Yes, I'm one of THOSE coupon fanatics

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Rox Realty

Smiley shopper  Smiley shopperSmiley shopperSmiley shopperYes, I'll admit it.  I'm a crazy couponer.  You know the type - you see them in line at the grocery store with a handful of coupons, buying several of the same item.  And it takes FOREVER for them to check out so you go to another cashier. 

I go overboard and drive people insane with coupons - especially my husband!  If it's on sale and I have a coupon for it AND IT'S FREE (or close to it) - I buy it. That's his favorite line "Why do we have 20 cans of chili?  Let me guess - it was free!"

A good example of my compulsiveness...last year, Cottonelle toilet tissue was $0.99 a 4pk, with a $0.50 coupon that our local grocery, Fry's Food & Drug, doubled, making it free.  I bought extra coupons (yes, you can do that) at www.thecouponclippers.com for $0.08 each.  Those plus what I printed from www.coupons.com - I ended up with about a hundred packages of TP for close to free!  My pantry and cabinets are stuffed with all sorts of things.  My daughter jokingly comes "shopping" at our house, knowing Mom has lots on hand. 

I get asked all the time is it worth the effort.  Do the math.  If I spend on average $100 a week on groceries and can save 10% or $10 a week - that works out to $520 a year or just over 5 free weeks of groceries!  And by buying only items on sale (exclusing perishables that you purchase each week), you get more bang for your shopping buck.

We also have a large freezer and stock up on meat, margarine and butter and other items like cheese when they are on sale.  I'd rather buy 30 pounds of chicken breast at $1.69lb than buy it one package at a time for $3.99lb.  

So the next time you show a house with a large pantry - keep us fanatics in mind!  I know lots of couponers that can fill that space in no time.

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Rainmaker
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

Bea:

I am a coupon user and I also persue the paper for deals, IE: Target Vs Walmart- usually Walmart is a bit better on pricing, & luckily one is right across from the other. Go coupons.

Oct 30, 2010 09:07 AM #1
Rainer
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Linda S. Cefalu, Broker Assoc.
Coldwell Banker Homesale Realty - Hales Corners, WI
I'll Take You Home

My husband eats for 10 people.  Grocery bill roughly $185 per week.  I clip coupons from the weekly mailers, then I put them on the side of the frig for easy viewing.  Then in.......oh........about a month or two, I go through and throw out all the expired ones -EVERY ONE THAT I CUT OUT.  Maybe I should make a note to myself and stick it on the frig?????????  or maybe not.

I guess I should be more disciplined when it comes to coupons. :)

Oct 30, 2010 09:18 AM #2
Rainer
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Wow, Bea, I will have to pass these websites on to my girlfriend. She is a coupon fanatic too!

Happy Halloween!

Oct 30, 2010 09:20 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Bea, I actually have a binder with plastic sleeves in it with pouches for baseball cards.  I organize my coupons right down to what isla they are in at my local market.  I same tons of money on stuff.

Oct 30, 2010 10:31 AM #4
Rainer
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Bea Lueck
Coldwell Banker Rox Realty - Casa Grande, AZ

I too shop the other stores for the best value.  Right now, we're in a coupon war - Fry's are accepting competitor coupons and all coupons are $1 for any value under a buck.  The other chains have other incentives as well. 

@Linda - yes it is worth the time to get organized.  Like Jean, I have a binder using baseball cards sleeves to see at a glance the coupons.  Today I saved $44.81.  The best I ever did was leaving the store with $158 worth of groceries where the store paid me $3.83 to take them out of the store!  I usually average about a 40% savings each week. That's like 5 months FREE groceries!

@Michele - there are lots of couponing websites.

@Jean - do you do coupon sense?

Couponing allows me to stretch my budget to include extras like scallops at $12lb or other pricey items without having to scrimp or feel guilty.  I can literally skip shopping for weeks at a time and just use pantry and freezer items if needed. 

One thing I and a group of friends do with unneeded items - if it's free or close to it - get it anyway and take it to your local foodbank.  Deoderant, toothpaste, shampoo and other toiletry items are always appreciated!

Oct 30, 2010 03:07 PM #5
Anonymous
Christopher

I'm fanatic too. I always use coupons before any online shopping and gets these coupons from http://www.couponrefund.com

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