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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

monavano Apr 10, 2014 11:14 AM

Many coupons don't apply to what I buy because there are a lot of highly processed foods in the Red Plum etc. offerings.
That said, I do cut coupons but find myself feeling like it's just not worth the effort anymore.
What I'm seeing is the value decreasing, and the amount you have to buy to qualify increasing.
More and more, coupons require you to buy 2 or more, and that's not how I want to roll with many items.

I wonder if the market in general is going away from coupons, dead tree version and otherwise.

I find the best strategy to save money is to look for sales, loss leaders and store brands, but I do have some brand loyalty, and any discount helps.

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    Hobbert RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 11:18 AM

    Like you, I find that coupons just aren't for food items I want to buy. In the other hand, I definitely coupon for shampoo, soap, paper towels, and that kind of thing. I'd love some produce coupons!

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      Kontxesi RE: Hobbert Apr 16, 2014 04:51 AM

      Shampoo and paper products are about all I use coupons for, too. Sometimes I'll use one for cereal or yogurt, but I've started buying those things at TJ's lately, anyway.

      Produce coupons I could definitely get behind.

    2. coll RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 11:18 AM

      I used to be a coupon queen but don't see much available that's exciting anymore. Sales are what I seek now. Might also be because I buy raw meat, produce, basic dairy more than prepared type foods? The really good coupons seem to be more online now and I'd rather spend my time here doing something more interactive.

      I liked the days where you saved the UPC codes and got great free (shipping included) kitchen gadgets. Those were the days, my friend!

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        monavano RE: coll Apr 10, 2014 11:22 AM

        Thanks. I almost feel guilty for wanting to just drop the coupons, but the time put in isn't paying off.

        I've never been the coupon queen, and have never figured out how to organize them very well, but I know I've done a lot better saving with coupons, say, 1-2 years ago and further back.

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          coll RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 01:51 PM

          I had a little filing box I'd put in the shopping cart seat, with sections for certain categories. That's how many coupons you used to see back then, you needed an organizer. I sort of slowed down after someone actually stole my box from the cart while my back was turned!

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            westsidegal RE: coll Apr 10, 2014 10:03 PM

            think of the thief as giving you a badly needed intervention.
            the theif gave you your life back

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              coll RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 03:43 AM

              Oh I wasn't spending all my time, I was just joking about being extreme. Back in the '70s and '80 there were tons of GOOD coupons in the local papers and magazines, no internet then so it was just Weds and Sunday as I was reading the newspaper, clipping and sticking in my box. I did have a job and and life ;-)

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                gardencook RE: coll Apr 16, 2014 01:53 AM

                I agree about the coupons being good a few decades ago. I was a young, starving college student, paying my own way and trying to graduate without debt. That didn't happen, but still coupons, and yes they were mainly for convenience foods back then, too, were a godsend. You didn't have to buy multiple items and the coupons really made a difference. I no longer eat those processed foods, so I don't clip coupons much, but do so for some friends. They are not nearly as beneficial as they used to be. I wonder if those that "worked the system", i.e. extreme couponers, forced manufacturers to change the way they offer coupons. They don't want people to use coupons to the extent that the store owes the customer at the end of the transaction.

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                  monavano RE: gardencook Apr 16, 2014 03:48 AM

                  Getting a free cart of food or even money back seemed to be the goal for many.
                  The thing is, it's sort of like shoplifting- not a victimless crime when stealing, fraud or working the system results in higher prices for everyone.

                  Thanks for your feedback- I was curious if anyone else was noting the coupon value decreasing, and the number of items to qualify increasing.

                  Yesterday, I did a little shop and took advantage of a few coupons in the store's circular, stacked a couple coupons and took advantage of sale prices.
                  Got 40% savings, which is a near perfect storm that happens less and less frequently.

                  I'm generally hitting 25%-30% savings.

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          latindancer RE: coll Apr 24, 2014 07:51 AM

          <Those were the days, my friend!>

          If you're anything like the woman I knew, when my children were growing up, she'd spend more on the gas required to frequent her addiction than the money saved on the groceries she was buying compulsively that she didn't need.
          It was the thrill of the challenge that kept her going.

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            coll RE: latindancer Apr 24, 2014 09:28 AM

            Nope that's not me. I have a lazy streak a mile wide, and always way too busy to spend my time like that. I usually only have a couple of stores I frequent, for different items, and only go once a week at most. That hasn't changed for me since the '70s.

            I will admit I'm sort of obsessive about returning all my bottles for the deposit though, that hasn't changed since day one.

        3. rockandroller1 RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 11:50 AM

          I quit using coupons years ago, as I transitioned to less and less processed and packaged food. As you pointed out, both the fact that almost all coupons are for things I no longer buy, as well as for things that aren't really so much of a "value." Even shopping the sale flyers became irrelevant most places because so much of what they put on sale is junk I don't eat.

          I primarily do my grocery shopping at a now that focuses on GOOD national brands as much as possible, and offers a large variety of mostly organic produce - local when in season, and other local products from bread to honey to maple syrup to local jarred pasta sauce. Am I spending more on my groceres? Probably, yes, but am also saving as I quit buying things like boneless/skinless chicken breasts and went to alternative cuts, and my health is better as I quit buying processed stuff and, at this store, have organic meat, bison, wild-caught fish, food in BPA-free cans when possible, and am supporting a locally-owned grocery stocking locally-made products. I feel much happier shopping and eating this way than I did filling up my cart with a cereal I bought only because I had a coupon, and BOGO cheap, nasty steak.

