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FanofCarolina1 03-28-2014 11:22 AM

Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
Just wondering. I have used one every now and then when I went to the Supermarket. I can't remember which store it was, but it had automatic coupon dispensers all over the store. Of course if I needed something like breakfast cereal and there was a General Mills coupon dispenser, I'd grab it just to get 75 cents off a $4.00 box of cereal.

Anyways, I have heard about it and seen the shows and wonder what you guys think?

GregoryHouse 03-28-2014 11:26 AM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
aww **** yeah it does...it works like a mother****er...under the right, and extreme, conditions the grocery store can end up OWING you money....How damn ****ing awesome is that?

USCBatgirl21 03-28-2014 11:29 AM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
I think for some it has become an addiction, meaning those on the show that have their basement filled with cans of baby formula but all their kids are grown (and nothing at all is mentioned as to whether they donate the items to those in need). I'm all for saving money, but I don't get these people buying tons of stuff that they don't need/use just to say "Hey I got $400 of stuff for $5". Seems like a waste to me.

I do have friends who do it to help stock their local food pantry at their church. So there can be a good side to it. Also, my cousin was a stay at home mom with 3 kids when they were younger, and she did it for years to help feed her family on a very limited budget. She was really good at it, but again, only bought stuff they needed/used. If she did have extra, she would donate to her church. I know of times where the store actually ended up having to give her money back (albeit few and far between).

All this to say there are good aspects to it, and there are bad.

GregoryHouse 03-28-2014 11:36 AM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4122965)
I think for some it has become an addiction, meaning those on the show that have their basement filled with cans of baby formula but all their kids are grown (and nothing at all is mentioned as to whether they donate the items to those in need). I'm all for saving money, but I don't get these people buying tons of stuff that they don't need/use just to say "Hey I got $400 of stuff for $5". Seems like a waste to me.

I do have friends who do it to help stock their local food pantry at their church. So there can be a good side to it. Also, my cousin was a stay at home mom with 3 kids when they were younger, and she did it for years to help feed her family on a very limited budget. She was really good at it, but again, only bought stuff they needed/used. If she did have extra, she would donate to her church. I know of times where the store actually ended up having to give her money back (albeit few and far between).

All this to say there are good aspects to it, and there are bad.



I will add to this that the biggest and most consistent benefit of extreme couponing clubs are the clubs that do it in order to procure goods for charities and shelters.

They go through the whole clipping and scheduling and shopping process and then donate most, if not all, the goods to organizations that need and use the goods.

Everybody wins.

markp_vip 03-28-2014 11:43 AM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by FanofCarolina1 (Post 4122959)
Just wondering. I have used one every now and then when I went to the Supermarket. I can't remember which store it was, but it had automatic coupon dispensers all over the store. Of course if I needed something like breakfast cereal and there was a General Mills coupon dispenser, I'd grab it just to get 75 cents off a $4.00 box of cereal.

Anyways, I have heard about it and seen the shows and wonder what you guys think?

What they don't tell you is that while they technically got $300 of groceries for $5 at the store, they had to buy $400 worth of Sunday papers to get the coupons. Not really, but I don't think the deal is quite as good as they make it out and a lot of it depends on where you live and if stores have douple or triple coupon days. There is a lot of work finding all of the deals, so you need to figure opportunity cost in there too. For me, it's not worth wasting 4-5 hours of my weekend to save a hundered bucks, I'd rather have the 4-5 hours of time to do other things.

FlorenceCock 03-28-2014 12:02 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
This lady that works for me does it to the extreme. She bought a big metal shipping container to keep in her back yard to keep all of her excess stuff she buys in. Just the other day she was calling up to some company to look into buying another because the first one was already full and she has had it for about a year. She some how ends up having the grocery store actually owe her money sometimes.

Spur's Addiction 03-28-2014 12:51 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by FlorenceCock (Post 4122994)
This lady that works for me does it to the extreme. She bought a big metal shipping container to keep in her back yard to keep all of her excess stuff she buys in. Just the other day she was calling up to some company to look into buying another because the first one was already full and she has had it for about a year. She some how ends up having the grocery store actually owe her money sometimes.

How much is she spending for the shipping containers? Seems extreme. What good is having a shipping container full of food in your yard?

