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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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Quick Tip: Print Limit Reached

Do you get frustrated seeing “printable (limit reached)” next to coupons on Southern Savers lists?

Sometimes as soon as a list is posted it will already have a few print limit reached coupons. This can be frustrating if you do not have the coupon, but is actually very helpful for many users. Many of you print coupons you will use and wait for a good sale.  Generally when you print coupons they are good for 30 days after the date they printed.  By the time a great sale does come up the coupon may have no more prints available, but hasn’t expired yet.

For this reason, I will include the coupon. This reminds those who have already printed the coupon that it exists and hasn’t expired yet. It allows them to know they can still use the coupon.

How do you manage to not miss out on printables?

The trick is to print coupons you will use when they become available so you’ll have them when you need them, even if the coupon is out of prints.  I do not encourage printing every coupon, that is just a massive waste of paper and ink (which cost money).  What I would recommend is following a few rules:

Print anything you know you’ll use as soon as you see it.

Print any vegetable coupon when you see it, they never last long.

Print any high value coupon when you see it, they also go very fast.  Example: $1 off Reach Floss, it only costs $1, when the coupon makes it free… it goes quickly!

Everything else, leave it there.  If you’ve never heard of a product, then odds are you can live without it and don’t need the coupon.

Do you have any other questions about printable coupons?

    • can tell you from experience, these are good tips! when i got started a few years ago, i would print all the coupons. out of them all, i redeemed maybe 3 out of every 10 coupons i printed. another thing can you help with…how to organize them once printed?? they dont fit in baseball card sleeve pockets

    • I print what i know i will use unless it is a brand new product, ie. swiffer, I will only purchase that type of product when i have a coupon otherwise will not by it. I will a expandable rile organizer, it is short and long and fits inside my purse…. I know when my grocery store markdowns the their products on a weekly basis and organize the coupons as i would shop the store, produce, deli, meat department, dairy and the such…depends on the layout of your store..

    • Susan

      Thank you for leaving the “limit reached” info! It is always a great reminder to check my stash of printed/misc coupons.

    • nurix

      Yes, please give us some advice about the best way to storage printed coupons. Something that we can carry to the store and we can use to get the right coupon fast. I put my coupons inside my wallet, but I have so many coupons that that is just not working anymore. I have a huge mountain of new coupons ready to be file/used.

      • Julia

        Here is what I do. It takes about 3 or 4 hours to set it up, and only a couple hours a week to maintain. I purchased a 1 1/2 inch binder and bought baseball card holders (it is near the baseball/pokemon cards in walmart). There is 9 slots per page. I then cut white printer paper the size of each slot and put it in the slot (I have a cutting board, so it made the process easier and faster). Then, You put the baseball card pages in the binder, then insert tab dividers (I used about 24) labeled and in alphabetical order. Then, when you are ready to file coupons, put them in the right sections labeled by the tab dividers! Since there is a white piece of paper in each baseball card slot, you can put coupons in the front and back, so you can see the coupons individually. It is really easy. If you have any questions or would like some pictures to make the process easier to understand, email me at juliafmcintosh@yahoo.com and I would be glad to help. I hope that wasn’t too complicated! The best part is that the coupons are exactly where you put them so that they are easy to find in the store, and also, the binder fits in the recyclable shopping bags easily, so when you don’t need it, you can store it away!

      • Georgia

        I just fold it in thirds. I have one of those wallet type coupon organizers labeled with about 15 different sections and it works for me. By the way, are you able to use all the coupons? I used to cut a ton, but they would expire before I found a good deal on them. Now, I write the date with a sharpie on the coupon insert then file it away in a box. Then before I head to the store I check out Jenny’s list, then go look for the coupons. That way, if I need a coupon from 2 months ago, I can quickly find it instead of searching through tons of coupons I’ve cut.

        • Soberkitty

          I think she meant her actual wallet.

    • LIn

      I use long envelopes in a photo box. (all bought on sale and very cheap). I label by beverage, baby, dairy, etc and sort the envelopes alphabetically. I also use an envelope for the stores I frequent. I have a Staples, CVS, etc. Then if there is an upcoming deal I put a copy in the envelope and a sticky on the outside. It is simple to walk in the store with an envelope. I can quickly look thru the envelopes when preparing for a shopping trip. The ones I do NOT plan to use ride along anyway, just in case I find a really great deal on something. Works for me. ;)

    • maryland mom

      To store internet printed coupons, I use “currency size” plastic sleeves in my 3 ring binder, purchased them cheaply on ebay. Each page has 4 spaces for the coupons, I use front and back so I can get at least 8 in a sleeve, double up if you have more than one of same. This works well and I can use my baseball card size ones too for regular coupons in the binder. I take my binder everywhere, although it is bulky the coupons are easily visible in the plastic sleeves.
      Thank you Jenny for all your money saving tips!!

    • Mary S

      A baby wipes container with index dividers is a perfect fit for printable coupons.I drilled a hole on each side and made a handle by putting a ribbon(making it long enough to carry over my shoulder) through the hole and knotting it on the inside.This way I can carry it with me.

    • AP

      I organize mine in an index card box with dividers and then store the box in a small cute cooler with a handle or shoulder strap (got mine about a year ago at Target for about $7). I learned a lesson the hard way back when i used a wallet size organizer and i accidentally left them in the shopping cart and they were taken. Hard to miss the coupons now! :-)

      • AP

        This is the one I use but in a different pattern, and I added a shoulder strap. www(dot)target(dot)com/p/rachael-ray-grey-brown-mums-rachael-ray-water-mill-6-can-lunch-6-can/-/A-13934333#prodSlot=large_1_23&term=Cooler

    • Kathy

      I have a 3 ring binder (that also has accordian pockets) with baseball card sleeves that I keep all my coupons organized. They are labeled on the edges (beverages, baking, breakfast, frozen, fruits/vege, etc) so I know just where to find things. I have to fold the coupons but I can see them from either side. It’s worked well for the last few years. I’ve already got my list and coupons together before I walk in the store, but sometimes I see something on the shelf and I can quickly check and see if I have a coupon that goes with it.