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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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To make the most out of couponing, make sure you know all about the grocery store sale cycles.

Over the next few weeks we are going to have our own Extreme Couponing series on Southern Savers. I’ve done many posts and videos over the years, but we are going to start over with short little 3 minutes or less videos and cover the basics, questions, tips and tricks. My hope is that we can break things into very easy to understand segments and help folks actually learn how to save money (not just buy all the floss in a grocery store and “save” a ton on one random trip).

To get us started, the most important thing to learn is that groceries run on a sale cycle…

Helpful Links:
Learn to Coupon
Buy Price List
Longer Videos on Getting Started

    • stephylow

      Thanks Jenny… You are the best!

    • Judy

      What about the expiration dates on items? I found that if I buy many products, they expire and I end up throwing them out. Can/ will you address that issue for me? That’s the main reason I haven’t joined in on the couponing, but I do want to save moneoy.

      • Anonymous

        It really depends on what items you are talking about.  I have found expired or soon to expire items at least once (sometimes more) at every grocery store I’ve shopped either currently or in the past.

        Remember that in order to get rid of their oldest merchandise first, stores will put the items with the shortest expiration date at the front of the shelf because a lot of shoppers just take the front can/box/bottle/pouch.  So as you are shopping be sure and look at the expiration date and check further back on the shelf and you might find something with a longer expiration date.  If not, pass on it.My DH eats yogurt daily and expiration dates can make it hard to stock up for a month (I’m told it doesn’t freeze well).  So I carry a small calendar with me so that I can figure out if he will consume it all before it expires.  Otherwise, I don’t buy as much.

    • Linda

      I want your shirt!

    • Kelly A.

      Thanks so much! Very helpful!

    • Dawgs Fan 479

      Hey Jenny

      I don’t have time to do this right this minute. Are all of these going to be in a certain spot on your website for future reference?  Thanks for all you do!

      • You can click on video on the right hand side (above the current posts) and see all the past videos together.

        • My gosh, where has this “Buy Price List” been. It is exactly what I have been needing. Awesome job Jenny, yet again!!!!!! Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Jenny!  Didn’t know about the Buy Price list!  Only wish you might have emphasized the six week cycle in regards to the “shelf clearers”.  Six weeks isn’t a very long time, so it annoys me to no end that people will buy 50 of something just because!

    • loverofChrist

      I really wish they would take that show off the air . It really gives couponing and couponers a bad look and it is sooooo unrealistic. Thanks Jenny for all you do and showing all of us the moral, ethical, and honest way of couponing. May God continue to bless you and your family.

    • Couponfreebiegiveaway

      Didn’t know about the Buy Price List! This is where I struggle with some items, I’m not sure if buying them at “x” amount is a good deal. I’ve heard it from several others, mostly young married people like me who never have had to pay attention to prices! Definitely sharing your wisdom with all the girls who ask me, “How’d you do that? Show me how!”

    • acmt1500

      Awesome video!  Thanks for the tips and information.  I’m trying to pass it on to folks who ask me … now I can just send them here!

    • Meshell

      I really love having this information. But I’m fairly new to couponing (about 6 months). And what I am running in to are more and more limits being placed on purchases. I have 3 children left at home (ages 12-17). That makes five of us in our family. If I purchase, say 2 boxes of cereal per person per six week cycle, that is ten boxes of cereal. I either have to make several trips during the one week sale, or hope that I get lucky and am able to buy them all at once. What do the rest of you do in order to be able to follow this ‘purchase for six weeks sales cycle?’ Just a few months ago, there didn’t seem to be nearly as many limitations as there are now. And with increasing food prices (on the news), I see more and more people trying save money. And I can’t blame them!! We all should.

      • JoshuaGriffing

        I havent ran into any instances where they wouldnt let you purchase at least 10 of an item.

      • Marlene

        Other than multiple trips, vary the product/brand.  This week Kelloggs cereal might be on sale so you could get say 3 or 4 boxes, next week Post Cereals on sale stock up on those, you’d get to your 10 boxes in a couple of trips or maybe by shopping at 2 differnet stores in 1 trip.
        Sometimes you have to weigh time & money and your goals.  If the sale price is good stock-up even without a coupon.   Maybe cereal is on sale BOGO and you can use 3 coupons – is it still a good price to get 4 boxes or 6 boxes with your 3 coupon max?  It might average out to a good price overall.  There’s no point in running around town getting every deal out there, if you are up at midnight doing laundry.  I’ve learned that lesson. 

    • I’ve been using this website for 6 months, and I had no clue there was a Buy Price List on the site.  Thanks so much!

