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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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My Coupon Inserts are Different...

One of the most common questions and frustrations in couponing is “missing coupons”.  I will tell you that there is a coupon in a certain insert and you search through the insert 14 times.  It’s just not there!


Manufacturer’s think of coupons as part of their advertising budget.  They have areas that they want to target or a certain number of people that they want to reach.  Generally their money goes further in larger cities.  So the big cities get more coupons.  In the south that’s Atlanta GA, Jacksonville FL, and Charlotte NC.  They get a lot of the coupons that are released, from there the smaller the city the fewer the coupons you will find in your newspaper.

How can you get these coupons?

Order them or Trade for them.  If a coupon is in the weekly insert previews, but you didn’t get it in your paper, remember that somebody somewhere did get the coupon so head online and see if you can find it.  There are a lot of sites that have coupons you can order.  After you open your paper on Sunday and see what you are missing  that you wanted then go ahead and order them.  A few that I would recommend are:

  1. The Coupon Clippers
  2. Ebay
  3. Coupons & Things by Dede

One note: Never order a printable coupon online.  You don’t know it’s history or if it’s an orginal or a copy. Also for Ebay look at the reputation of the seller just as you would if you were purchasing something else.

You can also trade coupons you have for coupons you want.  We have a traders board on Southern Savers with over 700 members.  Jump in there and see if someone else can help you out with the coupon you need.

A tip for Organization:

If you keep your inserts whole and only cut the coupons as you need them for shopping each week, “missing” coupons can be a big waste of your time.  You go through the insert 14 times hoping you’ll find it if you just keep looking.  So save yourself some time and frustration and print the regional variation list for your paper each week.  I post these every Wednesday night for the previous week.  So print your list and put it with the inserts for that week.  Now when you see:

-$4 off Nivea Body Wash SS 5/02

You can go to you inserts from May 2nd and look at the variations list first to see if it’s even in your Smart Source insert.  If it is on the list for your area then start to flip through to find it, if it’s not on the list then move on (or go order it!).

(A huge thanks to the folks that make these regional lists for us everyweek!  These are awesome readers that live in your area volunteering to help everyone.)

    • Sarah

      I'm curious if anyone buys the Tampa Tribune?? I live in St.Pete and get the St.Pete Times, but the Tampa paper is cheaper and is also a bigger city….so does anyone buy it and if so do you generally get all the coupons listed in it?? Thanks!

      • Patsy

        I buy the Tampa Trib at the paperbox for fifty cents each. So far I have found almost all of the coupons. I thought Jenny's idea of printing out the list was a good one!

        • Ileana

          I live in the LOL area and I used to get the St. Pete Times for the guy on the street for 50 cents but they are having issues with the contracts for their inserts and they are not ususally all there. I now buy the Tampa Tribune inside a gas station for the $1 plus tax. I will sit there and check them also because sometimes they are also missing inserts but not like the Times.

          • Sarah

            Thank you all for your help. I live in St.Pete and the paper is $1.00, but the Tampa Tribune is only $.50….so I'll be getting that for now on. More Savings!! :)

    • Joshswife

      St. Pete Times is what we have been getting, but we were just informed that they lost one of their couponing contracts (either smartsource or redplum). We had noticed we were barely getting any coupons in it and when we purchased Tampa Tribune, it would have all the coupons. So we are now receiving Tampa Tribune. Hope that helps! :)

      • Kangelia

        St Pete Times has lost their contract with RedPlum.. they are currently negotiating. Until they get it straight I will purchase the Tampa Tribune for 50 cents at Publix.

    • Terry

      I decided to start buying Orlando Sentinel instead of Florida Today (for Brevard Co.) because I could not find so many coupons and friends in Orlando said they did!

    • fullhousetn

      I live near Chattanooga, and since the inserts are mostly advertisements, we aren't able to purchase the Nashville or knoxville paper locally, I order from Coupons and things by dede, and have for months. Her service is wonderful, reasonably priced, shipping is quick and affordable. You can order whole inserts, or clipped coupons. A friend and I order every other week, and split the shipping cost, keeping it the most feasable/easy option for us. Almost all of the coupons listed on here are in the inserts and sometimes the coupons from Dede are even higher value, or have more/different coupons. The great thing is you can look at the list of what is in the insert, and the important details of each coupon(ie value, expiration, and anything important like do not double etc) Her service keeps my binder full and cut down on the amount of coupons I have to print. HTH

    • kcreviews

      Unfortunately, the Wilmington Star News is one of those papers that is always missing a lot of the coupons. On the bright side, I found out yesterday that I can get the Raleigh News & Observer from a machine outside my Food Lion! They get better Qs!

