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!