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Making the Most of Coupon Sites and Blogs

3 Comments 28 December 2010

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About a month ago I gained an insidious obsession. Yes, I am a coupon freak. I pick up the free newspaper “Sun Plus” from homes I know are vacant, subscribe to the weekend paper solely for the ads and coupons and print hundreds of sheets of coupons online. Now to be fair, I’m new at this, so I only use about an eighth of the coupons I clip or print. I began with becenstable.net after reading the book Be Centsable by the blog’s authors Chrissy Pate and Kristen McKee.  Soon afterwards, I began to experiment with my own coupon organization systems - making databases for the stores I use the most to create a pricebook, using page protectors or snack-sized baggies to categorize, as well as putting them in order by expiration date and then alphabetical order.  Like I said, its become an obsession! 

Soon after I began the process, I began to explore the online/printable coupon world, which is, to say the least, absolutely overwhelming and rather chaotic.  First of all, everyone uses a different organization system and secondly, there is so much advertising and creepy-looking downl0ading involved, its enough to close entire window of tabs and start from scratch.  Of course, if you don’t want to deal with all the searching, clipping and cutting there are services that organize and clip everything for you, like CouponDede.com.  But for me, half of the fun is thrill of the chase!  The other half is the mile-long receipt I get at the end of the shopping trips and only forking over $50 for eighty items (yes, that includes diapers, cereal, batteries and other essentials).  So when I’m clipping my online coupons, I start with old, reliable retailmenot.com and coupon.com.  Coupon.com requires that you download their coupon printing software, but I haven’t had any problems with it. After that, I love that Walgreens, Target and Family Dollar have their own coupons available on their website, which means you use a store and a manufacturer’s coupon on a single item!  You can also view their weekly ads so you can use triple your savings…this is getting into dangerous coupon/savings obsession territory, so be careful! 

Some stores, like Safeway, make this even easier by allowing you to clip your store coupons onlne and place them on your membership card (free at the store) so you don’t have to print and clip more coupons!  Now if only stores would accept manufacturer’s coupons online!

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  1. Groupon Freak says:

    Checkout the Groupster app, may be worthwhile. It is for iphone, ipod touch and ipad right now but will be releasing an android version as well.

    Basically it finds the groupon deals which are valid across cities and online so you can take advantage of even more deals than what show up on your local groupon site.

    May be worth checking out, I know many of my friends have already found deals that they wouldn’t have before. You can search for it in the app store using keyword groupon or groupster.

    Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/groupster/id412746759

  2. Rhonda says:

    You mentioned Walgreens,Target and Safeway coupons. Here is a website that has a printable coupon that is accepted at all 3 for prescription savings.


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