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Coupon Lingo Quick Reference Guide

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 27, 2008 · 138 comments

Probably one of the most frequent emails I receive is in regards to all those abbreviations that we "couponistas" use when posting store deals, so this list has been a long time in the making.

Sunday inserts:

P&G = Procter & Gamble Sunday insert
RP = RedPlum Sunday insert
SS = SmartSource Sunday insert

:: 2011 Coupon Insert Schedule

When I list the store deals and refer to a coupon from a Sunday insert, the information on where to find the coupon is in parentheses. For example, (SS 12/14/08) would indicate that a coupon came from a SmartSource insert that was distributed in the 12/14/08 Sunday newspaper.

Coupon lingo:

$1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
B1G1: Buy one item get one item free
B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
Beep: Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned to indicate that the cashier need to take an action, like entering a price.
Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
Catalina: Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints
CRT: Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt
DND: Do not double
Ea.: Each
ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
ETS: Excludes trial size
Exp.: Expires
GC: Gift card
IVC: Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens' store coupons found in ads and monthly booklet
MIR: Mail-in rebate
NLA: No longer available
OYNO: On your next order
OOP: Out of pocket
OOS: Out of stock
Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
PSA: Prices starting at
R: Regional coupon, will be listed after insert date as applicable
RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens' Catalina coupons
Q: Coupon
SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
Stacking: Using both a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon on one item
UPC: Universal product code, bar code
Tearpad: Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
+UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program
WYB: When you buy
YMMV: Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not

{ 138 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lorraine griffin November 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm

hello does walmart accept other stores coupons, like target?

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2 Judi April 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

yes walmart accept other store coupons like target, walgreens, etc.

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3 Jennifer Stehens October 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Yes Walmart accepts competitor coupons and they will also adjust prices from other store ads as well.

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4 Melissa October 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

not ALL wal marts will do this check your store policy

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5 Molly December 2, 2009 at 1:12 am

There was a coupon in the Sunday insert a couple weeks ago for Buy any Oil of Olay body wash and get Oil of Olay lotion for free. There is no stated limit on the coupon for the price of the lotion, so if you go to WalMart and buy the smallest body wash Oil of Olay ($3.27) you can get the $8.94 large body of Oil of Olay lotion for free! 2 full size Oil of Olay products for $3.27 plus tax...not too shabby! Happy Couponing!

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6 Kristi December 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

OMG so I am someone that is new to this whole coupon craze... How in the world can you save so much money? This is really frustrating.

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7 Ileana June 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

im new too! and im confused and frustrated. i have no idea how to go about ANY of this, all i know is that i wanna save!!!

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8 Bexter June 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Don't worry. You'll pick up on stuff. I'd advise you to clip any coupons you think you might use ever from Sunday's paper and then watch Deal Seeking Mom for the specials. For example, DSM might let you know that Walgreens has something on special for $2 less than normal that you have a coupon for $2 off. Acting on it will save you $4. If it's something you regularly use, score for you!

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9 laura December 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm

My SmartSource coupons are different than the ones that you're listing. Any help for zip code 47720?

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10 Janet A. January 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

My Discount Drug Mart manager in Willard, Ohio 44890 will not take online coupons anymore. Says he can't tell the good ones from the bad ones and the manufacturers won't refund money to him for them......The ones I used were not copies or anything either. They were from the 4 major online coupon sites. I have to go out of town now to use them. DDMart was my first choice b/c it was close to where I live. Very dissappointed .......

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11 Janet A February 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hi Everyone, I'm happy to report that Discount Drug Mart in Willard, Ohio 44890 is now accepting online coupons again . I no longer have to go out of town to use them. Very Happy!!!!!!!!about it!!!!!!and wanted to update the situation..:)

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12 Donna January 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Janet, you could always do what I did and that was to print an original coupon and then photo copy (actually several differnet ones from different sites) and put it on a posterboard and circled and highlighted the diffences (water seals, the statement that states how to tell if it is a photo copy) and take it to the store and give it to the manager. I went though this several years ago at my neighborhood food store. I feel that with the growth in on-line coupon printing all stores need to get proper training in how to tell the difference with the coupons. It's only good customer several.

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13 Janet A. January 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Donna! That's a good idea. I'm going to work on that. I hope he appreciates our effort. Love using coupons!!

