• Grocery Deals - How to read the lists


INSTRUCTIONS--How to read these lists:  Watch Video here

 

Our team of professional Strategic Shoppers figure out the best deals for 60 store chains by combining all available promotions and coupons with featured sale items every week.  The deals lists are available by 10 am on the day prices change at each store. 

 

In addition to printing free coupons from the site, your first step is to start getting the Sunday newspaper, because 80% of grocery coupons come from the newspaper.  However, you do not need to cut out all the coupons if you use the "Coupon Mom System" described here.  With this system, you will spend about 15 minutes per week cutting out only the coupons you'll need for each trip. 

Look for 2-3 coupon circulars in the paper each week (from SmartSource, RedPlum, Procter & Gamble once a month).  Write that Sunday's date on the front of the coupon circular. When you see a deal on the list that you like, it will reference the coupon circular date in the first column to make it easy for you to cut out and use only the coupons you need. Print your list of selected items and sit down with your stack of dated coupon circulars.  

Coupon codes explained: The coupons are noted by date and the first initial of the circular's name in our Newspaper Coupon Database.  For example, a coupon that came out on February 12th from the RedPlum circular would say, "2/12RP" and a coupon that came out on the same date from SmartSource would say "2/12S".  If there are 2 circulars from the same company that week, which happens a few weeks a year, we number the circulars.  You would see "2/12 S1" and "2/12 S2".  Procter and Gamble circulars (PG) appear once a month.
Codes:
S : SmartSource
RP: Red Plum
PG:  Procter & Gamble
GM: General Mills, every few months
S1 or S2 or R1 or R2:  SmartSource 1 and SmartSource 2, or RedPlum 1 and RedPlum 2--codes used when there are 2 circulars from the same company in one week.  This happens a few times a year.
AY:  All You magazine coupons, sold in Wal-Mart stores
Kg:  Kroger electronic coupons at Kroger.com
PE: PepsiCo
Tg:  Target printable coupons from Target.com 
RA:  Rite Aid Video Values store coupons
Wg:  Walgreens store coupons from Walgreens coupon booklet found in stores by store ad

This is an example of what a Grocery Deals list on CouponMom.com looks like:

1-Cpn. Out
2- Item Description
3-Cpn. Value
4-Qty.
5-Sale Price
6-Final Price
7-% Saved
03-21 RP
Smart Balance Sour Cream 50% Off
$1.00
1
$0.95
FREE
100%
03-21 RP
Smart Balance Spread 50% Off Full Line Sale (lowest est price shown
$1.00
1
$1.10
$0.10
95%
03-28 S2
Dannon Kids Multipack Yogurt
$1.00
1
$2.00
$1.00
67%
03-28 RP
Snuggle Fabric Softener 70-80 ct sheets or 32-40 oz liquid
$3.00
1
$3.99
$0.99
80%
03-28 RP
Sally Hansen Lip & Nail Products 25% Off (lowest price)
$1.00
1
$1.41
$0.41
78%

Column 1--"Coupon Out" refers to the date that coupon came out in the newspaper. The coupons are noted by date and the first initial of the circular's name in our Newspaper Coupon Database.  For example, a coupon that came out on March 21 from the RedPlum circular would say, "3-21RP" and a coupon that came out on the same date from SmartSource would say "3-21S".  If there are 2 circulars from the same company that week, which happens a few weeks a year, we number the circulars.  You would see "3-28 S1" and "3-28 S2".  Procter and Gamble circulars (PG) appear once a month.
Circular names and codes:
S : SmartSource         RP: Red Plum           PG:  Procter & Gamble
 
Column 2--"Description" refers to the name of the item and information about any special promotion that lowers that item's price in addition to the coupons shown.
 
Column 3--"Coupon Value" refers to the total value of the coupon based on the store's coupon policy. For example, if a store doubles coupons up to 50 cents, and the coupon's face value is 25 cents, then the total value shown in this column would be 50 cents (25 cents doubled).
 
Column 4--"Quantity" refers to the total number of items to be purchased based on coupon quantity requirements. If a coupon is not available, the quantity would be one.
Column 5--"Sale Price" refers to the item's sale price before taking off the value of the coupon. The item's full price is not shown on this list due to space restrictions.
Column 6--"Final Price" refers to the final price per item after the coupon value is deducted. If the quantity requirement is 2, the final price would be on a per item basis, not the total cost of both items.
 
Column 7--"Percentage Saved" refers to the percentage savings of the final price as compared to the item's full price (which isn't shown on the list but is in the database that calculates the savings).
 
Key Points to Remember:
  1. Sort the list using the arrows at the top of each column. The list is automatically sorted by "% Saved" to see the best deals first, and you can also sort it alphabetically, by final price, by coupon date, etc.
  2. Use the Search Box to find specific items or brands. Enter one word to get the best results.
  3. Codes listed on the left side refer to the date the coupon came out in the Sunday newspaper. There may not be a coupon is not available for that item but it is listed because the item is on sale. Read more details here.

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