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do you use coupons?

July 20th, 2018 at 11:58 pm

I love watching the coupon shows on tv over here and I always said if we lived in America that would be one of the first things I would learn to do. It is amazing how much money you can actually save by doing that...I wish here in Australia we had coupons...we have nothing like that here.

Does anyone on this forum use coupons? Food over here is so expensive and would love something like that here

9 Responses to “do you use coupons?”

  1. Carol Says:

    No, because the coupons are rarely for real food. On occasion, there's a coupon for toothpaste or deodorant that we use and so I might use that .

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I used to use coupons, but eventually found it was better to just buy house brands, or to shop at Aldi.

  3. Smallsteps Says:

    I worked at a store where they filmed one of those extreme coupon ladies.
    After she left we reprinted a receipt and most of the stuff she bought was like frozen burritos and frozen dinners. Many of those who do this trade and join coupon groups and she had some good coupons but who need 9 packages of frozen burritos. They must resell items because no one needs 6 bottles of 100ct Excedrin and 8 tubes of toothpaste. I figured the Excedrin would probably expire before her family could use it. W

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I buy direct off the farm when it comes to beef or pork. I'll get a half of each for the freezer each year and last year we got a whole lamb as well. It is a lot cheaper. I do get my poultry at the store. I grow and can a lot of my own food, too, and we keep ducks for eggs. I will use the occasional grocery coupon, like this week they have one for organic milk, but since most coupons are for processed foods and I cook mainly from scratch they don't work so well for me. I find loss leader sales to save much more money than coupons, so I always look at the sales ads when I plan my weekly grocery spend. I will use them for personal care and cleaning products if it is for an item I like.

  5. mumof2 Says:

    Wow interesting we don't have any coupons over here for things...I think I would do maybe paper products and also for charity, I wouldn't be lets have 60 boxes of cereal...we just wouldn't use it but love doing charity work and would use it a lot for this...but yes interesting how it is for mostly processed foods..thankyou for the input

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I do use coupons, but I need to qualify my response. I only use coupons for products I regularly use or am really wanting to try. I also usually use the digital store coupons, as I always forgot to bring the others, so digital is convenient. I do save money with them, but the amount varies each time. It has been as high as $34.00 USD to as low as $2.00. I play money games at the store. For example, any paper money or coins I have that are not specificall designated for something else I toss at the grocery bill before I ever get out the debit card to pay the rest. Also, anything I save in the way of sales and coupons I toss at debt. It's a great incentive. Another way I save a lot of money on food is to grow a lot of my own food like lettuce, spinach, green onions, radishes, chives, and kale. I save probably $5 to $10 a week including during the winter, as lettuce and kale can be grown in winter here.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Don't be misled by those television shows. Most of us never achieved the extreme savings.

    I do use coupons, but not many because most of the stuff that are offered, we don't purchase. Like many on here, we buy store brand or shop at Aldi. Once in awhile there are a few coupons we can use, but I never get lots of stuff free.

  8. mumof2 Says:

    I just wish we got some kind of coupons over here...or store discounts...you only get that if you work at the store and only 5% but on average we spend around $1000 on food a month...sound heaps expensive but it doesn't really get you much but we do use really good milk etc and we do grow a lot of our own vegetables especially in summer...this winter we didn't grow in the garden as we do it in pots but I was just to unwell...but summer salads and drying our harvest to use in winter saves us so much money...and no chemicals and so much tastier

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    I'm not familiar with the coupon shows but no, years ago I did save coupons, when they still showed up in the newspaper, but now I don't at all; I'm careful about what I buy and what stores I shop at; currently, Aldi's is my go-to and I usually have to supplement by going to other stores becus they don't have everything.

    Also, when it comes to saving money, I figure we all have just so much time in a day, so my time is better spent figuring out how to save money on big ticket expenses, like home and car insurance, rather than individual food items. Not that food overall is not a big expense, becus it is, but I can achieve quicker "gratification" by comparison shopping for car insurance, for example, and saving $100 or more, with one or two little changes. So that's what I focus on.

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