FAQs

Hello! :)
You are here because you're hoping to start couponing, have some questions about using your coupons or just here to look at my weekly hauls to see what you can save on.
So... lets skip the long introduction and get started!
CVS, Costco & Target are the stores I shop at the most. Use the stores guides below for helpful information for all your shopping needs.

               CVS Store Guide                                                                             Target Store Guide                                                                           

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              Coming Soon                                                                          Costco Store Guide + What I Buy 


Why should I coupon?
To save money, and give yourself a financial and emotional boost in life.

Where do you get your coupons?
* (FORMERLY) Sunday paper - ie: Orange County Register, LA Times
*  Mailer
* Magazines
* Store weekly ads (or loaded to loyalty card)
* Internet/online (ie: Brand/Company website, Facebook)
* Inside product box
* In store (ie: Catalina, Blinkie or Peelie)

Where do you find online coupons if I don't want to subscribe to the newspaper?

Coupons.com

Coupons.com is my favorite! They have up to 400 coupons available for printing AND if you didn't know most coupon websites will allow you to print each coupon twice. On Coupons.com, once you have printed a coupon twice it will appear on the last page of the website and have a “PRINT LIMIT REACHED” notice on the coupon.

New coupons are available at the beginning of each month. Some will expire one month after printing.

SAVING ASIAN TIP:
Print your coupons on the back of scratch paper. Coupons print 3 per page :)
Put those scratch paper to use!

Sunday Newspaper Insert Abbreviations:
PG = Procter and Gamble
RMN = Retail Me Not (formerly Red Plum)
SS = SmartSource
GM = General Mills

* Date of insert is in small print on the spine of the insert.

Other Abbreviations:
B1G1 or BOGO = Buy One, Get One Free
B2G1 = Buy Two, Get One Free
BOGO 50% = Buy One, Get One 50% Off
CATALINA = Coupons That Print Along With Your Receipt
FILLER = Item Purchased to Reach a Minimum Total in Order to Get a “Deal”
GC = Gift Card
MM = Money-Maker
OOP = Out of Pocket
WYB = When You Buy

How exactly do you stack coupons?
Some of the coupons you find online or in the paper are manufacturer's coupons. Some stores (ie: CVS, Walgreens) offer their own store coupons, which can be stacked with a manufacturer's coupon (it will say on top of the coupon if it is a STORE coupon or MANUFACTURERS).

For Example:
2-pack Old Spice Body Wash . $3.40
$1 off Old Spice BW (Target Coupon)
$1 off Old Spice BW (Manufacturer Coupon)
Stack the coupons and your total would be: $1.40 or $0.70 each!

What's the difference between “a purchase” and “a transaction”?
A “purchase” is a single item and a “transaction” is an entire order.
Ie: a single transaction can have one or more purchase(s).


Where do you find the plastic holders for your coupons?
The ones I have now used to hold old Pokemon cards. My mom bought them for me at a local Comic book store. I have seen them at Target (Trading cards section near the cash registers), Staples and Amazon :)

What's the best way to organize your coupons?
Coupon organizers can be simple & economical: A standard white envelope or a homemade coupon box with index cards as dividers.

 A popular method and my favorite: A three-ring binder with divider pages for categories.

You can arrange your coupons alphabetically, by category, or keep your coupons unclipped.

First time couponing... how would I plan my trip?!
* Pick one or two stores; learn as much as you can about the store(s).
* Join the store’s savings card program, if available.
* Access the store’s weekly ad online or in-store.
Check TheSavingAsian.com every Sunday for match-ups at Target, CVS and Walgreens (I do all the work for you).
* Find out about the store’s rain-check policy and senior or military discount program, if applicable to your situation.
* Know the store’s coupon policy, if available, and keep a copy with you.

How often do you update your website?
I try to update as often as I can. I work part-time at a Dermatologist office, run my own business as a Licensed Esthetician, and currently back in school to get my Masters in Psychology. PLUS, I'm a full-time Mama to my baby :) I may not update as often as other websites, but I DO NOT re-post the same freebies or sponsored ads.

Are the deals posted legit?
YES! I personally test every deal, promotion, freebie, or coupon before posting to ensure the offer is valid. This means there are no scams or questionable offers on The Saving Asian. BUT if there are deals I'm iffy on, I mark them with a Warning label so you can use your own judgement.

Extreme Couponer? :)
Nahh, I don't consider myself an Extreme Couponer. It would frustrate me if I had to spend 2 weeks planning out my grocery trip (which is impossible because the ads change every week).
I spend an average of 10 minutes, at most, planning my trip. 

Click HERE to read my article on how to deal with those "Huffers".

Ask yourself these questions before clipping a coupon: 
Will my family use the product?
 Even if I snag it for FREE, will it get used?
Can it be donated?
Don’t save the coupon if you answer NO to all these questions.

How do I know at what price point to purchase an item?
This is a great but tough question to answer because there are so many variables, including the region of the country, the availability of an off-brand or coupon for the item, and the size of the item.

Help me start couponing, please!
* Have a folder for your coupons, and organize it by category. It would definitely help you find your coupons a lot quicker. 

* Some cashiers may not know their own store coupon policy, so I recommend printing out store coupon policies for each store you shop at. If you run into any problems with coupons, just show them.

* Always print coupons when they become available. Some companies have a certain limit of coupons available before it's gone!

* If you have multiple computers, I recommend printing out coupons from all! If the deal is great, might as well stock up! You are allowed to print out the same coupon twice from each computer.

* Don’t be brand loyal. Try new products you wouldn’t normally use.

* Decide on a grocery budget and bring cash – not a credit card or check. With cash only, there is no temptation to put extra items into the cart.

* Purchase only what is on your list unless you find a freebie.


* Plan to look for unadvertised sales and clearance items. If you have a coupon for an already heavily discounted item, the cost can be FREE or very little.

* Don't stress when it comes to coupons. I still get overwhelmed with all the coupons I have, but in the end, I'm happy with the results I see :)

* Check TheSavingAsian.com every Sunday for the match-ups at Target, CVS, and Walgreens. I post ONLY the best deals to purchase each week.

If you have any questions that need answers, please email them to:  thesavingasian@gmail.com

Take baby steps, be positive, and remember: Every coupon you use is money you save! :)

(updated: 09/2018)