Couponing Basics 101

December 20, 2011 No Comments

Time to go to couponing class!  We’d like to take today’s lesson to understand basic couponing.

Manufacturers issue coupons so that you’ll be more likely to buy their products or to entice you to try a new product line.  Stores issue coupons to increase sales of a particular item or group of items.

First, let’s understand some coupon basics:

Where do coupons come from?  Coupons basically originate from 2 different places:

  • the manufacturers that make products
  • the stores that sell the products

Does my grocery store loose money if I use coupons?  No, they don’t.  You’ll notice on these manufacturer’s coupons that stores are reimbursed the face value of the coupon plus an additional fee for the inconvenience of accepting them.

How many coupons can I use on one particular item?  You can use only 1 manufacturer’s coupon, but you can also use store coupons as well on your entire order, like a $5 off $20 store coupon.

Where can I find manufacturer’s coupons?  There are 2 main places to get these coupons:

When looking through coupon forums and tips, you’ll see terms and abbreviations.

Here is a basic list of abbreviations:

  • IP – Internet Printed (coupons you print from the internet)
  • RP – Red Plum insert (from local newspaper)
  • SS – Smart Source insert (from local newspaper)
  • PG – Proctor and Gamble insert (from local newspaper)
  • Tear Pad: found hanging on shelves at select stores
  • Blinkies: the red machines on shelves at your local grocery store that spits out coupons
  • Catalinas: the coupons that print off at the register after you’ve purchased something.
  • OYNO: Off your next order
  • CRT: Cash register tape – similar to Catalinas, but this coupon is printed at the bottom of your actual store receipt


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