Here’s a list of common questions and resources to help you get started, we’ll be adding to this list as we get more!
  1. How do I get started?
  2. What are Sunday inserts?
  3. Who puts coupon inserts in the paper?
  4. Why are my coupon inserts different than the preview?
  5. How many inserts should I get?
  6. How do I get extra inserts?
  7. What are all the different types of coupons?
  8. Where can I get printable coupons?
  9. Do I have to install the coupon printer to print the Internet coupons?
  10. Where can I use printable coupons?
  11. Why did I get a “Print Limit Reached” message – I never printed the coupon?
  12. How many times can I print a coupon?
  13. When do printable coupons reset?
  14. Error says “Sending to Printer” and the coupon never prints, what do I do?
  15. Why am I prompted to install the Coupon Printer repeatedly?
  16. Why won’t my coupons print from work or the public library?
  17. What are eCoupons?
  18. How do I organize my coupons?
  19. How do I use the Coupon Database?
  20. Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations:
  21. What is a coupon Match-Up and how do I use it?
  22. What is the Printable Shopping List Feature?
  23. How do I make up a shopping scenario (transaction) and why?
  24. What is coupon stacking?
  25. What are Double or Triple coupons?
  26. Where can I find a store’s Coupon Policy?
  27. Where can I find coupons for Retail stores?
  28. Where can I find Restaurant discounts and coupons?
  29. When are the best months for clearance shopping?
  30. How do I save money on printer ink?
  31. What are Mobile or Text coupons?
  32. What are price adjustments?
Coupon Diva

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy. Take a few minutes to view our video and written tutorials to help you with the basics. Remember to start small and don’t overwhelm yourself trying to save 95% on your grocery bill or pay next to nothing for your dinner out. Set normal expectations and just think about ways to save on everything you do each day. You’ll be surprised by all the ways there are to save!

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What are Sunday inserts?

These are coupon inserts that are found in your newspaper (usually on Sunday although some of you may have what is called an “early edition” paper on Saturday that includes the coupons). You will find your insert coupons usually in the middle section of the paper with the weekly ads.

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Who puts coupon inserts in the paper?

There are 3 main compaines that put out the inserts each week.

  1. SmartSource (SS)
  2. RedPlum (RP)
  3. Procter & Gamble (PG)

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Why are my coupon inserts different than the preview?

Coupons can vary from market to market. The actual coupons might be different or the values of the coupons could be different. This sometimes depends on the store competition in that area (how many stores are competing for business?) and whether or not stores in that region offer double coupons.

Our coupon database is loaded with thousands of coupons each week and we try to always note all of the values that you might see.

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How many inserts should I get?

It is up to you to decide how many coupons you will need for your family. Many say that a good rule of thumb is (2) inserts per family member, however, I only ever buy 2 maybe 3 inserts on a good week and that is plenty to last me until the next sale and new batch of coupons.

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How do I get extra inserts?

  • You could ask friends and family to save any unwanted coupons
  • Buy additional newspapers
  • Trade with friends, family and co-workers

We will not discuss any other methods.

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What are all the different types of coupons?

There are at least 9 different types of coupons available (listed below). To see examples of each and click here view our tutorial.

  1. Manufacturer Coupon
  2. Catalinas
  3. Store Coupons
  4. Blinkies
  5. Peelies
  6. Hangtags
  7. eCoupons
  8. Internet Printable
  9. Tearpads

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Where can I get printable coupons?

You can get printable coupons from a variety of sources – the main 4 are listed below. Be sure to always check our Coupon Database to quickly find 1000’s of coupons each week!

Coupons.com
SmartSource
Coupon Network
RedPlum

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Do I have to install the coupon printer to print the Internet coupons?

Yes. The Coupon Printer allows your computer to print coupons that can be redeemed at participating stores.

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Where can I use printable coupons?

Most stores will have a public coupon policy that you can view which will state which type of coupons they accept. Coupon Divas has a list of popular store coupon policies for your use. Just keep in mind that all policies are subject to change without notice.

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Why did I get a “Print Limit Reached” message – I never printed the coupon?

If you have attempted to print the same coupon too many times, this message will appear. Your coupons are sent to your default printer – sometimes when you buy a new printer you forget to specify it as the default printer or it is not specified so double check this first. Unfortunately, if coupons are sent to the wrong printer or a printer that is off-line, they cannot be reset.

Remember, there is an overall print limit nationwide as well as per computer so it is possible that the overall limit has been met as well if you see that message on a coupon.

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How many times can I print a coupon?

Most coupons will allow you to print them up to 2 times a month. Recently we have seen coupons with only 1 print allowed, most will be 2.

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When do printable coupons reset?

They main reset for printable coupons happens on the 1st of each month. Additional new coupons will be released throughout the month so it is always a good idea to check back regularly.

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Error says “Sending to Printer” and the coupon never prints, what do I do?