      • motherof3nc

        which FL my daughter lives in Wilmington and is always complaining she cannot find a paper with coupons in Wilmywood

        • kcreviews

          I get them at the Ogden FL on Market and Gordon Rd. But there are about 5 other locations that should have papers in machines out front of the store.

    • happymom

      Thanks for explaining, Jenny. I think people need to realize that coupons are promotions, therefore not everyone is always going to receive the same thing. I also think it's important that people not get so upset and frustrated about it- it's easy to get a little worked up over coupons not printing or not getting a coupon in your paper, but it's not the end of the world :) I really appreciate the work that you and some of your readers put in every week. It saves me loads of time (and money)!

    • lrose57

      My Dad lives in Phoenix and he gets higher value coupons and coupons for things that I have never seen coupons for, here in SC…. He cuts them and mails them to me every week… and he gets 2 free papers with coupons and one Saturday and one Sunday paper with coupons…Thanks Dad !

    • michelle

      Thanks for the coupons and things by Dede info. I've been paying way too much on e-bay. The prices on her site are really good!

    • I live in Port St Lucie, FL and we get quite a lot of the coupons each week. One of the recent ones that we did not was the $5 Schick Hydro.

      I have bought the Palm Beach post several times, but it usually has a few more that we don't get but then will have an entire insert missing, as well as it never has the craft store sale papers. I stick with my local PSL paper unless I know there is a good Q in the Post.

    • HK

      What paper do you get Jenny?

      • I get The State out of Colubia SC

      • Terrianne Otts

        I have to buy 2 seperate papers to get my coupons. I live in Lakeland FL, and The Ledger is more expensive (and you only get one coupon set from this). So I get the Sunday Chief, a paper out of Winter Haven and that has the Smart Source and the St. Pete Times has the Red Plum, so it is $1.00 to get a complete set of coupons, however that is cheaper than getting The Ledger which is $1.25.

        I also have to check every single paper I buy as I have found that at least a couple of papers in the stack have NO coupons in them,

    • Unfortunately this weekend, Montgomery copies of the Birmingham News had no inserts in them at all. Upon calling the newspaper, it is determined that the newspaper is not responsible for this, it is the coupon advertisers who decided to skip putting them in this weekend, probably to save some money. I guess they figure that our 'great' (sarcasm!) Montgomery paper is good enough. I was completely bummed, but glad to know the paper is not at fault. Make sure you check all your papers before you buy them, because this could happen at any time!

      • It was also determined that a bunch of other cities outside the Birmingham metro were skipped, so it wasn't just Montgomery.

    • bfew0711

      I've never been able to figure out the color coding in the variations list. Any ideas?

      • mdw022

        At the bottom of all the listed variations she puts the color coding (the 1st page before you click on your region)…blue means a change in value or a coupon not in the preview; red means not in this insert.

    • Jessica

      Jenny, I have seen on another blog that it is possible to buy coupon inserts in bulk. Do you know anything about this service, such as what area the coupons come from?

    • jcrmadaris

      I've not kept my inserts organized very well. Is there a way to tell which inserts are from which week?

      • Yolanda

        Check the outside seam of the coupon insert and it should have the date there.

    • kc131391

      how long doesit take to get the Q's if you order them? Will the come before that weeks sale is over?

      • kcreviews

        When I have ordered from Coupon Clippers or Dede, they usually come in three or four days, so yes, if you order on Sunday, you'll get them before Saturday, or if you order on Tues/Wed for the grocery stores, you'll get them by the weekend and you can still catch the sales!

    • I keep the regional variation lists in an excel file tabbed by date so i can search the whole file for the coupon i need…i really appreciate that list every week!

    • Ingrid

      The links for the regional lists are not working.

    • Ingrid

      The links for the regional lists are not working.