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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:45:09 PM
I'm watching Extreme couponing on TLC one lady got over $600 worth of groceries for about $8. Another got $290 worth for $6.32. I don't know how they get such good deals no matter how many coupons I clip I don't get deals like this. Anyone else able to get great deals like this and what am I doing wrong.


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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:50:14 PM
No, I coupon but not to that extent.

I watched one episode the other day and was a little disturbed by one particular woman, whose whole life seemed to revolve around her couponing. The sight of her standing in front of her stockpile of processed food made me want to eat salads and exercise. She said that her wall of toilet paper "gave her great joy". I really think she needs to find another source of joy.


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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:54:10 PM
I wanted to simultaneously laugh and cry when I heard that woman say "when I look at my wall of toilet paper I get great joy" or however she put it. I don't even know what to say to that.

Lol about the processed food and exercising.

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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:56:20 PM
In a nutshell, it is done by only buying things on sale at rock bottom prices and matching with coupons. For it to be that low, I am sure she had mostly packaged food. Its been a few weeks since I saw that so I don't remember the situation.


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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:56:54 PM
The episode I'm watching is the one with the lady with the toilet paper. All these people on the show have huge stockpiles of stuff and I'm just wondering when they could possibly use it all. The guy on now is buying 1000 boxes of ceral but he says he's donating some to his local food pantry anyhow. He's getting all 1000 boxes free.


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Posted: 1/15/2011 9:59:07 PM
No Id love some of the extreme Pea couponers to speak to this also. Im also not buying that those that save large amounts of money dont spend major time doing so. I have half heartedly clipped for years but rarely remember to use the coupons when I need them. Last week I thought Id give it a try. It took hours to organize, read different flyers, got to 3 different stores to save $50. I do not have that kind of time every week. Plus a big amount of that money saved was free items from our local grocery store that they send out a couple of times a year. The internet coupons or the coupons from the paper saved hardly anything.
Plus they wouldnt take more than one coupon on an item so it made me wonder how people get things for free or even for a few pennies. the most any coupon from the paper saved was $1 on grocery items. Sometimes a little more on cosmetics and things. Plus Ill admit I bought alot more than I usually would at once just to be able to use the coupons. So if you coupon, how do you save such large amounts?

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Posted: 1/15/2011 10:01:15 PM
A couple of them were said to have bought coupons online from a coupon cutting service. One of the women paid $70 for coupons for her trip. They don't add that cost into their total for the price paid for groceries, which is misleading, don't you think?


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Posted: 1/15/2011 10:06:38 PM
I save but don't buy all of the processed junk that they were stockpiling. The one man's garage where he had hundreds of bottles of salad dressing made me cringe. Most salad dressings have a very very short shelf life. There is no way that he and his wife can consume that much salad dressing.

I would like to get better deals on meat and produce. For now I am saving each week but I don't buy processed packaged food. I cook from scratch and spend most of my money in the produce section.



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Posted: 1/15/2011 10:22:59 PM

No Id love some of the extreme Pea couponers to speak to this also. Im also not buying that those that save large amounts of money dont spend major time doing so.


You could say I am one of those "extreme" couponers, so to speak, but not the extreme of the people on that show by far. I do save large amounts of money, exact amounts of which I am not sure because I don't always track it, but I would say I save at least 50-75% (usually more)on most groceries and other staples. It just comes from tracking sales and using coupons and knowing what you need and not buying what you will not use. I just stockpile what I know will be used when it is at a good price and I have a good coupon. The trick is obtaining multiples of the coupons you need. Friends and family are good resources. Some people go so far as to get them from coupon clipping services, I have not done that, but I have considered it for a few things I feel I am still spending way too much on (since there are a few things that I pretty much have to stick to one brand on, there are not many, but a few). So speaking of brands, another thing is to really save you have to let go of some of your brand loyalities. As with anything there is a such thing as moderation. I do not have a massive stockpile in my house. I have a closet near the kitchen that is my "pantry" stockpile and my bathroom closet that is the stockpile of health and beauty aids, etc, and then there is the freezer. There is a stash of toilet paper and paper towels in my garage. There is not an excessive amount of stuff in my house, and I am not a horder at all. Also, not all of the food bought with coupons is "crap". I have got very cheap frozen vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, eggs, and even some meat using coupons. Also, once I started thinking this way I also began to buy meat and produce while at its lowest prices and freezing meat. My freezer has become my friend. I think that show made all "extreme" couponers look like horders. As far as time spent on couponing, yes, it takes some time, but not near as much time as you think.


