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Poll From: 04/05/2013

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How much money do you save each month by using coupons? Submitted By buyitlow, TX
More than $500.
Between $250 and $499.
Between $100 and $249.
Between $50 and $99.
Less than $50.
I don't coupon.
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aracelyrazzless
on 04/27/13
I recently started couponing & so far so good (:
i am well stocked up on razors & detergent right now but i would like to stock up on food. I never find good food couponns
bakerbakez
on 04/24/13
this awsome
Littlegirlalfie
on 04/15/13
hottiemami23 liked this  
MORE THEN 500$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
hottiemami23
on 04/18/13
where do u get the coupons?
KatieS85
on 04/09/13
We shop at Aldi which has cut our grocery bill in half and buy bulk at Sam's or Costco for dog food, tp, etc and we also have a garden to grow our own food
Diamond1992
on 04/08/13
I'm poor. I don't spend money. #collegelife
poeticprincess88
on 04/08/13
Andonbray liked this  
Between coke points and coupons I save tons of money.
CumaMason
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless and 3 others liked this  
The most I save is when I get coupons for free stuff in the mail, like lotions, shampoos..ect. I also stock up on toothpaste/brushes with coupons and sales. I don't get much via food coupons though. Usually the coupons are for foods we don't eat, and will not waste money on just to save a buck.
easypeasy1216
on 04/05/13
dbh777 and 2 others liked this  
That's just not true. I get coupons from Kroger for FREE produce about 3 times a month, and on my Catalina's (what spits out after receipt). Whole Foods and Trader Joes accept coupons and you can go to their sites to see their deals and find out where to find the coupons. 90% of all coupons come from the Sunday circulars. If you save 75% or more on your grocery bill by using coupons, that allows you to buy fresh meat, produce, dairy, etc. I NEVER buy processed foods unless they're free, then I donate them to my church food bank.
198019874ever
on 04/05/13
O my please tea
ch me I'm recently unemployed with food stamps and need help feeding my family
Joscelin
on 04/07/13
www.fabulesslyfrugal.com
rockchick3
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless liked this  
im unemployed and my husband lost his good paying job over a year ago during the unemployment processing time of about 3 months we almost lost our apt and almost starved 2 death after that is when we started useing coupons if u can get ur hands on good coupons it makes ur money and foodstamps stretch much further i did alot of reserch on couponing if u have any questions plz feel free 2 add and msg me i will answer ur questions the best i can :)
laciejay
on 04/05/13
footemama and 4 others liked this  
the above comment may very well be true. I dont have any of those 3 stores you mention near me, there fore non of those savings would apply to me. The only coupons I have found for produce are for the bagged salads, which I prefer fresh salad. I would love to have access to stores that had coupons for fresh produce and such like yours do. but we aren't all that lucky.
CumaMason
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless liked this  
Er.. I mean 25 cents, not a buck. lol
Babe1960
on 04/07/13
Love coupons!
winkipinki1
on 04/06/13
Couponing in Canada is less rewarding unfortunately.
Chubbsnhoover
on 04/06/13
Love coupons!
mzshopalot
on 04/06/13
I love coupons they have help me save big time!
Blackpather56
on 04/06/13
Not a coupon user
soniam46
on 04/06/13
Im not really a coupon user.This month ill start using coupons. IF i do manage to save lots off money. Well ill become a coupon user...Lets see how it goes
LizzieK
on 04/05/13
I don't get many coupons. Most coupons have gone printable, and I don't own a printer
LoveBeautyNGlam
on 04/06/13
Lizzie, almost all of the coupons you find online are the same ones found in your Sunday Newspaper inserts. I absolutely agree that there are a TON of more coupons to be found online to print, especially ones tailored to items you purchase.

