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Those interested in trading coupons or refund forms, please post requests in the
Grocery Coupon Trading forum

For newbies with additional questions, see If you're a complete beginner, start here . . . by MyTwoSense.

On-going product expiration discussion HERE by Madmurphy.



Coupon No-No's

Decoding:

There has been discussion of the meaning of the codes printed on coupons. A coupon has printed text that describes the agreement between the consumer, the store, and the manufacturer. This text is what creates the agreement; the bar-coded information is a method to expeditiously handle the coupon entry into the store's payment system. The information revealed in the code MAY allow the code to be accepted by the store for a product other than that stated on the coupon, BUT if it does not fall within the stated text of the coupon, the use would be determined to be fraudulent [i.e. illegal]. Decoding is also known as coupon misredemption. Coupon misredemption takes place when a coupon is used other than in connection with the purchase of the product as stated in the PRINTED text. Decoding of coupons is a deliberate misuse and abuse of what the manufacturer intended. With that in mind - any messages that we are made aware of as having the fraudulent intent of misredemption of coupons (as defined by use not within the stated text on the coupon) will be locked and or deleted from the system.



Scanned coupons and coupon image files [i.e. PDF]:

Scanned coupons and saved coupon image files [i.e. PDF] skirt around the manufacturers’ intended limitations on the number of copies that can be legally printed by each consumer. Links determined by the moderator to contain such a coupon or saved coupon image file, or to a coupon or coupon image file that was found to have been possibly modified, will be deleted. Only links that go directly to the manufacturer’s website or known third party distributors such as Coolsavings or Coupons.com are acceptable. Messages that request or offer copies of scanned coupons or non-legit coupon image files will also be deleted.

Since scans of UPC's, receipts, etc are also commonly used fraudulently, please do not offer or ask for them. Thanks!


  • Thank you for your understanding - we appreciate your participation in the FatWallet Community - we just need to make sure we are the best Community on the web - and opening our users up to fraudulent activity is not in our collective best interest.





    TIPS ON SEARCHING(Literally stolen from SUCKISSTAPLES by honeybee829)

    1. USE JUST A PORTION OF THE SEARCH WORD.
    The FW search function offers more help if you just type the first few LETTERS of the word you want to search...for example, if you want to look for a thread on "coupon clipping services", dont type that whole thing into the search box. Type "clip", so it will pick up threads with clippers, clipping, clips, etc. in the title. You are much more likely to find the thread you want.

    2. TRY MULTIPLE SEARCH WORDS
    If you are looking for a thread on soda prices, try pop, cola, soda, etc. The search function is only as smart as the person using it.

    3. IF SEARCHING USING THE LITTLE BOX DOESNT WORK, GO TO THE SEARCH PAGE
    There is a separate search page which lets you perform more detailed searches. you can search active and old threads, threads started by a particular user, etc. I frequently use this function when I remember that a specific member posted some good info but I cant find the thread...

    4. TRY SEARCHING THE NET BEFORE POSTING A QUESTION. Doing a Google search will often yield an answer quicker and more accurately than posting a topic on FW and waiting for a reply...often times, when someone posts a question, someone else just googles it and posts the results. Save yourself and others the wasted time and try Google FIRST.

    5. READ THE FAQ TOPICS IN THIS FORUM. Many prior threads have been categorized into FAQ threads. Please read through them.

    6. READ THE GUIDE TO POSTING
    Following the simple tips in the Guide to Posting will help ensure that your post contains the information needed for others to best help you.


