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What about the coupon thing?

Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 8:27 AM

Remember, my blog is Bedford Ramblings so I have a license to bounce around. Of course, everyone does, but few are doing it so....

Unique-Lies brought up couponing at the bottom of one of the other posts and I thought you might have some interesting thoughts, experiences, observations, etc. I would re-post the entry but UL is not shy about writing and may have more to add.

Do you use coupons. Deb and my mother-in-law do. Not fanatically but they carry their pack around most of the time. I rarely shop but if Deb sends me out with coupons, you better bet I use them.

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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#!/Capta...

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

I went to Food Lion last night. I bought 4 cases of vegetables for $ .50 per can. I know of no coupons that offers such a good deal as that on vegetables. I am stocked up on vegetable but will keep buying at those prices. If I don't take advantage of the sale price (without coupons) we would eventually eat the vegetables all up and have to pay everyday high prices.

I also dropped in at Walgreens and purchased 2 jars of Folgers coffee for $4.99. A jar of Folgers will run anywhere from $5.99 to $9.00+. Food Lion offers Folgers instant coffee for $7+ to $8+ without any coupons. I do have a $ .25 off coupon for Folgers but didn't use it at Walgreens. I sure wasn't going to waste it at Food Lion.

I got a great deal from both stores and didn't use any coupons for it.

Extreme couponing, from what I understand is a completely different way of buying things. You can't buy most of the things you eat with a coupon, but you can eat what you buy with a coupon or use whichever the case may be.

There are only a few things on sale that you will find coupons for in the Sunday paper. Most things on sale are from the Sunday paper last week or even last month.

I even read that just before a coupon expires, that is when the stores will have a fantastic sale on the item. Probably because the store thinks there are none of these coupons floating around.

The trick is to take all your coupons with you to every store. If you see an item on sale at a very low price or a close out sale, you start hunting for those coupons. The purpose is to hold your coupons until the prices drop real low, then you use your coupon to lower the sale price even more.

Now that's saving!

In a lot of cases, you can use coupons to lower the sale price where you can purchase the item FREE (after Register Rewards, Extra Bucks and etc.). Sometimes your savings will even be more than the cost of the item giving the couponer an overage which can be used on items not on sale.

Kroger does not give overage. They make the coupon only as high as the price of the item. They keep your overage as a bonus to the store. Remember, the stores are reimbursed for the full value of the coupons, not what the stores allowed.

NOTE: This is why it is important not to copy coupons. It is illegal first of all, an the coupon clearing houses won't pay stores for copied coupons. And I might add, your coupons will show up on the register receipt. A word to the wise is sufficient.

I still got a lot to check out. Maybe it works, maybe it don't!

I honestly think the secret is in having older coupons that haven't expired and LOTs of Them.

I have found some of the items can be purchased for less than the coupons give, at Family Dollar and Dollar General and I believe they both take Manufacturers Coupons as well.

The perfect combination... lowest sale price plus a Manufacturer Coupon!

If someone is a compulsive buyer or spender like king Obama, they would have to clip a lot of coupons everyday to get things free.

More tests to do.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 1:08 PM


After doing a quick search just for CVS Sales next week and the coupons that can be used for them I came up with the following coupons:

20 July Coupons and these are all July 3rd coupons (last week)

43 June Coupons

10 May Coupons

3 April Coupon

To take advantage of all the sales at CVS next week you will need coupons from the Sunday newspapers as far back as the Sunday Paper for April 10, 2011 and 2 coupons for April 17, 2011.

Extreme Couponers keep all these coupons in those Big Binders they carry around with them. So it stands to reason, that you must save all the coupons you get until they expire.

I am guessing that there will be more sales for this week's Sunday coupons that haven't been published yet.

Any Experienced or seasoned Couponers out there who can add anything to this or correct me?

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 3:51 PM

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

It is 6 months, but I am not sure who you send the expired coupons to. Of course, if you have family overseas you could send the coupons directly to them.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 9:54 AM

My test yesterday was CVS, Roses and Walgreens.

I went to CVS to buy up some cases of water for $2.44 per case of 24. No manufacturer coupons required. They had none in the isles. I didn't ask if they had any in back nor ask for a rain check. If the store would have had them placed out on the shelves or isles, they would have made some money.

I guess they have made all they need this week.

I also went to CVS to see if the price of a product not on sale any longer, had been lowered. It wasn't.

