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Do you use coupons?

Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Cashiers hate me. I went to the grocery store this morning and bought 24 items and used 24 coupons. My total out-of-pocket was $9.07 and my saved total was $50.53. I simply refuse to pay full price if there's a discount readily available - mind you, I also only buy things I will eat or use, and I don't buy brands I don't like or off-brands.

I also have coupons for retail stores, online shopping, and several websites I check on to see if there's any coupon/sale match-ups I could have missed. And I'm not an overly frugal person...it's just that I only have so much $$ to go around and in order to have the things I NEED (food, work clothes, etc.) plus the stuff I WANT (vacations, my shoe buying habit), I need to shop as smart as possible. If I didn't take advantage of all this stuff, I'd mainly be limited to the 'need' stuff. And what fun is that?

Anyone else like me? I'm sure there are lots of 'sometimes' people, but I'm curious as to what everyone else's usage is like, especially with the economy being so crazy the last couple of years.
10/06/2010
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Cashiers hate me. I went to the grocery store this morning and bought 24 items and used 24 coupons. My total out-of-pocket was $9.07 and my saved total was $50.53. I simply refuse to pay full price if there's a discount readily available - ...
I definitely use coupons when I can
10/06/2010
Envy Envy
Yep, my dad and I use coupons when we can. Or sometimes I buy things online for marked down prices on like Ebay or such. I also sell things I no longer use or need to get extra cash.
10/06/2010
mllebeauty mllebeauty
I use coupons where possible and I love sales. I prefer not to pay full price. I think it's genetic! I'm impressed with your coupon finding abilities!
10/06/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Envy
Yep, my dad and I use coupons when we can. Or sometimes I buy things online for marked down prices on like Ebay or such. I also sell things I no longer use or need to get extra cash.
I do that too...it also keeps the clutter level down!
10/06/2010
gone77 gone77
When I remember them, yes. lol I am terrible at remembering to use them. I always look for coupons and the best deal, whether I'm shopping online or off.
10/06/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
I use em all the time, and times like this, if you can save money then ya better
10/06/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
I use em all the time, and times like this, if you can save money then ya better
Completely agreed! I learned how to be as thrifty as humanly possible when I lived with my boyfriend at age 17 and we were ridiculously broke. It's reassuring to know that I'm capable of getting by even when things are super tight.
10/06/2010
Kim! Kim!
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Originally posted by gone77
When I remember them, yes. lol I am terrible at remembering to use them. I always look for coupons and the best deal, whether I'm shopping online or off.
Same here, I end up with a massive pile of expired ones.
I do, however, look for coupon codes before ordering items online. I also watch prices on Amazon, if I don't think I'm getting a good discount I will wait to order an item until another day.

Also, Tori Rebel, I'm totally jealous of your coupon hunting skills!
10/06/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Kim!
Same here, I end up with a massive pile of expired ones.
I do, however, look for coupon codes before ordering items online. I also watch prices on Amazon, if I don't think I'm getting a good discount I will wait to order an item until ...
Aww, thanks! Years ago I would've taken total credit. But now there are so many blogs and websites dedicated to taking the work out of it for you, it's almost TOO easy. If anyone's interested, these are a few of my favorites:

Living Rich with Coupons - they provide match-ups for several grocery and drug stores, and links to printable coupons link

I Heart Rite Aid - provides coupon and sale info for Rite-Aid, also has a link to sister site 'I heart CVS' link

Retail Me Not - where I find all of my online coupons. Lets you search by store, and read comments and see working percentages of each coupon code link
10/06/2010
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
YES.

Ok truthfully I haven't really been lately...things have just come up and I haven't bothered getting my binder up to date.

There's not much that feels better when the manager has to come over and approve your sale because of your massive savings!! what a thrill..
10/08/2010
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Aww, thanks! Years ago I would've taken total credit. But now there are so many blogs and websites dedicated to taking the work out of it for you, it's almost TOO easy. If anyone's interested, these are a few of my ...
I pretty much only shop online, and I use Retail Me Not all the time.

