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Old 01-03-2016, 03:29 PM
 
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I use coupons for things I'd buy, anyway. But extreme couponing is something else entirely. They often have storehouses @ their homes that look like small grocery stores. It seems more like a compulsion.
At some point, I think it comes down to the thrill of getting something for nothing and gaming the system. For example, who's gonna use stuff like 50 tubes of toothpaste or cans of coffee? Those that stockpile all their free stuff seem to be proud of it and like showing it off. Despite having 20k worth of groceries, they may only save $4-5k/yr compared to the family that just casually looks for deals, buys what they need and selects foods that go farther per dollar (drinking water vs soda for example).

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Old 01-03-2016, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Interesting thread. I've watched that show a few times but never got all that interested in it.
As a cashier I get a pretty good idea about how many people use coupons and, considering how many customers we have in a day, it's not that many. A lot of them are for health and beauty, household supplies and pet food. Not as many do ad matching as I'd think would either. The people who do ad matching AND coupons are the ones that score.


There are three ladies who come to our store every couple of weeks and do a big shop. They are mother and two daughters. Always buy well over $200. The last one who came through my register bought nearly $300 and her final tab was $17 and change. They don't have cents and dollars off coupons. They have coupons for FREE items. ALL of them. So much that a manager has to override the transaction. I asked them where they got them but they never said. I think they are directly from the manufacturer and weren't cut out of a paper or magazine.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Sometimes a manufacturer will send free coupons if you call and complain about a product. I contacted Fancy Feast through their FB page about a problem that I had with the cat food, and they sent me three coupons for 36 free cans of any Purina product.

Other than that, all of my coupons are cents and dollars off. Most of the cashiers at the WM that I go to know me, and joke that sometimes my receipt is like hitting a casino jackpot.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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"What do you think of people who use coupons to get loads of groceries for basically free?"

Reading the title of this thread was the first time I had ever thought about those people, and most likely the last.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:02 PM
 
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Are you an extreme couponer at the grocery store? Can you get up to a $100 in groceries for a few dollars?

Here is a link with more information on how people are doing this:

Beginners Guide to Using Coupons - Extreme Couponing -Living Rich With Coupons®

Is this a logical and fair way to a frugal lifestyle, or instead just an attempt to get things you really don't need in an underhanded way using weaknesses in a system designed to advertise merchandise?

Your thoughts on extreme couponing.


I think it's freaking awesome. Weakness my azz. They give the coupons and double coupons buy one get one free whatever to get you in the store to buy. So you're buying. Trust me. For every person using coupons to get free groceries there are 10 that don't. Which more than makes up. Besides the coupons get sent to the manufacturer who reimburses the store. The store isn't losing money. Neither is the manufacturer
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:24 PM
 
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Coupons are for cheap carbs, I'm into low carbs.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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One of our stores is having Super Doubles, all coupons up to $2 will be doubled. Well over 100 (maybe over 125) items for which there are coupons.

We will be getting two bottles of orange juice because that's all we can use among the items on sale.
Why two? We can only print 2 of the coupons. So, the extreme coupon trips is not real and we use them only on items we want to try (if we have never tried that expensive brand) or items we can use.

It's not hard either. You glance through your store ads weekly to get an idea of which items are on sale often. Then look through the coupons to know which ones keep re-appearing. You will remember the common sale items and common coupons and there is no need to stock up. We spend as little as 15 minutes a week looking at ads for 4 different grocers. That's all it takes once you get the hang of it.
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Old 01-08-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I say more power to 'em, they earned it!
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Old 01-08-2016, 02:32 PM
 
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Coupons should be done away with. They waste everybody's time. The couponer gets to save a few bucks, but the people stuck behind them in line get to pay the price with their time. Not right.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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At some point, I think it comes down to the thrill of getting something for nothing and gaming the system. For example, who's gonna use stuff like 50 tubes of toothpaste or cans of coffee? Those that stockpile all their free stuff seem to be proud of it and like showing it off. Despite having 20k worth of groceries, they may only save $4-5k/yr compared to the family that just casually looks for deals, buys what they need and selects foods that go farther per dollar (drinking water vs soda for example).

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I sued to work for a Big Box retailer that ran lots of rebate specials. The rebates were paid out in the form of merchandise credit checks which could only be redeemed at the store. We had "rebate people" who would come in every Sunday when the new flier came out and buy everything that had a rebate, whether they needed it or not. More than once some little old lady asked me where to find a certain product with a rebate and then ask me what it was used for.

Most of these folks would just use their rebate certificates to buy more rebate items which seemed kind of pointless to be, but the best on was the guy who saved up enough of them to buy materials to build a shed. He said he needed the shed to store all the stuff he bought for the rebate.
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