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Dollar Tree Coupon Policy Changes

Dollar Tree has revised it’s coupon policy as of 3.01.13!

COUPON ACCEPTANCE POLICY

Manufacturer Coupons

  • We accept Manufacturer Coupons only. We do not accept retail-specific coupons, such as those of Target, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • We do not accept photocopies of coupons. Coupons must be intact and not altered or modified in any way.
  • Coupons can only be used in stores, must be presented at time of purchase, and cannot be redeemed for cash at a later time.
  • Item purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, etc.) and be presented prior to the expiration date printed on the coupon.
  • We accept only one (1) Manufacturer Coupon per single item purchased.
  • We accept coupons for over a dollar on a single item, but the coupon value will be reduced to the purchase price of the item.
  • We cannot give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase price of the item.
  • We accept coupons for over a dollar on multiple items if the coupon amount does not exceed the combined retail price of the items indicated.
  • We accept up to four (4) like coupons per household per day.
  • Coupons for free items are only accepted if a purchase is required to get one free (for example, Buy One Get One Free offers).
  • Any applicable sales tax must be paid by consumer.
  • We reserve the right to accept, refuse, or limit the use of any coupon.
  • This policy is subject to all local, state, and federal laws and regulations where applicable.
  • These guidelines apply to all coupons accepted at Dollar Tree (Manufacturer and Internet Coupons).

Internet Coupons

  • We accept up to two (2) Internet Coupons per household per day.
  • Internet Coupons must be a “Manufacturer Coupon”, have a valid expiration date, and must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer.
  • We do not accept Internet Coupons for “Free” items with no purchase requirements.
  • Duplicated (photocopies) Internet Coupons will not be accepted. Each Internet Coupon must have a different serial number.
Last Revision: March 1, 2013

Stock Up Price List!

It has been requested, so here it is:

My personal price list on what I am willing to pay for items for my household.

These prices are set on my area here in North Carolina. Depending on where you live, they may be a bit higher or lower.

Get it Here!

Be sure to check out which months are the best to stock up on certain items HERE!

When to Stock Up

 Do you know when the best time to stock up frozen foods are? What about baking supplies?

I have compiled a easy list broken down by month of what deals you can snag at the yearly rock bottom price!

You can view the PDF HERE! 

Or just scroll through the slideshow below!

Video How To: Organizing Your Stockpile

Since I am planning on doing some canning this week, I decided that my stockpile needed a makeover. We were able to get a few extra heavy duty shelves on Black Friday from Lowes for $50, so I figured it was time to add a new one to the room for better organization.

Below is a short video on how I organize my stockpile and keep everything in use so nothing expires.

Wonder why there is a crack down on coupons?

I have had a manager called over to “inspect” my coupons many of times. If you use them on a regular basis I am sure that you have had this happen also. Ever wonder why all of a sudden there is an influx of “inspecting” going on?

Freebies and Deals brought this interesting article to my attention. Not only is it a fraudulent way of couponing, it is punishable by jail time, and makes it harder for everyone who use coupons correctly to do so.

The article in question is titled: How I Paid Just $36.00 for $800 Worth of Downey, Tide, Dawn, and Other P&g Products. It goes into detail about how they decoded coupon barcodes and were using “Coupon Family Codes”. I will NOT go into detail on how to do so, because it is 1. ILLEGAL and 2. UNETHICAL!

There are legal ways of using coupons to save tons of money, and no reason to scam companies out of their money. This is also another reason why printable coupons are now starting to look different to help prevent the use of “Coupon Family Codes”.

Let me end this little rant by reiterating that if you use coupons, use them the legal way! Don’t ruin it for the rest of us that rely on coupons to help make ends meet!

Why are your Printable Coupons missing Barcodes? CLICK HERE!

How to: Coupon Stacking

What is coupon stacking? It is a way to use more than one coupon to save money on a single item. Coupon stacking is when you combine a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon.

There are two types of coupons, a manufacturer coupon and store coupon. Some stores allow you to use BOTH on 1 item.

