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Title: Coupon Tips
Post by: KYdoomer on September 22, 2009, 06:36:47 PM
Hi everyone.  I know most people don't think of coupons as a prep since they are a marketing device and disappear with the collapse of society if it ever comes. 

During my layoff I became a coupon junkie so I thought I'd share what I know and hopefully someone here can share and I can feed the habit.

Websites:

www.Coupons.com (http://www.Coupons.com)
www.Smartsource.com (http://www.Smartsource.com)
www.redplum.com (http://www.redplum.com)
www.Freebies4mom.com (http://www.Freebies4mom.com)

Additional tips--I frequent www.walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com).  There is a section there (instore) and at www.Kroger.com (http://www.Kroger.com) on the website where you can find what free samples they have.  Free samples themselves are great but usually they come with excellent coupons.  I picked up a box of Kashi cereal last weekend for 25 cents.  I've gotten hotdogs and mustard for free.

Then of course there is the Sunday paper.  If you find a really good deal you can actually ask a convenient store for their leftover papers on Sunday night and stock up on coupons which helps you stock up on food.

This can only help a prepper who is trying to stock a larder.

Anyone with other tips/hints?

J



Edited by F_M to fix the links
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Sunnybrook on September 25, 2009, 09:44:09 PM
I am a coupon clipping queen! I am a fan of the subscription based services where current coupons are matched up with weekly sales flyers and in-store sales.  At first I was not convinced it was worth my $ to pay for what I could do myself for free.  But if you don't know where to start, it's nice to have some hand holding and guidance.  I would recommend www.thegrocerygame.com (http://www.thegrocerygame.com)  because they have a 30 day trial period for just $1.  They've got a huge forum and hints for newbies.  After the trial period you have to pay for the list for each store individually. (At $5/store it can be expensive!!)

My favorite is the cheapest service, and it just happens to be local to the DFW area, so I don't know if it would be helpful in other areas of the country.  This service is $10 a month and has lists for Tom Thumb, Albertson's, Kroger, Walgreen's, and CVS. www.sistersofsavings.com (http://www.sistersofsavings.com)

Although I haven't used this one, www.couponmom.com (http://www.couponmom.com), is recommended by Dave Ramsey.

The bottom line is to buy multiple Sunday papers and cut out coupons for items that you want to purchase.  Then try to buy in bulk when the item is on sale and you can use your coupon in conjunction and get a huge discount.  Sometimes you can find items for free or next to nothing.  Today I bought 4 bottles of 24 oz Hunt's ketchup for $1.80 or $0.45 each.  They were on sale for $0.95/bottle and I used two "$1.00 off two coupons".
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Sunnybrook on September 25, 2009, 10:09:08 PM
Here are a few more links to add to KYdoomer's list:

www.shortcuts.com (http://www.shortcuts.com)
www.pgesaver.com (http://www.pgesaver.com)
www.eversavebaby.com (http://www.eversavebaby.com)
www.eversave.com (http://www.eversave.com)

Many of your favorite products will email or mail you coupons if you contact their customer service departments or sign up on their website. 

Wal-Mart sells a magazine called "All You" that is loaded with coupons!

Mary Hunt's free newsletter "Everyday Cheapskate" on www.debtproofliving.com (http://www.debtproofliving.com) has great hints as well.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: DevilDoc on March 17, 2010, 01:11:21 AM
I got 20 progresso soup coupons from a person on ebay cost me 2 bucks shipping was a dollar.
50 cents off each can, great part is you dont have to add water.

Also Check for Lowes coupons 10% off this works great, i go 5 for 4.25 on ebay and I found out you can get these from moving packs at your post office for address change packets. good for making shelves to stock up on or other needs.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: bartsdad on March 17, 2010, 01:31:06 AM
Also Check for Lowes coupons 10% off this works great, i go 5 for 4.25 on ebay and I found out you can get these from moving packs at your post office for address change packets. good for making shelves to stock up on or other needs.

