Sunday, March 23, 2014

Layer 2.2. - Newspaper Coupons

HOW TO DO IT: The layout of LAYERS

As discussed below, the key to shopping for free (or for very little, or sometimes less than free!) is stacking LAYERS of savings, atop each other.  I'll try not to make this too complicated (which can sometimes be a challenge for me :-)... I've realized it will require a separate blog entry for each Layer, however. 

And for some of this, it'll require a separate post for each "sub-Layer," too. I hope you find this easy to follow.

Stack of Savings Stuff:
LAYER #1: Weekly Store Sales
LAYER #2: Manufacturer's Coupons
- LAYER #2.1: Printable internet coupons

LAYER #2.2 ~ Newspaper Coupons

Your local Sunday newspaper will have some of its own, unique coupons.  (It will also contain a collection of store Weekly Circulars - discussed in Layer #1.)  There are, however, certain Coupon Inserts that appear in most newspapers throughout the country (with regional variations).

The RedPlum (RP) Insert
The SmartSource (SS) Insert
The P&G Saver (PG) Insert

If it seems that these include the same names you just saw, they are!

IMPORTANT NOTE #1: Which of these inserts will appear in the Sunday newspaper will change, from week to week!  Also: There are differences between regions and localities.

COMMON MISTAKE #1: Thinking that every Sunday newspaper is going to carry RedPlum and SmartSource inserts.

Here is a 2014 schedule listing what inserts are expected to appear, on what dates.  And each week, you can get a preview of the coming inserts (with the specific brand coupons that are expected), through this site.

And one more note: Insofar as Couponing Lingo, when you see "RP" and "SS" and "PG" (mentioned above), that's the abbreviation that represents the respective insert.

IMPORTANT NOTE #2: When listing a Coupon, websites will typically list the:
- Dollar amount the coupon deducts
- The Product Name
- Expiration date ("exp. x/xx/14")
- The Abbreviation for the Insert (typically "RP" or "SS" or "PG"), with the date of the Sunday newspaper in which it came

For example:
The coupon that appeared in the February 2, 2014 SmartSource newspaper insert, and which expires on March 29th, and which is for $0.50 off, when you buy ("wyb") eight Yoplait Yogurt Cups... would be denoted as:

$0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, exp. 3/29/14 (SS 02/02/14)

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