Example:

Buy 1 Schick Razor $2.99

- (1) $1/1 Schick Manufacturer coupon

Stack (1) $1/1 Schick Walgreens Store Coupon

Final Price: $.99!

The above coupon has no notation of Manufacturer Coupon. There is no barcode that fits the manufacturer coupon guidelines. It has the store logo on it and it has no remit to address.  It is only valid at Walgreens.

The above is a Rite Aid coupon, it does say Manufacturer’s coupon, but the bar code starts with RC.  It has no remit to address. This coupon will not scan at other stores. It is only valid at Rite Aid.

Who Stacks? 

Walgreens

When purchasing an item at Walgreens, you can use one manufacturer coupon and one Walgreens coupon. The one thing to remember when stacking at Walgreens is that the number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. That is why you may sometimes need “Filler” Items.

CVS

CVS allows one manufacturer coupon and one CVS store coupon per item purchased.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid will actually allow THREE coupons per item purchased. Their policy states that you may use one manufacturer coupon, one Rite Aid RC48 coupon and one Rite Aid RC49 coupon. To figure out what the RC code is, look at the first 4 digits in barcode.

Target 

Target allows one manufacturer coupon and one Target  Store coupon per item purchased. Target Store coupons include those found in-store, online and in newspapers. Regardless of source, you may only use one Target Store coupon per item.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter is a little different. They allow 1 paper coupon and one paperless coupon. This means that you can use 1 paper manufacturer coupon and a paperless coupon that you have loaded to your e-Vic card.  Note that E-Vic Coupons are excluded from Doubling, Super Doubles and Tripling events but you can still use them but they will not double/triple/etc.

Be sure to check your stores Coupon Policy and always keep a copy with you while shopping.

Organizing Your Coupons: The Insert Method

So you have started couponing, collected your coupons… Now what?

One of the most important keys to get the most of your coupons is organization. How are you going to use that coupon if you can’t find it, or even know you have it?  There are many different ways to get organized. You just need to find the way that works best for you.

The Insert Method

 This method is a good time saver for those who do not have a lot of time to clip and sort their coupons. It works better for those who get more than one coupon insert a week.

What you will need:

A File Box or filing cabinet
Tabbed file folders

Start by separating your inserts into piles by source and date. An example would be all Red Plum inserts from 1/1/2012 in one pile and so on. Then create a file folder for each set by labeling it with the insert date and issue (04-06-11 SS for example) then place the corresponding set of inserts in the file folder and you are done.

If you cannot remember the date of an insert, look on the binding of it, it will state the date there. I would also recommend writing the date with a marker on the front cover so it is easy to read.

This method is a “clip and go” method, you keep the insert whole and cut the coupons as you need them. If you prefer to keep your coupons with you when shopping, I would recommend the Binder Method.

Why YOUR Coupons Are Missing Barcodes!

 If you have been printing coupons for a while, you may have noticed some changes to the ones you have recently printed. They are now missing the Barcode on them. This has worried some, but there is no need to worry, it is just another way to protect companies from coupon fraud and actually help us couponers get through the check out more easily.

Coupons that were issued before 2008 had two UPC bar codes on them like this:

Then in 2008, the bar codes changed to look like the image below:

You can see how the actual bar code size has shrunk and the second bar code is now a Databar Barcode.  In 2010, coupons are gradually converting to look like this:

The new Databar Barcode contains more information then just a regular barcode. These Databars are coded with the expiration date, weight of the products accepted, exact products, quantity and any other information that the manufacturer would like to put in the coupon.

 Unfortunately, there are some retailers that have not updated their scanning equipment.  Retailers have had a couple years to update and most of them have not.  This means that when you go to use one of these coupons, it will beep.  The best thing to do is to call your local stores and find out if they have updated their systems to accept the “Databar Barcode.”

You can visit the GS1 website and find more information there.

Thanks, Coupon Sense

 

 

 

Organizing Your Coupons: The Binder Method

So you have started couponing, collected your coupons… Now what?

