Posted 05-29-2012 at 05:07 PM by Rasha
The Coupon Information Center (CIC) in anticipation of the return of the TLC show “Extreme Couponing” had posted a retailer alert in regards to participation on the show.
“The CIC advises retailers that they should exercise caution when considering participation with the show ‘Extreme Couponing,’ including allowing filming at retail sites.”
“Some of the “guests” on the show, including at least one minor, have used counterfeit coupons and engaged in other practices in violation of State or Federal laws, manufacturers’ coupon redemption policies, and/or retailers’ coupon acceptance policies. Retailers may not be reimbursed for counterfeit coupons received from the show’s participants.”
“Some consumers have reportedly filed complaints against the show with the Federal Communications Commission… The CIC has previously contacted The Discovery Channel to express these and related concerns. As of this date, The Discovery Channel, to our knowledge, has not taken any action to remedy the situation.”
“In summary, ‘Extreme Couponing’ exposes its retail participants to potential legal issues and counterfeit coupons, which may not be reimbursed, as well as potential adverse publicity.”
You All Were Right
To everyone that has complained about the show, we just want to say, “You were right.” Even the CIC recognizes the major issues with “Extreme Couponing.” And since they’ve not been able to stop TLC, they took their warnings to the stores. Though clearly they didn’t all listen considering the new season has aired.
Speaking of stopping TLC, on Facebook we asked today, “‘LIKE’ if you did NOT watch Extreme Couponing last night!” and received 200+ responses. Thanks for responding!
(Thanks Brandie for bringing this to our attention!)
Posted 05-28-2012 at 01:12 PM by Rasha
TLC is at it again. The 3rd Season premieres tonight Monday, May 28th at 10pm ET/PT. Looks like they’re kicking off the season with a couple of couponers that certainly don’t fit the little old granny couponing stereotype.
First up, Dominique, a college kid couponing to throw a frat party.
Then Jeff, who comes from a long line of male couponers looking to prove himself to his family as an extreme couponer.
This brings up a good point. While there is no doubt the majority of avid couponers are women, there are indeed couponing men as well! Even here on AFullCup we have quite a few male members making the most of our couponing community. All are welcome here. Not that there ever was a doubt about that.
Posted 05-21-2012 at 05:58 PM by Rasha
There may be some economists claiming the recession is over, but in most households evidence points to the contrary. The Extreme Couponing “Fad” isn’t a mere trend, it’s a lifestyle change. For some, it has meant survival in these tough financial times.
While many jumped on the Extreme Couponing bandwagon thanks to the TLC show, here on AFC we knew the thrill of couponing well before then. And when couponing hit the big time, we were there for that too. Then when stores began to tighten their reign over couponing policies we’ve been up to date to keep members informed. Now with the move to more internet printable coupons (IP) and mobile coupons (including digital and ecoupons) we’re keeping up with the times. Though we’ve not forgotten tried and true newspaper clipping coupons either.
Is Extreme Couponing losing steam? For those participating in the fad, yes. Burn out happens quickly when you have unrealistic expectations. But for those couponing to save money and make more out what they have, they’re in it for long run!
Here on A Full Cup we are quickly approaching 1 million members.
Thanks to each and every one of you, we’re all helping each other to save money, improve lives, and never pay full-price again!
Thank you! Here’s to more couponing (whether extreme, just beginning, or in between)!
Posted 09-26-2011 at 03:13 PM by Rasha
Here we go again. The TLC show Extreme Couponing returns to TV the end of September. While we certainly love shopping with coupons, there’s no doubt this show has caused unrealistic expectations, especially among new couponers.
Let’s Get Real
Couponing WILL save you money. But Extreme Couponing is not the best way to do it. Truth be told spending hours loading up a cart, keeping track of hundreds of coupons, and overwhelming cashiers is likely to just lead to a lot of hassle and ugly looks.
Start Small, Then Keep It Real
If you’re new to couponing, start small with just a few coupons and a few deals so you’re certain to get them right. Then once you get the hang of it, sure get more deals, but let’s keep it real. Who really needs more than 1 grocery cart per shopping trip? (Unless you have 10 kids, then we totally understand.)
Don’t Expect Couponing to Always Mean Free Stuff
Yes, we all like free deals, but you can’t live off of them. All couponers DO pay money for groceries, the TLC show Extreme Couponing just likes to focus on the freebie deals. You can’t expect using coupons to always mean you’ll get things for free. Hello, saving 25% or 50% off is plenty of success!
What You Don’t See on TV
Keep in mind they only show on TV these shopper’s most extreme shopping trips, you don’t see that next week they’re back at the store buying milk, eggs, bread, meat, and produce and spending *gasp* almost full price!
