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Do you coupon?

by Meghann on January 6, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I watched the special ‘Extreme Couponing’ on TLC and was instantly inspired. (In case you missed it – the show will be on again on TLC on the 15th info here). I know the people they showcased were truly ‘extreme’ and my guess is they had all been planning the big trips featured on the show for a while to impress the producers, but still – having a shopping bill go from $600 to $2 is pretty inspirational.

When I worked for the local newspaper right out of college I was spoiled with my daily free copies of the newspaper and the coupon sections that came with it. Every Monday I would go to work, grab the Sunday paper, and start clipping coupons. Of course, I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doing it all wrong. When it came down to it, I was just clipping every coupon they offered and ended up buying unnecessary stuff that probably ended up costing me more money in the log run because I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place  without the coupon.

Obviously, that first experience with couponing wasn’t the best. From then on I was one of those people who began to believe couponing wasn’t worth it and I was better off just buying by the sale ads. I also associated coupons with processed, junk food.

Now I know better.

This morning I discovered the mecca of couponing blogs out there and Oh. My. God. Why didn’t I discover these earlier? It’s insane the saving possibilities out there! I found that I could save on books, movies and music with Barnes and Noble coupons The savings were endless. And there’s actually methods to the insanity! Stacking coupons. Doubling coupons. Buying in bulk. etc. etc. etc. I’m dizzy with new found knowledge! 🙂

Here’s a few of my favorites so far.

Do you have any to add to the list?

I even found a couple of beginning couponers guides here and here.

I’m mainly interested in the health and beauty product deals. (The idea of paying pennies for toilet paper and laundry detergent is a good one.) But I was excited to see this Kashi deal today. (I love how she broke it down so you actually see how the stacking of coupons works!)

(As a side note I worked as a cashier for two years in college and never had an extreme couponer come through my line. Such a shame. I think it would have been fun. Spending two or three hours checking someone out would be better than standing around doing nothing. At least the clock would have ticked by faster that way.)

So… the question remains… Do you coupon? 😉

Moving on.

My breakfast was missing something this morning… Fruit!

I had an apple mid-morning to make up for it. 😉

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For lunch I went with a classic Hummus Sandwich.

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Sandwiched between the two slices of whole wheat toast I had hummus, cucumber, cheese, salsa, snap peas, and greens. It’s really amazing how light and refreshing a veggie sandwich is.

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On the side I had some carrot sticks with a spoonful of almond butter.

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They were so sweet, I saved them last for dessert.

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Remember that Reality Show for Ford that I auditioned for a couple of months back?

Well, as you might of guessed, we didn’t get it. Ford announced all 6 teams today and sadly, Katy and I are not on the list. I was bummed not to picked for the show, but still thrilled that Katy and I were not only asked to audition, but were picked as finalists afterwards. 🙂

I don’t have much to say about the way Ford handled the show, but I know a lot of the other finalists did. Check out Katy’s post for the lowdown.

1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I TRY to coupon, but I’m really bad at it. We don’t get a paper to cut coupons from and a lot of the stuff isn’t for things we use. Although I got some coupons sent to me from my store a couple weeks ago. Used those and saved $15. I do need to get more into it.

I used to use the site couponmom.com and really liked it. Plus she shares coupons online every week for anyone to print.
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2 Paige @ The Gravy Boat January 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I started getting into couponing a few months ago. I changed jobs and really needed to work on my grocery bills, so I finally made the effort and jumped in. Now I’m realllly into it (as cool as that sounds…) and even blog about living frugally and doing the coupon thing. I love seeing the deals I can get and discovering how much I can save!