Home Depot also honors these coupons from Lowes. FYI.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: IRO-bot on May 07, 2010, 04:34:24 AM
Winn Dixie is a great place to shop if you live in the South.  They usually have some excellent buy one get one deals.  Right now at my store they have a deal where you buy 2 pizzas and you get 2 ice creams, 1 pizza rolls, 1 2 liter pepsi, and something else for free.  (forgot the last one)  It's like $12 worth of stuff.  They also have a breakfast deal.

I stocked up on some boxed pasta sides that were BOGO and Velvetta shells and cheese!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: cardon831 on June 18, 2010, 10:14:56 AM
I subscribed to the following:  www.dealstomeals.com (http://www.dealstomeals.com)

They compile the sales ads for several stores in several states.  You choose your state (not everywhere yet), then the stores you want to compare to Walmart, Costo, and Sam's.  For example, I'm in Texas and where I live I choose HEB, Kroger, and Brookshire Brothers.  They highlight any sales from those stores that are cheaper than the discount stores in RED, those would be the items to buy extra for your storage.  Good deals show up in blue.  Then, they put menus together around the items on sale each week..  They also include a couple of food storage recipes (the whole eat what you store idea!) and some dessert ideas.  You get two weeks free, then it is 4.95 per month, a little more than $1.00 per week for the good sales and the menus. 

I was spending too much time each week going through the sales papers and trying to figure out what is the best deal, this is saving me hours each week, then not having to do menus myself, more time.  Worth so much more than the 1.00 a week I pay. 

They are having  a special this month, so if you decide to sign up, please use my name as a referral, would love to win the Bosch they are going to have a drawing for!   I'm cardon831@sbcglobal.net. 
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: steeltownknight on June 18, 2010, 04:14:38 PM
Great Tips  all !

For my fellow cannucks.    FLYERLAND.ca

will hook you up with some nice coupons online days before your neighbors get them via snail mail.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: WhiteStarNC on June 29, 2010, 04:28:30 PM
I am concerned that all of these sights require you to download software. Anyone have problems with spy ware,pop=ups or unsolicited email?
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Cool Blue on June 29, 2010, 05:07:20 PM
Great Tips  all !

For my fellow cannucks.    FLYERLAND.ca

will hook you up with some nice coupons online days before your neighbors get them via snail mail.

Very nice, thanks!

I'm so jealous of how organized coupon clipping is in the states.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: HumeMan on June 29, 2010, 05:43:14 PM
I am concerned that all of these sights require you to download software. Anyone have problems with spy ware,pop=ups or unsolicited email?

The reason for the download, it keeps track of your coupon printing.  That way you cant print multiple copies.  Most well known sites require a download.  I've never had any spyware/adware from them.  But there always could be an evil fake site out there.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: StephanF- on July 27, 2010, 03:56:41 PM
One trick I ran across is to hold the coupons until about a month after they start the coupon campaign, they'll often do some other kind of sale to move the product more. That is the time to pounce with the coupons.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: ridge_runner on August 04, 2010, 10:14:35 AM
this site is really good. My wife uses it weekly.  Just an FYI for Publix shoppers, you can double coupons from competitors and CVS bucks can still be used even if you return an item.  She goes through the site showing you "how to" on coupons and the whole shooting match. 

http://www.southernsavers.com/ (http://www.southernsavers.com/)

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Jason from PA on September 04, 2010, 02:34:13 PM
FYI, Home Depot is beginning to no longer honor competitor coupons if they are printed from a home printer. (Ironically, when I moved, my Lowe's coupon required me to go online, register and print.)  So we might see this one go the way of the buffalo.

But anyone with prior service and a copy of their DD214 can receive a military discount. Which is nice...
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LJH on September 06, 2010, 01:03:21 AM
I keep thinking i should give couponing another try. Seems like it works for lots of folks but I rarely find coupons for anything I use.

Don't get a Sunday paper, but the few times I've purchased one for the inserts it wasn't even a break-even deal, so my money was wasted. The two groceries in town (45 min. away) do not accept internet coupons. The mom & pop grocery a few miles down the road does not accept coupons from any source.

