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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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Coupon Variations 5/2

on 5.5.2010 at 8:55pm

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Here are the differences in the coupon inserts you received Sunday 5/2.

Click on the paper near you to see what coupons were actually in the inserts around the Southeast. Check out the differences to really get an idea of what paper is the best to buy.

A few ways to use these lists:

  1. You see that you did not get a coupon that was released, you can go to online coupon sites and order it.
  2. Print the list for your area and keep it with your inserts to quickly know if you have that coupon.
  3. A way to decide what paper is the best paper in your area to buy.

Birmingham (thanks Alissabeth and Staci!)
Huntsville Times (thanks Leah!)
Decatur Daily
Opelika/Auburn News (thanks Elizabeth!)
Montgomery Advertiser (thanks Amanda!)

Clarion Ledger-Jackson
The Hattiesburg American

Tallahassee Democrat (thanks Jenn!)
Florida Today
Times Union
Miami Herald (thanks Gery!)
Gainesville Sun
St. Augustine Record
St. Petersburg Times
Palm Beach Post
Pensacola News (thanks Chris!)
Playground Daily News (thanks Trish!)
Orlando Sentinel (thanks Kristin!)

Atlanta Journal (thanks Molly & Big John!)
Athens/Gwinnet Variations
Augusta Chronicle
Columbus GA Ledger
Savannah News Press
Rome News (thanks Margy!)
GA Times Union
Macon Telegraph (thanks Mrs. Bubba!)

South Carolina
Post & Courier – Charleston (thanks Jamie!)
The State – Columbia (thanks Deborah!)
The Greenville News (thanks Debi!)
Spartanburg Herald Journal

North Carolina
News and Record Greensboro
Raleigh News & Observer (thanks Miranda!)
Durham Herald Sun
Wilmington Star
Greensboro News & Record
Winston-Salem Journal
High Point Enterprise
Charlotte Observer

Tennessean (thanks Phillis!)
Knoxville News (thanks Kelley!)
Desoto Commercial Appeal of Memphis
Chattanooga Times Free Press (thanks Margy!)

Louisville Courier Journal (thanks Julia!)

Richmond Times Dispatch
Roanoke Times
Virginia Gazette

Red = Not in this insert
Blue= A Change in Value or a new coupon not in the preview.

As folks send me the lists I will update with links so check back if your paper is not up yet.

If you would like to help out with a list email me, it’s very easy!!

    • Anita

      These coupon variations are SO frustrating!!! I don't understand why we don't all get all of the same coupons. I'm in Charleston and the 2 papers I got this past Sunday didn't even have the Smart Source in them at all. I just got the Red Plum and the P&G. Boo!!!!

      • froggymom

        I have been so aggravated that I contacted the Raleigh News & Observer to find out why WE didn't get the SmartSource coupons in MY area & this was the response I got:

        “I did receive a response from our production department that we experienced
        a shortage of the coupon booklets produced by Valassis (Red Plum) and News
        America(SmartSource) for the 5/2/2010 Sunday edition. These companies have
        recently cut the number of booklets shipped to us down enough to the point
        where shortages occur on occasion and the post press people are left to make
        a decision on what trucks will have to be shorted. Often those trucks are
        state edition trucks that travel to areas outside of the Triangle or Metro
        area. The reasoning behind that decision is due to the fact that other towns
        or cities have daily newspapers with many of the same coupon booklets. I
        apologize that you have experienced difficulty in obtaining the desired
        coupons in The News & Observer.”

        So, I guess those of us who didn't get our SS inserts could expect this happened widespread! I found 3 complete papers, with all 3 inserts, after going to 7 different places. I usually buy 20 – 25 copies.

        • I have to worst luck in buying papers from inside a store or from the racks! They never have the right amount of coupons. I have the Sunday Papers delivered to my house and they are less expensive than the racks. Also, check with some of the smaller towns near you to see if they have Saturday coupons. There's a town about 15 miles from me that has all the coupon sections in the Saturday paper for $0.50! It's worth the drive when we have Triple Coupons!

