Taking a few minutes to understand the basic coupon guidelines will make couponing much easier for you down the line.
Store policies and the coupons themselves provide valuable information if you know what to look for.
Over time, all of these tips will seem like second nature, but they are useful points to keep in mind when you are just starting out.
One key to making the most of your coupons is having an understanding of some of the common phrases and vocabulary.
In addition to some of the coupon lingo found in blog posts and discussions, be sure to get familiar with the language of the coupons themselves.
For instance, the phrase "limit one coupon per purchase on products indicated only" does not mean that you can only use one coupon on that trip to the store, it just means that you need one coupon for each of the items in question.
If you purchase two qualifying items and have two coupons, you can use both.
Read the fine print of the offer closely.
"Limit one per customer" or "limit four per shopping trip" mean exactly what the phrases say: that you can only use that number of coupons under that particular condition.
Another common term is "maximum value".
If, for instance, you have a BOGO coupon and the item you think you are getting for free costs more than the maximum value stated on the coupon, you will have to pay the difference.
Generally, the maximum value is high enough to cover the cost of the item, but it's good to be aware just in case.
Pay attention to the basic requirements of the offer.
If a Tide detergent coupon states "save $1.00 on the purchase of two," then the discount applies to the purchase of both Tide products, not one or the other.
The same coupon covers the two items listed in the requirements.
Be sure to understand the size and type of the items involved, as well.
Sometimes the photographs on the coupon can steer you toward buying the larger or more expensive of the qualifying products, when the offer itself does not require the purchase of a specific size or type.
Don't forget to look closely at the expiration dates and the brand specifics for each offer.
Sometimes it's easy to overlook these basic requirements during a hectic day when you've already been through a thick stack of other coupons.
on any one (1) Tagamet┬« 30ct product (Available at Walmart)
On any Palmolive┬« Dish Liquid
off any ONE (1) package of Hefty┬« Trash Bags
On any Softsoap┬« brand Body Wash (12 oz or larger)
ONE Bounty┬« Paper Towels 12 Trial Rolls (excludes Basic and trial/travel size)
ONE Charmin┬« Ultra Soft OR Strong 16 Double Roll (excludes Essentials Soft or Strong and trial/trav
On any Twin Packs only Colgate Total┬«, Colgate┬« Optic White┬« or Colgate┬« Sensitive Toothpaste
on any TWO Kellogg's┬« Froot Loops┬«, Kellogg's Apple Jacks┬«, Kellogg's┬« Corn Pops┬«, Kellogg's┬«
On any Ajax┬« Dish Liquid
On any Irish Spring┬« Body Wash (Excludes Trial or Travel size)
This week at Target, you can get a sweet deal on Colgate Optic White Twin Packs. These are on sale for $4.99 each! Plus, you can earn a $5 Target GC when you buy three of them. In addition, we have a high value $2.00 off one Colgate Toothpaste Twin Pack Printable Coupon to make this deal even sweeter! After using high value $2/1 twin pack and earning a $5 Target GC, you will pay just $1.32 each twin pack! That’s like paying $0.66 each!