My wife knows the prices of most items so she can tell me if the prices are hgher than usual. She complained that CVS's prices were very high. I will be using CVS for Extra Bucks items where I can get an item free or practically free.

While we were in the neighborhood, we went to Roses just to check their inventory and prices.

Amazingly their prices were better than most stores with the coupons, but limited in variety, which can be a good thing sometimes.

I had a couple coupons for free band-aids but have to buy another product to get them free. We're talking somewhere around $4.00+. Even just buying Band-aids anywhere it will run $3 - $5 for a small package. Roses had them for $1.00. They also had tooth paste for $1. These are prices without coupons and they take manufacturer's Coupons.

Roses is a store not to take lightly. They have great prices and I've bought some brand name items for less there. Roses also had the item I was pricing at the old lower price.

Next I went to Walgreens to buy a $9.99 razor and 2 toothbrushes.

The razor had a Register Reward of $5 and the flyer said there was a $2 coupon in the weekly newspaper. The final cost would be $2.99.

I was a little smarter than what I was working with. I reached in to my hat and pulled out a $4 off coupon for that same razor instead of using the $2 coupon in Sunday's paper. The razor cost me $ .99 after the Register Reward.

I got the 2 toothbrushes for free with a $2/2 coupon.

Now that was a great transaction. Although I had to lay out $5.99, I only paid $ .99 because i got the $5 back on the Register Receipt.

I can spend that any time just like it was cash money until it expires. If I was buying other things I could have used it towards the purchase.

I also broke down and finally bought the item I went to town to buy. It was the same old lower price so I bought two. No coupons with this item but it has a mail in rebate making it free, plus it usually has a $2 off coupon inside the package for the next purchase.

I didn't stop at Walmart last night to check there prices. I'll save them for another trip.

CVS lost my purchases because they were out of water and their price was jacked up too high for my main item.

Walgreens got my purchase of the item I went to town to buy because their price was at the regular price. I also saved $11 on two other items by only having to pay $.99 for everything after Register Reward.

Couponing can save you money and actually get you free items if you have the right coupons. You have to use your head and shop where you can save the most.

AT Roses for example, I was searching for an Office product. Walmarts was too high and even Staples was unsure for the product I was looking for. MY hope was to make it up to Murfreesboro to Staples and see what they had.

I found it at Roses for just $1.00 each without any coupons. Walmart's everyday low price was $3 or more.

You be the judge!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 10:44 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

Has anyone noticed the kingsford Charcoal sales all over shelbyville?

Some of the stores have the nerve to put it on sale for $9.99 a bag. You could buy 2 bags at Walmart or Lowe's for just $7.49 without any coupons.

You have to watch those sales. Some are only sales to bring more money in for the store and not save you anything.

You have to use your head when shopping.

Most extreme couponers have their sale items already figured out before the stores open on Sunday.

You can go online and find the store sales and the manufacturer's coupons that will be in Sundays newspaper by Saturday. I showed a sample of this weeks CVS sales I found online Friday.

The stores don't have to put out coupons as long as they run sales on items in their flyers.

If the local store get carried away with greed, couponers will just go to Murfreesboro or Tullahoma.

The amount of money that can be saved with coupons, makes it worth it to go where the sales are. You will save more than you spend on gas... (if you use a lot of coupons). It would be foolish to travel 25+ miles one way just to save $2 or $3.

Maybe the store will listen to the couponers and work together to better the economy, not damage it like Barack Obama has done in just 2 1/2 short years.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 5:53 PM

John I. Carney deleted one of my posts one day because it wasn't suitable for his readership.

The Times gazette may have a big readership but it doesn't have many readers who read the blogs and comment.

I have posted on Yahoo news stories, but there are so many blog comments a second that you can't read your own comment after you post.

On Facebook I can't read posts on my own facebook page before it jumps and I have to scroll down or up the find my reading place.

I have shut it down several times because it is just annoying.

You can even go to Facebook to print Manufacturer coupons. I have only had luck one time printing a coupon on facebook.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 5:17 PM

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

Thanks, PrpleHze. I will check it out.

I picked up a virus from one of these coupon sites. I am having a time with my computer.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 10:46 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


First a B1G1 means Buy one and Get one Free.

Sometimes there is a B1 and Get 1 at half price. Then they have the Buy 2 and Get 1 free. Also a Get 1 Free WYB (When you buy) something else.

Don't get in a hurry and not read the coupons.

