How To: Read Match-Ups
Every week I put out a list of match-ups for several stores but if you don’t know how to read these match-ups, it’s not going to do you any good. I thought I’d put together a little tutorial on how to navigate your way through to make sense of it all.
When you get a coupon, you could go out and just use it on an item, save $.50 and think you did good. Sure saving $.50 here and there can add up over time. But what match-ups are all about is finding that item on sale and then “matching” it up with a coupon. When it comes to match-ups, it’s really important to have a good way to organize your coupons and to keep up with your organization.
In each store match-up, there are a lot of abbreviations. I list all of them in the article How To: Coupon. Here are the most frequently used abbreviations and definitions:
RP: RedPlum insert that comes in the Sunday Newspaper
SS: Smartsource insert that comes in the Sunday Newspaper
MIR: Mail In Rebate
WYB: When You Buy
B1G1: Buy One Get One – buy one of an item get one of an item free
Target Printable: Target has their own store coupons that you can print from Target.com. These can be stacked with manufacturer coupons.
Stacked: stacked means that you can use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon.
Ok, now let’s go through a few of the Target store match-ups and break it down:
10-ct. Bic Cristal ballpoint pens, 50¢
$1/2 BIC Writing Utensil Target printable <– Target store coupon click on the link, look through coupons and print – this coupon is $1.00 off 2 Bic pens
Final Price 2 FREE! <– Final price is FREE (Buy 2 pens @$.50×2=$1.00… -$1.00 coupon=FREE)
Bonus-size Scotch Magic Tape, 50¢
$0.50/1 Scotch Packaging Tape, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 05/22/11) <–Find this coupon in the Smartsource 5/2/11 paper; the coupon expires 12/31/11)
Final Price FREE! <– Final price is FREE (Buy 1 @$.50 – $.50 coupon=FREE)
Smartwater or Vitaminwater 10/$10
B2G1 Glaceau Vitaminwater Beverage Target printable <– Target store coupon, click on the link, will be in the grocery section – buy 2 get 1 free; like saving $1
Plus Free 6-pk. 20-oz. Smartwater WYB 10 Vitaminwater or Smartwater <–Target will automatically credit you for FREE 6pk so just pick up this when you’re shopping
Final Price $.90 each <–buy 2 get one free takes $1 off $9/10=$.90
Those are just a few of the examples of how to read store match-ups. If you have any specific questions let me know and I can help you out. All store match-ups can be found on the blog in their own category here.