SterlingBrooks 03-28-2014 12:54 PM

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Nothing worse than getting stuck in line behind the lady with a stack of coupons

RGHoskins 03-28-2014 01:03 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
Natalie does it for the churches food pantry and feed the homeless mission.

bigdog2003 03-28-2014 01:12 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by Spur's Addiction (Post 4123022)
How much is she spending for the shipping containers? Seems extreme. What good is having a shipping container full of food in your yard?

So people can come steal it? Having it just to have it doesn't make sense. I have done some of this stuff to give food to the needy, but why would people keep all the food?

2000grad 03-28-2014 01:43 PM

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Mnay of those people pay for coupons through clipping services. Also, many grocvery stores have tightened up their coupon policies thanks to shows like extreme couponing.

We use southern savers

stiffolcock 03-28-2014 01:52 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
the wife is pretty good but not militant, can usually get 60-70 % off full price.

Regalcock 03-28-2014 02:01 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by Spur's Addiction (Post 4123022)
How much is she spending for the shipping containers? Seems extreme. What good is having a shipping container full of food in your yard?

It will be a life saver during the zombie apocalypse.

Gaichon 03-28-2014 02:20 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
I don't go crazy with it, but usually save about 20% on the avg grocery bill with whats in the Sunday paper that I would buy anyway. Only take a few minutes over a cup of coffee. The one thing I do that takes it to the next level is I organize them in a little binder. Saves me time at the store and prevents me from being the dbag at the checkout holding everyone up.

Natalie83 03-28-2014 02:31 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by RGHoskins (Post 4123028)
Natalie does it for the churches food pantry and feed the homeless mission.

Scott's the one that can find the crazy good deals. We got 110 boxes of mueller spaghetti for the food pantry for free a few months ago. That was our only completely free purchase but we usually get the bill down to 10 or 15 bucks for 150+ dollars worth of food.

markymark550 03-28-2014 03:20 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
Don't think I could ever get to the point of extreme couponing. It is nice to save some money on the things I would buy regardless. I find that, for the most part, I just don't have the patience to sit down and go through the sales pages and clip them. Lazy? Yeah, I know.

FlorenceCock 03-28-2014 03:31 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spur's Addiction (Post 4123022)
How much is she spending for the shipping containers? Seems extreme. What good is having a shipping container full of food in your yard?

I will ask her when I get back to the office but I think she paid like $1300 for the one she bought last year and they trucked it up from Charleston. She is pretty crazy so I don't really talk to her much but she is really ocd and good at her job. A few months ago another guy in the office was complaining about the price of deodorant and she just asked him what kind he uses so he said degree. The next day when we came back from lunch there was a draw string trash bag completely full of degree deodorant sitting in his office chair.

Gamecocks1137 03-28-2014 03:35 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
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Originally Posted by FlorenceCock (Post 4123137)
I will ask her when I get back to the office but I think she paid like $1300 for the one she bought last year and they trucked it up from Charleston. She is pretty crazy so I don't really talk to her much but she is really ocd and good at her job. A few months ago another guy in the office was complaining about the price of deodorant and she just asked him what kind he uses so he said degree. The next day when we came back from lunch there was a draw string trash bag completely full of degree deodorant sitting in his office chair.

:rotfl: That is beyond creepy.

ScottK 03-28-2014 03:39 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FlorenceCock (Post 4123137)
She is pretty crazy so I don't really talk to her much but she is really ocd and good at her job. A few months ago another guy in the office was complaining about the price of deodorant and she just asked him what kind he uses so he said degree. The next day when we came back from lunch there was a draw string trash bag completely full of degree deodorant sitting in his office chair.

LMAO



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The Yancey 03-28-2014 03:46 PM

Re: Does extreme couponing actually work??
 
I do a bit of it. There are web sites that let you know of matchups between coupons and sales and such. I recently was able to use a store coupon, a manufacturer's coupon, and a Target web deal to get a new O-Cedar broom for $1.98. A few weeks back Winn-Dixie had all K-Cups on sale for $4.99. If you bought 4 you got an additional $5 off. I had coupons for $ off on each one plus coupons for buying 2 or 3 plus an additional offer for $5 off a $30 purchase. I got my boxes of K-Cups for $2. I was able to do that 5 times so I am now set for coffee!


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