Is couponing really worth it?

Brittany - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )

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In my past experience I generally only end up saving $4-$5 out of a $200 shopping trip. I look through all of the websites and the papers before I go to the store, but I can never find coupons for what I need. How do the people on extreme couponing do it. They cant just be living on laundry detergent tooth past and vitamin water.

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Krysten - posted on 08/13/2011

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I love howtoshopforfree.com and mojosavings.com both are awesome.. they have a coupon data base you ype in what u are looking for and they tell you if theres a coupon for it.. I save at least 50 to 60 dollars if not more just by buying the items at the lowest price and using coupons for sale items when I have them

Karen - posted on 06/05/2011

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you aren't saving anything if you are buying items you don't use or need! We always go for the B1G1 items, but ONLY if we will use them.

Stacey - posted on 06/06/2011

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I went to a couponing class through my local County Market store, and this is what I learned...it takes about 60 to 90 days to build up a goog stockpile. One of the tricks to the good savings is to use a manufacturer's coupon and a local store coupon together, add to that an already advertised sale and you have it. Another tip was that in some stores you can use more than one manufacturer's coupon if they are different offers. My most recent trip to the store yielded $220.00 in groceries w/ a savings of almost $56.00 for a final total of $164.79, I saved 25% of my bill. That was my first time saving that much. Another good thing to do is find a group of friends, co-workers, other mommies...start a coupon club, swap the coupons you don't use with some that a friend might not use that you will. Check you local store coupon policies also. Hope this helps and happy saving! :)

Katherine - posted on 06/02/2011

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Another thing to do is to look at products on the LOWER shelves. Those are cheaper instead of at eye level. I have saved $45 dollars at Kroger's because they send me so many coupons in the mail. It pays to get a Kroger's card.

Dani - posted on 11/12/2011

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Rona - posted on 01/21/2012

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Oh yeah! I saved a ton with coupons, drug store promotions, clearance deals You can save even money on organic using Whole food coupons.Combination coupons, sales and promotions can save you up to 75% on grocery

Katie - posted on 01/17/2012

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I've found that usually, coupons are for products I don't use, that I can get less expensively just buying the off brand, and really only work well if you're capable of hoarding a huge stockpile of non-perishable products in your house...which I'm not. =\ I do use coupons for restaurants and eating out, though.

Katina - posted on 11/22/2011

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I love couponing...i dont leave hm without my coupons bcause u never know when u need them!

Kelly - posted on 11/10/2011

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I agree that most coupons are for things that are not necessarily needed. However there are coupons out there for household items that can help you cut costs by a lot!

Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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They're just that...extreme cases. I'd like to see one of them start with a meal plan, and a list of ingredients they needed and THEN go shopping with all of their coupons. I still think it's fascinating to watch, but some of them have an 11 year supply of one thing.

Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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Coupons are meant to attract customers...meaning, people who don't typically buy that item at regular price might buy that item for a few cents less. I'd bet most stores have policies that inhibit couponing...do the stores featured on "extreme couponing" even allow extreme couponing if you don't have a film crew with you? Otherwise, can you imagine what the checkout lines would look like? Can you imagine doing all of the ordering, knowing that the 'common customer' could clear out an entire item in one shopping trip?



List the items you'd need to buy to make the meals on your list for the week, and then watch your ads this week and see how many of those items are on sale. Then, see how many coupons you can find (online, or in print) for those items. It'd be real interesting to see how much $ you'd save. I'm of the opinion that if an item is normally $10, but on sale for $4, if I wasn't already planning on buying that item...I just spent $4. I didn't save $6.

Kelly - posted on 11/06/2011

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It all depends on you. I agree with you. I have a really hard time saving money at the grocery store but I do however have fantastic couponing skills when it comes to retail stores and coupons. Just today I went to Jcpenny and bought $80.00 worth of stuff for only $20.00. Stuff that my family needs but I wouldn't be able to do without coupons. Keep at it and like some of the other ppl on here have stated start small until you get the hang of things. The biggest thing that has helped me out is coupon organization and taking the time to walk through the store and look through the stores advertisement.

