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January 7th, 2019 at 10:19 pm

I look at our grocery budget and we usually cook fairly healthy rarely eat take out (maybe once a month) and I was thinking that if I lived in places like the US that had coupons we could save so much more than what we do here...food is expensive here but damn I wish we could get coupons like other countries...what do others think..do you think coupons are worth it? I wouldn't go to extreme nad have a basement full of stuff or buy what we didn't really use much of...but I hink we would save I do love watching these shows on tv

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  2. Smallsteps Says:

    I really think it depends on what you are buying.
    Most coupons are for brand name and more and more seem to require buy 2 or 3 etc. Very rarely is there a coupon for anything I buy regularly so it is a waste of time even searching for them in flyers etc.
    The only experience I ever had( never watched the shows), they filmed one in a store I worked at and quite frankly even though they had a small total in the end the " food" portions of the purchase was things like frozen burritos and premade frozen dishes and cereal and I mean a lot of both of those items if that sounds like a sensible diet.haha
    Most of the purchases were shampoo and other personal care items and they bought multiple bottles of pain reliever seems like a lot of work to re-sell items because no way would an average family used the amounts they bought.

  3. alliecat79 Says:

    Coupons are only worth it if they are for things you would buy anyway. If I can look up a sales flier and find a manufacturer and store coupon to pair, that is the best way to save some money. I do it with things I know I can store easily without going bad.

    Some people here in the U.S. coupon almost as a full time job. They do not subscribe to brand loyalty. Many times they can get items for free (toothpaste, make-up, etc). For me, it is only fruitful if it's something I know I can use. I couponed for body wash for my son last year and he has now been diagnosed with eczema and prescribed specific soaps, so those products will have to be donated (which I absolutely do not mind). My current strategy is buy on sale things I know we use and keep a small stash so I'm always buying at the lowest price.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Unless you eat nearly all processed foods, coupons are not that great of a deal. They are basically a form of advertising to get you to into the stores to buy the product...and other things! Sure, I will use a coupon if I find one for something I want, but most people don't use them let alone do it like they do on tv. Most Americans don't have time for that!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I used to use coupons, but learned that they weren't all that helpful, since most are for processed food products. I have found shopping at Aldi and Sam's to be a better deal. My DIL, though, has a friend who uses them extensively, using a notebook system, which I guess works for her.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I live in the states, but to be honest, most of the coupons aren't that helpful unless you are going to buy exactly what they are marking down with the coupon. Like CB and CCF, I don't get to use a lot of the food coupons because we shop at Aldi and buy lots of fresh foods, not processed stuff.

  7. mumof2 Says:

    It's funny to see the difference I am a big giver to charity and I think that is where we would use coupons more than anything...the one online also shows people buying household items/clothes etc...one guy renovated his huse and bought baths etc with coupons...I like that idea...but yes we eat mostly fresh products more than processed like a lot of people...I guess it looks good seeing what other countries have when you pay so much for groceries

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    I seldom use coupons, but on rare occasions they will have a few I can use. Usually the ones for cheese, milk (which don't happen frequently), pasta sauce, or condiments. I usually shop the loss leaders, which tend to be better deals than any coupons. Sometimes one of the stores will do a coupon of $10 off if you spend $50 or get a free turkey if you spend $100 (at the holidays). But for what I buy, which is usually real food, the loss leader sales are the best. Or the store brands are cheaper than the coupons on brand names with the few processed foods I buy, like French fries or Tater tots or a few things at Trader Joe's.

    Honestly, I find heavy meal planning is what helps my budget the most and I try to build those around meat and veggie sales.

  9. mumof2 Says:

    luckyrobin...I find menu planning helps with our budgeting as well

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