If you are new to coupons then it can be a bit intimidating, but no worries it actually is EASY! I don't like to waste time, I don't like to spend tons, and tons of time on coupons so after years of learning I came up with a quick easy way to do it. Save money and don't spend time!
This post has a lot of useful information that you should read: How to Save Money Using Coupons
Some things you will need to learn depending on the stores you shop:
Learn Your Stores Coupon Policy! (or at least be familiar with it)
Target's Coupon Policy
Safeway's Coupon Policy
Walmart's Coupon Policy
Check your store's online site to see if the policy is listed.
Some terms you may need to know are:
ECB - Extra Care Bucks - CVS "money" printed on receipts to be used like cash in store on your next purchase.
RR - Register Reward - Walgreen's "money" printed on receipts to be used like cash in store on your next purchase.
ESC - Walgreen's Easy Saver Coupon
OOP - Out of Pocket - actual cash paid
BOGO - Buy One Get One FREE!
SS - Smart Source insert in Sunday's paper
RP- Red Plum insert in Sunday's paper
P&G - Proctor and Gamble insert in Sunday's paper
GM - General Mills
Peelie - Peelable coupon located on packages
Blinkie - These are the ones hanging in the isles of the grocery store and they usually have a blinking light.
2/$5 - This means 2 items for $5, can be any combination.
$1/2 - This means $1 off of 2 items, can be any combination.
WYB - when you buy
MIR - Mail In Rebate
CAT- Cash at the Register printed coupon that you get at the register wyb something in the store.