What coupons can you use where? Store vs. MFQ and Store Logo.

It can be confusing when you are printing and cutting out coupons to know where you can use them when you first start couponing. But quickly you will be able to see some differences and understand what they mean.

When you look at the above coupons before you print them, you can see a few differences. Mostly that 2 of them have a store logo. The top one has none. The middle coupon with the HEB logo is actually a manufacturer coupon that can be used at any store, although it has the HEB logo. The bottom coupon has a Target logo and also says “Redeem only at Target” and when you print it, it is a Target store coupon. Which can only be used at Target, and can still be combined with manufacturer coupon.

This is what they look like when printed. Well, except I already printed and used the 3M coupon, so I printed the Softsoap coupon (you can see below) has a Walmart logo before printed.

You are looking at the top of the coupon to see if it is a manufacturer coupon or a store coupon. A manufacturer coupon can be used at ANY store as long as there as no exclusions listed on the coupon. A store logo isn’t an exclusion. UNLESS IN THE STORES COUPON POLICY THEY SPECIFICALLY SAY THEY DONT TAKE THEM. Even with another stores logo the store can still redeem it and get reimbursed for it.

The Target coupons above both say on them “Redeem Only at Target” even if these coupons are manufacturer coupons, they could only be used at Target. Because the coupons have an exclusion saying they can only be used at Target.

Now, these coupons above all have the Walmart logo on them. The logo says “Available at Walmart” basically letting you know that Walmart carries the product. Plus, they are hoping you think to yourself when seeing the logo, “I am going to use this at Walmart.”

What you need to do is read the coupon:

Coupon 1: USA Kids – Manufacturer coupon, Walmart logo, but says “Redeem ONLY at Walmart” This coupon can only be used at Walmart.

Coupon 2: Softsoap – (you can see this coupon printed above) Manufacturer coupon, No Walmart logo when printed, no exclusions can use anywhere.

Coupon 3: Purex Crystals – Manufacturer coupon, Walmart logo, says “Redeemable at Walmart.” This coupon can still be used at any store that will accept it. They are telling you Walmart carries the product and suggesting you use it there.

Finally, this is pretty much the ONLY coupon type that you can’t use at Walmart or any other store but the store it says on it. That would be a specific STORE coupon.

Clear as mud right?! It really isn’t that hard. The best thing to do is just print the coupon and read it all the way through. I also try to tell you ahead of time if we know that it is  Target coupon so you don’t print it if you wanted to use it somewhere else.

Any questions feel free to email or leave a comment and we will help you understand any questions you have!

How I Get Ready for a Coupon Shopping Trip

I quickly put together a video for you this morning on how I get ready for my coupon shopping trips. This can be for a big trip or even for a small trip to the store.

If you are on mobil, you might have to watch the video HERE.

P.S. I know it should be “shopping” and not “thopping!”

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This one I happen to be getting ready for the Kroger mega event coming up. I would do the same steps for a trip to Target, CVS, Walmart or any other store.

1. Choose your stores match ups where you are shopping.

2. Make my shopping list by clicking the items and adding them to my shopping list (see picture above).

3. Printing any coupons that I need.

4. Printing my shopping list.

5. Clipping Sunday insert coupons.

6. Go to the store.

For this specific trip it only took me 35 minutes to get ready to go!

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

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Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

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Find a Coupon Buddy – Even one who looks like this!

Paul and Tiffany

My coupon buddy!! ^^^^ That guy!

:: Use the Buddy System ::

FIND A BUDDY!! I get so much good information from readers and friends everyday that I would never be able to find on my own. Encourage your sister, best friend, Mom, husband, neighbor, co-worker, aunt, daughter etc. to jump on this ride with you. It is SOOOOO much more fun with a friend. Plus, you can encourage and support each other on the way.

Steer clear of the “haters,” people who don’t like it when you succeed or flourish. Or people who complain a lot, it just isn’t fun that way. Find a friend that is thrifty and frugal, who you can go shopping with. Someone who likes to save money just as much as you or NEEDS YOU to teach them how. YOU can be the leader and show others how to take some stress out of their life by having a little wiggle room with their budget.

