Frequently Asked Questions

One of the hardest parts to couponing is starting! People don’t think about it, but there is a stigma with couponing. In order to do it you have to shake off all those judgements associated with it, because they can make you feel very nervous at the register. A lot of people are afraid of what the people in line will think of them, and whether the cashier is going to be confrontational, or the coupon will scan (I know I did when I started). In all reality, those things don’t happen all that often! Most of the time the coupon scans, the cashier is nice, and the line is impressed! But when they do happen they are not your problem! Your problem is to get out of the store paying as little as possible so don’t worry about them! Wherever that stigma came from, it isn’t correct! It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how old you are, what gender you are, or where you live. Couponing is for everyone, because it saves you money. It can be very intimidating, and overwhelming so people tend to get stuck in wanting to try but never actually doing it. If you are one of these people that are a little afraid all you have to do is follow the directions below, and refer to what we talked about above!

  1. Get/Find Coupons (refer to other FAQ if you need help learning where to find them)
  2. Cut and sort coupons
  3. Read coupons to understand the rules
  4. Find deals to use coupons on (you can find deals on Bargain Bombshells, if you are looking for a specific item look for it under “Search Deals” and it will search that item in all the deals that are on Bargain Bombshells)
  5. Grab your coupons and go purchase items you found deals for!
  6. Post your amazing haul on the Bargain Bombshells Facebook group!!!
  7. Feel like the coolest person EVER!!! You are a rockstar!!

The best way to start is to jump in head first! There is nothing you can do that can’t be undone. Anytime you make a mistake you can just go to the service desk, and return what you bought. Do. Not. Be. Afraid. You GOT THIS!!

 

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    • The Sunday Newspaper!
      • Every week in your local Sunday newspaper you can find coupon inserts. The quantity and type of inserts you find are dependent on the region in which you live.
        • When buying a local newspaper in the store you need to make sure that all inserts are in your paper prior to checking out. Sometimes people remove them, but leave the paper.
      • There are three different inserts; P&G Brandsaver (PG), Redplum (RP), and Smartsource (SS). Sometimes there is a special RP called Redplum Beauty Picks that also comes out!
        • PG comes out once a month, and SS and RP vary in quantity from week to week.

    • Printable Coupons
      • At Bargainbombshells.com we have free printable coupons! Click here to check them out!
      • Pgeveryday.com (P&G Brandsaver, all coupons can only be printed once)
      • Various manfacturer websites have free printable coupons!
      • To see if there is a printable coupon for a particular product you can use our Coupon Database instead of searching through various manufacturer websites. Click here to check it out!
    • Digital Coupons
      • Digital coupons are available on store, phone applications. For example, Target has a phone application that has digital coupons that are able to be added to your account to use at checkout.
      • Typically digital coupons can only be used once, and depending on the store there should be both manufacturer and store digital coupons.

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    I wish I would of taken a picture to show you the first time I tried to organize and cut my coupons; they were everywhere!! It took me at least three weeks to figure out how to cut them effectively, and then months to find the best organizational method. I don’t want that for you so I will share my secrets! First you need to have a Paper Cutter or scissors! I personally use a Paper Cutter, so all photos will be with one of those!

    A Paper Cutter is good for when you are going to be cutting a lot of coupons as once. I usually cut around 10 – 12 pages at once, and most scissors would not be able to cut through that.

    Instead of cutting every insert one time, instead you should combine like pages and cut an entire insert once. You can do this by getting the same paper out of every insert you want to cut, and combine them into one pile.

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    After you combine all your papers in one pile you will want to make sure that they are all even and stacked perfectly so you don’t have coupons that get cut at different places. To keep them from moving around you will want to paper clip or staple the top and bottom page.  I use paper clips, because I am accident prone! If you do staple you want to make sure that you do not staple the barcode.

    After you paper clip the top and bottom page you are going to cut down the middle of the two pages so you can cut the coupons individually

    Once you have one page you are going to paper clip/staple every coupon so they stay together, that way you can easily put them away

    Then you will cut them all

    Once you are done cutting them they will all be organized, and paper clipped/stapled together

    Now you can put them away!! I use a box that is alphabetically sorted, and I put them in there based on what insert they came from so I can acccess them easily. For example, these would be alphabetically sorted and named PG so if I need to find a coupon I can go to my PG box and look for it quickly! Another one would be Smartsource, and then Redplum.

    When I go to the store I grab each coupon I need and put them in my organizer!

    This is my way of cutting and organizing my coupons, but there are so many different varieties that you can use and try! There is no wrong way to do this.

     

     

     

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    There are three different places coupons come out in

    Insert Coupon: These come out in various inserts in your local Sunday Paper! (check out the FAQ about where to find coupons!).

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    Printable Coupon: These coupons are printed at home (Click here to check some out).

    Digital Coupon: These are coupons are on various store applications, and they are digital coupons that are added to your loyalty card or store account. They come off automatically, and can only be used once unless stated otherwise.

    Now that you know where they come from, you need to know the two different kinds of coupons there are

    The first one is a manufacturer coupon, and these are distributed by the manufacturer of the product and it will say “Manufacturer Coupon”. These coupons can be taken at any store that allows coupons.

     

    The next one is a store coupon, and these are distributed by the store that you are shopping at. Normally they will say “Store Coupon” but sometimes they will just have the store logo on it. These coupons cannot be used at any other store, unless there is a store policy that states they take competitors coupons.

     

     

     

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    Coupon Doubling: Coupon doubling is when the value of your coupon is doubled. Most stores do not double, but if they do it is typically up to $1.00. Check the stores coupon policy to find out if the store you pick doubles coupons.

    Example of Doubling: You are buying Tide Laundry Detergent for $5.99. You have a manufacturer coupon for $0.50 off one Tide Laundry Detergent, and the store you are at allows doubling. Your final price would be $4.99 because your coupon would double to $1.00.

    Rules in Doubling: You can only double manufacturer coupons (unless other wise stated). A coupon can only be doubled if “Do Not Double” is NOT on the coupon. See below for example.

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    Coupon Stacking: Coupon stacking is when you use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon on one item.

    Example of Stacking: Tide Laundry Detergent is $5.99. You have a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off one Tide, and a store coupon for $1.00 off one Tide. The store you are at allows stacking, so you use your manufacturer coupon and your store coupon on your one Tide Laundry Detergent. After coupons your final price is $3.99, and altogether you saved $2.00.

    Rules in Stacking: You can never use 2 manufacturer coupons or 2 store coupons on one item. Coupons may only be stacked if the store you are using the coupon at allows it, so be sure you can check the stores coupon policy prior to shopping there.

     

     

     

  • Jennifer says:

    I get nervous on how many coupons ur aloud at one use an how many transactions with them dnt know how to get a big haul

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    Here are some verbiage that is often confused.

    “Limit one coupon per purchase. No more than 2 identical coupons per transaction”: This means that you can only use one coupon you are reading per item purchased that was specified on the coupon, and you can only use that coupon two times per transaction. It does not mean that you can use two of the coupons on one item.

    “Limit one coupon per purchase. No more than 2 identical coupons per household, per day”: This mean that you can only use one of the coupon you are reading per item purhased that was specified on the coupon, and you can only use that coupon

    “Limit one coupon of any kind per purchase of items described”: This means you can only use one of those coupons on the item you are buying, and you can only use a total of 2 of those coupons per household, per day (you cannot do separate transactions unless the next transaction is for a different household).

    “Do Not Double”: This means that coupon cannot be doubled if you are at a store that doubles coupons. If you aren’t then it means nothing because it is not applicable to your situation.

     

     

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