    Please post offers in the following manner:

    If they are Printable offers, please use the word "Printable" in the thread title:
    i.e.: Printable Form - Receive FREE movie ticket w/ purchase of specially marked Glad products (exp. 6/30/04)... or: Printable coupon Maybelline save $2 on Color Delights Eye Shadow

    If they are refund offers that are not on the internet, please use the source [blinkie, newspaper, or tearpad, etc] in the thread title:
    ie: KC Masterpiece Marinade MIR $3.00 off Chicken or Beef (expires 06/30/04) tear pad offer... or Coupons in CosmoGirl May Issue or JANE makeup

    If there is No Form Needed, please write that in the thread title, i.e.: TMF Crest Toothpaste No Form needed expires 12/02/03




    Guide to Terms
    Blinkies – instore smartsource coupon dispensed near product, usually from red blinking box
    BOGO or B1G1 - Buy one get one free
    Catalina - coupon dispensed at register after purchase, usually has a red border
    C/O - cents off coupon
    Codes - Refunds that require only a UPC# written on a CRT
    Coufund - for coupons that need some proof of purchase such as UPC's attached
    Cpns- manufacturer's coupons
    CRT - Cash register tape
    DCRT- Dated cash register tape
    DCRTC - Dated cash register tape with the price circled
    DND - Do Not Double (the coupon is not supposed to be doubled)
    Double coupon- coupon that a grocery store doubles in value
    Free Item Coupon - A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free
    FSI - Free Standing inserts. These are the actual term to the coupons you get in your Sunday newspaper. Also referred to as SS coupons or insert coupons.
    HBA - The health and beauty aid section in the grocery store
    HDA - Hot Deal Alert or Home Delivered Ad
    HT or HgT- Hang tags for refunds or coupons hanging on a product
    HTH - Hope this helps
    ISO - In search of
    LTD - Limited, as on a refund form it will say you’re limited to a certain number of purchases
    MFG - Manufacturer
    MFR - Manufacturer
    Money + - Premiums that require money in addition to a proof of purchase
    NAZ - Name, address, zip code
    NB - National Brand
    NBQ - National Brand Qualifier
    NED - No expiration date
    Nfp - refund form found in a newspaper
    NT WT - net weight
    OAS - a coupon that is good on one purchase, any size
    OSI - On a single item
    POP - proof of purchase
    PP - purchase price
    PPHF - Paypal handling fee
    Q or Qualifier- The POP required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package
    RAOK - Random act of kindness
    SF - Store form
    SMP - specially marked packages
    SS - Sunday supplement coupons (FSI)
    Super doubles – coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (ie, a $1 coupon = $2, etc)
    SWEEPS - sweepstakes form
    Tear pad - A pad of refund forms found hanging from a store shelf or display
    TMF - Try Me Free
    Triple coupon – a coupon that a grocery store triples in value
    UPC - Universal Product Code
    WSL - while supplies last
    YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (Success of offer is variable.)


    Expiration Dates -- list from the magazine "Real Simple" and originally posted by FatWallet member Madmurphy.

    FoodsNOTE: Check refrigeration requirements for all foods after opening.
    soda, regular. Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date. Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected.

    diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles). Unopened: 3 months from “best by” date. Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affect.

    coffee, canned ground. Unopened: 2 years. Opened: 1 month refrigerated.

    juice, bottled (apple or cranberry). Unopened: 8 months from production date. Opened: 7 to 10 days.

    ketchup. Unopened: 1 year. Opened: 4 to 6 months. (After these times, color or flavor may be affected, but the product is still generally safe to consume.)

    maple syrup, real or imitation. Unopened or opened: 1 year. soy sauce, bottled. Unopened: 2 years. Opened: 3 months.

    peanut butter, processed. Unopened: 2 years. Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months.

    tuna, canned. Unopened: 1 year from purchase date. Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can.

    mayonnaise. Unopened: Indefinitely. Opened: 2 to 3 months from “purchased by” date. (After this time, color or flavoring may be affected, but the product is still generally safe to consume.)

    salad dressing, bottled. Unopened: 12 months after “best buy” date. Opened: 9 months refrigerated.

    olive oil. Unopened/Opened: 2 years from manufacture date. (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but the product is still generally safe to consume.)

    vinegar. Unopened/Opened: 42 months.


