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I know @kamikazen is a huge couponer, I'd love to hear his best transaction as I know for sure he has me beat by a mile.

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Where's the coupon you found?

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How does that work? I've never heard of making money by using coupons. I thought they would honor the coupon up to the value of the item. So if you had a coupon for $1 off of a can of soup and then the store puts the soup on sale for .99, you get free soup but no penny back.

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@falcondeal: Right on the boxes!

https://picasaweb.google.com/103576116328927522344/20120508?authkey=Gv1sRgCN7xo6ut-4fjOw#5739849061913275906

I spoke to both store managers, and they agreed to price match Walgreens at 99 cents a box. Walgreens has them on sale this week $3.99 with a $3 register reward making them like paying 99 cents a box.

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@pitamuffin: Walmart's coupon policy has this fun little gem in it which makes it possible to get paid to use coupons.

If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.

You can check it out here: http://www.walmartstores.com/7655.aspx

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@tiamat114: Nice! Did they just take off the discount at the checkout register?

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@tiamat114: If it was just about any other company besides Walmart I would be upset but, as it stands, I believe congratulations are in order.

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@tiamat114: That's the craziest thing I've ever heard, but also totally awesome!

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@falcondeal: They just rang up the items, then scanned the coupons just like anywhere else. The only difference being when they have to pay you they need to call over a manager to verify the transaction and open the till.

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Seriously, 84 boxes of tampons??? I'd wander on over to your local women's shelter with a dozen or so boxes.

EIGHTY-FOUR boxes. Of tampons.

And money in return.

Wow.

Know anyone with a leaky boat or basement?

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@lavikinga: I never even thought to donate them there, that is a good suggestion and I'll have to see if there is one near me. Funny thing is I still have another 50 or so coupons, but I didn't want to clear the shelves. Now I might go back and do that.

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Neither manager apparently read the fine print on the Walgreens ad that said "Limit 1 reward per offer." So that would mean getting paid $1 per store for just one discounted box if you went to a store that was more attentive.

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@tiamat114: Oh dear, please don't be one of those people. Think of all of us that run out in a tampon emergency only to find out favorite isn't on the shelves. You KNOW we women can be creatures of habit when it comes to tampons. We want what we know works best for us.

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@omnichad: that's per offer, NOT per customer.

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Back when Rite Aid had really good "single check rebate" (around 08-09) I would average a monthly check from them of $150. Nowadays, most of my deals are at CVS. They have great deals when you combine the "CVS bucks" along with traditional coupons.

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@lavikinga: Haha, that's why I didn't do it the first time around. If it was my time and I had to run out in an emergency, it would annoy me too if they were out. That's why there's still a decent number of boxes left at both stores, just in case. I think I'm most likely going to refrain until Saturday as there is no rush so there's time for them to get more in stock.

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@tiamat114 - Congratulations on the great deal! I love getting paid to take things out of stores. Doesn't happen nearly that often to me anymore. My Walmart can be very stingy about coupon use and I doubt they would price match the Walgreens price with the register reward. But woo-hoo! that you've got a great Walmart.

I do some couponing myself and usually take a sizeable donation to the food bank a couple of times a year (my food bank also takes personal care items, so that might be another place you could donate, if you're looking to do that). My favorite is when I can take baby items to the crisis pregnancy center. The ladies there are so great and their faces just light up when you walk in with a box full of stuff to donate. I've gotten some great deals on diapers at Walgreen and CVS.

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I've never ended with a positive balance, but I have managed to pay only $178 on what started as a total of $427 worth of groceries and such. Proud day, that.

Not as amazing, but I managed to pay $33 for $54 worth of groceries the other day.

God, I love coupons.

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If my wife brought home 84 boxes of tampons, I think I would run and hide...

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never did that, but had a never ending gift certificate. It was worth $150 and I think I got like $500 worth of food/drink out of it (multiple dinners for me, wife & friends). It was for a nice restaurant too, not a Chilis or the like.

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A local supermarket chain used to sponsor an annual food fair at the Civic Center, where maybe a hundred food companies would hand out samples and coupons. These were really good coupons, often 50% off the price of the product. On the weekend of the event, the store doubled the coupons. So the coupon for .50 off a .99 can of Wolf Brand chili became $1 off, and they effectively paid me a penny to take it. I would go though the fair and collect only the good coupons for non-perishable dry goods I felt I could use, then take them to the store the same days and stock up. My best success was the year that my initial total came to $115, and after all the coupons were taken off I paid $12. The people around me were flabbergasted, and one guy asked me to marry him.

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@psumek: sounds scammy...how'd you pull that off?

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@tiamat114: A food pantry will also take donations of tampons. They are always happy to receive items that the food stamps do not cover, and tampons, along with diapers, wipes, and toilet paper are not eligible for purchase with food stamps.

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Next Saturday is the annual Letter Carrier's food drive. They would put some to good use at your local food pantry. Also free pick up from your home. I would call or talk to your mail carrier in advance if you plan a large donation.

Great job. I am not as good as I should be collecting and using coupons. No fun stories here.

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a local dealership about 5minutes from my house has an online survey to rate their automatic car wash; well the coupon printed was just a generic coupon (no unique barcode or anything), for a free "Deluxe" Car Wash. (There are 4 tiers, the Deluxe is the 3rd Tier, aka 2nd best). Expiration Date: 10/31/2012

So needless to say, I get a free car wash whenever I want (usually once a week) using the same coupon. ($14 value).

Now I purchased my 2012 vehicle from this dealership, and get free car washes for life anyways, but only the 1st Tier (basic) wash..

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@devexityspace: A little different here, but my local Sonic drive-in apparently randomly prints a receipt with a code number that you can go online with, do a survey by clicking a few buttons and receive a free Route 44 drink. I had one receipt that I used 6 times because the carhop didn't ask me for it.

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@jsimsace: Besides that, if they go through and take your receipt, the receipt for your free drink comes with a survey offer.

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I've taken advantage of those "switch for cash" pharmacy coupons quite a bit.

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I used to get paid all the time, typical safeway receipt would tell me I "saved 102%". It's gotten a bit harder since the extreme couponing show made things more difficult.

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by the way, if you choose, you can turn it into a bigger money-maker.

I have garage sales 1-2 times per year where I exclusively sell stuff I got this way, shampoo, toothpaste, bodywash, razors, etc. I usually sell tampons/pads for $2 each, 3/$5.

People jokingly call my sales "Ken-mart". I will be selling next saturday, by the way.

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For various single-person-in-a-small-apartment reasons I don't dedicate time to couponing, but I have managed to save a bit at CVS with their store coupons and extrabucks. There aren't any convenient Wal-Marts in West Los Angeles otherwise I'd probably save more. Before those Extreme Couponing shows I never even thought about using coupons at all. I wish I had the eye for negative-money "deals" though.