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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

A few quick tools and tips

on 11.21.2008 at 6:30pm

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A CVS Tip: If the cashier is not busy, ask the cashier to scan your extracare card when you walk into the store, it will print out coupons even though you bought nothing.  Then you can use them on your first transaction.  Plus when you check out you will get more coupons!!

How I learned this: This past week I accidentally handed the cashier the wrong extracare card.  They nicely canceled the transaction and started it again, but…  just by them scanning it, it printed out coupons!!  I don’t live in a city with the lovely self scanners.  I have always heard of folks going in and scanning their cards and getting coupons that they could use on their first transaction.  How many times have you gotten a $3 off $15 and wished you had it before you checked out??  While this isn’t as easy as the self scanner, it still works.

Free Tools to help you save:

Quicken Personal Finance

I have mentioned Quicken before.  Their online version is completely FREE, forever (not just a trial thing).  They just did a big upgrade and added lots of new features.  Tracking your spending each month is the first step in seeing where you can save more.  When you see that you spend $250 on eating out, believe me you’ll be ready to make some changes (that was my husband and I before kids with 2 incomes until Quicken showed us where we were throwing away money).  Click the image above or here to sign up.

Want to be amazed at how much you are saving on groceries? I found a fun downloadable tracker made by another couponer that is great.  It lets you see your cumulative amount saved and average savings percentage.  The best part though, it lets you see the total value of your groceries.  I entered information for just the last four months, here are my numbers:

Total Value of Groceries: $3,404
Total Savings: $2,344
Total Spent: $1,059
Average Savings: 69%

Maybe I’m the only person that thinks this is fun to see, but if you are like me and want to play around with it you can download it here.

    • Thank you for posting these. I love that version of Quicken already!

    • Shannon

      Thank you for the stockpile and grocery excel programs. I am in LOVE w/ them!!!

    • Jamie

      When the coupon says “limit one coupon per purchase/transaction” is it possible that the store may still take more than one at a time (unless they read the coupon?) or is it better to pay for them separately?

    • Alanna

      I asked my CVS to scan my card before they had gotten the self-scanner and she said nothing would happen, so I waited till I checked out. I’m guessing she didn’t know what she was doing. Luckily they now have the scanner and I can do it myself :-)

    • Yea I asked the cashier to scan my card cas our machine was out of paper (& when I told the manager that it was out of paper & could she when she wasn’t busy refill it, she never did even tho I was in the store for at least 20 to 30 mins – grr – I think that they don’t fill it on purpose!) anyways the cashier said it wouldn’t do anything, so she wouldn’t even try! I just smailed and did my shopping but it bugs me. This is the bigger store in town and I just didn’t want to drive to the other one, it was getting late and I didn’t want to chance that the other store would be out of the items that I wanted… How can we ask the cashiers to scan our cards anyways even if they don’t want to? Should I call corporate? or is that too picky?

    • oops – my spelling: “smiled”

    • Jenny

      For your store I might call corporate if they have a self scanner and are not refilling the paper in it.

      For other stores with out a self scanner you can just tell the cashier that it will work like the self scanner and that you would like them to try. If they give you a big hassle then try again some other trip with a different cashier.

    • Lindsey

      I’ve been curious about (and meaning to ask you) how you keep track of your savings. Do you just use the grocery geek savings tracker that you have the link for here? I was going to try that, but it seemed like it might be more complex than I wanted to do…I mostly just want to see what my savings with coupons vs. savings without coupons would be.
      Do you include your savings through store sales and coupons? (basically the info. that they give you on the bottom of the reciept… “you saved $$ today!”


    • Jenny

      I do use this tracker. It looks complicated but once you start to fill it in, there are really only 2 numbers it wants every time and it does the rest for you.

      I do use the total savings from the receipt. Mostly because pairing a coupon with the sale is where a majority of your savings comes from. You could go in and buy one item this week and just save .75 cents off of it but being smart and waiting for the sale that comes next week you save $3 off of it.

    • Karen

      MOving prescriptions between drugstores on a frequent basis will cost eventually. I have worked in a medical office for many years. Frequently switching pharmacies can mean an insurance company and/or drug store to question the validity of your prescriptions & begin investigations into fraud or prescription abuse.

    • Melissa

      The problem with scanning the card to get coupons at the register is that in order to print, the cashier has to void a transaction. This is a rate that the cashier is tracked on and can get them in trouble, from not getting annual raises, to termination.