    Make-up
    nail polish. Unopened/Opened: 1 year from manufacture date.

    nail polish remover. Unopened/Opened: Lasts indefinitely.

    perfume. Unopened/Opened: 1 to 2 years.

    lipstick. Unopened/Opened: 2 years.

    mascara. Unopened: 2 years. Opened: 3 to 4 months.

    foundation, oil-based. Unopened/Opened: 2 years from date of manufacture.

    foundation, water-based. Unopened/Opened: 3 years from date of manufacture.

    Cleaning supplies
    windex. Unopened/Opened: 2 years.

    metal polish. Unopened/Opened: at least 3 years.

    wood polish (Pledge). Unopened/Opened: 2 years.

    powdered laundry detergent. Unopened: 9 months to a 1 year. Opened: At least 6 months.

    liquid laundry detergent. Unopened: 9 months to 1 year. Opened: 6 months.

    bleach. Unopened/Opened: 3 to 6 months.


    This website has more products listed in a table for easy viewing:Product Expiration


    Expiration date terminology
    These terms all apply to unopened products.

    • Best if used by and use-by date: With emphasis on the best qualifier in this term, it means the product should retain maximum freshness, flavor and texture if used by this date. It is not a purchase-by or safety date. Beyond this date, the product begins to deteriorate, although it may still be edible.

    • expiration date: If you haven't used the product by this date, toss it out. Other dating terms are used as a basic guideline, but this one means what it says.

    • Sell-by or pull-by date: This date is used by manufacturers to tell grocers when to remove their product from the shelves, but there is generally still some leeway for home usage. For example, milk often has a sell-by date, but the milk will usually still be good for at least a week beyond that date if properly refrigerated.

    • Guaranteed fresh: This date is often used for perishable baked goods. Beyond this date, freshness is no longer guaranteed although it may still be edible.

    • Pack date: This is the date the item was packed, most-used on canned and boxed goods. It is usually in the form of an encrypted code not easy to decipher. It may be coded by month (M), day (D), and year (Y), such as YYMMDD or MMDDYY. Or it may be coded using Julian (JJJ) numbers, where January 1 would be 001 and December 31 would be 365. In even more convoluted coding, letters A through M (omitting the letter I) are often assigned to the months, with A being January and M being December, plus a numeric day, either preceded or followed by the numeric year.

    Use this website to find label codes on many popular brands:
    label codes (link posted by amszyhb )


    Drug Expiration Dates
    From a post by Gransonec:

    Here's the text of an article, from the Harvard School of Medicine's Family Health Guide, citing the same study:

    Drug expiration Dates — Do They Mean Anything?

    With a splitting headache you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin only to find the stamped expiration date on the bottle has passed — two years ago. So, do you take it or don't you? If you decide to take the aspirin will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer from the headache?

    This is a dilemma many people face in some way or another. A column published in Pyschopharmacology Today offers some advice.

    It turns out that the expiration date on a drug does stand for something, but probably not what you think it does. Since a law was passed in 1979, drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer can still guarantee the full potency and safety of the drug.

    Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military. With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.

    So the expiration date doesn't really indicate a point at which the medication is no longer effective or has become unsafe to use. Medical authorities state expired drugs are safe to take, even those that expired years ago. A rare exception to this may be tetracycline, but the report on this is controversial among researchers. It's true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date. Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medications are as long-lasting as the ones tested by the military. Placing a medication in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, will help a drug remain potent for many years.

    Is the expiration date a marketing ploy by drug manufacturers, to keep you restocking your medicine cabinet and their pockets regularly? You can look at it that way. Or you can also look at it this way: The expiration dates are very conservative to ensure you get everything you paid for. And, really, if a drug manufacturer had to do expiration-date testing for longer periods it would slow their ability to bring you new and improved formulations.

    The next time you face the drug expiration date dilemma, consider what you've learned here. If the expiration date passed a few years ago and it's important that your drug is absolutely 100% effective, you might want to consider buying a new bottle. And if you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of any drug, ask your pharmacist. He or she is a great resource when it comes to getting more information about your medication

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Thanks DG! I would suggest adding defs for Winetags, stacking and PPHF (Paypal handling fee)

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What ARE winetags and what does FAR mean?