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Posted: 1/15/2011 10:32:21 PM
Is this a rerun of the first show or are there more then one episode?

I really felt sorry for the lady that got so much joy from her toilet paper! I do have to say that when my freezer & pantry are both full it does give me a sense of security but I think she was way beyond that point when she said that.

I am not able to coupon much at all. Our local grocery store will not double coupons anymore and they are very picky about excepting internet coupons. I did try to use a coupon I printed off of swagbucks this past week. Wow, you would have thought I was committing a fraud! They went and got some papers that said what coupons they absolutely could not accept & then told me they are suppose to turn anyone in who they think is fraudulently printing coupons. It was really quite embarrassing! All of that for 50 cents off of 3 boxes of Kleenex!!!



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Posted: 1/15/2011 10:33:10 PM
I think my problem is that I just don't have the time or energy to organize like these people. It sound great in theory. I wouldn't be able to stockpile like them either since I don't have room. I'd also worry we wouldn't be able to use stuff before it expired. If it expired that would be a terrible waste even if you got it free.


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Posted: 1/16/2011 12:11:48 AM

I don't know how they get such good deals no matter how many coupons I clip I don't get deals like this. Anyone else able to get great deals like this and what am I doing wrong.


Location location location is a big part of it.

The one woman had local dumpsters where people recycle paper. I know Fort Worth has these, but where I live now does not.

The woman in Philadelphia walked miles every day collecting coupons out of recycling bins and had friends give them to her from their papers. Again, the area I'm in doesn't have any recycling at all.

Some stores have their own saving incentives and will allow their coupons PLUS a manufacturer's coupon for multiple similar items, and some will not. Even national stores, like Target, that have corporate policies spelling out what the clerks are to accept have individual stores where the clerks just don't understand and try to reject legitimate coupons.

Not all locations have the same amount of coupons nor the same value on the coupons. People actually cut out coupons and sell them to people online. Well..... they don't sell the coupons, the sell their service of finding, cutting and delivering the coupons.


It takes considerable time to not only collect the coupons, but also to have them organized so you can actually use them. Modern coupons are good for a very short time. (They used to be good forever. )

Even these extreme couponers did not do this alone. They heavily relied on the online blogs and message boards to learn of the specials the stores were having and the coupons that coordinated with them.


Nothing is for free. These people work very hard for their savings.

If you are competitive, have OCD with hoarding tendencies or are impulsive, this is something that can quickly get out of hand.

The woman who loved the toilet paper wall and who had begun to move into her husband's space has an addiction that is controlling her life and the life of those around her.


On the other hand, what a tremendous service this is for someone loading up the shelves of a nearby shelter or soup kitchen - as was the man with the thousand boxes of cereal.




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Posted: 1/16/2011 1:15:31 AM

Is this a rerun of the first show or are there more then one episode?


It was a rerun



The sight of her standing in front of her stockpile of processed food made me want to eat salads and exercise.
What about the cart full of candy bars, or the dozens of instant ramen, or the huge quantities of gatorade she bought?


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Posted: 1/16/2011 7:18:18 AM
The "Krazy Coupon Lady" from the show states on her blog that TLC is going to make this show a series. They have a casting call out for extreme couponers.

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Posted: 1/16/2011 10:05:00 AM
I would be so much more interested in this show if it was more realistic.

FOr example, the way the people in the stores are so nice and helpful to the couponers (um, because the cameras are there and this has all been set up in advance). I mean, did you see that one episode where the lady had about 6 carts so employees from the store were following her and helping to push the extra carts? As if that would ever happen.

I would be so much more interested in this show if the stuff wasn't set up before hand and it was more like the couponers have a hidden camera so we could see the way the cashiers and employees really react to those kind of couponers.



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I agree that the first lady that spent 6 hours at the grocery, loaded up two cars and has almost 3 rooms of more stuff than two people will EVER need is way out of control and needs some professional help. I mean 150 of two different candy bars? Do that plan to eat that, noodles and gatorade everyday for months?

