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Old 03-02-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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There is only one store in my area that has double coupons. You have to cut the little doubler coupons out of their own circular and there is a limit of four (although I guess you could pick up extra circulars and use them in multiple trips - which might be doable if you grocery shopped several times a week, which I don't do).

I know a lot of people use the Walgreen's and Rite-Aid coupons, which supposedly if done right can actually make you money - as well as give you five hundred tubes of toothpaste and a spot on the show "Hoarders."
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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We have 3 supermarkets near us. They all email us their weekly circular. We can find all the bargains before leaving the house and print out the list. Used to get Sunday Paper just for the coupons. It's just not worth it anymore.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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There is only one store in my area that has double coupons. You have to cut the little doubler coupons out of their own circular and there is a limit of four (although I guess you could pick up extra circulars and use them in multiple trips - which might be doable if you grocery shopped several times a week, which I don't do).

I know a lot of people use the Walgreen's and Rite-Aid coupons, which supposedly if done right can actually make you money - as well as give you five hundred tubes of toothpaste and a spot on the show "Hoarders."
That too! I don't have the money to stock up to that extent; I doubt many do! For us to buy 2 of something, we are going to have that item for months. I've got the room but it just doesn't make sense when that money could go for something else.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The distribution of coupons has also shrunk. When we first moved to this area, there were two mailers of coupons, a free penny-saver paper with a coupon insert, and we subscribed to the local paper, which had coupons. Now, there is a coupon flyer maybe once a month, the penny-saver dropped the coupon addition, and we no longer subscribe to the newspaper.

The first paragraph of the article:
Did American consumers suddenly get rich, or just get sick of using coupons? Not likely. Did the number of coupons issued shrink last year? No again. Then why did the number of redeemed coupons decrease dramatically?

Perhaps the author of the article doesn't bother to check his or her mailbox???
I doubt that the author gets coupons buy mail anymore like a large number of folk's today. I haven't got coupons by mail for years so I'd say that I'm more the norm than not.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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Successful couponers have never just used a fifty cents off name brand at full price. OF course the store brand is still cheaper than that. The strategy is to shop at a store that doubles coupons for items that you buy anyway, and only when it is already on sale. This takes time and energy to plan. And coupons for produce often have to be downloaded and printed from the manufacturer's websites, and if your store doesn't take printed coupons...

So since there are fewer areas that have multiple stores within a shopper's convenient radius that all double coupons... I'm not surprised that the usage is declining. Still worth it for budgeting SAHMs in major metro areas, though.
As a former SAHM in an expensive area, I totally agree! We didn't have double coupons, but at our local Safeway you COULD couple a manufacturer's coupon with the store's online (load onto your store card) coupons. Use them both when an item is on sale for a good price and you could get a great price. Similar thing with the drugstores; find a good sale (or get dollars back on a future purchase -- often these can be significant!) and couple with a coupon and you get basics for much cheaper than full-price store brands. For the most part my coupon use is for stuff like toothpaste, but I've still found it worth it to skim through the coupon circulars because there often are still some useful coupons out there for basics. Maybe not as many as before, but still enough to make it worth my while to take a look at the weekly options, clip out what we might use, and cross-reference with the weekly sales at our local stores.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: NJ
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most supermarkets by me double coupons. the ones that dont are either target and walmart or these smaller supermarket chains based on nyc where i think there is less doubling going on. but that nyc chain place does have some good deals and has better prices on produce than most local supermarkets, so its still good to have.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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also, I feel as though all of the coupons are for gross products like " I can't believe it's not butter" when I just want a pound of butter. So many of the coupons are for processed junky food. I don't want to eat those individually wrapped, velveeta like,pasturized cheese product with vitamens added to it. I just want a pound of cheddar cheese.

Bowing out on that curmudgeonly note.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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As a former SAHM in an expensive area, I totally agree! We didn't have double coupons, but at our local Safeway you COULD couple a manufacturer's coupon with the store's online (load onto your store card) coupons. Use them both when an item is on sale for a good price and you could get a great price. Similar thing with the drugstores; find a good sale (or get dollars back on a future purchase -- often these can be significant!) and couple with a coupon and you get basics for much cheaper than full-price store brands. For the most part my coupon use is for stuff like toothpaste, but I've still found it worth it to skim through the coupon circulars because there often are still some useful coupons out there for basics. Maybe not as many as before, but still enough to make it worth my while to take a look at the weekly options, clip out what we might use, and cross-reference with the weekly sales at our local stores.
I get my toothpaste at The Dollar Tree.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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Hi all--

I got a subscription for the Sunday paper primarily for the coupons and to have something to read while on the throne.

That said, I won't be renewing my Sunday paper subscription later this year.

It's completely pointless to save 50 cents on the name brand product when the store brand is $2.00 less.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I use less coupons because they stink anymore - there are fewer of them, they want to you buy some ridiculous number of items for a small amount off, etc.
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