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Thursday, October 14, 2010


Confession: I'm not a coupon clipper. Sadly, I pay, gasp!, full price for just about everything.

Please don't tell anyone.

My friend told me she recently got a new Tassimo coffeemaker for FOUR dollars at Kohls! They are normally $199. It was on sale for $169 with a $50 rebate which made it $119. Then she applied her 30% off coupon, making it $84. Then she applied her $80 Kohl's bucks, bringing the coffeemaker down to $4!!! WOW!!! Now that's a savings I could get into!

So how many of you clip coupons? Are you organized with it or do you just stuff them in your purse (like I have on occasion--never to see them again)? I would like to be more diligent, but by the time I get them clipped and stuffed, I totally forget I have them until two years past the expiration date. Sigh.

What's your secret???

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:28 AM  
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At 7:02 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Now remember, Kohls bucks require you to have bought something in the first place. So that doesn't really count as a coupon unless you count all that she bought that qualified. :)

I use coupons stores send me when it's my fave store. So if I were going shopping at Kohl's I would have taken that 30% coupon. I take them to Stein Mart or Fashion Bug too.

If that had been a Cuisinart coffeemaker, I'd be jealous. But nothing makes coffee as good as a Cuisinart. Hmm, I think I'll go start my coffee now.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

She showed me her Tassimo and it was VERY impressive. There are pods that you buy to put in it and the Tassimo reads the bar codes to know what to make. For instance, if it's a Starbucks latte, it will read that and fluff on the cream at the end. Sooooo cool!

The pods cost around fifty cents, but that's way lower than buying a Starbucks drink.

Now, I want one. By the time I save the coupons, though, there will be something else to buy . . . . ;-)

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yes I've seen those things. I don't drink fru fru stuff much anymore. I've just gotten hooked on great coffee from my Cuisinart. :)

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you covered my own personal strategy nicely: actually find a coupon, actually save it, and then find it about six months later, obviously expired. I'm not sure I've ever managed to use a coupon. I believe that would require planning and forethought. Hmm. I'll have to look those two words up, see what they mean.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Nope. I don't clip coupons yet. My husband is the shopper, but he rarely remembers. His brother, however, is king-coupon! I've gotten in trouble at his house for moving the newspaper before he could clip the coupons. Haha! Their basement looks like Sam's Warehouse, with all the good deals they've gotten, just waiting to be used.

Personally, I prefer the Turkish mentality: Go to the local grocery store every day and buy only what you need for that day.

Oh, my. On Tuesday we went to the grocery store and bought food for two weeks. Reverse culture shock has kicked in big-time! (I've now been here 15 days.) Too many choices, too many choices of the same thing, and too confusing to think forward two weeks.

Maybe coupons would help me focus?

At 9:30 AM, Blogger lainey said...


First you have to get a filing box. I have the envelope type right now and I hate it. It's too difficult to deal with. Then you have to clip every week and file right away. If you wait weeks (which I sometimes do) it's too much work. You then need to go through the coupons monthly to weed out ones that have expried and those that need to be used right away. I usually go through them and weed out all the ones that are going to expire the following month so I have plenty of time to use them and don't miss out on anything. I'm using coupons a lot less these day as alot of them seem to be for things that aren't so good for you. If you try to eat healthfully many will not come in handy.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

We had an uncle who used coupons and watched the ads. He would go from store-to-store to get the "bargains." He would spend 50 cents in gas to go after a 10 cent bargain. I think he just liked the "hunt" of it. LOL.

I use the "instant" coupons that you peel off the item you're buying. Now that works. LOL.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oooo, I still love frou-frou drinks, C! The more fluff and chocolate, the more I like it! :-)

Katie, I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Pam, I totally get the Turkish mentality. That's what I prefer, too, actually. Otherwise, we end up wasting things. So glad to have you in the U.S.!!!!

Lainey (Don't I know you? ;-)), I could never be that organized. Gives me a headache just reading about it. LOL

Crystal, those "peel offs and use instantly" are my kind of coupons!

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm sure I'd love that frou-frou coffee again if I let myself get hooked on sugar!

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I only use coupons when I shop at Chicos and that is only because they keep track of my coupons for me. I never buy anything at fill price there, so unless there's a coupon or sale, I'm "just looking, thank you."

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I don't use coupons very often because I'm a "forgetter" too. But then, I don't shop very often, either. I'm up to 3+ weeks between grocery trips and everything else is on an "as needed" basis. That being said, when I do shop for groceries, I check the ads out in the newspaper as I'm making my list and I note those items that I need, where they are (store), and price. Then I begin at the store where I get my staples and compare prices there to those on my list. Whichever is cheapest is where I buy that product. Seems to work well for me!

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I don't have anything to add other than that's impressive!

At 8:45 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

I used to be a very diligent coupon cutter. I have used the file box thing and envelopes which I would bring with me to the store. However, we stopped getting the newspaper years ago and since then I don't clip. In some ways a relief. In others, I'd like to be saving more. I used to find that I'd buy things I didn't have on my list because I had a coupon though!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger hobbymomof4 said...

I have 4 kids (3 being hungry teen-aged boys) and am a SAHM, so I MUST use coupons! I store them in a small accordion-type coupon organizer (broken down by food category).

My mom taught me to keep track of my coupon savings. My hubby & I pay for everything with one credit card that has cash-back savings (almost as good as coupons!) and then pay the balance every month, no exceptions. When I enter the credit card receipt in the computer, I write the total coupon savings on a piece of paper, which I then total at the end of the year. So far this year, I've saved $782.14! Last year's total was $1,052.87, but I don't think I'll beat that by year-end. For my family, it's definitely worth the few extra minutes each week to use coupons!

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

WOW, Hobbymom, that's impressive!!!!! That makes me want to start clipping--though with only hubby and I left at home, we wouldn't save quite as much, but no doubt would save some! Thanks for your comments!

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

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