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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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expired inserts

You probably know by now that I’m not a binder girl.  I keep all my inserts whole and cut only the coupons I need for each trip we make.  This is a massive time and sanity saver, but can have one problem… you end up with months of inserts and never quite know when to throw them away.

Here’s a super easy tip for you:

Use the Coupon Database!

All you need to do is head over and type in the name of your insert and the date.  The database will only show you the coupons that are still good in that insert.  So if it returns no coupons – everything is expired.

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Many times it will return 3 or 4 coupons left, I will decide quickly if they are even brands I want.  If so then cut the few that are left and put those in a coupon organizer (you have to use something with a binder to keep lose coupons you find in the store anyway).

Insert Abbreviations:

SS = SmartSource
RP = RedPlum
PG = Procter & Gamble

Note: For the dates, we always enter two digit days.  So June 5th would be 6/05.

Want more information on organizing coupons?  Watch these videos:

    • CynthiaD

      Thank you so much! I didn’t know there was a database for INSERTS. Yes, I always have 8-10 older ones where I might have quickly looked and saw 1 unexpired, so kept the whole (HEAVY) stack of inserts. This is a totally cool tool Jenny.
      Thanks again, Cynthia D.

    • boobear

      LOVE this. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

    • Pam

      OMG…thank you for this tip. How much time have I wasted going through old inserts ?!?

    • Thanks for the tip! I’ve been putting off trashing old inserts in case there’s one that isn’t expired. ????

    • Dyana R.

      Never thought about using the database that way. Awesome tip.

    • Becky

      Thank you!

    • Kelly Secosky

      Brilliant! Thank you so much! Now I can purge all of my possibly expired inserts that I was afraid to throw out.

    • Terry

      This is dandy! Thank you !!!!!!!

    • kalliopielock

      Oh my!!! Thank you!!!!!!

    • lisa

      I use couponCleanout.com…that helps me pretty good. But this is a good resource too, jenny!!

    • Liz

      Very helpful

    • NurseJ

      Awesome! I’ve been a fan of your site for a few years, and just over the last few weeks have I discovered how much time the database saves me!! Thanks!!!

    • amanda


    • atd

      Very cool way to use the database. Never thought of using it that way. My rule of thumb has always been 4 months for SS & RP, 30 days for PG…(which of course I learned from the SS website)!

    • Natasha

      Awesome!!!! Time for some cleaning up tomorrow!!

    • Danyeln

      I’ve been cleaning out my coupons this way for over a year and it is the very best way to make sure I am not missing anything.

    • Daryl Ann Guy

      Thank you so much for the tip that is AWESOMESAUCE!!!

    • AC

      Very, very helpful! HAS ANYONE SEEN JENNY’S FAVORITE PRINTER ON SALE RECENTLY? I really want to get one!

      • Lilly91113

        I don’t know what she has, but I’ve had a lot of printers and I got my printer after watching a favorite ebay top seller who recommended his for very fast efficiently printing out ebay labels. That’s the reason I bought it, but same goes for printing out coupons. It’s very fast, holds a lot of paper and nothing has gone wrong with it-no glitches even once. It is a laser printer that only prints black and white-perfect for my ebay office. Our color printer is in another room for other purposes. Anyway, if you are interested it’s Brother HL-L2360DW. It’s perfect!

    • KarenH

      Thank you soooo much Jenny!!! This has always been something I wished someone would come up with! Thanks also for this site I use it daily!

    • meg

      I’ve been using this for a while now, THANKS SO MUCH JENNY!! We truly appreciate you!

    • Sandy Reynolds

      This is AWESOME!! I am not a clipper either. I keep the entire insert.I did not know that this was available, so I made my own. Every Sunday, I key in all of the coupons with value, type of insert & date, and expiration date. I am so glad to know about this tool. Thanks for all you do!!

    • Meghan Fisher

      I’m relieved I’m not the only one who doesn’t use a binder! Thanks for your practical tips. I love the one about knowing what date your insert is….appreciated! :)

    • Stephanie Wells

      Thanks Jenny!

    • chichiwvu

      I do the same with whole inserts. I started writing the dates of when to toss after I flip through them on the front (it’s often a mass expiration date for the majority of coupons). Though this will save me time when I forget to!

    • Olga

      Hi Jenny, what if my region has coupons you don’t have in your database? I don’t think you have anyone reporting Miami Herald to you.

    • Joy

      I have one drawer in a file cabinet with hanging folders that I use for coupons. Each week when I get new coupons I put a sticky note on the folder with the latest expiring coupon. Then when the date passes I empty that folder and reuse it with a new sticky.

    • Brenda

      Anderson, SC is not there.

    • tori729

      What I do is before I file the insert, I go through the coupons in there and find the latest expiration date and write that on the front of it. Then when I’m running out of room in my huge accordion file I start going through and throwing out inserts. Sometimes, if one coupon has a much longer expiration date, I’ll mark that on the front and then go through and just cut and file that one in my extras.