The exception is Costo's coupon booklet, that usually has several for stuff I buy, but the nearest Costco is 2¼ hrs., one-way, and we only do that run a couple of times a year so I miss out on most of their deals. There's a Walmart in the other direction about 1½ hrs., one way. They still take internet coupons but again, mostly for stuff I don't buy.  >:(
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: CrazyEli on September 07, 2010, 11:39:37 AM

Great thread!

Another coupon resource:

http://www.redplum.com/ (http://www.redplum.com/)
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: cubancaucasian on December 30, 2010, 12:38:06 PM
This is an amazing thread.
Last night I was watching TLC and they had a show on called Extreme Couponing. This show really opened my eyes to the possibility of building your reserves for literally a couple of dollars!
If you get the chance - watch it. I've Never really been one to use coupons, but after watching this show, I'm a convert. 
Very exciting lessons to learn in a single hour.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: KYdoomer on December 30, 2010, 02:37:22 PM
This is an amazing thread.
Last night I was watching TLC and they had a show on called Extreme Couponing. This show really opened my eyes to the possibility of building your reserves for literally a couple of dollars!
If you get the chance - watch it. I've Never really been one to use coupons, but after watching this show, I'm a convert. 
Very exciting lessons to learn in a single hour.

Saw it and could not agree more.  Apparently also I am very near the mecca of couponing geographically.

My take away lessons:  Use a clipping service and research like mad.

J
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Jason from PA on December 31, 2010, 09:29:40 PM
My wife heard about it. Someone told her there was a guy with a lifetime supply of deodorant but was still buying it.  She was rather critical, expressing that she would never actually pay for deodorant.  LOL

But that's because my wife is a coupon queen. My wife bought everything in the following two photos and made a net profit on the purchases. That's 12 packages of fish filets, and 96 cans of soup...essentially for free.

Basically, for gas points. But seeing as we have to fill up our vehicles. It works out well. We fill up our van, and get all this food for free (okay, actually, we're buying the food and getting $100 of gas for free, however you prefer to word it.)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1225.snc4/155723_473264032690_527392690_6317500_1682099_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs599.ash2/155163_473261527690_527392690_6317455_2103901_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Nicodemus on January 01, 2011, 06:52:07 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: bartsdad on January 10, 2011, 12:17:49 AM
Home Depot 10% Military discount. (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=MS_PM_Military_Discount&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053)

My dad uses this all the time. He even gets them to price match and then get the 10%. He quit shopping at Menards when they quit giving the same deal. ( I don't shop at Menards either, but that's a rant for another day.)
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: idelphic on January 10, 2011, 03:14:53 PM
Saw it and could not agree more.  Apparently also I am very near the mecca of couponing geographically.

My take away lessons:  Use a clipping service and research like mad.

J

Not sure what you mean by mecca of couponing..  We can't ever seem to find coupons for what we buy,...  Hmm..
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: prepperdad on March 23, 2011, 03:38:31 PM
Lowe's (http://media.lowes.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2941) Hardware Store and Old Navy  (http://militaryblog.militaryavenue.com/2009/04/old-navy-military-discount.html) clothing also have permanent 10% discount for active duty military and their dependents.

Just an FYI!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: kenser321 on April 01, 2011, 01:24:19 AM
A new show is supposed to start on TLC Wednesday about couponing. The lady on the trailer mentioned she got over $600.00 in groceries and only spent about just short of $7.00.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Prepper7 on April 02, 2011, 08:41:09 AM
this site is really good. My wife uses it weekly.  Just an FYI for Publix shoppers, you can double coupons from competitors and CVS bucks can still be used even if you return an item.  She goes through the site showing you "how to" on coupons and the whole shooting match.  

http://www.southernsavers.com/ (http://www.southernsavers.com/)

This is one of the best sites for how-to coupon tutorials.

