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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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Regional Coupons

on 12.8.2008 at 4:30pm

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**Update – Using your comments and a market reach spreadsheet on SmartSource’s site it appears that really good coupons go to papers/areas with subscription levels above 250,000.  I used to think it was something against my state… now I know anyone that doesn’t live in a big city area is in the same boat.  Thanks for helping my little research project!**

I have been curious for a while to see what areas get some of the best coupons.  The past weekend gives us good oppourtunity to see.

In some areas you were lucky enough to get a -$4 off any Maybelline Lip Product in your Red Plum insert.  I left these off the deal lists for this week because I knew that our area would never get that coupon!  I was right.

Will you leave a comment and say what area you are in and whether or not you got that coupon. I’m not asking for specifics, just give the name of the city that your newspaper comes out of and whether it was in there or not.

If you did get the coupon here are the deals for you:

CVS – Maybelline Lip Products are B1G1
buy 2, use 2 coupons and get both Free plus possible overage!

Rite Aid – Maybelline Lip Products are $6 ea
-$4 off coupon
-$2 off Single Check Rebate
Makes 1 FREE!

If you live in South Carolina don’t ever expect any Revlon, Maybelline, Garneir, or L’Oreal cosmetic coupons.  They won’t come, ever…

    • Kari

      I live in Springfield Illinois and I didn’t get the Maybelline coupon either…bummer!

    • My redplum insert was kinda dinky. I got:

      free drink and med fries w/ purchase of chkn sandwich at McDs.
      $1 off Tabasco sauce
      $1 off 2 packs of M&Ms, etc.
      $1 off minute rice
      $1 off Neutrogena Men item
      $1 off Neutrogena Hair Cair product
      $1.50 off Sudafed 12 hour
      $2.50 off Zyrtec D
      $1 off Tylenol cold
      $1 off Childrens Sudafed
      $.55 off Ocean Spray drink
      $.55 off Ocean Spray dried cranberries
      $2 off Playskool diaper product (never seen these in my area before)
      coupons for Krispy Kreme and Cold Stone

      We also had a smart source insert that was full of pillsbury coupons–again.

      i get the shreveport times, in shreveport, louisiana. it often has coupons for the same products as the dallas paper, just for less savings.

    • I live in Tampa, FL, and I DID get it.

    • Emily

      I’m in Dallas, and we got the coupon! I was able to use it at Walgreens, and got 2 Maybelline lip glosses for free plus $2.21 overage!

    • Greenville, South Carolina area. You’re right we never get those coupons. Any idea why?

    • Cathy

      I’m in Birmingham and we don’t ever get Maybelline or Revlon. I have a few L’Oreal but that’s it. It really stinks:(

    • Lori

      I’m not too far from you–Hickory, NC. The Hickory paper did NOT have the Q—but the Charlotte Observer did! Picked up two copies so I’d have enough to do the deal.

    • Shelly

      In the Atlanta area, DID get it! :-D

    • Jen

      Fayetteville, NC – did NOT get it. :(

    • Laura

      Pensacola, FL did NOT have the coupon!

    • Leah

      I’ve been wondering about the different coupons in different areas situation because I often see deals but don’t have the coupons listed for them even though I clip them religiously.

      The Pensacola and fort Walton beach papers did not have the 4/1 coupon.

    • Valerie

      Atlanta area DID get it – mine came out of the AJC.

    • Julieann

      In Roanoke, VA I only got a B1G1 Maybelline coupon. However, we didn’t get inserts in our last two papers like some people did over the holiday weekend.

    • Megan Martin

      The AJC here in Atlanta did have the coupon.

    • Megan Martin

      Atlanta had that coupon in the AJC.

    • tracy

      Nashville Tennessee did NOT get the Maybelline coupon. What’s up with that? Music City gals like to look pretty too . . .

    • I just checked and we did get it down here in Houston, TX.

    • Stacey

      I lIve in Roanoke, Va. We did not get it either.

    • Elizabeth Whitehill

      pretty sad…Jacksonville FL and we did NOT get the Q

    • North Florida (Tallahassee to be specific) did NOT get it!

    • Rebekah

      Orlando Fl – We DID get it. Yay!

    • Mary

      The Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) had the $4/1 Maybelline Q.

