The Ultimate Guide to Couponing in the Northwest: Know how to read a deal post

by Angela Davis on January 18, 2014

Now that you know how to shop, where to find coupons and how to read them, you are ready to start doing some deals. This is really where this blog comes in — Frugal Living NW is here to share the very best deals at your neighborhood stores. We do all the research for you — all you have to do is make your list, pull your coupons, and hit the store!

We’ve worked very hard at creating a deal format that is user-friendly, especially for the beginning couponer. But I know that for those just starting out it looks like a string of secret codes. Let’s see if I can help you unlock the code!

IMPORTANT: At first glance, this post looks confusing. Promise me that you will not freak out. Go slowly through each example. Refer to the Know Your Coupon Lingo post for more information on terms listed. If you get overwhelmed, stop reading it and come back to it later. You don’t have to “get it” all right now. Heck, it took me nine months to master this stuff.

Here’s the basic structure of a Frugal Living NW deal post:

How to find and use a Sunday paper manufacturer’s coupon:

How to read a deal that includes a Catalina:

How to read a Walgreens Register Reward‘s deal:

How to read a Rite Aid +UP Reward deal:

Read more from The Ultimate Guide to Couponing in the Northwest here.

Pin this series to your Pinterest boards here! Make sure you pin from the Ultimate Guide to Couponing page so you have access to all the posts in the series!

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Brenda January 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Thank You so much that information really help me to understand how walgreens and Rite aid store works I was lost. Please could you explain how works CHECKOUT51. Thank you.


Kate from Frugal Living NW January 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

We’re just learning about it within the last month. It’s similar to Ibotta. Have you ever used that?


Stephanie Hiatt February 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thank you for taking the time to share the art of couponing that you have not only mastered, but also made simple to follow so that the rest of us may join you on the path to saving money for our families. I LOVE your blog!


Misty January 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I don’t know if you already said it, but it was a while into couponing before I realized that the date is on the spine of the coupon inserts in teeny tiny print. In case people have been saving inserts for a while, now they can go back and date and file them :)


Krista S. January 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

You are AMAZING! This post is wonderful, helpful, useful and I will be sending many a friends to this post and your site for further understanding how to read coupon sites. Thanks!


Cathy January 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

This series couldn’t have come at a better time!! I was asked to do a couponing class at my church’s women’s retreat in March and I’ve never done anything like that before…so this is so helpful for me and it will be for them when I link to you in my material!!!

Thank you!


Diane January 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

Great series! Thanks for posting these, they are very helpful. :)


Jessica January 14, 2011 at 8:15 am

I have a friend that just asked if I could teach her couponing and I feel so new (only a year) at it! We are simply going to walk through each of these FABULOUS posts, with me adding personal experience and her asking questions. Thank you so much!


Melody January 14, 2011 at 8:15 am

Wow, crazy useful post! You might even teach me a thing or two. :)

This is such a great series and such a wonderful resource you are providing for the couponing community!


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