ETA: corrected spelling
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Prepper7 on April 02, 2011, 08:51:26 AM
In addition to deal & match-up sites such as:

couponmom.com (http://www.couponmom.com)
dealseekingmom.com (http://www.dealseekingmom.com)

There are coupon databases so that if one is headed out for specific items, one can search for those coupons:

DSM (http://coupondatabase.dealseekingmom.com/main-database)
MSQ (http://moneysavingqueen.com/MyCoupon-Database)

For couponing beginners, there are some nice 'getting started' tutorials:

Southern Savers (http://www.southernsavers.com/learn/)
(I've been doing the ninja coupon thing for years, and the first time I visited Southern Savers, I learned several great tips)
laurawilliamsmusings (http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/07/lauras-couponing-and-refunding-hints.html)
Couponing-101 (http://moneysavingqueen.com/January-2011/Couponing-101-How-to-Use-Your-Coupons)
another Couponing-101 (http://www.momsbyheart.net/2008/09/intro-to-couponing.html)

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: arikinthecity on April 25, 2011, 12:12:57 AM
The reason for the download, it keeps track of your coupon printing.  That way you cant print multiple copies.  Most well known sites require a download.  I've never had any spyware/adware from them.  But there always could be an evil fake site out there.

Just a reminder that if your printer may be low on ink you can go into the printer configuration stings and check the keep document setting. This can keep theprint job so you can reprint it again if the ink ran out or if the paper jammed. Of course one should not print the same coupon twice that would be immoral   
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Nicodemus on May 05, 2011, 07:07:27 AM
Though there are few, mainly manufacturer sites, I prefer the sites that don't automatically print so that I can "Print to pdf". This allows me to make multiple coupons in one pass.

Unfortunately, at the moment, I don't have a working printer apparently... I was bummed. through a post by a fellow prepper here I'd figured out a way to get Rigatoni Pasta for free this week and I was going to stock up.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Arie on August 31, 2011, 01:34:38 PM
Coupons tend to be one of those "touchy topics" with most preppers that I know.  I can see both sides to it, really.

The non-couponers essentially tell me: "Coupons are put out by the manufacturers for you to buy their product, which is great for *now* but when the economy collapses, coupons (and money) is worthless paper.  Plus, you need to learn how to survive with out boxed/canned food."

To that, I say - valid point.  However, I stock pile things that are nonperishable, many of which I don't know how to, probably wouldn't want to, make myself.  (Feminine products, pasta, cleaning supplies etc.)  Yes - I see the point of needing a garden (we have one), knowing how to protect myself (I have and can use various fire arms), and how to fish/hunt/prep game (I'm an avid fisher-girl, but haven't gotten over killing "cute" things to eat them). 

My thought process is this - if I can use a coupon to get something for free (tooth paste, pasta, condensed soup, feminine products, body wash, laundry soap etc.) and I can make myself a stock pile of it... why does it bother someone if I have "an edge up" on TEOTWAWKI?  I may be one of the only non-hairy, non-smelly, carb filled, people with lots of hygiene products.

Now if only I could find coupons for free land....
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Nicodemus on September 29, 2011, 06:53:02 AM
I don't know if it is a result of the "Extreme Couponing" shows on television, but our local grocery stores are starting to crack down on the amount of coupons that will be accepted for each product. At two different stores there are signs that state "Three Coupons or Less Per Product" and at one store there is a sign that states "The Total Number of Coupons That Will be Accepted is Manager's Discretion. If you Intend to redeem more than X coupons in one order please go to the Customer Service Counter before shopping today."

If I had to guess, I think it's due more to the time and resources it takes to get people through the check out rather than the actual deals themselves though.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on September 29, 2011, 08:33:24 AM
I really do not like the effect that 'Exteme Couponing' show has had on couponing in general. While I think it is a good thing that people understand that using couponing and shopping smarter can save a lot of money, the show is simply not realistic. Wiping out an entire shelf, exceeding the store policy on coupon use for the show (thus making people think that they can go forth and do the same)... all these things make retailers hate couponers and begin to institute policies that will make it harder.

The thing is... it isn't even necessary to buy those huge quantities... I've been couponing somewhat regularly since about May and I have accumulated enough of a stockpile that I really don't buy things above what we will use in 6 weeks or so at this point. So... if I buy something on a coupon deal, I only buy 2 usually. When I am checking out, I try to be considerate of those in line with me. If I have a pretty large basket, plus a few coupon deals that may take the cashier a little longer, I offer to let people behind me go first...

