Coupons
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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.

Marie Sweetly
If you haven't discovered it yet, download the Snip Snap app. It's amazing! I just search for whatever place I'm at and see if they have a coupon, then they just scan it at the register.
Pro Shell
Anybody else get the copy of the new Procter and Gamble coupon booklet?
Deals on things like Febreeze and Electric Toothbrushes!
Amanda Grace
Love coupons so I need to get back into the habit of using them. You can save so much money!
Rachael Wooldridge
I agree. I used to use them on a more regular basis. I even had a binder full of them.. lol I once got a big bag of fries for .50 cents using coupons...so it's definitely worth it.
Laurie Tam
Definitely worth it. There were times when I got something for free and then, other times, it's cheaper than without the coupons. If we use them a lot as long as it's something we'll use on a regular basis, we would save even more.
Deborah Michael
Never really used coupons before but have seen shows about people shopping for food over 300 hundred dollars and total came up to $30 or $40 using coupons,must give it a try, definitely need me some coupons
Nadine Tidwell
The extreme couponing show has made it less and less likely to get such fantastic grocery deals, but the deals are still there...just much much harder to find.
June R
depending what state you live in , you can probably do really good with coupons. we have a limit out here of 4 on 4 like items, so can't go in and buy 200 paper towels with 200 coupons, like the tv show
Jennifer Neilson
I really stink at using coupons in physical stores. It seems I'm always forgetting them or can't find ones for things I actually buy. I'm pretty good at always looking for a discount code before I shop online though.
Laurie Tam
Stick the coupons in a see through pouch or something and have a list to remind you. If you can do that, then, you won't have a problem on using the physical coupons.
Nadine Tidwell
You can buy a organizer from the dollar store! It's really helpful i put * next to the items on my list that i have coupons for so i remember to check and do the math!
Leo MacDonald
I try to collect coupons as much as I can going on the internet and searching for them as well as checking the flyers out as well.
Laurie Tam
This site also have a coupon section and if you redeem them, you get 20 cents each. The other sites I know that you get paid to redeem coupons pay only 10 cents. You should check it out if you have a printer. I need to buy my own.
Pro Shell
This could end up tipping the scales in favor of certain deals, thanks.
Is it just when you print the coupon, or do you need to use it in a store?
Laurie Tam
On this site, you have to print them out. I know it's a waste of ink on some cases but it is a waste if you didn't redeem it.
David Porter
CVS will periodically have 30% saving coupons mailed to their card holders. these are good on anything but prescriptions. they also have coupon printers in their stores. you scan your CVS card and they print right there.
Nadine Tidwell
I did that just this week! it was a coupon for 30% off whatever you put into the reusable bag,and the reusable bag was free! I got diapers, of course and left with a package of diapers a reusable bag and paper towels for only $4.50
Pro Shell
I just got mine yesterday.
It seems like a good investment, hoping that it ends up paying off big time in terms of savings
Amy Chan
I just said I hadn't couponed in a while yesterday and today I used coupons, lol. I purchased some Ghirardelli chocolate with coupons today. They ended up being only $2.50 for one bag which is a really good deal.
Laurie Tam
Yahoo!!! In fact, I got two coupons that had to do with M&Ms;. Well, if I use the one where it takes off a certain amount of money for one bag and get what Checkout 51 would pay me to get, I would be saving and making money. :)
Pro Shell
I recently found a stack of 20 coupons for 1.50 cents off of breath right nasal strips. Not really sure what to do with them, I don't know where they are sold and I don't use the product.
Do people buy coupons?
Tanya Phillip
Here in the UK, coupons are not common and I so wish they were. I usually only get Macdonalds coupons which I hardly use as I am avoiding fast foods. You can google and confirm if coupons are bought by others.
Pro Shell
I picked up a CVS extra care card today, and an ACE hardware card. I hope that will lead to some savings in the near future, but even if it is just incremental it might make a difference for me
Edward Mason
Pro, be sure to sign your card up on the CVS website for the emails. Most weeks I get a 25% or 30% off coupon I send directly to the CVS card. Percent off coupons are not good on sale priced items. Or the weekly email coupon will be a $3 off $15 purchase, or $4 off $20, $5 off 25 ....
These coupons can be used all items, even sale priced ones. Combining these with manufacturer coupons and other item specific CVS store coupons makes for worthwhile savings. And follow the CVS topic on CA, too for sales ideas.
Pro Shell
I understand that the coupon printing machine in the store can only be used a certain number of times. I don't currently fill any scripts, but if I did would that help me to get discounts?