One of the most important keys to get the most of your coupons is organization. How are you going to use that coupon if you can’t find it, or even know you have it?  There are many different ways to get organized. You just need to find the way that works best for you.

The Binder Method 

What you will need:

A sturdy 3 Ring Binder
(I use one that zips closed and has a carrying handle)

10-20 Baseball Card Sleeves for coupons

3-4 Currency Sleevesfor Catalinas and larger coupons

5-10 Page Dividers depending on how may categories you want

(I like the ones that have pockets so I can put the coupons in them if I don’t have time or room to put them in the sleeves)

You need to decide on which categories you want to divide your coupons into and which order. I have mine in the same order of the store that I shop at the most, and my categories match up with each isle in that store.

Some categories include, but not limited to:

FREE, Baby, Cleaning Supplies, Paper Products, Detergent, Hair Care, Oral Care, Soaps/Lotions, Canned Foods, Pasta/Rice, Chips/Crackers, Deodorant, Facial Care/Razors, Feminine, First Aide/Medical, Baking, Drinks, Baking, Breads, Cereal, Frozen Food, Produce, Snacks, Sauces/Seasonings

Majority of my coupons will fit into a Baseball Card Sleeve pocket, but they need to be clipped very neatly. When using this method, you can easily see both the front and back of the coupon. If I have to fold the coupon to fit, I will try to fold it where I can see all of the important info or will put it into a Currency Sleeve.

The Binder Method works best for me, it makes it easy to flip through and find what I need. Every week when I clip my coupons, I lay out construction paper with my categories written on them, so as I clip, I can lay the coupons on the paper labeled with the corresponding section in my binder. As I place my newly clipped coupons in my binder, I look through and pull out any that may have expired.

It may be a little time consuming at first, but once you have it set up in a way that works for you, it will save you time and money.

 

Stockpiling 101!

Let’s just start off by saying that stockpiling IS NOT hoarding.

Couponing can become addictive when you get the hang of it and see how much you can save. Just remember to not go overboard and buy 300 cans of spinach because they are $.05 ea when you don’t like spinach. If you do this, just remember that you can donate to Food Banks, Good Will, and local Shelters.

Items to stockpile may include but are not limited to:

Toilet Paper, Paper towels, Dishwasher Detergent, Shave Gel, Razors, Soap, Cleaning Products, Shower Gel, Face Wash, Deodorant, Sponges, Shampoo & Conditioner, Snacks, Canned Goods, Pet Supplies, Soda, Styling Products, Storage bags, Laundry Detergent.

Getting Started

To start a stockpile you will need multiple coupons. In order to get multiple coupons, you will need to buy multiple Sunday newspapers, or collect coupons from your friends and family. Four of each coupon is a good place to start, but you can do more in the beginning when building your stockpile. You can also print coupons from the internet, ONLY print them from reputable coupon sites to avoid fraudulent ones. Check out sites like Coupons.com, Red Plum, Coupon Network and Smart Source.

Patients is a Virtue 

When items go on sale at rock bottom prices is when you want to use all your coupons. Lets say that Shampoo has gone on sale for $1 and you have a $0.75 coupon that makes the Shampoo only $0.25, which is an awesome price. So, if you have four $0.75 coupons then you could buy four Shampoos and pay just $0.25 per bottle! You may not need 4 bottles of shampoo this week or even next week, but you will eventually use it all. This way, you get to pay a rock bottom price for shampoo and you won’t have to pay full price for it the next time you need it. You have enough to last you until the next time it goes on sale.

Sales Cycles

Stores run sales in cycles. Everything typically goes on sale about every 8 – 12 weeks. If you buy 8 – 12 weeks worth of everything when it goes on sale, then you will have enough to last you until the next time it goes on sale. If your family eats one box of cereal per week, then go ahead and buy several boxes. If your family only eats one box a month, then maybe just buy a couple boxes.

Expiration Dates

It is very important to rotate your stockpile. You need to put the new items you purchase at the back and keep the oldest products at the front where you can get to them. Check the dates regularly to ensure that nothing has expired or is close to expiration.

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