questionsdo you use coupons when shopping?

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Pretty much as much as possible.

I usually hunt for coupons before I buy things online... or else my buyers remorse gets even bigger when I find out I can save more.

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yep, at least $300 worth per month, just on groceries. I now get 5 copies of the sunday paper delivered just for the coupons. By combining deals and careful shopping, I can get savings of at least 90% on big trips to the grocery store.

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Yes, I subscribe to the Sunday paper just for the coupons. I also have a SPAM e-mail account, which I use to subscribe to mailing list and for downloading Internet coupons from my favorite retailers. This definitely saves us a few hundred dollars any given year.

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Yes but a little differently than everyone else.

First, if I get a coupon for toilet paper, I don't necessarily go and buy that specific brand toilet paper just because I have a coupon for it. I prefer a very specific brand and will not change so I only clip those coupons for the brands that I use anyway.

I suppose the real reason coupons are given out is to have customers try their products for a discounted price. In some way, the manufacturers are hoping to keep you as a loyal customer in the future.

I used to subscribe to the Sunday paper just for the coupons too but let my subscription lapse. The paper used to be about 3 inches thick because of all the coupons and now it's about an inch thick. Hardly any coupons inside that I use so I don't get the paper anymore. I get my coupons through regular mail flyers.

I know of several local merchants that will take competitor coupons. And, our Walmart in this area will match prices from another company.

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I try to. Even if it's one or two, I try to use them. I also try to buy things that are on special, or you get some sort of a deal by using my grocery store's reward card thingy.

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I do, but I'm nowhere near what you would call an "extreme" couponer. What I generally do is make a grocery list and then look for coupons for those products. I also regularly check for coupons for products that I buy often.

You can get a lot of coupons online. Websites like coupons.com are a great source. You can check manufacturer web sites to see if they coupons available for their products. If you shop at Target, go to coupons.target.com, and they offer quite a bit of coupons. You can sign up for mailing lists for products you like, and you can also "like" their Facebook page in the hopes of getting coupons.

The thing you have to be careful of with coupons is buying something you don't need and weren't going to buy anyway, just because you have a coupon. Remember, it's impossible to save money by buying something you don't need. $14 is a great deal on a snowmobile, but if you live in south Louisiana (like I do), then you just threw away $14.

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I do, but not as much as I could. I'm behind the curve on the printable coupons - when this first started there was lots of fraud and most of my local stores stopped taking them. I'm guessing that is past so I really need to start checking into things like coupons.com again. I do print out coupons for specific stores and use those because I know they will work. I search for online codes for everything I buy before buying and look for store coupons before I go out to the brick and mortar stores.

As for groceries and things, I am a heavy BJs wholesale shopper. They take coupons, so I will keep and eye on the sunday paper for things I buy there, and also scour their flyers for coupons. I have specific brands I like and wait until the coupons come out before I stock up again - you can stack coupons there so I can usually make out pretty well.

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@cengland0: Our local newspaper is now so desperate that they called us and asked if they could deliver just the ads and the coupons to us once a week. For free. Now if we could just talk them into throwing in the funny pages free we'd be set!

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@tippypaws: Ha. mine did the same thing so I said yes. Guess what?!?!? Never got a single delivery of those coupons.

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I prefer to use them when I'm not shopping.

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I only use coupons on things that I was going to buy anyway, unless we are talking Jumbowoot coupons....those can influence a decision quickly.

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If you're not searching for coupon codes before making any purchase above $50, you're doing it wrong.

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I use a clipping service to buy a bunch of coupons for things I use or want to try out, usually getting 20 coupons worth at least $1 off two items for $1. My rule of thumb is that
have to save enough in the first two purchases to cover the cost of the coupons; from that point on I'm ahead of the game. I stock up as much as possible on things we use a lot of (dog treats, powdered-drink mixes, soup, etc.) and buy perishables as we use them. Any coupons we don't use get handed to other people shopping in the right aisle. We're not extreme couponers and stores down here don't double coupons, but we usually save $15-20 a month just on the clipping-service coupons.

I also use coupons.com, although I generally get more value from my clipping service.

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@jrpigman: I also check jumpondeals.com before making any online purchase; I save on perhaps 75% of any purchase I make, even if it's just to get free shipping.

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@kamikazeken: I've been meaning to ask you about coupons forever but just keep forgetting.. do you use any online coupon sources? I have trouble finding the "double" coupons - never seem to come across many.

Right now I'm in the market for canned food and long-term storage stuff - trying to get an emergency stash built up.. obviously I'm shopping for everything, but that's one thing I'm looking to buy a LOT of.

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I always mean to, but I never do. I get coupons online occasionally and sometimes need the product before the expire. I'll check RetailMeNot for products I use often every now and then but tend not to find much.

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I am not opposed to using coupons, but with very few exceptions I am not brand loyal. Thus, unless the coupon results in a better price that the least expensive brand (including generic), I'm not likely to use it. (In many cases, the generic brand is as good or better than the national brands anyway.)

By buying most items only when they are on sale, I walk out of the grocery store with a 30%-50% savings without using coupons. About the only time I save less than 30% is when I'm just buying a few items (milk and eggs, for example) or when I am buying something specific (like I need a leg of lamb for the meal I'm planning to make tonight and that's about the only thing I'm buying).

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I only use coupons for brands that I'd be buying anyway. I get them from the Sunday paper and also digital coupons from Kroger and Target. And by using my Kroger card, Kroger sends me coupons on items that they know I buy.

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I love coupons. I try to only buy groceries when they're on sale, when I have a coupon, or both.

I follow http://thekrazycouponlady.com/ for tips on how I can combine store sales with manufacturers coupons and store coupons. A few weeks ago, I got 6 boxes of Velveeta Shells and Cheese (usually over $2 a box) for $0.17/box by combining manufacturer's coupons, store coupons, store sale price, and getting back register rewards. And that was at Walgreens where things are usually too expensive.