Coupon Barcodes – Decoding the Code! It’s more fun than you think…
Have you ever wondered why some coupons beep, some don’t, what products are really included in the vague wording, why some coupons take off different values than printed on the coupon? Well, it’s all in the code – the barcode that is! Here is your guide to understanding the coupons you are using – just in case you wanted to know!
I’ve taken a bar code from a currently available PDF coupon. I’ve blacked out the actual barcode for copying purposes. This should help you visualize what I am referring to.
1.) The fist number you find on the barcode will generally be a 5 or a 9. This number tells the register if it can double the coupon. This will only apply to you if you are using the coupon at a store that has a policy to automatically double a coupon. This will not apply to Albertsons double coupons that are released in the ads. If this number is a 5, the register will double the coupon according to the store’s policy. If the number is a, 9 the register will not double the coupon. See? This is easy, right?!
2.) The next set of numbers (5 of them) refer to the Manufacturer Code. These numbers should match the numbers found on the barcode on the product (same spot). This a general number that usually matches up with an entire brand or product line. It’s usually not specific to one variety/flavor of the product.
3.) This set of 3 numbers is the Family or Product Code. This is where coupons become more of less specific on the products included. The language on the coupon is the intended use of the coupon! Please use this information responsibly. Here are a few special family codes to be aware of:
- 000 – This coupon will not beep on any product if the Manufacturer code matches
- XX0 – Any code with 1 zero at the end means the coupon can be used for more than one variety/flavor of the product
- X00 – Any code with 2 zeros a the end can be used for more than one product in the brand line
- 992 – The coupon will either beep every time, or never beep on any product, regardless of your purchase. Because the item does not have to be purchased for the coupon to be redeemed, most retailers have programmed their registers to beep every time a 992 code is used. This prevent fraud and encourages the cashiers to verify the product is bought. There used to be mass amount of coupon fraud with people trying to use these coupons without purchasing the product.
4.) This set of 2 numbers refers to the value of the coupon. It tells the register how many products need to be bought and how much to deduct. I’ve only posted some of the most common amounts. To see a full list of code amounts, go HERE.
00 – Manual Input (from cashier)
01 – Free item (manual input usually required)
02 – B4G1 Free
07 B3 – $1.50
08 B2 – $3
10 – $.10
13 B4 – $1
14 – B1G1 Free (this tags to both products, so if you try to use another $ off with it – it will beep)
16 – B2G1 Free
20 – $.20
21 – $.34
22 – $.40
23 – $.45
24 – $.50
25 – $.25
28 B2 – $.55
30 – $.30
31 B2 – $.60
32 B2 – $.75
34 B2 – $1.25
41 B3 – $.50
42 B3 – $1
75 – $1
78 – $1.50
82 – $2.00
84 – $2.50
– The second bar code has to deal with the expiration date – I think. From my limited understanding, most registers aren’t programmed to read this code so it’s not really that relevant to us couponers. The expiration date is pretty straight forward anyway:).
I think that sums it up. I’m not a coding specialist or claim to know everything about codes, this is just the general info that I do know. I’m sure there are exceptions and other rules or factors involved. If anyone has anything to share – I would love to hear from you!! Leave a comment!