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14 Robin A Collins January 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

In response to Molly above; this is most often times NOT ALLOWED and therefore NOT the norm. Any store that I've been to (not to mention everyone I talk to) says that they will ALWAYS take off the lowest priced item and give it to you for "free" not the higher priced one (even if it's NOT stated on the coupon). I guess they feel that it should be a "given". But, hey if it works at your local store then I say, "GO FOR IT"!!!! Any amount of money we can save is AWESOME. Better off in our pockets than their BIG FAT bank acct's!!

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15 EMILY BRIGGS June 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I am new at couponing n can't seem to get the great deals I keep hearin
g about. I've seem on news reports where womeb are paying a few bucks for over $100 worth of stuff. How is this possibe?

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16 Cristina July 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I too am new to using coupons. I don't get the Sunday paper - is it worth it to subscribe JUST for the coupon inserts?? I think mine would be about $150 per year.

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17 Debra Collins May 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

It most definitely is worth it to subscrib to the paper for the coupons. I do. You only need to get the Sunday paper because that is the one that has the coupon inserts. I subscribed to Fri, Sat and Sun only because they had a deal inside Krogers where if I signed up that day I got a $10 Kroger gift card and the price of the subscription was less than Sunday alone. The Sunday paper alone is probably going to run you $1.59 or so and one or two coupons will pay for it and you will have so much more than that in coupons. Good luck.

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18 Beth July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Emily - I get the best deals by what I call "rolling" my CVS and Rite Aid rewards. At first, you have to pay full price for the products and at the end of your transaction you will get what they call either extra care bucks or +UP rewards. Then you save these and the following week, you buy things with extra care bucks, and use the ones you have from the previous week. Combined with coupons and things, you pay just a few dollars for $40-$50 worth of things, depending on how good the sales are. I have also rung things up in 2 seperate transactions to make sure I can roll my rewards coupons into one transaction, then take those that just printed, and roll them into a second transaction and still pay just a few dollars. Also, doubled coupons is a great way to get a good deal if you have a local store that will double. My local grocery store does and often things will be on sale for say 10 for $10. Rings up at $1 each. If I have a 50 cents coupon on that item which gets doubled, the item is free. Plus, stacking coupons, such as using a Target specific coupon for an item, and then using a manufactuer coupon on the same item, saves you sometimes half to 3/4 of the price of the item.

Cristina - I used to subscribe to the Sunday paper but they don't have coupons on holidays and stuff so it was SUCH a waste of money. Now, I check taylortownpreview.com on Thursday or Friday and see if the coupons are for any high dollar amounts or for anything I will definitely use. If so, I spend the $2 to buy a paper. I try and make sure I will save more than $2 in coupons from that paper or else to me it's not worth it. If not, I don't buy the paper. If a sale comes up and I think "Dang it that was in the paper I didn't buy that week", you can always use sites like couponmaster.com or ebay to purchase the coupons for the sale. OR you could potentially find someone who deals in selling the paper and ask for them to give you the inserts from the papers they don't sell, which is what a lot of people do.

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19 Beth July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

In response to Robin from her response to Molly: The coupon was for buy a BODY WASH, get a LOTION free. It specifies that the lotion is the free item, and since there is no dollar amount, she is right, the lotion should be the free item, even though it's a higher price. If it were for buy one body wash get a second body wash free, then you are right, the lower priced item would be rang up as the freebie.

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20 Felicia August 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

I have a question. Can you use coupons that say Target at Walgreens and CVS? For example in this weeks deals listed for CVS there is a $3/1 Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers printable available and it has (target mfr)

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21 Tara Kuczykowski August 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

Felicia, technically you should be able to, but it varies greatly by store. You can find more informatoion n this here:

http://dealseekingmom.com/back-to-basics-reading-coupons-and-barcodes/

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22 Roger September 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

I hope someone can help me. I'm starting to get the hang of everything but i'm still confused on what i can use. I included one of the deals from the daily email and i'm trying to figure out if I can use all these coupons for this purchase. I thought outside of a store coupon or ecoupon that you could only use 1 manufacture coupon per item. On this example it looks like you have $1 off on 5 but then the way i get it your still using other coupons on the same items. Also do all Krogers do the double coupon?

Totino's Pizza, $1.25
$1/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable
$0.50/2 Totino’s Product printable
$0.50/1 Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizza, exp. 10-30 (SS 08/08/10 #2)
$0.50/1 Totinos Product, exp. 10-9-10 (SS 07/18/10)
$1/5 Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products (Kroger eCoupons)
As low as $0.25 ea. after double coupon!

