I like to assume that there are more people interested in learning to use coupons than there are people already using them. With that in mind I want to share a four part series about the basics of coupons.
Navigating blogs that post about grocery deals can be somewhat of a challenge if you do not understand the coupon lingo generally used.
The following relate to the coupon inserts found in the Sunday paper:
RP – RedPlum Coupon Insert
SS – Smart Source Coupon Insert
GM – General Mills Coupon Insert
PG or P&G – Procter & Gamble
Often in good deal posts you will see the insert abbreviation with a date next to it. This date is the date the coupon insert came out. If you look closely on the folded edge of the insert, you will see the date printed on it.
Used .55/1 coupon from RP 1/29 – indicates the coupon came in 1/29 RedPlum insert
Other common abbreviations include:
.55/2 – this coupon is good for .55 off 2 of the stated item(s)
IP – Internet Printed Coupon
CPN – coupon
WYB – When You Buy
B1G1F – Buy One Get One Free
BOGO, B1G1 – Buy One Get One
MFG – Manufacturer
Wonder why you would need to know if a coupon is a manufacturer coupon? There are many store coupons that are put out by different stores to be used at that particular store. If your store does not take a competitors coupon then you can only use that coupon at the store stated on the coupon. Coupons will often say manufacturer or name of store on it at the top or bottom by the expiration date.
Tell me about you? Are you new to coupons? Are you an extreme couponer? Or somewhere in between? Have a specific coupon question? Shoot me an email or leave a comment.
Next week – Ordering Coupons