How to NOT fail as a couponer.

How to not fail couponingTried couponing? Too much work? Can’t keep up and don’t know what the best deals are and when to use coupons. Sick of dragging the kids to the store and meeting people in the parking lot to buy inserts?How to NOT fail as a couponer….

I am really getting very sad watching the “new wave” of couponers trying to succeed at this, only to give up after a short time. Remember that these OBSERVATIONS are coming from someone who could be called an “Extreme Couponer”

How to be a short term couponer and fail:

  • Learn to coupon on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Buy dozens of inserts a week
  • Chase every deal
  • Try to have a stockpile that looks like the corner store
  • Turn a room into your house into your stockpile that you NEEDED for something else
  • Sell inserts
  • Steal tear pads and peelies and sell them online
  • Buy cut coupons by the 100’s
  • Drag the kids to the store at 11pm for a “HOT DEAL”
  • Start missing family time or things because you are “couponing”
  • Hide stuff from your husband/boyfriend
  • Spend more money on “deals” than you would have spent not couponing
  • Stop cleaning your house and making dinner because you don’t have time
  • Buy inserts from people who stole them and don’t care
  • Meet people in unsafe areas just to buy inserts to save $.10 over getting a subscription delivered
  • You have plies and piles of unused coupons and inserts
  • Get overwhelmed and quit
  • Spend more than 1 hour a day cutting coupons, looking for deals, on IG and Facebook
  • Double your gas bill for your car
  • Look over your shoulder in the store because you know you are doing something wrong
  • Disregard store coupon policies

Then at some point you just quit. It is too much and you are not saving as much or spending too much time or just flat out have too much stuff.

PLUS if you sat down and figured out how much you were spending on inserts, coupons, over buying items and all the hours you spend on it you realize you are MAKING $.67 an HOUR doing this. WOW. Not worth it. I don’t blame you.

How to be a long term couponer and NOT fail:

  • Get a subscription to the paper and get as many inserts each week as people you are couponing for
  • Start small get familiar with one grocery store and one drug store
  • Realize that deals come around again and don’t chase ever free item
  • Buy what YOUR family will need for a 3 month period, anything more is unnecessary
  • Be polite and make friends with cashiers
  • Find a coupon buddy
  • Make a grocery list, use match ups, and buy what is cheap that week
  • Use a coupon ONLY on a sale
  • Use the match ups, which are cross referenced with the weekly coupons and buy the items I tell you are stock up items
  • Use the whole insert method of filing coupons to save time
  • Be consistent but not a hoarder

Couponing should not change your life in a bad way. It should not make your husband/boyfriend mad at you. It should not be difficult and hard to do. It is a LONG TERM way of living and NOT a short term “get all I can for free” and give up thing.

:: Resources :: 

  • Houston Chronicle for $1 a week delivered to your house (up to 5 papers)
  • Are you confused at all the RP, SS, P&G, YMMV things that couponers say and write? Well, go HERE to figure out what all that coupon lingo means!
  • Interested in setting up a coupon binder? Go HERE to see how I do mine.
  • Like Videos? There are a lot HERE to check out!

:: FREE PRINTABLES ::

Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!

Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.

Freezer Inventory – Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.

Pantry Inventory – Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.

Monthly Menu Planner– By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

Price Page – This is an important one. Either keep it in your head or write it down. But have an idea of what the lowest prices are at your store.

My Price Sheet – These are what I consider “but it now” prices for my stores in the Houston area, yours will probably be a little different.

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo

 

Shopping This Weekend? Here is some HELP!

printable shopping lists

Are you shopping this weekend? Need some help? I have tons of help… there are printable shopping lists for over 20 stores, with the coupons matched up to the sales, there is a coupon database where you can find coupons that you might need for things you are buying, there is Facebook where you can ask questions and get help, and places to print coupons as well!

:: WEEKLY ROUND UPS ::

Walmart small logo

 

Target logo small

 

Kroger logo small

 

CVS small logo

 

Walgreens Logo Small

 

Dollar General Logo small

 

Dollar Tree Logo small

HEB logo small

 

randalls logo small

 

trader-joes-logo

 

whole_foods_logo