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Coupon divas, How do they do it?

Asked by livingchoice (538 points ) April 12th, 2011

There is this new series on TLC, Extreme Couponing, These ladies, and men, are able to buy $400—$600 worth of groceries for just a few dollars ($4—$10). How do they do it. Take a look at one of the episodes to see what I’m talking about. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/extreme-couponing

Most of the coupons I see say “No Doubling”. So how are they getting these product for so cheap?

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Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I would also like to know. None of the stores around here double coupons anymore. I gave up on couponing because they were always for items that I would ordinarily never buy. And I also noticed that the brand on the coupon was always more expensive than my regular brand. If I just bought the brand I like, I still pay less than the expensive one with the coupon.

livingchoice's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt I know that if a coupon starts with a 5 you can double it but most coupons that start with 5’s says no doubling. Also they usually say one coupon per item per person per purchase.

Seaofclouds's avatar

They find stores that do coupon doubling and they use websites to get coupons. My sister-in-law is into couponing (though not to that extent) and she will base her shopping trips around what coupons she has. She is a member on several different sites in order to get the most coupons she can. She also is big at looking at the sales circulars for the stores in her area so that she can get the stores sale price in addition to the discount from her coupon.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I have no fuckin clue but I do know my Dad is crazy good at this. He spends a lot of time looking at the coupons in the newspaper and plans out his shopping rather throughly. He also signs up to a lot of things on Twitter that allow him to get coupons for various things as well as just being sent shit for ree.

Ive been with my Dad food shoppin before and we had a full cart of food and after ringing everything up the cashier said “Sir can you please buy a pack of gum or something?” We were both confused and asked why. She told us that currently the store owed him 50 cents from all the coupons. I was dumbfounded lol

sonataking05's avatar

Couponing in that way is sometimes a full time job. One of my friends mothers will never have to buy Toothpaste, Deoderant, or hair products ever again. I did notice that some poeple are just in it for the deal. They buy thinks that you really never need that much of. I remember seeing aspecial a few years back where they bought pet food, diapers, and formula, yet they had no kids, didn;t plann on it and also had no pets. This type of saving is rediculous to me.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@sonataking05 I believe I saw that same program. The showed one of the rooms in the house where they just had cabinets of diapers and dog food or some shit. It was nuts.

livingchoice's avatar

@Seaofclouds Found this you tube video that went into more detail. http://youtu.be/SG6HmigDvlg

You would definitely have to find a store that does doubling to get the real deals. Also by joining up with coupon sites to get coupons you don’t receive your your local papers.

SpatzieLover's avatar

They only shop at stores that double or triple coupons, even if it means traveling far out of the way. They read sales fliers, buy extra Sunday papers and ask neighbors and families to share unused coupons with them.

livingchoice's avatar

My Question is then, how do you find stores that double coupons? And will the store double the coupon even if the coupon itself says no doubling.

Therefore, you will have to find the coupon that allows doubling and a store that allows doubling?

sonataking05's avatar

@uberbatman Thats the one. If you are couponing to try to save money, whats the point in buying a whole bunch of stuff you don’t need. Most people can save a ton of money just by knowing how to shop. Buying in bulk (the things that make sense to) and reading weeky ads for several Supermarkets. For instance. Most of the time one of the 5 major stores in my area has bonless skinless chicken breat on sale for $1.99 a pound. So I don’t waist the room in my freezer on it, But something like whole pork loins that run around $2.50 a lb all the time when they go on sale for $1.99 a lb ill buy the biggest 2 I can find and cut them into 2 roasts, and usualy between4 to 6 bnls pork chops. That way I alwasy have something to thaw out a cook on the grill, or roast in the oven when I don’t feel like shopping.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@sonataking05 I agree there is a key to doin this. My old step dad never got this concept. He was a moron, he would just buy a shitload of stuff because it was on sale. Not because we needed it but like heyyyy if a buy a whole fuckin pallet of it ill save some money. Intelligence is still required :P

SpatzieLover's avatar

@livingchoice Many of them list this in their store fliers. We have stores here that do it on say a Weds or Thurs (low volume sales days) to lure customers in. You can search online for groceries stores that do this in your area

sonataking05's avatar

Sure if you walk into a store and buy 3 cases of condoms your gonna become a town legend, But hey I’m married and between my wife and daughter Id be better off buying some sort of hearing suppression system from NASA. So…long story short I’m saving my money.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Well, no stores in my city doubles coupons – period. They did for a while in the 80’s. On certain days they even tripled them, but now all you get is whatever cents the coupon offers. Or buy one (useless item) and get one free. I do better on my own. Coupons just encouraged me to buy icky frozen garbage and obscure prepared foods that my family wouldn’t eat anyway.

YARNLADY's avatar

@sonataking05 @uberbatman The charity food banks love people like that. They get groceries free or close to it, and then they donate to a charity and get a tax write off for the full price of the items.

sonataking05's avatar

@YARNLADY I know of a few people who do that, but the people we are refering to just did it for the deal.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@YARNLADY now that actually seems like a really nice deed. as @sonataking05 these people were just like “ohhh look this is on sale and really cheap, lets just buy it for the hell of it and store it in our house”

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