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Steve Mills

What about the coupon thing?

Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 8:27 AM
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  • I do use coupons, but not to the extreme as some do. I don't carry them wherever I go, just when I do plan ahead to shop. I don't get the newspaper or purchase them online or anything. I just print them out off of the net.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 9:04 AM
  • Ouch, let me cover my eyes. ;-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 9:48 AM
  • If you have a Facebook account just go to Captain D's profile http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/CaptainDs

    and click "like" and you get a coupon for a free sandwich

    Actually had one today it was Good :)

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 4:03 PM
  • Will check it out tomorrow, thanks. I usually have to pay to get a friend on Facebook. Guess the Captain has the same luck.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 11:18 PM
  • I do use coupons. However, there do not seem to be coupons for the items I purchase. I used to get a lot more out of the paper, but today they aren't for what I need. I'm not buying something just because there is a coupon.

    -- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 12:46 AM
  • But it is on SALE! Your saving money. (after you spend it).

    Hopefully those who buy just because it is on sale are being cured.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 8:27 AM
  • Speaking of older coupons, it seems I saw in the paper that most of the manufacturer's have agreed to extend their offer to our armed forces overseas.

    I am not sure of the length of time but they will honor expired coupons in the PX's. Maybe 90 days? Anyone know?

    A final good use for coupons that have lived their life here in the States.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 7:34 AM
  • The problem right now with coupons, is since TLC has the show "Extreme Thiefs"; stores and companies are not putting out coupons very much. And those who are still accepting coupons are putting limits on how many coupons you can use and what kind,etc.

    We have purchased items at Roses and Dollar Tree that were cheaper priced than Wal-Mart with coupons.

    Coupons are good sometimes, but not all of the time. Sometimes the sales will get you more savings than the coupons. I know at CVS they post their ads for a week ahead online so you can plan out your shopping trip.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 11:03 AM
  • Unique-Lies, companies give away coupons for free items and cents off on Facebook a lot. I tend to go to http://www.freestufftimes.com/ to get the heads up on any coupons, sales, etc. The site is legit and only posts real stuff, nothing that will give you spam or virus or anything.

    Just recently I got a $5.00 coupon off of Bounty, a coupon for free Suave lotion, two B1G1 Coke coupons.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 6:15 PM
  • There is a tough virus going around that gets into the root directory. My brother spent about 4 hours with tech support get something corrected.

    Komando.com has a lot of free virus software but I don't remember if they have something for this one.

    What is B1G1 Coke PrpleHze?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 6:27 AM
  • Before you purchase the program, try going to http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/

    It is a site that I have gone to many times when I have had problems. Last year, I got a serious virus when my kids were on a kids' game site (it was one of those fake virus scanners and the kids didn't see it running). And it literally shut down my computer. I couldn't do anything if it wasn't in safe mode. I was told about Bleeping Computers from someone else and within about 6 hours my computer was back up and running and it didn't cost a dime. They have all of the programs that you may need and step-by-step directions on how to fix your computer. They have a forum on there if you don't find what you need on the site and they can help you fix it.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:35 AM
  • Oh, also if you don't have any protection, they have a list of free ones that you can use such as Malware Bytes and AVG along with many others.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:36 AM
  • The problem with "Extreme Couponers" on TLC is that they are showing how to STEAL and not save.

    An example, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT TO DO, is where a woman was saving huge amounts of money by buying products on sale that didn't have a coupon for, but using a coupon to purchase it. Someone posted screen shots of her "grocery list" which was simply brand names of products, the number of coupons and the beginning numbers on the coupons. That is not saving, but stealing.

    As for buying things on sale vs coupons - We saved over $100 at Kroger this past weekend by using sales alone and no coupons. We spent a total of $150 and had 2 carts full. So you can save if you use the sales,

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 2:56 PM
  • She is committing fraud. Here's a link to pics and explanations: http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/16258

    Using coupons that says 55cents off any Fiber One means that you can use it on anything that is Fiber One. Not that you can use the 55cents off coupon on Cheerios because the first digits are the same. Another example is that there was a coupon out recently that stated $5 off of 5 Kellogg cereals - which means you could use it on any 5 Kellogg cereals. Not that you could use it on General Mills because they have the same first digits. That is what I mean by stealing. Getting a great buy and conning a store are two different things. I am all for buying things on sale and stacking coupons and so. But not using one company's coupon for a discount on a different company's product.

    But due to the show, Red Plum, Smart Source and P&G are suing eBay for selling coupons on their site. If you look on the coupons, it clearly states that they cannot be sold, altered,.... or they are voided. There are talks about suing TLC as well.

    I sometimes stack the coupons with the sales as well. But since the backlash over the show, coupons for what we tend to use, are hard to come by. We also use more organic and healthier foods which coupons are hard to find or just aren't made. But something that I have started doing is contacting the companies and letting them know what I liked or disliked about their product. Many times the companies will thank you by sending you coupons.

    As for printer ink, we compared the prices of printers early this year because we were in need of a new one. We priced the cost of the ink as well and ended up choosing a Kodak all in one printer (I needed a copier/scanner for worksheets). It was on sale for $60+ but the ink is cheaply priced. The black is $10 and the color is around $19 (I think). During the schooling months I normally go through 2 maybe 3. Whenever I print I use the draft mode and choose black-n-white so it saves on ink.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:31 PM
  • You and PH are talking, but that does not mean others are not reading. I used to make that assumption and then run into people who would prove me wrong.

    I have a bad feeling that Unauthorized change to Windows is you main issue. Sometimes it takes several different programs to get rid of something really dug in, but as mentioned, there are free ones.

    My brother had one that required more however. Tech support had to get in, take control of his computer and root it out.

    Check out Komando.com for more suggestions. Much of her advice is free and many trust that what she recommends is accurate.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 8:18 AM
  • All coupons were gone from the internet?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Aug 7, 2011, at 7:40 AM
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