What the Heck is RP and SS?

06/27/2009. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked “I like your blog, but what does SS mean?”

Which makes me laugh because all the coupon lingo must seem like Greek at times. So to answer the question- SS means SmartSource which is one of the inserts in the Sunday paper. You can tell it is SS (or SmartSource) because of the logo at the top of the insert.

And this is the RedPlum- logo in top left corner again. I refer to it as RP but some refer to it as Valassis or “V”- they are the same thing.

We clarify which insert (SS or RP) to make it easy to find the coupon you need. Occasionally we also see Procter and Gamble inserts which are referred to as “P&G” or General Mills inserts- referred to as “GM”.
If you see something like this:
$1/2 from 8/19 SS
That means go and get the insert from the 8/19 newspaper that is from SmartSource.  The date will be listed on the spine of the coupon insert.
There can be up to 5 inserts in a paper so if we only referenced the date that would be a pain to try and dig out the coupon you need.
If you did not happen to purchase a newspaper that weekend you are most likely out of luck.  You can purchase coupons online or you can hunt around and try to find printables.  I suggest checking the coupon database first for any coupons you might need.  You can also check the manufacturer’s web site and Facebook page.
Many people that don’t want to spend a lot of time on coupons, simply get the inserts out of the Sunday paper and pop them all in a box or in a binder.  You can write the expiration date of most coupons in a sharpie on the front of the inserts and then toss them when they expire.  If you need a coupon you can always check through the box for it and if you don’t just toss the insert.  Easy and barely any time at all invested.
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