For example, Save $5.00 off when you buy any Advil (AND) any ThermaCare product. Now that $5 coupon only saves you $5 off a $10 or more purchase. It doesn't really save you anything unless you go in debt for more products.

Now if you do need both products or were going to purchase both products, then it is a savings. You have to read the coupons closely. If you see the word (and) usually it is not as great a deal as it appeared to be.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 10:59 AM

My computer threw up two error messages. The first said "An unauthorized change was made to Windows".

Later it said I also had a (0xC004d01) ERROR.

I searched it and found a program that would scan it and fix it.

After downloading the program, it found 902 errors in my computer. That was after I scanned my computer with my virus program which found and fixed all errors, yet not the computer problem.

The downloaded scan program said it could fix the errors for $29.00

I even recovered my computer to months back with no success.

I thought about it, but 902 errors! My computer shouldn't even come on with that many errors. It also had a fraction which said 134/134 in the printed report. Did that mean there were only 134 errors and not 902? How did it find 902 errors when my virus program scanned and fixed all errors?

I decided to keep my money and live with it til it gets worse.

Just another way to rip people off and get their money for nothing. They must work for Obama.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:07 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

Here is the latest thing I discovered about the stores and couponing.

CVS didn't have the razors that were on sale a couple weeks ago, so I got smart and asked for a RAIN CHECK. That way I would have 30 days or so to get more coupons for the razor when they restocked. I could really save some money now on razors.

Last night I got to looking at my Raincheck and discovered the CVS Clerk did NOT put the sale price nor the Extra Bucks on the Raincheck.

I thought I was being smart, but got outsmarted by the clerk.

The Raincheck is USELESS! It is just a piece of paper with writing on it, nothing else.

First there is no store sale price on the item and without the extra bucks, I only had a coupon worth $4.00 off, which I could use at any store that sold the razors.

Like PrpleHze stated above, the Shelbyville stores are not working with couponers. They are limiting the item purchases and I find they are not stocking up like they should for a sale. A lot of people who just want to take advantage of a couple cents off, can't find the product in the store.

They are also raising the prices up for the sales. That gives them extra cash right off the top when a sale is made. It's just plain Greed on behave of the store managers, in my opinion.

It appears to me that some of the store managers/owners are eat up with Stupidity! They want to make a fast buck, but lose hundreds in the process.

They spend thousand trying to get people in their stores then take advantage of them when they do come in by raising their prices and keeping the stock in the back room until after the sale is over.

If they kept their prices down, kept the shelves stocked and wrote the Rainchecks out right, they would have to hire more employees to help with the sales. Their profits would double as well, because these sales go on all week. That would at least help the economy in Shelbyville and God knows it needs help.

I can only blame it on Stupidity or Greed and greed doesn't fit into this equation. Greed would only be pennys on the dollar with less sales.

Greater Sales Volume means greater profits.

Why would any store owner/manager spend Thousands of Dollars to Advertise then not have the products to sale? If that isn't Stupidity, I don't know what is!

And the bad news is... we will go to another store OR town to shop. Look at all the stores that have gone out of business in Shelbyville because local people wouldn't shop there.

I'm not finished Couponing yet. I have more tests to run before I make MY final decision.

When you see a couponer in the stores... send them to the T-G couponing blog to help us figure it all out.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:55 AM

Thanks again PrpleHze, I am on my way.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:58 AM

Well Steve, I guess you can put this site to rest along with the others if no body is going to comment.

First let me say, I have visited many websites online where most couponers say they want to help people save money couponing. I have heard others locally say they don't want to expose the secrets or it will be cutting their savings.

Some agree stores are raising their prices at sales time and keeping stock in the store room until after the sale, claiming they are holding it for their regular customers.

Now if you understand this, you just don't buy during the sale. Wait til the sale is over and the prices come back down, then use your coupons at the lower price.

Of course you have to take advantage of the Register Rewards and Extra Bucks when they are in the sale or you lose them. They don't add them on the Rain Checks.

Here is one secret I learned. You only want to stock up when the price is at it's lowest price which could be FREE or very little.

When does this happen? Stores usually lower their prices at the lowest price once every 6-8 weeks. You buy up enough to carry you over til it goes to the lower price in another 6 or 8 weeks.

If you want to buy things just to say you have a lot of stuff, you are throwing away your money on things you will never use or need (unless you plan to donate them). Then you should buy everything at the low prices week.

