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Old 08-13-2014, 09:25 PM
 
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I load them on the supermarket phone apps. Occasionally, I'll print one, but I don't go out of my way seeking them on a computer.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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I think you just look at the effort vs reward, and for me, coupons are just not worth it.

Also, I try to eat more fresh produce and whole foods, and staples purchased in bulk. I seriously avoid boxed/packaged/prepared products, as I cannot even pronounce most their chemical additives. So I'm not coupon-target-market.

Even for non-food products like 'toothpaste' - Colgate vs Aquafresh vs Aim vs Crest vs Toms of Maine? I don't really care, whichever has the lowest shelf price.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:48 PM
 
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If I have tried it out beforehand and it's okay with me, I will buy the generic brand on a regular basis. The quality is usually good enough for me, the price is good, and I don't have to worry about clipping coupons.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I don't use coupons nearly as much as I used to ever since Meijer and Kroger stopped doubling.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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If I have tried it out beforehand and it's okay with me, I will buy the generic brand on a regular basis. The quality is usually good enough for me, the price is good, and I don't have to worry about clipping coupons.
I do this too. The only thing that is frequently wrong with generic versions of foods is the packaging isn't as good.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I clip some of the coupons from the Sunday newspaper but I don't use every one I cut.
I check how much I will save to see if I want to buy/try the product.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: USA
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I worked with a tech this weekend who is one of those extreme coupon shoppers. She was telling people how to do it and it seemed interesting but most of the products are terrible health wise. High sugar cereal and other processed junk food. I would never buy, eat or serve anyone something like Hamburger Helper, so having a coupon or getting it free isn't going to make me grab it.

CVS sends email notices of coupons online that automatically go to my savings card. I use that often for paper towels or health and beauty products.
No kidding, I've watched that TLC show extreme couponers and most of the stuff they fill their carts with is so bad for you, things like cases of Diet Coke, Fruit Loops, HB helper.

To me it's not worth it, the few dollars you save now will be negated down the road if you become obese, or develop diabetes or high blood pressure due to the medical costs associated with those health problems.

Finding coupons for things like trash bags, dish soap, or toilet paper is fine though.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:31 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Only if they're worth $1 or more. I use the Ken's Salad dressing coupons, that's about it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:42 PM
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Location: USA
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I do this too. The only thing that is frequently wrong with generic versions of foods is the packaging isn't as good.
I've noticed the same thing too which discourages me to buy what's cheapest. There are some generic/store brand that I buy that's just as good as the pricey products.

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No kidding, I've watched that TLC show extreme couponers and most of the stuff they fill their carts with is so bad for you, things like cases of Diet Coke, Fruit Loops, HB helper.

To me it's not worth it, the few dollars you save now will be negated down the road if you become obese, or develop diabetes or high blood pressure due to the medical costs associated with those health problems.

Finding coupons for things like trash bags, dish soap, or toilet paper is fine though.
Seeing that show I've have to wonder how much of the food gets used before it expires???
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I do use coupons..all the time. Some coupons can get you an item free! I always use them ($1.00 and up) for toothpaste, mouthwash and TP. Like another poster said they go ahead and get the item and use the coupon even
though they are not out of the item yet. My favorite deodorant (name brand) I've been getting for .50c w/coupon, I have 5 in reserve. That's a $2.50 savings. I use the in store coupons too. HEB right now has a special where you buy their brand detergent and get a huge bottle of fabric softener free with the coupon. There's a whole lot of savings out there if you have the time to look for them. When I was working I didn't, but now that I'm retired, it's kind of like a game/challenge with me to see how much I can save. I do not buy items just because there's a coupon. And I don't
buy the newspaper for coupons, coupons can be had for free online.
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