(Closed) Coupon shopping

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I figured out how to get a ton of things cheap or for free by reading moneysavingmom.com blog (even though I don’t have kids).  In particular learn how to play the “drugstore game” and never pay for things like toothpaste or contact solution ever again!  I’ve been able to give away a lot of things that I got for free or cheap to family and friends as well (e.g. vitamins, Listerine, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, flu products, candles, floss, breath mints, candy, headsets, tea…the list goes on).  The website also has a section that matches up sales at the grocery stores you shop at with coupons.  You can also buy coupons online as well if there are particular products that are on a great sale of which you want more.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly, I just google specific brand coupons or things that we actaully use. I rarely buy things just bc there is a coupon for it, all of my items I use regularly. FYI there are tons or coupons for organic/ natural products (:

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I’m still learning on my own by reading websites (unfortunately, they are specific to my area/region).  In our area there are a lot of classes given for low cost at churches or within groups such as MOPS.  I don’t have a little one yet, but most of the ‘mom’ sites are great resources because they cater to SAHM’s – which I’m just a stay at home wife for now!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh my gosh did you guys see that show on TLC I think it was called “Extreme Couponing?” It was NUTS! This one couple went in to a store, had NINE grocery carts full of stuff, the total before her coupons was something like 2k I wanna say, and her total was about fifty bucks!! This other lady got $600 worth of groceries for less than 3 dollars!

I googled this extreme couponing stuff and found one site that gives a pretty good tutorial on how to attempt to do what they did– hotcouponworld.com. They have forums too so there are people that can help you. I haven’t really sat down and tried to figure out which stores around me are going to be good to try this out on, but I hope to soon. Grocery prices here can be pretty insane.

I’ll definitely check out that blog you posted, kay01! It looks great.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

have you heard of the grocerygame.com?  I think it supposed to be really good.  Unfortunately most of what I buy isnt couponed.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was literally just printing out coupons that I found on http://www.hip2save.com I’d definitely check out that blog, she posts coupon offers and sale offers every day!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

That show made me and FH do a double take.  We are wanting to start using coupons more.  I use to use them more often and we def are bargain shoppers but I would like to be better off with the coupon thing.  I know that later when we own our own home and have the extra space I would like to build a SMALL stock pile of toothpaste and soaps and such…..nothing to the level of those people!

One of my friend says Couponmom.com is great.  However, I have never gone to it. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@littlemissmango: that show was insane! i did like that the guy donated that cereal to the food pantry. made me want to start couponing! i’m going to read those site you guys posted. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I use southernsavers.com but it is region specific, so I’m not sure if it will help you or not.  I also use moneysavingmom.com

 

I love couponing!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Sundrop: OMG! Yous user name is Sundrop, which I love, you live in Durham like me, and you also use Southern Savers (which by the way is the BEST, and can give you great tips even if you don;t live in the south…southernsavers.com). I think we need to be friends!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@KtBrady Whoa!  That’s definitely a sign haha, we should be friends!  Especially since you have great taste and love Sundrop, too Cool

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just to add from personal experience, be wary about printing out oodles of online coupons that you *might* use.  Print only the ones you are certain you’ll use because costs of printing (ink & paper) add up very quickly.  I couldn’t figure out why I was going through print catridges so rapidly until I realized that.  Not all stores will accept  black & white coupons, but you can try that to save money.

I suggest you try out one store at a time to learn the nuances before moving to the next.  I did CVS & my local grocery store (Shaws) first, then added on Rite Aid.  If you have a Walgreens in the area you can also do them but I’ve found they don’t have as good of deals.  If you’re on top of things, you can save for presents year-round in addition to saving on groceries and tolietries (e.g. I managed free Leapfrog books and travel games for my nephew this year for Christmas).  And it’s great to be able to donate the extra stuff so I’ll pick it up if it’s free even if I don’t need it (e.g. I’ve got a glucose monitoring device I need to give away atm).  Some places do swaps of excess that they have, but I’ve never found one in my area.  I have a small apt so I can’t store too much.  Just a warning: It’s super addictive when you get going!  I’ve even gotten friends started in on it once they saw how much I was saving.  It can be a bit time consuming though, so you have to figure out ways to be efficient.  And always ask for rainchecks if you get there later in the week and they are out of the product.

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