Stocking up is stocking up on the things you will use or eat. But to do that, you must wait until the prices are at their lowest. Then buy up all you can afford to hold you over til the prices come back down again. Next week something else will be at its lowest price. You buy those items that week.

Also when your coupons are about to expire, watch for sales on those items. That is when the prices drop the lowest as a rule. And what if you didn't get to use that coupon? Not to worry, it will be coming back out again after it expires.

I may keep commenting on here if anyone is interested and Steve keeps it online. I scare most people away with my comments.

Shelbyville has a wired bunch of Business owners. They don't understand the Mathematical equations of making money and surviving in the world of competition. They are small thinkers and doers. They want to play it safe by only investing small and gain just a little that shows up as somewhat of a profit.

The TLC's "Extreme Couponing" show has opened the door to making a fortune for Grocery stores and drug stores. If they don't take advantage of it and run with the ball, they will not get any bigger than they are right now. In fact, they may even get smaller by losing the customers they thought they already had.

The Couponers won't last long in Shelbyville if they don't see any savings because of no products in the stores or high prices offsetting the sale.

Couponers can find out what the store prices are suppose to be by going online.

If the stores raise their prices the couponers will know it and go elsewhere, leaving the stores to suffer their loses, thinking it was the recession that destroyed them.

Your store could be shut down just like all the other store fronts on Madison Street, a MAIN HIGHWAY leading into Shelbyville from Tullahoma.

Something else the store owners need to think about is all the business they will lose when the ByPass is finished and taking potential customers to Murfreesboro or Tullahoma and By passing their stores altogether.

They better wake up because the City Planners did a number on them with the By-pass around their Businesses.

Hey! I'm like FOX News, I tell it like I see it!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 1:16 PM

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

Exactly, PrpleHze. Sounds to me like you did a great job of shopping at Kroger. I say look for sales and take advantage of them. I save more on sales without coupons and some with coupons. You can't buy your weeks supply of groceries (the same things) and find coupons for them and if you do, you may even spend more. However, when you see a sale on whatever you are buying, put a manufacturer's coupon with the store's coupon if it has one. If the store is just having a sale without a store coupon you can still use a National or Manufacturers coupon on it, if it is for the same item or brand.

Some coupons say you can use them on any product that company sells. That means you can use that coupon on any item sold by that company. It doesn't have to be the same exact item. That maybe what you were seeing.

Cheating is wrong and people who cheat may just get caught. All coupons go from the store to coupon clearing houses where they are inspected. If they are fraudulent or anything wrong with them, the clearing house will not send a check back to the store for them.

If they are used at a store where they use a Store Card, their name and address will be linked to the sale. Easy to catch these thieves.

Are you saying that this woman on TLC used a coupon on a product that wasn't what the coupon was for?

You are allowed to use a National or Manufacturers coupon with the stores sales coupon if they have one. That is why you should wait until the store puts the item on sale at the lowest price, then add your manufacturers coupon with the store's coupon and get it even cheaper. If it is a B1G1 Sale you can use 2 manufacturer's coupons on the sale, making the store item on sale much cheaper.

The store Cash Registers (computers) don't miss these errors. The Register will stop if a problem occurs or there is overage and the store doesn't allow overage. I don't think you can fool these store computers with coupons that don't apply.

Now if you saved $100 without any coupons at Kroger, think of what you may have saved if you did use manufacturers coupons on top of those sale prices, which you can do. This is what is called "stacking coupons" and is proper to do.

I have had to buy ink cartridges for my computer twice this past month and ran out again yesterday. I went to Walmart to buy a black and color cartridges at a cost of $42.

Instead, I bought a new printer for $29.00 that included the black and color Cartridges FREE (which cost $30 for both). That was buying the printer and getting the printer Ink cartridges Free. But if you consider the fact that I was prepared to spend $42 for two ink cartridges you could say I saved $12 and went home with a new Printer with both Ink Cartridges for the printer.

I should go back in and buy a second Printer just for the Ink Cartridges, because I will need the Ink cartridges sooner or later and I would be getting the second printer FREE. If the Ink Cartridges are going to cost $30 and the printer sells for $29, it would be cheaper to buy the printer that comes with the FREE Ink cartridge.

Would you say that is stealing or just taking advantage of a good sale? Believe me, if I had a coupon for this printer, I would use it to make it cost even less.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 9:23 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

PrpleHze, I think it's like the one commenter said.