    • lisa

      The San Bernardino Sun had the Q. This is in San Bernardino County CA.

    • Vanessa

      Huntsville, AL did not get the coupon.

    • Blair


      Did you see this on the news tonight? Clipping coupons actually made it on the local news. I thought it might be you until they finally said her name! LOL

      Here’s the link:

    • Jenny

      I live in Lexington Kentucky and we did NOT get the coupon :(

    • I’m in Arkansas and I got the $4 coupon. Walgreens had Maybelline B1G1 and I bought the $3.99 mascara – got two of them free. blessings, marlene

    • Sherry

      I live in Chattanooga, TN and we did not get the Maybelline coupon.

    • Rose

      In Rome,Ga got the coupon from the AJC.

    • Heather

      I live in Atlanta and I did get the Revlon coupons. I assume I got the Maybeline too. I bought like seven copies of the paper. Send me your address and I will send you some of the make up coupons. I certainly don’t need all that make up!
      Heather Clarke

    • Meghan B

      Summerville,SC right outside Charleston. Did NOT get it.

    • Monica

      I am in Columbus OH and we did get the coupons.

    • Heather

      We’re moving to Atlanta, yay yay, better coupons than our dinky Chattanooga Tennessee paper! I used to be able to buy the Atlanta paper here, and it always had 2-3 times the coupons in the exact same inserts.

    • Susan Hackney

      I live in Ocala, FL – smaller central florida town. It was not in the local paper. However, I also bought the Orlando paper this week (a first) and it was in there. Should have bought two of the Orlando paper I guess…

    • I did get the Maybelline Q in Columbus, GA, but I’ve noticed before that my coupons are very often different from the ones mentioned on a lot of sites. CVS will have something on sale, with their add having a litle symbol that says “coupon in most Sunday papers”, and I don’t have a coupon for that item.

      I’ve been thinking about trying to buy an Atlanta paper to see what the difference may be. My inserts, wtih very few exceptions, have been pitiful lately.

    • Kim

      I get the Lynchburg, VA paper and we didn’t get the coupon either. Seems we never get any Loreal or Revlon either. BLEH!

    • Tallahassee Democrat didnt have it. Boo

    • dailymama

      Summerville, SC didn’t get that Maybelline coupon. I subscribe to the Charleston Post & Courier. I also don’t get as high a value on some of the coupons that do come out, like when other blogs suggest using your $3 coupon for something, mine will only be $1.50

    • sherry

      Lafayette, LA…never get the good ones :(

    • I live in the Jackson, MS area. We did NOT get that Q. We never get the good ones :(

    • Greenbean

      I live in Atlanta and I DID get the coupons via the AJC

    • Candice

      Springfield MO didn’t get it. Wasn’t counting on it either.

    • Cathy

      I think I should get an award! I think I’m your only comment so far from the NW…I live Salem, Oregon and did NOT get the Maybelline coupon OR the M&M’s one (really bummed about that one)!

    • Kelly

      We didn’t get the coupon in Nashville, TN (The Tennessean). We have received $1/1 Revlon coupons in the past though and we do receive Loreal coupons (although the values are probably not as high as other areas). We only got the .25 cent off of one McCormick spice when others had the higher value. Darn!

    • Sophia

      I know I’m a little late, but thought that I would add. We did not get the coupon in Savannah, GA. I’ve been thinking of subscribing to the AJC. Thanks to this thread, I know I will!

    • Mz Koni

      I am here in Miami. I got 3 sets of the Miami Herald and 1 of the El Nuevo Herald. 4 Q’s in all for Maybelline. I love your site. Such great and useful info. Thanx. A++++

    • Margery

      A lot of Atlantans have already responded that we did get it. I HATE the news in the AJC. I only buy it for the coupons (and sale flyers) and dump the rest in the recycling bin!!

    • sarah

      Fort Worth, Texas-did get it.

    • Kim

      So strange! I had to comment again b/c I recently moved from Chas, SC to SW VA. I though for sure Chas. would get those coupons! I just recently started couponing and I’m constantly thinking of all the stores I had within a few miles of my house (5 min outside downtown) and all the deals I’m missing/never took advantage of. Now I’m stuck in the country with nothing but Food Lion, CVS, and a Kroger 20-30 min away. Charleston not getting the coupons makes me feel a *little* bit better ;)