Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading a coupon list

You can get lists of deals from various blogs, like

These will list items the blogger feels are a good deal, with links to printable coupons (just go and print 'em), or info on the insert a coupon was in. For example:

Dole Can Fruit $1.25
-$0.50/2 Dole Pineapple or Tropical Fruit 4/10/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2011)
=$0.75 ea after coupon


Dole fruit is on sale at $1.25 a can. The Smart Source insert that came out on April 10th had a coupon for 50 cents off TWO cans of Dole fruit. If you keep your inserts whole (just stack them in a drawer or folder), you can flip through to find the one with that date on the spine (or write it on the cover when you get the insert), you can flip through that one until you find the coupon, clip it out, and get your cheap fruit. Why would a 50 cent coupon give $1 off a purchase? Easy. Bashas' doubles coupons so they're worth up to a dollar in value. Fry's does the same. When they're tripling, it means what it says, though there's still a $1 limit, so a 25 cent coupon is now worth 75 cents, but a $1 coupon, or 70 cent coupon, is worth $1.

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