Where do those "Extreme Coupon-ing" people shop?!

Lauren - posted on 05/07/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Where do those "Extreme Coupon-ing" people shop?! Any Ideas what stores??

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Melissa - posted on 05/10/2011

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that's too extreme, i understand researching, i will reseach a few stores in my area, i live in canada, so i will take zehrs, shoppers drug mart, zellers and look at the things i need right now. If there is a really good deal on something like a 10 for $10 and you only get it for purchasing 10 i will buy the 10 and check expirations, if i can't use it all before the expirations i will donate what i don't use, but i am careful about it because i am a single parent and don't have the extra $ to do all that all the time, it's only the things i absolutely need that i do that with. I bought diapers that were pampers- box diapers regular $26 and there is 13% tax up where i live. They were on sale for $17 i had bought 2 boxes for $15 because i had 2 $2 coupons. Then i had bought a 3rd box and a package of wipes that were $4.99 i got a 30% discount on because i worked at the store, and for buying the wipes and the diapers together i had a $4 coupon. Total for 3 boxed diapers and the wipes $52 after tax. Regular price after tax $97. I will be using all the diapers and the wipes too. I looked at the size of my daughter and the sale price to make sure i wasn't buying more diapers that i wasn't using. If my daughter is border line and there is a good sale like this one i would have bought 2 of one size and 1 box of the bigger size diapers so in case she jumped the size before i got to the 3rd box i wasn't wasting my $. I also knew i may have to buy another package of diapers before she got into the bigger size, but meanwhile i knew i was getting all on a good deal but saving my money. The extreme couponers need to realize even though they can be saving a lot of money sometimes being paid to walk out of the store they need to donate some of the stuff that expires to people who have NOTHING, who may not even have access to coupons- the internet or papers to get the coupons. Homeless would love to have their resources!

Tammy - posted on 05/08/2011

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Kroger is probably one of the stores! They have a lot of 10 for $10 deals. but you'll need like 10 identical coupons lol. i use only one set of coupons at walmart and get good deals. Try www.couponmom.com and they have a "Grocery deals by state" Section that shows the deals in the store and how much you'll pay after the coupon. They also have the links to free internet coupons! =] hope that helps

Carol - posted on 09/13/2011

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Tammy,
Glad to hear that you aren't abusing a system set up to help people get back on their feet. I was basing what I wrote on what you said (paraphrased - you didn't need it right now, but still use it) and what someone else wrote "WIC is really the same thing as couponing." It's the mentality that we should take things we haven't earned and don't need from eachother that got me upset. Coupons are a risk that manufacturers and stores take, hoping that you buy more of their products. Using coupons is not taking advantage of anybody. Using government handouts when you don't really need them is taking advantage of every single person that has paid taxes. I don't know what the confusion is. If you really need it, I'm glad it can help you out. That's it's purpose. Anyone who has a job, including you, contributes to it.

Melissa - posted on 05/08/2011

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it's funny that they have the extreme couponing and that they air these shows but they don't TEACH how to do it, I know how to save a lot in the States but i don't understand how people do it in Canada, they don't have as many Canadian oppertunities for coupons. However, just to let you know in the states you can use 1 store coupon and one manufacture coupon per product i.e. if you have a coupon for pampers from pampers and then say meijers prints you off a coupon off their coupon thing, you can use them together, and then look for when they go on sale- triple bonus. Also CVS i know you can get coupons for things like save $4 off of 20 which would give you an extra bonus, if you got that store coupon off of pampers, and speant at least $20 too. With coupon and sale prices at CVS i have had a $70 retail sale knocked down to $15 before!

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Katherine - posted on 11/10/2011

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ALSO, and I heard about this tip.

Things placed lower on the shelves are cheaper than things placed at eye level.

Kelly - posted on 11/10/2011

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Audra- I have a 4 month old and while I may not extreme coupon I am able to coupon to the extent of getting free stuff or deeply discounted stuff. Being somewhat organized with it helps a ton! I have always thought the huge binder was not practical to a mom of small children so I modified it. I picked up a 4x6 photo flip book and put post it tabs on each side with a category. That way I am not sifting through all of my coupons all the time I can go to my tab and sift through the ones in that category....and most importantly it's small enough to hold with one hand and fits into a diaper bag!

Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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Has anyone seen a mom/dad of small children featured on that show? I haven't. There are those who have time to do what it takes to go to the extreme with coupons, but these ARE extreme cases. I remember seeing Albertsons featured...but even then, when we had an Albertsons I never remember there being a 'double coupon' day or anything. If I were you I'd list the grocery stores within a reasonable radius of YOUR home, and on your next visit ask them about their coupon policies and if they have any promotional events like case sales, double discount days, membership discounts, etc. Find a way to get the most out of those, and you may even be able to write to the store owner and request that they have a double discount day, etc.

Kelly - posted on 11/06/2011

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I watch the extreme couponing show on my dvr so I can go back and forth and pick up the small tips they give in almost every episode. The biggest help was reading from couponkim.com's website. I have been able to get free products and products for pennies on the dollar. I by no means do the extreme couponing but I am able to get my family the things we need for a quarter of the cost that I used to pay :)

Tammy - posted on 08/30/2011

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Dear Carol
I know what WIC is...
I actually do need it. (Scratch my last post.) Ever since i went back to work and pay for day care ive had less than $100 for extra like baby food and diapers and food for myself. So I dont know if you were talking to me or just stating the obvious but i am NOT stealing from the needy and I am NOT "taking advantage" of WIC
Thanks..

Karen - posted on 08/22/2011

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I love couponing and even teach classes. The norm is not what you see on Extreme Couponing but I can show you how to get great deals and lots of things for free.

Carol - posted on 08/21/2011

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WIC is not the same as couponing. It is a government hand out paid for by people who pay taxes. Coupons are deals that the manufactureres make with their retailers to help both retailers and manufacturers get the customers to buy products. If you use WIC and don't need it, you are stealing from the needy and those that pay taxes. I'm all for a hand up when people get kicked by life, but not for people who take advantage.

Sorry for the rant, I've lived in a town where women actually sit around in a circle and tell eachother how to live off welfare for their entire lives for no reason other than it's possible.
Thanks to all the people giving advice on the couponing. One person suggested coupon match ups on a similar post. She said to google it and there are sites dedicated to match up coupons and sales.

Karen - posted on 08/20/2011

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Try itsybitsybabystore.com - it's my new fave for my daughters shoes. They carry Pediped and have a summer sale going on - 20% off and free shipping (coupon code "summer2011")! I am in my happy spot with them because I ordered my girl's back to school shoes late - just two days before school started. They saved my life by upgrading to overnight shipping for free! I'll definitely be back!

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2011

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I dont know that much about extreame couponing but I do know that If I see a good sale and then I have a coupon for that item and i know I will use it I get it. Other than that I have found the best place to save money and get what you need is at Aldis. right now with the ecomoney the way it is and having a tight budget that has been the way to go.

Megan - posted on 08/14/2011

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I would like to learn how those folks do it. I do agree that some are horders...(like what are you going to do with 200 tubes of toothpaste), I do LOVE the idea of those who give it away to non-profits. I work for a homeless shelter and we could really use some of those folks to make donations to us!

Reasonably - posted on 08/10/2011

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Extreme couponing means that you can stack your manufactured coupon with items that are on sale at any Major Grocery store including one stop shops like Target or walmart. Ralphs and Vons both double up to a dollar. That is how you get items at their rockbottom price.
Check out www.reasonablyless.com you can find Printable coupons, advice on using coupon and Mommy Freebies!

Erin - posted on 06/06/2011

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WIC is only for those within a certain budget limit though. And it's really the same thing as couponing. I stopped using it because they weren't providing what my son needed anymore. I used it for a while though. It was fantastic for formula.

Sherri - posted on 06/06/2011

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Probably at a regular local store. But I want to know if they are saving bookoo money. How do they save for for meats like chicken, fish, beef, etc?

