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“Help! My coupon says to redeem it at CVS, but I don't have one near me. Can I use it at Walgreens?”

The language of coupons can be tricky, especially to those new to couponing. The extra lingo of "Redeemable at," "Redeem only at" and "Only at," all mean different things and can make couponing a struggle to understand. Here is a little help to clarify this couponing ordeal:

“Redeem only at”

If a coupon has the term "Redeem only at" on it, redeem at the store listed. The coupon is a manufacturer coupon, but only the store listed will be compensated for the value.

“Redeem at”

If the coupon in question says "Redeem at" without an “only,” the redemption location is merely a suggestion, and it can be redeemed anywhere manufacturer coupons are accepted. Think of this as advertising written right on the coupon.

“Only at”

If the coupon says "Only at," that means the product itself is only available at a particular store. However, if the coupon has a long expiration date, it may be good to hold this coupon until more stores receive the item, pushing the price down.

A store coupon is a couponer's favorite, because they can generally be used in addition to a manufacturer coupon, increasing the savings! These stores include Target, Walgreens, Albertsons INW and many others throughout the country. However, if the coupon is a store coupon, it must be redeemed at that particular store.