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            nocharge RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 12:57 PM

            There is also the issue of loyalty programs that will get you the benefit of any coupon offer automatically if you enter your account number. I think that concept will eventually kill the dead-tree stuff. And there are reasons for stores to adapt that concept in that it makes it easier to track behavior for the purpose of predictive modeling.

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              monavano RE: nocharge Apr 10, 2014 01:03 PM

              Our Safeways have the ability to load coupons on your card, which is a pain.
              If I have my card, all discounts should apply without me spending the time on my computer.
              Also, the in-store weekly coupons in the circular are the size of your thumb.

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                nocharge RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 03:04 PM

                I was at Safeway the other day. Checking out, the total came to $51. The guy at the register asked me if I had a Safeway Card. I said no. He then asked me if I wanted to get one. I declined. As I handed him three 20-dollar bills, he typed something into the POS system and gave one of the 20s back plus almost another ten dollars. I assume that realizing that I was paying cash, he could type in his own Safeway Card number and get some form of credit while saving me something like 20 bucks. Much appreciated.

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                  weezieduzzit RE: nocharge Apr 10, 2014 03:07 PM

                  Gas points would be the only benefit to him typing in his card number if that's what he did. That's the only thing based on the total sales amount.

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                    monavano RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 03:20 PM

                    I typed in my # for a person ahead of me who was visiting.
                    Thanked her for the gas points!

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                      jlhinwa RE: weezieduzzit Apr 12, 2014 01:45 PM

                      He probably got the gas points but no charge got the club card savings, which can be significant. That was really nice of the checker to do.

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                      monavano RE: nocharge Apr 10, 2014 03:09 PM

                      Which reminds me to try once again to sign up for my Giant online.
                      The website is a disaster, but I really want to maximize my gas rewards.

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                        miss_belle RE: nocharge Apr 11, 2014 06:35 AM

                        You might have appreciated him helping you out like that, but if in fact he did use his own account would Safeway appreciate it. I think not.

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                          monavano RE: miss_belle Apr 11, 2014 08:04 AM

                          I doubt it was his own account. I think the cashiers have a generic store card that they can use for guests and people who just forgot their card, so that the customer can get the discount, but they won't get the gas points.

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                            miss_belle RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 08:21 AM

                            I thought of that too but you'd think he would have said something. Ah well.

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                              nocharge RE: miss_belle Apr 11, 2014 11:00 AM

                              Don't know with certainty what account was used, but the action was very much appreciated. And it did earn Safeway some goodwill in my mind.

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                            westsidegal RE: miss_belle Apr 12, 2014 01:41 PM

                            in many stores, in order to use his own account, the checker would have been forced to completely forego any employee discount.

                            makes it VERY unlikely that he was using his own account.

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                            sunshine842 RE: nocharge Apr 12, 2014 02:12 PM

                            the grocery I frequent doesn't have a card, but the pharmacy does. All the clerks have a box of loyalty cards next to their register, and they just grab one out of the box and scan it when a customer comes through without a card.

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                          fldhkybnva RE: nocharge Apr 10, 2014 02:49 PM

                          I agree, I get plenty of store discounts just buy typing in my number at checkout.

                        3. foodieX2 RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 01:18 PM

                          I still use coupons where I am brand specific-Heinz Catsup, KA flour and Hellmans mayo to name a few.

                          I also use coupons for basic pantry items I like to keep on hand-boxed pasta, jarred sauce, chicken broth, canned tuna, sugar, baking supplies like baking powder and soda

                          Now with a soon-to-be-teenage son I use them to buy the occasional snack foods. Potato chips, Doritos and the like are expensive and he and his friends can eat!

                          One thing I don't do is cut coupons any more since we no longer get the paper. I get most of them online.

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                            wayne keyser RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 01:51 PM

                            I find generally that coupons cover brand-name items we don't buy, and offer too little of a discount to tempt us. We can get equal quality by buying generics. What's the point of 25c off a $3.99 item?

                            On the other hand, weekly sales often offer more significant discounts, and we do a little stocking up then. For instance, I have 6 jars of brand-name mayonnaise bought when it was $3.99 as opposed to the regular price of $5-something.

                            1. coll RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 01:55 PM

                              I'm also thinking, times have changed and people don't have time to really sit down and organize coupons the way you have to. Also wondering if the popularity of "extreme couponing" ruined it for everyone too. People were like pigs in a trough!

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                                monavano RE: coll Apr 10, 2014 02:06 PM

                                Agreed on the hoarder who clear the shelves!
                                Also, the bar coding has changed due to the extreme cheaters.

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                                  weezieduzzit RE: coll Apr 10, 2014 02:19 PM

                                  What you see on that show doesn't happen in real life. Most coupons have a limit of 4 per transaction (Unilever has a limit of 2.) The stores in the show look the other way so they can be on TV.

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                                    coll RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 03:20 PM

                                    Coupons didn't used to have restrictions but it became necessary.

                                2. weezieduzzit RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 02:06 PM

                                  I save $500-$700 a month by couponing and don't buy processed/convenience foods. I buy as much organic/ grass fed/ pastured/ wild caught as possible. I use a combo of store rewards programs, ecoupons, store apps, mobile coupons, internet printable and traditional coupons. The best deals to be had are at stores that allow "stacking" the offers (Like Target where you can use a Target coupon, a manufacturer coupon and a Cartwheel offer all on the same item. Sprouts and Whole Foods also allow stacks.)

