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1/14/11 2:40 P

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Hi! I am new to this team, but I wanted to share my coupon knowledge. I am addicted to coupons! I have recently started a blog about couponing, how to save money, and I give examples each week of my shopping trips. Feel free to "follow me" on my blog if you are interested. If you leave me posts about certain tips or ideas that you need, my next post will be dedicated to that!

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1/9/11 8:24 P

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Teresa what part of Kansas do you live in? I grew up in Atchison and my family now lives in Topeka. I was there over Christmas.

It will be interesting to see if its an area thing with Kroger vs a corporate decision not to take both.

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1/9/11 5:07 P

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So far I've been getting credit for both the e-coupons & the paper coupons for the same item, as far as I know. I haven't checked recently though. I tend to forget what coupons I've already downloaded so seeing the end result is always a pleasant surprise.

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1/9/11 11:23 A

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I downloaded coupons onto my card from the Kroger website and have paper coupons from Kroger holiday mailers I received plus some others from other sources. I don't think they want you to use a downloaded and a paper coupon for the same product....kind of like double dipping I guess. There are a lot of things they have coupons for that I don't use or I use the store brand because they still end up cheaper most times. I do use a lot of there 10 for $10 deal, especially when they have their mix and match. Hopefully I can save some today. I want to try new recipes which call for things I don't normally buy, so I don't know how that is going to work out. I need to price things.

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1/9/11 11:20 A

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we also aren't ones that get a lot of unneeded stuff. I go to my parents' houses, and their cupboards are just stuff with stuff, fridge is full. Ours isn't that way. we get what is needed, and maybe some snacks. but not overboard. often our cupboards might look bare, but the essentials are in there. it is easy to go in and say, what is for supper and look and see what we have and what we need. we are pretty basic on what we eat, which gets boring sometimes, but for the most part, meats, rice, potatoes, vegetables.

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1/9/11 11:16 A

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that is interesting about your kroger. I use the kroger (dillons here in Kansas) and I am still able to download the ecoupons to my card, and use the paper coupon. it is awesome. I mostly use the coupons for stuff I buy regularly, and then also for stuff perhaps i want to try, but maybe wouldn't buy otherwise. i try to shop usually just once every couple weeks (basically on payday), but I spend a few hours matching my card coupons with my paper coupons, making a list of what is needed, try to plan a menu, and then also compare to the recent ads. i get our local paper to the office, so every tuesday i check the dillons ad just to see what is on sale anyway.

last weeks trip, the before bill was $167 and after I paid $121. i was happy with that savings. its worth spending the time.

also, our dillons (kroger) card is linked with our kwik shop, so I get points for gas. I don't go to kwik shop often, but usually once a mo. or so, I get enough points to get anywhere from 30 cents to 40 cents off per gallon of gas. that is awesome too!

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1/8/11 7:16 P

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I will be doing my grocery shopping tomorrow or sometime this week. I have to check out the downloading of coupons onto the card in the morning. It would a nice and easy way to use them rather than paper. My mom gave me a gift card to Kroger, so I was thinking that I would just keep money on that card too rather than using my debit card. ----kind of like Dave Ramsey envelope system.

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1/8/11 1:46 P

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you can download coupons from several sites directly onto your store cards. Kroger has stopped allowing ecoupons and paper coupons on the same items... boo Krogers

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1/5/11 11:04 A

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I shop at Krogers too! I haven't downloaded the coupons to the card yet. I think about and never do it. My sisters and mom also use the same card so we can get the points for gas and also points for our church. (I'm sure Kroger frowns on only using one card, but they don't know that as far as I know). Are you saying you can download onto your Kroger card from cellfire.com? (never heard of it, but that is ok, will check it out)

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1/5/11 10:57 A

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I try to use coupons whenever I shop, not just for groceries. It does help. I shop at Kroger which also has electronic coupons you download to your Kroger card (as does cellfire.com). My kids laugh at me until it makes something we wouldn't otherwise do affordable, like eating out on a buy one, get one. I also use the frequent shopper cards wherever I can at places I actually go to, which reward you for every $$ spent. My favorite is my Salsarita's card where everytime you reach the points required you get $10 free food. Couple that with coupons and we can eat free sometimes.

Other favorites are Groupon and Entertainment Daily specials coupons and gift certificates from Restaurant.com

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1/11/10 2:23 P

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I recently got married and my husband was amazed at how much I save with coupons. He said if he had a coupon he would usually forget to bring it to the store.

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12/6/09 7:27 P

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I used to be good on the coupons but I don't use them that much since I don't like to use package goods. I'm trying to use whole fresh foods.

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11/3/09 2:23 P

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You all have a different system down there because up here, you cannot use any gift cards, store credits or coupons for cigarettes, alcohol or prescriptions. It wouldn't matter where you go, that is the "law" that all stores follow.

That's good you were able to get discounts on prescriptions.

I just used a "coupon." I won $50 gift certificate this spring at a trade show. When I was done with my purchase, all I had to pay was 33cents. I bought a blow-dryer that was on sale ($10 off), hammer and multi-purpose driver. Was really excited on Saturday with that purchase.



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11/3/09 1:29 P

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I've changed pharmacies only because I had a gift card. Saved me money since the script was $40 (copay), which can hurt every month.