Southern Savers is my favorite resource, but I also use thethriftymama.com for more natural/organic stuff and iheartcvs.com to score the sweet CVS deals.
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3 Amanda (Eating Up) January 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

My mom coupons, so I get a little bit from her. They kind of stress me out though. I have enough to think about, and I rarely remember to use coupons before they expire!
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4 Amanda January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I tried coupons last year, but got very lazy and annoyed with buying the huge Sunday paper for only a few pages. I did find some online sources for local grocery stores that automatically loaded coupons to my rewards card. The best thing I learned though was that certain grocery stores automatically double whatever coupons you bring it. I’m not sure which ones do it in Florida, but it’s advertised in our weekly specials flyer. I think if you do anything with coupons it’s to really take advantage of the double-coupon policy. Have fun!!
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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I try to coupon as well, but unless it’s a coupon from Kashi (which don’t normally fit in my wallet!) I usually forget that I have them! I don’t go out of my way to cut them out or print coupons, but I’ve considered it. I’m trying to cut my grocery budget, so it would probably be a good thing to do. Unfortunately though, most of my spending tends to be on fruit and veggies and they don’t make coupons for that!
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6 Sarah for Real January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Nope.

I used to follow those coupon blogs and do sorta intense couponing myself.

I blogged about why I think it’s a ridiculous practice just the other day!

7 Rose January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Retailmenot.com is a great resource!

I have started using coupons at the grocery store. Last week I saved 10 bucks!
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8 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I just blogged about that show the other day!

My main gripe is that most of the coupons for food items are for really chemical-filled foods that have enough preservatives to last in the Krazy Coupon Lady’s garage for 6 months. There just aren’t enough coupons out there for fresh, all natural foods.

Otherwise, I will stack coupons if given the opportunity for a product I’d normally buy but otherwise, I don’t get too into it. She recommends subscribing to 4-6 newspapers per household and I question the waste on that.

But more power to you! I do think it can be beneficial for bathroom products!
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9 Meghann January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Totally agree on that. 4-6 newspapers is NUTS! I’m not planning on going extreme, bu saving money on things I would normally buy sounds about right. 🙂

10 Kelly January 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I admit I’m not a coupon clipper, I try, but I always forget them, haha.
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11 Hope January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I am a total couponer! I love saving money especially when times are hard right now. I always follow the coupon blogs and end up getting some pretty amazing deals! I’ve posted some of my deals on my blog when I get them. I have a few to add to the list: http://www.moneysavingmom.com, http://www.dealseekingmom.com, http://www.mamacheaps.com. I love Hip2save and the krazycoupon lady!
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12 kristy @ kristyruns.com January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I STILL havent tried your almond butter and carrot combo! Need to!!!

And I’m not a couponer…yet. I’ll have to check out those sites! 🙂
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13 Maryann January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I never use coupons but I always buy stuff on sale! I should start using them though..

I love your lunch, it looks simple and delicious!

14 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I’ve never really gotten into the couponing thing. The way it is, my small apartment cupboards are bought with stuff I found on sale, and still haven’t been eaten!
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15 Hope January 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I am a total couponer! I absolutely love going on these couponing blogs and matching up coupons to good deals. I am always looking for ways to save money especially during these tough times. I have posted several of my couponing deals on my blog. A few other sites to add to your list are, Money Saving Mom, Deal Seeking Mom, and Mama Cheaps. Hip2Save and the Krazy Coupon Lady are two of my favorites. It really does save you a lot of money by using coupons and matching them to store ads. 🙂
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16 Kimberly @ Healthy Strides January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I saw that special on TLC. It was definitely extreme!

I coupon as best I can, looking at the ad for what I need and what’s on sale then hitting the web to find coupons. I also check out moneysavingmom.com as they sometimes have links to free samples – like Kashi Go Lean – which usually come with great coupons.

17 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I do coupon! I haven’t been as on top of it as I usually am as of late, but plan on picking up soon.

