This week we switched grocery coupon database vendors. Our motivation was primarily technical; the old database generated errors each time it loaded and this new database does not.
This new grocery coupon database has more printable coupons, is better-maintained and should provide most everyone with a better user experience. It does not currently support searches for expired coupons. We believe it offers enough other benefits to warrant the switch. (We will continue to include expired coupons in Cub Foods’ shopping list, and any other place it is appropriate, as internally we keep track of them).
Many of you use the grocery coupon database a lot (I see it when I look at our site’s traffic numbers). Please take a minute and look around the new database, then come back and leave comments about what you like and don’t like about it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I search for expired coupons?
This grocery coupon database, unfortunately, does not allow users to search for expired coupons. We’ve requested that the vendor add it since some stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area accept expired coupons.
What do the abbreviations mean?
WYB: When you buy
$1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
B1G1: Buy one item get one item free
B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
MIR: Mail-in rebate
P&G = Procter & Gamble Sunday insert
RP = RedPlum Sunday insert
SS = SmartSource Sunday insert
GM = General Mills Sunday insert
R = Regional coupon. If listed after the date of Sunday insert, then the coupon may have regional availability or varying values by region.
NLA: No longer available. Sometimes coupons are not-yet expired, but can no longer be acquired.
DND: Do not double
How do I get copies of the coupons in the database?
The source column lists the source for every coupon included in the database. Sources that start with SS, RP, GM or P&G are found in the coupon insert magazine thingys from the Sunday paper. It’s important to remember that there can be regional differences in coupon values from the Sunday paper; you may not receive the same coupons or the same values listed in the database. (Keep in mind that this database is owned and maintained by a third-party not by Pocket Your Dollars’ staff directly.)
Many of the coupons listed are internet printable coupons. To print these coupons, click on the link and follow the printing instructions on the site. Most of these sites using tracking cookies to limit the number of copies you’re able to print from each computer.
Finally, some coupons come from magazines or other mailers, as noted in the source field.
What are the categories you use to organize the coupons?
Since you can search the database by category, it’s important to know what those categories are. They currently include:
- Beauty Products/Cosmetics
- Breads/Rolls/Baked Goods
- Breakfast Foods
- Canned Goods
- Deli Meats/Cheeses
- Energy/Diet Foods
- Ethnic Foods
- Feminine Products
- Frozen Foods
- Health Foods
- Meal Kits
- Pet Care
How do I report an error?
In the left-hand column labeled “All”, click the link/icon; if youa re using the “compressed view” of the database, then the link is teeny tiny, but it still appears in that most left-hand column. When you do, then a popup box will appear and ask you for details as shown above.
How do I report an omission?
You can submit a new coupon using this form.
Can I print a list of coupons from the database?
To print a list of coupons from the database use the “Print” button located right next to “Search”. It will print the database’s details about the coupons that are in the search results. Please note that this will not print the actual coupons, only the list of coupons in the search you performed.