Are you a coupon clipper?

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
October 26, 2008 10:52pm CST
Do you clip coupons on regular basis for your groceries? How much do you usually save? Do you only shop at one grocery store? or are you a "cherry-picker" (getting all the cherry deals at each store)?
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
27 Oct 08
I use to not use coupons but here latly I have and I also look in the sales papers to see what kind of deals are going on for the week when I do go shopping. It does seem to help so far any how. Espically lately.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Good job, Shaun! By the way, how long have you been here, Miss 11318?Very impressive! Thanks:)
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
27 Oct 08
Around 2 years. I started in about this same time in 2006. I answer a lot of replies is how I got this high. I start a few discussions but I answer more. So I have been in here for a good while.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Way to go, kiddo!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Oct 08
i do clip coupons but i didn't find but 2 i could use in today paper. so many of them ate things i don't use. i usually go to two groceries when i go. i go to the cheapest one first then go to wal-mart for things the other doesn't carry.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
We have a local grocery, a Kroger (my main store), a Save a Lot (do they have these down south?) and a Walmart. The Walmart is farther out so I go for non-grocery stuff mostly. I hit the first two most of the time and Save a lot for stuff that I KNOW is always cheaper (like paper products).
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Oct 08
sav-alot is my first stop. they are cheaper than wal-mart for sure. i drive 10 miles over to ky. & their sales tax is so much cheaper than ours i buy all my groceries there. they are alot cheaper on cigs to &i do have that bad habit along w/alot more. lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Oct 08
heidi, check out my discussion on life. that should cheer u up. i just put it on. u know i hardly ever start a discussion. it's goofy things. thanks, jo
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Yes, the coupons are wonderful. I am finding that the online ones that you print out are actualy saving me more. When you order the freebie samples, they will always send coupons and they are usualy a dollar off or more. When you use your coupons and then use your Kroger card, well that adds up to big savings.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
30 Oct 08
LoveKroger!
@Shellyann36 (11244)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Well I have never heard of being a "cherry-picker". I like that sound! I, personally am a cherry picker! I get the good deals at each store. I do clip coupons for the items that I like. Every once in a while I will hit a good deal that I have coupons for. I really save more with the "In store savings" as compared to saving with clipped out coupons. I keep the coupons around for the things that I do not like to buy generics for. I have walked out of the store saving up to $75 a time with my clipped coupons and the sales at the store. I wish I could accomplish much more than that. If you are interested, I belong to another site about clipping coupons and it will give you tips on how to be strategic and get the best in store deals as well as coupons for extra. Just send me a message.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Back when a store in the next town had double coupons up to $1, I was making out like a bandit with my groceries. They have since stopped that. My trick is to save coupons for when things go on sale. I used to buy 3 different Sunday papers from 3 large cities every week. It was quite a system I had. I still do fairly well as I no longer drive as far to that particular store and our local stores still double up to fifty cents.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
30 Oct 08
No, but I love to have coupons that will save me some money. When I get an coupon printer, I will print them out from my computer.. This will be fun..
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I ran out of ink awhile back and once I get some new ink I will probably do the same.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I clip coupons but my savings only average about $5 per shopping trip (which is for groceries for a family of five). Generic is often cheaper or another brand has an in-store deal. Anyhow, as to cherry-picking... well there are not that many stores in this town to begin with. I get my milk at another store than our general grocery store because I can get it $1 to $2 cheaper, which makes it worth the extra trip for me because I have to by four to five gallons a week. Anyhow, when I'm there I look for other deals they may offer that day. I don't think that driving from store to store is worth it. You can actually take the competitor sales flyer into most stores and price match. Saves you the extra drive.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
28 Oct 08
That's a good point about price-matching!Our local Walmart used to do a match plus %5 off that item too! They've since stopped it though.
@hildas (3031)
28 Oct 08
I never used to use coupons, but lately due to the global crisis I have. We need to save every penny at the moment. I have to say I have always been a Cherry picker though. I go around all the different stores and buy all there offers. I just love a bargin. (I probably do not need half the stuff but).
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Cherry pickers unite! Thanks:)
@capirani (1841)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Coupons do not do me any good because I do not usually buy the brand name items that the coupons are for. I buy store brand or generics and they are almost always still cheaper than the name brands even if a coupon was used. The few times I do find a coupon for something I might want or need that is a name brand item, usually I forget I have the coupon and it never gets used. I have tried using coupons as a regular routine in the past but it has never saved me any real money. The stores around here don't use store coupons much anymore. I would love to be able to figure out how people manage to get things free using coupons and double coupons. That never worked for me either, and the stores around here don't generally do the double and triple coupons anymore either.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I used to be a coupon queen! Store policies have changed and I'm not as good at it as I used to be. There was a store that was about 20 miles away that doubled up to $1.00. This was worth the drive. At first it was a matter of stocking up and it took awhile for my investment (3 different Sunday papers from 3 large cities plus my gas money) to pay off. Eventually I was saving 45-60% every two weeks. I can remember going in and getting 15 jars of salsa for free! Lots of things were free like that if you only used coupons on things that were on sale. Then I would (and still do) look for produce and meat that were the best deal from 4 different local stores. I'm a homemaker and I just felt that this was my way of "earning" for my family. Now that same store only doubles to 50cents and it's no longer worth the drive. Two local stores also double to 50cents. That's where I shop now. The key is using coupons on sale items only unless it is something you are out of.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Oct 08
I clip coupons when I can get around to it and I save a few dollars. I don't go from store to store to store. Time is money. Gas is money.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
If my stores weren't all right in a row on our main highway here, I wouldn't either. It's quite convenient actually. Thanks:)
@lilcee (2704)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Hi rocketj. I like to use coupons when I can. Lately there haven't been very many good ones in the paper but I use what I can. I watch for sales and when a store has a sale on something I use, I get a few of them. That way I don't have to get it again until it's on sale again. My pantry is full of canned goods that I got on sale. I also have things like detergent, fabric softener, toilet paper and paper towels that I stocked up on when they were on sale. I usually shop at the grocery store near me but I watch for sales in a couple of other stores - Walgreens and CVS and only go there if they have a good sale on several things so I don't waste gas going for one thing.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I shop Walgreens and Riteaid by us too. They often have milk on sale. That was getting as costly as gas for awhile there.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I was for a while, until I discovered so many coupons were counterfit and the stores stopped taking any coupons except their own.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Wow! I haven't run into that trouble here. I hope that's not a trend!
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
27 Oct 08
I try to make a point of clipping any really good coupons but I have a habit of either losing them or leaving them in my purse until they expire. I shop at Safeway for the most part and I pay really close attention to the club card specials. I definitely buy more store brand stuff and that really helps keep the bill down. And for any paper products, cleaning stuff or dry staples I usually stick to Walmart.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
sounds like you shop around too.As long as gas prices are not too bad, it makes sense to try a few stores. Thanks:)
@diacedez (177)
• United States
27 Oct 08
well i dont use coupons that much, here n there if its worth it, but if recession hits any harder, i just might be the king of coupons LOL..
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Very good thinking! Thanks:)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
11 Nov 08
As far as going to all the stores for the bargains, it is only worth it if they are close to you - if you have to spend the money in gas to get to the bargain...not a bargain! I clip coupons and use them all the time. I don't buy if it isn't on sale, and don't eat out unless I have a coupon.