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Candace June 15th 04 10:29 PM

OT-Interpreting Your Coupons
 
Interpreting Your Coupons

All you need for this tutorial is a stack of (manufacturer) coupons--as many or
as little as you like.


We will start with the Anatomy of a Coupon--place a coupon in front of you, so
that the bar code is at the bottom, and you can see the segments of numbers
below the bar code clearly.

Here is what most coupon numbers will look like:

1 22222 33344 5 (6666) 7 88888 9)

We'll use stand-in numbers to represent, since obviously, not everyone is
looking at the same coupon.

1----This is usually a 5 or a 9, which identifies it as a manufacturer coupon.
If it is a 0, then the coupon is a store issued coupon. A 5 means that the
coupon WILL double, even if it says no doubling. A 9 means that the coupon
will need to be manually entered by the cashier.

22222----This is the Manufacturer's Code, which identifies what company issued
the coupon (Procter and Gamble, Kraft, etc….)

333---This is the Family Code, which, used in tandem with the Manufacturer's
Code, identifies what item the coupon is for. This is a good part to pay
attention to. If there is a zero in the Family Code, it can be used as a wild
card. The FC of 000 can be used for ANY item from that manufacturer--it is the
Super Wild card. (If you have a coupon for White Stripes with the FC of 000, it
can be used on Tide)
If the FC is 992, it is your ticket to savings untold--a 992 can be used for
ANYTHING. The trick is to slip it past the cashier unnoticed, if you are not
actually purchasing the item described. (ssshhhh)

Here is a list of how Family Codes work, simplified:
000--(000-999)
x00--(xoo-x99)
xy0--(xy0-xy9)
xyz-(xyz)
x0z-(x0z)
Two examples---

----Product X coupon has FC of 106, so it can be used for products with FC’s
of 000, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109

----Product Y coupon has FC of 140, so it can be used with products with FC’s
of 000, 100, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149

44----This is the Value Code. It tells you exactly how much the coupon is
worth. (.75 off, $1.00 off, etc) I am including a list of Value Codes and
their meanings, which is the simplest way to use your coupons to their fullest.
You'd be amazed at how many coupons are coded wrong. (The face value does NOT
match the Value Code on Many coupons)

5----This is the Check digit, and no one to my knowledge has figured out what
it is for. Disregard.

(6666)----This is the Clearinghouse Number, which tells the store what
clearinghouse to send this coupon to. Disregard. (this ensures that the store
will be reimbursed, usually anywhere from 6-8 months later)

7----This also identifies the manufacturer. Disregard.

88888-----This is the Offer Code. Disregard.

9999----This is the true Expiration Date. Not all coupons have this, however,
it is sometimes useful to know that if a coupon says it expires on 9/17, it is
lying--ALL coupons expire at the end of the month. A lax cashier will not
check dates, you can use this to your advantage.


List of Value Codes to follow….keep this list with your coupons, and check
them whenever you plan on shopping--you will save money. I find a lot of
yogurt coupons that say "Buy six, save .75" There is no Value Code for buying
6--the most you have to buy is 4, in order for the coupon to work.
Try it and see!!!
The column on the left is the VC, the column on the right is the meaning.


B= Buy
G=Get
As in "Buy 1 Get 1 Free"

There are numbers missing--this is intentional, because there are no VC for
them.(17, for example)

