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lostangel05
04-14-2011, 01:52 PM
Has anyone been watching Extreme Couponing on TLC? It was on last night at around 7pm. Crazy stuff! One guy bought $800 worth of stuff and got it all for about $27! I will definitely be looking for coupons from now on!

Do you know of any good coupon sites?


lauralyn
04-14-2011, 02:02 PM
I have watched a few of them and I am going to be paying attention to sales and coupons more now. I wish they would give us a bit more info on good places to find them online. The ones I am finding send lots of spam to my email and really seem like a waste of time.

I know I will never save like they do on the show but even if I can save $20 a week it is a start!

DisgruntledOne
04-14-2011, 02:06 PM
You have to pay for alot of the really good ones from my understanding.


beerab
04-14-2011, 02:11 PM
Thegrocerygame.com is a good service that helps you with deals in your local area but you have to become a member.

I just always snip out coupons from what comes in the mail and some stores you can go online (like Ralphs) and upload coupons into your club card. Then you can also check up product sites they usually have coupons you can print. Also I believe online newspapers have coupons you can print from them as well.

I don't save as much as those people (though I'm never going to need 40 jars of mustard) but I'd say at least $20 a week which does add up!

nina125
04-14-2011, 02:23 PM
If you are facebook, find your local grocer and "like" them. They usually post deals and coupon there. I clip coupons too, however I dont save much in the end because I hardly buy any processed or pre-packaged food.

Morethananumber
04-14-2011, 02:29 PM
well this show ISNT realistic in the slightest to how REAL couponing works. You do not ever need that much stuff and especially multiple times a week. A Stick pile is one thing, but its enough for about 3 months, not 3 years! It should also be what youll use, not just whats on sale. I have been couponing since Jan and have saved over $500. Hotcouponworld is a GREAT site!! You can also trade for coupons on there. :)

Bulletproof Heart
04-14-2011, 02:29 PM
I love that show, watched it with my mom and she wish she knew what places they shopped at cause there are no stores like that around here! I liked the guy last night because he made care packages to send to the troops :)

cbmare
04-14-2011, 02:43 PM
Stores around here don't double or triple coupons. I can remember when they did.

I started a thread about this a while back and the general feelings were that these people are hoarders. I mean, taking all your closet space to stash stuff? What do these people do with their clothes?!

I'm going to start evaluating what we buy and how some of that can help. I do use some canned goods. Beans and tomatoes. I don't buy other canned veggies. I prefer fresh or frozen.

Also, sometimes the store brand is cheaper even with a coupon unless it is doubled. I'm not a slave to a particular brand except for mayo and ketchup.

beerab
04-14-2011, 02:48 PM
Sometimes the coupons are for produce and other things- I have a coupon right now for frozen vegetables and then I get ones for things like save a dollar if I spend at least $5 for meat, etc. But those are usually store coupons- Ralphs is pretty good with those.

Morethananumber
04-14-2011, 03:01 PM
Also, sometimes the store brand is cheaper even with a coupon unless it is doubled. I'm not a slave to a particular brand except for mayo and ketchup.

but you have to compare prices and sizes in this case. Just because store brand is cheaper doesnt mean its a good size, thats why a good couponer will tell you to sometimes get the smallest size and other times to look at the "unit price" because it can vary.

badassey
04-14-2011, 03:06 PM
Oh! I'm so glad I saw this thread!

I have been a couponer for about two years now. I have saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars over these past two years. I cannot remember the last time I ever had to pay for toothpaste, razors, or shampoo! (And no, I'm not crazy!) I only coupon for myself and my live-in boyfriend.

As someone previously mentioned, "The Grocery Game" - there are websites that cater towards local grocery stores/chain. In my opinion, The Grocery Game is a ripoff - they make you pay a subscription fee. CouponMom.com does the exact same thing, but for free. You do have to become a member (which is just a simple email sign-up).

There are a TON of other sites that are super helpful. My all-time favorite (and the site I credit 99.9% of my couponing knowledge to is: Hip2Save.com. Collin over at Hip2Save is a godsend. She is incredible. Make sure you check her out... Click on "Coupon Newbie" at the top menu and you'll be set! Also, check out her video series for couponing tips and tricks.