                                  I spend $40-50 a week on food and spend 60-90 minutes a week reading the couponing blogs and getting my deals and coupons together. The websites do all the work, really, I just have to read them to see what I want to do and get my stuff ready to do it.

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                                    monavano RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 02:08 PM

                                    I'll check out Cartwheel. What other sites do you use?

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                                      weezieduzzit RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 02:18 PM

                                      I use TotallyTarget all the time and a couple that are local and specific to the stores in my area.

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                                      fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 02:50 PM

                                      Do you routinely find coupons for produce and meat? I rarely see them.

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                                        weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Apr 10, 2014 03:00 PM

                                        Produce and meat are usually store ecoupons. Vons (Our local Safeway store,) has a program called Just4You that tracks what you buy and gives you ecoupons that you can load on your card based on that. I almost always have $1 or $2 off grass fed ground beef or lamb or organic chicken because it's what I buy. Same with produce even though I usually buy it somewhere else. Wild caught Keta salmon was a $5 Friday special a couple weeks ago and I had a $2 off any $10 seafood purchase. When Target has mobile coupons for produce and meat you can buy just over $1 of something and use the $1 off any fruit purchase of $1 off any veggie purchase or $1 off ground beef when the natural ground beef is on sale. There are Savingstar rebates for produce sometimes, too. I also frequently get threshold coupons, too. For instance, $5 off any $50 purchase, etc. This next week at Target there will be a $10 off $50 grocery purchase coupons so I'm seeing what I need that I can get there since you can use other coupons in conjunction with that.

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                                          LindaWhit RE: weezieduzzit Apr 16, 2014 10:38 AM

                                          I don't think any of the stupidmarkets at which I shop do that. Whole Foods sends a weekly Email that has what is on sale, and I think they've got a monthly "couponarama" type of thing, but it's mostly for stuff I don't buy.

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                                            fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2014 11:09 AM

                                            I've never seen coupons for meat or vegetables. The only store I visit that does e-coupons for other items is Harris Teeter.

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                                              coll RE: fldhkybnva Apr 16, 2014 03:39 PM

                                              Our store flyers have coupons for Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, on meat and vegetables and whatever else loss leaders they are featuring. Usually have to buy $25 more of other groceries.

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                                        tcamp RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 02:52 PM

                                        That is truly impressive.

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                                          weezieduzzit RE: tcamp Apr 10, 2014 03:00 PM

                                          The websites that do the matchups do all the hard work.

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                                            holypeaches RE: weezieduzzit Apr 10, 2014 10:42 PM

                                            It is impressive. Between planning, collecting and driving how much time do you spend a week? I tried that method a few years ago and hated the driving around.

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                                              weezieduzzit RE: holypeaches Apr 11, 2014 07:24 AM

                                              60-90 minutes during the week reading the blogs (which is just 10-15 minutes here and there throughout the week to see if I need to print any coupons or add anything to my list,) and an hour to an hour and a half shopping if it's a big shopping week and I'm going 2 or 3 places. This weekend all we needed was milk so it took me 15 minutes to get to the store, shop, and drive home. Sometimes it takes me longer because I walk to get some sunshine and excercise.

                                              I have 2 major groceries, 3 drugstores and a Trader Joe's within a mile (in the same parking lot as a drugstore and grocery store so if I am going to those stores I drive once and only park once,) Target and the 99 Cents Only store are about 2 blocks from each other 4 miles from here. Sprouts is further but I go on Wednesdays which is double ad day so it's 2 weeks worth of sale items so it saves more money to go that day and pair coupons with the sale items (both store and manufacturer coupons.) If someone has to do more driving than that it will obviously take them longer.

                                              Being self employed, I do value my time. I can't be out shopping to save a dollar when I could be home making real money so I plan my trips so I'm not running around unnecessarily. I know some SAHM that chase deals while their older kids are at school and they save some amazing amounts of money but they have the time so its totally worth it for them. I don't have that time or have the same need they do since it's just the two of us, no kids. Its obviously not for everyone but it works for us, I downloaded a spreadsheet from one of the coupon sites so I could see if I was really saving money and we are. Lots of it. Its made a huge difference for us.

                                      3. fldhkybnva RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 02:48 PM

                                        Nope, I rarely find a coupon for something I buy other then toiletries and cleaning supplies.

                                        1. tcamp RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 02:53 PM

                                          Paper coupons, almost never. We do use the online coupons at Safeway but I do most of my shopping at the Asian megamarts and mostly buy from the perimeters where coupons rarely apply.

                                          1. monavano RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 03:35 PM

                                            A great BOGO that my Giant has frequently is BOGO bag of potatoes and bag of onions. Mix and match, or buy 2 of the same.
                                            I get one of each, since they often go hand in hand.

                                            1. Kajikit RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 03:43 PM

                                              I can't be bothered... we don't get the paper and I don't have the time or energy to go hunting coupons online. I save money on groceries by looking for the BOGO and regular sales and stocking up when the things I want are cheap. I'd make my shopping lists according to the grocery fliers, but since we moved I'm not getting them any more. The only grocery flier that comes in the mail at our new residence is Winn Dixie. Publix apparantly doesn't bother to mail their fliers here... :(

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                                                Samalicious RE: Kajikit Apr 10, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                Most all of the stores put their weekly ads online now. Google "Publix Weekly Ad" and find your store.

