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Old 12-31-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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I do not pay much attention to what others are doing because I really do not care what others are doing and if you would do a bit of research about that television program you would know it is all staged, a one time shopping spree and the corporate headquarters has to give permission for all of the coupons to be used at the same time.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I rarely use coupons. They are usually for brand name items. It's cheaper to buy the non brand items, even without the coupons.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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There were too many links for me to read the whole story. I don't have a problem with the legitimate use of coupons. What bothers me is when people use them to buy products for which the coupon is not intended. I'm not sure if this is in all of those links, but there is a way to manipulate coupon usage to your own benefit. I believe there are a limited number of coupon codes. So some coupon codes work on more than one product. The scanner up at the front doesn't know the difference. If a coupon says $1 off the $5 cookie, you may be able to use the coupon for $1 off on the $.99 muffin. To me, that is stealing.

I don't have a problem with a person looking around for coupons and stacking as many as allowed to get a discounted product. I don't have a problem with people hoarding coupons. Back when I used to coupon, I got the coupons out of my Sunday paper and also asked my fil for his coupons since he didn't use them. To me, that is fair use. I have a problem with stealing the extra newspapers out of the machine. Or stealing entire pads of coupons.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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I do not pay much attention to what others are doing because I really do not care what others are doing and if you would do a bit of research about that television program you would know it is all staged, a one time shopping spree and the corporate headquarters has to give permission for all of the coupons to be used at the same time.
Very true. The show was staged. Actual coupon use is nowhere near that. About 99% away from being factual.
All stores have coupon limits. Harris Teeter for example allows 20 per day but only 3 of them can be the same coupon. We do use coupons to donate items to our church and to a pastor locally who takes food to homeless people. As well as to try brands we would never try due to the cost. A recent example was Edwards whole pies. $6.39 and buy one get one free. We had 4 coupons for 50 cents which would be doubled. That got the cost for 4 of those pies down to $2.20 each. However Publix had a 55 cent coupon and that can be stacked. So take another 55 cents off of the $2.20 and you get $1.65 for each pie. Two for us (we love their Key Lime) and the other two taken to a church pot luck meal.
We see nothing wrong with this type of coupon use. It's a matter of saving on one thing to be able to spend more on something else.
The stores also have a limit on how many internet coupons you can use and you can only print two per computer any way. And most grocery items no longer have good coupons. The good ole days are over.

Treat yourself and help others at the same time.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Most of the items for which coupons are offered is stuff I wouldn't accept as gifts! I don't want all those perfumed and processed microwavable skunk parts! Besides, store brand toilet paper is usually cheaper than the coupon prices.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:37 AM
 
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Very true. The show was staged. Actual coupon use is nowhere near that. About 99% away from being factual.
All stores have coupon limits. ....

Always wondered about that show. I could never get the math to work unless there was a flaw in the software (which undoubtedly is fixed now) or it was a set up. Even when we tried the multiple coupon thing, the system would never stack them to the extent shown on that show. (IE buy one/get one, then add a coupon for half off and another for a dollar off, stacked a hundred time so they paid you $10 dollars to take the stuff off their hands).
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If it works and if you can use the stuff that the coupons are for, go ahead, and I don't care one way or another.

I rarely see coupons for anything that I use. If a coupon is for something I use and need at the time, I will use it, but coupons aren't usually worth much and it's been decades since any store around here offered to double coupons.
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I rarely use coupons. They are usually for brand name items. It's cheaper to buy the non brand items, even without the coupons.
Me too. Even though I am retired and have the time, I don't have the patience.
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I've used coupons in the past but these days the only coupons I see are for things I don't want. A long time ago, stores used to double or even triple your coupons and you could find coupons for good things.

Now I just buy what's on sale or store brand if it's good.

I have nothing against people who want to do extreme couponing. It's legal, fine with me.
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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Very few items I use have coupon options. My days of hoarding 50 tubes of tooth paste are over. I price match some items such as TBone yesterday at 3.99/pound.
if it works for someone - great! The local paper is $20/month. Do I buy enough with coupons to make $20/month? Do I drive into town (all five miles) on Sunday to get a paper? No
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