Post # 1
Do any of you coupon? I’ve decided to begin couponing (just for basic things we actually need/want around the house…hey, a little money saved is better than no money saved) and I was wondering if it was easy or difficult. I know coupons.com has some great deals, but is it really worth the time and effort put into it?
(Also, I didn’t realize how time consuming this really was- I can’t imagine extreme couponing! They must really want to save their cash!!) It didn’t hit me until today how they saved SO much money….they just have to have enough coupons and buy enough products to end up coming out with paying nothing- yeah, I should’ve known that but most places I’ve seen have a ‘1 per person per visit’ limit with coupons.
Post # 3
A couple of friends and I used to get together to go over deals and make shopping lists and stuff. It’s not worth the time/effort for me because the great “deals” are often on things that I don’t, shouldn’t, and wouldn’t buy like hamburger helper and fruit snacks. So for me, it ended up being not worth the time because ya I was getting stuff for like $.60, but it wasn’t stuff that I’d normally buy anyway. I have a specific food allergy, so I can’t eat most processed foods available at the store and that’s what the good coupon deals tend to be for.
A lot of the “extreme” couponers get their deals because their stores double coupons, and no stores in my area/state double. It is really time consuming! See if you can find a blog with someone in your area who shops the same stores you do. They’ll post he matchups and the deals that are good, then you can make a list and clip accordingly.
Post # 4
I do. It is worth it to me. I don’t eat all processed foods like people seem to think when they think coupons. I don’t use a coupon on everything, but it helps when I have to buy meat which is high.
It doesn’t take a ton of time either. I’ve had some people say they don’t have the time. Please. I have a 1yr old, work full time AND go to the gym in the evenings. If I have time, they do. I follow Southernsavers.com, so basically, all I do is go down the lists she posts and if it’s something I need or what(didn’t need the WhoNu cookies on sale at Publix, but every once in a while I let my daughter have a cookie,lol), I click it to print a list. Otherwise I pass.
Post # 5
I used to order coupons from save.ca, but it’s been a while as they changed the sort of coupons they offered and didn’t really have much useful to me.
I will cut off a coupon that comes on a package. If I’m going clothes shopping, I will check visa perks first, as well as the store websites as sometimes they put up offers first. When DH needed a new backpack, I convinced him to get a good one, and signed up for emails as it meant I got a coupon which helped convince him it was worthwhile as he was used to spending $10 and not over $50 for one – which is why they would fall apart every year!
Being in Canada probably means it is less time consuming, as we don’t have the same number of websites to check consistently. If you only seek out coupons for the more expensive things you are buying, or coupons that are very convienent to grab, it isn’t very time consuming, but you’re not going to save a ton of money either.
Post # 6
@AcheneMalefic: I coupon.. Or have been trying but I’m a full time teacher so the most time I spend couponing is when I’m on a break (Fall break, Christmas break, Spring break, and Summer break). It’s definitely worth it for me. Once you have a bit of a stock pile, you don’t have to worry about the necessities – such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, etc. I don’t really coupon for food but if there is a good deal out there and I have time to do it, I usually do.
I have a lot of websites bookmarked that I check on a daily basis and that helps me get my coupons together.
You can PM me if you want the websites 🙂
Post # 7
Oh, I also seem to cook more elaborate recipes. I have more stuff on hand than I used to.