I recommend going to the brand's websites and clicking on "Special Offers", "Offers", "Savings" or somethings it'll actually say Coupons. I'd say about 50% of the time the brand allows you to fill out your information and will mail you product information which typically includes a coupon. There are some printable coupons, I believe from coupons.com, that when you go to print them, if you don't have a printer you click "Need Help?" in the bottom right hand corner (tiny print) and it will take you to a form to fill out your address to mail them to you. This is not applicable for all the coupons, just select ones. I check for every one I am printing because it allows you to print AND get 1
KristinaLH
on 04/05/13
For those of you that shop at BJ's wholesale. I found out recently that they take other competitors coupons, and they take more than one per item! And although you are paying a little more per each item, the savings it even better! And generally, the products last longer (ie shampoo, tp, tampons, etc). And, if you catch the right cashier, they will also take expired coupons. Sometimes, it pays to be friendly and strike up conversations with the clerks!
LoveBeautyNGlam
on 04/06/13
Walmart also accepts competitors coupons.
HAP74
on 04/05/13
Rayneenigh liked this  
I buy lots of their organic foods and locally grown fruits and vegtables and they have coupons for them too! They have a huge collection of really good organic raviolis, garlic and spinach, squash and some others!
Rayneenigh
on 04/05/13
We have 2 local vineyards for 2 separate wineries that opened their doors again 4yrs ago. I've been w/DH to their wine-tastings & loved it; we even attended the grand-opening wine-tasting, which was by invitation only. I must admit it was nice when the owner of one of the wineries sent me home with a bottle of nicely aged vintage wine from before they had to close the doors. It's what I miss about living in the Georgetown/DC area. Dad (my step-dad but not my birth-mother's husband anymore) & I used to attend Officer balls b/c he's a ret. officer from the Marines & police detective so we were always attending these parties. I'd usually have a delivery basket or a private or low-ranking officer stop by w/a nice 25 to 50-yr old single malt scotch, vintage brandy, bourbon, or vintage wine as a thank you for attending the parties. I miss that a lot! It's taken some 25yrs but I've finally developed DH's palate.
LoveBeautyNGlam
on 04/06/13
None of this BS has anything to do with coupons. Dislike.
Rayneenigh
on 04/05/13
We don't pay full price when we buy directly from the grower of the organic foods we buy. It is only b/c we generally go together & buy up what we can then come back a couple weeks to a month later & buy more. It doesn't hurt that I went to school for a while with the man's grandchildren, when I wasn't moving all over creation. He offers a choice in some fruits/veggies of "We-Pick," or "U-Pick" but b/c I can't handle the sunlight due to my health problems, even if I stop by on the way back from a doc appt or running an errand I can't do otherwise, I don't pay the "We-Pick" price. The cost is actually less than it is at the Farmer's Market and it is on the way home so it is never out of the way b/c the fields & stand is only a couple of minutes out of the city limits & it's a small yet affluent city.
LoveBeautyNGlam
on 04/06/13
None of this BS has anything to do with coupons. I wish there was a dislike button.
Nafeesa
on 04/06/13
Some time
7saida
on 04/06/13
none
7saida
on 04/05/13
was great!
judy907
on 04/05/13
i need a printer to coupon! :(
brandon5981
on 04/05/13
avrashadrahman liked this  
i didn't know so many people used coupons
MomtoGandL
on 04/05/13
I am learning not to overbuy when stocking up ... It is a challenge figuring out just the right quantity for my family.
Trixy88871
on 04/05/13
I have been using coupons more lately
em8d88
on 04/05/13
I love using coupons
spockwoman
on 04/05/13
coupons rocks.
daiperdan
on 04/05/13
I use coupons for my favoeite products , that I wont get in generic
whiteboyswag03
on 04/05/13
LoveMyMocha liked this  
its not really that much
littlechichend
on 04/05/13
Using a coupon for a name brand is still more expensive than buying generic...
Jeromeeeee
on 04/05/13
cscasc
CleverCat
on 04/05/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I want to talk to the people that save $500 a month by using coupons!
marylou59
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless and 1 others liked this  
50% of you don't have a family to consider!
Joscelin
on 04/07/13
My husband and I are a family just as much as a couple with eight kids. Kindly don't assume that having no children means we are wealthy and don't have to save money.
Byrding874
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless and 4 others liked this  
And I am so very thankful for that! The best money decision my husband and I ever made was to not have children. We do take care of our elderly grandparents though and that is expensive too.