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                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Samalicious Apr 11, 2014 03:00 AM

                                                  Many of them will also email with the new flyer.

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                                                    sunshine842 RE: Samalicious Apr 11, 2014 06:02 AM

                                                    Publix also now has an app linked to the weekly add -- you just tap the item to add it to your grocery list. The list then shows up on a separate screen, sorted by the aisle layout in the store you've selected as your home store.

                                                    They also have a link to online coupons, but that requires some fiddling between 2 screens.

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                                                  ErnieD RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                  I stopped using them when they stopped covering the cost of a Sunday paper delivery, which was right about when my stepson took his Hot Pocket habit to school in another state. Mostly what I buy is meat and vegetables, and now I get some of my name-brand staples at Costco. They're usually the same price or only a few cents more and I don't have to mess with the organization aspect.

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                                                    holypeaches RE: ErnieD Apr 10, 2014 11:09 PM

                                                    That was my turning point as well. Plus gas prices and children. I utilize sales, with 15 minutes planning then maximum 1 hour in store shopping. I try to maintain the small pantry well which helps a lot.

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                                                    sedimental RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                    Nope.
                                                    I am pretty particular about the items I buy. I don't have time to search for the perfect coupon to save a dollar.
                                                    I DO take advantage of sales if I am at the right place at the right time. I do my own "bulk processing" of foods. I also really enjoy shopping at weird stores (Big Lots, outlets) sometimes.

                                                    1. westsidegal RE: monavano Apr 10, 2014 10:02 PM

                                                      for whatever reason, the brands to which i have loyalty never offer coupons.
                                                      this makes the whole idea of coupon clipping a non-starter for me.

                                                      (i.e. never see lucini organic olive oil coupons)

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                                                        weezieduzzit RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 07:03 AM

                                                        The code LUCVIP will get you 20% off their site.

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                                                          westsidegal RE: weezieduzzit Apr 12, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                          you mean go on their website?
                                                          if i used a website discount, i couldn't use the 20% off grocer's discount which requires nothing of me and can be applied to everything in the store.

                                                          makes no sense.

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                                                        Chowrin RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                        I do costco. I find it's easier, and often cheaper, as I get good prices on bulk goods.
                                                        Then again, I used a database, and would routinely get 75% off my entire grocery bill.

                                                        When they switched to Gas Perks, I knew it was time to stop couponing (I don't have a car).

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                                                          monavano RE: Chowrin Apr 11, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                          Can you elaborate on the database where you get 75% off?
                                                          Thanks.

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                                                            Chowrin RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                            Yeah. it was a simple access database, with coupon name, amount off, whether it doubled, what the expiry data was. Just a few columns really.

                                                            Number all the coupons, use that as their unique identifier, and you're golden.

                                                            I got over 50% off because that was my arbitrary "should I buy this" metric, calculated by combining sale price and coupon.

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                                                          jujuthomas RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                          Once in a while I find a coupon for tissues, laundry soap or a frozen product I purchase. Inevitably, I forget to take them to the store, or I forget I have them, so what's the point of cutting them out. I do much better buying products when they're on sale.

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                                                            monavano RE: jujuthomas Apr 11, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                            Sounds like me and my reusable grocery bags.
                                                            They've made it as far as my car, and I virtually always forget to take some in with me.
                                                            I've got to tie a string around my finger or something..

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                                                              tcamp RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                              I still use a paper list so when I go to the car, I take out bags and rubber band them with the list on passenger seat. That's the only way I can reliably end up with bags in the store.

                                                              If I stop for a couple of items on the way home from work, I practically always forget the bags.

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                                                                monavano RE: tcamp Apr 11, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                Thanks. I need to find some routine that ensures I take bags in.
                                                                I'll try placing my folder with list and coupons in a bag, instead of the passenger seat.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: tcamp Apr 16, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                  I also still use a paper list (no smartphone) and my reusable bags are on the floor in the back seat. It's just become habit to reach back and grab one.

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                                                                  jujuthomas RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                                  I'm getting pretty good about the bags... i even have a couple for the wine store.

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                                                                    sunshine842 RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                    when they first started selling reusable bags,our local store had a sandwich board sitting outside the front door saying "did you remember your shopping bags?"

                                                                    It got pretty funny watching how many people did a 180 as they got close to the door....but it was a really helpful reminder (says one of the ones seeing doing a 180...)

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                                                                      KarenDW RE: monavano Apr 13, 2014 11:17 PM

                                                                      I have left my cart full of groceries in the aisle, or "near" a check out, while I walk out to the car to get my bags/tote box/crate.

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                                                                    sandylc RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                    Coupons, as others have said, are for crap 98% of the time. Once in a while, there will be a store coupon for butter, toilet paper, eggs, or produce. These are worth some effort, generally.

                                                                    The coupon stuff in the Sunday paper is just tree murder. And bad health for those who use them.

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                                                                      sunshine842 RE: sandylc Apr 11, 2014 06:55 PM

                                                                      I did catch one stacked-out chain of discounts last summer on the Edy's Outshine bars...the local grocery had a BOGO, and then I had two different coupons, one for something like $2 off, and the other for an *extra* BOGO.

