March 25, 2010

Baby Expo This Weekend!

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Mid-South Baby Expo

Saturday, March 27th
10am - 4pm
Agricenter International

While your there make plans to join Got Milk Mustache Mobile Tour Bus! They have alot of great things lined up for the kids or big kids at heart! Last chance to register for Got Milk? Giveaway!



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How Do Coupons Work?

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Have you ever really took the time to look at your coupons and wondered what the heck all those different codes and numbers mean?! Well, my goal today is to break down the “secret” coupon codes, so that you are more confident and educated when using your coupons! Please note that I am in no way trying to provide information that allows you to use coupons inappropriately or for an unintended use!

A typical coupon barcode looks like the image below on the left that says “UCC Coupon Code”:


(Thanks to AccuGraphiX for this image)

UCC Prefix – This portion of the code will be either a 5 or a 9. It deals with doubling. If your store doesn’t double coupons, then this number has no purpose. If your store DOES double coupons, then any coupon coded with a 5 will double (up to your store’s doubling limit) and any coupon coded with a 9 will not double.

UCC Company Prefix – These numbers identify the manufacturer of the couponed item and MUST match positions two through six of the UCC Company Prefix on the product that is being purchased (this is the way that the register can validate you are purchasing the right product(s) for the coupon being used).

Family Code- Most manufacturers break their products into families and the family code allows the coupon to be coded for a specific product that the manufacturer sells (i.e. Crest may have a coupon that is only good for Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste so the family code on the coupon would validate this at checkout and would beep if you purchased a different variety of Crest toothpaste).

Value Code-This code tells the register what you need to purchase and how much to take off at checkout. The are over 100 value codes, so I will not be listing them all. Here are some examples:

00: Free product Coupon– will beep and require the cashier to manually input the amount to take off.
14: B1G1
50: $0.50 off
99: $0.99 off

*Keep in mind that coupons will occasionally scan successfully for items not listed on the coupon or even excluded by the terms written on the coupon. Just because the coupon scans does NOT mean that it is okay to use coupons for unintended items…this is actually coupon fraud and is illegal!

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OK, so now that you understand coupon coding, do you really know how the process of coupon redemption works for stores?! What do stores do with those stacks of coupons that they collect from all of us savvy shoppers?

Coupon Redemption Process:

-Manufacturers design coupon promotions with their sales/marketing teams

-Coupons are distributed via newspaper inserts, direct mail campaigns, via the internet etc.

-A very “hip” shopper excitedly enters the store and proudly uses all of his/her coupons at checkout ;)

-The cashier scans the coupons and puts them into the cash drawer. Typically, at the end of the day the coupons in each cash drawer are added up as if they were cash, and that amount is added to the cash sum to be sure the overall total for the drawer is accurate.

-Once per week, all of the manufacturers’ coupons (and any coupons issued by the grocer) are sent in plastic bags or pouches to the store’s corporate headquarters.

-There is a very lucky person at headquarters in charge of processing the coupons. That person boxes all of the bags of coupons and ships them to a third-party clearinghouse.

-The clearinghouse is then responsible for doing the most important part of the coupon redemption process– separating the coupons by manufacturer or by scannable coupons versus damaged/torn coupons. Most of this process is done by hand. Sometimes coupons are put face up on a conveyor belt and move under a scanner that reads the UPC codes and tallies the amounts. However, damaged and torn coupons have to be tallied by hand. The clearinghouse then sends all the sorted coupons with an invoice to the manufacturer.

-The manufacturer will reimburse stores the face value of coupons or if the coupon calls for free merchandise, for the retail-selling price up to the stated maximum value printed on the coupon PLUS 8¢ for handling each coupon properly redeemed (this 8¢ value may vary slightly). Many times manufacturers, such as ConAgra Foods, will also reimburse retailers that are using a clearinghouse or billing agent at a rate equal to $5.50 per thousand of coupons redeemed.

-The manufacturer either reimburses the clearinghouse for the amount of the invoice, and the clearinghouse mails a check to the store for the amount of the coupons OR the manufacturer sends a check directly to the store and the store then pays the clearinghouse. (The clearinghouse is paid a certain amount per coupon by the store, plus shipping and handling).

Thanks Collin for writing this great post! I've taught this in some workshops, but never displayed it.



