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Sunday, October 18, 2009

How To Read Matchups

So, you've found this website and you can tell that I have some inside scoop on getting great deals, but you have no idea what I am talking about. This post is all about what you need to know to read a deal.

A typical matchup might look something like this:

Swanson Broth 32 oz, $1.30
-$1.00 WYB 2, 9/27 SS
*Total is $1.59 or $0.80 each.

What does that mean? Well, here's how to break it down.

>The first line is the item, size and price.
>The middle line is an available coupon with the coupon amount, item quantity needed, and where to find it. In the above case, you would locate this coupon in the September 27th edition of the SmartSource coupon insert from the Sunday Paper. The coupon is for $1.00 off but you need to buy 2 items (WYB = When You Buy).
>The last line will give you a total cost and break it down by item.

Here's another example:

Tobasco, $1.39
-$0.50 (doubled) printable or 9/27 SS
-$0.50 Shortcuts ecoupon
*MONEY MAKER: $0.11.

This is what's going on in that scenario:

>In this case, there is a printable coupon link. You can click the link and it will take you directly to the website where you can print this coupon. There is also the same coupon found in the September 9th edition of the SmartSource insert from the Sunday paper. You can use either of these coupons to get this deal.
>This matchup was for Kroger where they double manufacturers coupons ($0.50 and under) and you can also combine them with electronic coupons. I have a link directly to the site where you can load the coupon onto your shopper's card.
>With both coupons, this deal worked out to be a Money Maker (you still have to pay tax of course).

I hope that helps you as you get started in matching up coupons with deals. Please check out the other posts in my FAQ section for more info.