The one lady with kiddos seemed much more in moderation, getting things her family would actually use. She mentioned that she buys enough for 3 months of a particular item b/c of the way stores cycle sales. Her husband also mentioned that her stockpile saved them in a way when he lost his job and all they had to eat was what she had stockpiled. She also has a website.

I think it is great the last guy was donating to his church food pantry, but I also feel he had way more than they need in his garage. Did you see him scoop all those toothbrushes out of the bin? Even if you want to get enough for your family to last year, for two adults that is only 8 toothbrushes, not hundreds!

I think couponing can be a good way to save your family money, but from what I saw on the show it can also very quickly get WAY out of control.


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Posted: 1/16/2011 10:37:37 AM


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The sight of her standing in front of her stockpile of processed food made me want to eat salads and exercise.
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What about the cart full of candy bars, or the dozens of instant ramen, or the huge quantities of gatorade she bought?


Yes that, and they way she snapped at her poor husband because he mis-counted the Butterfingers. The last thing that woman needs is 140 Butterfingers. She needs therapy yesterday.


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Posted: 1/16/2011 3:00:07 PM
I think that one of the women on the show said that she needs at least a hundred of each coupon to get good deals like that.

Now Kroger has the 10 for $10 and they triple the coupons from .39 on down. So if an item is $1 a piece, then it's free.

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Posted: 1/16/2011 6:45:40 PM
After I saw the first thread on extreme couponing here on 2peas, it made me start doing some research.

My personal rules are:

1. I clip all coupons. (sometimes you can make money on items you wouldn't normally buy)
2. I use a coupon binder, sorted by themes (according to how my grocery store is set up).
3. I only use a coupon if something is on sale (rock bottom price), or I have to have the item anyway before the coupon expires.
4. I will only buy a six week supply for a particular product when I have a coupon.
5. I will only buy a brand or product that we don't use if it is free or I can make money from it. I won't spend my money on something just because it's cheap.

My kids were laughing at me last week and DH was skeptical. But I saved $66 from our grocery budget by using coupons (everything I bought was an item that we use at home). DH was impressed.

I did buy a few high value coupons that I couldn't get in my area. I only buy coupons if they are high value to me (either can be tripled or $1 off or more) and I can't get them in my area. I spent $7 on coupons last week (but it was to help me build up my stash). They also have expiration dates through March. So, even with "buying" coupons, I still saved over $50 (will be more once I use the remaining coupons).

Any extras I get that didn't cost me anything, I take to church and give away to people that might need/want the items. We have mostly an older congregation on limited incomes. But honestly, I don't do this very often because I don't buy what we don't use.

For example, I was able to purchase Jimmy Dean sausage for $1.67 per roll. My DH opened up the freezer and said, "Do you know we have FOUR rolls of sausage in here?" My reply was, "Yes, I had coupons." He sort of chuckled, until I told him how much I paid for them. He complimented me and said that it was actually a pretty good price. (He knows because until recently, he did the grocery shopping).

I also bought a 160 Liqui-cap Advil bottle for a little over $6. Normally, it would have cost me over $20. We usually use Advil caplets, but switched since it was a great price. We found that we actually like the liqui-caps better.


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Posted: 1/16/2011 7:04:48 PM
i save about 50% (sometimes more) at the grocery store and 75% at the drug store. i get free stuff all the time from drug stores, and probably 1 to 2 free items per grocery store each week. i think this episode was centered around mostly "free" items. in the real world it doesn't work that way, because you need more than just the free items to live on.

how do you get free items?
at drug stores, often they will give you a coupon toward your next purchase that is the same amount as the item is worth (or sometimes it's free when you pair it with a coupon). for example, at walgreen's this week they have thermacare heat wraps for $2.50, and it will spit out a $2.50 register reward, making it free. there is also a $1 off internet coupon for this product, so you will get the item free plus pocket $1. they are paying you $1 to take the product!

here's a grocery store example:
publix has uncle ben's whole grain white rice on sale for 99 cents. there is a $1 off coupon from the January 9th newspaper, so they're paying you a penny to buy it.

now, how do you save and not blow all your money on stuff you don't need?

i use a coupon website (southernsavers) that lists the sales for each store each week. they have a list of the sale items and any available coupons that go with that item. i only check the box of the items that I ACTUALLY USE OR NEED, and then try to find the coupons to go with them. some are printable coupons, some are newspaper coupons, and some come from other sources, which i usually can't get my hands on. i don't knock myself out to get coupons. if i can't get it in the newspaper or print it from the internet, i usually don't get it unless it is a peelie or came in the product from a previous purchase.

