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Old 01-14-2019, 03:26 PM
 
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To date no one has been able to convince me that 'couponing' is worth the time.

A person's most valuable resource is time, not money. If I spend five hours collecting and cutting coupons just to save $30 on groceries, that's $6/hr. My time is worth more than that. My goal isn't to save as much money as possible, it's to save as much money as well as free up as much free time as possible, so it's only logical to take into account how much of my free time it would take to actually get the monetary savings.
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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To date no one has been able to convince me that 'couponing' is worth the time.
There might have been a window where playing the cards right really did save enough money to make the time worthwhile. But in general, and from recent changes until the end of time, no.

It's "save pop tops to beat diabetes" feel-good (doing something easy and useless instead of harder and worthwhile) crossed with marketing shuck. Despite reports that your neighbor or aunt or whoever got an entire grocery store free by playing triple-triple games.
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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My first thought seeing this was "nothing's free." There's always something they hope to sell you.

Then I think about how much time and expense would be involved in just going. A person would probably make more money calling a temp agency and lining up for a one-day gig doing inventory or something than he or she would ever save taking this class and applying whatever techniques they teach you.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:17 PM
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I'm sure the casino that hosted the event hoped for a little side business too.

If you can't nudge someone into obsessive behavior one way you might be successful doing it another. Can't even have sympathy for people dumb enough to fall for this stuff.

My husband wanted to do this. I kept telling him it would not work that there has to be a catch, and there was. We also did not gamble at all and left when the "event" was over. It's been awhile now, maybe 2 years? And they keep emailing me to come to more "events." My husband is a super cheapskate kind of person. If he can save a penny, he will do it.
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Redmond, Washington
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I see there are some threads several years old on the subject of extreme couponing... there is an insert in my Sunday paper for a free Extreme Couponing seminar. You have to reserve a seat and the seminar (actually called an "Extreme Couponing Event!" ) is hosted by one Chelsea Bradley. It says giveaways and door prizes will be part of the event.



I'm curious... who stands to make money and how from such a free event? Are there "packages" of coupons being sold, or what? I really have no clue. I'd love to save a few bucks here and there but not sure this may be worth my time and the 12-mile drive to get to the event.



So what are these things really about? I'm also just one person so it's not like I am struggling to feed a family of 8.

Thanks for any thoughts.
she signs others up for the local newspaper. I believe I attended one of these many years ago. There is only one newspaper which offers coupons here. And we can get multiple sunday inserts at the recycle bin so do not need to sign up for a newspaper
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know how the couponing seminars work. The real estate seminars work this way: They tell lots if exciting tales about how much money you can make by using their system. But they never tell you exactly how it is done. You must sign up for their classes or buy their book to get the how-to details.


Then, in real estate, you must next sign up for the next higher level program, in order to get the real secret.. I don't know how many levels could be worked into a coupon program, so it might just be to sell their tapes and books.


I would expect door prizes to be rather cheap and limited in number. If you carefully read the fine print in the ad, they have a loophole to not give the fancy prize that is offered.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: NJ
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It's probably not unreasonable to say that "extreme couponing" killed its own goose. Most shoppers never really consider what coupons and rebates and rewards programs and the like really represent; they're just marketing shucks to get people to buy more, or buy a specific product, and no one including the manufacturer is losing a dime on them. So there was a window there where the manufacturers issued coupons and deals by old-school rules that could be exploited, and the result was that they changed the game so that all those double- triple- stacked- deals don't work any more. And that most coupons have far less value, even when played straight, than before.

Coupons etc. have also gone from passive print-a-million bombing runs to very selective issue, often tailored to the shopper because of their known shopping history.

The bottom line is that manufacturers and stores never gave away nothin' and are better at not doing it now. They've just gotten better at making you think fairly modest discounts with a dozen limitations are still a great deal.

But I bet you one dollar-off coupon that Ms. Bradley has some super-couponing secrets to sell you, once she's dazzled you with the useless free part of the program.
did you ever try to do "extreme couponing" yourself?
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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Where I live, you cannot do extreme couponing. For as long as I have been alive, no stores around here offer doubling or tripling coupons, which I think is essential. And from a few of the things I have watched on TV, it appears they all go to stores that do that.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:43 AM
 
Location: NJ
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when i did it, i definitely got great deals and severely reduced my expense. its interesting to see people suggest that you arent getting any great deals. well, from what i can tell there are hundreds of people around me paying more than me for the same stuff. so if im not getting great deals then everyone else is getting terrible deals.

it just takes time and effort that i no longer wish to spend. but it absolutely worked. even if you dont use coupons, you will benefit from collecting all the circulars and finding the best sales for the week. the process of "extreme couponing" starts with the circular since sales are often a fraction of your regular retail price.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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when i did it, i definitely got great deals and severely reduced my expense.
Qualification noted.

Is there anyone doing it now that sees the extreme multiplied savings and discounts? My sense is that most of those come-ons and loopholes have been narrowed quite a bit, if not closed.


My experience is that coupons are more and more targeted and tuned to give the least while attracting the most. Which has always been the case, but the methods were crude. I'd surmise that Sunday supplement coupons are a lot more restricted than they used to be, and that more and more coupons are those generated at checkout time and at store kiosks, for each specific shopper. The coupons look much the same from issue to issue, but narrow the savings and deal until they're rejected - at which point the system knows just how much you'll pay to get the "deal."

My recent example was 8-packs of Arrowhead, which I bought from my grocery only when they were on sale. Then they stopped being on sale except at infrequent intervals, and the discount was trivial. Then I got a couple that was basically BOGO, so I grabbed two. The next coupon was $2.00 off on two (about half the prior value). I think I used it eventually. The next coupon was $3.00 on three. I never used it.

Those 8-packs are never on sale any more, so I buy them at Sam's in triple flats (24 bottles) for about 50% of grocery price. I wonder how many people are still using trivial-value coupons and thinking they're getting a great deal?
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