Really, I don't see how families are making it today and I can't imagine trying to raise a kid.
laciejay
on 04/05/13
aracelyrazzless and 4 others liked this  
I think that is very smart and honorable of you. If you know having children isn't something you can do financially, i commend you for making that choice for yourself to not have them. There are too many people who have kids that they just can't afford and the kids miss out. My kids miss out sometimes too. I wish more people would think about finances when having children.
swaguser12546170
on 04/05/13
need more
Kathreenbrice
on 04/05/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Wish i had the money to spend
m1212m
on 04/05/13
I wish I had the money to spend on buying stuff with coupons.
lisahall
on 04/05/13
tfjparadise and 3 others liked this  
I thought we were supposed to be commenting on the coupon poll? Did I make a wrong turn on Soapbox Alley?
Offspring258
on 04/05/13
Right? So I'll just throw this out there that while I don't necessarily coupon like my parents, I deal/sale hunt like a champion and I'm 22. *ducks*
LilMizBettyBoop
on 04/05/13
I love to coupon! Saves me so much & get so many free things. I even have my own FB page to help others to learn & share deals/coupons & more!
kitster321
on 04/05/13
lol "I don't coupon"
lorevalkyrie
on 04/05/13
Offspring258 liked this  
My first comment on a poll. :)
momoon
on 04/05/13
LoveBeautyNGlam liked this  
Hip2Save and HotCouponWorld are two other great sites. I used to love SouthernSavers but some of the comments were out of line and no one ever reigned in some of the really nasty stuff. I wrote about it but never got a response so I stopped reading comments. Also, several items in the weekly Harris Teeter section end up not matching up almost weekly. It is annoying to clip coupons, print a shopping list and then get to the store to find out those items weren't on sale. SS is matching up Harris Teeter without the benefit of having one in her area. I think her site is a great one to start out but HCW is more accurate since it is compiled by fellow HT shoppers. SouthernSaver's videos and how-to's are spot on and it is an ethical and caring informational resource.

Please don't blast me for being negative about SS, I know she does a lot of work and helps others save a lot of money. I just also want others to be aware of some slight flaws. I am hitting "Post
Rayneenigh
on 04/05/13
My fridge is about full even tho I can't see the pictures on it but DH can so I leave everything there, esp the pieces the grandbabies make.if you have room & can get a pen that writes sideways/upside down & a pad w/magnets, It's easy to write what you run out of when you run out so you always know what you need. I did this b4 my sight dropped to point where I can't see large print; it's all by computer now but my youngest & DH helps me keep up w/what I need to add b/c the Lupus (SLE) esp, causes brain fog, which works sort of like Alzheimer's when I'm in a flare. It makes recall tough to almost impossible if I don't make a note right then. I use Outlook's Note section & To-Do Task thingie along w/ the calendar, which alarms & the screen reader (software for blind/low-vision) reads screen/pop-ups so I don't forget when & what meds to take b/c I take so many; it keeps up w/doc appts for all of us too.
Rayneenigh
on 04/05/13
I got cut off too. I meant to add that I don't like not being able to have that $100 to $200 cushion in the bank, esp w/our savings gone while we have had to wait on that damned Social Security Administration & their red tape that's long enough to choke a 10-mule team & keep them backed up for months! The doctors & specialists have already signed off on DH's disabilities; he takes anywhere from 8 to 15 injections of 2 types of insulin on top of 15 or more blood sugar tests each day and just 1 of the insulin doses req's 3 syringes now for 1 dose! He can't give himself his injections b/c of the scar tissue under the skin where he can reach so he has to have his mom do it (I can't see it & she's a retired nurse). Nobody will hire him at his age w/his massive health issues just like they wouldn't hire me w/my health issues.