Check out CouponMom.com … I find that her graph as to what’s on sale, where, and what coupons to use is much easier to follow than some others out there.
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18 Kara January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I coupon, but in a very non-extreme way. For any moms out there (or soon to be moms) you get the best coupons by going to the companies directly and registering online. I just got a coupon in the mail a few days ago for a free 25 dollar container of formula. It’s too bad my baby has allergies and I can’t use it, but I’m sure the local food bank will appreciate the donation 🙂

Don’t even get me started on diaper points! I’ve seen huge email chains going around sharing diaper point codes, it’s a mommy conspiracy!
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19 Hannah (Running In Freedom) January 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I was the same way about coupons, but I saw the show and loved it! I’m going to give it an honest try, especially since I’m in college. Thanks for the websites to get the wheels rollin!
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20 Gina January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I watched that show too! I actually ran out a few days later and grabbed a newspaper. Went on my first “couponing” experience last night and paid $30 for $65 worth of stuff, not too bad! Plus, it’s all stuff that I will use.
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21 Mallory January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I got into couponing a year or two ago and I absolutely believe it saves me money! I’m 23 and I even convinced my 24 year old husband to go along with it. 🙂 We average about $200/month for ALL of our food (lots of it organic or non-processed,) dog food, health and beauty, cleaners, etc. We’re a 2-person household with 1 dog, and I regularly pass along things to some friends and family memebers too. (It costs $2/week for me to get the paper delivered…but you can print coupons online and load them electronically to most store loyalty cards.)

When I first started it was easy to clip all the junky food coupons, etc…but if you play your cards right and develop a system, you won’t have to pay for toothpaste, tooth brushes, body wash, paper products, Tylenol/Ibuprofen, etc. pretty much ever again. And Kashi and produce coupons are all over the place – you just have to know where to look. 🙂

Maybe I could write out a better explanation at a different time…or start my own blog!

22 Theresa February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

If Kashi, Peace Cereal, and produce coupons are all over the place then I’ll take them. I recently printed Kashi and Peace Cereal coupons and even a $3.00 rebate from Peace Cereal. Right now these are the only once I eat being vegan. So I need LOTS of coupons for that. Now really, where are product coupons? I guess organic produce coupons would be dreaming?

23 Elizabeth January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Oh yes, I love to coupon. I second the comments about the fact that coupons tend to be for more processed, unhealthy stuff, but if it’s in item that I’d normally buy, I try to use sales/coupons to save a lot of money.
Drug store items are a big area – I recently stocked up, getting $10’s worth of toothpaste for just 81cents!
I also have a “grocery savings spreadsheet” where I enter from every grocery store receipt, how much I spent and saved, and watch my average savings percentage grow 🙂 A little OCD…. maybe?
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24 Tara January 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I used to. I joined thegrocerygame.com. Basically it spells everything out for you of what to buy and when. It was actually really easy. I would usually buy 2 Sunday newspapers… sometimes 4 if there were some really good coupons in them. I stopped because most of the stuff I was buying was completely unhealthy processed stuff that I really didn’t need in the first place. Sure, its nice to have free toothpaste and deodorant… but was it worth it to be unhealthy and gain 5-7 pounds? Not for me. Plus, once you get the hang of it, the sales start repeating and your stockpile can only be so big! But it was definitely fun while I did it… coming home with bags of groceries and spending only a few bucks!
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25 Theresa February 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

I agree. That’s why today after just a few weeks of the “extreme couponing” I’m on the hunt for a vegan only or at least healthy couponing blog to follow.

26 Callie January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I actually blogged about my coupon tips a while back “A Training Plan for Grocery Shopping”: http://wannabeathlete.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/a-training-plan-for-grocery-shopping/

Hope it has some tips you can use! Couponing is a great thing – you just have to be careful to focus on buying healthy stuff – you can get junk SO cheap with coupons! I think we have saved a ton of our money from couponing at CVS – you can always get stuff free there! 🙂
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27 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

i only coupon if they fall into my lap and are something that i normally buy. i guess i never saw that use in putting too much effort into it. maybe i should change my mind! 🙂
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28 Laura @ Starting Out Fit January 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I definitely coupon and it’s amazing how much $ I save on our weekly groceries. I wish I lived in the US though when it comes to couponing – there always sems to be a LOT more available to Americans when it comes to saving and getting free samples.
To any Canadian readers, http://www.smartcanucks.ca is a great site to find out about deals and coupons! 🙂