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The most I have saved in 1 trip was $80 with coupons & I spent $300 on that shopping trip. I bought the reg. brands of items of things that we like to use. I won't use another brand just because I can save with my coupon.

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I coupon. I do have a space of shelving set aside for my stock pile. However it is basically consists of perhaps 10 items. Ie) toilet paper, paper towel, laundry soap, kids diapers (I have 2 in diapers/pull ups), dog treats, juice & a few kids treats.
I don't buy things I don't use. That doesn't make sense.
I have a little accordane file that I keep with me & it is in the order of months so I know when the coupon expires.
If there is a sale on toilet paper for instance I look through to see if I have a coupon & then I save twice. The sale (if it is really a sale...after all you need to know your prices.) and plus the coupon.

Nadine - posted on 05/18/2011

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Any store, it's a matter of timing coupons with existing sales. I think they do a lot of research with the upcoming sales and look for printable coupons on-line.

Tassy - posted on 05/18/2011

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Well I am too inpatient I guess. Also don't want to inconvenience others by using a million coupons and having the cashier ring up stuff seperate. One show showed the woman who had to use like 20 different transactions to get her stuff. That's crazy but worth it to some I guess

Tammy - posted on 05/13/2011

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Well i didnt say anyone here was against coupons. I only said "if you are against coupons" My statement was in response to April about fresh fruits and veggies not having coupons. Im not saying she's against it i just got the vibe she didnt like the fact she didnt have coupons for those things.

But as for WIC im not sure what you were trying to say..

But i just recently updated WIC because i believed i was getting too much to be eligible. Im military and i was getting more than enough. But they said they dont count some of the allowances i get because i use it towards rent and other things. and im single and I only get one paycheck so they said that makes me eligible. Not to be conceited but I dont have money problems right now and im still able to get WIC. They told me a lot of things make women eligible for WIC but they only see the income requirements and dont even bother. They dont take time to set up an appt to see if their certain situation is eligible.

But WIC helps me alot on saving groceries. If i didnt use it I wouldnt have a guide for healthy food and i would waste money on unhealthy food. but once i put the milk and juice and bread and fruit and veggies and all that i tell myself theres my snacks (fruit) my drinks (juice and milk) breakfast (cereal and eggs) and all i need is to buy meat! maybe thats why i dont spend so much at a grocery store

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2011

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i don't think people are necessarly against coupons here i think people are against the extreme couponors who hoard all the stuff even if they do not use it, and then let it expire. People who use WIC or Food stamps, usually use it because their income makes them qualify for it, those are only SOME people who would benifit from the coupons, and the homeless, or those who visit the food banks, those who fall JUST above the WIC and food stamps guidelines that are very border line of welfare too.

Kristina - posted on 05/13/2011

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wic would be great if i was to qualify. i agree that they dont have coupons for the healthy non processed stuff. growing your own veggies is a good idea, we butcher our own cattle for meat so that helps us out on that expence. thanks for the websites.

Tammy - posted on 05/13/2011

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And you can just grow fresh veggies and fruit! my mom always did that. Meat does cost a lot.
But just because they have coupons for unhealthy things doesnt make it cheaper than whats healthy.
A 24 pack with a $.50 or even a $1 coupon still costs more than frozen juice without a coupon.
Women Infants Children also give out checks for bread milk fruit veggies and all that stuff ( im using it right now and im getting things for pregnancy) What you get on checks change by whether your preggo or breastfeeding or if you need formula or juice your older child needs. But man oh man i love it. They give you a nutrition guide and teach you about whats healthy while your breastfeeding or pregnant. A lot of stores where i live take WIC checks. Walmarts also take WIC!
Just a thing to consider if your against coupons.

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2011

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coupons in your cases may come more in handy then for bathroom products, and cleaning products which seem to always be in the paper!

