Snow and Free Ice Cream Cones

i don’t know why but smelled like smoke. ick

The other day we had to get a digital cable adaptor (luckily it was free) to keep our TV working and for one night we got a whole slew of channels that we don’t normally get. One of the channels that came in was TLC and it must have been my lucky night because there were 4 episodes on in a row of Extreme Couponing (see this related post). I’ve never been into the idea of couponing until I heard the concept for this show.

Now, I think about couponing differently. Now it feels exciting! Before it just seemed tedious and time-consuming.

Time or money. Time or money, right? Gonna spend one or the other.

Last Wednesday the coupon/mailer/promotionals/junk mail appeared in my mailbox (like they do every Wednesday) and this time when I saw them I didn’t automatically throw the thin slips of paper straight into the recycling bin. This time I looked through them. And guess what I found!? A coupon for a free soft serve ice cream cone. Not that I ever go to Burger King but someone could use it! Then, I found another one this week!

On a shamelessly frugal note… I even rummaged through the trash can by the mailbox where everyone else throws their junk mail to look for more of these ice cream coupons and didn’t find any.

Two free cones, and snow outside. Go coupons! I mean, GO Freebies!

I’m thinking about getting a subscription to the Sunday paper for the coupons.

 

Do you clip coupons? Where do you get your coupons? Do you think getting a subscription for the Sunday paper is worth it? Do you have any tips for beginners and has your biggest score been? 

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  1. Emily

    I think it's worth getting the sunday paper for coupons. (I actually wrote about this a few months ago:(http://thriftysocialworker.com/2011/07/26/the-sunday-paper-is-it-worth-is/). If you don't want the commitment of buying the sunday paper, you can also look online for coupons. The major sites are coupons.com, redplum.com and smartsource.com. There are some great deals out there you can get with coupons, but it's also easy to get into the excitement of trying to get free stuff because you can. Recently I had a $2 off 5 Fage yogurts when they were on sale for $1 each, so they were $.60 each. Normally they're $1.50 or more, so that was a pretty sweet score :)

    Also, it's a good idea to always look through those inserts. I've found a ton of buy on get one free at restaurants (the only time The Mister and I go to The Spicy Pickle is with those). You never know when there will be a great coupon there. I've also rummaged through the mail trash to get more inserts :)

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  2. Chelle

    I also have been watching the Extreme Couponing show and have to really admire the commitment and savings of these people. But it's a huge time commitment.

    Also, I think the buying things just because there is a coupon shows some OCD/hoarding tendencies, although they all look very organized. But all that stuff they stock up on takes up space, which some people don't have.

    I would love to be able to shop this way, but I wouldn't want the extreme stress they obviously feel when they get to the checkout. Then again, if your monthly grocery budget is $50, I can see where the couponing would be the way to get there.

    We get the Sunday paper, just for the coupons. Well, that and the comics. I haven't stooped to dumpster diving for coupons yet, but if I could beat my husband in the savings department, that would be a sweet victory.

    Chelle
    http://www.lifeonthedomesticfront.blogspot.com

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  3. Sara

    I experimented with focus couponing for about six months. In the end I decided not to do it anymore. It was fun at first with my little binder going in and getting about 50% off on my groceries. But, when I started looking at my stock I had A LOT of processed foods that sometimes were things we didn't really need or want. So then I went to only buying things that I would truly want and need. I used very few coupons at this point and found extra trips to the store to get certain deals on certain days with certain coupons was not worth my time or money. Mind you I was also going through a change of wanting to take better care of myself and family. I found that being a good weight and eating things that were nutritious made us feel better and saved us money (including doctors and meds).
    In the end I stopped focused couponing and went to a more lax system. Some of the organic things that we really ate and wanted were expensive. So now I buy a bulk amount of those specific coupons on ebay. I can never find those coupons in the paper where I live so it made sense. We also did experiments with getting fresh foods at a discounted price, but that is different story.

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  4. Lori

    I started couponing right before the Extreme Couponing show started (I love that show!). I scored a subscription to our local paper for just $10 through one of the Groupon-type sites and get most of my coupons from there. I also find coupons online and surprisingly saved a bunch of money the other day using savings that were downloaded to my customer loyalty card.

    It is easy to build a huge stockpile of useless junk just because you got a great deal on it. You just need to keep an eye on what you're buying and ask yourself if you're buying because you need it or just because you got a good deal on it.

    I find couponing thrilling: hunting for the coupons, finding what's on sale, scoring a big save and then seeing all your hard work in the form of amount saved on the receipt.

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  5. Nisa

    I go to the local library and get the Sunday paper on Saturday morning for free. I do take about 4-5 newspapers depending on what coupons will be in the paper. I am not an extreme couponer by no means. Only have 1 shelf in my linen closet for items. FYI…Target will take their store coupon and allow you to combine it with a manufacture coupon. Also, Dollar Tree sells the Sunday paper on Monday's for $1.

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  6. ManateeRawr

    I recently started getting into couponing as well. I check out websites like hip2save.com and savvystudentshopper.com because they regularly post of AMAZING coupons and freebies all the time. Love those sites. Like I found a coupon for a Digiorno pizza coupon. It was $2. Well, there was no size limit. So you could get the personal sized pizzas which are $2.98. With coupon? It's $0.98 for a pizza! Can't beat that deal.

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  7. Riketa

    I dont like to make purchases without a coupon. Unless it’s fresh meat or vegtables/fruit. I buy 6 Sunday papers a week, and I use coupons to stock up on items that I know I use alot of. Pantry staples like rice, tortillas, and canned tomatoes for example. Cleaning products, personal products like soap and toothpaste, paper products, and freezer staples. I lost my job in May of ’12 and I am still living off of my stockpile. I have learned some things along the way too. Like, don’t buy 20 bottle of salad dressing with an exp date 5 months out.

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