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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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Legality

on 4.24.2009 at 4:16pm
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Make sure you're couponing the legal way and not cutting corners to get ahead. Here are some answers to top questions about keeping it legal.

You guys had a lot of great questions about the first part of “Keeping it Legal” and I want everyone to catch the answers.

Printing from multiple computers.

This is okay.  You are not breaking any rules.  The limit is 2 per computer/ ip address.  If you have access to 3 computers and want 6 of a coupon that is okay.  All 6 will have inidividualized securty features and are legitimate coupons.

Buying coupons online.

You do not ever want to buy a printable coupon online.  There are some that sell them on ebay, you will have no way of knowing if this is a legitimate coupon or not.  You do not want to unknowingly commit fraud.

It is okay to buy newspaper coupons online.  There is nothing wrong with having more of one coupon as long as you do it legally.  Newspaper coupons are not a regular problem with fraudulent use.

  • There are some that say that is against the terms on the coupon. Most sellers and companies (the coupon clippers etc) state that they are charging you a handling fee and not selling the coupon to clear up the legality of their of business.  This would be the same as you paying you mother to mail you inserts from her paper.
  • The folks that say buying more of a coupon is wrong go one step further and say that it is also wrong to send our coupons over seas. I think they have gone to far to say I can’t help out service men and women with coupons that are worthless to me!
    • Melissa

      Ok….I didn’t even think to use multiple computers to print coupons…

      I am very new to this…actually yesterday was my first day of AWESOME coupon deals. Now I can add a whole other element to my coupon printing.

      Thanks for this website. It is AWESOME!!!

    • beth

      I learned 2 things today. 1) check your receipt. I bought the “on-sale” grapes at Kroger today. On the way home, I was thinking, my bill should have been less. So I looked at my receipt. The cashier rang them up wrong at 1.95/lb instead of .99cent/pound. And she rang up my 2 heads of lettuce at 1.03 instead of .99cents. (I know, it’s only 4 cents but still, it counts). So I called and they told me to come back at my convenience. So they gave me all the money back for the grapes and one head of lettuce and the difference for the 2nd head of lettuce. 2) kroger (like publix) will give you the item free if they ring it up wrong. That’s my two cents. Jenny, thank you for all you do on this website. You are awesome!!!

    • Sarah

      No wonder I have been annoying Target so much!!!

    • liz

      Is the policy of free is rung up incorrectly for all krogers. I live in pasadena texas, this has happened to me many times and they just adjust the price. Thanks

    • I am curious as to how you know that Target and Food Lion are okay with us printing more than one copy of the coupons but only using one per day and/or per transaction. I can print more than one because we have 3 computers here at home that I can use, but I am always hesitant to use more than one of each FL coupon — like it is wrong somehow. I guess because they pulled them off of A Full Cup so I figured they only wanted us to print it once per computer. I trust you — just wondering if you asked them or something like that. Thanks again for all your work!

    • Rebecca

      yea! thank you for this! we have had big problems at our Publix because of a huge influx of couponers- and obviously not all of them are doing the right thing. this is very valuable info, thanks for sharing it!

    • Hilma

      “This would be the same as you paying you mother to mail you inserts from her paper.”
      ***************************
      I got a chuckle from this but to be serious.. my Mom or anyone else I know that would send me inserts wouldn’t charge me charge me a handling fee depending on the value of the coupon… :) … I’m just sayin.
      And for those who say you can’t send em over seas… where is that stated on the coupon?????

    • Debbie

      Jenny,
      Thank you for posting this information. I try to do the right thing. I wish everyone would.

    • Mina

      Thank you for putting these explanations up here, Jenny. There’s a frenzy that can overtake new couponers after they have experienced the thrill of their first great deals. When people take the time to know terms and conditions of proper coupon use early on, they can avoid many pitfalls. The promotion of honest couponing and deal seeking is important to all of us. Every time someone uses Q’s dishonestly it impacts every one of us who uses them properly, the stores, the manufacturers, the employees of those stores, and everyone who shops in those chains. I like to think that none of us would intentionally write a bad check and expect it to be ignored because we had young children and wanted to stretch our spending. Intentional misuse of coupons is the same thing; it is deceitfully denying someone the money that we rightfully owe them in exchange for an item.

      I love a good deal. There are more going on at any one time than I can possibly take advantage of. Even if we have to miss one here and there, it’s okay. More will come along.

      Thanks for putting these posts up. It would be great if you could keep them in a prominent place where future new readers will be likely to access and read them early in their couponing experiences.

    • Mina

      I’d like to add to your comment about not purchasing printable Q’s online. Many probably got the underlying message from previous posts. Sharing, trading, or giving legitimate coupons that you have printed from your computer can be risky, too. If the other person makes and uses additional copies of internet coupons that you provide, those fraudulent copies will be traced back to your computer. So, for your own protection, if you offer those Q’s to others, make sure that they are trustworthy and understand that those IP coupons are not to be copied. You don’t want to wind up being punished for your generous deed.

    • Julie

      Really buying newspaper coupons online (ebay or where ever) is not legal. Almost every coupon out says void if sold. Which would mean you should be doing it. When people say “you are paying for my time to collect sort and ship” it is because they know it is not right and think this some how makes it okay. It really doesn’t.

    • Jenny (also)

      Thank you so much for these posts. I think all of us would do well to remember that those of us who are Christians also have our integrity and Christian witness to others to protect. Stealing is stealing no matter how “gray” the area seems. While I have a wonderful time playing “the coupon game”, and God does instruct us to be good stewards, it does me well to remember that ultimately God is my provider. In the process of getting my good deals, I have been able to speak to many managers who actually respect those of us who do this honestly and fairly. Enough of my preaching! Thank you so much for all you do, and may God richly bless you!

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks, Jenny for getting to these legal topics on your site. I’m glad you addressed the issue of how to use FL coupons at FL and at Publix. I know that our Publix in Ooltewah, TN has established their coupon policy to only allow the use of one “other store” coupon per customer.

      I’ve also been feeling some conviction about using a coupon that specifies one item but will scan on mulitiple items.

      I hope you might address that specific issue in one of your “gray areas” topics.

      Thanks, Jenny! You’re awesome!

    • Sheila

      My Food Lion says it’s fraud to use more than one FL printed coupon even if it’s on a different day. They say one gerber, 1-wipes ect. This really bites. Have you ever contacted FL about printed more than one and using them on different days?

    • MiniMidgMom

      Jenny, if you aren’t planning on making a tab at the header for legal questions then you should – this is great info!

      I think that some cashiers at my Publix are taking multiple competitors coupons for the same item but others are not. Like some will take a manufacturer’s, a FL, and a Kroger. I need to ask a manager b/c I don’t want to look like I’m manipulating things. I know they don’t make money off these.

      I emailed DelMonte because I found out that Firefox lets me view some coupons but doesn’t print them. But every time I hit print it registers as a print. Target.com and Restaurants.com are the same way. I have to copy and paste the URL into Explorer, which we never use because it freezes so often. Now that I know what the problem is I’m asking if I can still get some of the coupons that never printed.

    • nancy

      yes, I have a problem getting firefox to print my coupons too. I do not like useing windows explore. anyone now how to help.
      tkx,