If the store tells me that a particular deal I thought would work is not OK... I don't argue, I just wait until another more attractive deal will work in the future (since I have a stockpile, nothing is really crucial, after all). If the store has run out of something and they don't expect to get more before the deal is over, again... I don't get upset and make a big fuss... there will be more deals the next week. If you run into a cashier who is unsure about how to do everything, I try to be helpful and especially patient. We want them to find us easy to deal with and helpful -- not the "dreaded couponers".

I agree with Arie about couponing and prepping. While it is available, it makes our money go farther and helps us to increase our stockpile on non-perishables. In the meantime, we can learn how to make our own products, grow gardens, raise chickens, make our own laundry detergent, etc. It all works together.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: ladygaura on September 29, 2011, 08:53:08 AM
I guess my beef with couponing is simply this-- I have a lot of allergies so I can't have a lot of processed food (as an example, TVP is deadly poison for me because of the soy-- look in your processed foods and see how much of them contain soy-- or else MSG which my husband cannot tolerate). It's a whole lot harder to find coupons for whole wheat berries than it is to find coupons for, say, Brand X Bread. It's frustrating that the stuff with the most allergenic ingredients is the stuff with coupons attached. For me, cooking from scratch is not optional. You would not believe how much kitchen stuff I own.

My solution to save money is to garden and to farmer-source food when possible. I've found a source for beef where if I go to the abattoir (I'm okay with that), I can get $200 off a side of beef and it works out to about $4 a pound grassfed (which for grassfed is very reasonable). I've carefully developed a relationship with a farmer near Pueblo for veggies, working on another near Widefield, and hoping to form a connection with one in Canon City (they might know my husband, so that might help) I buy bulk when possible, and I'm thinking about trying stuff like making my own pasta and such.

It's still frustrating. There's a desperate part of me that wishes I could buy some cases of X, Y and Z in cans as preps.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on September 29, 2011, 09:55:10 AM
haha... good one, LadyGaura -- coupons for wheat berries!

You are right... a lot of the coupons are for "junk foods". You have to be selective and realize that good deals are seasonal, too. For example, we are coming into baking season before long. That will be the time to buy a year's supply of canned pumpkin, chocolate chips, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cocoa, flour, spices, vanilla, coconut, evaporated milk, etc... (you probably won't find picnic supplies on sale at Thanksgiving!). Also, if you watch carefully, the turkeys will go on sale soon. If you are a person who makes their own chicken/turkey stock, you should check out Morning Sunshine's hints on how she makes a year's supply of canned cooking stock after Thanksgiving each year from the carcasses.
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=22120.msg240767#msg240767

"couponing" is more than just saving coupons. It involves watching for store sales, which are often much more helpful than the coupons.

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: ladygaura on September 29, 2011, 10:20:17 AM
Oh I definitely do the T-day turkey thing-- store 'em in the deep freeze, and use the meat for my family and my dog, cook up and freeze the stock.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Nicodemus on September 29, 2011, 11:12:06 AM
For the most part I only get three or four items at a time while couponing. The exception to that is canned vegetables, soups and meats. My self implied rules for doing this though are that I won't clear out more than something like 30% of the items and I won't get what I plan to purchase in one trip. It takes a few more hours than getting it all in one trip, but it saves the store headaches and allows other customers to get a shot at the good deals.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Arie on September 29, 2011, 12:42:41 PM
I am almost embrassaed to say it, but I am a hard core couponer.

I honestly can not remember the last time I paid full price for anything besides gasoline and meat.

LadyGaura - you had mentioned not being able to find coupons for organic or produce.  If your paper doesn't offer them, there are "clipping services" which  have an abundance of these types of coupons.  They aren't selling the coupons, per-say, they're selling you the envelope that they come in and adding the coupons as free gifts, or something to that extent  ??? because buying/selling/trading coupons is illegal in the states.

