like saving money was harder, we also saw new ways to save this year With Saving Star eCoupons or stores like Piggly Wiggly & Harveys making more stores double coupons!

I also spent a while this year also trying to break some of the myths about grocery shopping. To save the most money, you really want to be in a grocery store…

Extreme Couponing 101: Supercenter vs Publix & Bi-Lo

Does Buying in Bulk Save Money: Sam’s Club vs. Regular Store Prices

In summing up the year,  I would also have to say it was the year of daily deal sites. Groupon started big in 2010, but this year we saw over 80 other daily deal sites grow.  One Kings Lane, BelleChic, Fab.com, Zulily, Rue La La, Hautelook, and Living Social have become regular stops for me.

Enough of 2011…

If you are just deciding to turn over a new leaf and start saving money in 2012, then check out some of the top educational posts from 2011. They are a great place to start.

CVS Shopping: A Beginners Guide

“Real” Extreme Couponing: Getting Started

Real Extreme Couponing: Getting Sunday Insert Coupons

Real Extreme Couponing: Learning Sale Cycles

Real Extreme Couponing: Gathering Printable Coupons

Real Exteme Couponing: Calling Companies

Real Extreme Couponing: How to Save on Meat

    • Bonnieabc123

      Today our bi lo (west ashley, Charleston) said they will now only accept 10 coupons that double per transaction!  BUT they let my husband break everything into 3 transaction.  What is the point??

      • ac

        Which bi-lo?  The one at northbridge across from publix and pig wig or the one on hwy 61 at bees ferry?

        • Bonnieabc123

          The one at Northbridge…

          • ac

            The manager in bilo northbridge is nice but several of the cashiers have become extremely rude.  How funny it is that they don’t even know their store policy and it is hanging on the fron of the service desk.  Don’t shop that bilo unless your are gutsy and wiling to challenge them on their own policiries that are posted.  Also be careful if you go in the one on remount as they have year old expired goods on the shelf.  The manage denied it till I took him to the isle and showed him myself.

    • Sandy565

      Thanks Jenny for all your knowledge and dedication!  Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2012!

    • I’m glad you saw good changes.  Our kroger stopped doubling completely. =(

      • Ivy

        Where is this happening?

    • lisah

      I just purged my binder of expired q’s… it is so light and empty! I have a ton to mail off for military families… Happy New Year of couponing!

      • Sarah Rosenbaum

        I will be doing this as soon as my daughter goes to bed! Can’t wait to see what exciting new coupons 2012 brings!

      • Dragonfly11m

        I know that I have seen this posted a million times before but don’t have it written anywhere.. but what is the address to send military coupons?

    • Aws1136

      Thanks for all your work. I really don’t know what I would do without this site. Please keep it up and running.
      Wishing you and your family a Happy and healthy 2012!

    • Anonymous

      happy new year you are one big blessing to my family helping us all save thank you

    • January42003

      Here’s to a new year of saving money with coupons and Publix and losing weight! :)

    • Jjonlineoffers

      Thank you Jenny for all you do for us!  You are beyond awesomeness!  :D

    • tygmom

      Thank you and Happy New Year.  May God bless you and your family.

    • bonnie

      Jenny, thank you so much for this site!  Your heads up on the Staples coupon that will be in tomorrows aper saved me $40.00 on much needed supplies.  We had planned on going to Staples today.  Great information, and ethical too. Kudos!

    • bonnie

      Jenny, this my first year of dedicated couponing.  I have finally begun living abundantly!  Having purchased cleaning items at such a great price has allowed me to have supplies in each room, instead of parsing out cleaner, and having t run around the house to find my cleaner.  My house looks better, and I’m working more effeciently.  Tank you,.

    • Winareed

      Happy New Year Jenny!!!  Thanks for all you do!!!

    • Cheryl R

      Happy New Year!! Thank you for all your hard work! Your site is where I always go and I have sent many friends here as well. You are amazing!

    • Bw04786

      so im confused about the publix one….so if i buy 4 bottle of taco sauce and i have a manu Q for each one…i cant do that anymore?????

