How To Understand Coupon Matchups

how to understand coupon matchups
There are many different ways that blogs do coupon matchups.  You might not see the same format on each blog.

There are several items that you will find in most matchups:

  • The Product
  • The Price of that Product
  • Coupons you can use with that product
  • The price of the product per unit you will pay for that product after your coupon
Product: Breakstones Cottage Cheese
Price: Price on sale is $2.50
Insert: This is where you will find the coupon. The SS stands for Smart Source and you can find it in the May 22nd, 2011 insert.
Expiration Date: This is the date the coupon expires.
Price after coupon: This is the price you will pay after coupon

 

An example with a printable coupon:
coupon matchups
Product: San Giorgio Pasta
Price: Price on sale is $1.00
Printable Coupon: This is a coupon you will print online.
Price after coupon: This is the price you will pay after coupon

To help you get a better idea of what a matchup means, here are some common matchups:

Example A:

Starbucks Bagged Coffee – $6.99
Use $1.50/1 Starbucks Bagged Coffee, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
$5.49 after coupon
Example A shows a straight forward matchup. It has one product listed with one coupon listed. This coupon matchup is telling you:
You would purchase (1) Starbucks Bagged Coffee at a price of $6.99. You will use one coupon for $1.50 from the 4/17 Smart Source. You will pay out of pocket (OOP) $5.49 at the register.
Example B:

Stonyfield Organic Milk Half Gallon – $3.49
$0.50/1 Stonyfield Organic Milk printable
$1.50/1 Stonyfield Organic Milk printable
$1/1 Stonyfield Organic Milk Half Gallon printable
0.50/1 Stonyfield Organic Milk Half Gallon printable
as low as $1.99 after coupon

Example B shows a coupon matchup with multiple coupon options. This type of matchup is not suggesting you use all of the coupons. This means you may choose one of the coupons. The as low as is the lowest price you would pay. You would pay this amount if you used the highest value coupon.

You would purchase (1) Stoneyfield Organic Milk at a price of $3.49. You will use one coupon. If you choose the $1.50/1 printable coupon, you will pay $1.99 after coupon.
Example C:

Nature Valley Granola Bars – $2.50
$0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, exp. 6/25/11 (SS 05/01/11)
$0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, exp. 7/16/11 (SS 05/22/11)
$2.00 after coupon

In example C, there are multiple coupons shown. You would choose one of the coupons. Because the coupon requires a purchase of two, the price shown is each, when you buy 2. The coupon is also doubled {per the stores doubling policy}.Once the coupon is doubled, you get $1.00 off the purchase of two, making them $2.00 each.

Example D:

Hamburger Helper $1.00
use $.75/3 printable coupon
Get $2.00 OYNO Catalina wyb 3
Free after coupons & Catalina

In example D, there is a catalina involved in the transaction. The coupon requires you to purchase (3) Hamburger Helpers to get $.75 off. The coupon will also double to $1.00.

Your transaction would look like this: Purchase 3 Hamburger Helpers. Use $.75/3 coupon at register. You would pay $2.00 out of pocket (OOP) at the register. You would receive a $2.00 OYNO Catalina, making your total effectively free.

Example E:

Morningstar Farms- $2.99
Use $1/1 Morningstar Farms Product printable
and use $1/1 Morningstar Farms Target Coupon
$.99 each after coupons

In example e, you are using two coupons together, one store and one manufacturer.  When you see use and use , this is suggesting that you can use BOTH coupons on one item.  You will purchase (1) Morningstar Farms for $2.99. You will use both $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon and $1.00/1 Morningstar Farms Target Coupon. You will pay $.99 at the register. Another term that may be used is STACK with.

Example F:

Tyson Chicken Nuggets – $3.99
Use $1/1 Chicken Nuggets Product printable
and use $1/1 Chicken Nuggets Target Coupon
$1.99 each after coupons
Get $1.00 Checkout 51
$.99 after coupons

In example f, you are using two coupons together, one store and one manufacturer, plus you are getting a rebate back via Checkout 51.  When you see use and use , this is suggesting that you can use BOTH coupons on one item and you can also get a rebate back from another company for this!

 


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  • Andrea

    Excellent