The other thing I do is both my Discover and Visa cards have reward programs. Often, if I link to a retailer through my credit card site first, I get bonus points. It's not a whole lot, but it adds up.
10/08/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Kindred
I pretty much only shop online, and I use Retail Me Not all the time.

The other thing I do is both my Discover and Visa cards have reward programs. Often, if I link to a retailer through my credit card site first, I get bonus points. ...
I do that with mypoints. My lifetime redeemed points through them is currently 262,000 - which equals about $1900 in gift cards in the past 3-4 years.
10/08/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Cashiers hate me. I went to the grocery store this morning and bought 24 items and used 24 coupons. My total out-of-pocket was $9.07 and my saved total was $50.53. I simply refuse to pay full price if there's a discount readily available - ...
I use them but not as organized as you do. I'm more into searching for freebies than using coupons at the moment.
10/08/2010
Dusk Dusk
I don't really purchase groceries, etc. often enough to use coupons; they usually expire before I get around to them. Once I'm out of school, though, I forsee myself using them whenever possible.
10/08/2010
Kim! Kim!
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Aww, thanks! Years ago I would've taken total credit. But now there are so many blogs and websites dedicated to taking the work out of it for you, it's almost TOO easy. If anyone's interested, these are a few of my ...
Awesome, thank you!
10/08/2010
lamira lamira
I always use coupons. I need to save as much money as possible. And I always look for coupons or special offers online.
10/10/2010
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I use coupons all the time in fact you can pretty much predict what going to be on the menu at my house by which coupons come in the mail.
10/10/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Growing up I used to help my mom clip coupons and put them in this little organizer she had. You would think that would make me be like her but I am not.

I have a horrible memory and if I actually get a coupon I am certain I will use, I will either forget where I put it or have it on me but forget to use it at checkout.

But! (of course there is a but

I work at Pier 1 and get a pretty awesome discount on everything and there I will wait for something to go down on clearance and add my discount to get a pretty sick deal. I got a full frame in gorgeous wrought iron for my king bed for just 130$ last year... also a beautiful sofa (pull out bed) for under 700$ taxes in which is unheard of up here.
10/10/2010
married with children married with children
we use coupons all the time. I also search online for any tools or other items that I want to buy, and I find the cheapest price. I dont care if I have to wait a week for it to get shipped. Need to make my money go as far as I can.
03/28/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
The only discount we have here on a regular basis is for fuel and we ALWAYS use them. But it only gives ya 4 - 8 cents off per litre.

It's interesting, we have more expensive food but free medical care. You guys get the cheaper food and coupons but expensive medical.
Seems ya get one or the other.
03/28/2011
Kaltir Kaltir
I LOVE coupons, but often forget to take them:-/
03/28/2011
hjtee hjtee
I love coupons, and use them whenever & wherever I can. It's sometimes difficult in a small town where not many places accept coupons, but occasionally I will get a steal!
04/01/2011
Miss T Miss T
I grew up clipping coupons with my Mom so I guess it was kind of instilled in me from the get go. Whether I have the money to blow or not I'm obsessed with couponing. Just went last week and bought $487 worth of groceries and after all the coupons it cost me only $220 now mind you I had 2 carts full of stuff.



I tend to stack coupons at Kroger's so not only did I have the manufacturers coupons, but also, the Kroger coupons they mail me (2 different kinds), the electronic coupons, and the catalinas. So a lot of the things I bought I used a manufacturer coupon and stacked with another whether it was a Kroger coupon or an electronic coupon. It does take time, but the savings are well worth it!!
04/01/2011
girl next door girl next door
i'm trying to use them more. My family and i love sales and are frugal, but we are not great about coupons. So we are trying to get better!
04/01/2011
Brandi Rouxxx Brandi Rouxxx
I cut them out, but then forget about them when I go to the store, lol.
04/01/2011
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