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I've been a diehard couponer forever--my mom clipped them and shopped several stores for loss leaders weekly, so in my mind that was the "normal" way to shop--but in the last couple of years there has been less and less of a payoff to it. No stores in my area have double coupons any more, and even the loss leaders are less of a "deal" than they used to be. I can't imagine giving up totally on coupons, but lately I'm questioning whether my big old coupon file is worth the space it takes up in my purse.

Anyone else relate?
 

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I'm not ready to give it up either, it's kinda a part of my identity. BUT the the deals are not what they once were, that's for sure. Cereal c/os used to be 1.00 for one box, now they always seem to be for 2 boxes.....it;s things like this that make it less profitable than it once was........well, that and the insanely high grocery prices!
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The deals aren't nearly as good in many parts of the country. My stores double coupons up to 50 cents. So, instead of putting out coupons for 50 cents off of one thing, the companies put out coupons for $1 off of two. No doubling for me :(

It's rare to find a good coupon deal that combines with a sale around here.
 

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see, where i live, unless you get the weekly paper, you don't get coupons.
the ones that come in the mail (like the ValPak) are for services (ok, so those can be helpful). But no restaurant coupons, no shopping/grocery coupons. And most of the places around here won't take the printable kind either.
Oh & there was some complaining a few yrs ago about the loss leader section at the store i used to go to, so they got rid of that. :lame:

otherwise, the main grocer i go to has good prices on most anything and always has good weekly specials on produce - so i buy what is on special there and work my weekly cooking around that.

so for the most part, it just isnt around here! :cry:
 

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The deals aren't nearly as good in many parts of the country. My stores double coupons up to 50 cents. So, instead of putting out coupons for 50 cents off of one thing, the companies put out coupons for $1 off of two. No doubling for me :(

It's rare to find a good coupon deal that combines with a sale around here.

I have the same problem. What I have noticed though, with rising prices, the store brand prices have gone up higher at my grocery store than the name brand. I'm noticing at times where the store brand is more expensive than the name brand. If this trend continues, I will clip more coupons and apply them to the name brand items and save more than I would buying the store brand. Just an idea, that's what seems to be happening here. All grocery prices seem to be higher though:eek:uch:
 

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The deals aren't nearly as good in many parts of the country. My stores double coupons up to 50 cents. So, instead of putting out coupons for 50 cents off of one thing, the companies put out coupons for $1 off of two. No doubling for me :(

It's rare to find a good coupon deal that combines with a sale around here.
When they still had doubles around here it was up to .50, too, but they'd "double" a $1 coupon to 1.50--will yours do that?
 

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otherwise, the main grocer i go to has good prices on most anything and always has good weekly specials on produce - so i buy what is on special there and work my weekly cooking around that.

so for the most part, it just isnt around here! :cry:
That's mostly what I do these days, too.
 

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The only store that would double coupons (up to 50 cents) closed several months ago. The drive time to the closest double-coupon store doesn't make it worth my while as gas costs would exceed any savings.

I still use some coupons if I can match them to a good sale, but it's nothing like it used to be.
 

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I used to cut coupons for my mom when I was living with my dad. But that was when the days that stores would double coupons up to and including $1.00. But to me personally that there is no coupons that I would use. Or that you have to buy so many before the coupon will work. Here I don't think that stores even double coupons anymore. I know when I worked at one that they would double up to including .50 cents. But I don't know if they are still even doing that. The stores around here won't even take the printable coupons eaither. One of my fellow co-workers will purchase 2 Sunday papers. He said that he may spend about $3.00 on both. But the savings in the end out weight what he spends on the papers.He saids that he and his girlefriend save atleast $10 if not more on the coupons they clip. To I guess that to some people that cliping coupons are worth it. But not to me.
 

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I only started couponing about 8 months ago, so I can't really compare. I did notice that I had to spend more and more time to get any decent deals, it probably would have been much more profitable for me to find a pt job with all the time I was spending! I've decided to take a break this month, and I'm sure I'll go back to it on a smaller scale, but without the burn out!
 

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There are 3 grocery stores in town... all the same chain *sigh*

They don't double, won't take printed, don't have store coupons, look at you as if you have a second head if you hand them coupons.