Kelly - posted on 10/31/2011

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absolutely worth it!!!!! ive been couponing since June. and I have saved well over 1000. Just by matching up the coupons with the sales papers each week. thats how u can maximize your savings. My husband has even started helping me by bringing home coupons he finds. start slow, find a good blog that you like, (fablulessly frugal, coupon divas, Etc) and in no time you will see some things that you normally would buy are half price or sometimes even free.

Jeannette - posted on 10/27/2011

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I love to use coupons and end up feeling guilty or mad at myself if I forget them! I do save, sometimes as little as ten bucks, sometimes as much as 65 bucks. I see tons of personal hygiene and cleaning coupons, which I don't use. I also try not to buy a ton of prepackaged and precooked foods, which is another chunk of coupons. I do buy cereals, syrups, bacon, eggs, yogurt, ham, chicken, paper products, coffee, creamer, frozen/canned veggies, and the like. I wish I had more coupons that i need. I have bought "lots" of coupons off ebay, and this is a 50/50 shot. Sometimes you spend 2.00 to get 2.00 worth of coupons you will actually use. I have however bought "lots" where I had saved 30.00 using the coupons. I don't buy the coupons that are 15 of the same, because the only thing I need that much of is toilet paper with 5 of us in the house.

Kristal - posted on 10/17/2011

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It is definately worth it. If you shop and plan your weekly or bi-weekly meals according to what is on sale + a coupon then it is worth it. I plan our meals based on the sales and I save coupons from all the redplums/online/newspapers etc. then when something is on sale I match a coupon with it and I try to only use my coupons if the item is also on sale somewhere. Last week's groceries was $185.00 and I saved $48 with coupon/sale match ups.

Montana - posted on 10/09/2011

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My MIL just taught me to coupon. I am currently saving an average of 65% on my grocery bill. I can get about $220 worth of groceries for roughly $85. I am only 3 weeks into it and already I am building a stock pile for my family. I just buy 4 papers on Sundays (diff ones) and take the coupons to Kroger or any store that doubles coupons up to $1. I WAIT til items are on sale before using the coupon and voila! Thats all I do for now. I am waiting (I keep forgetting) to get ink for my computer to get online coupons. You can use 3 coupons (at Kroger) for 1 item as long as they have different codes. Not too hard just time consuming, You have to be dedicated and stay on top of ur coupons. Clip, organize n put them in a 3 ring zipable binder.

Samantha - posted on 08/12/2011

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Yes coupons help alot. U have to hunt for coupons to make it worth it. I save 30-46 dollars out of 100.00

Monda - posted on 07/19/2011

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Another thing I learned in a couponing class is that to really save using coupons you buy things when they are on sale not necessarily when you need them. One week I used my couponing budget to get just laundry soap because it was a great deal / I now have two years worth or more and the money I don't spend on laundry soap can be used to stockpile the next needed item that goes on sale.

Monda - posted on 07/19/2011

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I am new to couponing but for me the key to larger savings is having a stockpile of coupons to use when sales come up. The first month I saved only bits here and there but going into my 3rd month I have really started to do better. If you save every coupon that you might use when they come out and print ones online too then when a store has a sale on an item you will probably have a coupon for it....so I guess I say yes it is worth it but expect to start small and realize that the savings on those extreme couponing shows is not typical.

Melissa - posted on 07/18/2011

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I feel the same way! I feel like I spend more on the paper to get the coupons than what I end up saving! What can we do differently?

Paula - posted on 07/15/2011

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I'm not saying it is worth it or not. But if you want to do it well then check out the Ellen show next week. There is a guest coming called the coupon lady and she shows how to save TONS.