A few of my other favorites:
CouponingtoDisney.com
TotallyTarget.com
WildforWags.com (Wags = Walgreens which is actually a really, really fantastic coupon store)

Couponing has saved me, financially. I am a college student and just cannot afford to pay full price for things. I'm not a crazy stockpiler, but I do have a small closet in my apartment full of pasta, body wash, deoderant, home products, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. that I paid next to nothing for. It's really not hard - if I can do it, anyone can.

I know I'm like super gung-ho about couponing - but it has seriously saved my financial-life.

Also, all of the websites I listed are completely free. Don't ever pay for a couponing website.

If you're a fan of forums... HotCouponWorld.com and AFullCup.com are couponing forums that cater to the big name stores (K-Mart, Target, Walmart, etc.) as well as your local grocery stores.

Seriously, though, Hip2Save.com. Go check it out. Read all about being a coupon newbie and you will see how much money you can save! :)

P.s. Most coupons come from inserts found within the Sunday newspaper. But a lot can also be found on Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, and RedPlum.com (all of these are free). One thing to note, you must download software to print coupons - this is to avoid fraud (i.e. people printing 100 coupons) the standard limit for coupons is 2 per computer. But I promise you, they're all totally safe.

Yay couponing! :carrot:

MonicaM
04-14-2011, 03:19 PM
I get regular emails from http://coupondivas.com that I enjoy. The site has videos that are helpful. Before a friend told me about this, I had no idea about such things as CVS Extra Care Bucks. If you click on the COUPON DATABASE you can search for coupons for your favorite products.

XLMuffnTop
04-14-2011, 03:22 PM
I think couponing is great but just because you CAN buy 62 jars of mustard doesn't mean you SHOULD.

I've only caught tidbits of several episodes and I think one man worked for a food bank and that was cool. Rather than hoarding all the food in your over stuffed basement for the next alien invasion he's helping feed those in need.

I'm in the same boat as cbmare, no stores here double and especially triple coupons. When I put in the effort to find coupons for stuff I'd actually use, it never seemed to come out cheaper than the offbrand or regular weekly sales. And here at least, sales are usually cyclical over a 4-6 week period or so.

So, I guess for my situation, couponing doesn't pay off for the work I'd have to put in.

cbmare
04-14-2011, 04:11 PM
but you have to compare prices and sizes in this case. Just because store brand is cheaper doesnt mean its a good size, thats why a good couponer will tell you to sometimes get the smallest size and other times to look at the "unit price" because it can vary.

IA. That is always the case. I've actually found stuff at Costco that cost more per unit than I could buy in the store. Just because it is enough to feed Cleveland doesn't mean it is a better buy.

Also, whenever a brand name goes on sale, check the store brand. Sometimes it is marked down as well. You just won't use a coupon. However, if you are brand loyal for certain items, the store brand won't matter.

lauralyn
04-14-2011, 05:41 PM
Oh! I'm so glad I saw this thread!

I have been a couponer for about two years now. I have saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars over these past two years. I cannot remember the last time I ever had to pay for toothpaste, razors, or shampoo! (And no, I'm not crazy!) I only coupon for myself and my live-in boyfriend.

As someone previously mentioned, "The Grocery Game" - there are websites that cater towards local grocery stores/chain. In my opinion, The Grocery Game is a ripoff - they make you pay a subscription fee. CouponMom.com does the exact same thing, but for free. You do have to become a member (which is just a simple email sign-up).

There are a TON of other sites that are super helpful. My all-time favorite (and the site I credit 99.9% of my couponing knowledge to is: Hip2Save.com. Collin over at Hip2Save is a godsend. She is incredible. Make sure you check her out... Click on "Coupon Newbie" at the top menu and you'll be set! Also, check out her video series for couponing tips and tricks.

A few of my other favorites:
CouponingtoDisney.com
TotallyTarget.com
WildforWags.com (Wags = Walgreens which is actually a really, really fantastic coupon store)

Couponing has saved me, financially. I am a college student and just cannot afford to pay full price for things. I'm not a crazy stockpiler, but I do have a small closet in my apartment full of pasta, body wash, deoderant, home products, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. that I paid next to nothing for. It's really not hard - if I can do it, anyone can.

I know I'm like super gung-ho about couponing - but it has seriously saved my financial-life.

Also, all of the websites I listed are completely free. Don't ever pay for a couponing website.

If you're a fan of forums... HotCouponWorld.com and AFullCup.com are couponing forums that cater to the big name stores (K-Mart, Target, Walmart, etc.) as well as your local grocery stores.