i never buy anything i don't need or won't use unless it is free or almost free, in which case i donate it. if you follow these rules, you can save a lot of money without a lot of hassle, and you won't end up with a bunch of stuff you don't need. i spend about an hour and a half making my lists from southernsavers because i have 4 grocery stores and 3 drug stores. i don't usually make it to all 7 stores, but i make my lists to see if it's worth it to take the time to go.

if you stay on top of it and buy the things you need when they are at these low prices, you won't have to pay full price again. however, if you need an item that is not on sale, you can go to afullcup.com to search and see if there are coupons available for the product you need.






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Posted: 1/16/2011 7:13:59 PM
I was excited to see this show . . . and then I watched it. It was really just ridiculous. The only one on the show who wasn't hoarding was the Krazy Coupon Lady. All of the others were buying far more than they needed for an entire year -- it was taking over their lives. Toilet paper than brings joy? I don't think so!

The guy with all the salad dressing? That just made me sick. Most of that will go bad before they can ever eat it. For several of them, their homes were being taken over by their hoard -- it was really sad.

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Posted: 1/16/2011 7:26:34 PM
I am contemplating filling out the casting call for the show. I asked DH and he said it was fine.

We eat pretty well, I think. The processed meal crap usually ends up going in DH's lunch on days we don't have leftovers. I feed my family for about $50 a week, sometimes more if i need to stockpile.

My friends and I swap coupons and I am looking at buying inserts on line.

I love the look on people's faces when I walk out of the store with $100 worth of groceries for under $30. Our state, we are required to pay sales tax (10 percent) on the PREcoupon amount, so I'll never get anything totally free.

With a large family, it's really keeping us on budget and well fed.



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Posted: 1/17/2011 3:33:34 AM
I used to be an advid couponer when the stores made it worth while to use coupons. When they doubled the $1 and then tripled the .50 cent coupons it was worth it then you could get ALOT of stuff nearly free. Now they just double to .50 and with prices being so high it is hard to get things for free with the exception of the dollar days sales as well as the bogof sales where you can use 2 coupons for items even the "free" one since the both come up half off instead.


Now don't get me wrong there is still money to be saved and as long as you know how to play the game ie watch the sales and match with the right coupons. There are a few sites still out there where you can order any amount of coupons that you want for pennies on the dollar for a handling fee. You just have to pay attention to the sales and what coupons arre out there now.

And not all stores have the same coupon policy as to how much is doubled.



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Posted: 1/17/2011 6:30:28 AM
I try to coupon, and now that I;ve found out abaout the clipping service I'm thrilled. I've worked in a gorcery store for years as the food manager, so I knwo when the best deals come out for various products that I purchase & when specific products that I buy are at rock bottom I buy enough to last the year. best time to buy Ranch? The week before Easter, the large bottles go rock bottom. Stuffing = Thanksgiving. Pepsi goes down several key times (the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Super Bowl, July 4). I also ONLY buy the products that I use (no non-brand items) and only the things that I actually use.

Just by stocking up on the staples I save a ton of money monthly. Granted Jan or Feb I spend a LOT of money buying 4 cases or more of oatmeal, but I never buy it again for a year Same with dressing and baked beans on July 4, but I also know I am buying these items for less than the stores cost. And FYI- never feel bad for a store if you ARE buying at under cost- most stores are pricing like this & getting kick-backs from vendors. So even if you do find out a product may be under-priced the vendor is either making up the difference or they are placing a premium per case that the store sells.

Best way to save? never buy on the first of the month; even if food stamps aren't out, SSI/SSD and regular SS is paid the first of the month and while grandma might wait to buy her groceries, most other's are out blowing their money (and yes, this is from years of experience). Not only are the lines HUGE, but the products on display are high margin. The last 2 weeks of the month generally have the best deal, shortset lines and the better markdowns. Oh- one last thing: i buy fresh meat that was on sale the following week on Tuesday- stores over order for the most part for sales, and buy Mon & Tue they have to get rid of the leftovers so you can generally scoop up the sale meat as a managers special and pay 20-50% less.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 6:44:35 AM
Couponing can work just great. You just have to make it work for YOU.

