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21 July 2011 @ 11:48 pm
 Does anyone use coupons to get extremely cheap or free items?

Though there are some things a person just doesn't need (for instance, a robotic vacuum cleaner) however there are certain things that almost everyone requires at one point or another.  While I've been paring down my spending, for the past two years I've been a "couponer".  Now, I don't mean like what you might have seen on "Extreme Couponing" -- I do not purchase in bulk the way they do, and over-run my entire house with a stockpile -- but I do have a healthy stockpile, mostly of health and beauty items.  The only food items I have stocked up on are condiments, like BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard and salad dressings; I don't stock up much on food because we're trying to eat a Paleo sort of diet.  Meaning fresh fruits, veggies and meat for the most part.

Anyhoo, there are SO many items you can get for cheap or free if you know how to coupon effectively, even at places like Walgreens & CVS, which are typically a convenience store.  I pick up items for free (I call it cherry picking!) when I can get them using coupons, such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorants, mouthwash - and they're all name brand items as well.  One thing I'll never have to buy again is toothpaste, because that can always be had for free thanks to coupons.  
And another good thing about couponing?  No more impulse buying!

A few good forums for learning how to coupon:
theyatemytailortheyatemytailor on August 4th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips! I've been trying to coupon recently. Seems like every month things get tighter.

And I know groupon has gotten a bit of a reputation, but it's really not that bad! Yeah, a lot of the stuff they offer discounts on are things I would never in a million years do or buy, even if they are extremely cheap--I'm just not the kind of person to get a manicure or a professional haircut.

But--they do send out coupons for dental offices and a few other things like that.

My favorite so far though, are their Fandango deals! I think you might have to sign up at Fandango to get them from groupon, I'm not sure...But I've seen at least two in the month since I've joined groupon. You can buy a $12 Fandango ticket voucher through groupon for $2! It's true you can't take the voucher straight to the theatre, but you go online to Fandango, enter the code groupon sends you after you buy, and choose your tickets!

It's really REALLY easy, and me and my mom both went to see Deathly Hallows in 3D for like $5 on what would have been a $23 trip. That's what I'm talkin about!

I also belong to eversave, but they're not that good.
theyatemytailortheyatemytailor on August 4th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I also am trying a paleo diet! Just started this week. Wish me luck!

And wasn't the book laugh out loud funny?