Anyhow - for me personally, I try to make it my goal to save 25%-50% of my grocery bill by using coupons.  Yes, some weeks I end up not saving much, and on the rare occasion I do save more.  In the beginning my SO would laugh at me when I came in the door with 12 tubes of tooth paste and 48 rolls of TP.  Now?  He realizes that they money we didn't spend on those things go towards other things.  The coupon savings becomes our WTSHTF money.  (If we save $30 using coupons, we put $30 into the safe in the floor.)

It was strange starting out, having odd stock piles of stuff (tooth paste, evaporated milk, cooking oil - for example) but now I've learned how to match coupons to store circulars and use competitor price match to get items at rock bottom prices or free.

If I wasn't such a scaredy cat, I'd put up my latest receipt with pictures of what I got - but I don't want you all to think I'm nuts. LOL

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on September 29, 2011, 01:00:13 PM
I'm with you Arie... My coupon buys this week were strange, but, over time it works out that I'm stocked up on almost everything and (as you mentioned) at 50% or more savings. This week, for example, I got Zarbee's Nighttime Cough and Sleep Drink for -$.01, 2 tubes of Colgate Optic White toothpaste for -$1.02, 6 bags of Haribo gummy candies (My kids and husband love them) at $.69/bag, 1 bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength (8 ct) for free,  2 bottles of Softsoap handsoap for $.25 each... and a couple more items at least 50% off.

This was just my short stops at CVS and Walgreens... out of pocket expense was nearly nothing... There were tons more buys available that I didn't buy because we already have them stocked...
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: ladygaura on September 29, 2011, 02:20:23 PM
Actually, I would say "processed" more than "not organic". Plenty of organic junk food out there, and if anything it can be even more filled to the gills with soy products than regular stuff. I still read the label very carefully-- twice. However, I do tend to buy organic-- pesticides are another thing I try to stay away from.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Prepper7 on September 30, 2011, 07:14:39 PM
<snip> If I wasn't such a scaredy cat, I'd put up my latest receipt with pictures of what I got - but I don't want you all to think I'm nuts. LOL

You should post it -- it sounds as if you're doing it . . . right!

Your strategy is right in line with two of my shopping "rules":
   
Don't shop for things you need now
You shop for immediate use items in your larder / pantry / storeroom and go shopping for items to stock your larder.

and

Shop sales and loss-leaders
Most times, if you looked in my shopping trolley, you'd think I had an eating disorder because there might be 10 boxes of mac & cheese, a dozen tins of diced tomatoes, 8 boxes of microwave popcorn (a weakness), and 5 boxes of plastic bags. Or 2 18-count cartons of eggs, 5 bottles of salad dressing, and 6 toothbrushes. And each week looks just as odd.

Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Longsnowsm on January 12, 2012, 07:41:04 PM
I also found by playing along with some of the clipping sites I was able to save a bunch of money and build my larder for cleaning items, canned goods, and occasionally food items.  I also am very particular about the food items in my home and larder so I stay away from the processed foods as much as possible.  However if you are willing to be somewhat flexible about brands you can do well with the coupon clipping sites.  The one I use is called thegrocerygame.com and what they do is match up weekly coupon inserts with local sales for the grocery stores on your list.  That way your matching sales prices with available coupons.  You only clip the ones your gonna use each week.  You get an notification email with your list of sales items and the dates of the inserts with the coupons you need.  All you have to do is get the Sunday paper, and file away the weekly coupon insert.  So it saves a lot of time.  I just did a blog post that explains the ways I save on my blog if that is any help to others....

I have no affiliation with The Grocery Game other than I use them, and the info on the blog is just to help family and friends.  Hope you find it helpful.  http://bepreparedchannel.blogspot.com/2012/01/being-frugal-your-key-to-preparedness.html (http://bepreparedchannel.blogspot.com/2012/01/being-frugal-your-key-to-preparedness.html)

Frugal your way to a larder? You bet!