29 Christin@purplebirdblog January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I use to be a great couponer, and I have gotten so lazy in recent years (or forgetful to use the coupons I *do* have!) I need to get back on the ball!
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30 Hannah N. January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I started couponing when I found the Krazy Coupon Lady website early this past summer. At first I was totally gung-ho about couponing and went a little crazy buying things I didn’t really need simply because they were a great deal. Now I’ve learned a lot and also learned to use coupons, sales, and stacking for what I acutally use and normally purchase at grocery drug stores. It takes a little while to get into your own rhythm, but I think it’s totally worth it. I haven’t paid for tooth paste in a long time (and I have a little stockpile because I was able to get them for free with coupons!).

In addition to this, a lot of the coupons and good deals are for unhealthy packaged, processed foods. However, a lot of the organic brands, including dairy brands, are hopping on the coupon band wagon as well. There are very rarely coupons for fresh produce so to save money in that department it’s really important to buy in season produce. And look for what’s on sale at different stores in your area! Sometimes produce prices can vary by severall dollars per pound depending on which store you go to.

31 Heather January 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I do coupon but only for stuff that I use. I watched that show & was FLOORED by the stock pile of groceries that some of them had in their pantries & garages. I wouldn’t buy things like that if I don’t use them. The one guy was the neat though who donated much of what he purchased to charity.

32 Sarah January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Another vote for moneysavingmom.com. (@moneysavingmom on twitter) Also the guy on the show towards the end who build the “art work” out of Total cereal has a website it’s http://www.weusecoupons.com.

I use coupons regularely but am no where close to any of those people on the show.

33 Martha January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

LOVE groupons!! You should try onespout.com- it aggregates all of the groupon/team buys/etc into one email- pretty awesome.

34 Stephanie January 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Yes! I’ve been couponing for over a year. I Heart Publix has been my lifesaver. Recently, the amount I coupon has died down because we’ve gone vegetarian and organic so there aren’t as many coupons. But that’s not to say there aren’t any! If you eat any organic products add this one: http://www.organicdeals.com/. She always posts it when new organic coupons are available (since most organic coupons are printable).

I do still coupon for health and beauty items and toiletries. Except, I haven’t had to lately because last year I got so many good deals that I’m still running on it! I haven’t bought shampoo, deodorant (for me or the hubs), soap, lotion, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash for at least 6 months, if not longer. Now, I only buy it when the stuff I like gets super low (below $1)! It’s pretty nice to always have a stash! Cleaning supplies has been about 9 months. Medicine has been over a year. Last year I was able to get over $200 worth of medicine (Cold, Allergy, etc.) for $12. It’s been really nice to actually have this stuff on hand instead of having to drag my sick butt to the store!

Publix does have a lot of organics though and they do go on sale regularly. I go crazy every 3 months when Cascadian Farms’ granola goes BOGO! 🙂
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35 monica January 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I am a crazy couponer. I love it. So addicting. I also like: totallytarget.com, iheartkroger.com, couponmom.com, and if you get super into it afullcup.com. Also, for health and beauty items look at Iheartwags.com, iheartriteaid, and iheartcvs. They all show transaction by transaction on how to make money to then buy products you actually want. You can then donate the items you do not need. I was a ‘minimalist’ when I first started and refused to do multiple papers and buy things I don’t need. Now I see that multiple papers allow you to buy several of items you need (many times for free) and getting paid to take something you don’t need enables you to buy things that you do want. I also ‘buy’ coupons on ebay if there is an item I really want to get several of. I have not paid for health and beauty in a year. In many cases I got paid to take these items of the shelf.

