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How to Read and Understand a Coupon Matchup

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How to Read and Understand a Coupon Matchup

If you’re new to using coupons, you may be confused about some of the terms and things that you see on your favorite coupon blogs. Coupon matchups are one of those things that may confuse you. They can be really confusing to a new couponer if you’re not used to reading them.  Learning how to read and understand a coupon matchup is one way that you can save more money using coupons than you previously might have been.

So what is a coupon matchup? They are blog posts, usually put out once a week for each store, are meant to help you do exactly what they say; match coupons to store sales to help you maximize your savings.  The majority of matchups include every deal that is in the sale ad for that particular store each week.

To start, you’ll need to understand that coupon matchups are usually full of info. Each one might include things like the product you’ll be buying, the number of items you’ll need to buy, coupons used, where to get those coupons, apps or online rebates used, store rewards that you’ll get back and of course, your final price after all of those items are combined. Coupon matchups can use different terms depending on who wrote them, but the basics stay the same. If you’re new to couponing as a whole, it can be extremely helpful to learn the basic terms used in couponing first and then work on becoming a coupon matchup pro.

A coupon matchup might look something like this:

Buy (2) Always Infinity @ 2/$5.00
Use (1) .50/1 Always Infinity Coupon 
Pay $4.50 oop
Get back $0.50 RR
Submit for $1.00 cash back at Caddle
Final price: $3.00 wyb 2

Confused? Let’s look at what it actually says. First, you’re going to buy 2 packages of Always Infinity at a price of 2 packs for $5.00. Next, you’ll use one $0.50 off coupon. You can find that coupon in the P&G coupon insert that would come in your newspaper or at sites such as Save.ca. For this deal, you would pay $4.50 out of pocket (oop).

Once you paid your out of pocket cost, you would get back $0.50 in Register Rewards (or store reward, but for the sake of this example) and submit for a $1.00 cash rebate at Caddle. Your final cost would be $3.00 when you bought 2 packages (wyb) or just $1.50 each. Now obviously, I pulled that specific deal out of my head, but you get the idea.

You might be wondering why you should go through all of the trouble to learn how to read a coupon matchup. When you add coupon matchups to your shopping trip planning, you can easily double the amount of money that you’re saving. They work so well for you since sites like flipp.ca include flyers with every deal that the store is advertising each week. This means that you won’t miss a single deal and are saving every penny that you possibly can!

Happy Coupon Matchup!


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Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I’d really like it if you could use more than one coupon, just like they do in the US, it’s amazing what they can save there.

  2. This has been very helpful to me in understanding how t all works and the shoert form lingo.Thanks so mch for the great example you used.

  3. My coupons I keep just in case I need them but it’s not often I buy anything with a coupon. I collect more in points at Shoppers and Loblaws than I do with coupons.

  4. Very cool. I really need to start watching sales and coupons to double up. It’s helpful that we’re not particular about brands for shampoos and things so I usually just buy what’s the best value when we need it.


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