Extreme Couponing is Extreme Work
The people you see on Extreme Couponing spend 30 to 60 hours per week on couponing. Do you have that kind of time to devote to couponing? If you don’t put in the effort you can’t expect the same rewards. It’s called extreme for a reason.
The Point of Couponing – To Cut You Grocery Bill
The truth is anyone can use coupons to reduce their grocery bill. You don’t have to be extreme to save money. So be smart, shop with coupons and seek out the best deals, but keep it real by expecting to save some money, rather than expecting to never pay for groceries again.
Not knowing the rules of couponing and misinterpreting the shopping tactics on Extreme Couponing has caused plenty of problems. No wonder couponers are complaining about the show. When people misuse coupons they affect all couponers. Now, let’s get the facts on the myths new couponers take away from the Extreme Couponing show.
Extreme Couponing Myths & Facts
Myth: I can use multiple coupons for the same item.
Fact: You are allowed to use 1 manufacturer coupon per item. Some stores will allow you to use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon per item.
Myth: I can use all the coupons I want.
Fact: Some stores have limits. For example, at Walmart you are only allowed to use 40 coupons per transaction/shopping trip. Using more will require a manager’s approval.
Myth: I can use as many identical coupons as I want.
Fact: So you have a stack of coupons all for the same product, for the same amount off, they’re all the same coupon offer. Be aware that some stores limit how many “like” or “identical” coupons they will accept in one transaction. Also, some coupons now have limits written in their fine print, for example, P&G coupons now say, “Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip.”
Myth: I can print as many coupons as I want.
Fact: When you print internet printable coupons you have to download a little piece of software often called a “Coupon Printer” before you can get the coupon. This software tracks your printing (just your coupon printing, nothing else). Coupons are limited to 2 per computer.
Also, you can NOT make copies of internet printable coupons. Each one has a unique code. If you try to make copies of your coupons you are committing serious coupon fraud and could face legal punishment. Just don’t do it.
Myth: I can use my coupon on anything made by the brand listed.
Fact: Read the wording. If it says the coupon is for ANY product of that brand, then yes, you can use it that way. If it says a particular type or size then you can only use the coupon on those listed items. If it mentions items excluded, then you cannot use it on any of those items.
Myth: All stores work the same.
Fact: ALWAYS learn each store’s coupon policy before beginning to shop with coupons. They do vary and you must stick to the rules if you want to save money with coupons. Check the forum on AFullCup for your store to find coupon policy info.
Phil and Pam
Move the Clouds
Rite Aid is a drugstore based in Pennsylvania and located throughout the United States. Once you learn the basics of shopping at Rite Aid through couponing you can get some amazing deals – regularly getting items for free or mere cents. Rite Aid offers several programs that accumulate together to some amazing deals.
Rite Aid Wellness+ Program
The first step to shopping Rite Aid is going to be signing up for their Wellness Program. This is their rewards program that allows you the sale price and rewards.
Direct from Rite Aid:
The Rite Aid wellness+ rewards program (http://www.riteaidwellness.com/) was designed to enhance your Rite Aid shopping experience.
With the wellness+ rewards program you will enjoy:
• 10% off Rite Aid Brand products every day.
• Members only pricing.
• Earn one point for every dollar you spend on nonprescription purchases (Excludes cigarettes, alcohol, gift cards, online purchases, lottery tickets, licenses, money orders, money transfers, prepaid cards, stamps, and other mail services)
• Earn 25 points for every prescription you purchase. (Prescriptions filled in NY/NJ are not eligible.)
• 24/7 access to a pharmacist when you call 1-800-RITEAID
When you sign up for the Wellness program you will get a shoppers card that you must scan at every transaction. This will prompt the sale price and for the Up rewards to print. As you use the card you will get points. After you reach 500 points you will earn 10% off any item not on sale, and after 1000 points you will earn 20% off any item not on sale. The points are accumulated in a calendar year.
As a part of the Wellness program you can receive Up rewards to use on your next order (OYNO). These are coupons that print on the bottom of your receipt. You then cut them off and bring them in to use when you come back. Each week different items which generate a +UP Reward are advertised in the store circular.
A few Up basics:
• You must use your wellness card and buy the correct item or items to receive the Up reward.
• The Up reward is good on your next purchase, and is not deducted from the current order. So to make the deals worth it you must return and use the Up reward before it expires.
• Up rewards may have a limit, and the limits should be listed in the store circular. The deal can be done multiple times in one or multiple transactions up to the limit.
