THE PANTRY forum: Coupon shopping

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ImageKLStuart
Nov 12, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Have you all ever tried Thecoupongame.com ? I've been a member for a few years now, and save about 30-50% (tend to save more the more I'm buying) each week! I know there are similar sites that don't charge, but I've found the coupon game set up so much easier to use that it's worth the small charge. Also, you can try it for a month free! If you decide to try it, let me know! (I could use the referrals :)

Here's how it works: You sign up for whatever grocery store you use most (they may not have everyone's, but in our area they have all of them...). You can sign up for more than one grocery store, at a discounted price after the first one. I have two regulars on my list. Then on Sunday the list is posted, you log in, and go through the list. It tells what is on sale at your particular grocery store for the week, and what coupons coincide with those sales. These are coupons from all previous weeks papers, you may hold onto a coupon for months, because the list knows about the coupon and sale cycles, and when the best time to use the coupon will be. That's why they give you a month's trial, because at first you may not have all the old coupons saved.

At first I started out clipping every coupon and filing it. That was a lot of work, but still earned me about $30/hr in savings I figured. Now I just take the flyers each week, write really big on the front what week it's from, and keep them in a box to be pulled out each Sunday. The list tells you which flyers you need, and you can go straight to them to pull out the coupon.

ImageKLStuart
Nov 12, 2010 7:30 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Forgot to mention, I'm only shopping for a family of 3. I often think how amazing this would be for anyone with a larger family, teenagers eating them out of house and home, or someone who has Kids/Siblings nearby that they could split shopping or share unused coupons with.
ImageLynxx
Nov 12, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
No, I haven't tried it Kelly.my problem with coupons is one of a few things. either they don't have the name brand I want, or even with the name brand, i find it cheaper to buy the store's generic brand. Do your coupon clippings often beat the store bought brand prices? If so, I'd be interested. There are some name brands i do prefer, and if they could match or beat, would be a good deal. Thumbs up
ImageKLStuart
Nov 12, 2010 11:49 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
When combined with store sales, that's when they beat the name brands. Not always, but most of the time. The list tells you original price, sale price, what coupons are available, final price and percentage savings. It also breaks it down in to items that are on sale but not the best, so only worth buying if you need them, items that are at the best price you'll get during the life of the coupon, and items that are free (YES free, some things when on sale plus coupon, the store might even end up paying you a few cents to buy!)

Of course, there are a lot of things that we buy that are just never on sale, or at least don't have coupons. You get to know pretty quickly what things you should Never buy at full price, because they'll be on sale every month or so, and what things you might as well pick up anytime if you want them.
ImageKLStuart
Nov 12, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Here's an example...

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ImageLynxx
Nov 12, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Kelly, you're peaking my interest. :) What's the 'small charge amount to?'
And another important question. i'm sure it's alright if you've been doing it a few years, but have they added any extra charges to your credit card? I am very careful about using plastic in cyberspace, and only want to allow companies/people my credit info that I throughly trust. do you go over your statements carefully enough to know that they protect your identity?
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 12, 2010 11:10 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
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Lynxx - use Paypal. I've been using paypal now for over .. what? 6-7 years? never had a single problem. That's what I prefer to use as it's only 1 company that has my information and no one else.
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ImageLynxx
Nov 12, 2010 11:16 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
I use Paypal too Toni, and trust them. good point. i do have a couple of bills I pay with Visa though, and i admit, am a person who hates paper, and pays everything possible on pc. just want to know kelly's had no issues before i join.
How's the babies/birds? I haven't had a chance to go there today and check out if you've added anything :)
ImageKLStuart
Nov 13, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
I've never had a problem with them, though I've only recently taken over the bills in the house, so I can't say for before that. The charge is... I think $10 every 8 weeks... I pay 15 for two stores. When it saves us about 30-50 per week, that's not much! I do end up skipping a week here or there because I've got so much stock piled, there will be a week where I just go and buy milk and fruit and we eat out of the pantry and freezer for the whole week!

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