    • Terry

      I just added the buy list on my favorites at my home page. Didn’t know about the list either.
      That shirt is awsome!!

    • ha ha, your buy list just did my final homework project for me… thanks sooo much.  I feel really good at how i’ve been  doing now. 

    • Jpandandi

      What would you suggest as a buy price for peanut butter?  We seem to fly through it at our house, but I haven’t quite landed on what is a stock-up price…

      • JoshuaGriffing

        I was buying it at .25 for the smaller sized jars with a $1 off coupon, with a local 5/25 purchase i was actually able to purchase 30 jars total for $0.

      • Marlene

        I would stock up at $1 for an 18oz jar.  Depending on how much peanut butter you eat.  I recently stocked up – various trips about 15 jars – on Skippy & Planters when they released fairly rare $.75/1 jar coupons.

    • Kristina

      No clue about the buy price list either! Thank you Jenny!

    • Rootwo

      Help!  Where is the Buy Price list?

      • Anonymous

        Right below the video above, there are 3 links.

        • Rootwo

          Hah, it was right in front of my nose!  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Yea Jenny.  Thanks for updating the original “buy” price list, this is awesome!

    • Carriemabrey

      When talking about sale cycles, does this apply to Commissaries too? I know their prices are usually lower in comparison to civilian grocery stores, but I was wondering if they follow this cycle also so I could coupon too. :)

      • Anonymous

        No, commissary prices are the actual cost of the item without any overhead added (the 5% surcharge is added to cover operating costs).   Commissary “sales” are one of two things: closeouts and overstocks that they have to get rid of, and sales prices direct from the manufacturers.  While there are frequent manufacturer sales, they don’t follow the set cycles of civilian stores, who lower prices on items as “loss leaders” to encourage people to shop in the store (and buy other non-sale merchandise while they are there for the sales).

    • Kdoverby

      Thank you so much for all your hard work! It has been such a helpful tool to our family.  We are about to teach our congregation how to take advantage of your website!

    • Mydoc3

      Thanks so much for all of your hard work.  I am new to this whole thing and this site has helped me tremendously!!!

    • Katie

      I appreciate this.  New beginner.  Broke my foot one week into couponing.  Slowed things up a bit. 

    • Amanda

      I love your video Jenny!  Thanks so much!  You always know how to put it all together for me.  Your Buy It Now List is now going with me every time I shop :)

    • Beth Anne Saves

      I didn’t know you had a price list! Thanks for the info I’m going to print it out! It’s so hard sometimes b/c the “price lists” are so regional. 

    • Great video Jenny! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the updated list!

    • Gaby_32738

      This was great.  I just found a deal at Publix where they are selling Honey Nut Cheerios for $2.99 a box.  They have a $2.00 off coupon in their own ad at the front of  the store when you come in.  Makes you big box of cereal .99. 

      • Pdms3

        I did the same thing except i used mine for lucky charms, and cinnamon toast crunch. There was a coupon for .50/2 that i added to the deal and i got 4 (of the big) boxes for a total of $2 for all 4.

      • Pdms3

        I did the same thing except i used mine for lucky charms, and cinnamon toast crunch. There was a coupon for .50/2 that i added to the deal and i got 4 (of the big) boxes for a total of $2 for all 4.

    • TCB

      Very nice Jenny.  I’m just starting out and this web site has helped tremendously.  Line another reader, I didn’t know the Buy Price List was there.  Thank you so much.  You are an angel.

      • Regina Westgate

        I can’t seem to download the Buy Price List.   Did you have a problem?

        • Anonymous

          It might be your browser.  I’m using Google Chrome and didn’t have a problem.

    • Amy C.

      Aww!!!  Jenny!!  Look at you with your cute shirt!  And your hair looks fab, by the way!  Nice highlights & cut!  (Longtime loyal follower here)  Great tips as always!

    • Carole Loomis

      You Rock! So professional. So helpful. Very approachable.

    • Anonymous

      thank you jenny, it’s good to hear this again cause i learned something i missed the 1st time around!!!!:) 

    • Darline

      Jenny, I would like to thank you as I am just couping on line I was trying to get the coupon form friends and neighbors, and tghat just wasn’t working. Thank you!

    • Dianneluke

      Great video!  You look adorable.  I love your hair! 

    • Anonymous

      This was great.  I just found a deal at Publix where they are selling
      Honey Nut Cheerios for $2.99 a box.  They have a $2.00 off coupon in
      their own ad at the front of  the store when you come in.  Makes you big
      box of cereal .99. I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

    • Twy

      great video! thanks!

    • Huntercoupons

      Loved the video but really had to say Jenny, you look great!

