questionsdo you use coupons at grocery stores? where do…

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The most recent time I did buy the Sunday paper all the coupon inserts were gone. So, I'd say that some people get them by stealing inserts from the other Sunday papers.

I've also seen those extreme couponers dumpster dive on that show before. Seems like a pretty gross way to get coupons.

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There are some stores which offer their papers (with coupons included) either as separate mail or as e-mails which you can then use. I'm pretty sure that's completely dependent on the chain though.

And just to address the extreme couponing craze, realize that there's a reason it's called extreme. The amount of time and effort wasted by these individuals is not something most people are willing to do. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if I found a minimum wage job which I worked as long as these people hunt for coupons, I would save more money than them.

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I've been using CellFire on my phone (you can use it on phones, desktops, whatever).

http://www.cellfire.com/

It's not intuitively named, but it works.

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Ok, I'm gonna share this because I like you... Go to a newspaper machine on Sunday, put in a dollar or however much your Sunday paper costs, then (this is the important step so pay attention) take every single paper in the machine. Not only will this method get you a bundle of coupons it will also save you money.

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i do - my first shopping trip i racked up $237 and ended up paying $140, this was a couple weeks ago - i do a lot of print at home coupons and then the sunday papers

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@gretchena: also, i didn't spend that much time like they do in the shows - i just used coupons for what i really needed and would use, but did substitute brands for what would be cheaper - try coupons.com - also you can print target coupons from their site and walmart with honor them, any coupon really

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sunday paper is the best source. If you local sunday paper is $2 (like mine) I suggest going to dollar tree or the 99c store where they're...... you guessed it, $1 or 99c! Also, many papers offer sunday-only delivery for around $19.95 per year, a great deal.
Some areas have free Spanish-language papers that have the same sunday coupon inserts.

Other than that, you're mainly stuck with internet printable coupons or the peelies on products in stores or the ones on tearpads or the little blinkie coupon machines in stores. There are also coupon clipping services that sell on the websites or ebay for around $1-$3 per 20 coupons.

Manufacturer coupons are really the best, and since the vast majority of stores let you stack 1 manufacturer with one store coupon on the same item, don't limit yourself to just store coupons. Every store I've seen offers the same weekly ad in the store as they send out in the sunday paper, coupons & all.

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As for wasting time on extreme couponing, I used to spend 15+ hours per week on it, and it averaged out to about $15 per hour for me. I save(d) our family $200-$400 per month on groceries, and would have several sales per year where I would typically earn $500-$1500 selling my 'overstock' of shampoo, deodorant, bodywash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. Yesterday's garage sale netted $777.50 between 8AM and noon.

My best transaction every took a $180 fully loaded cart at safeway down to a negative balance after all coupons causing the register/computer to freeze up, and everything had to be re-rung on the next register. I held back that last coupon and ended up paying 70cents.

The main reason I don't do it as much any more is because my 3 kids are getting older & it's a lot tougher to find the time, and dragging them along is much harder than when they were babies.

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Extreme Couponing you see on TV is way over hyped. They spend hours upon hours planning out their trips and usually buy in extreme bulk (Ex: 40 bottles of Mustard)

As for coupons, try Sunday Papers and some stores even post their ads to their websites

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I do not use them I feel like coupons that are that little of a savings are not worth the hastle. I only care if it is $5 or more.

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When stores in my area began double and triple couponing - and you could also use a manufacturers coupon with the store coupon, I used them regularly and saved a lot of money every week. When I moved to my particular area 20 years ago, I was horrified to find no double coupons, very few store coupons, and very short expiration dates on the manufacturere coupons. And, even more annoying, the stores put a $1 limit no matter what. Nowadays, I only clip a coupon if I know I am going to make the purchase within a few days. Otherwise, I just have to clean out a bunch of expires coupons from my purse, car, and home. No doubling here.

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By the way, everywhere I have ever lived, coupons come in mailers delivered by the postal service once or twice a week.

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Start small and work your way up. CVS is a great place to begin, mainly because of their ExtraCare Bucks program. I just came home with ~$45 worth of stuff for $6.48. However, please don't turn into an extreme couponer and hoard items.

Extreme couponers are ruining couponing for everyone out there. Stores tighten up on their policies, lose money, and the hoarders go home with 115 boxes of pasta for 15 cents (If you're gonna donate the food to a food bank etc, extreme couponing isn't AS harmful).

As Uncle Ben said, "With great power comes great responsibility."

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southernsavers.com makes it really easy to use coupons and will save you alot of time

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Try Couponmom.com. Look at the printable grocery store section. They also have a grocery coupon database by state.

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@jeus: This just happened in Texas and they arrested the woman for stealing the coupons. She could go to jail for a year! http://www.gainesvilleregister.com/local/x357282243/Woman-arrested-for-stealing-newspaper-coupons

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@jeus: I've also learned that people leave them out for you in the mornings. Apparently, if you walk around your neighborhood you can find them rolled up on people's porches. You need to go early though, as people seem to take them back in as it gets later in the morning.

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@missellienc: yea but i bet she saved a bundle before she was caught.

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@taternuggets: Yea I tried that and my neighbor said they werent there for me, I said what happened to the early bird getting the worm and all. He took his paper from my hands and walked inside. =\

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@jeus: Do you not know the shouting part of the game? If they come out to "question" you, you are supposed to just start shrieking at the top of your lungs.... jibberish is best.

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@taternuggets: Oh, I'll have to try that next time, I'll scream my way to being an extreme couponer in no time! thanks!

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@bonoman: Alas, it requires me to register my cell phone and send them a text to confirm registration. I don't give my cell number to anyone, and I don't have text capability. No cellfire goodies for me!

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Got some great coupons today. Foster Farms had a booth set up right at one of the entrances to the california state fair today, and as I walked in with the kids, I saw they had $5 coupons they were giving out.
On closer inspection, I saw it was $5 off any one box (2.7 pounds or larger) of their frozen corndogs. The girl at the table tells me "they're on sale right now at save-mart for $4.99, so they're free! Take as many as you want."
SO I took a stack of about 30... I plan on going to savemart tomorrow and getting enough to last us at least a year (we've got 2 freezers in the garage and the kids love corndogs).