Couponing 101 – Coupon Matchups

Couponing 101

What does it mean when you say use $1.00/1 04-05 RP ?

This means in that in the 04/05 edition of Red Plum Coupon Insert there is a coupon for $1.00/1 of that product. Other abbreviations for coupon sources are:

SS= Smart Source insert found in newspapers

PG= Proctor & Gamble insert found in newspapers

IP- Internet Printable – a coupon that is printed on the internet via different sources

Bricks- A company who provides many of the internet printables

UL – Unilever Insert found in Newspapers

Why doesn’t the value of my coupon match what you have here?

Regional papers have different values for different coupons, so your coupon maybe for more or less. If you are a Philadelphia area reader, I use the values found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Other local papers may be more or less than this value.

Why don’t I have the coupon you have listed as a match?

Just like regional amounts are different, so are the actual coupons that may come in your newspaper inserts. If you are in smaller markets, you may not get some of the better coupons.

How do I know how many newspapers to buy and can you tell me each week?

That is a really tough question! Each of us has our own individual taste, so sometimes there are coupons that may appeal to me and not so much to you. I suggest you visit for the coupon preview each week and make a decision based on that. However, remember you may not get all the coupons each week. I buy a copy of the newspaper and check it out first. I never use the coupon previews as a definite list, I use it as what I could be getting. Once I look through the paper, I make a decision on what to purchase.

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  • Janine

    What is the difference between
    (SS 08/21/11)
    and this:
    (SS 08/21/11 R)

    what does that “R” mean?

    • Shannon


      a R coupon means it is highly regional. Now, that is quite confusing because all coupons are technically regional, but if its marked with an R, it means that only a really small percentage of people will see the coupon.

  • Louise

    My local Dollar Tree sells the Morning Call (Lehigh Valley PA area newspaper) for (guess!) $1 instead of $1.75. It’s easy to get my money’s worth. Check discount stores for the newspaper – you may find a good price!

  • cheryl

    I saw where someone posted they found a deal on OFF products this week at CVS that made them freebies. I took a $3 off coupons for Off products to buy refills for OFF clip ons. CVS’ normal price was 3.99, and they were running a sale of $1.00 off their normal price. The cashier used the (3.00) coupon, but would not take the $1.00 (or .99) off because that would make the coupon exceed the amount of the product. I have ran into this in other stores as well. Most of the time they just won’t accept the coupon. Is this right?

    • Jessica L


      I know that some stores state in their coupon policy that if the item is $4.99 and you have a $5.00 coupon, they will reduce the amount of the coupon to the amount of the item. So you still get the item free.

      I would print out the coupon policy and carry it with you.

  • btw – I’m gonna try brick , and thanks for the keurig deal, I just got one its pretty cool

  • coupon inserts don’t come in our papers anymore, not even the Sunday paper.