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mysticchic
05-06-2011, 11:20 PM
I used to coupon when the kids were at home and got pretty good at it. One thing I learned was not to use the coupon in the paper the first week. Stuff is not on sale and they want you to buy it when it's not on sale! So I would wait a week or so.
Get them ready before you go out. I used a little file system.
Walmart matches prices from others ads, so take the other flyers with you to Walmart. Don't buy things just because you have a coupon. My best was 35.00 off a 100.00 shopping bill. Adverage was around 23.00 per 100.00.

Artemis@BC
05-06-2011, 11:53 PM
Hmm, I don't "coupon" as a verb, but I do sometimes use coupons. However I eat so few processed foods, and so many of my personal care & home care products are generics, there aren't a lot of coupons of that type that work for me.

"Extreme couponing" doesn't work in Canada, either, since stores here don't do doubling.

Where I do use coupons, though, is for restaurants. I buy an Entertainment Book every year, and a lot of my favourite restaurants have extra coupons from the EB web site, or in the local restaurants. And I've recently become a bit of an addict for Groupon. At last count I think I was getting daily emails from at least 7 of them: Groupon, WagJag, TeamBuy, EthicalDeals, SwarmJam, Bargoonz, and DealFind. I've used them for revisiting known favourites and for trying new places. They're also good for other types of deals, like yoga, spas, movie theatres, and a big score of half off my BCAA membership renewal.

Bonita
05-07-2011, 12:11 AM
I do coupon, but it's not my main thing. I don't buy a lot of brand names/processed food. However, I don't consider it a waste of time - I consider that and foodshopping a hobby. Really. It's genetic. My gram used to go on and on about sales and going to five different stores and my mom would fall asleep and I'd be rapt with attention, sucking it all in, as a kid.

What I do is memorize prices and shop only for the loss leaders. I never buy a brand name not on sale. I shop at five different stores on a regular basis. No gas wasted since I don't drive. No time wasted since three stores are within two miles of my house, and the other two are next to (a) my gym; (b) my rink. I wish I had more access to coupons, but I don't get the Sunday paper and I'm unwilling to sign up for the on-line ones, as most markets around here don't accept them.

Garden Kitty
05-07-2011, 12:37 AM
My mom cuts out the coupons from the newspaper flyers and will give me some for products that she knows I use. If there's a coupon I think I'll use, I fold it around my bonus card for the supermarket so I don't forget it.

A&P has the additional online coupons like Safeway, where you can get additional coupons added to your card, so I'll do that.

FiveRinger
05-07-2011, 12:49 AM
I am so glad to see this thread! When I saw the previews, I literally couldn't wait for this show to come on. My financial situation has changed so much that I was willing to watch, read, and learn whatever I could. Especially since everyone claims that anyone can do it. I wanted to start the thread myself, but most people that I mention the idea of couponing to think it's ridiculous.

I'm not looking to start a stockpile that covers three rooms in my house including the basement, but I would love to actually learn more about saving money or just cutting down some of my expenses. I just saw the guy on there this week that got almost $9xx of groceries for free. I would love to be able to get my basic purchases discounted and be able to contribute to my community. It would be great to reduce some of my expenses, and the show does motivate you. I'm just learning, trying to figure it out. There are several major chains here, one of them doesn't double and the other two only double up to the first 15 coupons up to $0.40. But, I live 20 mins from the state line where the stores double and triple coupons up to a dollar and have loyalty cards, so it might be worth it to travel outside of my neighborhood.

Good luck to everyone who's trying to figure it out. That might be some time that is worth it. Especially when I'm sitting in front of the tv or worse, surfing the internet for less profitable reasons.

BaileyCatts
05-07-2011, 04:34 AM
I usually just look thru those coupon flyers you get in the Sunday paper and then usually only pull for stuff I would buy anyway. Sometimes a coupon does get me to try a new product though. Lots of times I have a coupon for an item, compare the price minus the coupon, and there is a cheaper same product on the shelf, I'll just leave the coupon on the shelf and buy the cheaper product. This mostly works for things like detergents, dishwasher stuff, shampoos and soaps, etc. But between using a handful of coupons (all doubled), store sales, and the Kroger customer card deals, I save anywhere from $30-$50 on the receipt when its all totaled up. That's a good deal to me anyways. I don't think I could ever do the crazy couponing like on that show. My attention span is way to short to work that hard at it! :lol:

vesperholly
05-07-2011, 05:55 AM
The amount of time and energy that people put into couponing is impressive. No store in my area doubles coupons, unfortunately. The two major grocery stores, Wegmans and Tops, each have very strong store brands, and they mark the name brands up considerably. So even if you do have a killer coupon, it doesn't end up being more savings than the store brands.

Personal care items, OTOH ... I was pretty freaking proud of myself when I used a $5 off $10 coupon at Ulta when Herbal Essences were 2 for $5, and ended up with 4 bottles for $1.25 each. I also stocked up on my Maybelline mascara when it was 40% off at Rite Aid and I had a bunch of $1 off coupons. But I've never been able to get significant savings on food products.

6,000 posts! :cheer2:

Glide2
05-07-2011, 06:42 AM
Does anyone coupon? There are no stores in our area, or even in the state (I have researched), that double coupons and doubling is essential to get the products for free.



I'm in state, and I get things for free from time to time. Maybe Market Basket does doubling since it's based in Texas. not sure and I've only seen the sign, never actually doubled any.

