(Closed) Coupon shopping

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Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kay01 –

I have the question regarding printable coupons.  I have never done it myself, but I always have wondered if stores accept black and white ones printed from online?  Has anyone had much success with those?

Post # 18
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

General advice- do some reading and research on coupon websites local to your area.

For Canada, I started with http://www.smartcanucks.ca

They have a great weekly feature there, where the members make a list of all the grocery specials at many different stores and tell you how to use your coupons to get the best deal- “Best” often being free.

The site also has posts that tell you which stores take online coupons, which stores let you stack coupons-(use more than one coupon for the same thing), and the coupon policies of the stores.

 I am not a rabid couponer, but I do like the fact that I get free things :eg never pay for toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant etc.

I get all I can free- keep what we can use in a reasonable time frame and give the rest away: either to my daughter or I collect things in a box for my local women’s shelter.

I save the coupons that come in the paper, print ones from online that I know the stores will accept and get coupons sent to my email from certain companies.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Money Saving Mom is a good place to start. So is the Krazy Coupon Lady blog. She has a book too that’s fairly helpufl.

My hubby and I are just getting into coupons. We’re very frugal people on a regular basis so we thought, why not?

We also signed up for a trial of Savings Angel. I am not sure that I’m convinced that it’s the best route for there just being two of us, but I thought we could try. 

And, sometimes it’s hard to realized you don’t NEED to buy something you wouldn’t normally buy just because you have to coupon. Always make a list first and coupon look later : ) 

 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@hiltoa: Do you mean a problem with accepting online coupons?  Or more specifically accepting b&w online coupons?  In either event, it depends on the store.  You can find the coupon policy of major stores online.  One I remember accepts online coupon but only up to $5 for example.  I hate printing out pages of color coupons myself, but I don’t always remember to make it b&w instead.  I’ve only once had a store have a problem with an online coupon (Staples) and that had nothing to do with the fact that it’s in b&w.  Some places do advise you to always print in color to avoid the issue.  The one thing to watch out for is pdf’s of coupons, because sometimes they were illegally copied and distributed and won’t work.  If you look online for deals and see a note “YMMV” it means “Your mileage may vary” or in other words, some people got the deal to work and other people couldn’t get those at the store to accept it.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

OP, what state do you live in.  It is hard to give advice without knowing where you live because different areas of the country have different stores and things work differently. 

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