Breaking Down the Coupon Matchups

Coupon matchups can be your best friend. I don’t have time to go through every. single. sales paper & match sales with my coupons. There are several different sites that offer them, and if you just google “(store name) coupon matchups” there are pages and pages of them. I will list my personal favorites at the end.

So, when you look at the matchups, it will look a little foreign to you at first. But once you understand the individual parts, it will make sense. You will normally see them like this:

Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix, 5oz – $0.64

$0.50/1 Mahatma or Watermaid Rice, exp. 12/31/16 (RP 09/11/16)
Final Price: $0.14

I will bold each part as we go through it.

Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix, 5oz – $0.64

$0.50/1 Mahatma or Watermaid Rice, exp. 12/31/16 (RP 09/11/16)
Final Price: $0.14

Product (Mahatma Yellow Rice) & Sale Price ($0.64)

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Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix, 5oz – $0.64

$0.50/1 Mahatma or Watermaid Rice, exp. 12/31/16 (RP 09/11/16)
Final Price: $0.14

This is the coupon that you will use & where you can find the coupon.

Part 1 – Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Not all of the matchups will display the expiration date of the coupon. This is important because you don’t want to wait until, say, Friday, to go to the store & use a coupon that expired on Wednesday.

Part 2 – This is the abbreviation for the title & the date of the inserts. Here’s how that works:

RP = Red Plum

SS = Smart Source

PG or P&G = Proctor & Gamble

The date is what Sunday the insert came out. Along the spine of the coupon inserts, you will see the date & the name of the newspaper. I write the date on the front of my inserts where I won’t have to cut out a coupon so I can more easily see it

So, in the example above, you can find the $0.50 coupon for Mahatma Rice from the Red Plum insert that came out September 11, 2016.

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Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix, 5oz – $0.64

$0.50/1 Mahatma or Watermaid Rice, exp. 12/31/16 (RP 09/11/16)
Final Price: $0.14

Lastly, this is the OOP (or Out of Pocket), this is what you will actually PAY at the register.

In some matchups, you will find a price and then a final price.

When there are 2 prices, you will usually pay OOP for the higher price, but lower price is reflected after rebates or other store loyalty programs.

I will introduce store loyalty programs in my next blog post.

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So, what are my favorite places to look for the deals?

http://www.couponaholic.net

http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com (note the “K” instead of the C)

There are other sites, there are awesome facebook groups, but honestly, the worst thing you can do it join a group right away. There will be things you don’t understand. You will use their scenarios and not get the same results. It will frustrated and want to give up.

Take the time to learn, even if it’s taking 1 coupon to Wal-Mart and buying one item. Don’t rush, baby steps are key here.

 

Ever wondered just how much you should pay for an item? Here’s a great resource!

http://everyonelovescouponing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/stock-up-price-list.pdf

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