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Thread: Do you use coupons at the grocery store?

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    Super Member Marcia's Avatar
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    With the rising cost of everything-including groceries-these days I am saving money everywhere I can (the more I save elsewhere, the more I can spend on fabric, right? :-D )

    I shop at Publix. They double any coupon that is $.50 or less and have wonderful BOGO (Buy One Get One free) sales every week. I also print out a lot of coupons from the internet to use as I shop. Yesterday I bought French's mustard--it was BOGO. It usually costs $1.87, but I got 2 for that price. I also had a $.50 coupon for each one---which they doubled, so I got $2.00 off. If you do the math--they paid me $.13 to take home mustard!!! I also got 2 free dips the same way. I bought $94.00 worth of groceries, but only spent $57.00 and saved $37.00. My daughters are much better at this than I am---they save 50-70% every time they shop---and they are eating better than ever!

    So---do you use coupons? Where do you find the best ones? Do you save a lot or a little?

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    I use what coupons I can for the commissary.
    I have friends that send me coupons, but most of what they send, I cannot use because the commissary doesn't sell the brand.
    I do print, print, print from the internet.
    With our pending move coming, I signed up for ezmeals, which gives me a shopping list. That way, I only buy what I need.

    Most I've ever saved in the states shopping was about $70. That was about 10 years ago. Was at a grocery store that had the "buy one get 2 free or 3 free and some things were even buy one get 5 free". Gotta love those! Between that and the coupons I had, shopping was fun that day!

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    I rarely use coupons as I find they are always for Brand names and most often even with the coupon it is more expensive than store brand or generic. I also shop at Save-a-Lot and they have very reasonable prices on name brand products but do not take coupons. I can save about half on my grocery bill if I shop there. The town I live in only has one grocery store and their prices are ridiculous so we buy only sale items.

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    My daughters were shopping at Walmart and using their coupons there. Now they are both shopping the sales and using coupons at Publix--buying more groceries and spending A LOT less money.

    Terri--being an Army wife I understand all about shopping at the commissary. My closest one is almost an hour from my home and so I started comparing prices to see if it was worth it for me to make the trip. Only a few items are actually cheaper in the commissary----coffee and meats!! So, about once every three or four months I make a "meat run" to the commissary. I spend $100s but I fill my freezer, so it is worth the time and effort.

    Up North--I only buy name brands when they are on sale and I have a coupon to make it less than the generic brand. The town I live in only has one grocery store, so I drive 22 miles to shop at a chain store where I can save more money.

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    We are slowly moving away from shopping at the convenient supermarket that we both pass going to and from work to one a little further away. The 'convenient' one is much more expensive even if you have the store card to save on certain items. The other one has a greater selection and for the most part, much better prices. I can't keep up with coupons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I use what coupons I can for the commissary.
    I have friends that send me coupons, but most of what they send, I cannot use because the commissary doesn't sell the brand.
    I do print, print, print from the internet.
    With our pending move coming, I signed up for ezmeals, which gives me a shopping list. That way, I only buy what I need.

    Most I've ever saved in the states shopping was about $70. That was about 10 years ago. Was at a grocery store that had the "buy one get 2 free or 3 free and some things were even buy one get 5 free". Gotta love those! Between that and the coupons I had, shopping was fun that day!
    One of the projects of our Unit is collecting coupons and shipping them to overseas commissaries. It is a specially productive program since we are allowed to forward on expired coupons (no more than three months past), but I have a question!
    The people who send the information about how, when, where, and why - - tell us to NOT include computer coupons. I cannot quite get it through my head and Terri's post really brings it to the fore - - what happens to computer coupons that make the ones I print not acceptable to commissaries? (am just curious not looking for a plot;)

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    When we were living in Germany we were allowed to use coupons 6 months past their expiration date---but we were there before internet coupons, so I am clueless about that one.

    Terri???? Can you fill us in????

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    yes, i use coupons, and buy alot of the store brand items..a few things i only buy brand name..Campbells soup..some soaps etc...
    i also look for current printable on-line coupons, for what i need.

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    We can use coupons that are up to 3 months expired. Love that part because sometimes I forget my coupons lol

    Don't know about the computer coupons. Maybe it's just some of the commissaries in Europe that don't take them. They take them here on Guam and I think they do take them in Japan.
    Also too...some of the internet coupons are bogus, so that could be why too.

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    Not too many coupons used with me. I don't know of any stores around here that double them so the store brands are usually less expensive even with coupons for the brand names.

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    The dieting website that we've been talking about in the weight loss threads, www.caloriecount.about.com has a partnership with a coupon distributor... I get an email that tells me the new coupons are ready...most of them are for a dollar or more off...I can't find one of th emails from them right now...will post it when I find the addy!

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    I use coupons and we get points at our Ralphs, if we use reusable bags. They also track what you buy and send coupons for the items that you use. I just got a $6 coupon to apply on any groceries and 10 coupons for things I regularly buy, it is great and about twice a month we get a $5 coupon off if you spend $20

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    One thing I have gotten in the habit of doing too is going to the manufactureres website and just submitting a comment to them. Most of them have an area where you put your name/addy in. I've gotten coupons for sometimes free stuff, which I would send to Lauren, but also get coupons for anywhere from $1 to $4 off.

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    I use coupons and my reusable bags. We are down to 3 of us here and it's hard to buy in minimal amounts.