    • KelliSC

      FYI – I have been comparing the past month or so and the Orangeburg Times and Democrat (SC) has had the exact same coupons as The State (Columbia, SC) paper. Except my state paper didn't have the PG insert – think it was just an oversight because it had 4 CVS flyers!

      • dgram41

        I bought 3 papers (The State – SC) when I went to CVS Sunday morning. There were multiple copies of the P&G in all 3 but there was no SmartSource in 3, and RedPlum in only 2. I returned the papers and the clerk & I went through the others until we found papers that were put together correctly. I had already looked through my home delivery of The State & it was correct. I buy the extra papers only for the coupons — From now on I'm going to start checking the papers before I leave the store.

    • rydergal

      Birmingham News DID get Free Purina Kitten Chow 16-18 oz or $2.19 off on any size Kitten Chow (exp 9/1). And all that is listed for the Bham News is SmartSource…no RP or P&G. Were those left out by mistake, or did they not get done?

      • ChristyK

        I also DID get the $1.00 off California Pizza Kitchen coupons from my Bham News. :)

      • pashchuk

        I buy my birmingham news in montgomery and I only had a smartsource insert in both my papers – that was frustrating because I could have really used the pampers coupons – does anyone what happened at the locations that missed the Red plum and P&G and if there's a chance we'll get them this coming week instead?

    • Johanna

      I get the AJC & neither of my papers had the RP or PG inserts. So frustrating!!!

    • JT

      I live about 30 mintues from the nearest place that sells the Charlotte Observer. How can I get the CO without having to drive that far every Sunday. Of course I am only wanting the Q's in it.. Any thoughts?

    • kcreviews

      The Wilmington Star did not have the $4 Nivea coupon or the Kitten Chow thing–they were missing tons of coupons. It makes me sad, but we are not able to get any other papers here, so I guess I will be buying my Q's from Dede.

    • Melissa Sheehy

      I bought 2 Tennesssean papers on Sunday morning in a suburb of Nashville, and they only contained the Smart Source coupon booklet. No RP or P&G or FL. It was very frustrating. Did anyone else find them in their paper in the Nashville area?

      • mj

        I only had the Smart Source in East Nashville and same with co-workers who live in suburbs of Nashville…Agree, very frustrating !

    • HD

      Well the Chattanooga times free press did not get ANY of the Nivea coupons (at least in my copies that I bought), but according to this list they were in the RP, along with many more that were not in mine? this is confusing? Are there coupon variations in each Chatt Times paper or what?….

      • Nancy Kitchens

        I used the preview list for the week. The only things in my sections were the coupons listed in black or blue. I purchase the NW GA Edition of the Chatt Times. I'm not sure if there would be a variation in the editions.

        • hd

          Oh, haha, I just saw that Jenny had put RED- Not in the insert- I'm a goof! Thanks

    • Kristi

      The link for Tallahassee Democrat is for 5/2, this weekend is 5/9.

      • ana

        These links are informing about last weekend's coupons. I believe there is another place here in Southern Savers to take a look at this coming weekend's ones.

    • Ana

      How can I order the coupons online (Smart Source)?

      • I have a Coupons Clipping Site if you would like to order some. I also have 400 Nivea $4/1 body wash for women.

    • JT

      How often does the SS/RP site refresh?

    • Sarah

      Does anyone know if the Tampa Tribune carries coupons like the St.Pete Times? I get the Times, but the Tribune is cheaper and since I don't usually read the paper…it makes more sense to get the cheaper one. Thanks!

    • chrissy

      I didn't get the Schick Hydro Razor in my Smart Source. Does anyone know which paper I can find that in? How do I order it? Thanks!!!!!

    • joyfullysaving

      I have some variations for the RedPlum 5/23 that I got in the St Pete Times.. How do I get them to Jenny so she can Post them Thank you

    • joyfullysaving

      I have some variations for the RedPlum 5/23 that I got in the St Pete Times.. How do I get them to Jenny so she can Post them Thank you