In my house that means that I use a membership service, thegrocerygame.com, to send me weekly lists of which products are on sale and which coupons match up with them. I'm too lazy to do the work myself. I pretty much only use coupons from the Sunday paper that I already get, or coupons given by the 2 stores I go to. I don't stockpile anything we wouldn't use in the next few months. My grocery store doesn't double and doesn't accept internet coupons. I only buy products that either we use, or our church has asked for.

I don't have any 75% savings over time, but for a minimal amount of work I save about 30% (including the membership fees.)

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Posted: 1/17/2011 7:06:43 AM

Our state, we are required to pay sales tax (10 percent) on the PREcoupon amount, so I'll never get anything totally free.


The tax on food in your state is 10%? Normally food tax, unless it is hot, prepared foods, are dramatically less, like 2% on your purchase, not 10%.


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Posted: 1/17/2011 7:36:03 AM
Obviously most of you have never spent a few weeks wondering where you were going to find change to buy some TP I could sooo see myself hoarding TP after that! LOL!!

I never seem to buy the things i see there are coupons for. There isn't a store around us that doubles them. Every so often i attempt to get good at this, but after three weeks of newspaper clutter I have $2-3 worth of coupons we'd use.

But hey, I'm about due for another attempt at it, and now that we have a Michaels in town I'm ASSuming we would get ads in it... I can use that coupon well! LOL!!



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Posted: 1/17/2011 10:03:30 AM
As much as I liked the show, I hate shows always sensationalze everything. I guess that's done to keep interest? Annoying to no end.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 10:40:53 AM

I saw the unedited version and it was nothing like what was seen on TV in that show.




I remember some discussion about the editing in the other thread. Is there anything else you remember that you'd like to share?


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Posted: 1/17/2011 11:29:28 AM

I think it is great the last guy was donating to his church food pantry, but I also feel he had way more than they need in his garage. Did you see him scoop all those toothbrushes out of the bin? Even if you want to get enough for your family to last year, for two adults that is only 8 toothbrushes, not hundreds!



In the thread that was posted the last time TLC ran this particular episode, this man stated on his blog that the TLC producers MADE him do things he normally wouldn't do. Like bring home all that stuff. The stuff going to the food pantry at his church normally goes STRAIGHT to the church. And the toothbrushes? Those were ordered ahead of time and normally he would just pick them up boxed and ready to go straight to the pantry. TLC insisted they be shelved and then get a shot of him dumping them into his cart like that.

This is yet another reason why I simply won't watch TLC shows anymore. It's all made to look even worse than it actually is and I won't waste my time.


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Posted: 1/17/2011 12:21:49 PM
I agree with the above poster that I will NOT watch TLC.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 12:46:28 PM

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The tax on food in your state is 10%? Normally food tax, unless it is hot, prepared foods, are dramatically less, like 2% on your purchase, not 10%.


0% state tax in Georgia on food. Local areas can add to it, which is how some areas may have something similar to 2% like you mentioned. But many counties pay 0% on food. As you mentioned, that doesn't include things like prepared foods.





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Posted: 1/17/2011 2:33:01 PM

Our local grocery store will not double coupons anymore and they are very picky about excepting internet coupons. I did try to use a coupon I printed off of swagbucks this past week. Wow, you would have thought I was committing a fraud! They went and got some papers that said what coupons they absolutely could not accept & then told me they are suppose to turn anyone in who they think is fraudulently printing coupons. It was really quite embarrassing! All of that for 50 cents off of 3 boxes of Kleenex!!!


Tell me about it! I signed up for Frugal Girls website through FB, and I got the update about the free bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength, so I signed up for it (we get some intense headaches). So, I get the coupon in the mail a few weeks later, it's the bottom third of an 8 1/2 x 11 letter, so I tore the coupon off, go to the store, and proceed to buy it. Now, the coupon is good up to $5.99, and they have the little bottle for $2.99, or the big one for $10.99. Since I just want to try and see if I like it, I buy the little one. You would have thought I was trying to pay with Monopoly money. She lectured me about printing coupons, because they don't take them (it had one of those pressure thingies on the back where you rub it and it changes color) and I tried to explain it to her. Finally I just said, "Fine, I don't want it then, can I have my coupon back?" and she rang it through. Geesh!

