| Understanding Coupon Matchups
There is a lot of information to be found online about saving money, however often this information is “Coded” in what we call Grocery Matchups. This is a list of the best sale prices and current coupons to give you your lowest possible price. This lesson walks you through how to understand and read grocery matchups as well as how to create your own.
There are 5 main parts to a coupon insert listing
$1/2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, exp. 4-4-10 (RP 02/07/10)
$1/2 – The first number gives you the value of the coupon ($1), the second number is the amount of items required for the purchase. So this coupon is good for $1 off of 2 products.
Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars – This is the description of the product and will also include limitations sometimes so that you know what products the coupon can and cannot be used on.
exp. 4-4-10 – This is the date the coupon expires. This is helpful in knowing how long you have to take advantage of a deal.
(RP – is the part where most people get lost. There are three main types of Newspaper Inserts. RP = Red Plum, SS = Smartsource, PG = Proctor & Gamble Insert. The two letters at the front let you know which insert the coupon will be found in so that you do not have to search through all of your inserts.
02/07/10) – This is the date the coupon issued in the newspaper. This is the reason I tell you to save your inserts by date. If you have your inserts by date then you can go back quickly and find exactly what you are looking for.
| Additional Resources
If you are looking for your local grocery stores make sure you check out the Grocery Stores Page to see all of the stores we cover on a weekly basis.