Value Codes

00 "Beep" needs to be manually entered--it WILL beep the cashier.
01 FREE ITEM
02 B4G1
03 1.10
04 1.35
05 1.40
06 1.60
07 B3/1.50
08 B2/3.00
09 B3/2.00
10 .10
11 1.85
12 .12
13 B4/1.00
14 B1G1
15 .15
16 B2G1
18 2.60
19 B3G1
20 .20
21 B2/.35
22 B2/.40
23 B2/.45
24 B2/.50
25 .25
26 2.85
28 B2/.55
29 .29
30 .30
31 B2/.60
32 B2/.75
33 B2/1.00
34 B2/1.25
35 .35
36 B2/1.50
37 B3/.25
38 B2/.30
39 .39
40 .40
41 B3/.50
42 B3/1.00
43 B2/1.10
44 B2/1.35
45 .45
46 B2/1.60
47 B2/1.75
48 B2/1.85
49 .49
50 .50
51 B2/2.00
52 B3/.55
53 B2/.10
54 B2/.15
55 .55
56 B2/.20
57 B2/.25
58 B2/.30
59 .59
60 .60
61 10.00
62 9.50
63 9.00
64 8.50
65 .65
66 8.00
67 7.50
68 7.00
69 .69
70 .70
71 6.50
72 6.00
73 5.50
74 5.00
75 .75
76 1.00
77 1.25
78 1.50
79 .79
80 .80
81 1.75
82 2.00
83 2.25
84 2.50
85 .85
86 2.75
87 3.00
88 3.25
89 .89
90 .90
91 3.50
92 3.75
93 4.00
95 .95
96 4.50
98 B2/.65
99 .99





If you need anything explained further, please feel free to e-mail me, at
whatever address works best for you--just put Coupon in the subject line








~Candace~


Mj June 15th 04 11:50 PM

This is so cool, Candace!!! Thanks so much!!

I have one question, though. The coupons I used to follow along in the
tutorial don't have a #9 - expiration code. The code on the right stops
with the offer code. So, how can I tell if they really do expire 2/01/2006?
Not that they'll hang around the house that long! LOL!! The coupons are
for Marie Callender frozen dinners and pot pies.

And tell us where you learned all this!

Mj


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"Candace" wrote in message
...

9999----This is the true Expiration Date. Not all coupons have this,

however,
it is sometimes useful to know that if a coupon says it expires on 9/17,

it is
lying--ALL coupons expire at the end of the month. A lax cashier will not
check dates, you can use this to your advantage.




Marisa2 June 16th 04 12:48 AM

Thanks, Candace!

Too much for me to keep track of so I fwd'd it to DH who will probably
memorize it and apply it :)

marisa2

Candace wrote:

Interpreting Your Coupons

All you need for this tutorial is a stack of (manufacturer) coupons--as many or
as little as you like.


We will start with the Anatomy of a Coupon--place a coupon in front of you, so
that the bar code is at the bottom, and you can see the segments of numbers
below the bar code clearly.

Here is what most coupon numbers will look like:

1 22222 33344 5 (6666) 7 88888 9)

We'll use stand-in numbers to represent, since obviously, not everyone is
looking at the same coupon.

1----This is usually a 5 or a 9, which identifies it as a manufacturer coupon.
If it is a 0, then the coupon is a store issued coupon. A 5 means that the
coupon WILL double, even if it says no doubling. A 9 means that the coupon
will need to be manually entered by the cashier.

22222----This is the Manufacturer's Code, which identifies what company issued
the coupon (Procter and Gamble, Kraft, etc….)

333---This is the Family Code, which, used in tandem with the Manufacturer's
Code, identifies what item the coupon is for. This is a good part to pay
attention to. If there is a zero in the Family Code, it can be used as a wild
card. The FC of 000 can be used for ANY item from that manufacturer--it is the
Super Wild card. (If you have a coupon for White Stripes with the FC of 000, it
can be used on Tide)
If the FC is 992, it is your ticket to savings untold--a 992 can be used for
ANYTHING. The trick is to slip it past the cashier unnoticed, if you are not
actually purchasing the item described. (ssshhhh)

Here is a list of how Family Codes work, simplified:
000--(000-999)
x00--(xoo-x99)
xy0--(xy0-xy9)
xyz-(xyz)
x0z-(x0z)
Two examples---

----Product X coupon has FC of 106, so it can be used for products with FC’s
of 000, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109

----Product Y coupon has FC of 140, so it can be used with products with FC’s
of 000, 100, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149

44----This is the Value Code. It tells you exactly how much the coupon is
worth. (.75 off, $1.00 off, etc) I am including a list of Value Codes and
their meanings, which is the simplest way to use your coupons to their fullest.
You'd be amazed at how many coupons are coded wrong. (The face value does NOT
match the Value Code on Many coupons)

5----This is the Check digit, and no one to my knowledge has figured out what
it is for. Disregard.