Longsnowsm
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on January 13, 2012, 01:51:10 PM
Great blog article, longsnowsm... thanks for sharing that!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: MamaBear71 on February 21, 2012, 10:05:15 AM


My favorite is the cheapest service, and it just happens to be local to the DFW area, so I don't know if it would be helpful in other areas of the country.  This service is $10 a month and has lists for Tom Thumb, Albertson's, Kroger, Walgreen's, and CVS. www.sistersofsavings.com (http://www.sistersofsavings.com)


THANKS FOR THE TIP ON THE DFW WEBSITE!!!  I LIVE IN THE FRISCO AREA, SO IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE ONE PLACE TO GO TO FOR LOCAL DEALS/COUPONS!!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 19, 2012, 01:39:23 PM
I like weusecoupons.com for finding deals and coupon match ups. 
This site doesn't require you to join either.
They have listings for stores all over the country and online deals too.  It is a huge forum.

While I am using coupons less and less for food I still find plenty of deals.
I have filled my first aid kit with OTC meds, bandages and other first aid supplies with coupons.  Most companies put out these coupons around January and June.

This time of year I am stocking up for back to school supplies.  Pens, paper, tape, sharpies and other useful stuff.  Staples has great deals starting right after July 4th.

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Crazy Fox on September 13, 2012, 09:09:40 AM
"couponing" is more than just saving coupons. It involves watching for store sales, which are often much more helpful than the coupons.

I couldn't agree more, store specials are great! I typically just wait for these rather than hunt for coupons which are often for things I don't ever buy (e.g. sugary kids cereal, bathroom-sized garbage bags, air fresheners). The other coupons are often for things that I typically only use sparingly. For example, we go through about 18 oz of ketchup/mustard per YEAR, so coupons for huge quantities isn't helpful, given my limited apartment size.

I would like to add that you can gain significant savings by buying SMALLER units. It seems counter intuitive given our "bigger-is-better" culture, but I have found occasions where certain products are LESS expensive per unit in smaller packages. For example, the $/oz for flour in a smaller bag may be cheaper than in the larger bag.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Scrapfreak on October 25, 2012, 04:02:12 PM
I use www.stockpilingmoms.com to get the coupon match ups in the NKY/Cincinnati area.  The site is free and they tell you everything that is in the sale ads for Kroger, Remke, Meijer, CVS, & Walgreens; and whether there is printable or paper coupon that corresponds.   I do most of my shopping at Krogers and I often save 50% on my grocery bill.  Last week I bought 94 items (cereal, soup, spagehetti sauce, pasta, $20 in meat, vegetables, dairy, etc.) and after coupons my total was $101.

Supposedly Kroger has fresh chicken breast on sale this week for $1/lb.  I'm going to check that out.  If so, I'm going to try my hand at canning chicken.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Prepper7 on October 29, 2012, 12:48:11 AM
Along the lines of "a dollar saved on one category is a dollar available to be spent on another", I used coupon match-up sites to find a deal to pair a sale with a rewards promotion to purchase 20 pairs of No Nonsense socks at Rite-Aid for -$4.04. So not only didn't I spend money replacing my holey socks  :), I got $4.04 in store script to spend on something else.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Acornewell on November 15, 2012, 03:42:18 PM
Thanks for all the tips...I am a coupon-er too.  Im lucky because our local Krogers actually triple .50 cent coupons.  I get quite a bit of food preps for free!
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Prepper7 on November 15, 2012, 09:30:10 PM
<snip> Im lucky because our local Krogers actually triple .50 cent coupons. <snip>

I am sooo envious; the Kroger and Safeway family stores in our area have stopped doubling coupons.  :'(
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: osubuckeye4 on December 11, 2012, 09:25:50 AM
The wife and I use to coupon, but we've had our hands full with our first child being born into the world a few weeks ago. We definitely plan on getting back into the groove of couponing sooner rather than later.


Regarding the "extreme couponing" craze... I think there are parts of it that are awful, and parts of it that are great.

Someone abusing the coupon system to gain a bunch of "free" stuff that they will never use/throw away is awful.

Before everyone attacks me, let me clarfiy.

It's awful because people need to understand that nothing is free. Let's say you are able to get 100 pounds in cat food and the store gives you $2 for it. Let's then say you don't even own a cat and once you get home you just throw the cat food away.

