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September 30th, 2007, 07:09 PM
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So I've finally gotten up the gahoonas to start clipping coupons.. and trying to save money... what do i do with the coupons after i clip them??? I know go shopping. But ....(breaking up so you can read my questions better)

Do you have a list of what coupons you will use when you go in??
Of do you take them all in and take time to sort them... Do you just keep them in a envelope and pull them out as needed???
Do you search ads before hand??
What if something if Free after mail in rebate?? Can i still use my coupon? Do i end up making money? Or will i just get a smaller rebate check for the amount out of pocket i paid??

Do all stores take coupons... I know meijer and krogers would.. but will Walgreen's??


Any suggestion welcome... I'm new to this and i want to get the whole coupons thing down and not become overwhelmed and get discouraged...

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September 30th, 2007, 07:28 PM
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Do you have a list of what coupons you will use when you go in??

I take with me all the coupons I plan to use plus any that I might use if the price/urge is right.

Of do you take them all in and take time to sort them... Do you just keep them in a envelope and pull them out as needed???

Everything is presorted to make it easier while at the store. I use a regular envelope to keep them all together. Once I know which ones I'm definitely using at the end of my shopping, I put those in my pocket with my money so I won't forget them.

Do you search ads before hand??

Yes, absolutely! If I'm going to a regular grocery store like Pubix or Winn Dixie, I'm only going because there are thing(s) I'm there to buy. I look through the ads, consult my available coupons, and compare prices between stores. Then I make up a list with each store's purchases so I don't forget what I'm there to get. (Yes, I'm that forgetful!)

What if something if Free after mail in rebate?? Can i still use my coupon? Do i end up making money? Or will i just get a smaller rebate check for the amount out of pocket i paid??

You CAN use coupons with any rebate. That's the fun part because you can make money on it instead of just getting it for free. Or at least get a bigger discount if the item isn't FAR (free after rebate). Unless the rebate specifically mentions deducting the amount of a coupon for it (I've had one that said this because the rebate was with a coupon in the paper), you will get the full price that is listed on the receipt-- up to the limit amount specified.

Do all stores take coupons... I know meijer and krogers would.. but will Walgreen's??

There are a few stores that won't. I know Big Lots doesn't. I don't know if convenience stores do. But the majority of stores will take coupons. Any pharmacy such as CVS/Walgreens does.
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September 30th, 2007, 07:35 PM
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I have a list of the sale items and I write a C next to it if I have a coupon for it, so that it makes it easier and I don't forget (I, too, am that forgetful ).

And yes, convenience stores take coupons. At least the major ones, do. I don't know about those little hole in the wall ones... sometimes they're the best places to use them if they have one of their kicking sales going on. Hess and RaceTrac sometimes have some pretty good sales on soda, so if you have coupons, it's even better (I know that the RaceTrac computer takes off 1.69 for the BOGO 20 oz. even when they're on sale 2/2! We get them ultra cheap on those days. )
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