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3/8/07 2:25 P

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I was doing it so much in the beginnng my family kept calling me the coupon queen but they weren't teasing me when they consumed the foods i got for free now do they ;) now they dont make comments cause they know it works.

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3/8/07 2:24 P

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Just check out that e-book because some of the deals they have in the store aren't listed on their weekly ad.

Just download that e-book :P It's a good read.

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3/8/07 2:19 P

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I see. I guess that I have already been doing that on my own. I have a coupon organizer, made of a white binder and baseball card sleeves, where I organize my coupons. I always check the ads shop "ahead of time". Today I ended up getting 8 boxes of cereal for $5.50 and thenmustard and sour cream for free!!! Thanks for all your help!

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3/8/07 1:52 P

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what you do is when you register for the site (at least I think you register) you go to the part where it says "BEST DEALS IN YOUR STATE" and you pick the state and the grocery store you go to...it'll tell you that stores great store price deals and how much you'll pay if you use the coupon that it lists.

The coupons they recommend you use are the ones from the sunday paper, the ones from coolsavings.com, and couponmom.com. Plus you get coupons from the actual food products themselves.

So on the website for example it'll show that in SAFEWAY/VONS they have Raisin Bran at 2 for $3.00 if you use your store member card with it.

The couponmom.com will show that vons has it at that price and if you use the coupon from last sunday that shows 75% off of Raisan Bran you could get those two boxes for $2.25 but if Vons/Safeway is double couponing this month you could get 2 boxes of cereal for $1.50 or 75 cents a box.

With this system i was able to get a 15ct. box of Totino's pizza rolls for free, cake frosting and mix for 38 cents each, bottles of soy sauce for 18 cents each, toothpaste for 89 cents. and etc.

If you need more help let me know.


Download their PDF book it explains the whole thing easier than I could ever. Make sure you copy the whole link into your web browser.

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I personally like it because it gives me a good idea of how much things are gonna cost before I even go to the store and what are gonna be good deals and what aren't good deals.

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3/7/07 8:51 P

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ok, the whole "couponmom" thing is really confusing to me. could you give me a few pointers to sift through all the information?

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3/7/07 5:53 P

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I barely spend anything on groceries with the couponmom.com system. I can get a whole month's of groceries for myself for about $20/month...but for a family of 4 it would probably be about $20 per week.

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3/7/07 4:15 P

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I buy whatever is cheaper for most items. Sometimes, the sale price plus a coupon is nearly free.

I agree on toilet paper, soda, and toothpaste. Gotta have the name brand at my house...however, I wait til they are on sale and I have a coupon and stock-up!

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3/7/07 1:51 P

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I just had to chime in: Flylady is AWESOME! emoticon She really is a life-changer....anyone can benefit in some way from her system, I'm convinced.

I buy generic/store brands for at least half of everything -- there's little to no difference in quality in most cases. But I agree, you gotta try different things out and see....some things I won't buy generic because they're just not as good (soda, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) My DH can get picky here too -- I love the person who said the one thing her DH wanted was Ore Ida fries! He sounds like mine! emoticon

Speaking of TP, it took us years to find one that was just right -- not too "hard," not too soft, absorbent but not TOO absorbent (all that dust!)....we finally settled on Kleenex Cottenelle (regular, not aloe). It seems to be the best of everything (and not too pricey) -- just in case someone was on a similar quest! emoticon

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2/23/07 4:10 P

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I buy brand name products because because of my grocery system it's 10x cheaper than generic brands :D

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2/18/07 9:12 P

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Yes, my Mom is better, & I'm really thinking the peanut butter was the culprit of her illness. She tried to call the phone number shown on the TV, but was never able to get through. DH is going to take all of our jars back to the grocery store on his next shopping trip (including my Mom's almost empty container). At least we can get our money back.

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2/18/07 8:59 P

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Oh no Mrsfixit, that certainly is not good.
Have you contacted Peter pan about yours or your mothers peanut butter?
I nearly had a heart attck when it said about that peanut butter because I had three different kinds I was eating. Thank goodness mine wasn't involved. I have enough issues.
Is your mother doing better now?

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2/16/07 5:56 P

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I wish now we hadn't bought Peter Pan peanut butter...