Thanks,
Roger

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23 Tara Kuczykowski September 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

Roger, when you find a sale listed on DSM, you'll often find all of the coupons available for that product and not necessarily just the coupon that makes the best deal. In this case, your best scenario would be to use a $0.50/1 coupon at a store that doubles, so you'd receive $1 off making the pizza rolls $0.25.

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24 Amber N October 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Dollar Tree sells the local news papers daily and Sundays at a discounted price, under a dollar and cheaper then I can subscribe. I go get them on Wednesdays and Sundays when the coupons are in our paper. Also fast food places, BugerKing for sure, gives you a free paper, so if you are looking for a morning coffee stop and grab it at BK for under a dollar and get your free Sunday paper!

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25 Nadine Huard February 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hi all, I am not new to couponing. I did it all the years my kids were growing up. They always said I nevr bought anything without a coupon. I do find it harder now though to save big. Its pretty much a full time thing and I have my grandbabies all day so its hard to do much with coupons Anyway kuddoes to you all that make it work and I won't stop and my husband does it too.

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26 beth February 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

I'm new 2 coupons but I am having trouble in the 35768 zip code can you help?

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27 karen April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

beth, try a different zip code and see that helps. just keep trying other zip codes, too. happy couponing.

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28 Cathy February 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I use coupons all the time but a few months ago I found the ShopatHome toolbar and coupons.com site. My concern is, it seems that no matter what site I go to they all have the same coupons. What am I doing wrong? Are there sites that have different coupons? Plz help, Trying my best to save and no matter how many coupons I can never get the deals I read about.. I have been putting in alot of hours reading and searching and trying to learn the coupon business.... Thanks, Cathy in Apex, NC

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29 alice March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

can someone send me link for the Free Tylenol patch at walgreens?
Thank you

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30 julie May 1, 2011 at 3:02 am

Hi Alice if you go to the top of thispage, it will give you the $5 coupon link and then you need to go to Walgreens and get the coupon book there for May. Good luck

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31 sharon March 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

i 2 am wonondering if i am doing something wrong all the coupons seens to have the same coupons help

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32 Jenny April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

My Meijers store is limiting my use of coupons lately - found out they have that right. Anyway, if the coupon says "per purchase" does that mean per item or per transaction? They're literally reading all my coupons and deciding at checkout what I can use and what I can't.

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33 Tara Kuczykowski April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Per purchase is the same as per item. If they intend for it to be per transaction the coupon will explicitly states one per transaction.

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34 Jenny April 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Tara: Thanks. That's what I thought, too. I guess they're confused because they'd only allow one coupon per "purchase" which was interpreted by them as "per transaction" AND they would only allow me two orders max. I spent over $50 and was only saving half off so I'm pretty surprised at their actions. Said they have to begin somewhere and I'm it. Lol.

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35 nacolemans May 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I was wondering if you have a B1G1 coupon, you also use a discounted coupon for that item. Say you buy 2 shampoos for the B1G1, can you also use another coupon to get the one you are buying at a discounted price? I know, sounds confusing.

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36 TAMMY May 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I tried using B1G1 coupon at WM and they said no, but if Rite Aid or Walgreens has a sale for B1G1 you can use 2 coupons. It just depends on the store policies. The store policies you can get online for some, but they really don't explain a whole lot I feel.

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37 Charlene May 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

New to couponing--and confused!!
I think there may be a deal here somewhere; can anybody help? Family Fare Supermarket has Ken's SteakHouse dressings BOGO and I have a coupon for $1.00 off any two. Price for one is $2.32.

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38 TAMMY May 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

So the price for two with coupon would make it 1.32. That would be like paying .66 for each. You would have saved 70% on the two.

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39 Juanita Hobbs May 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

Don't know if you guys know it but they have save $5 on any one flexamin product coupons. This is the highest coupon I have ever seen for these. They really work. I can tell a difference in my knees when I run out of these. I am saving 2 of these coupons for when they go are on a bogo sale because they r expensive. http://www.couponNetwork.com

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40 Christine June 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

I too am new to couponing. Walgreens Ad has coupons in there Ad for Ban deodorent for like $1.49 and I have a mf coupon for .75 cents off on 1. Can I use that coupon making the cost for one .74 ....I hope that was not too confusing

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41 Tara Kuczykowski June 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

Yep, you should be able to use it!