Coupons.com says if you see this message to follow these steps: If you have multiple printers or have a fax machine connected to your computer it is likely that a default printer has not been set. To assign a default printer, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel – > Printers and Faxes. You should see your printers listed.
  2. Right click on the printer you wish to print from and select “Set as Default Printer.”

If you have a default printer set and you still stay on “Sending to Printer” page, try to print the coupon again using a different Internet browser.

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Why am I prompted to install the Coupon Printer repeatedly?

If you are seeing this message, follow these steps supplied by Coupons.com. If you are using Internet Explorer, your Coupon Printer may have been disabled. Please follow these steps to print your coupon:

  1. Open your Internet Explorer Browser.
  2. Go to Tools -> Manage Add-ons -> Enable/Disable Add-ons.
  3. In the drop down menu select “Add-ons previously used by Internet Explorer”.
  4. Look for “Cpbrkpie Control” under the Name column.
  5. “Enable” it if it is marked as “Disabled”.
  6. Restart Internet Explorer and print your coupons.

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Why won’t my coupons print from work or the public library?

If you are trying to print from the library, work or another public place you may not have the permissions required to install the coupon printer. Most public computers are blocked from installing files and programs on their computers.

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What are eCoupons?

eCoupons are electronic coupons that are downloaded onto your shopper loyalty cards. There are several different sites that you can use to download these coupons – it just depends on the store’s participation.

Some eCoupons come off right at the register and others are deposted into an account that you can cash out or save for college. Below are the main sites for eCoupons.

  1. SavingStar – Coupons are loaded on shopper cards, savings don’t come off at the register, they are added to an account that can be cashed out to Paypal or other methods once you save $5. There are 100’s of participating stores.
  2. Cellfire – If your store is listed you can download these coupons to your shopper card and the discounts come off at the register.
  3. Upromise – Download the coupons on participating shopper cards – the discounts do not come off at the register, they are deposited in a savings account to be used for college.
  4. Your Local Stores – Also check your local grocery store websites to see if they have their own coupons that can be loaded to your shopper cards for use in the store.

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How do I organize my coupons?

There is no right or wrong way to organize your coupons. I always say that as long as you can remember your system, then it works for you!

Some of the popular methods include:

  • Coupon Binders – Sorted either alphabetically by brand or by category
  • Envelope – Coupons placed in envelopes and sorted by category or alphabetically
  • Accordion File – light cardboard file with elastic closure and sort either alphabetically or by category.
  • Whole Insert – Some keep their whole insert intact by date and then use the coupon database to reference the date the coupon was in the Sunday paper.

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How do I use the Coupon Database?

Looking for a coupon? Wondering if there’s a coupons? You can quickly search 1000’s of coupons using our coupon database. Our database is loaded with mfg. coupons, printable coupons, eCoupons, coupons from magazines, stores coupons, peelies, Catalinas, Tearpads and more. It’s easy to use – just take a look at our video tutorial for a quick run through and then start searching!

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Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations:

To save time on the words we use almost daily in the couponing world, we have resorted to abbreviations (the exact thing I tell my kids not to do when sending me texts – LOL).

Here are some of the most common abbreviations:

  • WYB – WHEN YOU BUY
  • SS – SMART SOURCE (COUPONS)
  • ECB or ECBs – EXTRA CARE BUCKS (CVS)
  • MIR – MAIL IN REBATE
  • OOP – OUT OF POCKET (CASH PAID)
  • BOGO or B1G1 – BUY ONE GET ONE (FREE)
  • B&M – BRICK AND MORTAR (PHYSICAL STORES LOCATIONS)
  • PSA – PRICES STARTING AT
  • DND – DO NOT DOUBLE (COUPON)
  • RR or RRs – REGISTER REWARDS (WALGREENS)
  • +UP REWARDS – RITE AID REWARDS
  • YMMV – YOUR MARKET MAY VARY
  • PG or P&G – PROCTER AND GAMBLE (COUPONS)
  • GM – GENERAL MILLS COUPON INSERT
  • MFG or MFR – MANUFACTURER
  • OYNO or OYNP – ON YOUR NEXT ORDER or ON YOUR NEXT PURCHASE
  • CRT – CASH REGISTER TAPE
  • W-IVC – WALGREENS INSTANT VALUE COUPON

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What is a coupon Match-Up and how do I use it?

Each week we take the sale ad for many of the top stores and match any of the coupons that are currently available according to our Coupon Database that we can find for the items on sale. This is a huge time and money saver and a great way to maximize your savings each week. You can click here for a step by step tutorial on reading through a Coupon Match Up.

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What is the Printable Shopping List Feature?

The printable shopping list allows you to check off items from the coupon match up that you are interested in purchasing. This helps you get organized for your purchase and then go pull and print any necessary coupons. You can then take your printable list with you to the store and check off items as you add them to your cart!! You can check out a quick video tutorial of the printable shopping list feature in action here.

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How do I make up a shopping scenario (transaction) and why?