    Went to Sam's Club last week- haven't been there in ages. It felt good to say we don't need to buy in bulk anymore. At one time I shopped there almost weekly. With a large family of 9 I knew who had the sales, etc. I went to 2 to 3 stores a week and got my shopping done for $100 a week after coupons. Now- $100 a week for 3 of us, after coupons too.

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    Oh my yes! I use coupons. I double them. I shop compair between a store brand and coupon brand, and with doubled coupons I still save. I have a little organizer so I can find them quick. I generally save $40-$75/week on coupons. I love it when I get things free. It has also given us an opportunity to try expensive things at a reasonable price. The majority of my coupons come from the Sunday paper. Even my neighbors saves them for me. Go Coupons!!!

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    I clip coupons, does that count? I try to use them, but usually the coupons are for things I don't need. I do like to use them for things I've never tried before. I pass them on to friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    When we were living in Germany we were allowed to use coupons 6 months past their expiration date---but we were there before internet coupons, so I am clueless about that one.

    Terri???? Can you fill us in????
    Thank you for your service to our nation!
    The reason I don't take expired right up to the six month allowance is because there is travel time from here to the overseas commissaries. The commissaries are allowed to redeem the coupons up to the six month expiration date, which is wonderful! We just have to make sure that the people have time to go through the coupons before they expire for the overseas commissaries! LOL

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    I have found that I save money buying the store brands then using coupons for the name brand. Unless it's a buy one get one free I don't use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    Oh my yes! I use coupons. I double them. I shop compair between a store brand and coupon brand, and with doubled coupons I still save. I have a little organizer so I can find them quick. I generally save $40-$75/week on coupons. I love it when I get things free. It has also given us an opportunity to try expensive things at a reasonable price. The majority of my coupons come from the Sunday paper. Even my neighbors saves them for me. Go Coupons!!!
    My father was sooo proud of my mother for her ability to handle her coupons as good as any Las Vegas casino dealer! LOL You sound like his kind of woman ... He has passed, but mom is still doing her coupon routine.
    One complaint I have about the coupon inserts (our sole source of coupons for our overseas commissaries) is the lack of baby/child coupons! The ladies in our community bring the coupons they don't use to the Post and a number of us go through and separate them into five categories: Health and Beauty Aids, Food Stuffs, Baby and Child, Pet Food and Supplies, AND Housekeeping Products and Household Merchandise (makes it easier for the families to find the stuff they need).
    It is just nerve wracking to me to have MORE pet supply coupons than coupons for baby items ... :?

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    My DD uses them, prints them, and has even purchased them on e-bay. She routinly saves herself $40-70 dollars every three to four weeks. She is unemployed so watches every penny. Told her she needs to do my shopping. Used to use them all the time in CO, but here we don't get a Sunday paper unless we drive into town and I have better things to do than search for coupons on the net.

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    I clip coupons, both the ones I will definitely use and many more than I "might" use. The trick for me is remembering to use them, since I rarely have more than one or two for things I'm buying.

    All the supermarkets here (not Wal-mart) always double coupons up to $1, and Giant occasionally has $1 doubler coupons where you can double the dollar & up ones. I was shocked to find out that not all areas have supermarkets that will double coupons.

    I shop the sales. Every Sunday, I get the newspaper, which has the supermarket sales. I make a list of every item I might want that's on sale. Sometimes an item will be on sale at more than one store, but for a better price at one. I generally do shop more than once a week, so I get the sales at 2 or 3 stores.

    I've never managed to score big savings with coupons the way I've read some people do. I always run into "you can't combine this coupon with other savings" limitation. I don't know how other people do it.

    But I have occasionally gotten freebies. Like Band-aids - Acme (in Eastern PA) would have a dollar sale and I'd have a dollar-off coupon and get the band-aids for free. I think I managed this once for three years in a row!

    I don't like most store brand items, so it's a waste of my money to get them. I do try them. I used to love Wegman's tuna fish, but they stopped making the kind I loved so now I'll probably go back to a brand name.

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    Another way to save: Some supermarkets have a policy that if they overring you on an item, you get the full amount back for that item. It can be because the item rang up at the full price rather than the sale price, because the shelf price was different, the sign was misleading, etc.

    I always check my receipt before leaving the store. Even if your store only refunds the amount you were overcharged, you want that money back. And overrings happen very frequently in some stores. I've gotten some great things that way: bags of shrimp, gourmet cookies, makeup.

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    My categories are: Canned and bottled foods, Pkg and box foods, Snacks, Cereals, Frozen and refrigerated foods, Juice and drinks, hair and toothpaste, cleaning, pets, paper (like t.p., baggies). With the very front slot for those I'm redeeming today, and the 2nd slot for the ones that expire within a month to get them used. The very back slot is for rebate offers, so I can accurately buy the number of items for a rebate (like Quaker Oats had a recent one for $10)

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    I use what I can but I usually buy store brand so there are not coupons for those.

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    I do use them and when I lived for a few years in AZ my sis in CA sent me coupons from the papers. They are much higher in value here in CA. Stores dont double out coupons so you can easily get .50 c coupons regularly. I would make the people in AZ drop their jaws with my coupons. Like hey! That wasn't in MY PAPER! I need every penny too. My friends save them for me and I spend one hour a week just poking through them. I shop for what is on sale and that I can use a coupon for at the same time.

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