frequently-asked-questions

What’s a coupon insert?
Coupon inserts come in your Sunday newspaper, found amongst the retail ads. Some areas receive select inserts via postal mail. They are nearly always put out by one of three companies:

SS: Smart Source
RP: Red Plum
PG: Procter & Gamble (once per month)

How do I get the coupons?

  • Subscribe to the newspaper! In fact, we suggest you subscribe to 4-6 copies of the Sunday paper.
  • Talk to your local convenience store or hotel to see if they’ll give their old papers to you.
  • Check coffee shops and fast food restaurants where you’re a patron.
  • Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and church members if they’ll save their inserts for you.
  • Buy coupons by paying a small handling fee per coupon at sites like thecouponclippers.com.
  • Purchase off the newspaper stand.  Stores like Walmart and Dollar Tree sell the Sunday paper all week long.

How do I get a coupon from an old date, like SS 8/30?
When we refer to a date, it is the date which a coupon was distributed in a Sunday newspaper insert.  You  need to start saving all your coupon inserts each week.  This way, when there is an amazing deal utilizing a coupon from three weeks ago, you can find what you need.  If you have not been saving your inserts or if you’re new and we post about a coupon from a past week, you’ll be a bit out of luck.  Always consider buying clipped coupons online.

Where are my inserts?
Holiday weekends often carry few or no inserts. If you didn’t receive your inserts on a non-holiday weekend, contact your newspaper provider and request they be delivered to you. If you are purchasing off the stand, you MUST check your paper for coupon inserts before you pay. Once you pay for your newspaper, you are out of luck if there are no coupons inside.

How can I learn what coupons will be in this Sunday’s paper?
Check out SundayCouponPreview.com and watch for the Sunday insert preview on TheKrazyCouponLady.com each Saturday.

Why didn’t I get the coupons I saw in the preview?
Coupons and values vary by region.  Just like store prices and promotions, coupon values vary based geographic area and grocery competition.  The more stores you have aggressively competing for your business, the better for you!

What can I do with my expired coupons?
Donate them to a military family stationed overseas!  Coupons may be used up to six months past their expiration date at overseas military commissaries.  Join KCL in donating unused and expired manufacturer coupons. Find out more information here.

Printable Coupons

How do I find printable coupons?
KCL’s printable coupon database is your one-stop for the most comprehensive printable coupon list on the web! In addition to coupons from a variety of manufacturer’s sites, the database provides coupons from sources such as these:

Coupons.com
SmartSource.com
RedPlum.com

How many times may I print each coupon?
You can print most coupons two times per computer by using the back button or reselecting the original link to print the coupon a second time. Remember that photocopying coupons is ILLEGAL.

How can I conduct a search on the printable coupon database?
Hold down Ctrl + F.  This will bring up a search box.  Then, you can search the database for a particular brand or product.

What does it mean when a coupon says “Do not Double”?
This is meant to communicate to the retailer, they will not be reimbursed for a cent above the face value of the coupon. A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. Check your store coupon policy to find out whether or not they will double a coupon that carries this verbiage.

What does “Limit one per purchase” mean?
Most coupons read, “Limit One Per Purchase”, which simply means you may only use one coupon per item being purchased. There are some coupons that read, “Limit 4 like coupons per transaction”, which means you can only use 4 of that exact same kind of coupon per checkout transaction. In general, if you have multiple coupons, you should be able to use each of them, as long as you’re purchasing multiple items.

When do new printable coupons become available?
New printable coupons are released all the time and the printable coupon database is updated daily. However, on the first day of each month, many new coupons are released and other old coupons are re-released.  This means, even if you printed an offer in February, you may try again to print in March!

eCoupons

What is an eCoupon?
An eCoupon is an electronic coupon that you access online and load to your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase.

Where do I find eCoupons?
eCoupons may be loaded to your store loyalty card from a specific store’s website (such as Safeway.com) or the following sources:

Cellfire.com
Shortcuts.com
PGeSAVER.com
Upromise.com

Store coupons

You can find store coupons in the store’s weekly ad, mail flier, in-store coupon booklets, exclusive member emails, mobile coupons, or those printed from a store’s website are often store coupons.  Bar codes often start with a “0”.

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When a store promotion specifies Spend $25, save $10, does the $25 have to be my total after I present my coupons?
This varies by store. Most such promotions only require that you reach the minimum spending threshold before presenting any manufacturer coupons.   However, certain stores or promos require you maintain the minimum spend value, even after all coupons and discounts are deducted. Read the fine print or ask customer service for specifics.

What does it mean to “roll” a Catalina?
Rolling a Catalina refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register catalina ‘Your Bucks’ coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction.  Another catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.

How do I know which coupons I can use together to “stack”?
You may only use one manufacturer coupon per item.  A manufacturer coupon and a store coupon may be used together to purchase one item as long as neither coupon prohibits it.
Manufacturer coupons will state “Manufacturer coupon” across the top of the coupons and bar codes start with a “5″ or sometimes a “9″.

  • Newspaper insert coupons: 95% of the time these are manufacturer coupons.  Occasionally, Target and Walgreens will have store coupons in the Sunday paper as well.
  • Printable coupons:  Again, most printable coupons are manufacturer.  All coupons on the KCL database are manufacturer coupons unless otherwise stated.
  • Blinkies:  Blinkies are manufacturer coupons
  • Tearpads:  Tearpads are manufacturer coupons
  • Peelies:  Peelies are manufacturer coupons
  • eCoupons: eCoupons are manufacturer or store coupons. Most stores do not allow stacking an eCoupon with a clipped paper coupon.

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