Shopping scenarios are used to break up transactions so that you come out of pocket less money. Using multiple scenarios (or transactions) is helpful when you are shopping at stores with rewards such as Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, +Up Rewards and Catalina promotions. Click here to view a video tutorial on making up scenarios/transactions.

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What is coupon stacking?

When you stack a coupon, you are using 2 coupons (or more depending on the scenario) for your purchase. In order to coupon stack, you need (1) store coupon and at least (1) mfg. coupon and then you follow the terms on each.

First you look at your store coupon, if it is for $.50 off 1 item, for example, you can combine that with 1 mfg. coupon (from the Sunday inserts, online printable coupon, magazine etc.). If the store coupon is for $1 off 2 items, you can use up to 2 coupons! You will use either 1 mfg. coupon that is for a specified $$ amount of 2 (which follows the store coupon) OR, you can use 2 mfg. coupons that are each good for a specified $$ amount of of 1. Because you have 2 items, that is an acceptable scenario. To see a video tutorial with a Coupon Stacking example click here.

To find out if your store allows coupon stacking check their coupon policy – we have many of these on our Coupon Policy List for quick reference!

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What are Double or Triple coupons?

Double coupons are when a store doubles the face value of a coupon. The stores get reimbursed by the mfg. for the initial discount and then they absorb the cost  of doubling the coupon. That is why you will see varying terms on the double coupon promotions – some stores will allow up to a certain amount of coupons or a certain face value only to double (i.e. $.75). Many of the Internet printable coupons will state do not double on them, however, there are a few stores that will still double them as a courtesy to their loyal shoppers.

Also, be on the lookout because there are a few stores that will even run triple coupon  promotions where they triple the face value of a coupon. Again, there are usually terms as to how many coupons you can use and the “up to amount” for the value of the triple. (i.e. if they tripled up to a $.75 coupon – it would be a discount of $2.25 when tripled).

The quickest way to find out if your store doubles or triples is to call them and ask. We have found that stores follow vary different policies on this and sometimes even stores with the same name will follow slightly different policies.

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Where can I find a store’s Coupon Policy?

We have a reference list of Coupon Policies for some of the most popular stores. You can also check your store’s website or ask for it at the stores if one is not available online. You might also consider emailing your store to see if they will send you a copy for reference.

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Where can I find coupons for Retail stores?

Save time by using our Retail Printable Coupon list that is updated as new coupons come in. You can save a lot of money by checking here for coupons before you head out the door.

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Where can I find Restaurant discounts and coupons?

There are many places to find coupons for dining out. We have a list of Restaurant Printable Coupons that is updated daily as new coupons come in. You also, might consider signing up for email newsletters from the companies you like because many times restaurant coupons are sent via email for a specific location that you choose on sign up. You should also be on the lookout for text coupons that you can receive on your mobile devices (standard text messaging rates apply for these).

You can also find discounts on restaurant dining regularly through Restaurant.com and by purchasing and Entertainment Book.

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When are the best months for clearance shopping?

You can find clearance at almost any store year round, but there are certain months where clearance is in abundance and you will find great deals on a lot of stuff. I also try to use coupons whenever possible to maximize my savings. Check out our list of Best Months for Clearance Shopping.

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How do I save money on printer ink?

I personally prefer investing in a Laserjet printer. Even though the initial cost may seem higher than that of the inkjet printer – you will save money in the long run. Laserjet printers can average around 1,000 copies or more per toner cartridge depending on the model printer you buy. Purchasing a black and white laserjet printer can definitely save money.

Other tips for saving on printer ink:

  • Stock up when it’s on sale
  • Change your printer settings
  • Print more than one coupon on a page
  • Hit the stop button after coupon prints to avoid the ads on the bottom of the page
  • Refill your ink cartridges
  • Recycle old cartridges for store credits
  • Invest in a laser printer

For a more details on saving money on printer ink, click here!

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What are Mobile or Text coupons?

Next time you are in a restaurant, hair salon, pet groomer, kennel etc. take a look around for a sign by the cash registers or on the counter. Normally it will let you know that you can save instantly by texting a word to a 5 digit number. Simply send an SMS text with that number and word and within seconds usually, your coupon savings arrives. At most of the stores I have visited, I simply show my phone when I pay and the discount is taken of the bill. I have saved $5 at the hair salon, $5 at the Dog Kennel, tons of money at restaurants using their coupons for free items and $$ off my meals. Even stores like Target now have mobile coupons they can send to your Smartphone/iPhone to use at checkout and these can be stacked!! To see an example of what a text coupon deal looks like, take a look at our video tutorial on mobile coupons.

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What are price adjustments?

Many stores you can get a one time price adjustment if the item appears in the store’s ad. Stores specify a period of usually 7-14 days and if they feature the item you purchased for less, you can simply bring your receipt to the store the will refund the difference. Check out our video tutorial on how easy it is to get your price adjustment!

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