Couponing tips?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Start out small.  Try to find a website that does the matchups for you and tells you the best deals and stock up for 6-8 weeks (this is only usually a few products each not 100s like on the TV shows).  You should probably get 1 paper for each family member in your house so you don’t need to have large stacks of them either.  My favorite place to get good deals is CVS.  You can find some basic how to coupon videos here:

http://www.southernsavers.com/learn/

http://www.southernsavers.com/getting-started-guides/how-to-cvs/

Good luck and go a little at a time to avoid burnout!

 

Post # 5
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2079 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

+1 for southsavers.com. We print out most of our coupons from the southsavers.com website. We also get the Sunday newspaper and cut out coupons from it. We also trade coupons with friends. I’m not sure what part of world you are in, but in the southeastern US Harris Teeter has double coupons every day up to a dollar and a super coupon day one Tuesday per month up to 2 dollars. We save at least 35 dollars per visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Depends on where you’re from,  every state has different rules. For example,  Oklahoma you use a $1 off coupon on a 50c item, you only get 50c off.

 

 

 First tip is to pick one store and learn their coupon policy. Once you’re comfortable with them, go to another. Eventually you’ll be able to hit them all and stock up on the best deals. Second tip is try to go when the store is slowest. Then ask questions at checkout. I learned that each CVS has a different policy on expired care bucks; the manager can decide whether to take them, and the one I frequent will take them up to 3 months past.

 

 

Wal Mart price matches, so I do a lot of shopping there. I’ll write down the price and store on a sticky note, then stick it to the item.  Then when I’m going through check out I know which items are price matches and put all of them last. Target has a loyalty card, plus you get 5% off your order. CVS and Walgreens allow manufacturers and store coupons, so wait until the item goes on sale and use both.

Post # 7
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  Have you ever watched the Extreme Couponing show? I have often wished I had the patience and dilligence to get $1,000 of groceries for free!

Post # 8
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942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love couponing! First learn your supermarkets’ coupon policies. Our local supermarket matches coupons up to $1. You can also use a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon for the same item. I use the store loyalty card as well. Ours does not give you credit though so if you have a $1 coupon for a 50 cent item you only get it for free, not a 50 cent credit like some on Extreme Couponing. That’s how you get the real deals!

I use coupons.com for printable coupons and the local newspaper for manufacturers coupons. I also put the word out to people that I coupon so people often give me their coupon inserts.

I am able to cut our grocery bill at least in half through coupons and the loyalty card. My FI and I spend less than $50 a week on food and we eat well.

Post # 10
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  I would love to have a stockroom of things I’d actually use and wouldn’t go bad. I love deals! Some of the stuff they get stocks of make no sense to me because it is not needed. I guess it is needed from a “couponing” aspect though and makes the overall purchase free. It’s always amazing to me when they actually get money back! I guess all that time invested does have a pay off 🙂 

Post # 11
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2537 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t have any specific couponing tips but I do have a tip that came from the Tightwad Gazette. Basically, whatever regular consumables you purchase, you log in a notebook (price, price per oz/item, common coupon value).  Then you start monitoring it at various stores and look through circulars to see if you can beat that price.  It takes dedication but over time, you can save money.  Also, you can figure out how the weekly circulars rotate their sales.

Post # 12
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Just make sure you read and really understand your stores coupon policies. A lot of stores do NOT allow you to stack coupons or get money back from coupons.

Post # 14
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  Lol, exactly. I was trying to think of examples and I couldn’t (I’ve only seen the show a few times), but things like that are exactly what I mean. Hopefully they donate some of the excess if they don’t actually need it (and it was free anyway)!

Post # 15
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Ninteenthchance:  Those people that stock up like crazy are just so wasteful, it makes me so mad! They also ruin couponing for eeryone else!

First off, as PP’s have said it depends on where you live. In Seattle we don’t have all those grocery stores that do unlimited coupon doubling, or that pay you cash back for going negative, etc… There’s always a limit. Also look for someone in your area that runs a blog or some sort of site that can tip you off to the best deals. You will start learning after awhile, what is a good price on something and what isn’t, and when to stock up on it. There is definitely a learning curve on couponing but you’ll eventually get the hang of it and won’t even need the cheater blogs if you don’t have time to look.

Also get multiple newspapers, or if you live somewhere like condo’s or apartments, don’t be too good to dive in the mailbox trash can if there is one. Around here we get mailers every Tuesday and there is a Red Plum coupon catalog in them. When we lived in my husbands condo I would get LOADS of red plums out of the little side trash at the mailbox because people just dump all their paper in there. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

There was one episode where the couple actually didn’t have a stockpile. They kept what they needed and the rest went to a variety of organizations.  I remember they bought a ton of dog food that went to SPCA, they provided the food for their church’s outreach dinner, etc. I thought that was one of the best episodes.

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