• You cannot use the Ups after they expire
• The use of coupons and previously earned Ups will not prevent more Ups from printing. This means if got a $4 Up reward by purchasing body wash you can then use that $4 Up reward to buy more of the same body wash and another one would still print. They “roll” into each other.
• There is not a limit to the amount of Ups you can use in a transaction. But remember Ups cannot bring the total below $0 and cannot cut into tax.
Rite Aid Store Coupons
Rite Aid does have store coupons and these can greatly enhance the savings. Rite allows stacking of store coupons with manufacturer coupons. This means for each item you buy you can use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon. Please check out the Coupon Policy further in this post for more details. Using a combination of manufacturer coupons, store coupons, Up rewards, and sale prices can often lead to getting items for free!
Sources of Rite Aid Coupons:
• Video Values Program – Basically, you spend a few seconds or minutes watching various video advertisements – and, for doing so, you earn video credits. These credits can then be used to print Rite Aid coupons. These are a monthly deal that reset towards the end of each month. The videos can only be watched in the offer month, but the coupon itself will have a two-month expiration date. So remember to watch those videos before they reset.
• Store Circulars – Rite Aid frequently has in ad coupons in the store circular that can be cut/torn out and used that week.
• Rite Aid website – Occasionally on the Rite Aid site they will offer store coupons. These can be found in your online Wellness account or in various other programs they offer on their site.
• Booklets and Pamphlets – Occasionally Rite Aid will offer booklets or pamphlets in their stores that have coupons in them. Keep your eyes out.
• Total Purchase Coupons – Rite Aid occasionally offers total purchase coupons, such as $3 off any purchase of $15 or more. These are great coupons because they apply to the pre-coupon total, and can be used along with manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Up rewards.
Single Check Rebate Program
Another program that Rite Aid offers is the Single Check Rebate (SCR) Program. Basically you buy participating Single Check Rebate products, then submit your receipts online. You then get a check in the mail at the end of the month. These rebates allow you to get items for FREE and sometimes even make money. To sign up for this program, you’ll first need to go here and register. Each month, Rite Aid releases a new in-store rebate booklet which shows all the current Single Check Rebate items; you can also go here and browse through the rebate offers online. Keep in mind that some Single Check Rebates are only valid for one week, while others may be offered for the whole month. Make sure to check the dates closely for each participating Single Check Rebate item. A very important aspect – almost all SCRs are limit one per household!!
Rite Aid Corporate Coupon Policy
Rite Aid has a well-written coupon policy that must be followed by all stores. Cashiers and store managers cannot change the rules on a whim. I recommend you print out a copy of the policy and carry it with you. If you ever have issues of stores not following the policy feel free to contact Rite Aid customer service at 1-800-RITEAID.
A downloadable copy of the policy can be found here
May 2011 Revision:
Rite Aid gladly accepts the following coupon types as detailed in the coupon acceptance guidelines listed below:
• Manufacturer coupons are found in newspapers, magazines, and even affixed to products. The UPC on these coupons begins with a “5.”
Rite Aid Manufacturer Coupons
• Rite Aid Manufacturer coupons generally appear in our weekly circular, on our website, and are sent to customers via email. These coupons are labeled “manufacturer coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “49.”
Rite Aid Valuable Coupons
• Rite Aid coupons are labeled “Valuable Coupon” and have a UPC that begins with “48.”
Internet/Print at Home coupons
• Rite Aid will accept internet / print at home coupons up to the equivalent value of $5.00 off.
• A Rite Aid coupon (with the Rite Aid logo) is NOT considered an internet coupon (even if printed off the internet) and is therefore not subject to the $5.00 maximum.
+UP Reward Coupons
• +UP Reward coupons are special coupons earned by a customer in a prior purchase that can be used for any non-prescription purchase with a small number of exclusions that are listed on the +UP coupon. Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax.
Buy One, Get One Free
• Rite Aid accepts Buy One, Get One Free coupons, however only one coupon can be used for each pair of items purchased. A customer can use one “cents off” coupon in conjunction with the item they are purchasing on a Buy One Get One Free promotion (or with a Buy One Get One Free coupon), although the value of the cents off coupon cannot exceed the selling price of the item.
• Buy One Get One Free coupons cannot be used in conjunction with a Buy One Get One Free promotion.
Total Purchase Coupons
• Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.
• These coupons are accepted under the following conditions:
o The coupon is valid and in date; only one total purchase coupon per transaction.
o Total purchase equals or exceeds $25 before tax (before any coupons are applied).
o Coupons for individual items can also be used including another “48” coupon that is tied to an item in the transaction.
o Provided the total of items purchased is equal to or greater than the purchase requirement, other coupons can be used in conjunction with the total purchase coupon.
