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Just 10 Tips to Help You Navigate A Coupon to Sale Matching Site

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM


1. Look for sites that match current coupons to current sales at stores that you shop. This could be a site that matches for just one store like Wild for Wags or a site that matches to multiple websites such as Coupon Divas or Southern Savers.
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2. Find sites that consistantly update your favorite stores on a weekly basis.


                                                                                             
3. Learn the Lingo! Extreme & Serious Couponers speak couponese and if you don't know what all the abbreviations stand for, you will be lost in the dark!
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For example... You see a posting that looks like this:
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Lipton Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea, 53 oz, $3.76
Manufacturer Coupon -.40/1 Lipton tea bags, tea & honey to go or pitcher size, or any iced tea mix, Kroger eCoupon
Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Lipton tea bags, tea & honey to-go or pitcher size, or any iced tea mix printable (limit reached)
Manufacturer Coupon -.60/2 Lipton products, excl trial size (regional), RP 3/24
(use .50/1, makes it $2.76)
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The price of the tea is $3.76 without coupons. You can use one of three different coupons but the author of the site reccommends using the $0.50/1 printable coupon doubled to make the price $2.76.
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Obviously if you do not have doubling, you will not be able to get the $2.76 price. Instead your price will be $3.26.
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Now say you do not have the $0.50/1 printable coupon. After all, it says the limit has been reached which means no more prints are available for that particular coupon. Your next choice would be to go with the e-coupon which requires you to sign up at the Kroger site with your loyalty card. Then you just load it right to your card. Now your price will be $3.36.
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So let's say you lost your loyalty card and your only alternative is to use the $0.60/2. This coupons can be found in the RP (Red Plum) insert from March 24 but it is a regional coupon so you may not have it unless you live in that target region. Your total OOP (Out of Pocket) with the $0.60/2 coupon is $4.92 with a cost of $2.46 each wyb (when you buy) 2.

                                                                        
4. Try to find a site that is as close as geographically possible so that prices will be relatively close because often pricing is regionally driven. One of my favorite sites is several states away. Their sales start three days earlier than mine at the grocery store. This is of benefit to me because I get a sneak peak at the deals that are coming to my store! Plus I can start gathering printable & newspaper coupons early! The prices are usually pretty right on but can be as much as $0.50-$1.00 off at times.
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5. Try to find a site where the people who run it also walk their stores and not just find everything in the newspaper advertisement. This is a great way to hear about unadvertised specials.

                                                                            
6. Get the Sunday newspaper with the coupon inserts inside. Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) are in there pretty much weekly except for on holiday weekends. Proctor & Gamble (PG) produces a monthly insert.
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7. Don't cut your coupons until you know what you are buying! Simply date your coupon insert and file away. Then when you see a match up that you want to take advantage of, you can quickly identify where the coupon is.
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Remember the example:
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Lipton Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea, 53 oz, $3.76
Manufacturer Coupon -.40/1 Lipton tea bags, tea & honey to go or pitcher size, or any iced tea mix, Kroger eCoupon
Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Lipton tea bags, tea & honey to-go or pitcher size, or any iced tea mix printable (limit reached)
Manufacturer Coupon -.60/2 Lipton products, excl trial size (regional), RP 3/24
(use .50/1, makes it $2.76)
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Now you can quickly find that $0.60/2 coupon that was regional in the RP 3/24!
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8. Don't just rely on a coupon site's match ups, take a look at their forums as well if they are offered. Clearance items often depend on the store how much they stocked up on an item so often other participants at a site will post good deals they have received which may or may not be available at your store. Many times, people do post exactly which store they visited so you can guage if your store may have a similar sale.
                                                                                                         
9. Often price matching sites will include links to your store's coupon policy! Print out the policy and take it with you to the store! Sites that cater to more than one store often have a large number of coupon policy links including Kroger, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc.
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10. Most price matching sites are affiliates of Coupons.com , Red Plum, Smart Source and the Coupon Network. Affiliate representatives of these offer safe legal printables. Normally you can make two prints of each coupon per computer.

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