                                                                      I actually lost track of what I ended up spending, but I suspect the store actually paid me to take the juice bars.

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                                                                      autumm RE: monavano Apr 11, 2014 07:13 PM

                                                                      I'm not clipping coupons, but Rainbow (local Roundy's chain) will frequently have cereal on sale (right now its $2/box of cheerios) and will have check out coupons for your next purchase. So I have 1.50 off my next purchase of 3 boxes of cheerios. At 2 bucks a box (and having toddler) I've bought 6 boxes this week, and going back for more with my coupon tomorrow.

                                                                      1. foodieX2 RE: monavano Apr 12, 2014 05:48 AM

                                                                        I have to laugh. After joining this thread my 12 year old came home to tell me that he stopped at 7-11 after hockey because he had coupon on his phone. He bought a slurpee, 2 candy bars, a muffin and the cashier handed him .27 cents back! My husband said there must be something wrong. She checked again, got her manager and sure enough they owed my son money! Im sure corporate was not happy.

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                                                                          Fowler RE: foodieX2 Apr 12, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                          foodieX2, I think your son has a very bright future on Wall Street. :-)

                                                                        2. 3MTA3 RE: monavano Apr 12, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                          When there is a 1 dollar coupon in the fliers, I see a free 1 dollar bill (for the item I want to buy). How could I NOT cut that out and use it ? Some people see opportunity, others see to much effort and responsibility.

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                                                                            sunshine842 RE: 3MTA3 Apr 12, 2014 07:21 AM

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                                                                              Kajikit RE: 3MTA3 Apr 12, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                              Except that coupons nowadays are more often things like 'save 30c if you purchase half a dozen' which works out to a whopping 5c per item. High value coupons are extremely rare birds.

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                                                                                ErnieD RE: 3MTA3 Apr 12, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                                                And others see taking responsibility as recognizing that they have a finite number of free hours on this earth and don't want to spend them in pursuit of 50 cents off three boxes of Hamburger Helper.

                                                                                I'm actually a really thrifty food shopper and I'm willing to make some effort at it, but couponing has proven itself not worth my time. People who do find value in it are free to run their lives with zero judgment from me-I do plenty of things food-wise that I'm sure wouldn't work for everyone.

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                                                                                LRuthers RE: monavano Apr 12, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                                I clip coupons from Sunday papers for items I know I'll use. Kroger loyalty coupons, both the paper ones that come in snail mail and the digital ones are geared to what I buy. I do use those a lot. They have coupons like $2-$4 off produce/meat/dairy if you buy $10-$20 worth in that department.

                                                                                Lozo.com has the Redplum coupons, but they also have digital coupons and manufacturer's coupons. I check those out and print a few when I'm planning a big shopping trip or when I'm bored.

                                                                                1. jw615 RE: monavano Apr 12, 2014 10:08 PM

                                                                                  I don't coupon for groceries much unless I happen to come across a high value coupon. I'm allergic to a lot of things, so often I need a specific brand or type of product, and couponing isn't so adaptable to the allergies that I have.

                                                                                  I find that I do better shopping the sales, checking the meat and produce markdowns, and hitting aldi and the salvage grocery stores.

                                                                                  1. juliejulez RE: monavano Apr 13, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                    I mainly just use the digital coupons my store offers. They also send me paper coupons in the mail for items I buy often from them (like sour cream, Lactaid milk, $2 off $10 in the meat department, stuff like that). They also send me "personal price" digital coupons on things I buy often... so like right now, I get limes for 19 cents because they sent me the digital coupon before the lime shortage. I also get english muffins for $1.59 right now. They are unlimited use until they expire.

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                                                                                      Fowler RE: juliejulez Apr 13, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                      Leinenkugel's has an in-store $1 off special on Summer Shandy. No coupon required. They are actually paying you, juliejulez, $1 to drink Summer Shandy! How can you go wrong with that?

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                                                                                        juliejulez RE: Fowler Apr 13, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                        Too bad grocery stores here don't sell beer :( Well they do but it's "fake" beer... like 3% alcohol or something. But thanks anyway, I do love me some Summer Shandy!

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                                                                                          Fowler RE: juliejulez Apr 13, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                          You do not have access to a liquor store that sells Summer Shandy and offers the buck off deal?

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                                                                                            juliejulez RE: Fowler Apr 16, 2014 09:10 PM

                                                                                            Not that I've seen.... but then again SO usually does the liquor store runs.

                                                                                    2. Karl S RE: monavano Apr 13, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                      Nope. They aren't generally for items I buy; they are designed to stimulate brand buying more than actual net saving, and I don't have the time to glean the very limited gold from the mounds of dross.

                                                                                      1. sunshine842 RE: monavano Apr 13, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                        Today's paper netted 2- $4 coupons for Zyrtec (an everyday med for at least one of us) -- and $1 off a package of dog treats (we have 2 pooches, so it adds up)

                                                                                        $9 for a 75-cent paper sounds like a fair trade to me.

                                                                                        Last week Publix had a coupon in the paper for $10 off a $50 purchase. I'm going to be at the Publix at least once in any given week, as it's our primary food shop...so well worth 30 seconds to cut that one out.

                                                                                        That makes $19 over the last two weeks...I don't know about you guys, but I'm not going to look down my nose at $450 a year.

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                                                                                          monavano RE: sunshine842 Apr 13, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                          Our Shoppers Food Warehouse had $10 off $50.
                                                                                          My favorite is triple gas rewards which runs about once a month.