    • camerahandi

      Thanks so much for the video! Very easy to understand!

    • Tmf1680

      I agree people need to stop hoarding and just get what they need til the next sale. I actually never get dental floss on sale because it always gets wiped out.

    • Brenda

      Love the “Buy Price” Shopping list!  Thanks for blessing my life!   Love your shirt!!
       Brenda S.

    • Brenda

      I would love if your shirt and shopping bags were made available with the southern savers logo-I would be proud to wear and use them!!

    • Roxyb62

      You’re amazing! Thanks so much Jenny!

    • Ballm1

      Great Video! I learned something new today! The best buy list is going to be very helpful and money saving. I love the shirt. Do you sell them? I would purchase and wear it proudly :0)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you making couponing easier to understand. I try to get your website name out as much as I can. Love your shirt. You should sell them or re-useable shopping bags. I for sure would get one.

    • Dsci2003

      Thanks for the buy price list. this will help me out alot.

    • AmyQ

      Why have I been using this site for 3 or 4 years now, and I just learned about the price list!?!?!??! AHHHHHHH!! lol I can’t believe I didnt tour around here more diligently! Amy amy amy……..

      • Angelascoupons1

        It has been somewhat buried (I had to hunt for it).  I think it could be posted on one of the main pages.  It’s a fabulous help!

    • NurseL

      Any tips on the best time of year to purchase major appliances like washer and stove?

      • Anonymous

        We got our washer and dryer on black friday and got a great deal! 

      • Lucy2778

        Don’t know of the time of the year, but check your home depot, lowes, Sears, etc. frequently, all have some clearance items, just check every week or so and one day you will find an appliance that you want on a good sale. We also found a Sears outlet in Orlando, it sells brand new overstock, scratched and dented appliances for as much as 60% off, we got a new washer, with an almost invisible scratch on the side (we have a drier on that side so you can’t even see it) for 40% off. Also found a new great fridge for $664, top of the line. If you don’t have an outlet store in your area, just check clearance sections regularly, you will not regret it.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks!  My sister-in-law and I attended your class in Villa Rica, GA this past weekend!  Loved it!  Thanks for all the information, Jenny! 

    • Angelmj1019

      I was wondering if anyone else ever gets cereal for around $1 a box?  The cheapest I have been able to get it is $1.25, but I usually pay around $1.50.  Just wondering.  I still think I’m getting a great deal considering I used to buy the generic for $2+ a box.

      • Lovehandlesmcgee

        best deal ever was kelloggs for 19 cents a box

      • Just got 5 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and 4 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch yesterday for $0.55 a box.  The biggest boxes too, not the smaller ones.  The biggest boxes of these are on sale $2.99.  There is a $2 Publix Coupon in the Yellow Advantage Flyer and then stack with manufacturer coupons.  Sale only good through 9/13 or 9/14 depending on when your sales cycles are.

      • Angelascoupons1

        I’ve gotten if for even less!  I don’t think $.75 is uncommon at all.  I’ve even hit less than that before.  I typically hold out for at least under $1. And I do buy a variety of cereals…not just one kind, so that probably helps me get better deals as well.

      • purpleflower

        I’ve gotten it for $.75 before. It was a B1G1 and I had a coupon 2 coupons.:)

    • Linda

      just recently (3 weeks ago) learned about this site and the “right” way to coupon. jenny you make it seem so simple. i am so excited about gathering up coupons and supplies to really get started. thanks so much

    • Becky

      Jenny- Thanks so much for all that you do! You have made couponing easy for me to understand.  I have now been couponing for almost two months and never thought I could till I found your site. Thank you so much for all the time you have put into this site!

    • Jessica

      Thanks so much. This is very helpful. Esp to learn about the list that has the best prices. This is something I have frequently wondered over…esp toilet paper and paper towels. Previously was unaware this list was available on your site. AWESOME, AWESOME! Jenny, you are such an angel!!! 

    • Beverly

      Is the Coupon Database no longer on Southern Savers,  I can’t find it on mine.  How do you get to the database now?

    • Roxy

      I have been couponing a little over 2 yrs now.  I average saving at least 50%!  I give a lot away to our Church pantry, my kids etc.  Thanks you Jenny for a web site that is so easy to use!  Many of my friends now come here as well. I love getting things free, like tooth paste, deodorant, tooth floss, cereal etc.

    • Sabrinalynn

      I have never been a fan of coupons…and am anxious to learn…..I have no clue how to start……but I’m ready to learn !

    • Constance

      Very valuable information.  I will share this with others that I am helping save money on groceries.  Thank you for this.