Couponing FAQs

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We’ve come up with a short list of coupon questions to help you figure out how to best save money on your purchases. It’s safe to say we didn’t cover everything here, though, so put any unanswered questions you have in the comment box below and we’ll get back to you!

1. What is a coupon?
2. How do you find coupons?
3. How do you find coupons for specific retailers?
4. What is the difference between a physical coupon and an online coupon?
5. What is a coupon code? Why are some coupons missing a coupon code?
6. What are printable coupons?
7. What are e-coupons and digital coupons?
8. What is extreme couponing?
9. Do coupons expire? How do I know if my coupon is expired?
10. Can I combine coupons?
11. Can I combine coupons with other promotions or sales?
12. Can I use the same coupon multiple times if I have multiple copies?
13. What are fake coupons?
14. What is coupon fraud? How do I avoid unknowingly using fake coupons?


1. What is a coupon?
A coupon is a ticket that can be redeemed for a discount when purchasing a product.

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2. How do you find coupons?

You can find coupons in the newspaper, on the Internet, in–store, in magazines, through direct mail, through email or text, or as a part of product packaging.

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3. How do you find coupons for specific retailers?

Check the retailer’s website, trusted coupon websites and newspapers, magazines, or flyers that are delivered to your home.

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4. What is the difference between a physical coupon and an online coupon?

Physical coupons are print coupons that come via print media or in-store offers. Physical coupons are redeemed at brick–and-mortar stores during checkout.

Online coupons are coupons distributed through coupon websites, retailer websites, or email. Online coupons can be used only at online stores and often come with a coupon code that must be entered at online checkout.

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5. What is a coupon code? Why are some coupons missing a coupon code?

A coupon code is a string of numbers and/or letters that often accompanies an online coupon. This coupon code must be entered at online checkout to get the coupon discount. The coupon code serves as a proof that you found the online coupon.

Some retailers calculate your discount automatically when you reach online checkout – in this case, your coupon will not have a code. Some coupons can be redeemed as well just by following a link, so you won’t have a coupon code either.

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6. What are printable coupons?

Printable coupons are coupons found on the Internet and used in brick-and-mortar stores. You find these coupons online, then print the coupons and take them to the store.

Printable coupons are very popular with groceries and drugstore items. This is because shoppers enjoy the ease of finding coupons online and printing from home, but are reluctant to buy perishable items like groceries over the Internet.

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7. What are e-coupons and digital coupons?

“E-coupon” and “digital coupon” are just other names for online coupons. They’re all the same thing.

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8. What is extreme couponing?

Extreme couponing is time-intensive couponing designed to get the buyer maximum savings on shopping. Popularized by the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, extreme couponers rack up big savings by combining retailer sales with lots of discount coupons.

Extreme couponing is set apart by its emphasis on buying items on sale, not when you need them. Extreme couponers collect and keep tons of coupons, then check sales at stores regularly to find the best time to combine their coupons with store sales. When they do find good sales, they use coupons to buy huge quantities of the items, ensuring that they won’t run out for a while.

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9. Do coupons expire? How do I know if my coupon is expired?

Yes, coupons do expire. Almost all stores do not permit the use of expired coupons – in rare cases, a retailer might honor an expired coupon. You can use coupons up until midnight on the expiration date listed.

Expiration dates are usually clearly listed on the coupon itself. Cutting off the expiration date to try and prolong the life of your coupon is a huge no-no. At best, the retailer won’t accept the coupon, and at worst, it’s fraud.

Expired coupons do have some use, however. If you have manufacturers’ coupons that have expired within the last 2 months, send them overseas to military families. These families can use expired coupons up to 6 months after expiration. There’s more information on how to do this at the homepage of the Overseas Coupon Program.

Online coupons expire, too. There’s usually a date restriction somewhere on the coupon offer, and trying to input the code after the expiration date will give you an error message. If there is no code, the coupon’s discount simply won’t show up at online checkout.

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10. Can I combine coupons?

Yes, but check the fine print. Often different exclusions and restrictions will limit how many coupons you can use and on which items – it’s common to see things like “limit 1 coupon per transaction,” or “limit 1 coupon per specified item(s) purchased.”

In coupon lingo, coupons that can be combined with other discounts are known as “stackable” coupons.

Online coupons can often be combined with rewards mall discounts for huge savings. Look at the exclusions carefully – if a coupon deal is advertised on the rewards mall’s page for the retailer, you most likely can use that coupon and still get full rewards mall bonuses!

What’s the secret to huge coupon discounts?  Combine manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons. You can do this because these coupons are coming from two different sources. Manufacturers’ coupons will often be labeled with “MFR” or “MFG” to let you know.

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11. Can I combine coupons with other promotions or sales?

Yes, but again, check all restrictions to make sure. Usually coupons can be combined with in-store sales unless the retailer specifically notes that this isn’t possible.

Same thing goes with online coupons – check the fine print. With online coupons, too, it will be easy to tell at checkout whether you’ve gotten the discount once you’ve inputted your code. If you haven’t gotten the discount, just don’t complete the payment.

Since you’ll only receive rewards mall points/miles/cash back days or weeks after your online purchase, be careful when combining non-sponsored coupons with rewards malls (non-sponsored coupons are ones not found on the rewards mall’s page for that retailer). While retailers will honor your coupon, they may not pay a commission to your rewards mall, and in turn your rewards mall will not give you your promised points/miles/cash back.

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12. Can I use the same coupon multiple times if I have multiple copies?

Sometimes. If you see a restriction saying, “limit 1 coupon per specified item(s) purchased,” then you cannot. If you luck out and don’t see exclusions like these, bring a couple of copies of the coupon and give it a shot at the register.

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13. What are fake coupons?

Fake coupons are counterfeit coupons. They are forged slips of paper that crooks create to try and cheat customers. People that create fake coupons try and sell these coupons to consumers, hoping you don’t notice.

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14. What is coupon fraud? How do I avoid unknowingly using fake coupons?

Couponing fraud is illegally creating, possessing, or utilizing counterfeit coupons. According to the Coupon Information Corp., retailers have lost tens of millions of dollars due to coupon fraud.

Want to avoid these scammers? Never pay money for coupons. Always get coupons from an authorized coupon distributor.

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Common Couponing Terms

  1. BOGO or B1G1: Buy one, get one free
  2. C/O: Cents off coupon
  3. DND: Do not double (coupon not allowed to be doubled)
  4. LTD: Limited
  5. MFG or MFR: Manufacturer
  6. NB: National Brand
  7. OSI: On Single Item
  8. POP: Proof of Purchase
  9. PP: Purchase Price
  10. SF: Store Form
  11. SMP: Specially Marked Packages
  12. UPC: Universal Product Code
  13. WSL: While Supplies Last
  14. YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary (variable success of offer)
  15. WYB: When You Buy

Hopefully you found this helpful. If you’re ready to start combining online coupons with rewards mall discounts, check out our discounts tool and our coupons finder to start saving big. If you still have some questions or concerns, let us know in the box below – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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