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                                                                                          pedalfaster RE: monavano Apr 13, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                          I think I am with some of the other posters here: food-not so much.

                                                                                          Coupons for health/beauty items, cleaning products and pet food are still useful.

                                                                                          I do like the "gift card" coupon. I get these most often at stores such as Target. I buy something I was planning to buy anyway (laundry supplies, pet food) and get a $1-$5 gift card at checkout---to be used on any future purchase. Those work for me...and if the store is trying to build consumer loyalty they are doing a good job.

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                                                                                            Westy RE: monavano Apr 16, 2014 05:21 AM

                                                                                            we use them for what we call "chemiocals" (detergents, window cleaners, etc), some processed items (yogurt is AWLAYS on sale).

                                                                                            We also pay close attention to local supermarlets, like Fresh Market, when they run specials on meat. Bought a freezer so we can buy in bulk.

                                                                                            1. LindaWhit RE: monavano Apr 16, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                              I've noticed the following:

                                                                                              Expiration date time frame is drastically shortened. A lot of times, I'll see something I often buy, but the expiration is less than a month away. Nope, won't need it that soon, and choose not to "buy and store" in my pantry.

                                                                                              Too many Buy Two for $1.00 off. I don't WANT two dozen Eggland eggs. I only want a dozen.

                                                                                              Like you - too many coupons for processed foods. I'm not going to buy a stew mix with everything already in it - "just add beef!". I'd rather make it myself.

                                                                                              I find if there are two or three coupon inserts, I'm only cutting out 3-5 coupons, if that. I used to cut out upwards of 10 or more. (Probably 10-15 years ago.)

                                                                                              I tend to buy things like Ziploc bags, foil, etc. in bulk at BJ's Wholesale Club, so I'm already getting a better price, and the $1.00 off, while great, doesn't matter a whole hill of beans in the long run.

                                                                                              I'm probably going to drop my Sunday Boston Globe subscription, as I don't really read the newspaper anymore. I'm mostly in it for the inserts, and just this morning, I removed 2 weeks worth of inserts from the last two Sunday Globe bags, and the rest went into the recycling bin. I kept the comics, Parade Magazine, coupons, this week's Target and CVS ads, and the Sunday Globe Magazine. Kind of stupid to be paying for delivery of something I no longer read.

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                                                                                                monavano RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                We just stopped daily delivery and will buy a newspaper on the stand when we want to- probably the Food section day and the Sunday.
                                                                                                Too many papers were collecting.

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                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: monavano Apr 16, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                  I won't even say how many Sunday Boston Globe Magazines are sitting on my living room floor. :-P

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                                                                                                    coll RE: monavano Apr 16, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                    Our paper used to have a choice of Weds and Sunday, or Saturday and Sunday, besides 7 days. Don't know if they still do that, since the paper also owns our cable company so I get it free online now (no coupons though, but the subscription savings plus not having to throw it all out, much of it unread, is the best deal to me.

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                                                                                                      tcamp RE: monavano Apr 17, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                                                                      Or subscribe to Sunday only for $39.99/year and get unlimited online access. My solution after DH rejected my "scrounge through the neighbors' recycling bins" idea.

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                                                                                                        monavano RE: tcamp Apr 17, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                        We might go back to a limited subscription. For now, we're going to buy at news stands/stores 2-3 times a week.

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                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: tcamp Apr 17, 2014 01:52 PM

                                                                                                          The Sunday Boston Globe costs about $46.00 for 16 weeks delivery in my area. :-/

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                                                                                                          sandylc RE: monavano Apr 17, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                          Our grocery stores keep free copies of their weekly ads near the doors.

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                                                                                                            monavano RE: sandylc Apr 17, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                            Mine, too, but- sometimes there are gas rewards coupons (triple gas points) that only come with the circulars in the paper.
                                                                                                            The circulars are online, too.

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                                                                                                              sandylc RE: monavano Apr 17, 2014 02:19 PM

                                                                                                              We recently got a card for several cents off per gallon at a gas station chain.

                                                                                                              By our calculations, if we make the effort to go to this chain for every fill, we will save $25-35 dollars per year.

                                                                                                              We had similar results when calculating the savings with things like loyalty cards. These are much more valuable to the store issuing them than they are to the customer, as they provide customer/product tracking that is valuable for marketing purposes.

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                                                                                                          viperlush RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                                                                          I can't remember how, but we signed up for free delivery of just the inserts from the Globe.

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                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: viperlush Apr 16, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                            OMG - *please* remember! LOL

                                                                                                            ETA: Found it (maybe):

                                                                                                            https://services.bostonglobe.com/cs/s...

                                                                                                            And it seems to be available to my area. Says "Savings Central may not be available in all areas and is not available to current Boston Globe subscribers. Limit one product per household. Delivery will begin 30 days after sign up date."

                                                                                                            How are they delivered - in your mailbox or by drop-off?

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                                                                                                              viperlush RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                              Drop off on the front steps. Sometimes I get it, sometimes my neighbors take it.

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                                                                                                                Fowler RE: viperlush Apr 16, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                Sometimes your neighbors take it? Wow. Is that an accident or intentional?

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                                                                                                                  viperlush RE: Fowler Apr 16, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                  The bag doesn't have an address or name on it and we live in a multi family house. Weekly we get numerous bags of store circulars. It could also be one of the many people who dig through our recyclables for redeemables. Or someone walking pass. The joys of city living.