Seriously, though, Hip2Save.com. Go check it out. Read all about being a coupon newbie and you will see how much money you can save! :)

P.s. Most coupons come from inserts found within the Sunday newspaper. But a lot can also be found on Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, and RedPlum.com (all of these are free). One thing to note, you must download software to print coupons - this is to avoid fraud (i.e. people printing 100 coupons) the standard limit for coupons is 2 per computer. But I promise you, they're all totally safe.

Yay couponing! :carrot:

:carrot: Thank you! I will be checking these out tonight!

lostangel05
04-14-2011, 06:21 PM
I haven't really done much with coupons but I check sites for free samples all the time! I go to freakyfreddies.com. They have a section for coupons there too!

Katzz
04-14-2011, 06:29 PM
Very interesting thread. I use coupons, but nowhere near like this show. I use discounts also at BabiesRUs, Bed Bath and Beyond and not just grocieries. I think it's great to stock pile toilet tissue, paper towels, etc., but I couldn't eat 50 bottles of mustard in my lifetime so even if they are free why get them and take up all that space. I think couponing is great when you can save and get what you need, but to stack up so much stuff that would go to waste is not what I think couponing is all about. I see some of the couponers buying 20 or 30 boxes of cereal. If it's the Duggar family then I can see that, but if you have two children when are you ever going to eat it before it goes stale. I guess they could donate it to a food bank or a church pantry, but I'm not sure I could stand around in a store checking out for four or five hours. I have to admit I am totally amazed by some of their savings. My youngest daughter is an avid couponer and saves big dollar amounts, but she never buys more than she can use before it spoils, or things that she doesn't regularly use. I've seen her save $75.00 or more dollars at a time on groceries and am proud of how great she is with it. I think couponing is great to save money and get what you use at a bargain price.

beerab
04-14-2011, 06:33 PM
Thank you for that info h4a5r! My friends the one who told me about the grocery game but free sites are even better!

124chicksinger
11-18-2011, 11:03 PM
These folks should balance the federal budget. :)
I cannot even be bothered clipping a coupon, let alone inputting the time, planning and organization that these people do. I can't even imagine being that devoted to a "hobby" of sorts. Wowsers.

bargoo
11-19-2011, 08:32 AM
I am all for saving money, but I do not think it is necessary to have a $30,000.00 stockpile in my garage. Why have a five year supply of dog food, or 110 bottles of ketchup ? I still think this is a form of hoarding, why buy things that will expire long before you need them ? In some cases they are doanating to charities, I think that is admirable but I think most of them are just stockpiling them. One lady said she had enough femiinine product to last her into menopause, yet at the next shopping trip she bought more because she had coupons.

Expunge
11-19-2011, 11:44 AM
I used to volunteer for a local food pantry/emergency needs nonprofit agency. There was an older retired woman who did extreme couponing type stuff as a hobby, and instead of hoarding all of it, she would donate the extra free stuff to the local shelters and food pantries. That woman seriously probably gave us more stuff than most canned food drives produced!

So that could be a real option for people who like the thrill of the bargain but can't use everything they get.

cbmare
11-19-2011, 01:36 PM
ITA with the donating part. We've seen that throughout the show but not often enough IMHO. The one with the 16 yr old boy who was going on 1 last shopping trip before school started was a bit disconcerting. Yes, his family benefited and I think that is great. However, he seemed to be stockpiling tons of feminine products just because they were free. Why? Why were then in his hoard and not in the closets, drawers or wherever they're kept with the women in the family?

Having said all that, it is Saturday and we get the Sunday supplements today. We need to replace some paper products. I'll probably go out and spend $40 - $50 before the coupons. LOL.

FrouFrou
11-19-2011, 03:58 PM
Have you ever paid attention to what those people buy though? Seriously one woman bought a crap load of butterfinger candy bars...why? Gatorade? The shows I have seen it really was a ridiculous amount of unnecessary stuff. And I agree with the hoarding...just because you can buy a stockpile of something doesn't mean you need to or should. There were two shows I liked because the people were buying the stuff to donate...that was awesome!

lauralyn
11-19-2011, 04:21 PM
I actually talk with a woman who was on the show. The shows are staged quite a bit. The people buy loads of coupons from amazon etc and because of this they are really not getting all of those items for just a few bucks. They do save a ton but not as much as they make it seem.