Kathy - posted on 07/14/2011

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Definitely worth it, but you need to learn how to coupon. It's not as simple as using coupons to buy your normal groceries every week or two. You have to create a stockpile of items you use on a regular basis so you aren't buying out of need, but for the really good price. It has taken me about 6 mths but I am almost at the point where I have a great stockpile and am now only buying when the price is best. For instance, I use lots of pasta, sauces, canned tomatoes/beans/sauce for chili, cereal, frozen veggies. So, I have a pantry filled with those items and an extra fridge in our garage for overflow frozen foods. Basically, you need to learn the coupon policies first, then move on from there. I only buy things when they are on sale AND I have a coupon for them. For instance, at Kroger this week they had Colgate toothpaste on sale on the Mega Event for 1.49, I had 2 coupons for .75 off any colgate and that store doubles coupons up to and including $1 off, so I got 2 free tubes of toothpaste. They also had Danimals yogurt on sale for 1.88, I had a $1 off coupon, got 2 free boxes of Danimals coolision. And the list goes on, I paid $73 for a cart full of groceries, one item I needed was $14 and not on sale. So, really for my grocery items I paid $69 and saved $84 between sale and coupons.
A couple stores I never shopped before learning the ropes was CVS and RiteAid. Learn there policies and combine CVS sale prices with coupons and the Extra Care Bucks you earn from the sales and you score amazing stuff for FREE. With RiteAid, they have a similar program called UP rewards. Start off with one store and once you've got it down pat move onto learning another store. I am a SAHM of 4 kids, so every penny saved helps:) Once my hubby realized how much I had started saving he gets me my papers every Sunday:) At first he thought I was crazy spending the time doing this, but once you get used to it it's super easy and takes less time each week prepping for shopping. Believe me it is totally worth it!!!

Tamyra - posted on 07/12/2011

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I definetly believe couponing is worth it. Just make sure it doesn't get in the way of family time. I have saved so much in the past 6 months. I have a small stockpile of the items we use most like cereal, HBA goods, paper products and items for my baby. I have enjoyed saving money. As a stay at home mom I feel it's how I help us make money.

Chris - posted on 07/12/2011

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Hi Brittany, I am a little bit like you. I believe couponing can be worth it. You just have to be incredibly organized and take the time to peruse the sale ads and only clip coupons that you will actually use for things that you normally buy. If you can find those items on sale and use a coupon with it, I would say in most cases that it IS worth the time.

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Katina I didn't know you could use the coupon on the biscuit can with the paper coupon! I assumed it was one or the other. This helps a lot since we buy them all the time! Thanks!

Katina - posted on 06/13/2011

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Yes couponing is worth it. I use them all the time. I live in the DC area and have four kids, so I need all the savings I can get. I sign up with any store that has a savings club safeway, cvs, giant, etc...i get the sunday paper and see who has what on sale then I go through my coupons and stack up on not only no parishable goods but I find a lot of other great coupons like for butterball products, tyson, hillshire, not saying they always in the paper but when they are I make the best of it. Yes if the item is on sale you can use multipule for that item. Example grand biscuits usually have a coupon on the can 50 cents off on the purchase of three and then in the paper ther is usually a few coupons like $1of 2 so thats a savings of $1.50cents on three @ 3 for $4 & the 50 cent coupons double because any coupon under $1 doubles so I got 3 cans of biscuits for $2. PS. I also get coupons for clothes and shoes.

Lindsay - posted on 06/13/2011

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you have got to be willing to try new things I'm just starting to do the extreme couponing thing and I got toothpaste for 5 cents at rite aid use the deals to your advantage the up rewards and the register rewards come in handy check out Coupon Geek.com and Couponmom.com they are extremely helpful coupon mom gives you tutorials and sets everything up for you so you don't have to do it I love it but you have to take what you can get and save for later.

Myrna - posted on 06/08/2011

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Actually most of the coupons that I have used have been for health, personal & household needs and the items have almost been free or have been free with coupons. I have saved over $700 since March. It's definately worth it, and yes you do have to put a little time into finding the sales, but I just don't let it interfere with my family time. I am as extreme as I can be in this town lol. Walmart also has a new policy that your coupon can be more than the item & then the extra money goes to your purchases. They have paid for a few of my groceries too :) If you happen to have a London Drugs, you can use multiple coupons on one item as long as it has different UPC/barcodes on them, making the item sometimes free if you have enough coupons for it! Unfortunately no London Drugs here where I am. Couponing has been definately worth it for me! & I really don't put that much time into it at all, sure doesn't take that much. I read a couple websites, and check the flyers online, find the good sales & see if I have the coupon for it. So if you want to save money & get more for your dollar, that's definately the way to go :) I've spent more time with my kids doing fun stuff using that extra money that we've saved!

