Post # 1
I feel silly but really I don’t see how it saves money….I look through the paper and all the coupons I find for stuff I actually buy are something like buy 2 get 50 cents off. I shop for the week, sometimes bi-weekly, so to buy for example- cereal- I would buy a box for 3.00 or shell out the $ in advance just to save 50 cents.
Im coming from the point of view that my budget for food can only get me by weekly and I would love to spend less but coupons advocate spending more than I normally would.
Also online coupon sites I have found usually want me to download something in order to print them out And I’m weary of messing up my computer.
So as you can see I am missing the concept and would appreciate advice on how all off this works. As well as any sites that have good coupon deals that you use.
Post # 3
Yes you would “shell” out the money in advance, saving you money in the long run.
Like if you pay your car insurance every 6 months it’s cheaper (less money overall) than paying it every month.
So especially for non-perishable food (canned goods, dry goods, or even stuff you can freeze), if you can buy 2 now to save 50 cents, that’s still 50 cents saved because the cereal isn’t going to go bad by the time you use it (it lasts for a good while unopened after you buy it).
Cereal at $3 a box, two boxes minus 50 cents is $5.50 instead of full price of $6. You save 50 cents. Whee math, I love math, Yes… I know I’m odd… I don’t care!
Personally I’d skip anything you aren’t 100% sure is reputable to download on your pc (and print because that costs paper AND ink). Newspapers, weekly stuff your mailbox crap… I’m all over it if it’s things I use/want/need. If you’re going to use the items before they go bad you’re saving money!
If you’re only able to spend X weekly, and if you can cut something out of that to save money in the long run, you’ll have more money to spend later. Say you save 50 cents on cereal for two weeks but have to give up something that costs $2.50 (to make up for what you spend to get the coupon)… cut out something you don’t need if you can. Then next week not only do you have cereal but you don’t have to buy more… so you’ve that $3 you would have spent in cereal (that you now have at home) next week… and likely you find a coupon for something else… say green beans (which you love… humor me here) so you buy extra of them to save with the new coupon. But because you gave up something last week to start the coupon thing, you now have money to get extra green beans and save money with the new coupon. Rinse and repeat.
It really does save even if you’re on a budget weekly grocery plan… give up something worth a couple bucks for a week and you’re on your way.
Post # 4
I dont understand how it works either. An old coworker of mine is an expert at it. She just got about $300 worth of stuff for $12.
Post # 5
I’m not amazing at couponing by any means, but I am definitely good at saving money when I shop. I regularly save about 25-35% on my weekly grocery shops.
One thing that helps is to focus on buying things that are on sale at the time, and being open to trying different/generic brands for certain products. I rarely buy things at full price if I can avoid it. I also order all my groceries online, which makes it super easy to see all the different sales, and to sort things by price, etc.
This means that I do often ‘stock up’ on things like toothpaste and shampoo, but it does save money in the long run.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 6
Coupons are usually mailed in my junk mail at the apartment, so it’s worth it to look through the random junk mail you may usually throw away. They’re definitely not all “buy 2 save X amount.”
Also, look into your store’s coupon program. I have a Publix where I live, and they double all coupons $.50 and under. Sometimes you can hit the jackpot of something being on sale AND getting $1 off. Even if something is in the “buy one get one free” category, you don’t have to buy 2- you can buy 1 at 50% off (at least at Publix).
The super couponers, though, I don’t quite understand either.
Post # 7
I never use coupons. The time I’d spend on it is worth more than the money I’d save.
Post # 8
@shaka: This. We do our grocery shopping every week. I look through the sale ad and my store’s coupons, but a lot of it is stuff that we don’t use, or junk food. Where are my coupons for fresh vegetables? I don’t need 50c off two packages of effing Oreos, or 3/$9 on 12-packs of soda. I spend enough time making a list and checking the sale ad.
Post # 9
@shaka: @vorpalette: +1
The whole process seems tedious and frustrating to me. I’d rather do something fun instead and deal with shelling out the money that I would save.
I do shop sales though. As in, when I grocery shop, my meat purchases for the week (or two) are based on what’s on sale. I also rarely buy items that are on sale that I wouldn’t have purchased otherwise. And I agree, it seems the coupons are generally for items I don’t use.