Since replying to this thread back in April I have gotten a lot more involved in couponing. I have a nice assortment of items stocked up and can now shop for my family of 4 for under $75.00 per week which is a lot better than what I was doing. I don't stockpile but I do shop for deals and really hate to buy anything without coupons now.

Another good site to check out is coupons.com,

cbmare
11-19-2011, 06:35 PM
I actually talk with a woman who was on the show. The shows are staged quite a bit. The people buy loads of coupons from amazon etc and because of this they are really not getting all of those items for just a few bucks. They do save a ton but not as much as they make it seem.

Since replying to this thread back in April I have gotten a lot more involved in couponing. I have a nice assortment of items stocked up and can now shop for my family of 4 for under $75.00 per week which is a lot better than what I was doing. I don't stockpile but I do shop for deals and really hate to buy anything without coupons now.

Another good site to check out is coupons.com,

Now that is very interesting about the staging. It makes perfect sense that they would do it that way. It's just like Storage Wars. They film all the time but only show the dogs or big ones. In fact on one episode they showed a unit that had boxes overturned and a real mess but when they clicked back to it, all the boxes were stacked. LOL.

I totally understand your storage. You probably have some canned goods that will be used until they all go on sale again. You probably have some paper products, etc. There is nothing wrong with that. I recently used a coupon for toothpaste. I was going in to get 1 tube but they were on a bogo. I ended up with 2. Big deal. We will use the 2nd tube within the year. 2 not 200!

Don't those people who deplete the shelf anger you? If you are going to get that much, arrange for the store to order it for you. Inconsiderate louts.

kaplods
11-19-2011, 08:18 PM
I rarely use coupons, with some exceptions. If I'm going to purchase anything online or at JoAnn Fabric or Michael's crafts, I always do an online search for coupon codes and printable coupons.

For Michael's, I almost never buy anything full price. I'm eiter shopping the clearance racks, or I'm using a 40% or 50% off coupon and only buying one item (or sometimes my husband and I will each take in a coupon, so we can
buy two items).

We also shop very strategically for EVERYTHING. My husband and I are on disability, so we do have the luxury of time, although when I calculated the time we actually spent on shopping and cooking at home, they really didn't add up to more than we did when we were working. However, we do have the advantage of being able to go during the best time of day and week, a luxury we didn't usually have when we were working.

We have friends who can't believe we are living as well as we our on SSDI and my husband's disability pension. They have incomes as high as eight times ours, and have asked how we do it (and usually assume our income is higher and that we are receiving food stamps or using food banks, and we're not).

But we almost never buy anything new or full priced that can be purchased used or on sale.

We start our grocery shopping at a salvage store (Sort of like Big Lots, but privately owned. The stores buy stock from other stores that are either going bankrupt or are selling their overstock. Some stores only sell groceries, others sell a little bit of everything).

Most people assume that this is "outdated" food, but it's generally not (once in a great while you'll find food that is past it's "use by" or "sell by" dates, these aren't truly an expiration dates. If the food is properly stored, canned and jarred foods, and often boxed foods as well will maintain their quality many months and even years after the sell by dates).

There is a bit of an "art" to this kind of shopping, because canned and jarred foods are generally good years beyond their use by dates, whereas cereal and snack foods can become stale even before the use by dates).

Ethnic markets are often the best place to shop for staples (staples in our house, anyway) like rice, soy sauce, fish sauce, bean sprouts, cilantro, eggplant... because they're much cheaper than in supermarkets.

We do shop a lot more stores, but we also shop smaller stores, so we can "get in and get out" much more quickly.

We shop at Walmart and Aldi, but we shop strategically there too. In Walmart, the best time to go is during the late hours of a week day. At Aldi (a discount grocery) we avoid Wednesdays (government SSDI and SSI checks are direct deposited) and Saturdays.

We buy the cheapest cuts of meat (chicken thighs, legs or quarters, pork steks and roasts, and fattier ground beef), which we actually prefer, because they all lend themselves to low-and-slow cooking (crockpot or stove-top dutch oven, so that the actual work-time investment is minimal).

We add tvp (dried textured vegetable protein, looks sort of like grape nuts cereal. Per serving it's about 1/4 to 1/5 the price of ground beef) to cheap ground beef, so that we end up with the equivalent of expensive 85-98% lean ground beef at abouth 1/3 to 1/4 the price per serving.