      • Sabrina

        Yes you can use all of them as long as each coupon is off 1.  You can stack each item with both a manufacturer and a store coupon.  The new policy isnt really new in some places.  If you live in the Greenville, SC area we have been trained to use that policy before  the “official” one was posted so there were no changes.

    • Rebecca

      Thank you Jenny for all you do on this site, it has blessed my family greatly!

    • justme:)

      ingles also posted a new policy a few weeks ago. It had all the girls flustered but I came home and looked it over (over on the web site), then called them to be sure it was not just a manager here locally and I called over and asked was it a new corporate policy or just a local store and they said no it was corporate. I read it and it will not apply to me. :) mostly, the big thing the girls were having problems with were the people with more than 2 internet coupons for an item. (that was the big change) I just wanted to let people know that was one thing for 2011 too thanks to that great show! lol :/ Thanks Jenny for your site, I love it! It helps me so much!!

      • justme:)

        i meant to say more than 2 internet coupons per order per items like if I bought 4 bags of sugar and had 4 internet printed coupons. I can only use 2. Its almost like since I am only suppose to print 2 I can only use 2. That was how I understood it. 

    • Southernchik9109

      ok…i work at Publix. I know some customers get upset when a policy is changed. I appreciate those who follow the guidelines. You can use one mf coupon per item (if it says on one). If you have 3 items and 3 coupons but the coupon says save _off of 3 items we can only take one coupon. Also if you have a coupon for a free item, you can not use another coupon on that item–regardless of it is a store or mf coupon. Those of you who abuse the system or throw a tantrum to get your way, take money out of the associates that work there’s account.. We have families as well. I hope i have been some help.

      • Mary

        I am not a Publix shopper but I would love to be if I had one close by.  My question to you is if an item is free and you or I were to use a Mf coupon on it, would you not be making more money than not taking the coupon?  I can understand why a store would not want a costumer to use a store coupon since that wold be comming out of the stores moneupon 

        • Mary

          That last sentence should read ” I can understand why a store.would not want a customer to use a store coupon since that amount would be comming out of the stores money, but  a manufactor?”

        • Southernchik9109

          if you use a free item store coupon it is like it is not in the system as having bought that item so you can not use a coupon for it. it is still on the register list but you can not use a mf with it..visa verso if the mf was for a free item you can’t use a store coupon.

          • Southernchik9109

            publix doesn’t get paid back for store coupons

    • Cris

      Jenny, you are such a blessing to sooooo many people. Thank you so much for willingness to share your time, energy & knowledge with thousands of people that you don’t even know. You will be rewarded not only here on earth, but I believe you will receive treasures in Heaven as well.

    • Extreme Momma

      THANK YOU JENNY!!! You make couponing a simple task!!! Keep up the GREAT work!! Thank yoU!!!

    • Tina

      Just wanted to say thank you jenny im new to the couponing world,and you have helped me and my family so much. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    • Lizbeth5612

      Happy New Year!! So thankful for this website!!

    • RayKat

      Thank you so much for all of your posts and help.  I am a teacher and my husband was laid off last November.  While we all know the nonreality show is a hoax, it did inspire me to get into real extreme couponing and to access websites such as yours.  Thank you so much for everything.  You have really helped us make it through a very tough year.  Happy New Years!!!

    • Abc79teach

      Jenny…Thank You a BUNCH for all of your work and dedication to your site and helping us.  You have saved my family so much money and time.  I also love that I can take my kids down to the food pantry and shelters and have them donate food and supplies.  They feel so thankful for being able to do this andmy 9 year  old daughter loves clipping coupons with me so she can get her on buggy to donate while we are in the store.  This Christmas they donated one each of their new toys that they got for Christmas to a family in need and we just left it on their door step along with some can goods that we got with coupons.  They said they felt like Santa.  Thanks you Jenny without you we could not afford to do these things for others:)  Have a great New Years.

