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.

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!
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.
Danae L
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
Pegeen McConnell
Tracy, try doing it the other way around. Find a couponing blog that includes stores that you shop at, then just watch that blog. They'll tell you the good deals and give you links to the coupons.
Peg Asus
I started off with Hip2Save and Krazy Coupon Lady. They both help you do the match ups, tell you what order to buy things in, how to use the coupons. It's how I got started. I had an amazing impressive stash for a long time. we are only just now starting to see that in a year or so I might want to consider stocking up some things again
Bridget Jones
Hip2save and moneysavingmom both do the coupon match ups and I check the sites every week before making my shopping list. Freebies2deals also does a sale matchup
Ashley Willis
there are great if you if you are a single parent and trying to feed your kids and trying to save money in the long run it helps big time
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.
Dorann Winburn
That is awesome that you are going to be getting $20 in free stuff. I've not been couponing as much as I should be doing lately, I really need to get back in the habit of it.
Pegeen McConnell
Wow, those rules would be something I could definately obey and still spend $20 easily. Twenty dollars of fresh produce, milk, meat, cheese and bread would go a long way! Or just use it to stock up on canned goods that are a great deal or something like that.
June R
I use coupons all the time, when the item i have a coupon for is on sale, you get an even greater savings, if the item is on clearance and you have a coupon, you will get a better deal..
Dorann Winburn
I know what you mean. The best thing that you can ever do when using coupons is to stack a coupon with a sale price for maximum savings.
Teresa Mathews
Walgreens is a great place to do that too. I get my coffee there when its on sale and most of the time I get a $1.50 coupons about the same time so I use both, plus I get a 1000 pts to my acct which after 5000pts on your card you get $5 off. usually it works out that I can get my $10 canister of coffee for about $1 . I'm almost out right now and looking for it on sale. The minute it is well I'll go and stock up!
Debbi Craton
I love using coupons. They're even more valuable to me now that I have joined Chatabout and started printing coupons off this site and getting 20 points for redeeming them.
Jodi Nethery
I need to quit doing so much shopping. This week Kmart had double coupons up to $2. I was in that store 2 times this week.
Tracy D
I wish there was a store close to me that doubled coupons. It seems like I would save a lot more money if there was.
Teresa Mathews
Kroger quit doing that too, I really hated that . However since a Walmart Marketplace moved in next door to them I am hoping that they will start doing it again since they losing business now.
Emily Jansen
My son gave me a whole bunch of coupons and now I will have to go through and pick out what I can use. Hope it saves me a few bucks
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