I just got married and had a huge wedding party. I gave each of the 15 participants a cute cloth purse bag filled with covergirl, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream etc. I was also able to make gift bags for all wedding guests for less than 25 cents a bag (full size bag of organic crunch master crackers, full size trail mix, 4 kashi granola bars, 2 bottles of water, candy, etc.). It was a huge help! I was also able to get parts of my centerpieces for free by doing money making transactions and using the overage to buy the centerpieces. It is absolutely amazing what you can do.

Currently, Kroger has a deal on hummus with free greek yogurt (coupon on package). See Iheartkroger for details. Target has a great deal on the large containers of Chobani (32 oz); they are 1.20. Most are cleared off the shelf but you can get a raincheck that does not expire until mid Feb. I know you use those products so they would be a great place to start.

BTW–I am a vegan and prefer to eat organic so you can still eat super healthy using coupons.

36 Rae January 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Oh man, I LOVE couponing!! I dont go to an extreme, but my Mom and in laws and I all swap coupon inserts after a few weeks so I can double up on yogurt coups (which they dont use) and they can double up on what they use. Works great! Also, a few more:

http://www.coupons.com
http://www.redplum.com
http://www.smartsource.com

And I know Target and walgreens do coupons on their sites! If they have a store coupon (like for shower gel) and you find a coupon in an insert, you can use both coups!

Yeah, thats how I save money…i can usually halve my grocery bill 🙂
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37 Leah January 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I coupon, but nothing extreme. I flip through the coupon section and only pick things that I would probably normally buy or something new I’ve been itching to try. I do love Val-Pak’s that have local restaurant coupons. Major score.

38 jenny in new york January 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Couponsuzy.com!

Extreme couponing made me want to use coupons all of a sudden too haha

39 suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] January 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I tried to coupon, but then I got a little overwhelmed by everything. 😛 Absolutely overwhelmed!
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40 Allison @ PickyEatingRD January 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I always attempt to start to cut them but then I usually never use them!!! It then drives me nuts to have all the pieces of paper laying around my house!
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41 Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I saw that! It was insane and impressive. Some of them seemed a little addicted but the women in PA seemed like she did couponing the right way. I try to coupon. Trader Joe’s and Farmers Markets don’t do coupons so I only do Whole Foods coupons.
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42 tara January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I use coupons a bit but am starting to open my eyes to all the possibilities too, just like you! I have been browsing some of those same sites lately. It would be amazing if you showed us some deals you get and give me info as you learn. I love your blog and read it every day, so I’d get to learn lots too 🙂 I am pumped to watch that show on the 15th. I will be writing it down right now 🙂 Thanks for sharing this info!!!!

43 Becky January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Myfrugaladventures.com is another good one! I do coupon and now save 50+% on groceries when I go, it’s nothing extreme but does feel good! I’m about to hit walgreens this afternoon, coupons in hand! Put the money you “save” each time in a savings accept, it adds up quickly! We don’t even go out to dinner without coupons anymore! It is like free money!!!

44 Jen January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I try to coupon, but I suck and never save enough $$$ to make it worth it! I’ll check out some of those links though, saving money is always a plus 🙂

Jen
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45 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) January 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I love coupons and finding good deals!

I also love veggies sandwiches! Mine usually contain: spinach, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, sprouts, cucumbers, and hummus.
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46 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Australia hasnt really jumped on the coupon train yet – so I am envious of the savings that you guys can get!!!
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47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’m bad about using coupons! I try, but I either forgot, am too lazy, or can’t find ones for things I actually need.
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48 Kacy January 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I only do the bare minimum of couponing because my mom clips them for me and mails them to me. She’s adorable, clearly 🙂
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49 Andrea January 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Maybe it’s just the world’s way of making Canadians pay more for everything, but I’m pretty sure most of my coupons more or less say “no double discounts” (I don’t have any with me right now to check!) Does anyone know of websites for Canadian coupons or are the blogs listed cross-border friendly? 🙂

