Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mini-rant: Extreme Couponing

In my search to find the best ways to make AND save money via the internets, I of course investigated coupons. Early on, much to my dismay, I realized that I live in a state where stores DO NOT double coupons. What is coupon doubling, you say? It's when stores have special sales (usually once a week) where they double the value of ALL your coupons! So say you had a coupon for $0.75 off X. Super Awesome Grocery Store is running a sale on X - each X is only $1.50. You go to the store on Thursday, which is Double Coupon day.

1.50 X sale price
-0.75 coupon X2
= you are getting X for free. Seriously.

This stuff works. If you're questioning it, watch the show Extreme Couponing (on TLC maybe? not sure). However, if you're like me and no stores near you double coupons, and you also don't want to spend hours a day scouring local sales ads and matching them up with coupons, well, you're out of luck. Frankly, for me, couponing is just not worth the time and effort. If you find a coupon for something you already buy, use it. But otherwise, it's not something I'd recommend.

If you do live in a state where coupon doubling happens, or you're interested in couponing in general, here's some links that may help you.

For printable coupons:
coupons.com
http://coupons.smartsource.com/
http://www.redplum.com/

For coupon matchups, local deals, and more:
http://thekrazycouponlady.com/
http://moneysavingmom.com/

33 comments:

  1. Damn, I've never heard of coupon doubling before.

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  2. Me neither. Good to know, how do I know if my state allows it?

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  3. Dude I've been thinking about doing this for ages, but haven't decided if I have the commitment to do so. Thanks for the links! +follow

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  4. No what we need to do is steal copper from half built houses. Its good and good for you

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  5. coupons are teh best thing ever

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  6. haha, i laughed about the show extreme couponing. maybe it's getting a new sport ;)

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  7. I don't think I've ever even used a coupon before. Things I tend to buy tend to not really have coupons associated with them. Of course, I'm an extremely frugal person by default so name brand is usually never on my list, nor is most anything pre-packaged.

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  8. I've honestly never seen a place that had a double coupon day near me. In fact, I'm scared to use coupons printed off the internet thanks to the recent shenanigans with the coupon frauds that went on in the past two years. I'm afraid they'll think its fake and... who knows what comes next >.<

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  9. thanks for letting us know, but i dun plan on using it >.<

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  10. extreme couponing is a great way to save money, but it's quite time consuming.

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  11. @Someone don't be scared! I do use printed coupons occasionaly and I've never ran into problems with it

    @Carm, it's more by grocery store than by state but some states don't have certain grocery stores. the stores by me (Target, Meijer, Walmart) don't allow it D:

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  12. I can never be bothered with coupons, shame.

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  13. wow they never work at my store

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  14. Hmmm... Coupons... I never used such thing I must say. Good to know.

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  15. The do double some times around here but 1 chane likes to occasionally do Super Doubles (Up to and including 1.99 gets doubled) and another will every once in a while do triples ($0.75 coupon becomes $2.25!)

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  16. this is being beta tested in my community , i hope it works

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  17. Oh never heard of it, thanks for showing us!

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  18. Useful information... too bad I don't live in the States! :)

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  19. I just hope I don't become compulsive!

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  20. awesome links! they will definitely come in handy

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  21. Some of my friends really know how to make the most out of coupons! Takes a little effort though, I guess

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  22. Those shows are insane, some of the people on there are paying like 5 bucks for a whole cart full of groceries

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  23. Wow! Awesome/Useful Info, esp. since I just lost my job.

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  24. this is so useful! thanks!

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  25. Yeah... but will you be able to ever buy a cloud with a coupon?

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  26. never really tried couponing. might have to now, the times being what they are

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  27. Wow I'm definitely trying this, Albertsons usually has great deals already, but if I can combine... bwahaha!

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  28. Have never seen a double coupon day before.

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  29. That show is messed up, some people had like tons of stuff that they will surely not need at the time. I guess its like another one of the new addictions these days.

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  30. That show makes me want to coupon like crazy &I've never even done it before lol xP

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  31. i was the store yesterday and there was a couple with a full binder stuffed with coupons i didnt know a lot of people did stuff like that :o

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