The new coupon bar codes are due to be in effect by the end of this month. That will mean some changes for coupon shoppers. The changes will affect County Market just a little.
The biggest change you will see will be that the cashier will need to manually put in each coupon until all of our registers have been updated. The updates will be complete around mid February. In order for us to accept coupons from January 1 until completion, the cashiers will need to be putting in the scan codes.
You should not feel that they are scrutinizing your coupons! It will just be taking them longer to enter them. Please be patient with them.
The other anticipated changes are that the National Coupon Association has created these new codes to be variety specific. No longer will most coupons cover 10-12 types of items. You will need to read the offer carefully. For example, a coupon may say “This coupon is good for Kraft Philly Cream cheese with herbs” That coupon will no longer work on a large category of Philly products, but for that variety that is listed only. On the flip side, you may have a General Mills coupon that reads “This coupon good on any GM cereal” and it will be programmed to work on all. The writing will be key to knowing how the offers will work.
The Coupon Association made these changes to stop coupon fraud. It is considered fraud to use a coupon for a product that it was not intended to accepted on. The old system would only allow manufacturers a certain amount of codes. Some couponers were learning that they “Worked” on products not listed. They would clear, but that was not what the manufacturer intended. This new system will keep that from happening.
These new codes will be a learning curve for all of us. Please share at your coupon club your experiences when using the new coupons. We will all have to learn the “intentions” of each manufacturer to know how to best use the offers.
Current Penny Pincher Match Up Penny Pincher coupon booklets are delivered monthly via direct mail. Ask your post person which day of the week your Penny Pincher will arrive.
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For additions Print N Save Coupons:
Coupon Clipping Services:Lynn’s Coupons and Refunding Service Put COUNTY MARKET FREE SHIPPING in check out for free shipping on your first order. This offer must be for a purchase greater than $5, and can not be combined with any other offer. She provides newspaper, non newspaper, coupons and rebate forms.
Kuntry KlippersThis service specializes in newspaper coupons. Their fees vary but are between 10% and 15% of face value. They also run specials on products. They ship a bit slower, allow for 3-4 days in Illinois. All coupons are sold in sets of 20 like coupons. County Market shoppers also get Free Shipping with “First Time County Market” in check out box.
The Coupon Master has a mix of newspaper and non newspaper coupons. They ship quickly. Their handling fees are 10%-12% of face value. Shipping is quick, usually arrives in 3 days. They do carry rebate forms on the site.
All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!