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Do any of you ladies here use coupons on a regular basis? And do you have a strategy that you use?

I most always have a couple of coupons when I go to the grocery store and I feel really good if I can save even .50 cents. I’ve been looking in to sites that offer coupons and I’m just amazed how much other people are saving using them...I really didn’t know, so this is all new and exciting to me. Now I grant you some people make this their life and I don’t think I would ever be one of them but. I figure I can put a little effort in to it and see what happens.

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      Sandils1962 wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I use coupons for some things but I’ve found that the store brand is almost always cheaper than with a coupon.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I’m a shopper-I use coupons when they hand me the best $$.  I use generic when it does.  We use them for just about everything!  Last year we saved $2,112.00

      So far, since the 1st-we’ve saved a few pennies under $100.

      You really need to know your prices.  No sense using a coupon for something that’s cheap if no one’s going to use/eat/ acknowledge it’s there.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I am a coupon queen and has hubby on board as well lol, I just cut out my weekly coupons to use for this weekend. And since getting hubby to use them he is a lover of Kroger market they send him coupons by mail for their brands they sell and it saves us BIG!!!happy




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • Okay...I have a good friend that teaches a class on Couponing.  She is good and saves tons of money.  I was very much on it for a while but fell off the bandwagon.  When I did it for a year or so...I had so much stuff that I had to make room to store all of my cleaning supplies, groceries, and toiletries. The key to using coupons is to use it when the item is on sale to get the best deal.  

      A site that I used for a year which does a lot of the work for you is called:

      www.thegrocerygame.com

      It does cost you $10 for three months for one list (a list is from each grocery store you choose to shop at in your area) and $5 for each additional list.  If you refer people to the site you get free months.  The lists come out every Sunday and they tell you what is on sale that week...the retail price, what it’s on sale for, tells what you coupon to use...by the week it came out of the Sunday paper, and it tells you what you are going to get that item for..and how much you are saving.  What I did was each Sunday I would cut all the coupons out of the Sunday paper.  State papers usually have a few more coupons inserts than regular city papers.  If other people that take the paper don’t use their coupons...have them save them for you. You can use multiple coupons when shopping...(most places).
      I would keep my coupons separated by the week they came out so I could readily find them.  Then as you accumulate your coupons you will then start being able to use them on sale items.  

      I would take the lists of the grocery stores I chose to shop at each week...and go through the list and see what was a good deal.  I would then take a small envelope...and make my list of what I was going to buy at that particular store...then put my coupon inside that envelope that I am writing my grocery list on.  Then....the key is...go to that store and only buy what is on the list.  I would do this for about three different stores.  Yes...I went to three different grocery stores on a Sunday afternoon.  Of course at the beginning you will have to buy stuff even if it’s not on sale just because you NEED IT.  But eventually you will only buy stuff on sale because you have stockpiled just about everything and you are then just buying stuff on SALE.  Does that make sense? Some weeks I would get some stuff for FREE.
      Even if it’s something YOU can’t use...get it anyway..and donate it to a soup kitchen or to someone who could use it.  

      Your drug stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, also have their coupons and deals.
      You can also print off coupons from coupon websites.
      I will see if my friend has any information she can email me and if you like I will send it to you.

      If you are using a coupon on something that is not on sale...you are wasting that coupon.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I just checked out “thegrocerygame.com” website.  It’s been a couple of years since I was on there.  It has changed but they have made it to where you can make you list by checking the items and then printing it off....saving you time.  

      Annie is right...lots of stores double their coupons. So get the item on sale...the use a coupon you can double...also..if it’s a buy one get one free...and you have two coupons for the same item...use both coupons and save even more.  

      You can try out the grocerygame for free for 4 weeks.  If it’s not for you...cancel it before the 4 weeks is up...(and they are very good about showing you when they are going to charge you card again)...it’s worth a try for 4 weeks.
      I just signed up.  Key here is....referring family and friends...and earn months for free.  

      I also made a mistake about the charge...it’s $10 for the first list and $5 for each additional  list you choose to get for every 8 weeks.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • Here is an example of a savings...at Publix

      Dannon Activia Yogurt 4-pk 4 oz

      Original price $2.50
      Sale 3/$6
      Manufacturer Coupon:  $1.00 (Smartsource 1/9-meaning it came out January 9th)

      It says to only buy (1)

      You end up paying $1.00 with a 60% savings.




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      Kyah wrote Jan 18, 2011
    • I basically look at the store circulars online and go to the stores offering the lowest price on what I use. I don’t buy the newspapers on Sunday because it’s a waste of paper and don’t print online coupons because the ink for my printer is expensive. I rarely buy generic or store brand anything (been disappointed more than 75% of the time so later for that). I get a lot of coupons from Omaha Steaks so every other month I purchase from them and the only thing I need from the supermarket is bread, coffee and juice with the occasional toilet paper, paper towel and laundry detergent purchase. When you‘re single with no dependents the only name on my shopping list is mine and I don’t do frugal.




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      Ursula Koenig wrote Jan 24, 2011
    • I cannot stand coupons.  I have a coupon filer, I clip, I sort, I search, I make a separate shopping list for at least 4-6 different type of stores/organic stops.  It’s ridiculous.
      Right now I probably have 150.-200 dollars worth of “send in by this date” for rebate bucks with your receipt... la di da....    I loathe restrictions, fine print, buy one get one free on tuesday while wearing red shirt...   I just cannot keep up with this level of minutia.   And although I would love to continue my rant...here’s what I really want:  C O U P O N S  on  my iphone.   Yep, I’ll buy ziplock bags.. so download those coupons automatically.   Yes, I’ll commit to kleenex products...  download!   No on processed non-food foods - but I can opt in without the time spent cutting out those dumb things every week.

      I’ve saved tons of money  - I make lists, snag my coupons & go but I know I can save time & my precious brain power if it’s just an automatic app!  

      Cheers & good luck.




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