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March 28th, 2008 at 04:47 pm

I'm trying to get into coupons again. I used them years ago and was quite organized about it, but gradually I came to feel that I did just as well or better buying house brands.

Now that I live with my cousin, who has pickier tastes, I thought I would try coupons again. My criteria for using them are: they have to be for something I was already planning to buy, OR for something that is already marked down, OR they give me something free.

On my last grocery trip, I managed to use only three. I took more with me, but it turned out that some were for the wrong size, the product wasn't really marked down, etc.

So I got $1 off a frozen dinner, and I got a free container of nasal spray and a free bag of cat food.

It seemed like a lot of work, and I didn't really need the nasal spray or cat food (though I will eventually).

So I'm going to give it a few more tries, but I'm not sure if this is a strategy I'll keep.

Today I spent $15 on a haircut at Great Clips -- $12 for the cut and $3 for the cutter, whom I like very much. I FORGOT to use a $2 coupon! Coupons really don't work when you don't use them!Smile

4 Responses to “Coupons”

  1. yummy64 Says:

    I use coupons regularily and find I do quite well -though I don't track my savings. Last shopping trip I was able to save over $8 with coupons, which did include one free product coupon. Oh and that was a trip where I wasn't really organized.

    I am going to combine a sale with a coupon this weekend and should end up getting a product that normally costs about $2-$3 for just over $1. I don't often buy it but like it and will use it to replace something else that is currently costing me more.

    I go through phases of using coupons - sometimes less and sometimes more. I couldn't do it without the help of a couple of online coupon groups - I'd suggest you join but its a Canadian group so wouldn't be that helpful to you.

  2. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Don't you just hate it when you find you forgot to use the coupon that probably sent you to the place to begin with! Auuuugh!!!

  3. treasureinheaven Says:

    I was bummed this week to find a $10. Target coupon at home AFTER I had already spent $150 there two days earlier.

  4. aevans1206 Says:

    I like to hold up the line at our grocery store while I look through the little thingie in my purse with the coupons. That's the greatest!

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