If you get your total down below 0, can you get money back from CVS, or do they give you a gift card?
Edward Mason
You cannot go below zero with CVS, at least not at my stores. Rx pay $5 ExtraBuck for every 10 Rx's filled. .50 per Rx.
I don't worry about getting to zero with coupons, if I can get it down to a low amount I just mop up the out of pocket cost with CVS gift cards from Swagbucks, Lootpalace, Instagc, YourWord, mPoints, MyPoints etc.
I use CVS gift cards to cover the deductible and co-pays on my Rx's so the $5 ExtraBuck is essentially free of out of pocket expense.
Nadine Tidwell
You aren't techincally allowed to sell coupons. You can trade them, or charge a coupon clipping fee (so you are charging for your service not the coupon) which is about .10. Though that coupon might not be a popular one.
Pro Shell
I don't think I'll be able to offload these ones. They expire in a few days.
Maybe I can just buy a stack of nasal strips and take them to the flea market one weekend, but who would buy them?
Katharine Danae
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!
Nadine Tidwell
Checkout 51 is my favorite. There's also ibotta. Cartwheel is awesome to use at target since you can combine it with your other savings and coupons.
Laurie Tam
I should see if I could get Cartwheel but not Ibotta and Shopmium. It sucks but maybe if I get an even better phone, I would be able to hold more. I love Checkout 51. This week, I can get a bag of M&M bag. I have a coupon with it too. So, if I do that this week, I would be saving and making money.
Amy Chan
I kind of miss couponing since I haven't couponed in a couple of weeks. The recent coupons aren't of things I need so I haven't used them. Hopefully I'll find some good coupons soon.
Katharine Danae
I used to skip over the coupons section in the Sunday paper because I would see a lot of items I didn't need at the time, or food items that I didn't usually get.
Laurie Tam
I noticed that the really good ones aren't included like it used to and I still have some good ones with me. I really like it even more when Checkout 51 pays me to purchase a certain item and I have a coupon with it. A good tip here everyone. Download Checkout 51.
Amy Chan
I have Checkout51 but I rarely buy the items on it. I think I have $7 worth on my account right now and most of it came from the fresh produce. I wish they had different offers every week. I don't really need the cleaning supplies they are offering.
Nadine Tidwell
I recently cashed out on check out 51, im just waiting for my check to arrive in the mail. Slowly but surely i accumulated points.
Laurie Tam
I sometimes do but when I do, I try to remember and take the pics of it so I would get more money for getting it. I do agree that sometimes, the selection of items aren't what I am interested in getting.
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
Pro Shell
contacting companies is a great way to get coupons, vouchers, and freebies in general. its been proven successful over time
Peg Asus
Yep, I totally agree. What is so funny is that my husband was just going to toss it and I said "Well how about I turn this into some free soda instead?" Now it doesn't ALWAYS work because I have met some companies who absolutely have the worst customer service (one surprising one was a local mom and pop company), but for the most part they want happy and RETURN customers
Pro Shell
you sound like a perky partner?
I believe that the mom and pops are least likely to send out vouchers and stuff, they are confident in their product and they might feel it if they got too liberal.
Big companies can afford to give out product and lose a bit of income
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. :)
Midwestern Girl
I use to be a lot better about finding coupons and such but lately haven't had the time and just haven't been able to find as good coupons
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.
Punky Brewster
I have to go throughg my coupons and get rid of the expired ones and make a list of the usable ones. I do this every month.
Laurie Tam
I tend to do that too so that I can make more room for the newer and not expired coupons. It sucks when I couldn't use them in time and ended up throwing some of them away.
Jodi Nethery
This week there is no coupon inserts in the papers. I have been told that next week there is a chance of 4 or 5 inserts depending on where you live.
Bridget Jones
7.21.14 I was actually glad there were no coupons in the paper this week because I still had my flyers from the last two weeks that need to be clipped and filed. I am behind on my coupon tending.
Laurie Tam
I checked inside the Sunday Seattle Times and they didn't have any coupon inserts. I was disappointed so I didn't buy any.
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 :)
Laurie Tam
That's an awesome deal!! did they pay you to get interviewed by them? If you did, that would be awesome!!! But it's also cool that your pics got chosen for the article.
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.
Laurie Tam
That's a good deal there especially when it had to do with food. No matter what, we all need food so that bonus there definitely saved you some money.
Deborah Michael
Wow that's excellent now thats how i would like to shop love to catch sales and deals but you have to know where and when
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