• I am new and don’t know how to shop at CVS or Walgreens?

My favorite resource for people who want to learn how to shop at Walgreens and CVS is this Drugstore Primer that Chief Family Officer put together. I highly recommend it.

  • I don’t understand all of these acronyms.

Learning the coupon lingo is very easy. Here’s a simple explanation of what most of the acronyms mean:

ECB = Extra Care Buck.

ESR = Walgreens EasySaver Catalog

WYB = When you Buy

BOGO = Buy one Get one free

FAR = Free After Rebate

IP = Internet Printable Coupon

IVC = Instant Value Coupon at Walgreens. Walgreens store coupon.

MIR = Mail In Rebate

SCR: Single Check Rebate

OYNO = On Your Next Order

OOP = Out of Pocket.

RP = Red Plum insert

SS = Smartsource insert

P&G = Procter and Gamble insert

WT = Winetag is a coupon that can usually be found hanging from the neck of wine bottles, hence the name.

CAT = A cat is a catalina coupon that prints at check out. It can be for $$ off a certain product or for $$ off your next order.

  • How do you get so many coupons?

Here are some ways you can get multiple coupon inserts. You can also use a coupon clipping service.

For internet printable coupons you can usually print two of them. Once you print the first one hit the back button in your browser and you should be able to print another one.

  • I need help organizing my coupons.

Here is some help in organizing and clipping your coupons.

  • I can’t print any coupons.

Most times you can solve this problem by switching browsers. if you are using Firefox, try using Internet Explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer try using Firefox to print your coupon.

  • Can I use a coupon for baby wipes on diapers? Can I use a coupon for something other than what the wording of the coupon states?

Here are my thoughts on this matter.

  • My Register Reward didn’t print can I do?

There are a few reasons why your RR didn’t print: you bought an item that was not eligible for the deal (type or size), the catalina machine was off, the RR deal had ended already or not started yet. If you bought the right item, the catalina machine was on and you bought during the correct offer period then you can do two things:

1) Contact the Catalina company at 1-888-8 coupons. Explain your situation and they should be able to send you the information you need to get your RR in the mail.

2) Return the product and surrender any RRs that may have printed. Then rebuy the item at another register.


  1. Jennifer says:

    How do you report a really big freebie that is coming up? We are getting ready to do a race for 5000 Likes on our fb fanpage.. in return we are going to do a 3 day vacation for every 5th person.

  2. Renee Laufenberg says:


    I do not see an UNSUBSCRIBE buttton or message anywhere.

    Isn’t it law that you have to offer this within your website / email?

    • Mercedes says:

      There is an unsubscribe link at the very button at the newsletter. However some email providers “clip” the messsage and you need to click to see it as a webpage in order to see the unsubscribe link.


  3. Sarah says:

    I cant find your email. Here is a deal your readers will enjoy:

    This book will be free May 2 -3. :) It retails at $14.27.


  4. Amy says:

    Is there a way for me to see all my local sales based on my zip code? I like to use this site the only problem I have come across is that some of the sales listed here are not in my local stores. Please assist on ways around this.

    Thank you

  5. Rosetta Stoll says:

    AAAck! where do you enter the code?

  6. I couldn’t find your email, but I wanted to let you know about a great book that is on amazon as a free kindle download.


  7. Bill says:

    Is there a way to more quickly “jump” to a specific page by clicking a specific page number or am I stuck scrolling and clicking on the “older posts” link all the time to find the older pages? (I find this quite time consuming when searching for recent/past deals or whenever the orignal page I am on needs to be reset for some reason or another … I find myself having to re-start back at the 1st page). Perhaps there’s a trick I’m missing? Thanks!

    • Mercedes says:

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, I guess you could change the number to the page number you wish to go to on the web address of the page. For example from http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/page/2/ to http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/page/3/

      I have never had this request particularly and I can see if adding page numbers at the bottom of the blog can be done. I have seen it on other blogs but they are usually on another platform. I am not sure if the platform I use (wordpress) offers that option but I will look into it.

      Also, you can use the drop down menus to find categories faster. At the bottom there is also a “tag” map to help you find deals faster too.
      Hope this helps,

  8. JESSICA RAY says:

    Hi, I have an online gift store that I would like to submit a coupon for. My website is http://www.familymadememories.com. The coupon code I have is XMASNOW to receive 10% off the order. If you could post the coupon I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your time.

  9. Ann says:

    Great deal on a school package.Check us out. Always free shipping . Our Skoopics package is buy $10.00 and get 1-5×7 2-3×5 4 wallets and 8 mimi wallets. This is Kodak Endura professional paper.

  10. cheyenne says:

    on the newly redesigned page, when I open a specific deal to read it. there is an annoying share banner that I cannot close!!!

  11. HEATHER YANG says:

    hi :my mane is Heather yang I sent $20 OLAY rebate
    =p&g rebate, the form is from 7/7/13 to 9/6/13 I call them this number 1-800-473-2473 to check the rebate then they said not got my letter then call me sand the other special address 1105 south east 8th st. Gang rapid 55744 I ask them if I send again and then late! they say no this is for the special letter they can look for it!
    I keep call and then they said wait two more weeks and check call….untill now, they say my letter is late and can not do anything! the manager mane is Jeremy! the Olay rebate company can you trust? no response for the customer! what do you think this company?

  12. Anne says:

    Do you have to use all the coupons listed under each product? Sometimes there is 4-8 coupons listed from printables to clipped coupons, how do I know which ones to use, soooooo confused.

    • Mercedes Levy says:

      No, those are just suggestions based on what’s available. The basic rule of thumb is that you can use ONE manufacturer coupon per ITEM.

      If you have all of the coupons listed and you’re buying the same number of items, you should be able to use all of the coupons. For instance, if a deal scenario requires you to buy six items and it lists six coupons, you should be able to use all six, unless the coupon prohibits this. Such as “cannot be combined with any other coupons.

      On the other hand, if a deal scenario requires you to buy six items and eight coupons are listed, you’ll only be able to use SIX of those coupons.

      To make it even more confusing, you can usually use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. This is “coupon stacking” and most stores allow it.

      If you need help understanding what to use, simply base your decision on what you have available. If you don’t have some of the coupons listed, you can try hunting them down, but don’t waste too much time or money doing it, unless it’s a SUPER HOT SMOKIN’ deal that comes only once in a blue moon.

      Did that help? Or did I just confuse you even more…?

  13. Nancy Schafer says:

    Are you aware that in todays email, you give a link to Rite Aid coupons, and it is actually Walgreens!

    • Common Sense With Money says:

      Yep! Someone left me a comment on the post, and I corrected it. The wrong template was used to create the post.

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