Readers question: “This is probably a dumb question but I am new to this! When you say the 5/17 red plum and 6/21 smart source etc, what is that?”
Answer: First this is a great question, we all have to start somewhere and the coupon lingo can be a little overwhelming at first. In the Sunday paper along with all the store ads you will find coupon inserts. These are put out by different companies, the 3 most common inserts are the Red Plum, Smart Source and P&G(proctor and gamble). Not all areas get all 3 inserts, for example most of Eastern Idaho does not get the Red Plum or P&G. It appears that the Smart source seems to be available in most areas. It can be a little tricky because the coupons I get in my Smart Source are sometimes different from the coupons another city will get in theirs. Larger city’s tend to get more coupons or higher value coupons.
I am blessed that my local paper the Idaho Press Tribune gets all 3 inserts, plus they have an “A Thirfty Mom Paper Deal” that allows you to get multiple Sunday papers for only .60 cents each delivered to you door. Having multiple coupons has been the secret to my saving hundreds of dollars a month!