Nettia - posted on 05/12/2011

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April. I noticed the same thing. It can be very frustrating. Most of the food coupons out there are for processed or even flat out unhealthy foods. I had to make the decision to only use coupons that match my need and not the other way around. However, at my local commissary (military store) I noticed they had a coupon on meat, but it was an in-store, special coupon. I remember seeing ones like that for eggs and sometimes milk years ago. There needs to be more opportunities like that.

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Nothing if you eat healthy foods. There are no coupons for fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and lean meats. However, you can make quick meals weekly by using some of the same items, buying less. We only buy fresh fruits, vegetables, beans/lentils, lean meats, oats, whole wheat bread (because it’s not that easy to bake and come out fluffy), boxed wheat cereals for the kids, milk for the kids, spices, and coffee to keep us going. We shop at Wal-Mart after doing a full price comparison between Safeway, Sprouts, Whole Foods (a total money suck), and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart was the cheapest, we spend for a family of four, $100 a week on just food. We can get it down cheaper if we opt for frozen vegetables, brown rice and chicken breasts for a stir-fry for the week when money is tight. We don’t eat out more than once a month, which is usually reserved for date night.

Tammy - posted on 05/12/2011

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Yep! it kinda gives me some motivation to do it. Theres a lot of states that was recently torn apart by those tornados. I bet they need help and thats a way to help!

But back to Laurens question...
if you dont wanna be extreme and buy random things that go on sale but you got some coupons and a grocery list of what you need, walmart always has great deals.. ALWAYS. Ive gotten plenty of free stuff using coupons over there and i just needed one of each. So i didnt have a stockpile of random things!

Karen - posted on 05/11/2011

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That's great that there are some people who donate what they can't use. I'm glad to see that.

Sinclairbrooks - posted on 05/11/2011

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If the coupon matched the product enough for the cash register to accept it, the manufacturer will accept it also. I worked as a store manager for several years.

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2011

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manufacturer's will not pay if the coupon doesn't match the product though!

Tammy - posted on 05/11/2011

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Not all are hoarders! Some are givers! i like the episode where the ex military man saved up a whole bunch and then cleared out the storage to send it to a church i believe it was! Smart and nice people
I didnt like the one where she saved up on diapers but didnt have a baby. She said she planned for one in the future but right now she could save a couple and give the rest to people who need it NOW.
The show goes either way

Sinclairbrooks - posted on 05/11/2011

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to Sarah Albin:

Not really stealing, because the manufacturer was still paying back the store & the manufacturer also made a sale.

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2011

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that is when it takes the cashier being smarter than the register but when you have the extreme couponer coming in with thouusands of coupons that's hard to catch!

Sarah - posted on 05/10/2011

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I am not a fan of extreme couponers. I think they are just very organized hoarders!
And in one case, one woman that was featured was actually committing fraud. She would use $ off coupons for a similar but more expensive item that the coupons were NOT good for. But because she bought so many of the one item (20+ in some cases) and the UPC codes were very similar, the computer register didn't catch the mistake. The woman was essentially stealing.

Karen - posted on 05/09/2011

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I have a friend who is an extreme couponer lol. She can find deals at wal-mart, giant, food lion, cvs, or just about anywhere. She spent A LOT of time learning how and talking to other couponer's at the stores. she spends a lot of time online looking for tips and good coupons she can use. Her house is so full she could open up shop. But be careful. It is very addictive (like lottery). She maxed out all their credit cards (over $3,000), she's bought so much they can't use it all before it goes bad (you could donate to charity though), she has very little time to spend with her kids and thinks couponing is more important (she's addicted). Also you have to figure in gas. If you are going to run from store to store to save a few cents is it really worth it. She will sometimes drive 2hrs. to save $20. Gas in her vehicle for that distance is $40. But I believe there are responsible ways to do it though.

Tammy - posted on 05/08/2011

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Oh sorry lisa. Lol but couponmom do show deal for CVS Walmart walgreens dollar general family dollar rite aid kmart target harris teeter safeway kroger food lion publix just depends on what state you live in. But they dont have every grocery store within that state which sucks

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We dont have a Krogers here in my city anymore. I remember they used to have a bulk section amd a generic section, but that was like, back in 94.

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