• Coupons must be valid and in date; Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash.
• Register will validate coupon through scanning or keyed entry of the coupon UPC number.
• In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is allowed.
• When making a return for a product that had a coupon attached, Rite Aid cannot refund cash for the value of the coupon and cannot return the coupon that was used.
• Rite Aid reserves the right to not accept any coupon where the validity or the coupon cannot be established.
• More than one coupon can be used on the purchase of a single item under the following conditions:
o All coupons match the item being purchased.
o The total of the coupons is equal to or less than the selling price of the item before sales tax.
• No more than one “48” Rite Aid Valuable coupon, one “49” Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon, and one “5” Manufacturer coupon can be used on a single item. Rite Aid may accept up to 4 identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.
Hopefully all of this information will give you the basics of Rite Aid’s programs and policies. Armed with this information you should be able to get some amazing deals. Good luck and happy couponing!
One of the first question newcomers to Couponing have is “Where do you get Coupons?” It can quickly become overwhelming trying to understand what types of coupons there are and how to get them. My goal here is to help you learn all the types of coupons and know where to best look for them.
Each Sunday you can typically find a couple inserts in your local paper that contain coupons. These inserts are the bread and butter for couponers. There are three companies that do this: Smartsource (SS), Redplum (RP), and Proctor & Gamble (PG). SS and RP can be found most weekends, except holidays, and PG is typically released once a month. In the AFullCup Forums you can find out which inserts will be released, and also get a list of coupons that may be found in your inserts.
One thing about newspaper inserts that is important to understand is that not all inserts are created equally. Many coupons are released in certain regions or newspapers. Larger newspapers tend to get more of the coupons than small town newspapers. Also values of coupons may vary by region. So seeing the list of coupons coming out does not guarantee your inserts will have them. But the positive side is you know the coupon exists and you can then work on getting you hands on them.
An increasingly popular type of coupon is the printable coupon. These can be found all over the Internet, but there are areas they are more commonly found. Most printables can be printed twice, each will be a unique and legitimate coupon. Simply hit the back button after printing is complete, or by going back to the page and hitting print again. You must print to a printer and not to a scanning or pdf program within your computer. If you want to save on ink most stores will accept printables in black and white. Remember it is illegal to scan or copy printable coupons, and you won’t get away with it since most coupons have a unique code on each.
Coupon Dedicated Sites
There are three main sites that are dedicated solely to printable coupons – coupons.com, redplum.com, and smartsource.com. Redplum generally adds coupons on Sunday’s, and the others add at random intervals. Any coupons you print (and are still available) will reset at the start of each calendar month.
Quite often Manufacturer’s will have coupons available right on their product’s webpage. Check on your favorite sites to see if they have any. Also, many companies will email you a link to printables if you sign up for their newsletters or member clubs.
Offering coupons on Facebook is rapidly increasing in popularity. Often these coupons are high value and only available for a very short time. So it is definitely recommended to get a Facebook account, even if you only use it for getting coupons.
All in One
So right now you are thinking how much time is it going to take me to check every site every day for new coupons? Luckily there is a wonderful resource on AFC to see when new printables pop up. As new coupons become available members will post them in the printables section. So instead of needing to check all over the Internet you can just keep an eye on this section to get a hold of all the hot new printables.
If you keep you eyes open in your grocery store you may be able to spot coupons all around. There are several types of coupons to look out for in the store. The coupons usually don’t last long so it’s a good idea to grab a few to use on a future trip. You can keep a hold of them until the item goes on sale and get a better deal. Just remember to be kind to others and not take all the coupons.
Various stores and manufacturers will put out booklets of coupons. These often surround a holiday or major event. Keep your eyes peeled near the entrance of the store and on any large displays for booklets they may have put out.
Tearpads of coupons are often attached to the shelves and placed in front of the larger, more expensive items. Tearpads are basically a pad of coupons of which you can tear a few off. Even though they are in front of the more expensive items, check the wording of the coupon. You may be able to use them on smaller or cheaper items.
Blinkies are small machines used by smartsource to distribute coupons in-store. They are attached to shelves and dispense one small coupon at a time. They got their name because they usually have a red blinkie light on them.
These coupons are actually stuck to the products, and you have to peel them off. Look for little rectangles attached to your products. These often have long expiration dates, which is helpful for holding them till a good sale.
Coupons come by so many different names that it can easily be overwhelming trying to understand them all. You now have a good idea of all the types of coupons there are out there, and should have a good idea of how to find them. Coupons can be anywhere, so keep your eyes peeled!