(6666)----This is the Clearinghouse Number, which tells the store what
clearinghouse to send this coupon to. Disregard. (this ensures that the store
will be reimbursed, usually anywhere from 6-8 months later)

7----This also identifies the manufacturer. Disregard.

88888-----This is the Offer Code. Disregard.

9999----This is the true Expiration Date. Not all coupons have this, however,
it is sometimes useful to know that if a coupon says it expires on 9/17, it is
lying--ALL coupons expire at the end of the month. A lax cashier will not
check dates, you can use this to your advantage.


List of Value Codes to follow….keep this list with your coupons, and check
them whenever you plan on shopping--you will save money. I find a lot of
yogurt coupons that say "Buy six, save .75" There is no Value Code for buying
6--the most you have to buy is 4, in order for the coupon to work.
Try it and see!!!
The column on the left is the VC, the column on the right is the meaning.


B= Buy
G=Get
As in "Buy 1 Get 1 Free"

There are numbers missing--this is intentional, because there are no VC for
them.(17, for example)

Value Codes

00 "Beep" needs to be manually entered--it WILL beep the cashier.
01 FREE ITEM
02 B4G1
03 1.10
04 1.35
05 1.40
06 1.60
07 B3/1.50
08 B2/3.00
09 B3/2.00
10 .10
11 1.85
12 .12
13 B4/1.00
14 B1G1
15 .15
16 B2G1
18 2.60
19 B3G1
20 .20
21 B2/.35
22 B2/.40
23 B2/.45
24 B2/.50
25 .25
26 2.85
28 B2/.55
29 .29
30 .30
31 B2/.60
32 B2/.75
33 B2/1.00
34 B2/1.25
35 .35
36 B2/1.50
37 B3/.25
38 B2/.30
39 .39
40 .40
41 B3/.50
42 B3/1.00
43 B2/1.10
44 B2/1.35
45 .45
46 B2/1.60
47 B2/1.75
48 B2/1.85
49 .49
50 .50
51 B2/2.00
52 B3/.55
53 B2/.10
54 B2/.15
55 .55
56 B2/.20
57 B2/.25
58 B2/.30
59 .59
60 .60
61 10.00
62 9.50
63 9.00
64 8.50
65 .65
66 8.00
67 7.50
68 7.00
69 .69
70 .70
71 6.50
72 6.00
73 5.50
74 5.00
75 .75
76 1.00
77 1.25
78 1.50
79 .79
80 .80
81 1.75
82 2.00
83 2.25
84 2.50
85 .85
86 2.75
87 3.00
88 3.25
89 .89
90 .90
91 3.50
92 3.75
93 4.00
95 .95
96 4.50
98 B2/.65
99 .99





If you need anything explained further, please feel free to e-mail me, at
whatever address works best for you--just put Coupon in the subject line








~Candace~



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VManes June 16th 04 03:44 AM

FYI:

Part 5, the Check Digit, is mathematically calculated based on the other
digits. When a scanner reads the barcode, it's software again calculates
what the check digit should be, and compares that to the printed (bar coded)
check digit. Just an error checking method, it has no meaning in and of
itself.

This technique, in various forms, is used everywhere. The last digit (or X)
in a book's ISBN is a checkdigit. The last couple of numbers in your credit
card number are check digits.

Val

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"Candace" wrote in message
...
Interpreting Your Coupons

Here is what most coupon numbers will look like:

1 22222 33344 5 (6666) 7 88888 9)

5----This is the Check digit, and no one to my knowledge has figured out
what
it is for. Disregard.

~Candace~



Candace June 16th 04 04:17 AM

All coupons expire at the end of the month shown on the coupon. You don't have
to have the expiration code down at the bottom to know this--some companies
just choose to put it there.

So your coupon actually expires on 2/28/06.

If I had a coupon that said it expired on 3/15/05, I would know that it would
still be usable from the 15th thru the 31st of March--IF I could slip it past a
cashier.


