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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. Prepared for SpendSmart Eat Smart – www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings 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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, 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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