I think I have totally mastered couponing. Follow my strategies and you will be buying more for less:
This strategy is easy and you do not have to fight with extra unneeded coupons, since you are only getting the ones that you will use before the sale is over.
By Dotty from Washingtonville, OH
I use the coupons that come with the Sunday papers as my husband likes to read 2 different papers. Lately I see very few worthwhile coupons. Most require you to purchase 2 items and I just want one. My household is small so I don't want to stockpile lots of items. I do much better shopping from the store circulars. ShopRite has great sales.
Go to shortcuts.com and register your store card and then the cents off will be taken off when you check out. I don't know if Giant Eagle participates in this or not but it's worth a try.
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I went to a rummage sale yesterday. Along with the usual items, the ladies were selling tons of 'new' useful products, mostly for hair, body, home, etc. I asked her where she got all that stuff, and she said she 'coupons' What is she talking about and how is that possible? I saved lot of money buying items cheap, but where can I get information on doing what she's doing?
By GrammaE from Milwaukee, WI
There must be a lot of coupons for freebies out there. . .I haven't found a lot yet, and it would make sense to sell them through a garage sale, especially if they have so much, it would get bad before they used it all up. They must be able to get a lot of full sized items for free, or low cost, because how often do we just buy samples at a garage sale? I don't.
I haven't checked up enough about it, but, one of my friend was telling me that his daughter and husband make money doing this with freebies. I suppose, if you can get them for free, gifts are gifts. (09/18/2009)
I know that my daughter got a freebie whole sized baby formula, and she also got another full sized one from someone she traded with coupons. It looked great, however, her son, my grandson, that formula didn't work well with him, and we had to get him off of that formula quick. So, so much for those freebies for that! :s (09/18/2009)
I don't live near any of the stores but if you shop at the drugstores like CVS, WALGREENS, or RITE AID you can get a lot of things ultra cheap or free. You wait for a sale on a certain product then combine manufacturers coupons from the newspaper, from online coupon printing sites or from the webpages of products with store coupons and also e-coupons and then if that store has monthly rebate books or other incentives you can get a great bargain. A lot of it will depend on what 'big box' drugstores or grocery stores you live near or shop at but the concept of waiting for a sale and combining with coupons and buying several of that item to hold you over until the next sale will save you a lot of money on groceries.
This page has info on 3 of the stores: http://www.dealseekingmom.com/drugstores/
I also recently started reading this site...she does a great job: http://www.krazycouponlady.blogspot.com/
A bit overwhelming but a ton of info also at these forums: http://www.hotcouponworld.com/forums/index.php
Make sure if you sign up for manufacturers newsletters for coupons or freebies to get a free email account separate from your reg email account like from yahoo.com or gmail etc.
I have heard of people using the cheap or free stuff to make emergency backup stockpiles for hard times or even donating their excess to food banks or shelters but have never heard of anyone selling their surplus. (09/18/2009)
Thank you all for your help and advice. I will look into those websites. Sure seems like a lot of work though. That lady did mention 'trading coupons' don't really understand that - who does she trade them with? I do understand the concept of triple savings as I am a Target retiree and get a lifetime 10% discount, then I wait for a sale on things I need, and use a coupon. I thought you can only use 1 coupon per item on anything you buy. Am I wrong about that? I'll start looking into rebates at my local pharmacy too. I'm on a fixed income now and need to 'spend wizely' :) (09/19/2009)
The people I have read about that do that don't live in the rural areas that I live in! They say that you can use coupons of ANY amount on double and triple coupon days, and combine that if a store does price matching ( you bring in a competitors ad for an item on sale for $1 and they will sell it to you for that), and they get a lot of items for free.
Some also say that stores will let you use one coupon multiple times. You have a coupon for 20 cents off something, and you can buy however many you want with that one coupon.
Where I live, they only have double coupons rarely, and cut the limit off at 50-75 cents! And you can only use one coupon to one item! I am glad that some are able to take advantage of those types of offers, but a lot of people aren't! (09/19/2009)
Where I live, coupons are limited to one per item and the doubling and tripling occurs once in a blue moon with a limit (like double a 15 cent coupon). I honestly don't know how these people get all those free items - but I can tell you that fresh produce and other healthy items rarely have coupons - which leave me to wonder why they're buying all that junk in the first place. (12/31/2009)