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42 Jess July 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

Ebay Ebay Ebay. If you want 10 or 20 of the same item, you can usually score them for under $1, and usually free shipping! I seel coupons on ebay, and I buy coupons on ebay! You can also get 100 random grocery coupons for under a $1. Just thought I would throw the suggestion out to anyone looking for a great deal! I usually receive the coupons 3 days after I purchase them. I have yet to be dissapointed with this!

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43 Jess July 4, 2011 at 1:03 am

Sorry for all of the typos, its late! I'm referring to 10-20 of the same COUPONS.

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44 Aimee July 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

In the coupon database it might say SS 06/19/11 R - what is the "R" for?

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45 Tara Kuczykowski July 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

The R indicates that it's a regional coupon that some areas may not have received or may be a different value than other areas.

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46 Nikki July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This is a fanstastic list and has been very helpful. Thank you so much for the info.

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47 Linda Wilson July 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks everyone...great help!

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48 Megan July 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I was reading above... Walmart would not accept my target coupons... are they suppose to???

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49 Rhonda January 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I would like to say that I have found a lot of times that the Cashier does not always know the exact or correct answer to coupon questions. I havevfound that if you take the printed coupon policy for lets say Walmart and talk to the manager, with the product or products in hand, they are app to understand what you are asking...remember they are always running around and putting out fires all day long, so if you can make the decision easy for them to decide then by all means do it. I would also recommend this to be done either early morning or late at night because it is not as early. One other thing, I would bring a suggestion or recommendation to the managers attention that would better help or service the people. After all in the end the suggestion is going to help you as well, especially since you shop there often....

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50 Lisa Bowman August 1, 2011 at 3:55 am

there is another new policy for walmart..i had a lesson from the mngr today..cause what they use to do, they don't anymore...if you have a doubt about something or a ?, call and talk to a mngr!!!! get there name. the cashiers here in lexington tn are so frusterated because the rules change off the time..on cust svc mng will say one thing and another will say something else. so be sure to print those policies and bring with you..cause this guy, he has something totally different what i printed off the computer. i calling corporate tomorrow!!!!!

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51 Janet August 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Why on all these sites am I seeing the same coupons? I'm confused on the purpose of going to RedPlum and Smartsource for example and seeing the same coupons over and over. Also, when do these websites change their coupons? Thanks!!

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52 mary nranham September 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

Does Target stores accept cpns?

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53 Jen September 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Target does accept coupons. They also allow you to stack their store coupon with a manufacturers coupon.

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54 ScoreBig promo codes April 10, 2013 at 12:06 am

Nice article, good amount of important information.

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55 Paula Little September 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I'm starting to figure out how to coupon, but i still dont understand the walgreens and rite aide +up reward and walgreens SCR and monthly rebate. Could you explain. and how do you sign up?

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56 Tara Kuczykowski September 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Hi Paula! Check the drugstore pages at http://dealseekingmom.com/rite-aid and http://dealseekingmom.com/walgreens for detailed information on getting started shopping at these stores.

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57 Angie October 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

I am trying to figure all this out so I can start using coupons. I have a large family of 2 adults and 4 children...which comes to a large grocery bill and often times I end up going over my budget no matter what I do. Can anyone give any suggestions to a newcomer in this? I don't want to think I know what I'm doing to find out I have no idea. Where should I even start with this? And I've signed up with Coupons.com but I've seen signs at my local grocery store that says they won't be taking internet coupons anymore. I don't shop there much so I'm not too concerned about that but I do know many stores are having a fit about this. Are the coupons from these websites actually from the manufacture? And if not, how can I get my hands on a stack of them? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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58 Melissa November 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

On the printable coupons, are you only allowed to print one or can you print numerous of same coupon. Example: on $.50/2 Totino pizza's. Can i print 3 and use them on 6 pizza's?

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59 sue November 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

what does ss mean. for instance in the aveeno offer. 3/2 ss

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60 jessica January 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

hello, how can y have a copy of the lingo list???

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61 Tara Kuczykowski January 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

If you look in the upper left corner above the title, you'll see a small link to print the post!

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63 marisol March 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I'm new 2 coupons but I am having trouble in the 98439 zip code can you help?

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66 Bea August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

What are register rewards and Catalina coupons that go along with it?

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Can u make a post about how to store coupon's and find them by date of when they are put out? How do u do it?

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