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Posted: 1/17/2011 3:13:04 PM
Anyone care to share how they organize their coupons? I have been using the grocery game and have saved so much. But now the fliers won't fit in the accordion file I bought. I'm wondering how to best keep things organized.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 4:50:00 PM

Anyone care to share how they organize their coupons? I have been using the grocery game and have saved so much. But now the fliers won't fit in the accordion file I bought. I'm wondering how to best keep things organized.
Back when I *tried* to do a lot of couponing, I kept a binder. Only a small one because I didn't want a full size binder sitting in my cart. I bought one of those small organizer type 3 ring notebooks at walmart and then I used baseball card pages for the inside (I already had these). I cut them to fit and put my coupons in the slots. I had 4 slots per page and then I divided the book up into sections like boxed foods, produce, etc. I never was the type to be so organized though, and now I just throw my coupons into a VB zipper thing (about the size of those accordion coupon organizers) and leave them until they expire, then I throw them away and replace them with new ones.


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Posted: 1/17/2011 5:21:08 PM
OK I tried it this weekend. I only did make up and hair care and this is what I ended up with.

Everything I bought was 75% off for some reason I had a coupon as well for most of the hair care items. The Garnier and Loreal came from the Sunday paper in the last 1-3 weeks. I bought this at CVS and they have a coupon machine that gives you coupons when you scan your cvs card. When I scanned my CVS card it gave me a $10 coupon for Physicians formula makeup and I chose the ones that were 75% off. That $10 off made 4 of them free.

I didnt do as well as the people on tv but I did save quite a bit and wont need any hair care products or make up for quite some time. Now if only I had time to do this with food and other items but I dont. I just wanted to try it once for fun







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Posted: 1/17/2011 7:43:44 PM
I I am also in alabama. We have one of the most regressive tax structure in the country. We really do pay full tax on food! They have been trying to repeal the tax on food but I swear its the only way they make money for schools is because people have to buy groceries. Our property taxes are crazy low.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 8:08:59 PM

Plus they wouldnt take more than one coupon on an item so it made me wonder how people get things for free or even for a few pennies. the most any coupon from the paper saved was $1 on grocery items. Sometimes a little more on cosmetics and things... So if you coupon, how do you save such large amounts?


Drug Stores. Rite Aid and Walgreens usually have a freebie deal in their weekly ad. You buy it, they give the money back to you via a rebate check or coupon for free money to spend on your next purchase. Combined with coupons, they're paying you to take merch out of the store.


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Posted: 1/17/2011 9:10:11 PM

I get where you're coming from, but the two are not mutually exclusive. I have a year's supply of TP in my basement and it doesn't prevent me from living life in any way.


Oh - I should have mentioned I'm a couponer! I usually save 60-75% on my groceries each week and I started in October of 2010. I just can't stand TLC and I really liked that line! LOL.

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Posted: 1/17/2011 11:21:18 PM

Anyone care to share how they organize their coupons? I have been using the grocery game and have saved so much. But now the fliers won't fit in the accordion file I bought. I'm wondering how to best keep things organized.


I have a binder with the baseball card holders and plastic dividers for categories.

My categories are divided how my local grocery stores are set up (by the two I frequent the most). For example, Paper goods are in one section (paper plates, paper towel, toilet paper, trash bags, napkins, ziploc bags, paper cups, etc. are all in one section). Cleaning products are in another section. Freezer section. Refrigerated section. Basically, when I'm in a certain section, I can scan my coupons if I find items on sale. Then I know if it is a good deal.

I also keep my flyers and grocery lists in the front of the binder. I added a section for coupons that I would never personally use unless the item is free or almost free. These get purged the week they expire if the items are not on sale.

I have another section for restaurants. We just saved 20% at IHOP on Sunday because I had a coupon.

I have sections for each specific store that prints their own special coupons. (Kmart, CVS, Dollar General, Walgreens, etc.)

My system works for me because I can find any coupon within 30 seconds or less. That's my rule of thumb for organizing.


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Posted: 1/17/2011 11:40:38 PM

Oh - I should have mentioned I'm a couponer! I usually save 60-75% on my groceries each week and I started in October of 2010. I just can't stand TLC and I really liked that line! LOL.


Ok, fair enough. We can be friends.



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