Learn to Coupon Series Update



Back in April, I planned this Learn to Coupon Series.  I had all the topics outline and thought it would make for a nice summer series – reading at your leisure. While most of what I have posted still applies, there have been some big changes in the “couponing world”.

I wasn’t planning on some of the changes that happened:

:: Three major stores, Rite Aid, Target & Dollar General changed their coupon policy. These coupon policy changes really do make a big difference.

:: There are rumors of major grocery chains updating their coupon policies like Publix did in June.  One of them includes a store that is a big part of the deals on FTM.

:: The new coupon barcodes became effective July 1st.  This has started to cause some issues at stores that were not ready. I had no idea that the secondary bar codes were going to disappear. We are now seeing just one barcode on some coupons – like this:

These barcodes are not scanning at some stores and the stores just won’t accept them.  Remember, the old barcodes started with a 5 or 9.

So, all the sudden, I don’t feel like such an expert anymore.  Rather than publish posts that I had written two months ago that are already outdated, I need to regroup.  All these changes are making it hard for everyone to keep up.

I promise the series will be back shortly – as soon as I am educated enough to educate you!


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  • Samantha C

    Thank you for all your hard work in keeping us updated on these changes!

    I read somewhere that Walgreens is doing away with RR’s? That there are some test markets currently but it is looking like it will be expanded to all areas? I don’t shop Wags that often but this would be a major change and I hope CVS & Rite Aid would NOT follow. Have you heard anything?

  • flutemom

    shannon- thanks for learning, and then for teaching us! i so appreciate all your hard work for us.

  • Allison

    I was wondering about this series. I really enjoyed the first 12 days and I learned a lot! Looks like even more to learn. Thanks for all the time and effort :)

  • Robin

    I really hope it’s not Giant!

  • Liza

    Keep up the good work, Shannon! I’m sorry to hear they’re messin’ with the system. I was just wondering today if they might decide to go to the square “barcodes.” (QRs)

  • Grace

    I hope Giant will at least keep their existing policy…anymore changes and it will be very hard to get any deals :(

  • john

    Is the store you mention that is a big part of you deals is Giant? I would hate for them to change their policy.