50 Ashley January 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The only couponing I’ve ever done is pulling them out of the cool little machine at the grocery store when I was little. Sorry about the ford show 🙁
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51 Lisa January 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I coupon! I NEVER pay full price for anything. If it’s not on sale I don’t need it!
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52 Stacey January 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I really love coupons but I don’t seem to use them regularly enough. I like them when I’ve got them but then I forget how good they are until I have some again! I typically don’t seek them out.
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53 Colleen January 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

The hubby cuts out coupons but they usually end up being recycled. They tend to be for crap food or food that is still expensive compared to the store named brands. So instead I look over the weekly store specials and grab what we need or what is a really good deal (need to know the normal price). Can’t imagine having a room just for stuff – hopefully some of these people donate extra to their local food pantry.

54 Jennie January 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I shop at the commissary on the AF base and they always have a TON of coupons, plus they take all manufacturer coupons and sometimes competitor’s coupons. The best part is that chobani is usually only a dollar, without any coupons!

55 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 January 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I cashiered at Publix through community college and I had an extreme couponer come through my line frequently. I was always amazed at how much he saved.
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56 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I watched that show and was both fascinated and horrified by people spending HOURS every day researching coupons. And the guy who made the cereal tower in his driveway? Oh my. But it is tempting…
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57 Kimberley January 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Not sure if you noticed, but KrazyCouponLady is run by one of the gals on the TLC show- Joanie. I picked it up right when she talked about Dumpster Diving in her beginners guide! So you know she is an expert!

58 skinnyrunner January 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

i saw that show and then tivo’ed it for my mom to watch. it was kinda insane, like hoarding their “stock rooms” almost.
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59 Elisha January 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I felt the same way as you about coupons, especially since I feel I by more fresh food than packaged food (which coupons are usually good for). I’ll have to check out the sites you suggested. Thanks!

60 kathleen January 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Mambo sprouts is a good resource for “healthy” food products.
The mfg websites are golden. Sign up for newsletters and sometimes you will get coupon deals sent via your email. Ex. Turtle mountain for coconut ice cream. Silk for soymilk. Organic valley for milk, butter, cheese…

I use coupons only if it’s something I buy regularly because, like you said, it’s easy to start buying things you don’t need.

Oh, and friending mfg on facebook also a good way to get deals.
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61 Katherine: Unemployed January 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I totally coupon! so embarrassing for a college student
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62 Kiley January 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I am a HUGE fan of coupons! My favorite site is http://myfrugaladventures.com/. It is mostly for the western states, but she posts a lot of online deals too.
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63 Laura (Starloz) January 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

i’ve never once used a coupon, i’ve never even seen one.
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64 Kailey @ Caffinated Nut January 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

i love coupons.com

you totally got me addicted to the almond butter + carrots combo – one of my favorite snacks!
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65 Laura @ Backstage Pass January 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I LOVE couponing! It’s really fun. I especially love Walgreens and Target deals, where you can stack their store coupons with manufacturer coupons for extra big savings.
When I first started out, I was more focused on “getting free stuff” that I didn’t always use. Now, I try to only coupon on items that my household uses on a daily basis.
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66 Heather @ Queen Bee Coupons January 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Good luck with your coupon adventures! It can be a lot of fun and rewarding. I think the blogs you mentioned are great (I especially enjoy Hip2Save). I welcome you over to my blog: http://www.QueenBeeCoupons.com.
Keep us posted on your couponing!

67 Leslie January 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

So glad you posted this! I am working on my finances as part of my blog and it was so helpful to have your and everyone else’s suggestions and resources.

I saw Extreme Couponing too! Very interesting. The “stockpiles” made me a little sad for some of them, because it seemed more like an addiction to Good Deals and a way to feel in control of one’s life, rather than a practical way to live your life. Ever hear the phrase, “you can’t take it with you?”

I am very picky about brands & try to buy mostly organic, but I am hoping to start couponing for toiletries and the like. Wish me luck!
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68 Avery January 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

This is so funny. Yesterday my mom and her friends were talking about a woman they know who has coupon-ing down to a science, complete with her coupon binder at all! They said literally, when she checks out, the cashiers are paying her! She MAKES money when she grocery shops! Insane.

