Couponing FAQ October 3, 2018 by TheCouponTrainer

What is a Coupon Insert?

Coupon inserts come in your Sunday newspaper, along with store ads. Some areas may receive inserts via their postal mail or neighborhood newspaper. They are nearly always put out by one of three companies:

SS: Smart Source
RP: Red Plum
PG: Procter & Gamble (once per month)

How do I get the coupons?

The best way to get coupons is by subscribing to the newspaper. We suggest you purchase 2 papers per individual in your household. Sunday mornings you can usually purchase your paper off newspaper stands and stores such as Walmart and Dollar Tree. Try talking to your local convenience store or hotel to see if they’ll give their old papers to you. As neighbors, friends, family or co-workers if they will all save their inserts for you too.
You can also buy coupons by paying a small handling fee per coupon online. If you are in need of a source, e-mail us and we would be happy to get you in touch with a reliable specialist.

Who took my inserts?

Usually, holiday weekends carry few or no inserts. If you didn’t receive your inserts on a non-holiday weekend, contact your newspaper provider and request they be delivered to you. If you are purchasing off the stand, you MUST check your paper for coupon inserts before you pay. Once you pay for your newspaper, you are out of luck if there are no coupons inside.

How can I know what coupons will be in this Sunday’s paper in advance?

Check back with Sassy Couponers to see our Sunday Inserts Preview.

I had my eye on a coupon in the preview and I do not have it. Why?

Coupons and values vary by region. Just like store prices and promotions, coupon values vary based on geographic area and grocery competition. The more stores you have aggressively competed for your business, the better for you!

What can I do with my expired coupons?

Donate them to a military family stationed overseas! Coupons may be used up to six months past their expiration date at overseas military commissaries.

Printable Coupons

How do I find printable coupons?

the CouponTrainer’s coupon database is your one-stop for the most comprehensive printable coupon list on the web! In addition to coupons from a variety of manufacturer’s sites, the database provides coupons from sources such as these:
Coupons.com
SmartSource.com
RedPlum.com

How many times may I print each coupon?

You can print most coupons two times per device by using the back button or reselecting the original link to print the coupon a second time. Remember those photocopying coupons is ILLEGAL. You can use your mobile device, tablet, laptop, and computer!

How can I conduct a search on the printable coupon database?

Hold down Ctrl + F. This will bring up a search box. Then, you can search the database for a particular brand or product.

What does it mean when a coupon says “Do Not Double”?

This is meant to communicate to the retailer, they will not be reimbursed for a cent above the face value of the coupon. A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. Check your store coupon policy to find out whether or not they will double a coupon that carries this verbiage.

What does “Limit one per purchase” mean?

Most coupons read, “Limit One Per Purchase”, which simply means you may only use one coupon per item being purchased. There are some coupons that read, “Limit 4 like coupons per transaction”, which means you can only use 4 of that exact same kind of coupon per checkout transaction. In general, if you have multiple coupons, you should be able to use each of them, as long as you’re purchasing multiple items.

When do new printable coupons become available?

New printable coupons are released all the time and the printable coupon database is updated daily. However, on the first day of each month, many new coupons are released and other old coupons are re-released. This means, even if you printed an offer in February, you may try again to print in March!

eCoupons

What is an eCoupon?

An eCoupon is an electronic coupon that you access online and load to your store loyalty card. When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase.

Where do I find eCoupons?

eCoupons may be loaded to your store loyalty card from a specific store’s website (such as Safeway.com) My favorite is Upromise.

Store Coupons

You can find store coupons in the store’s weekly ad, mail flier, in-store coupon booklets, exclusive member emails, mobile coupons, or those printed from a store’s website often store coupons. Barcodes often start with a “0”.

Let’s go Shopping!

When a store promotion specifies Spend $25, save $10, does the $25 have to be my total after I present my coupons?

This varies by store. Most such promotions only require that you reach the minimum spending threshold before presenting any manufacturer coupons. However, certain stores or promos require you to maintain the minimum spend value, even after all coupons and discounts are deducted. Read the fine print or ask customer service for specifics.

What does it mean to “roll” a Catalina?

Rolling a Catalina refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register Catalina ‘Your Bucks’ coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction. Another Catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.

How do I know which coupons I can use together to “stack”?

You may only use one manufacturer coupon per item. A manufacturer coupon and a store coupon may be used together to purchase one item as long as neither coupon prohibits it.
Manufacturer coupons will state “Manufacturer Coupon” across the top of the coupons and bar codes start with a “5” or sometimes a “9”.

Newspaper insert coupons: 95% of the time these are manufacturer coupons. Occasionally, Target and Walgreens will have store coupons in the Sunday paper as well.
Printable coupons: Most printable coupons are manufacturer. All coupons on the Sassy Couponers database are manufacturer coupons unless otherwise stated.
Blinkies: Blinkies are manufacturer coupons
Tearpads: Tearpads are manufacturer coupons
Peelies: Peelies are manufacturer coupons
eCoupons: eCoupons are manufacturer or store coupons. Most stores do not allow stacking an eCoupon with a clipped paper coupon.