We have 2 unopened jars of this, & I read here at SparkPeople that this goes back to last August. Now I wonder if any of the attacks I've had this summer through winter were really IBS attacks, or the result of this peanut butter. I'm going to check to see if we have any used jars in our recyclables, but I know DH recently took the recyclables back to the dump.

My Mom has a jar, too, that's almost empty, & she was quite ill a few weeks ago. Now we wonder about that. She's 78 & runs any where from about 85 pounds to maybe 110. She can't afford to lose weight, & yet this is what happens when she gets sick.

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2/16/07 9:12 A

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There are somethings that I will purchase the off brand off. Medicines, paper towels, cereal, oatmeal..etc.. I buy the equate brand weight-loss shakes instead of slim fast shakes. I actually think they taste much better anyway. Then there are other things that I won't. Ketchup, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent.

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2/15/07 8:08 P

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I asked DH & he said he thinks it's Northern.

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2/15/07 7:24 P

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MRSFIXIT - What kind of toilet paper does your husband use that leaves the dust? BTW thanks so much for the flylady website. I signed up and am now a flybaby. I love it! emoticon emoticon

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2/14/07 9:58 P

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I do buy brand name products because i use the couponmom.com system and i get brand names for way cheaper than generic.

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2/13/07 8:42 P

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Although I will purchase generic items to save money, I still like my Wonder bread. I'm always willing to pay a little extra for this name brand just because I like the taste and way it stays fresh longer than most other brands.

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2/13/07 5:57 P

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Yes, many gen's are produced in name brand plants, but not all. You gave everyone the best clue when you said check out the shape of the container and plant location. Some gen's are better. Tonight I needed hand sanitizer. I compared Target brand to the name brand. Two different shaped bottles. Hand sanitizer is hard on my hands. Target brand has more aloe than the name brand. Because of a special pricing promo with the brand name, there was no savings involved in this case. Target brand came home.

Dawn is the best. Where I've worked we've had that dusty toilet paper. Gets on black slacks. Too bad money doesn't stick that way. LOL

We have people here who swear a certain brand name of milk is better than the Wal-Mart brand. Because my husband worked in the plant for a while, I know the machine is stopped to change only the label. There's enough price difference in milk brands to go generic.

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2/13/07 3:43 P

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Since toilet paper is discussed a lot here, I'll just say this: I hate 1-ply as it just makes you have to use more, & there's some kind that DH buys every now & then that leaves a trail of dust when you pull it off the roll. I find myself doing more cleaning whenever he buys that stuff.

We also use Dawn & the new Dawn Dissolver is a miracle cleaning product. I see that others are jumping on the band wagon on the Mr Clean Sponges idea, so there are probably generics of that around now. I also like the Pledge Multi-Surface cleaner, but it's expensive, so I only use it on the things where it would be a pain to have to pull out the glass cleaner, then the furniture polish to clean.

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2/13/07 1:03 P

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Most generic products are produced in the same plants that make the name brand stuff - they just change the labels. Look at the containers - if the shape of a generic is the same as the shape of a name brand, it's probably the same exact thing, just different labels. That's one clue. Other clues might be plant location, etc.

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I use some generic, but certain things need to be name brand. I like Charmin toilet paper, I won't use scotts because I do not like the guy who started the company. I saw an interview with him years ago and thats when I stopped using his product. He had an attitude and was very greedy. I like Breyers ice cream most of the time although if I am really low on money and want ice cream I will settle for generic. I don't mind generic frozen pizzas, sour cream, most cheeses, and some cereals. I also buy a lot of organic and natural products when I can which can raise the cost of the grocery bill some.

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I'm actually a member of 2 different FlyLady groups. One is called "flybabies" & the one with the most posts (about 3 times as many) is called "Flybabies: Progress, not Perfection in 2007!"

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MRSAMMOTECH: I agree with you about the scott tissue paper. It lasts forever. However, I have noticed recently in the area that I live in that it seems that the company is trying to do away from the orgiginal toilet tissue and they are selling the scott SOFT tissue. It is softer but it does not last as long. I also swear by French's mustard. I like Marcel papertowels. They are cheaper, but they are good quality. They do not fall apart when you use them to clean windows or mirrors. One other thing that I will buy name brand and that is Dawn dish detergent. I can buy a bottle and it lasts forever, and cleans like crazy. I was sold on it the moment my husband came in after working on a vehicle and greasy form head to toe. Not only did a little squirt of it get his skin clean but I rubbed a little on his clothes and let it sit for a few minutes. I threw it on the wash and even his white shirt came clean. It would take alot for me to switch to another dosh detergent.

