Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Coupons

The other day the Roanoke Times had a story about a woman who shops with coupons and spends only $10 for $150 worth of groceries.

Every now and then you hear of women like this (it almost always is a woman) who can somehow turn shopping into a cash-back affair.

This is not me. I do well to save $5 off a grocery trip with coupons.

Normally I don't even bother with coupons but since food prices have jumped and I am stretching dollars it seems prudent.

I seldom have coupons for most of the stuff I buy. Or use. And I don't have the space to store 10 for $10. Or 4 jars of Ragu spaghetti when we only eat spaghetti about once every two months.

Not only that, I always end up with the store clerk who is the coupon policeman. "You already gave me a coupon for that," she says, handing me back my second one.

"But I have two of the items!" I might protest. She'll then look down her nose at me until I put out my hand for the coupon.

I meekly put the coupon back in the little envelope I use for that purpose.

Couponing (is that a word?) takes a lot of time, too. First you have to clip them out. I generally end up standing aside in some poorly-used aisle while I try to sift through all the coupons in my envelope to see if I bought anything that looks remotely like the picture on the rebate.

To do it properly, I have to make a list, then go through the coupons and see if anything on there matches what I need, and then note on the list that I have a coupon and what number and size I should buy.

This is very time consuming.

These days I have more time than sense so I am couponing.

But I will never manage to buy $150 worth of groceries for $10.

Here are some websites that the newspaper article listed:

couponmom.com
coupons.smartsource.com
couponwinner.com
promotionalcodes.com

I haven't looked at any of them. But I plan to, one day.

9 comments:

  1. Hubby always lays a few coupons on the kitchen counter but we always forget them when we go shopping for groceries. We're so lame. LOL

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  2. Our fellow blogger Musings (the link is on my blog--I think you've gone to her before) is a big couponer. Is THAT a word? She inspired me recently and I saved about ten bucks that day. But you have to be careful you don't end up buying things you don't normally use.

    www.GreenerPastures--ACityGirlGoesCountry.blogspot.com

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  3. I used to use coupons (life got busy around April and I haven't gotten back into the swing of things)--I never got $150 of groceries for $10 but I often did really well to mix and match coupons and weekly store sales. Often my 'before coupons/store discount card' amount was $80 and I paid $50!

    Must get back into it.....(check out Money Saving Mom for more details--she's got some good info too)!

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  4. I always wish I could get in the knack of using coupons. I remember when Kroger use to have triple coupon day and my mom would have two stuffed buggies full of food for $100.
    I really think it all boils down to this simple idea: There are loyal coupon users and those of us who just don't have the patience.

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  5. I love saving money...I consider it sport :-) That said, I don't get a paper here in Floyd so coupons are hard to come by.

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  6. I was just thinking. The reason I have a hard time using coupons is because even with my snazzy Wal-Mart glasses, I can't read them! It takes forever for me to find the expiration date, the words are so small. THAT'S what frustrates me. If I could read them easier, I could go faster and so I'd use them more.

    www.GreenerPastures--ACityGirlGoesCountry.blogspot.com

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  7. I love seeing how much I saved and then shoving the receipt in my husband's face who wouldn't be caught dead using coupons. I think the most I ever saved in one trip was $48. I remember when there was triple coupons up to a dollar when Harris Teeter was in town. Once they left the other stores got rid of it.

    I just saved $174 on a pair of sunglasses from Lenscrafter which I got for $89!

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  8. I used to coupon. Now I find our buying habits have changed and we don't use enough coupon stuff to justify the time. But back in the day I loved couponing. Definitely a sport!

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  9. You can get free coupons, online coupons, discount coupons from www.clickmycoupon.com and get discounts on the items that you purchase.

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