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11/3/09 12:54 P

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OMG - I lucked out last night!! I'm not advocating changing pharmacies for a coupon, but this worked out well for me. I had to go get a prescription anyway - all our records were transferred to Target when our Minyards closed. I thought, since I'm going to be there, & have been looking for ground beef (LEAN, thank you) on sale All week & nobody is doing it this week, I thought I'd check Sundays Target ad for that. What I DID find, was a coupon for a $10 Target gift card with any new or tfrd presc. I pass those up 100 times a year ok - never apply to us. But this time, because it was a new doctor (a specialist) that phoned in pain pills for DH, it wasn't a "refill". YAY. I rarely have the presence of mind to check store ads before I go, but I was so happy. I paid like $5.75 for $15.75 worth of groceries. With my other 3 piddly coupons, & the Frankenberry being on clearance, I had three full bags of groceries. Wheeee. Like I said - an unusual occurrence for me. Now....if I had just remembered to get that DARN BREAD that we like that was on sale for almost $1 reduction... RATS.

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10/30/09 9:39 A

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My friend would cut coupons and then have to drive to different stores to get what she needed. Yes, to me that isn't really saving because you are probably spending as much as gas as you are saving on groceries. Now that I do think of it, it is mostly processed foods that coupons are for, no produce or meat.

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10/30/09 6:20 A

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i too use coupons. i only use the ones for items i would buy anyways. that way i'm saving on the item and at the same time getting what i will use or need. who has time to work the system i work fulltime, attend church, bible study, and i have a grandson. in my spare time i want to rest or spark, no time for clipping.

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10/30/09 12:08 A

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It is absolutley a full-time business. I don't know about this lady, the one I saw, she put in as much time with the coupons and figuring out the stores to shop at, as I would with my full-time job. She woke up, put the kids to school, spent ALL DAY at the table going through tons of newspapers, scouring the internet etc, planning and sorting, then ended after the children came home - as they also helped her sort out coupons. Oy vey, that's way too much work for me, no matter how much is saved!

As you mentioned too - not all the stuff bought was healthy and sometimes the stuff purchased was sub-standard quality.

My question with the one I saw was how much was she spending on gas, as she went all over the place for deals. I know here I hear people say "oh I saved $10 going to the city" and I say "yeah but unless you spent the whole day shopping and made it worthwhile, that $10 was ate up 4x over in gas." Most folks do spend the whole day in the city, to make it worth the drive over.

My bff uses coupons, however, she doesn't spend hours on it. She scours the flyers, quickly sorts out what is where - if its where she shops fine, otherwise usually she'll pass it by - then takes whatever coupons of what she'll actually need and goes to the store. She makes it streamline, being single parent of teen boys, you don't have time to spend on things like this and it works. She also uses coupons for "treats" - like 2 for 1 meals out or such.

The other thing she used to do back when (not anymore, life changed and can't afford it) is buy the city coupon book. I took her, her ex and myself to a fancy restaurant using a coupon that knocked the meal from $125 to $50. It was payment for my couch-surfing all summer on their couch.

Even though we probably won't be spending 8hrs per day coupon surfing, its still a good reminder to budget, plan and figure out the best deals - however, it works for you.

Oh and do people use the online coupon opportunities? I have a link for Canada and have used it a few times. My bff uses it all the time. You click on the offers you want to use, they mail it to you and it works slick. Takes all of 5 min. There is similar for the USA, so wondering if anyone takes advantage of that?



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10/29/09 11:40 P

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I guess I am REALLY skeptical when I read something like this, since I've NEVER seen coupons for real food - things that I tend to buy, like produce, grains, etc. Coupons only seem to be for processed, brand name items. No wonder this woman doesn't even use the stuff she got for a penny!

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10/29/09 9:32 P

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I agree that these stories are far and few between. I never use coupons either. Previously, I had cut out tons of coupons and found that the store brand was still cheaper and I never really wanted 2 of this or that.

Also now that you said that the other person just bought the stuff just because she had a coupon, this woman also showed her "pantry". Her pantry was her only grocery store. She had tons of stuff and many many duplicates from what I could tell.

Also she must have time on her hands to scour all those coupons, fliers, and the web.

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10/29/09 9:29 P

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I saw the same thing on GMA this morning... and all I can think is how do I learn how to do this? It seems to me that's it's almost a full time job. Hunting the coupons down, keeping them organized.... mind boggling. Where does she get all those coupons??

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10/29/09 9:23 P

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I remember seeing a news article on something similar a year ago and when I saw what the person bought I laughed. She even admitted that the majority she didn't need and wouldn't use. But felt compelled to use because well, she had the coupons. LOL!

I don't use coupons because in small town, its not like there is much variety. And if there is a coupon, then its at the till and the clerk puts it through or its right there by the food item, so don't have to bring in one. Its common practice at the Co-op here to tell you how much you saved by buying stuff on sale and I'm typically saving between $10-25. (depending on the items) It blows me away though because I'm already paying around $100 which is double from 2 yrs ago.

I think though stories like this lady would be few and far between as usually one couldn't get a bill down to one cent, at least all the coupons I see aren't free - its like 10cents off or buy 2 for the price of 1. She must have had all coupons that said basically free free free. Awesome.



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10/29/09 7:56 P

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I saw this story on GMA this morning. This woman went to the grocery store and her total before coupons and store credits was $267. After all the discounts.....she spent 1 penny!!! She said that was her personal best in saving!!

I guess I should start looking at store fliers, coupons, etc. more closely!!



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