The other stores (in other towns) are more expensive, don't double or take printed either.

I don't understand why they won't take ones off the printer, they are from the manufacturers themselves!!!
 

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I'm just starting to get into couponing, been reading a lot about it. If I even save a few dollars, I will be happy, its is a few dollars I wouldn't have had otherwise.
Many years ago I worked in a supermarket as a cashier, one day a woman comes through with her grocieries, I ring her up. She hands me a very large envelope of coupons, I open it and start entering.. very soon I realize this woman hadn't bought the items she had coupons for, just brought in a set $ worth of coupons and figured she would pay for her whole purchase that way. It was a very large envelope. After I realized this I told her I couldn't honor the coupons for items she hadn't purchased and she lit into me about how she didn't have to buy THOSE items, someone else already had and had not used coupons. I ended up having to call the manager over, she was sooo mad. She left without her groceries.
 

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she didn't have to buy THOSE items, someone else already had and had not used coupons.
Okay, I had to read that twice. The first time I thought I had read it wrong.

You've gotta admit, that's pretty darn funny . . . even if she was a little :screwy:

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I coupon like a mad woman. When I first started seriously about 2.5 years ago my store would double up to $1. Now they have changed it and only double to .50 and that is for 2-like coupons only. BUT I shop the stockpile method. I am usually so well stocked on groceries that I only buy what is super cheap with coupons and since I pass that grocery store every day on my way to work I will run in a couple of times a week. I usually get 4 sets of coupons. I buy 2 papers, my mother gives my hers and a guy at work gives me his. So I am still doing pretty good with coupons. My budget for groceries and HBA is $50 per week and I am about to cut that down to $35 per week due to my son having some medical issues and I think co-pays are gonna kill me.
 

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. After I realized this I told her I couldn't honor the coupons for items she hadn't purchased and she lit into me about how she didn't have to buy THOSE items, someone else already had and had not used coupons. .

That is the funniest coupon story I have heard in a long time.


I still use a ton of coupons every single time I shop. There are stores that double (just not in my area) and there are stores that take internet coupons ( I can use them at all the stores in my area ).
And some stores even let you combined coupons like Target and Walgreens.
I admit it is a lot of work and the last couple of months the deals have been strinking.
 

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I coupon like a mad woman. When I first started seriously about 2.5 years ago my store would double up to $1. Now they have changed it and only double to .50 and that is for 2-like coupons only. BUT I shop the stockpile method. I am usually so well stocked on groceries that I only buy what is super cheap with coupons and since I pass that grocery store every day on my way to work I will run in a couple of times a week. I usually get 4 sets of coupons. I buy 2 papers, my mother gives my hers and a guy at work gives me his. So I am still doing pretty good with coupons. My budget for groceries and HBA is $50 per week and I am about to cut that down to $35 per week due to my son having some medical issues and I think co-pays are gonna kill me.
Are you by chance a grocery gamer? I am and I can't imagine doing it anyother way.
 

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I find fewer and fewer coupons for the things I buy. I probably wouldn't bother at all, but I have a deal with the director at the library. I have to work all the Sunday shifts (the only full time staff member here) so she said I could have the coupons from the library's two papers.
 

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I did have a pretty good coupon day today--I just did my monthly-or-so Wal-Mart stockup (mostly personal care and cleaning/laundry/paper products) and was able to use $6 in coupons without buying anything I wouldn't have bought anyway. *\o/*

That's my thing with most coupons: they tend to be for overpriced convenience items I don't normally buy, so using them doesn't actually save money.
 

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she didn't have to buy THOSE items, someone else already had and had not used coupons.
When I was a cashier I had a lady and her husband come through and the lady did the same thing. Even the husband tried to explain to her that she couldn't do it, and she flipped on him. Some people's children....lol

I Used to cut coupons for my gramma when I was a kid, she always got good deals, but when I try it, they're not worth it. Like those new frozen crockpot things. I found a $4.00 coupon for them, but they cost almost $10. I wouldn't buy it anyway because its way cheaper to just cut everything up yourself. It's always convenience food. I usually only use coupons (if and when I can find them) on toiletries, shampoo, deoderant etc. That's where I see the most savings with them, but that is hardly ever.
 
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