I used to trade coupons for different coupons, baby items, etc, online, and one
night I surfed until my eyes were blurry, and I found a site that taught me all
this stuff. The sad part is, I was still living with the roommates from hell,
and lost the site addy on their computer. I can't get it to show up on ANY
searches I do, because they have specifially requested not to be roped by
search engines. (Due to the slightly shady world of couponing, and NO, I'm not
kidding)
~Candace~
Orphan Beads Low cost and bartering for the financially challenged beader:)
http://snipurl.com/6s4t


Candace June 16th 04 04:19 AM

Cool, thank you, Val:)


FYI:

Part 5, the Check Digit, is mathematically calculated based on the other
digits. When a scanner reads the barcode, it's software again calculates
what the check digit should be, and compares that to the printed (bar coded)
check digit. Just an error checking method, it has no meaning in and of
itself.

This technique, in various forms, is used everywhere. The last digit (or X)
in a book's ISBN is a checkdigit. The last couple of numbers in your credit
card number are check digits.

Val

--
Bringing you BeadWizard Design Software
www.beadwizard.com
***************************
Practice safe eating -- always use condiments.
***************************

"Candace" wrote in message
...
Interpreting Your Coupons

Here is what most coupon numbers will look like:

1 22222 33344 5 (6666) 7 88888 9)

5----This is the Check digit, and no one to my knowledge has figured out
what
it is for. Disregard.

~Candace~






Jan G June 16th 04 04:26 AM

This is where the self scan checkouts come in handy! No cashier, just slip
the coupons into the slot when the voice tells you to.

Some grocery stores around here will no longer accept coupons that are
printed out from the internet because of counterfits. They also warn about
people selling masses of coupons on Ebay, they can also be counterfit at
times.. Thankfully, my Sunday paper always has tons of coupons.
JanG

"Candace" wrote in message
...
All coupons expire at the end of the month shown on the coupon. You don't

have
to have the expiration code down at the bottom to know this--some

companies
just choose to put it there.

So your coupon actually expires on 2/28/06.

If I had a coupon that said it expired on 3/15/05, I would know that it

would
still be usable from the 15th thru the 31st of March--IF I could slip it

past a
cashier.


I used to trade coupons for different coupons, baby items, etc, online,

and one
night I surfed until my eyes were blurry, and I found a site that taught

me all
this stuff. The sad part is, I was still living with the roommates from

hell,
and lost the site addy on their computer. I can't get it to show up on

ANY
searches I do, because they have specifially requested not to be roped by
search engines. (Due to the slightly shady world of couponing, and NO,

I'm not
kidding)
~Candace~
Orphan Beads Low cost and bartering for the financially challenged

beader:)
http://snipurl.com/6s4t




Candace June 16th 04 04:40 AM


This is where the self scan checkouts come in handy! No cashier, just slip
the coupons into the slot when the voice tells you to.


This is a Big Deal on the site I learned from. Apparently, All the large
amount coupons for Crest White Stripes would work on Tide--so people were using
the Crest coupons to get Boxes of Tide for PENNIES--mostly by using the
self-scanners. I never had the balls to try it myself, since I've never even
seen a self scanner, let alone have one in my town.
~Candace~
Orphan Beads Low cost and bartering for the financially challenged beader:)
http://snipurl.com/6s4t


[email protected] September 3rd 12 11:26 AM

OT-Interpreting Your Coupons
 
On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 4:29:41 PM UTC-5, Candace wrote:
Interpreting Your Coupons

All you need for this tutorial is a stack of (manufacturer) coupons--as many or
as little as you like.
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We will start with the Anatomy of a Coupon--place a coupon in front of you, so
that the bar code is at the bottom, and you can see the segments of numbers
below the bar code clearly.

Here is what most coupon numbers will look like:

1 22222 33344 5 (6666) 7 88888 9)

We'll use stand-in numbers to represent, since obviously, not everyone is
looking at the same coupon.

1----This is usually a 5 or a 9, which identifies it as a manufacturer coupon.
If it is a 0, then the coupon is a store issued coupon. A 5 means that the
coupon WILL double, even if it says no doubling. A 9 means that the coupon
will need to be manually entered by the cashier.

22222----This is the Manufacturer's Code, which identifies what company issued
the coupon (Procter and Gamble, Kraft, etc.)

