Do you coupon?

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

I was doing it but I have slowed down now that I am making my own products and buying from farmers markets and local companies.

 

It didn’t take me that long to organize coupons.  I kept the inserts whole and just cut them out when I needed them.  You only really need a few of each product to last until the next sale not thousands like the Extreme Couponing people say.

The times when you find the best price with a coupon is matching with a sale.  You should search for a store matchup that does the work for you and all you need to do is clip and go to the store.

Post # 4
Member
1251 posts
Bumble bee

@hogoboom2012:  I rarely use coupons.  I usually can find products at a better price w/out coupons. For example I can buy lotion for 5 dollars  using coupon or I can get a lotion that is just as good for 2. The only time I look for coupons is when I would be relaxing.  That way I don’t feel like I am wasting time. Sometimes I find a good deal, usually not.

I find sales on produce helpful.  I am not one for processed food.

Post # 5
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1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@hogoboom2012:  I do, but I’m not obsessive. I bought myself a coupon binder to organize them. I clip the Sunday adds and will go online to find coupons. (Addicted to Saving is a good website). I love Supoer Target (and Target but they don’t have the grocery section), beucase you can use their store coupon, which you can print off their website, along with a manufacuter coupon, and if you sign up for their RedCard (Which is not a credit card, but it links to your bank account, so it’s a debit card) you save 5% everytime you use it. Looking at the bottom of my last reciept, we have saved over $200 this year, just using that card. Check with the grocery stores in your area and see what their coupon policies are.  Some will allow you to double, etc.

Post # 6
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I coupon!!!  It really doesn’t take long if you stay organized and on top of it.  I clip from the weekly newspaper inserts only the coupons for products I would potentially use, and I also print and clip from a few online coupon websites (Coupons.com, Couponnetwork.com, redplum.com, smartsource.com and bettycrocker.com).  The key is having no brand loyalty and to be willing to go without certain items if you can’t get them for the right price. 

I organize my coupons in a little file pouch, and organize it by product type (ex: “cereal,” “dairy,” etc…) Every week I go through the circulars and match up items I use that are on sale with coupons that I have.  This really doesn’t take long because I have a really good memory and tend to remember what coupons I had clipped.  I then organize which coupons i will be using that week by store and take the circular with me when I shop which I have circled all my purchases in. 

Find out if stores in your area double coupons and make sure you learn their couponing policies.  It sounds overwhelming, but it really isn’t.  Every store has a slight variation, but most are very similar.  Using doubled coupons combined with items already on sale has allowed me to get a ton of food for completely free!  You just need to know your prices so you know when you’re actually getting a good deal.

I don’t eat a lot of packaged food either, but there are a ton of items you can get with coupons that are very healthy.  I get healthy cereal (Kashi, Cheerios, Fiber one, etc) usually for about $.50 a box, yogurt for $.25 each, bricks of cheese like Cracker Barrell or Cabot for $.50.  I got Simply Orange Juice last week for $1.00 each.  I get Barilla whole wheat pasta for free all the time. 

You just need to make it a priority to save money and it’ll happen.  It really isn’t hard.  It actually takes less time for me to go to the super market with the coupons than without because I only grab the few specific items I went for, so I’m in and out pretty quick.  I do keep some “stockpiles,” but nothing like what you see on Extreme Couponing (I live in a one bedroom apartment, and looking around my apartment you would never know I’m a “crazy couponer”).    

A good resource to get you started: Livingrichwithcoupons.com

They do circular matchups for a ton of different stores.  Though they do sometimes miss some good deals, so I use them as a guide and then look for my own, but it is a great place to start for a new couponer!

Post # 7
Member
362 posts
Helper bee

I use coupons from my weekly Sunday paper, it easily pays for the cost of the paper each week but not any huge savings, I find it fun

Post # 8
Member
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I coupon!! I’ve saved a bunch of money!! Check out krazycouponlady.com, they basically do most of the work for you.  They match up the sale ads with coupons and so you can just scan the list to see what you need then grab the coupon (they have links to printable coupons also) 

 

just a sample of what I have done with coupons:  above retail cost is $107.59 at CVS.  I paid $12.93 plus tax and received $5 extracare bucks which you can use for a future purchase.

 

Post # 9
Member
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hogoboom2012:  Totally depends.  My Smith’s store sends me personalized coupons that are things I already buy.  But the general Sunday’s paper, those coupons don’t usually work for me.  Now if they can make a coupon for fresh produce that ‘d be great!

Post # 10
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1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just so you know, there are coupons for fresh produce. Earthbound Farms has coupons on their website, I get one every week for $1/2 items. I’ve also gotten coupons for onions, spinach, avocados, and more.  

Also if you have a Super Target near you, target does mobile coupons and each month they do $1 off a $1 or more fresh fruit purchase, and $1 off a $1 or more fresh veggie purchase.  

a lot of people think you can’t use coupons and eat healthy but I eat a lot of whole foods and have lost a bunch of weight in the last 8 months and I’ve couponed doing it! Just trying to dispel the myth that using coupons = eating unhealthfully!!

 

Post # 12
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@hogoboom2012:  Yeah you just need to step away from those people and just go and buy yourself one paper and get just one or two items that are on sale.  Things go on sale every 4-6 weeks so you don’t need as much as they store.

Post # 13
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

At work we get the paper delivered, and every few weeks there’s a coupon book that comes with it. I’ll clip those if something I usually buy goes on sale, but I don’t go out of my way to coupon. It is fun saving a few bucks here and there, though!

We try to be smart shoppers and look for sales etc. but not fall into the trap of buying something we don’t need just because it’s on sale.

Post # 14
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2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do coupon, yes. I love it. I’m not crazy about it… I’ll spend maybe an hour or two once a week and go through everything and organize everything. For me, it’s fun. I don’t go shopping every single weekend, but every other weekend at least. It’s helpful because DH and I have TONS of food (mostly meats and frozen veggies) and spent a fraction of what we normally would spend on food. I have also started writing out our food schedule for the week so that we always know what we’re making instead of sitting, wondering, and then choosing something that will cost us $20 more in ingredients. 

Post # 15
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1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@hogoboom2012:  you don’t have to be that crazy to save money. I find that those extreme couponers don’t even end up with anything to create a meal.  Where’s the protein and veggies?? 500 Bic razors are not going to feed your family  Take it slow, and learn as you go!

Post # 16
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I coupon only for toiletries.  Walgreens and CVS have good programs, though I can find cheaper soap at Costco.  Toothbrushes and floss, I get free all the time. 

 

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