Confused with the lingo of sticky coupons and the little blinking boxes on the shelf? We’re here to give you the 411!

Blinkies: Coupons dispensed in store from black plastic boxes with a blinking red light hanging on the shelf (also known as Smartsource Coupon Machines). Blinkies are meant to increase impulse buying, advertise a new product, or encourage purchasing a particular brand over a competitor's.

Tearpads: A pad of manufacturer coupons found near a product on shopping aisles. Tearpad manufacturer coupons may be used at another store, not just the one where you found the coupon.

Peelies: Adhesive manufacturer coupons found on products in the store. They are stuck onto products to encourage impulse buys and can be put on at the manufacturing plant, by a representative who stocks that brand at various stores, or by a store employee. They are often good on a wider selection of products than on the one where you find it. Be sure to read the fine print on the peelie to discover if the coupon may be used on a smaller size or a different variety of the same product, thus allowing you to maximize savings. If the peelie states "Good on ANY," the manufacturer is allowing the person who adds the peelies (the plant, the stocker, or the employee) to decide which variety gets the peelie; it's then left to the customer to read the fine print and decide where to apply the discount. Peelies that say "On THIS package" should be used on the very product where they are found. Peelies should be used in the shopping trip in which they are obtained.

Regional: Blinkies, tear pads, and peelies are always regional and vary by state, city, and store.

Fine print: Blinkies are for specific products and sizes. Ensure that you have the right quantity listed, and check that the expiration date has not passed.

Etiquette: With peelies, blinkies, and tearpads, make sure those that shop after you get the chance to have access to the coupons. Leave some for others, and don't take more than you will use.