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Sleep Pillow at Target for $1.04

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So I realized this week that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some spare pillows on hand...but I learned the hard way. So I was pretty happy to see this coupon for $1.50/1 Bedroom Pillow printable on Target's website! (click the 'home' tab on the left coupon categories sidebar)

There are standard pillows for $2.54 (pictured) in the aisle among all of the different varieties of pillows. After coupon that would be a $1.04 pillow! Can't beat that price for a spare pillow.

Thanks Melissa!



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Special K Printables

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New Special K Low-Fat Granola Save $1.00
New Special K Fruit Crisps Save $1.00
Special K Protein Shakes Save $1.00

New printables while supplies last, visit here!



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Free Sample of Special K Protein Meal Bar & Coupons

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: PROTEIN PACK. Get a free Special K™ Protein Meal Bar and coupon savings*. GET YOUR TRIAL PACK
Get a free Special K Protein Meal Bar, plus coupons for $1 off Special K Protein Meal Bars and $1 off Special K Protein Shakes. Complete this registration form to receive a trial pack in the mail. You should receive your trial pack in the mail within 6-8 weeks.


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Walmart Weekly March 28th thru April 7th

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Please keep in mind that Walmart prices vary from region to region and store to store so the prices at your local store may not match the prices in this list. You may also find it helpful to print out and carry a copy of the Walmart corporate coupon policy with you. Some prices may be lower then our actual prices but they should be comparable in all areas.

If you are new to couponing you may want to read couponing 101 here!

Sobe Lifewater $1.00
B1G1 Printable IE or FF
Final Price $1.00/2

Capri Sun $1.97
Printable Save $1.00/2
Final Price $2.94/2

Quaker Chewy Bars $2.28
(2/14 RP) save $1.00/2
Final Price $3.40/2

Keebler Chips Deluxe $2.50
(3/7 RP) save .55/2
Final Price $4.45/2

Vanity Fair Napkins $1.97
(3/14 RP) save .50
Final Price $1.47

Hefty Easy Grip Party Cups $2.34
Printable Save $1.00/2
(1/31 RP) save .50
Final Price $1.84

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables or Rice Selections $1.00
(3/21 SS) save .50
(3/21 SS) save .35
Final Price $.50

Betty Crocker Twin Pack Potatoes $1.88
(3/28 SS) Save $.25
Final Price $1.63

Folgers $6.00
(3/28 RP) save $1.00/4
Final Price $11.00/2

Oscar Mayer Bacon $3.00
(3/21 SS) save .75
Final Price $2.25

Yoplait Fridge Pack $4.00
Printable Save .55
(3/21 SS) save .50
Final Price $3.50

Dunkin Donuts Coffee $6.88
(3/28 RP) save $1.50/2
Final Price $12.26/2

Edwards Pies $5.00
(3/21 SS) save .75
Final Price $4.25

Dole Pineapple $1.00
(3/21 SS) save .50/2
(3/21 SS) save $1.00/3
(1/24 SS) save $1.00/3
Final Price Varies

Duncan Hines Cake Mix $.98
(3/28 SS) save .55/2
Final Price $1.41/2

Pillsbury Easter Cookie Dough $2.50
Printable Save $1.00/2
(2/7 GM) save $1.00/3
(3/28 SS) save $1.00/3
Final Price $6.50/3

Thanks Margie My Springfield Mommy!



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Betty Crocker Catalina Deal

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Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes are regularly priced at $1, so when you buy three packages at $3 in a single transaction, you’ll receive a Catalina worth $3 off your next order basically making them FREE!
  • Buy 1 Betty Crocker Potatoes, Get $0.50 OYNO
  • Buy 2 Betty Crocker Potatoes, Get $1.50 OYNO
  • Buy 3 Betty Crocker Potatoes, Get $3 OYNO
Combine with the following coupons!

Cellfire eCoupon Save $.40
Shortcuts eCoupon Save $.40
Betty Crocker Coupon Booklet Save $.50 (click on entertainment tab)

Thanks DealSeekingMom!




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Coupons.com Update March 25th

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It must be coupon day! Coupons.com just added a new coupon for $0.75 off of Jell-O Gelatin Snacks!

Other new coupons include:

-Uncle Ben's Original Converted Rice save $1.00/2
-New York Style Premium Deli Snack save $1.00
-Eight O'Clock Coffee save $1.00
-Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue save $1.00
-Scott Long Lasting or Mega Roll Paper Towels save $1.00
-Cottonelle Toilet Paper save $0.50
-Kiss Artificial Nail Product, offer excludes glue & nail files save $2.00
-Broadway Nails Artificial Nail Product save $2.00


Thanks Kim!



