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05-19-2008, 08:48 AM
I've been thinking of trying coupon game again. have seen some videos on how to coupon clip.
for those of you who do clip I have some questions:
-where do you get them? I saw video of guy over 30 of same circular-where does he get all these inserts? I'd probably never do that many, but even 5 seems like a lot to me. then after coupons are cliped-he had the coupons 30 of each one stapled together-how to yo organize them?
I know a lot of the coupons wouldn't work for me, since we tend not to eat a lot of processed foods, and we are very brandspecific.
I know there are other sites that are free-like hotcouponmomma? what are you'lls opinions of these?
Do you think its worth the effort trying it. I tried it last year, but found it confusing trying to organize all those coupons.
05-19-2008, 09:01 AM
I have no idea but would love to learn. My mother clips coupons and I swear she will go to the store come out with 5 or so bags and only have spent 5 bucks. We laugh at her because she will find a sale on Tooth paste and buy 20 of them..LOL.. Toilet paper, paper towels you name she has it in storage. And I mean at least 10 of each.. HAHA. My father says she is crazy but she loves clipping coupons.
05-19-2008, 09:30 AM
I use www.thegrocerygame.com
It has a small fee but you can print a list of sales and it is color coded to tell you when the best deals are, so you know when to buy.
I just use the inserts in my Sunday paper. I suppose you could ask family for theirs too if they don't use them.
05-19-2008, 09:34 AM
what do you use to organize all your coupons?
I tried coupongame last year. do you clip all the coupons?I heard someonesay they go to starbucks sunday nights-and theres tons of coupons from sunday papers.
05-19-2008, 09:38 AM
Well, I just bought a coupon organizer from the dollar store. It is falling apart so I need to pick up a new one. I just clip from my Sunday paper and I find it is big enough to carry them all and it fits in my really big purse, so I always have it with me. I take a day at the beginning of each month to clear out the expired ones. Now if I were getting tons of coupons I have heard of people using brief cases. :) They sperate into sections. Some organize by expiration date, by week it was in the paper, by catagory (that is how I do it).
05-19-2008, 09:57 AM
I also do the grocery game. AT first I didn't think I'd like it but now that I've been doing it for about 3 months I love it. What I've found is that I now always have food in my house. So while I'm not really spending less, I'm buying a TON more. So it works that way too - if you want to save money it helps you do that but if you just want to maximize your money it helps you do that too.
We are brand specific too and we don't' use a lot of processed foods either but the good stuff does go on sale and there are coupons, you just have to know how to use it. For instance, I got papertowels a few weeks ago - BOUNTY - for $.19 cents a roll. At CVS today I got a name brand soap - FREE. Half the time at CVS they pay me to haul the stuff out of the store. About 50% of the time at cvs I come home with bags of stuff that I need and have only paid a few dollars. I amo not one of those people who gets stuff just because it's free or cheep. I don't have storage space to do that, I only buy what I need and keep a small stock pile for a few weeks. But I still get a lot of value.
what the grocery game does is it matches up the sales from the stores that are rock bottom prices with coupons so that you don't really have to think about it. All you have to do is clip coupons and then print your list off and decide what you need and go shop.
anyone who is interested send me your email by PM.
05-19-2008, 10:11 AM
I saw a coupon organizer on ebay once (I just checked and it wasn't there) but I soooo wanted it. I just couldn't afford it at the time. I think it ran for $30. I'm an "over-organizer" to the point that no one can pick up where I left off because it's too much. Oh well though, it works for me. What I want to do though is much like the one I found on ebay.
Basically she had a small leather bound calender-type binder. Inside were plastic pages with a spot to slip the coupon in. It probably was business card size.
She gave you labels to make so you can type in what ever you want.
So I was thinking, ok, aisle by aisle. I start at one end and move my way through anyways. So I can write at the top of a page AISLE 1 then in each business card section, I can write what type of food it is. So if an aisle has Cereal, coffee, tea, syrup, chocolate milk mix etc. Then I can organize each business card section to have only those coupons in it. Then at the front, make a pocket for the coupons you want to use for that shopping trip. Also, you can put a small sheet of paper with your grocery list, and keep a pen handy.
The one I use now is from the dollar store (I just saw people selling them on ebay for $4, what a rip off) I hate it. It has a few sections, and I'm always second guessing which section I put it in. Like shampoo, is that a drug item, or a cleaning item? And my snack section is over loaded. So I am walking around, looking at items, flipping through coupons, then looking at the item, then picking the item with coupon, then I stand there with a coupon in my hand and think, where do I put this?
I hate shopping. I also did way better with coupons from stores that double them. The stores in CT don't seem to do that.
I just get the coupons from the sunday paper. My step-father gives them to me each week, so I don't even get the paper. :D
At the begining of the month, it took me two days to get all my shopping done. But it covers me through the month, with only 2 pit stops for fresh fruit & veggies & milk etc.
Happy Shopping :rolleyes:
05-19-2008, 10:29 AM
many grocery gamers use a binder system with Baseball card inserts and they simply organize by alphabetical order.
I like my small system because it can stay in my purse and it's always ready. If I had to carry another 'thing' with me I'd always forget to grab it.