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FAR - Free after rebate

Winetags are coupons found in the alcohol section of the supermarket. They can be on tear pads or on wine, beer, etc.

HTH

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Thanks! Help for a newbie.
Looking for any Atkins products coupons?
Only ones found are at his website.

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Hi newbie question - where can one procure the Walgreen's (and other) FAR booklets / flyers? Can they be found in the local papers?

Thanks!

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walgreen's FAR catalogs are available at the front of the store.

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What does YMMV mean?
What about adding IRC 0 Instant redeemable coupon?

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What are blinkies??

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YMMV means your mileage may vary. Meaning what one person has in their area, might not be in yours. You kind of take your chances.

Blinkies are the little red machines attached to shelves at the store that dispense coupons. (see first line on FAQ sheet)

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Is it normal for a store not to accept a coupon for more than the price? I don't want money back, just the price of the item off. Should I ask for a manager if the cashier refuses? I'm in NJ.

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Is there any way of knowing when the stores will be putting certain items on sale, is there a sneak preview anywhere?

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Can somebody explain to me doubling and tripling coupons? I read through the first post and I didnt really understand. And how often do stores have these sales?

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gregster88 said:

<< Can somebody explain to me doubling and tripling coupons? I read through the first post and I didnt really understand. And how often do stores have these sales? >>



Answer is in the first post of this thread #3:
linky

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SuperSpeedyShopper said:

<< Is there any way of knowing when the stores will be putting certain items on sale, is there a sneak preview anywhere? >>



Major supermarkets will post the upcoming weeks sales on Thursday or Friday on their websites.

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Can Blinkies be used at any store?

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I get the Sunday's newspaper and they give out a lot of coupons. Can you use these coupons in any stores such as Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, etc. or is it supermarkets only such as Pathmark, ShopRite, etc?

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rueng5 said:

<< I get the Sunday's newspaper and they give out a lot of coupons. Can you use these coupons in any stores such as Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, etc. or is it supermarkets only such as Pathmark, ShopRite, etc? >>



If the coupon says manufacturers coupon then you may use it at any stores that takes coupons. That would be supermarkets, the drug stores you mentioned, Family Dollar, BJ's . . .

Usually the coupons in the store inserts themselves, are only valid at that store (they say store coupon or something similar on them)

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Do drugstores and grocery stores price match to each others circulars???

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Thanks for everyone's positive input on the positiv cash flow!

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familyhomes said:

<< Do drugstores and grocery stores price match to each others circulars??? >>


Some do and some don't. Wal-Mart will match any sales price except what they define as "gimic" sales. Basically a "gimic" sale is Buy One Get One Free (B1G1), a straight percentage off (sometimes you can get a cashier to take this though, especially if you know the regular shelf price and can tell them what the actual sales price is after the percent off), and any sales where you have to buy something to get something. (For instance, buy the X2 DVD & get a free bag of M&Ms.)

What you can do to stretch your manufacturers coupons and save gas is plan ahead with the sales papers. Figure out the best prices on what you have coupons for and make a list that tells the price, what item it is and what store the sale is at. Then you can do all your shopping at Wal-Mart and get the best sales prices in one place.

One warning, while the official corporate policy is to take a customer's word on the prices, many store managers don't seem to understand this and tell their cashiers they have to have a copy of the ad to comp the item. You can easily defeat this by bringing the ads with you just in case. Oh yes, if your store follows the policy correctly you can comp everyday prices at any store as well, just tell the cashier what the price is and where.

Oh, one last thing, some states don't allow stores to comp certain items at all. For instance cigarettes and alcholic beverages are very common. Some states don't allow milk to be comped. If you're told they can't comp the item at all then there's nothing you can do.

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Am I allowed to post a link to another coupon forum ? Someone had pm'ed me with one ... and I wish I could share it with everyone it is so good.