Rayneenigh
on 04/05/13
That's when you let the cashier know your coupons are not adding in for whatever reason and he/she needs to fix it and don't leave until it's done. I work extremely hard to keep my anger mgmt issues in check, esp after all the yrs in therapy after getting myself & sibling out of a domestically abusive situation w/our alcoholic parent & enabler other parent so it's been yrs since the anger mgmt pushed me to physical altercations tho I know if I don't work really hard to reign it in, I could lose control & it won't be a pretty sight when I regain control afterward; hwr, that being said, I refuse to tolerate stores who won't abide by coupons or reductions in price when I buy something on markdown, esp during times of financial hardship, which we're experiencing now. We get by fairly well but I've always kept at a minimum $100 to $200 cushion in the bank in case it's needed for emergencies. I can't do that now & I don&#
momoon
on 04/05/13
(lol, it cut off my last couple of words. It should have ended this way.)

I am hitting "Post Reply" with some hesitation.
2Admire
on 04/05/13
Alas, coupons are a slightly fair way to save some federal reserve notes. The time to print them out, the cost of ink and paper used, cut down on the savings. Then you must remember to have them with you when you head out to the supermarket. To me, they are only effective if you purchase brand name processed foods and beverages or other non perishable goods. Rarely are coupons presented for fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, or eggs and dairy products which are the core of most diets.
QuitaM
on 04/05/13
I agree with you, the coupons for fresh products, eggs and dairy are very scarce, they do exist but not on the norm. I heard if you WRITE a letter to the produce companies, they will send you your own personal savings coupons, other than that, I rarely see them.
HAP74
on 04/05/13
That is inaccurate, Target has coupons for eggs, milk and produce.
mamalach
on 04/05/13
I generally save at least 50% by using coupons and getting the sale items at each of the markets in my area.
QuitaM
on 04/05/13
WOW that's a BIG savings!!!! I try to coupon, seems like tis very time consuming, can you give me some tips?
HurricaneArcher7
on 04/05/13
Rayneenigh and 1 others liked this  
I love how they used the word 'coupon' as a verb for the last choice.
"I don't Coupon."
nascarfan
on 04/05/13
redwingsgal and 4 others liked this  
I saved $1,100 in coupons last year. an elderly man was buying several items I had $1, $2.50 coupons for a few of his items. I gave my coupons to the cashier before he paid. I saved him $9.75. he was very happy & couldn't stop thanking me. he lives on a very tight budget he said. he also said he was a veteran.
QuitaM
on 04/05/13
How very kind and thoughtful of you, wish there were more people like you in the world.
fritsey711
on 04/05/13
how kind ,there should be more people like you out there.
eCarmen
on 04/05/13
Yes... I guess it has evolve to a verb.
xceestar
on 04/05/13
I need to start using coupons.
QuitaM
on 04/05/13
Couponing is really time consuming if you want to get the maximum savings otherwise if you here and there coupon its not really worth it.
g1251180
on 04/05/13
I recently started on the cupon "band wagon" taks time to "crack the code" but I am seeing a difference
KiwiLoves
on 04/05/13
I just don't understand the couponing world. there is the people that can use all kinds and ge stuf for free or pretty damn clse to it. and i dont get it so i dont bother to. i will use a $1 off coupon every onceand a while but that about it!
tonyzhang
on 04/05/13
hi :)
Crixusladyluv
on 04/05/13
We aren't using copons as much as we should these days. The foods we buy, I never seem to find coupons for.
Buckaroojuli
on 04/05/13
How about this question: How much do you spend on printer cartridges each month?
LizW
on 04/05/13
$25 or less every 6 months or so...and an additional $25 every couple of years for a new drum. We bought a $100 b&w laser printer that we use to print coupons
Jennifer1
on 04/05/13
not much. I buy stuff at Staples where I get store credit back from Staples and I use the store credit to buy ink. So I get two items for the price of one. I don't even go through one thing of ink a month and I print stuff. I print lots of coupons (not like the people on TV though) and I write, so I print what I write. And, if you know how to shop, paper is always free, so I never spend anything on paper.
HAP74
on 04/05/13
$10 including shipping every 4-5 month on 5 color and b&w cartridges.
lcmayzl
on 04/05/13
I save 90 - 100% consistently with coupons each month.... there have only been a handful of times where I was paid to leave the store with all items being free after coupons.
ookamikiba
on 04/05/13
"I don't coupon"
I think you accidentally a word.
Joline3662
on 04/05/13
i save when and where I can....who dosent..

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