You have to be patient. I've had pasta $1 coupons and then wait for sale so it's free. Same with sliced cheese and some cleaning products. It's more difficult to find fresh produce coupons except at checkout. I have had really good meat dept coupons, but it didn't amount to free. Having a coupon and waiting for a sale and having a store loyalty card all adds up in a good way.

This week I used a mail in offer that sent coupons for free candy, Baskin Robbins sugar free. (there's one that tastes like oreos, yum). The coupon's on the bag, so it's basically buy one get one. Oh and you have to tell the checkout person to enter the amount of purchase of else it registers as expired.

Also, check the bins of discontinued or leftover items for major discounts. They seem to always have organic and natural items there which are higher priced to start with. Also if you have store loyalty cards you can use your points towards free things or discounts. Kroger is good for this, esp. gas discounts 10 cents off per gallon for every 100 points.
I've never had a 200 dollar shopping cart for 2 dollars. Not sure it's worth the hours of work or having to buy things just because of the coupon.

One of the best discounts ever IMO was after Easter candy sale. They made an announcement while we were in Albertson's that all the remaining Easter candy was in the front of the store in shopping carts and everything was 10 cents each. JOY.

Also they sometimes discount their rotisserie chickens at the end of the store day. Good for stir fry or stew the next day.

BigB08822
05-07-2011, 06:49 AM
We don't have Market Basket on this side of Louisiana. However, I am very familiar with them since I was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. We also don't have any Krogers over here. Our main choices are Albertson's and Winn Dixie as far as major grocery stores.

Glide2
05-07-2011, 06:54 AM
Best of luck with the Mississippi River flooding. I'm concerned for y'all. The news showed the Angola prisoners on the news filling sandbags.

BigB08822
05-07-2011, 07:03 AM
Best of luck with the Mississippi River flooding. I'm concerned for y'all. The news showed the Angola prisoners on the news filling sandbags.

I am not worried. Maybe I am being naive but they are usually really good at knowing exactly what level the river will rise to and I don't think any of their estimates have it breaching the levee. They will also open a couple of spill ways that will help a little. I remember a few years ago (2008 I think) the river was to the very top steps at the levee near the casino. It couldn't get much higher than that and at the time it wasn't even being talked about on the news. So I guess I have a hard time understanding what is to big about this. I am mainly referring to my city of Baton Rouge. I realize other places have major issues to worry about and I hope for the best for them. Angola always has to be evacuated when the river gets high, I think they had to do it in 2008. The biggest concern would be if something happened which allowed the levee to break or what not, but that could happen at any time. I probably should be worried, the river is right by my house, probably 1.5 miles east of me. If something happened I am screwed.

FiveRinger
05-07-2011, 01:34 PM
I have just been to Kroger's website. Apparently they are implementing a new coupon policy nationwide where they will no longer be doubling or tripling coupons. The old policy allowed you to use the manufacturer coupons and the loyalty cards with manufacurer and store discounts on them. The store says they were not getting reimbursed b/c customers were getting the manufactuer coupons disccounted twice. Hence, Kroger now has a new policy that tested in Texas.

I guess what amazes me on the show is how everyone of these couponers get all of their paper products and laundry detergents free. If I could just figure out how to get free Charmin and Gain (my favorite brands) then couponing would be worth my time. I want to know how to cut down on the paper and cleaning supplies.

Norlite
05-07-2011, 01:50 PM
Walmart matches prices from others ads, so take the other flyers with you to Walmart.


I wanted to comment on this particularly for Kiki. Most supermarkets in Ontario (and maybe elsewhere, no idea there) price match on competitor's ads. The only ones that definately don't are the Metro chains, including Food Basics. I myself do it every week, gather up all the ads, pick the products from each on sale that I want and buy them all at one store. I usually buy at No Frills, but I've done it at other's when I've been close to them when I'm out. Just tell the cashier that you'd like a price match and have the flyers with you. They're use to it, everyone does it around here. No need to pick a store and lose out on the other's sales.





I keep an ongoing shopping list and go once every 10 days or so, and I usually compare my list to the flyers and decide which of the 4 grocery stores near my house to go to. If none of them are better than another I like to shop at stores that have club cards that give you automatic discounts on whatever items are featured that week.

KikiSashaFan
05-07-2011, 02:16 PM
I wanted to comment on this particularly for Kiki. Most supermarkets in Ontario (and maybe elsewhere, no idea there) price match on competitor's ads. The only ones that definately don't are the Metro chains, including Food Basics. I myself do it every week, gather up all the ads, pick the products from each on sale that I want and buy them all at one store. I usually buy at No Frills, but I've done it at other's when I've been close to them when I'm out. Just tell the cashier that you'd like a price match and have the flyers with you. They're use to it, everyone does it around here. No need to pick a store and lose out on the other's sales.

That's good advice. I usually do go to Metro, especially when they have big Airmiles specials on, but I should try going to No Frills more. I've only been there a few times and I wasn't overly impressed with the produce quality or how almost all the canned products were dented, but they're still a hell of a lot better than Price Chopper :scream:

Jenny
05-07-2011, 03:13 PM
I've mentioned this before, but this seems like the ideal time to mention it again - Canadians, use your AirMiles!

It couldn't be simpler - we collect them at the grocery store, gas station and several other places we frequent, and then a couple of times a year I cash them in. No, not for toasters or discounts on rental cars, but cash coupons for Metro (grocery store). In effect, for doing nothing, I get a $200 load of groceries for free several times a year.

Too many people seem to think the AirMiles program is only for travel discounts - so I'm spreading the word that it's all about free groceries for me :)