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Online Couponing In a Day For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-38338-4
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July 2012
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Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Understanding Your Local Stores and Sales 5

Polish Up on Your Local Store Policies  6

Coupon policies  6

Price-matching policies  7

Price-guarantee policies  10

Special savings programs  10

Deciphering Sales and Circulars  12

Translating the lingo  13

Sale cycles  14

Unit prices  15

Loss leaders  16

Chapter 2: Finding Coupons Online 21

The Different Types of Coupons  22

Manufacturer coupons  22

Store coupons  23

Finding Coupons Online  24

Printable coupons  24

Digital coupons  26

Mobile coupons  28

Cash-back coupons 29

Cash register coupons offers  30

Couponing Terms and Abbreviations  32

Chapter 3: Avoiding Online Coupon Fraud           37

Identifying a Standard Coupon  38

Understanding the Fine Print  39

Spotting Fraudulent Coupons 43

Common Mistakes to Avoid  47

Chapter 4: Using Coupons to Maximize Your Savings         49

How Coupons Work  49

Rules of Stacking  51

Store loyalty cards  51

Manufacturer coupons  51

Store coupons  52

Money-off-money coupons  52

Cash-back coupons 53

Stacked to the max  53

Buy-one, get-one sales  54

Rolling Rewards to Make Money  55

Types of rewards  56

How to work rewards  57

Rebates  60

Finding rebates  61

Using rebates  61

Tips for organizing rebates  63

Chapter 5: Preparing to Shop      65

Creating a Grocery Price Book  65

Using the Shop-to-Stock Method  66

Organizing Your Coupons  67

The clip-’em method  68

The don’t-clip-’em method  70

Couponing with a Meal Plan  72

Why plan ahead  72

Menu-planning made simple  74

Saving with a detailed shopping list  74

Devising a plan of attack  76

Chapter 6: Going Online to Save    79

Online Communities  79

Types of online communities  79

Using online communities  81

Shopping Online  82

Coupon codes  82

Cash-back programs  83

Earning rewards  85

Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here  87

Next Steps Checklist  87

Online Resources  88

Finding coupons online  89

Avoiding coupon fraud  89

Going Online to Save  90

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