These are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive.  If you don’t see your question here, feel free to contact me.

Getting Started

I just found your site and I’m overwhelmed. Where do I start?
Check out the Start Here page, or, to jump right in, I recommend you start with the My Frugal Ways series, posted each Friday. You might also browse through the Categories from the Home Page to explore other topics I cover. And if you want to get the best deals at your local store(s), find those on the Store Deals page.

Do you really only spend $60 per week to feed your family? How on earth do you do this and what kinds of meals are you eating on that budget?
Yes, we really do. But I’ve been doing this a long time, so I have some serious experience under my belt. Don’t expect to match that number if you’re new to bargain-shopping or have eight children; it’s just a number that works for our family. This is not a competition so please take into account your family’s own unique situation, size and dietary needs when setting your grocery budget.

Using Coupons

I keep seeing terms like SS, RP and MQ. What do they mean?
We use a lot of abbreviations and acronyms when we talk about deals and coupons.  Here are some of the most-used terms and abbreviations used by seasoned couponers on blog, in forums, and elsewhere:

$1/1, etc. :: Indicates the value of a coupon, $1 off 1 item in this instance but could be any value, $4/2 ($4 off 2 items), $0.25/1 ($0.25 off 1) etc.
BOGO, B1G1, B1G1F :: Buy One Get One free
CAT, Catalina :: Coupons which print at the register after your purchase is made. These can usually be used like cash on your next purchase. However, if the say “manufacturer’s coupon” on them, you should be able to use them at any store.
DND :: Do Not Double
Double Coupon :: A coupon which can be doubled in value
ECB :: Extra Care Bucks (CVS, prints on receipt)
Filler :: An item or items you buy in order to get your total up to a certain amount in order to use a percentage off coupon
GC :: Gift card/gift certificate
IVC :: Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens, found in the monthy EasySaver booklet)
MFG, MFR :: Manufacturer
MIR :: Mail-In Rebate
OOP :: Out of Pocket
OOS :: Out of Stock
P&G :: Proctor & Gamble coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
PSA :: Prices Starting At
Q :: Coupon
Regional :: A coupon or deal available in only a specific area
RP :: Red Plum coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
RR :: Register Rewards (Walgreens, which print with receipt)
SCR :: Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid)
SS :: Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
Stacking :: Using a manufacturer’s coupon in addition to a store coupon for an even lower price
Triple Coupon :: A coupon which can be tripled in value
UPC :: Universal Product Code (a.k.a. bar code)
UPR :: Up Rewards, a coupon you can earn on your register receipt at Rite Aid
WYB :: When You Buy

How do you get multiple copies of coupons? And how do I organize them?
You can buy four or six copies of the Sunday newspaper or you can print coupons from online sites such as Coupons.com, Red Plum, and Smart Source and I suggest you start with the free options first.

I’ve been spending more money on printer ink since I’ve found so many great printable coupons on your site. Any suggestions for saving on printer ink?
There are many different ways to save on printer ink. I’d heartily suggest investing in a laser printer, if you can afford it. It’s much more economical if you plan to be doing a lot of printing. I also suggest changing the settings on your printer to only print in black and white — most stores will happily accept coupons which are not printed in color. Additionally, many coupons now feature a link to request to have the coupon mailed to you.

The cashier at my store wouldn’t take my coupon! What should I do? Where can I find a copy of their store policy?
You can check a store’s website to see if they have a corporate coupon policy, however, in many cases, a friendly chat with your local store’s general manager can provide the information you need. If not, email the corporate office via their website using the “Contact” or “Contact Us” (or similar) link.

I’m looking for a coupon for _____? Where can I find one?
First check out the How I Saved Coupon Database! Also, I post deals as I find them, so the best way to keep up on the latest ones is to subscribe via RSS or email. You might also try using the Search feature in the sidebar to see if I’ve posted about the product/service recently.

I have a question about the _____ deal. Can you help?
If you have a question on any deal posted on How I Saved, feel free to contact me.  I also encourage you to leave a friendly comment on the appropriate post; my readers are great about responding to each other’s questions.

Getting Involved

What’s the best way to let you know about a deal I found?
If you find a great deal that you think I’d be interested in posting, please pass it along. To submit your deal, just use the contact form.

I’d like to submit a guest post. How do I go about doing that?
If you have a great idea for a guest post you’d like to write for How I Saved, I’d love to hear from you. Please review the guidelines here and I’ll definitely be glad to consider it. Please note that I am only accepting original submissions at this time.

Why did you delete my comment?
I moderate comments on my blog for one reason–to keep How I Saved an upbeat and encouraging blog. Comments I deem to be rude or sharply critical, questioning another commentor’s ethics, or those which could very easily spark a firestorm of debate on couponing ethics or which appear to be left solely for the purpose of advertising will very likely be deleted.

Yes, I know I sometimes upset or offend people by taking this hard stance on comments, however, there’s enough negativity and infighting in the world without this blog contributing to it, so I’ve decided to do something different and keep things positive here. I hope you’ll be kind enough to understand and accept this.

Can I copy posts from your blog and share them on my blog?
All text, original photographs, and content on How I Saved are copyrighted. Please do not copy and paste full posts without expressed written permission from me. However, if you find content or deals here which are helpful, I encourage you to share a paragraph or two with others on your blog or website and then provide a link back to HowISaved.wordpress.com. Thanks so much!


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