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Interesting Fact: The first coupon was created in 1887 by Asa Candler, a businessman from Atlanta, whose hand-written tickets offered consumers a free glass of Coca-Cola. Candler’s idea transformed Coca-Cola from an insignificant tonic into a market-dominating drink. The coupon usage really increased during the Great Depression.
Today, coupons are widely distributed through magazines, coupon envelopes, newspapers, mail, directly from the retailer and the internet.
Danae L I never really paid attention to coupons before but now that my bills are getting highers and my finances are getting smaller, I'm going to download coupon apps so I can try to save a little money when I go grocery shopping!
Peg Asus We recently had an incident with two bottles in a 6 pack of soda being not screwed on correctly at the manufacturer's so they lost their fizz. It wasn't enough for it to spill, but it was enough that it was no longer carbonated. My husband was pretty bummed, but I wrote the company and told them and they sent me a coupon good for $6 toward their product which was awesome because we only paid $3
Laurie Tam I love coupons!! Sometimes, it saves me a couple of bucks or can get the items for free. For example, just yesterday, I used an Oiko coupon that I got for free due to a promotion that I did for one agency. Anyway, Walmart was selling that size for 90 cents. I had a buck off coupon for ONE container. I got it for free. :)
Mandy Tyndall I love couponing. I have been doing it for about 3 or 4 years now and it has become a way of life for me. I have 3 children and a step-son and I am expecting a little one in November. Our family has to cut back where we can and couponing definitely helps out with that. Even if you don't do it to the extremes, it never hurts to save a few bucks here and there. Retail is like a dirty word in our house.
C W I've played with coupons for over a year now. I'm finding that most of the time they are not worth all the effort especially as I'm trying to eat healthier.
I'll still check out my Kroger deals online and what coupons are offered through Swagbucks or Chat About, and the occasional manufacturer website, but I can use my time elsewhere to make a better return.
Peg Asus I was interviewed once as a couponer in my area with tips and stuff for local readers. It was kind of nerve wracking, but I got out almost all of my stash and organized it all pretty for the photo shoot. They ended up liking some pictures I had taken of my boys and the coupons so much (throwing coupons in the air in front of the stockpile) that they used it with their story with photo credit :)
Jodi Nethery I got $20 of free food last week at Kmart. They had an offer the week before if you bought some stuff you could get a $10 free grocery coupons. I did it twice. I also got to use my coupons which they doubled up to $2. We don't have stores that double around here.
Marsha Cooper I read a post somewhere else today which reminded me of couponmom.com. I just went to check it out though and it says they are no longer listing Dillon's deals in my state. That's sad. I will still need to look at the drugstore deals.
Alescia Donlin I coupon when I can and I have also tried to do the extreme couponing, just not the extreme part. I have gotten completely lazy with it. I feel like i just dont have time to sit down and cut coupons. I would love to get that kind of motivation without filling my house with things we will not use though.
Tracy D I would love to be an extreme couponer. I hate paying retail for anything, but I also am horrible at actually using coupons. I spend hours searching and printing them, then can never find the good deals.
Jodi Nethery I am going to kmart tomorrow to cash in my $20 of free stuff. It has to be groceries or like health stuff. I am not really sure what all I will buy but it is $20 I don't have to worry about.