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                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: viperlush Apr 16, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                    Ahhh, one of those type of freebies. Got it.

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: viperlush Apr 16, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                  Lazy-ass neighbors. Can't sign up for themselves? :-P

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                  Cancelled my Sunday Globe subscription yesterday, and signed up for the Savings Central flyers to be delivered. So hopefully mid-May I should start receiving them.

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                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                    Thanks for letting us know, Linda! That probably also saved some paper from being wasted.

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                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Fowler Apr 22, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                      Fowler, nice try, but it wasn't being wasted. I was using the papers for cat litter, covering the floors while painting, etc.

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                                                                                                                        Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                        Thanks and that is good to know, Linda!

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                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 17, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                Linda-I'm sure you know this already but BJ's (giggle) accepts manufacturer coupons. If can be great deals when you get the $1 off things like plastic wrap, ziplock etc.

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Apr 17, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                  I do know that, foodie. Of course, when I go there, I always forget to see if I have coupons for what I need. I usually don't.

                                                                                                                  I'm going to go the viperlush route - let my Sunday paper subscription lapse and then "subscribe" to the free inserts. Hopefully they'll arrive on the doorstep in a timely manner.

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                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Apr 17, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                    A lot of us that coupon regularly don't have subscriptions- you can look at the coupon previews and buy the paper on weeks where you know you will save money with it or just buy coupons through clipping services (for pennies,) when there are coupons you want.

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                                                                                                                happybaker RE: monavano Apr 16, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                If they are $1 coupons - yes, I do.

                                                                                                                Just used those for Smart balance, and Bird's Eye Voila and felt very happy.

                                                                                                                I also use the hair color coupons (gasp!) as they will save me $2 - $5 off the price.

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                                                                                                                  Chowrin RE: monavano Apr 17, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                  Downloading GM coupons is for shmoos.
                                                                                                                  http://consumerist.com/2014/04/17/gen...

                                                                                                                  1. Michelly RE: monavano Apr 17, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                    I'm not a coupon queen, but I do find that if I can keep track of what's on sale at the two megamarts and the drugstore that are close to me, I can use coupons on top of the sale price.
                                                                                                                    I don't cut coupons that I would never use, but I save an average of 1/4 to 1/3 of my bill.

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                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: Michelly Apr 18, 2014 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                      If you find a good blog you don't even have to keep track- they do the work with the matchups. I highly recommend southerncalisaver dot com

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                                                                                                                        monavano RE: weezieduzzit Apr 22, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                        I'm going to look into this as well as sundaycouponinserts.com

                                                                                                                    2. coney with everything RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                      I bought Ragu in the 90s, despite not being very fond of it, just so I could get their pasta bowls with UPCs. Still have them and they are really attractive and useful

                                                                                                                      Most supermarkets in my area routinely doubled coupons, but it's less common and they do expire too quickly IMO. So I gave up on it, even threw out my coupon file

                                                                                                                      1. monavano RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                        Another peeve in this whole saving money thing- anyone else seeing ridiculously marginal sales?
                                                                                                                        I'm seeing $.18 off and $.23 off and really oddball lowball numbers like that.
                                                                                                                        Why even bother cutting down a tree and using labor to put a sticker on such low "savings"?

                                                                                                                        It's more of an insult than a savings!

                                                                                                                        1. Lambowner RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                          Many stores have coupons that download to your customer card and reduce when you swipe it at check out. I don't usually remember to go online and see if my detergent etc is on the list this week though. And you are right, most of the food items are processed foods that I don't buy. I'm in love with Kroger currently, they send me coupons once a month or so that track my actual purchases and give me real discounts on what I actually buy, including vegetables and meats. They have my loyalty for that.

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                                                                                                                            latindancer RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                            I've watched those TV shows that feature some very obsessive compulsive coupon shoppers.
                                                                                                                            Their garages are filled to capacity with the groceries they've bought…$500 worth of groceries for $5 etc….
                                                                                                                            They spend every waking hour thinking about how much money they'll save.
                                                                                                                            Addiction for which they need rehab.

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                                                                                                                              monavano RE: latindancer Apr 24, 2014 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                              I agree that they are hoarders, and jerks for driving up prices for the rest of us.

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                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: latindancer Apr 24, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                Not to mention that by their own admission they often end up purchasing numerous things they will not use and do not even need just because they have coupons for them. That seems counter-productive to the goal of saving money.

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                                                                                                                                  pedalfaster RE: Fowler Apr 24, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                  I agree. Every time one shops one is not "saving" money---but spending it!

                                                                                                                                  This thread gave me an idea for a show mash-up. An "Extreme Hoarder" show might be in order. The couponer could show off her "bounty" and then a therapist could step in and help her divest of her stock. Heck, throw in a Food Network "star" too.
                                                                                                                                  They could help come up with recipes that call for 12 cans of tuna, three pints of "salad dressing" and two boxes of toasted oat cereal.

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                                                                                                                                    coll RE: pedalfaster Apr 24, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                    Back in the depths of the recession, I remember someone saying to me, you have to go to the outlets. Everything this weekend is 75% off! I just said, and if I don't go, everything is 100% off.