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Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!

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Hi.

I used to do refunding but dropped it years ago. I want to start again.

My problem is that my household does very little "convenience food" buying. I make my own bread, yoghurt. Am looking at making my own cheeses as well. Aside from OJ, milk, meat, catfood, and veggies we buy very few packaged goods. Got any ideas on how I could start refunding again?

Or am I just out of luck?

ladybooks

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First time in this section - Thanks for this great Forum!

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i saw some questions in the trading forum about what some of these meant so I thought I would bump this thread for those people.

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Hello, I'm a newbie and was just wondering what B&M means? Thanks.

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dale380 said: Hello, I'm a newbie and was just wondering what B&M means? Thanks.
B&M = brick and mortar. ie. an actual store offline ;
like a barnes and noble brick and mortar.


HOPE THAT HELPS!

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Can you send yourself more than 1 rebate ? I know Garnier has some rebates at Longs & was curious. Thanks!

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frooger1 said: Can you send yourself more than 1 rebate ? I know Garnier has some rebates at Longs & was curious. Thanks!
No, unless you have family members who live in a different location than you, then you can use their address to fill out the rebate form. Also, on some rebate form, they say that you can't use PO boxes. Applying for additional boxes would be illegal,too.

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thanks!

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Okay, I give up - what does the new (m) at the end of message titles mean?

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amszyh said: Okay, I give up - what does the new (m) at the end of message titles mean?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.php?catid=60&threadid=325301&start=0

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I don't get it - don't all messages have more text inside the message? What am I missing?

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Newbie Question - Ok, I saw the info about Double Coupons, etc..., but I still have a question. If your store does double coupons, (in general) does this happen automatically at the register when you use a coupon, or do they give you another "Double" coupon, do you have to ask everytime you go in, How does this work?

I just don't want to seem like I have no idea what I'm talking about when I go ask the stores in my area.
Thanks,
Tara

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If they do it, you shouldn't have to ask. What happens is you hand them a .40 coupon, they scan it and .40 comes off your bill and .40 comes off your bill...usually it will say something on your receipt like GCRY cpn 0.40, DBL cpn 0.40.

You have to make sure the coupon does not say Do Not Double. Some stores require your store card is swiped before the coupons will double.

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I printed out a cherrios cupon and went to Albertsons in San Francisco. They told me it is store policy, no internet cupons. They said they have been burned by fradulent cupons and won't take a chance. Just thought I'd share my bad and unanticipated experience.
MElissa

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amszyh said: If they do it, you shouldn't have to ask. What happens is you hand them a .40 coupon, they scan it and .40 comes off your bill and .40 comes off your bill...usually it will say something on your receipt like GCRY cpn 0.40, DBL cpn 0.40.

You have to make sure the coupon does not say Do Not Double. Some stores require your store card is swiped before the coupons will double.

That store would be Ingles. You need to have your Ingles Advantage card before your coupons will double. Learned that the hard way.

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Thanks!

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buggs13 said: I printed out a cherrios cupon and went to Albertsons in San Francisco. They told me it is store policy, no internet cupons. They said they have been burned by fradulent cupons and won't take a chance. Just thought I'd share my bad and unanticipated experience.
MElissa


I email companies who have internet printable coupons posted on their websites and ask if they can please send me coupons by mail because my store does not accept printed ones. This is ther eply I received. It appears the stores CAN NOT say they don't take them. HTH someone out there!

We were sorry to learn of the problem you encountered with our website
coupons.

Website generated coupons should be accepted wherever coupons are accepted. It
would be most helpful if you could provide us with the name and address of
the store that would not accept your printed coupons so that corrective
measures can be taken to resolve this matter.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Kim Gordon
Consumer Relations Department
Reckitt Benckiser Inc.
P.O. Box 224
Parsippany, NJ 07054-0224
Phone:1-800-228-4722

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God Bless Us Couponers, Happy Thanksgiving ! Don't forget to use those 11/30 coupons soon !



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