WHERE CAN I GET COUPONS THE BASICS.pdf by yan198555

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WHERE CAN I GET COUPONS?
Circulars in the Sunday paper: The main
circulars are Smartsource (SS), Red Plum (RP),
Proctor & Gamble (PG), and General Mills
(GM). If you get gas at the Kum and Go’s in
central Iowa on Sunday, you can get the
Sunday paper for free.

At the store: You may see peelies on the
actual products, blinkies (little coupon
dispenser machines that blink), catalinas (looks
like a receipt that is printed at the register).

Home mailers: coupons mailed to your home
by stores or companies such as Target.

Printables: available on websites such as www.coupons.com, www.redplum.com, or
directly through the manufacturer’s site.

Other sources: All You magazine (available at Wal-Mart), weekly store ads, and you can
ask family and friends!

 
THE BASICS
Never throw away unexpired coupons! Save them for a future sale.

Organize! Write the date on front of all circulars and place them in a box or folder.

Know how to use coupons. Stores generally allow one store coupon and one
manufacturer’s coupon per item. Store coupons are available at the store or website and
generally display their logo on them. Manufacturer’s coupons are found in circulars and
say “manufacturer’s coupon” at the top near the expiration date.

 

                                            
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TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Rain checks – If an on-sale item is sold                                             Markdowns and clearance items – you
out, you can obtain a rain check for the                                             can use coupons on items that have been
sale price. Some rain checks don’t                                                   permanently marked down!
expire. And sometimes you are rewarded
for waiting--sometimes better coupons                                                Weekly ads – use websites such as
become available to use on the item!                                                 couponmom.com to match up weekly
                                                                                     sale items with coupons to get the best
Buy smaller – The philosophy of getting                                              deals, print your shopping list, and save
a better value when buying a larger size                                             time!
is not always true. With coupons, many
items work out to be cheaper or free in a                                            Competitor’s ad – most stores will
smaller size. If you have more than one                                              match pricing in their competitor’s ad if
coupon for the same item, you are able                                               they carry the same item. Check with
to purchase more at a discounted price.                                              their customer service department to see
Do your math!                                                                        how they handle these transactions.

 
                                                          RULE OF THUMB
                                          The number of manufacturer’s coupons
                                            used in one sale cannot exceed the
                                               number of items purchased.

TARGET
Store coupons – available on their website. Combine their coupons with manufacturer’s
coupons for some huge savings!
 

WAL-MART
Good savings – although they do not generally accept other’s store coupons, they take
manufacturer’s coupons. Prices at Wal-Mart are generally affordable. If there is something
you absolutely need, have a coupon for it but it’s not on sale anywhere, get it at Wal-Mart!

HY-VEE, FAREWAY 
Store coupons – are usually printed in their weekly circulars and can combine with
manufacturer’s coupons.
 

WALGREENS
Register rewards, store coupons – register rewards are advertised in their weekly
circulars and are printed when selected items are purchased. These coupons are good off
the next in-store purchase. Register rewards are considered manufacturer’s coupons.

 
… and justice for all 
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disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all 
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) 
should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202‐720‐2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil 
Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250‐9410, or call 800‐795‐3272 (voice) or 202‐720‐6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal 
opportunity provider and employer. 
 
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
Gerald A. Miller, interim director, Cooperative Extension Service, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa. 

								
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