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        03-06-2013, 01:59 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Fulford15    
    This is interesting... I have thought about it before, but honestly, where do I find coupons?? I don't get a newspaper delivered to my house, I am guessing Flyers in the stores? I only grocery shop at SafeWay & Extra Foods. Interested to read/learn more, as I do live in an "expensive town".
    I hear ya... my hometown is San Diego!!!!

    Ok, I generally drive to the corner store for the Sunday paper (x however many I need). My local paper doesn't carry the Redplum insert...so I only get 1 as a mailer...recently I was reading that if you don't want a subscription, you can get them from friends...the local library...the post office...you can form a relationship with a gas station or store for their unsold copies. Or...shell out for a subscription. Ouch!

    A lot of coupons you can also print online. I recommend you only print what you know you will need...products you ALWAYS buy, and also the ones recommended for the sales you are interested in. Otherwise it's a waste of ink.
         
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        03-06-2013, 02:01 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by JaphyJaphy    
    Great thread. I've found that in my area, coupons tend to be for processed foods and cleaning products, BUT I have had some success checking out the grocery store's website each week, and buying the produce and meats that are on sale. We don't have places like Trader Joe's and such. In fact, all the grocery stores in town are owned by the same two companies!

    I'm also planning on growing a garden this year, as well as keeping chickens for eggs and meat.
    Lol me too on the garden! I'm having trouble convincing hubby on chickens again for meat, but I may do rabbit. It's HARD HARD HARD to find coupons for produce, and honestly, why bother if you have the time and ability to grow some of what you need? But that's another topic ;)

    The beauty of couponing though is with the internet, you can access the online coupons for just about any region, and they will still be good. I found a coupon for eggs the other day....it wasn't for much, just .55/2....but it was better than nothing, since we use a ton of eggs!
         
        03-06-2013, 02:07 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
    I hear ya... my hometown is San Diego!!!!

    Ok, I generally drive to the corner store for the Sunday paper (x however many I need). My local paper doesn't carry the Redplum insert...so I only get 1 as a mailer...recently I was reading that if you don't want a subscription, you can get them from friends...the local library...the post office...you can form a relationship with a gas station or store for their unsold copies. Or...shell out for a subscription. Ouch!

    A lot of coupons you can also print online. I recommend you only print what you know you will need...products you ALWAYS buy, and also the ones recommended for the sales you are interested in. Otherwise it's a waste of ink.

    Thank you I will take that advice! Yeah... $1800 for a basement suite, I will do anything to save on what ever I can LOL.
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        03-06-2013, 02:09 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
    Lol me too on the garden! I'm having trouble convincing hubby on chickens again for meat, but I may do rabbit. It's HARD HARD HARD to find coupons for produce, and honestly, why bother if you have the time and ability to grow some of what you need? But that's another topic ;)

    The beauty of couponing though is with the internet, you can access the online coupons for just about any region, and they will still be good. I found a coupon for eggs the other day....it wasn't for much, just .55/2....but it was better than nothing, since we use a ton of eggs!
    I have a friend who decided to raise rabbits instead of chickens and found it easier.

    Not only is it hard to find coupons for produce, it's hard to shop for just one person without waste happening! It seems like every time I'm at the grocery store, I think I eat way more than I do At least there are more people around in summer, so I can share things from my garden, or do trades for things I don't grow/raise.
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        03-06-2013, 02:29 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Subbing. My BFF has tried to get me into this stuff, maybe it will be presented in a way my brain can handle here!
    Part of the problem now, for me, and possibly more of us.. we live in the country... it's 20 miles to town, which I only do about 1x per week, more like 2 at times, since I work from home... Very hard to shop sales when they are all over and far... and I agree, most things are stuff we don't use... but I would love to donate to local bank/pantry if I could ever get a storehouse going!
         
        03-06-2013, 02:41 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Cool thread idea! My mom is a couponer, and I am so impressed with the hauls she comes home with.
         
        03-06-2013, 02:41 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Subbing! My man and I need this thread and like Graci said, I too need it presented in a manner that I will understand. Hopefully now I will have time to cut coupons and so some searching too.

    Few questions:
    1. Do you plan your meals out for the week so you know what you have to buy?
    2. There is only my man and I living together and all we really need coupon help with is food, how often can we find good usable coupons for food? In your opinion?
    3. Do you keep a binder? If you do, how do you organize it? (the organization is where I am lost hte most at)
         
        03-06-2013, 03:27 PM
      #18
    Trained
    I need to start sound this.
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        03-06-2013, 04:34 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Subbing in :)
         
        03-06-2013, 05:30 PM
      #20
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
    subbing! My man and I need this thread and like Graci said, I too need it presented in a manner that I will understand. Hopefully now I will have time to cut coupons and so some searching too.

    Few questions:
    1. Do you plan your meals out for the week so you know what you have to buy?
    2. There is only my man and I living together and all we really need coupon help with is food, how often can we find good usable coupons for food? In your opinion?
    3. Do you keep a binder? If you do, how do you organize it? (the organization is where I am lost hte most at)
    1) No way, I never plan my meals unless the hubby is going to cook something special. The only thing we "plan" at this point is fresh stuff like meat and milk.

    2) You can definitely find plenty of coupons for you and your man, IMO.

    3) Ok here's the crux...coupon binder. Eww. If you googled the Krazy coupon lady on the right hand side of the screen, somewhere around the middle is a link for "Coupon Binder"....

    They have a complete printout of each section "needed" for a good, complete coupon binder, so each tab, the front....etc.

    For me, I'm a newb and I'm lazy, and honestly I didn't want to walk around with a binder. I use: http://www.amazon.com/C-Line-13-Pocket-Expanding-Includes-58412/dp/B004Q9VJGK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1362608933&sr=8-3&keywords=coupon+organizer
    I have it marked with a tab for each of my favorite stores, then "food", "frozen", "Kids" etc.

    HOWEVER....I'm growing out of that thing awful fast, and so while it's a good place to start, you may find, like me, that a binder is probably the way to go.
         

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