It was a reality show and the extreme couponers were allowed to have fun and the stores went along with whatever they wanted.

I knew as I watched the show that it was staged, but didn't think they would allow them to do anything different from store policies.

The coupons may have very well be used fraudulently, but it was done so the couponer could earn a larger savings for the show.

I read an article that said in the next coming season, which is being filmed now, they were thinking of following up on the couponers to see if they ate all the ceral or used all the toothpaste, etc. I can only speculate that was false also. No way could they force anyone to eat or use all their stock on camera.

The only thing I can say for sure, is that if you have a coupons for something (name Brand) you can use it for any size of the same item, unless the coupon says only good on a certain size or ets. Otherwise you can use a coupon on the smallest sized item and save more. That isn't fraud unless the coupon says you can not.

T also think the store who offered the extreme couponers unlimited doubling of all coupons and then went back to only the first 3 coupons being doubled after the airing of the show was more fraudulent and disappointing to local residents.

It's starting to look like couponing is not all that great, but it does save money as you proved this week. I have spoken to locals who say it works great but need to know how it done.

I will continue to search for the truths and Unique Lies.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 4:35 PM

Windows made an Unauthorized Change was the first error message. With Windows Vista, I don't doubt anything. I have always thought Vista had a mind of its own, working in the background to destroy my files.

I also have a cordless mouse that has a back button in the wrong spot. I am always hitting it and having to stop everything and wonder if I back buttoned or if Vista was taking me on a side trip somewhere into the Twilight Zone. Sometimes it isn't the last window I was viewing but a new window. Can't hit anything until I have some idea what I or Vista did.

I will wind up taking it to the shop again. I don't deal too well with India speaking voices over the phone.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 4:44 PM

Tomorrow is the start of another coupon shopping week.

I don't see too many coupons for Food coming out this next week. Most coupons are for super deals for razors and shaving stuff, toothpaste, toothbrushes, meds, lotions, soaps, health bars, candy, gum and drinks etc., but little food.

Most of the super deals are with the Drug Stores that give you your money back on a Register Receipts, Extra Bucks Card or rebate.

Other than that, the coupons only offer a small percentage of the sale prices. Once in a while you may get a good discount but usually that is with a very low store price during their sale.

I am beginning to think this "Extreme Couponing" was just a deceitful couponing Show for our entertainment.

I do believe the coupons can be used to save lots of money, but nothing like the TLC Show made us believe.

What the couponers were doing was buying 30, 50 100 or more boxes of the same item that was on sale at a price that was free after coupons or even less than the value of the coupon giving them overage money to put towards other items.

Other than that, coupons don't take that much off the price of FOOD, unless the stores DOUBLE All Coupons.

I still have to check out the lowest selling prices I spoke of which you stack your coupons on.

For example, Kroger's buy 10 and get $5 off lowered the prices by $0.50. Putting a coupon for $0.50 on each item would make some of them FREE if Kroger doubled all coupons $0.50 or less. That would take an additional $1 off the already $0.50 off price.

Coupons do work, but doubling coupons is even better. However, most stores who double all coupons have jacked their prices up on EVERYTHING! I'm not talking about Kroger.

More Tests to consider yet, but not looking too good as far as buying Food.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 16, 2011, at 5:04 PM

It would appear that I am speaking out against couponing after making a big deal about it.

No one wants to talk about it, because there are some more secrets to it.

Most couponers don't want to reveal their secrets because it would cause a flood of shoppers charging in and making it harder for them to get their weekly deals.

So now, I must say, there is something very profitable to this couponing thingy.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 12:14 PM

I am taking a short break for two reasons. Curious to see if anyone is interested in any of this and waiting until I visit a couple stores out of town.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 1:22 PM

Just what I thought. This is just a one sided blog with everyone just wanting answers.

No questions no answers.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 30, 2011, at 4:17 PM

Here is one more example of Couponing not working.

Today is Saturday. The sale doesn't start til Sunday and that is the day that the coupon inserts come out in the Sunday paper.

I went on line to see what was GOING to BE on Sale Sunday and what coupons were available.

There is a sale on Purex detergent. There are only printable coupons for this product. Now remember this is the day before the sale even begins... all the coupons are gone!

The average couponer would never have a chance to get one of these coupons. I couldn't get one the day before the sale is even advertised.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 2:10 PM

All coupons were gone from the internet?

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

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