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Moms Talk: Coupons and Other Food Savings

Is clipping coupons part of your family grocery routine?

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Your editor fondly remembers her mother giving her the duty of holding on to the coupons as we went up and down the aisles, but noticed fewer and fewer coupons as our family's eating habits changed. 

Do you clip coupons? Any extreme couponing fans? What works best in the shortest amount of time? What are some non-coupon money-saving tips for family meals?

Kristen Walker Painemilla April 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM
I too have recently started couponing as well but I am definitely not a candidate for extreme couponing. In the past few months I have been trying to organize myself around coupons but my major issues are that I don't use half the products that are advertised. I've even purchased a cute coupon organizer from an Etsy crafter which has been helpful!! As Leah mention above, I also use moneysavingmom.com and couponmom.com which allows my to pick and choose so it is useful. Like Jessica, I also use the self-scanning options, which is good for keeping my spending on track and helps keep me to my list not to mention the timesaver at check out. I have recently used the Food on the table site http://www.foodonthetable.com/topics/savings. I haven't used it much but it supposedly helps with mealing planning and also allows you to choose your grocery store and let's you know what is on sale on a given week and also compare. Finally, I also you the net to search for large coupon for major stores and online ordering. I am a big fan of ebates as well www.ebates.com. I like the idea of effortless shopping and a small check that arrives every quarter. I tend to maximize my ebates use near the holidays.
Patti Lalley April 13, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Jess - how does that GIANT self-scanner work? Do they do a spot-check on your cart?
Patti Lalley April 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM
I've always thought that Extreme Couponing show was somehow rigged...... Here is a blog post where the woman breaks down the coupon fraud: http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/16258
janeekrug@live.com April 13, 2011 at 05:10 AM
Best way to save is called collective buying!!! search online for "Printapons" every day a local business will be featured and prices will be discounted upto 90% off
L.A. Wells April 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Re P. Lalley's question re Giant spot checking you when using self check-out. I asked a Giant employee that question when the first self check outs were installed. I was told by this individual that Giant believed the cost of any theft was more than offset by the savings of having fewer cashiers. This from an employee, not the front office. Don't know what the higher ups would say, but it would be interesting to hear.

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