When we see a good deal on anything, we stock up.

We shop Goodwill, consignment shops, and even pawn shops.

We've bought electronics that were floor models or have been returned to the store and therefor discounted (I would consider refurbished, but we've never had to). My husband's computer we bought at Sam's Club, and it had been returned by a user who just didn't like it, and returned it two days after purchasing it. It still had the same warantee, but we got it for less than half the original price.

It's really amazing how little you need to spend (not just money-wise, but time-wise as well).

Serval87
11-19-2011, 08:52 PM
I mostly buy generic brands from kroger (4 rolls of toilet paper= $.88). When I get kroger coupons, it works out pretty great, but they only really send them to me once every 2-3 months or so, which sucks. I also email companies and ask them to send me coupons, and most do. I also have purchased coupons from ebay, and get some from Sunday papers, but most of those are usually wasted, because they're not things I use. I need to get ink for my printer, so I can print out coupons.

lauralyn
11-22-2011, 07:25 AM
Ugh, shelf clearers tick me off! Save some for the rest of us!

I hardly every buy anything unless it is on sale AND I have a coupon. I used to shop at Walmart buying their brand for nearly everything but since paying attention to my coupons and sales I buy a lot of name brand items for far less.

sontaikle
11-22-2011, 08:55 AM
My mom noticed that on these shows that most of the people stockpile a lot of crap food. She complained that you can't go all extreme couponer to buy fresh, non-processed things.

bargoo
11-22-2011, 10:12 AM
I think some of these extreme couponers are displaying a bit of OCD.

MariaMaria
11-22-2011, 11:43 AM
Just a bit, bargoo? It's like watching Hoarders.

bargoo
11-24-2011, 09:54 AM
Just a bit, bargoo? It's like watching Hoarders.

I do think they are just better organized Hoarders.

ckatgo
11-26-2011, 08:12 AM
All the tips in this thread is great! I just this weekend started looking into coupons and it really is addicting! But I consider myself a 'strategic shopper' and not a stockpiler. There is only two in our house and I don't see the sense in having 100 bottles of ketchup. Now to give that to a food bank is a good idea and would be worth the effort. But I agree with most on the thread, it looks like what they buy is crap food, and they buy it just to buy it. Like the women on one show bought frozen cinnamon rolls, cleared the shelf, saying she was going to give that to her kids for breakfast. I was like, "wheres the vitamins in that?" Her freezer was full of frozen pizza and just junk. Seriously, not good.

I do plan on looking at the sales and using my coupons (which my little stash is growing) for good stuff. Like agave nectar is now on sale, I have one for frozen veggies.

I see no sense in paying for coupons. None what so ever!

mandalinn82
11-26-2011, 12:30 PM
I see no sense in paying for coupons. None what so ever!

It's worth it if there's a really good sale on something that you use a lot. But I definitely take what I spent into consideration when I calculate what I saved.

I suppose it's like any other hobby - some people do it to obsession, some people do it to the detriment of their health and living conditions...but for every one of those, there are probably a hundred people using coupons regularly and yes, even stockpiling choice items in order to save money, but not crowding themselves out of their home or buying unhealthy items that they wouldn't buy anyway.

It's like Black Friday shoppers. Some people get up at 8am and go to a few stores, a smaller number camp out for days in line, and an even smaller number cut in line, pepper spray people, or otherwise do things that harm anyone else or themselves.

My mom noticed that on these shows that most of the people stockpile a lot of crap food. She complained that you can't go all extreme couponer to buy fresh, non-processed things.

You can sometimes find deals on produce (we've had several "Get $5 off your next produce purchase of $10 or more" coupons, and the packaged salad/spinach/greens companies like Earthbound Farms and Fresh Express do put out coupons regularly. Unless you're truly not eating anything packaged, you can translate savings on grocery items (mustard, yogurt, breads or tortillas, dairy or dairy subs like almond milk, etc) into a bigger, more flexible produce budget.

bargoo
11-26-2011, 12:45 PM
I'm not against couponing, I like to save any way I can. However, buying to extremes, things you can't or shouldn't use is not saving. One extreme couponer, among other things bought 133 bags of candy. I see tooth decay and weight problems on the horizon for this family. What would you do with hunreds of antiacid tablets, ? I couldn't use those in my lifetime. Hot sauce by the dozens, and soft drinks , enough for a few years. Crazy !