    • GAGirl

      Thanks so much for your help Jenny.  I have always been a couponer and a deal hound but you made me save even more money!  I have passed your site along several times – especially to downsized economic families.  You have been a Godsend to them.   Have a wonderful New Year.  God Bless you for all you do.

    • Cln13

      Thank you Jenny, your hard work is truly appreciated!

    • Yolanda

      Jenny – You have been a true blessing this year.  My husband hours have been reduced since last year and we dont know when he will back to full time Your site has helped me tremendously. I attended your workshop and its been a roller coaster ride ever since. It was so nice to go into my stock pile for holiday meals. Keep up with the great work.

    • Lynn

      So happy to have found this site! One change I’ve noticed with coupons is shorter expiration dates! No longer need coupons for laundry detergent since I started making my own. MUCH CHEAPER and still gets the clothes just as clean! Thanks for all your research and time you put into this site to find us the deals, Jenny. Happy New year 2012!

      • Jennapatrick8

        What do you make your own laundry detergent out of?  Thanks.

        • Bw04786

          i starting making my own too…found the recipe on pinterest. i use the recipe borax…arm and hammer super washing soda….and fels naptha. says cost 0.01 cent a load. if u want you can add some lavender oil or tea tree oil for a stronger sent. 

          i also made my own febreze…0.15 cent a bottle. 1/8 cup of favorite fabric softener and 2 tsp of baking soda. smells great. 

    • Melissa

      Every Sunday AJC delivers a super saver that has all the coupons you find in the Sunday paper. However, I don’t know if we just have an idiot delievering or if it is the AJC that has cut back. We are always skipped or we get just the circulars. Today I was actually not skipped and got the good one. But there are no coupons. Did I miss something and no coupons this Sunday or has AJC cut back and wasting their time sending me circulars I can get online?

    • Melissa

      Every Sunday AJC delivers a super saver that has all the coupons you find in the Sunday paper. However, I don’t know if we just have an idiot delievering or if it is the AJC that has cut back. We are always skipped or we get just the circulars. Today I was actually not skipped and got the good one. But there are no coupons. Did I miss something and no coupons this Sunday or has AJC cut back and wasting their time sending me circulars I can get online?

      • Melissa

        To help with a better understanding of which paper I am talking about is the one in the green and white polka dotted bag and it says AJC Deals, coupons, & savings inside.

        • Robin Lacey

          That one is only for circulars, I believe. The Evening Edge is the one that will have either previews of the coming Sunday coupons or it will put the previous weeks coupons in there.

      • Melissa

        To help with a better understanding of which paper I am talking about is the one in the green and white polka dotted bag and it says AJC Deals, coupons, & savings inside.

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    • Lisahawkins64

      My 20 year old daughter (who also loves couponing) bought me a beautiful coupon binder and all of the goodies that go with it for Christmas!!!  So I will be switching to the binder method verses just dating and filing the inserts and clipping when I head out to shop!! I’m excited because I feel like I am missing
       out on lots of deals right now.  But I’m super nervous about switching too since I have a ton of inserts to go thru and clip!!!!!!!  Any advise on making the transition???? By the way….Jenny you are AWESOME!!!! Thanks for all of your hard work to help us save money!!!

      • I’ve never dated I started straight with a binder but I do recycle dive for more inserts and I get extremely busy with a 14, 4, and 2 year old.  When I clip I always separate the coupons how I have them in my binder so there is less work.  If you clip and put them all in the same pile it feels like so much more work going and then separating them into your piles in your book.  Doing it right away is so much better.

      • Godsgifts12

        I use both methods the binder when I have time but when I can’t get them done I put them in the folders and label them. When I try to catch back up with my binder I start with the most recent coupons I have such as the ones that came today. Then as time allows I put the others from back weeks in going from newest to oldest.I hope this helps right now I am behind and I know I have missed alot recently but I did gain my first granddaughter. Happy New Year and Happy Couponing!!

    • CHARLESTONsaver

      Jenny I almost can’t put all my thanks in words for all that you do.  Happy New Year!

    • Julia

      Oh this is really good :)