69 Beth January 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I used to clip coupons but I always forgot about them. I would even bring them to the store and forget to give them to the cashier. Eventually I just gave up. The real coupon people are incredible though. That is major $$ saved!

70 Josephine @ Creating a Positive Life January 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I don’t coupon but I want to start – in a not so extreme way 🙂
I watched half that show and I hope to finish it tonight!
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71 BroccoliHut January 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I fondly refer to myself as a coupon diva–I love to search for them in the Sunday paper, and I also print them off from the Whole Foods website, coupons.com, and a few that you already mentioned. Now I just need a coupon organizer to keep track of them all!
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72 Kaitlin January 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Awesome! I really want to get into couponing. This weekend I went to three different stores but still spent a lot! Thanks for the links!
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73 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I always try to coupon, but never coupon well!!
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74 Allison January 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I follow “I Love Free Things!” on Facebook. They post tons of free things all day. I’m not into couponing as much as I am signing up for freebies! I’ve gotten tons of beauty samples from bath and body works, aveeno and covergirl. One thing I really love is I’ve gotten a ton of free magazine subscriptions, including Oprah, Shape, Self, and InStyle. The deals are out there, you just have to find them!

Other site you might like are BzzAgent and Smile.ly. You get free full-sized samples, plus mini samples and/or coupons to share with your friends!
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75 Jessica F January 7, 2011 at 1:33 am

I coupon but I do it carefully. I only clip coupons for things I would actually be buying. Then I just keep all of my coupons in an envelope and every week when I get the grocery store ads (I live in between 2 different chains and will shop at both if need be) I look through and see what I have coupons for. If I find good sales, with or without the coupons, I will usually go and do a final price comparison with the generic brand. (Being careful to compare price for weight/size!) If it’s something that is cheaper, I use and buy normally, great! If it isn’t quite as cheap but something I love or see a big drop in quality from the generic, also great! Otherwise leave it be.

My biggest tip is to wait for the non-perishable items to go on sale and combine with coupons. Stock up and save! (I got 9 boxes of pasta with a great nutritional profile for the whopping price of $4.)

76 CMae January 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

I’m not a huge couponer per se, but my husband is. I like to joke that there are never coupons for apples, so it’s a waste of time if you want to buy fresh things. HOWEVER, he’s gotten me in the habit of Googling “coupon for [fill in name of retailer here]” before purchasing anything online, and I’ve gotten free Bobbi Brown makeup and discounts from Kate Spade and J. Crew that way! Coupon Cabin is where I found those!

77 Natalia@TheHealthScript January 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

YES! I use so many coupons that my family/friends are embarrassed to ever go shopping with me 😉 But there is nothing embarrassing about saving money!
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78 Amanda January 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

I have been couponing for almost two years. I have a binder that I keep my hundreds of coupons in and after a lot of practice I have it down to a science! It REALLY helps that my local Kroger store doubles $1 coupons, so I get more savings this way!
I pack lunches for two kids so a lot of the snacky food comes in handy as well.

Good luck!
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79 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots January 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

HA! I recently wrote a blog entry by the same title when I scored $529 worth of clothes at Old Navy for $79.

I also wrote a how-to for grocery couponing.

