questionsdo you use coupons for groceries?

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Heck yeah. But I only do the ones that show up in the papers, none of that supercouponing stuff. That's way too much effort.

I usually save $5-10 with about 10 minutes of effort, which seems a pretty good payout. Compare that to the hours I spend here...but there's no jumbocoupon to hand out free stuff, not to mention all the other amusing deals.wooters.

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Only if it's a coupon for something I was already going to buy. I'm not going to spend money on stuff just because I have a coupon. I might choose a different brand than I normally do, though.

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I clip the coupons that come with the Sunday paper and some that arrive by mail from my local grocery store. Pretty much only clip those coupons for products I normally use unless the coupon deal is so fabulous for a new product I have to try it. I don't sort them, but just stick them all into an envelope and shove it in my purse.
Had an all time record savings last week. Kinda stunned myself: saved $49.96. Several of the coupons managed to be Buy1/Get1, or in the $!-2 off each item range. Almost everyone had come from the last 2 weeks' Sunday paper.

It does piss me off to no end to see the coupon notebook Nancys who completely clear a shelf of items. Leave some for the rest of us!

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Yes. Paper and digital. I don't care, that's my .50 cents!

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Yes, but not to the point that those crazy couponers do.

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Why wouldn't I? I'm not crazy about it, but I do look through the coupons in the Sunday papers and on Coupons.com. If I don't use a particular product, or it costs more to use the coupon than I normally would ($1 off three when I only need one and it's a consumable item -read has an expiration date coming sooner than I'll go through the product), then I won't waste my time. Did just pick up three $1 off any rayovac batteries, which is good since I go through alot of batteries.

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Yep. I started doing this when I realized how many coupons show up in our newspaper for items I am going to buy anyway. Why wouldn't I choose to save a little cash on them?? I go through the weekend paper coupons and sort through others I have on hand before I go on a big shopping trip. I typically only use coupons that are for items I would be purchasing anyway. I'm not "extreme" about it, but I can save $30-$50 on a major shopping trip.

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I do use coupons regularly. Takes me maybe a total of an hour a week to cut and organize coupons and make my shopping list. I clip coupons for anything that I might use as well as anything I might be able to get for free/really cheap and be able to donate to the local food bank. I organize my coupons into envelopes with broad categories (like hair care or cereal). For me that's a good balance between time spent organizing and time spent finding a coupon.
I regularly save about 25% at the grocery store. But where I save really big is on personal care products. Using coupons, CVS and Walgreens rewards/coupon program, I pay only tiny amounts (if anything at all) for a majority of my personal care products (hair care, toothpaste, deoderant, etc).

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I realize I have coupons when I'm back from shopping... but I use coupons when they are really worth the effort like 50% off on oil change

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I always mean to, but forget to bring them.

I do go for the good sales that are marked on the shelves though.

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@panthiest: I hate that.. forgetting the coupons. I've done that, or have taken some but it turns out they just expired.

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I've been doing it for years. When you have 4 kids, anything to save a buck or two. The last year or so, the quality and quantity of coupons have gone down, so there are less for me to use.

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I try to buy a lot of my groceries from Trader Joe's which doesn't have coupons... but I do use coupons when I go to CVS, or if I see a store coupon in a grocery ad for something I'd eat. I don't go out of my way to find coupons (I really only get them if they come in the mail) and I'm no extreme couponer but I have made it out pretty good at CVS by combining extrabucks with coupons.

I never used coupons til Extreme Couponing made me pay a little more attention, and even with the minimal effort I put into it I can save a couple bucks, which is better than nothing.

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hell yeah. I buy 3+ copies of the sunday paper every week at dollar tree just for the coupons. I have the coupons.com software installed on several old computers just so I can get additional prints.

To keep things easier, I save all coupon inserts in a file folder for that week, and all the folders are in order in a file cabinet. When I want a coupon, I use the database at slickdeals http://slickdeals.net/f/722144-Alphabetical-List-of-Unexpired-Newspaper-Coupons-updated-weekly to see which week's folder to get out, and then clip the coupon. Clipping every coupon before you need it gets way to complicated.

then I use the forums at slickdeals to put together my shopping list. there's a separate forum for each store/chain, and other people will lay out the deals for you, typically at least one week in advance (they get the sale fliers early, typically).

Any given year our family saves at least $3000 on groceries with coupons, and we buy lots of the best deals to resell at a profit.

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I flip through the local ads and purchase sale items combined with coupons from the Sunday paper. No crazy level super couponing or time is needed for good savings. Just remember that many times if you find a coupon you like, but it's not on sale at the store just save it for a couple of weeks. Usually it will be on sale in the store a few weeks later. Most people throw out the coupon or use it on a full price purchase before the store sale occurs. If I don't save 25% to 33% off full price grocery shopping I've done poorly. If you want to super coupon, but don't want to join a site i.e. Coupons.com there are tons of online coupons from the manufacturers. Just set up an email to use only for when you go to manufacturers sites to receive coupons. I.e. give us your email and you can instantly print out this coupon. I've done this occasionally when there has been a good, not great, sale on something I want to buy. Doing this I've gotten expensive items for less than 25% of full price.

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if my reciept doesn't say I saved at least 30%,then i have failed for that shopping trip

i have gotten as high as 96% on 50 bucks worth of groceries, so like 2 bucks it ended up costing me