You didn't just make $2... you also cost the store $2, plus the fee it cost to stock the shelf, plus all the costs of the workers to unload that product and stock it. You did a lot more harm than good to everyone else who goes to the grocery store.

Why?

Because, the store won't just write that loss off... they will pass along that loss onto the consumers, so the next time your brother or sister go to the store to buy cat food for their cat, it's going to cost them $2.25 rather than $2.



THAT part of extreme couponing (getting stuff that one will never use just because one can), I find awful. It does so much more harm to a community than good and I think that people who do it should be ashamed of themselves.


Now, if someone is able to get 100 pounds of cat food, get paid to do it, and then they go ahead and distribute it to family members who will use all of it? I'm 100% behind that and I think that's great. If you are going to use the product, or distrubute it to people who will use it... by all means, extreme coupon away.

Sure, the store incurs a loss, but the product is used so it's a net gain for society. The store will probably wisen up and learn from their mistake, and they might pass along the costs to the consumer... but the product was used and therefore a benefit/gain occured.


So, anyone who can get stuff for REALLY cheap that then goes ahead and uses that stuff. Thumbs up for you.

Anyone who can get stuff for REALLY cheap/free that then goes ahead and throws away 90% of the product? Thumbs down for you.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: Captain Obvious on October 20, 2016, 07:54:41 AM
I know this is an old thread but I just heard about "extreme" couponing and asked my wife about it.  She heard about but never looked into it.  Now we have lots of coupons, sales ads, rebate apps on her phone and another app that tells you which stores in your area are having sales.  My wife is not big into prepping but she has jumped right into this!

For those like me who are a few years late to TSP, here is a link of Jack's show on Extreme Couponing.  http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/saving-money-cory-pie

Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on October 20, 2016, 09:16:36 AM
One of my favorite sites for helping with sales and coupon match-ups is southernsavers.com. Even though I don't live in that region, the national store ads and many of the local newspaper coupons still work.

All these years after I first began couponing, I still have a cabinet full of toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, shampoos... etc., etc. Many of these products I got for nearly free.

Good luck, Captain Obvious.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: linjiawen0910 on September 15, 2017, 01:16:02 AM
Saw it and could not agree more.  Apparently also I am very near the mecca of couponing geographically.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on September 18, 2017, 08:15:11 AM
@linjiawen: Glad to hear it...

Truly, once you figure out the system at the various stores that are in your region, you can combine sales, store coupons, Ibotta, etc. to save a boatload on things you would use anyway.

Still, I find the store "loss-leaders" are still the biggest source of my food savings. I don't take the weekend paper for the coupons (just find it too tedious to clip and store coupons at this point). If the coupons are not downloadable and printable as I'm making my shopping list, I don't bother (I know that I could do better if I would, but time for it is just not there). Still, I customarily save about 50% on things by buying in bulk when items go on special. I suppose I would never qualify as an extreme couponer, but I know that I have saved our family a lot over the years by being a frugal shopper.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on November 08, 2017, 02:32:34 PM
By the way... finding a good regional couponing website is very helpful... the best I found in my moves around the US was http://southernsavers.com. Highly recommend.
Title: Re: Coupon Tips
Post by: LvsChant on April 28, 2018, 09:21:56 AM
I was reminded of how things have changed in the couponing world when I saw Billie's comment about couponing on the book thread...

When I first started to coupon, trying to go through the learning curve, I also made sure to get the Sunday paper with all the coupons, etc. I had a big accordian filing system for sorting coupons, etc.

I don't do that at all anymore... instead, I rely on sites such as southernsavers.com and the stores' websites to find the weekly specials. You can also jump into some of the electronic couponing if you are so inclined (such as ibotta and others). But personally, if I cannot download a coupon and print it when I plan to actually use it, I don't bother with it at all...

Granted, you could save more than by this method, but I simply don't have the time or interest. This works pretty well for me on lots of personal care items, as well as taking advantage of the "loss leaders" at the local grocery stores...