I LOVE couponing! It saves us so much money. My Mama is the queen couponer and has an entire floor to ceiling shelf filled with all the food, toiletries and household items she gets for free from coupons. Everytime I go to visit she tells me to “go shopping” and pick up some of her free stuff from the shelf.
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80 Katie G (http://justrollwithitblog.blogspot.com) January 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

I cut out a whole bunch of coupons for Costco that I received in the mail on Sunday…only to forget them on the kitchen table, and not notice until I was at the checkout…luckily, Costco electronically scans their coupon items so you don’t need the coupon as long as you bought the items that were on sale! Whew…now I know to just make a list of the coupon items, no cutting required 🙂
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81 Kelly January 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

I’m a pseudo-extreme couponer. I stockpile but not to the point of insanity. I just love seeing a year’s worth of laundry detergent and knowing I paid $20 for all of it. I used to have a coupon blog of my own before I started working full time. Here’s the deal for those of you who think you can only get processed foods with coupons…pretty true actually. There are some coupons that come up “buy this, get $2 off fruit”, lots of organic coupons are out there also. My main focus is to save as much with coupons as I possibly can on health and beauty products (I haven’t paid for toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, mouthwash, etc., in about 2 years) so I can use the difference in my budget to buy produce and organic meats. I watch for the stockpile prices on organic meat and buy 30 pounds of it and put it in my freezer. It’s a lot out of pocket one month but I save that much in the months following since I’m not buying it at a premium. Just another way to look at couponing from a “healthy” standpoint.

82 Nancy January 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

I acutally have a website soley based on saving money and using coupons (it’s located here: http://www.locupleto.spiffykerms.com/ – like a subdomain of my regular blog).

I coupon a lot but sometimes I forget to use my coupons, for months even. But I always order them – since I’m Canadian we don’t have many coupons available to use in the local newspapers, but rather order them (for free) online and they’ll get sent to your home.

I stock up on women’s razors/men’s razors, FREE toilet paper (how could you say no to that?), very inexpensive of my favorite brand-name tampons, free panty liners, deodorant that I end up bringing to co-workers, and even to my parents, brother and SIL.

I even e-mail some of my favorite companies to ask if I can have a coupon – usually followed after a compliment and a paragraph or two why I use their stuff.

83 Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com January 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I’m halfway thru that show & fascinated so far!!! Thx for the links!!
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84 Lacey @ Lake Life January 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I try to find coupons online for items that are already on my grocery list but usually most of the sites are outdated or bogus. I’m adding this post to my favorites for the blogs you’ve listed and the sites other commenters have addded 🙂
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85 Patti January 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love http://savingnaturally.com. It has links to coupons for the healthy food I am already eating, not processed junk.

86 Ali January 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hummus and veggie sandwiches are my all time favorite lunch. Thank you for linking these coupon blogs, they are very informative 🙂
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87 CampingGirl January 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I saw that show too!! I couldn’t believe all of the money that they saved and was happy to hear the one guy donates the stuff that he doesn’t use to his church’s food bank. I would love to clip coupons but they made it look like so much work!

88 Charise January 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

I’ve found that couponing doesn’t really work for me. I buy mostly fresh food – 90% farmers market in the summer, but the “outer edge” of the grocery store the rest of the year. It is too much effort to get a paper and go through it, or search the Web, when maybe only a few coupons are for things I buy (mainly dry goods and toiletries, and I’m generally brand-loyal). As a busy young profession and grad student, the time isn’t worth the few dollars I could save, but if I were strapped for money, the story would probably be different.
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89 Theresa February 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

I too was inspired by the extreme couponing episode. I started RIGHT after doing thing THEIR way. Oh it’s paying off big time. My family of 5 is vegan so we still don’t save that much on produce which was the largest part of my food bill. But I am enjoying the free or nearly free tissue, detergent, tooth paste/brush, condiments, etc. I googled “couponing vegan 2011” and came across this blog. Glad I did because the blog and comments are very interesting.

90 Meghann February 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I coupon – but as you said, I don’t buy junk I don’t need – my goal is saving on things I buy anyway. Start small – you’ll get the hang of it!

PS: Love your name… 😉

91 Alice D. August 6, 2011 at 1:11 am

Whenever I buy something on the internet I always do a google search first with “coupon “. Over half of the times I find some coupon somewhere that I can use freely.
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92 MrsSwan March 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

This is a old post but it caught my eye tonight. Another one to add is http://www.mycouponexpert.com she is out of Lady Lake Florida.
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