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2/12/07 10:57 P

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Good topic!

I think you have to take into consideration what the product is, and whether it's use is short term or long term. Toilet paper for example. I've been buying the Scott's 1000 sheet rolls too, or the Walgreens' Big Rolls, or Marcal - they were all about the same in price; cheaper than any of the other brands. And my reasoning is this - I'm going to use it once and throw it away! I'm not hanging on to it - once it's done what it's supposed to, it's worthless.

But something that has a more long term purpose, I'd spend more time in research and money to get a good value but a higher quality product too.

You have to compare, try products, and decide what works best for you. We have an Aldi store in our area, which is all generic type products. I can't tell the difference in most of their food products, but the dish soap I tried was so weak I used more than I usually would to wash dishes. However, we go to home center store that frequently offers items free or nearly free with a rebate. I'll buy their laundry soap, even though it's weak, just because it's free. That's still a better deal, even though I use a little more.

So there are no absolutes. Generics may not be best 100% of the time, but neither are the name brands. Don't limit yourself, and try a little of everything. Only you will know what's right for you.

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2/12/07 3:20 P

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DH does the grocery shopping in our house (while I make out the grocery list). He's really good at comparing prices. There are some things where we really don't want to go generic, like shampoo or deoderant, or there isn't one available, like the iced tea we drink. Sometimes we get things that aren't our favorites because they're cheaper (I really like Prego, but DH often buys Ragu because it's cheaper). I think you have to take a lot of things into consideration.

I will tell you this, however: you probably pay as much (or maybe even more) on your grocery bill as you do for your mortgage, especially if you have kids. This is the first place FlyLady (www.flylady.net) says to look to cut expenses for this reason. We've been trying to cut down & eat from the stockpile of food in our pantry & freezer, yet I added up what we've actually spent in grocery store trips for the 1st 6 weeks of this year & it averages to over $600 per month! No way do I want to put THAT figure into my budget!

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2/12/07 11:33 A

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I have found that using cheap stuff is not always cheaper. I buy Scott 1,000 sheets per roll toilet paper. Too bad it ain't so soft LOL but it lasts. I also use name brand laundry detergents because the generics don't get my clothes clean. However, I do buy at Sam's club in bulk and store the stuff. That makes buying less expensive. I usually stash $50 a month till I need to make a trip. I go in with cash and come out with change. Funny thing about using cash -- you tend to stick to your needs and not to overspend. Now would I buy generic if it were comparable to the "brand." Yes. Target paper towels are good. Why buy a roll of "cheap" paper towels and have to use 3 or 4 sheets when 1 Bounty, Brawny etc would have done the job?

Funny - I do Heinz ketchup, too, French's mustard definitely but I don't buy Folgers because I don't like it, I buy Community Coffee because I like it strong and straight. I buy a lot of organic and natural. That's expensive. So due to my financial persuasion, I'm able to stick to eating less food much easier! LOL

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Funny this topic came up. My husband and I were just talking about this sort of thing recently. I am the cheap one in my family (althogh I hope I am teaching my kids well). I buy most things generic, except for a few things (like Heinz ketchup). But just recently we paid off all of our debt (except our house) and my husband made me agree to never buy generic french fries, now it has to be Ore Ida. Anyway, I just thought it was funny that the only thing he wanted to change when we paid off our debt was no more generic fries.

 
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I am the frugal one on the house. Maybe because I only make $20,000 a year?
My fiance makes almsot 3 times more then I do and he is not as frugal as I am.

he insists on buying bounty paper towels, charmin toliet paper, tide detergent, expensive cleaning products, etc....

In the last 3 years I have tried to convince him to buy cheaper things.
we spend about $50-75 a month on paper products, detergents, cleaning supplies, name brand cat litters, rug powders, dryer sheets, etc.

We could save about 20-30 a month if we did store brand items.
I once bought store brand paper towels, took them out of the wrapper and never told him. He did notice though.
We spend $12 a month on charmin toliet paper. We could find a cheaper brand for like $5 or 6.



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