TYPES OF MANUFACTURE COUPONS BY CATEGORY
We have more options than ever to locate coupons. Once you familiarize yourself with every "type" of coupon and where they are located, we garentee you will never be able to look at shopping the same way again.
Coupons generally fit into 5 different categories based on where they are found. The title gives away the general location but each category is broken down even farther. Click each category to read full detail about locations of coupons in that particular section.
Many newspapers carry inserts from 3 main companies: RedPlum ("RP"), SmartSource ("SS"), and Proctor & Gamble ("PG"). Each week will contain a different set of inserts with a variety of coupons. Typical coupons consist of discounts on pet food, hair care, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper products, food, hygene and anything else the manufactures want to advertise. Inserts do not come every week or in all papers. To know what inserts are coming each week, check the yearly insert schedule.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to check your paper for inserts before purchase. Once you purchase newspapers, they cannot be returned, even if the inserts are missing.
As the Internet has become a large part of advertising for companies, printable coupons are becoming more popular. Printable coupons are exactly that, coupons that you can print from home and use to redeem on product in store. These offer a quick and easy way for manufactures to get their product noticed and for you to find coupons you need from the comfort of your home. There are many popular sites that have high value coupons to print from a variety of manufactures or simply from the manufacture sites themselves. There are, however, many issues with fraudulent prints of coupons. To combat this,most sites limit the number of prints allowed for each coupon on your computer or device and have seperate barcodes to identify each coupon seperately.
IMPORTANT: It is not safe to purchase Internet printed coupons online.
Many stores offer membership rewards for being a cardholder, usually in the form of discount prices and rewards. Many stores now have online accounts where you are able to activate (or load) coupons to your account. Many have apps available to make this activation process even more convenient. After activating your account at checkout, usually by scanning a membership card or entering your phone number, and scanning the qualifying product, you will receieve the coupon discount off your total. This process saves time clipping and organizing coupons, however, this process is also unusally limited to 1 coupon per account. In some cases, the limit of accounts is one per household.
We walk past coupons in every shopping trip. If you don't know what to watch for, you may be missing out. There are different "types" of coupons found throughout the store. Here is a list of the terms used by regular couponers to describe them.
- PEELIES - These are litterally "stuck" to a product and you must peel them off to redeem. Most are intended for the product they are on, but be sure to check the expiration date and product size before purchase.
- HANG TAGS - Similar to peelies, these coupons are attached to the product. Instead of "peeling" them off, they are usually attached by hanging over the product with band,string, or cardboard.
- IN-AD - Coupons that are found inside the weekly or monthly circular ad.
- BLINKIES - This is a little black box hanging in an isle that used to "blink" a red light. The box is filled with a certain Smartsource coupon and dispenses coupons 1 at a time. Wait about 20 seconds and another one will dispense.
- TEAR PADS - Usually found on a new product cardboard display, this pad holds hundreds of paper coupons you tear away to use now or later.
Text messaging and email has become a way to receive coupons instantly and regularly. Text coupons are also useful if you are already out shopping and decide on a coupon last minute. Many stores will require you to sign up for text or email notifications to receive these bonus coupons. You can decide to text "stop" or unsubscribe at any time to opt out and restart whenever you need a coupon.