Theresa - posted on 06/08/2011

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We don't eat a lot of junk food or ready to eat frozen foods...I like making meals from scratch that way I can control the amounts of sugar, salt, etc. I definitely use coupons, but extreame couponing I'll leave to those who have the time and energy to do it. I'd rather spend time with my family/friends.

Angie - posted on 06/07/2011

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We are in Canada, and the rules for coupons here don't permit you to use more than 1 at a time of the same kind of coupon, so we aren't able to save more than a few dollars either. The extreme coupon people live in the States, and looks like they have a lot less rules. It's just to hard to here. The stores have to many stupid rules.

Myrna - posted on 06/07/2011

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Couponing is worth it. I have saved ALOT of money using coupons. I only combine them with sales... and if the coupon states any size, I go for the smaller size which most of the time makes the item free then. I only get items that we need, for instance, the other day the Purex laundry soap went on sale for $2.99, I had 4 coupons for $3 off, so therefore I was able to get 4 for free. Unfortunately I have not been able to stockpile hoards of items like in the show though lol. The stuff that I have gotten with my coupons, is gone almost as quick as I get it. I do have a little stash of dishwasher soap though.. But the best thing to do if interested in couponing, is to find a group or site that offers you the inside scoop on the sales. If in Canada, like me, you can go to smartcanucks.ca. That's where I get most of my info on upcoming sales, and also do coupon trading, which has helped alot in my shopping trips! Good Luck with couponing :)

Laurie - posted on 06/05/2011

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This week if you have a shaws near you, you can get buy one get one free, and then send in a mail in rebate for laundry detergent.

Tanya - posted on 06/05/2011

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From what I hear they prepare for weeks in advance for the trip that they show on Extreme Couponing. I use coupons I don't save as much as them, but I save money. I use several websites. The best place to really save is Walgreens, Rite aid, and CVS. The sites I use is Southern Savers and Coupon STL. They give you a break down as to what coupons to use and how to use them. It does take time to stock up. Also if you have face book type in coupon in the search and join those groups. The more sites you use the more information you will find. Another thing you have to buy items either you don't use or items you don't need to see savings. Always buy items when they are B1G1 and have coupons for those items stock up on those items. I usually get anywhere from 2 to 4 newspapers. I hope I helped some.

Karen - posted on 06/05/2011

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I do use some coupons. But I won't go to extremes like some people are doing and buy mega amounts. I can only afford so much on each grocery trip anyway to be spending it on tons of laundry soap, etc. Lately it seems that most of the coupons I'm finding are for Health and Beauty and cleaning supplies. Not much on food as of late.
I have a niece that saves a lot of money on couponing. Don't know how she does it, but I think it may be on some things she's so stocked up on that she won't have to buy for years.

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I use coupons and try to add them to the sales, so for cereal and yogurt I end up saving a lot over a month - $10-$15. I just started the pricebook and figuring out ounces to save even more. This is really new tho and I don't have any idea if I'm saving anything yet or not but it's a new attempt.
I too read everything I could on the extreme couponing but it's too time consuming. It did help me stock-pile on toothpaste, razors, soap, and condiments, but for the weekly grocery list, it takes a long time.
There is a website that lists the weekly coupons that are coming out so you can decide if you want the paper or not and then you can buy coupons on Ebay for multiples which I've never done.
One last thing there are coupons for organic products too. I can usually do a match-up on sales from Whole Foods with their monthly coupons and get a better deal there than at our regular grocery store.

Myrna - posted on 06/07/2011

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Couponing is worth it. I have saved ALOT of money using coupons. I only combine them with sales... and if the coupon states any size, I go for the smaller size which most of the time makes the item free then. I only get items that we need, for instance, the other day the Purex laundry soap went on sale for $2.99, I had 4 coupons for $3 off, so therefore I was able to get 4 for free. Unfortunately I have not been able to stockpile hoards of items like in the show though lol. The stuff that I have gotten with my coupons, is gone almost as quick as I get it. I do have a little stash of dishwasher soap though.. But the best thing to do if interested in couponing, is to find a group or site that offers you the inside scoop on the sales. If in Canada, like me, you can go to smartcanucks.ca. That's where I get most of my info on upcoming sales, and also do coupon trading, which has helped alot in my shopping trips! Good Luck with couponing :)

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