Coupon Etiquette

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Coupon Etiquette:

There are a lot of online coupons out there. You may come across offers that appear to be legitimate coupons, but you aren’t sure. Here are some simple guidelines on how to verify and get the most from online coupons.

Do’s

· Look for coupons on manufacturer Web sites or respected coupon sites such as ours or coupons.com. You can find a list of trusted coupon sources on the right side bar of most of our pages.

· Activate the coupon print tool. Most providers make this is a very easy and seamless process. This will enable you to download and print coupons.

· Make sure the offer makes sense. Does the offer sound too good to be true? If so, it is probably not real. The generally accepted guidelines for Internet coupons include no FREE offers, and nothing exceeding $5.00 unless the cost of the product is higher or it is a $10 off $50 purchase for example.
· Review the coupon’s appearance. Valid online coupons look very similar to those you find in the Sunday newspaper and should include a picture of the product or logo, a description of the product, the manufacturer’s legal notice, an expiration date, a bar code.

· After printing the coupons, cut them out. Cashiers will appreciate receiving the clipped version of the coupons instead of the whole sheet of paper.

Don’ts

· Do not photocopy an online coupon. This same rule applies with coupons in the Sunday paper. Online printable coupons have a unique code much like a finger print and copying them is illegal.

· Do not try to print multiple copies of the same coupon. Some coupon sites will allow two prints per coupon before restricting further prints.

· Do not use coupons that come to you via email unless you have knowingly registered to receive online coupons at a manufacturer or credible coupon Web site.

By following these simple guidelines you can ensure proper coupon usage and etiquette. If we all follow the rules and don’t take advantage then we should be able to save a lot of money with coupons for many years. If not than manufacturer will most likely stop issuing coupons and we will all suffer.

Other Tips

· Also, don’t forget that expired coupons can still be used overseas by those serving our country. The commissaries overseas accept coupons that are up to six months past their expiration date.

· Instead of throwing unwanted coupons in the trash, take them with you when you go shopping. As you walk down the aisles, place the coupons you won’t use next to the items for which they are good.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Coupon Dad

Hi Talisa,
You will save money by matching the sale items with coupons. Then there are stores such as Target, Walgreens, and CVS that allow you to use a store coupon on top of the manufacture’s coupon saving you even more money. The idea is to purchase a stockpile (6 to 8 weeks) of the items you use most when those items are on sale so you don’t have to purchase them when they are not.

Hope this helps.
Sandy
a.k.a. Mrs. Coupon Dad

Coupon Dad

Hi Jessica,
Most times it’s best to buy a binder online that already has the baseball card holders in it. Usually, it is less expensive that way. I started off using the Coupon Organizer Pro http://www.couponorganizerpro.com/ I love the colored sleeves that allow you to use both sides of the baseball card holder. I now use the Qubie http://www.qubiebook.com/#page=page-1. I took the sleeves out of the first one and put in the Qubie so I could have double sided holders. I like the Qubie because it is a three binder system.
So you have tons of choices for pre-assembled binders. To purchase just the baseball card holders, the best and most inexpensive place to buy them is on Amazon.
Hope this helps. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Thanks,
Sandy
a.k.a. Mrs. Coupon Dad

Jessica

Hello,
I have just began my own coupon binder in the hopes of saving up some money for a new car when I transfer to a university in a year. I am not sure where to get the baseball card holders for my coupons. Also, I am not very familiar with different organizational techniques, so could you possibly recommend one for a beginner?
Any other tips would be great as well because I am not sure how this whole coupon thing works!
Thanks :)

talisa

Hi i’m just a new couponer. But a single mom i’m looking for all savings i can get. I’ve read your pages but i’m still confused. If i can only use one coupon per puchase per item how does that save anything ??

Coupon Dad

Hi Brandi..!

Well, you can find different values on the coupons online. Sometimes higher and sometimes they are lower than their counterparts in the inserts. Also you will find coupons for products you will not get in the inserts as well.

As far as Extreme Couponing and the coupons you see on the show. A lot of those you will never see (don’t really exist) or they are extremely rare. Funny things seem to appear out of no where for the sake of television…LOL As you can probably tell I’m not much of a fan of the show (neither are most coupon bloggers) as it doesn’t portray a realistic or true picture of couponing at all.

Thanks

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