333---This is the Family Code, which, used in tandem with the Manufacturer's
Code, identifies what item the coupon is for. This is a good part to pay
attention to. If there is a zero in the Family Code, it can be used as a wild
card. The FC of 000 can be used for ANY item from that manufacturer--it is the
Super Wild card. (If you have a coupon for White Stripes with the FC of 000, it
can be used on Tide)
If the FC is 992, it is your ticket to savings untold--a 992 can be used for
ANYTHING. The trick is to slip it past the cashier unnoticed, if you are not
actually purchasing the item described. (ssshhhh)

Here is a list of how Family Codes work, simplified:
000--(000-999)
x00--(xoo-x99)
xy0--(xy0-xy9)
xyz-(xyz)
x0z-(x0z)
Two examples---

----Product X coupon has FC of 106, so it can be used for products with FCs
of 000, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109

----Product Y coupon has FC of 140, so it can be used with products with FCs
of 000, 100, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149

44----This is the Value Code. It tells you exactly how much the coupon is
worth. (.75 off, $1.00 off, etc) I am including a list of Value Codes and
their meanings, which is the simplest way to use your coupons to their fullest.
You'd be amazed at how many coupons are coded wrong. (The face value does NOT
match the Value Code on Many coupons)

5----This is the Check digit, and no one to my knowledge has figured out what
it is for. Disregard.

(6666)----This is the Clearinghouse Number, which tells the store what
clearinghouse to send this coupon to. Disregard. (this ensures that the store
will be reimbursed, usually anywhere from 6-8 months later)

7----This also identifies the manufacturer. Disregard.

88888-----This is the Offer Code. Disregard.

9999----This is the true Expiration Date. Not all coupons have this, however,
it is sometimes useful to know that if a coupon says it expires on 9/17, it is
lying--ALL coupons expire at the end of the month. A lax cashier will not
check dates, you can use this to your advantage.


List of Value Codes to follow.keep this list with your coupons, and check
them whenever you plan on shopping--you will save money. I find a lot of
yogurt coupons that say "Buy six, save .75" There is no Value Code for buying
6--the most you have to buy is 4, in order for the coupon to work.
Try it and see!!!
The column on the left is the VC, the column on the right is the meaning.


B= Buy
G=Get
As in "Buy 1 Get 1 Free"

There are numbers missing--this is intentional, because there are no VC for
them.(17, for example)

Value Codes

00 "Beep" needs to be manually entered--it WILL beep the cashier.
01 FREE ITEM
02 B4G1
03 1.10
04 1.35
05 1.40
06 1.60
07 B3/1.50
08 B2/3.00
09 B3/2.00
10 .10
11 1.85
12 .12
13 B4/1.00
14 B1G1
15 .15
16 B2G1
18 2.60
19 B3G1
20 .20
21 B2/.35
22 B2/.40
23 B2/.45
24 B2/.50
25 .25
26 2.85
28 B2/.55
29 .29
30 .30
31 B2/.60
32 B2/.75
33 B2/1.00
34 B2/1.25
35 .35
36 B2/1.50
37 B3/.25
38 B2/.30
39 .39
40 .40
41 B3/.50
42 B3/1.00
43 B2/1.10
44 B2/1.35
45 .45
46 B2/1.60
47 B2/1.75
48 B2/1.85
49 .49
50 .50
51 B2/2.00
52 B3/.55
53 B2/.10
54 B2/.15
55 .55
56 B2/.20
57 B2/.25
58 B2/.30
59 .59
60 .60
61 10.00
62 9.50
63 9.00
64 8.50
65 .65
66 8.00
67 7.50
68 7.00
69 .69
70 .70
71 6.50
72 6.00
73 5.50
74 5.00
75 .75
76 1.00
77 1.25
78 1.50
79 .79
80 .80
81 1.75
82 2.00
83 2.25
84 2.50
85 .85
86 2.75
87 3.00
88 3.25
89 .89
90 .90
91 3.50
92 3.75
93 4.00
95 .95
96 4.50
98 B2/.65
99 .99





If you need anything explained further, please feel free to e-mail me, at
whatever address works best for you--just put Coupon in the subject line








~Candace~



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