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                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: latindancer Apr 24, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                  That's TV, not real life. Many of the things those "shoppers" do isn't even possible in reality (manufacturers and stores both have limits on the number of like coupons you can use in a transaction- it usually varies from 2 to 4.) It isn't even possible to clear a shelf by using 50 of some coupon. Most stores also have policies on overages that are very unlike that ridiculous TV show. There is always hoarder behavior out there but that show is entertainment programming and it wouldn't be nearly as exciting if the "shopper" stocked up on 4 bottles of detergent like happens in real life.

                                                                                                                                  Here's just one (of many,) examples of the fraud on that show: http://www.jillcataldo.com/extremecou...

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                                                                                                                                    Chowrin RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                    back when I was couponing, the limits were rarely enforced, and even if they were, you could come back the next day.

                                                                                                                                    Also, progresso soup: $1.00 off 4. Four of those will clear a shelf nicely.

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                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: Chowrin Apr 24, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      There have been $1/ 1 can of Progresso coupons since the beginning of the year so people have been buying them like mad but here the Progresso section is almost half of the soup aisle- no problem finding it at all. The most I've paid for it so far this year is 25 cents a can and we keep it in our emergency stash. It saved my ass this week since I was sick as a dog and couldn't manage anything else. I'll be restocking this weekend- I just checked one of the coupon blogs and I can get it for 9 cents after the coupon at one store, completely free at another or 25 cents at the one closest to me.

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                                                                                                                                        Chowrin RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                        Can't say as I'm surprised. Progresso's current quality is about the same as Dinty Moore's. Ya should be able to get a decent price on it.

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                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: Chowrin Apr 24, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                          In the event of another cold like I've had this week or an emergency like a major earthquake I'll still be glad I have it.

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                                                                                                                                      Lambowner RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                      That's wacked. I can't believe the show is still on. Since we haven't heard of the store owners suing, maybe the show pays the coupons. The show makes me cringe. Feeling accomplished because you have a lifetime of free toothpaste stored in your garage is not normal.

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                                                                                                                                        Fowler RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                        >>>That's TV, not real life<<<

                                                                                                                                        weezie, What about all of the bloggers that boast about their couponing/hoarding compulsion? Is that just TV? Of course not. They are being blatantly honest.

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                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: Fowler Apr 24, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                          Its the exception, not the rule. If you look at coupon statistics, the percentage of distributed coupons that are redeemed is very small and that includes those who have blogs about it.

                                                                                                                                          "Winston-Salem, NC – January 15, 2014 – Inmar, a company that operates intelligent commerce networks, announced today that industry-wide coupon redemption remained steady in 2013 at 2.9 billion coupons redeemed while distribution grew 3.6 percent – compared to 2012. Some 329 billion coupons for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPGs) – including both traditional, paper coupons and digital, paperless coupons – were distributed in the U.S. last year. Of the coupons distributed in 2013, roughly 40 percent were for food products and 60 percent for non-food products."

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                                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                            Hmmmm....I wonder why so many people are NOT using coupons (according to that story). Perhaps there is a good reason for that and lends credibility to what many people here are saying despite your opinion to the contrary.

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                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: Fowler Apr 24, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                              Stats don't support that people aren't using coupons, it's actually quite the opposite (but most people aren't abusing them, which is the point I was addressing before.) If I had to guess, I would think that the huge number of available coupons skews the numbers. Lots of interesting coupon statistics, if you're interested: http://blog.accessdevelopment.com/ind...

                                                                                                                                    3. monavano RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ugh, example of my complaint about ludicrously small "sales"- I got the grocery and Rite Aid circulars today.
                                                                                                                                      Charmin TP, 16 or 20 count, you get a WHOPPING $.25 off.
                                                                                                                                      Wow, I'm bowled over.

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                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: monavano Apr 24, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                        Try a deal like this from TotallyTarget instead: (Check blogs for current deals)

                                                                                                                                        "Buy (3) Charmin Bath Tissue Double roll 24 pk ($12.99) = $38.97
                                                                                                                                        -$5 Off Bath Tissue and/or Paper Towels Purchase of $20+ Mobile TQ (text PAPER to 827438) x4/26
                                                                                                                                        -$3 (use three $1.00 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong 12 ct+
                                                                                                                                        = $30.97 – $10 Gift Card Back for buying three thru 4/19
                                                                                                                                        = $20.97 for 3 or $6.99 each after coupon stack & gift card!
                                                                                                                                        That’s like paying around .29 per double roll or less than .15 per regular roll of Charmin!"

                                                                                                                                        On her site the text for the $1 off coupon is a live link. You can print 2 per computer.

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                                                                                                                                          monavano RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                          Excellent example- thanks for walking me through it.
                                                                                                                                          In the Giant circular, TP, paper towels and detergent are on sale PLUS $6 off if you buy three.
                                                                                                                                          Now that's more like it.

                                                                                                                                      2. monavano RE: monavano May 1, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                        Update- since canceling my paper, it's interesting to note that I am now getting my local food circulars in the next day's mail (the day after the paper's Food section that had the circulars in it).
                                                                                                                                        I don't know if it's a coincidence, or what, but I'm getting 3/4 of the circulars, including my Giant that has the desired 3x gas point coupon every 4-6 weeks.

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                                                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: monavano May 1, 2014 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                          I remember as a kid, my mom would get a monthly survey that my sister or I would fill out for her. Based on the results of each month's survey we'd get a bundle of coupons. She had an organizer, and would do her list based on sales, and coupons.

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