Post # 1
So I’m watching this show about Extreme Couponers on TLC and I am flabbergasted! One lady bought $1100 worth of items for $50!! Granted, nobody really NEEDS that much stuff, but it is awful amazing to see.
My mom just learned about bidding on packs of coupons on Ebay and is going to start learning about couponing. I must admit, I’m intrigued. Does that mean I’m going to go out and buy 9 carts worth of pasta, pasta sauce, candy, soda, razors… whatever? No, but hey! Who doesn’t love saving money?
Anybody into coupons?
Post # 3
i saw that show awhile back, it totally made me want to learn! i guess there is a trick to figuring out the cycles the stores run on, but i don’t know it=( if you find any good site that teach you how to do this, please let me know! i’d love to learn more=) the adult education program in my area offers a class called ‘winning at the grocery store’ or something like that, i wonder if they teach how to do it there?? it’s like $60 for the class, but it may pay off! do they have anything like that in your area?
Post # 4
I”m not really sure. I haven’t really looked into it too much yet as I just learned about it from my mom a week or two ago. If I find anything, I’ll post it back on this thread.
Post # 5
I watched that too! It is amazing how much money they save but it gets a bit crazy I think. Like the guy that has enough deodorant for 125 years…or the lady that spends 70 hours a week on couponing! I would probably try and do it myself a bit but unfortunately I live in a 1 bedroom condo and have absolutely no room for a “stockpile”.
Post # 6
Yeah, and they are saving a lot of money, but what if they never use the stuff? To me that is wasteful in itself. I am totally for couponing and saving money on things you need and will actually use, but what good is stockpiling deoderant if you never use it all?
Post # 7
I saw that show too, it definitely made me think about how many missed opportunities there are for savings. I agree though that their stockpiles seemed pretty wasteful, though. No one could ever use that much stuff! I thought it was nice that one of the guys donated his haul to charity–I can’t really think of why else you would need 1000+ boxes of cereal!
Post # 8
@piglet_625: the people on the show were extreme, and i agree that a lot of what they had will likely go to waste, but i did appreciate that one but the men was donating to the food bank at his church
Post # 9
I like using coupons but only for things I will actually use.
Post # 10
I LOVE coupon-ing!
It was epic.
I’m in WA state, most places don’t double coupons (like some other states) and you can’t get cash back (With some other states, they have to pay you the difference if at the end of your coupons being rung up, there is a negative balance.)
I can’t do as well as some other people can in other states.
But I def. try to only clip coupons I will use.
Post # 11
I was interested for a while and tried. there is a good site called the coupongame.com or something like that.
My problem is 90% of the stuff I buy isnt coupon-able (I made that word up I am pretty sure). Like fresh veggies, meats, fruits. Of course there are stuff like cheese, yogurt, bread etc… but most of the time I dont think its worth the cost of the paper I have to buy each week to get the coupons.
I do get really great deals at different stores though. IE costco, organic beans at big lots, etc
Post # 12
I use coupons for things I would otherwise buy. As I live in Canada, I use http://www.smartcanucks.com. In the deals and flyers threads section, they have a post every week where the more experienced couponers go through the flyers and tell you which coupons to use on what specials.
My partner and I just went on a nice walk(we live downtown), and came home with a box of 40 kitchen trash bags(FREE), 2 dozen eggs(FREE), 6 boxes of tissues(99)6 antiperspirant(50), 6 shaving foam(50) plus of course our usual fresh veggies and fruit.
I don’t keep a stockpile, but I do have a basket where I collect the free and very low cost items which I take to the local women’s shelter from time to time.
Post # 13
@MrsE.ToBe : Oh definitely, I totally agree with that! If they get tons of stuff and donate it, or use it in some way, then that’s just amazing! It does amaze me how much you can save if you want to!
I just know, at least in our house, that we try to coupon and find deals, and I hate when stuff goes to waste because we bought it for really cheap and never use it.
Post # 14
I LOVE to coupon! Just this week I bought pasta that was on sale for .74 a box. I had a coupon for 1.00 off. I had multiples of the coupon, I actually MADE 2.00 from buying pasta. Of course it was with my other groceries but I did the math when I came home. haha. I bring my coupons to work and we have a big basket and exchange coupons with each other. For example I have no kids so I make sure I take the diaper coupons in for the moms. They bring in ones that they know I use all the time. Works out great. Also saves me from buying the paper everyweek just for the coupons.
Post # 15
@SandyToes: That sounds like a wonderful idea! It probably helps save so much time and money too!
Post # 16
Keep us posted on what you find out! I really ought to be saving more moey. Right now we’re saving a lot by using Groupons and this local phone app called MobiDeals, but that’s mainly just for eating out, which we shouldn’t be donig anyways!