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Yankee Candle Buy 2 Jars, Get 1 Free

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Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion

All Large Jar Candles Buy 2, Get 1 Free Print your Coupon here!

Offer expires April 18th.



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40% off Imaginarium Transporation Train Set Today Only

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Save 40% off the Imaginarium Transporation Train Set TODAY only at Toys "R" Us for their Deal of the Day! This offer is valid in-store only. To find a Toys "R" Us location near you, click here.

Don't forget to sign up for their free Rewards "R" Us program to earn points from your purchase to use towards great rewards and prizes!

Thanks My Chicago Mommy!


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Facebook: Scottie Facial Tissue $1.00/1

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Scotties has a $1.00/1 coupon available for Scotties Facial Tissue (60-240ct)! Just become A Fan of Scotties on Facebook then click the savings link in their news feed for a $1.00/1 Scotties Tissue Printable Coupon!

This should give us a great deal since Scotties products are frequently on sale!

Don't forget to ad MyMemphismommy as a fan or friend!

Thanks Laura!



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Smucker's Uncrustables New $1.00/1 Coupon!

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YAY! There is new coupon for Smuckers Uncrustables. My son will be excited when I pick more of these up. We love these at my house especially, when we are on the run. Head to Target or Walmart where they are usually $2.00. That would make them $1.00.

Thanks hip2save!




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Lowes Printable Coupons

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If your heading to Lowes for the deal I just told you about on Green Works Laundry Detergent you will also want to take along these Lowes Store Coupons for even more savings!

Go here to print these coupons:

-Free Simple Green Naturals Hand Soap with any Simple Green Naturals purchase
-Arm & Hammer Dryer Sheets save $1.00/1
-Green Works Natural Cleaning Item save $1.00/1
-Method Hand Soap Bottle or Refill save $1.00/1

Thanks MyDallasMommy!



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Dollar General March 28th-April 4

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Dollar General is happy to accept your coupons, however they will not accept internet printables. You may also stack your coupon with store coupons.

Air Wick Freshmatic Kit $6.00
(3/7 SS) save $5.00
Final Price $1.00

Lysol Nutra-Air Freshmatic Kit $6.00
(3/14 SS) save $4.00
Final Price $2.00

Palmolive $.85
ALL YOU April Save .75
(3/28 SS) save .50
Final Price .10

Folgers $6.00
(3/28 RP) save $1.00/2
Final Price $11.00/2

Bounty Towels $5.00
(3/7 PG) save .25
Final Price $4.25

Era $10.00
(3/28 RP) $1.00
Final Price $9.00

Gain $10.00
(3/21 RP) $1.00
Final Price $9.00

Hefty Waste Bags $5.00
(1/3 RP) save .55
Final Price $4.55

Betty Crocker Cake Mix or Frosting $1.00 each
(3/28 SS) save .75 on both
Final Price $1.25 both

Chef Boyardee Pastas $1.00
(3/14 SS) save $1.00/4
Final Price $3.00/4

Campbells Cooking Soups $1.00
(3/28 SS) save .30/4
Final Price $3.70/4

Swanson Broth .75
(3/21 SS) save .40/3
Final Price $1.85/3

International Delight $2.50
(3/21 SS) save .75
Final Price $1.75

Kingsford Charcoal $6.50
(3/21 SS) save $1.00
Final Price $5.50

Air Wick Aqua Mist $2.50
(3/7 SS) save $1.00
(3/28 SS) save $1.00
Final Price $1.50

Kleenex 3 pack $2.50
(2/28 SS) save .50
ALL YOU March Save .75
Final Price $2.00

Maybelline Products .50 cents off
(3/28 RP) save $1.00
Final Savings $1.50

Zest Body Wash $3.00
(3/7 PG) save .35
Final Price $2.65

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner $3.00
(3/7 RP) save $1.00
Final Price $2.00

BIC Soleil or Comfort 3 Razors $4.50
(3/28 SS) save $2.00
Final Price $2.50

Advil PM $5.25
(1.31 RP) save $1.00
Final Price $4.25

Colgate 360 Toothbrush $2.50
(3/28 SS) save .40
Final Price $2.10

Secret Clinical $5.00
(3/7 PG) save $1.00
Final Price $4.00

Select Keebler Cookies $2.50
(3/7 RP) save .55/2
Final Price $4.45/2

Pringles $1.25
(3/7 PG) save $1.00/4
Final Price $4.00/4

Cat Chow $4.50
(1/31 SS) save $1.00
Final Price $3.50



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