Sep42012 Couponing Excuses: The Deals Aren’t As Good! Couponing Excuses: The Deals Aren’t As Good! Excuse #3: I can’t coupon because the deals aren’t as good! The deals have changed, we will admit– but watch our video to see why the deals are actually better now! Watch Excuse #1: It Takes Too Much Time and Excuse #2: All the Store Policies Have Changed! Join the Discussion Share this Post 2 Related Deals Video: Steer Clear of the SnipSnap Coupon App! New Video: How to Use Target’s Cartwheel App! Tips for New Grads: How to Pay Down Student Loans, Start a Budget and Use Coupons Lory I have an excuse…most of the coupon deals seem to be only for junk food or processed food. I have only encountered two coupons for veggies. Since I have started the coupons. madhur you seldom find coupon for veggies or meat, but the savings you get for junk or processed food you can use them for veggies or whatever healthy food you want. but honestly, you don’t coupon because the deals are for junk or processed? cut that bs. Healthyshopper But some of us choose not to purchase or eat junk at all!! Why waste money buying unhealthy “foods” ( and I use that term lightly!). I for one totally skip those aisles. We live in a small town with only 1 paper. The only coupons included are P&G !! Nothing there to eat. Anonymous True. If there’s an online coupon for something I use, then I’ll print a couple of those. They can add up. Anonymous You can save lots of money on other things I am sure you use, like razors and shaving cream, and toilet paper. You can use money saved on those items to purchase veggies, etc. Anonymous Sorry, but I live in a small town where the newspaper doesn’t carry ANY coupons. I just subscribe to two others that do. So, there are definitely ways. And, like others are saying, when you save money on other things (and no one is saying you have to buy junk food – you can save on toiletries, healthcare, etc.), then you can use that money to buy the food you do want. Plus, as I posted above, there are some coupons/deals for produce AND there are great food co-ops available such as bountiful baskets. BeccaC There are usually not any meat or veggie coupons, and that’s why it’s important to check sales ad and go to the stores with meat and produce on sale. I always buy steak and pork at Albertson’s when they go on sale buy 1 get 2 free – which is almost every week. And I like to go to Aldi for cheap fruit and veggies, but if you don’t have one you can just check the local ads and buy only what is on sale – and buy enough to last Anonymous Earthbound web site has organic coupons at least once a week. They say for a certain item, but they print saying on any of their products. Organic Girl also has coupons. As for meat, Hormel had some on coupons dot com and their web site also had them so I was able to print 4 for their pork tender as always and 4 of their ham. Johnsonville also has coupons intermittently. Pair those with a sale or BOGO and you are stocking the freezer for cheap. Those are just the ones I used in August/September that I remember. My husband laughed that you can’t see the light in the freezer so we are eating well for the next month or so at least! I feel for all of you with families trying to stretch a dollar during the bad economy. Been there and done that and it wasn’t that much fun. Being old does have its advantages – like only 2 to feed! Hang in there and coupon what you can during the amount of time you have to do it. Every little bit helps. rtbird Lately Vons/Safeway has a 30% off Produce (coupon) purchase on their Just4U (online). It gets associated with your Vons/Safeway card instead of having to print it out. They even had one a few weeks that gave you $1.00 of Foster Farms Fresh Chicken. Anonymous That’s awesome!!!! Most stores should do this… Target sometimes gives me a coupon $5 off $20 in groceries after the purchase… Like a catalina, but it’s a Target Q… Anonymous I buy most of my food at Costco, because I have teenagers (feeding them is liking pouring groceries down a bottomless pit), and I can get organic for less. But couponing to get cleaning products (besides vinegar and baking soda, which I also buy at Costco), hair care, skin care, razors, and certain food items which are on the junky side (gatorade, cookies and crackers, some frozen items), for less helps pay for the organic foods. If my kids ever move out, I may not coupon, or not as much, but I have friends who are happy to get coupons for things I don’t need or brands I don’t use, who are happy for a few dollars in savings. And they buy me lunch now and then for my trouble. Anonymous I use the savings I get on all the stuff we don’t eat (razors, soap, laundry detergent, body wash, toothpaste/toothbrushes, vitamins, etc) to buy the stuff I want my family to eat. It is a great trade off for us. We get to try all kinds of new products and I save on all of that stuff we have to buy anyway then I can afford to buy the organic fruits/vegetables that I want my kids to have. It’s truly a no-brainer for me. Anonymous I agree with you. I try to do the same. But, either way I wish there could be more good coupons for produce so that we can maybe get the stuff for free as we can, sometimes, get the junk food… Anonymous There are quite a few coupons for organic produce. I keep seeing one posted here on KCL that often makes some things free (like carrots). Also, Someone else below mentioned Safeway’s Just4U program. I usually have a deal where if I spend 10 on produce, it will give me 3 off. But, my best tip is what I’ve been doing for months now which is almost NEVER buy produce from the grocery store. I use Bountiful Baskets and get a ton of fresh produce every time I participate (usually weekly) for $16.50. (It’s $15 plus a $1.50 processing fee.) I save probably 60% OR MORE on produce this way and it’s all way fresher than the store. Check out bountifulbaskets.org or their facebook page for more info. This co-op is available in 18 states now. Anonymous Nice! Thanks for the info! :-/ I just don’t think it would work for me… It’s only my husband and I… And I hate throwing away rotten food Anonymous Well, I’m not trying to talk you into something you don’t want to do. BB is a non-profit, all volunteer (NO paid jobs) run co-op so it matters not if it grows any more, LOL, but, I’m a family of just one and it has saved me hundreds of dollars since I discovered it (ironically from someone who posted here on KCL so I guess I’m just passing it on .) Even if you throw some away (I usually freeze what I can’t eat, if you currently spend more than 16.50 every week or two at the store, it would save you money. And, there’s no obligation to continue. You decide if you want to contribute each week or not. Again, though, just trying to pass on any helpful info…I so appreciate whoever it was that posted here when I saw it. Anonymous Sign up for Earthbound on their web site. They give out coupons at least once a week for organic. Organic Girl also has coupons periodically. Anonymous I do this… Unfortunately, not all grocery stores areound where I live carry everything Earthbound but something is something, isn’t it? Anonymous Agreed. Wal-Mart also sells these brands in our town. Might want to check it out if you have a food section. Anonymous I hate WM with passion… LOL… EVERY time I coupon there, they give me trouble, so I try to avoid them as much as I can… Super 1 Foods is around my area and they carry Earthbound Spinach and the Target I go to has some carrots but that’s about it… Either way, like I said, something is something Anonymous I agree with you. There’s some printable coupons for produce but they are not as many as for junk food, which, sadly, increases the risk of obesity along with diabetes and coronary diseases, including in children… It’s sad but it is what it is… :-/ http://www.facebook.com/paulino.rdz Paulino Rdz Not all coupon are for food, but this last week and today and next are good for kraft last week I made almost 100 free in kraft products, and what a pity that coupons are not more.. http://www.facebook.com/paulino.rdz Paulino Rdz I forgot to tell the 10 RR is still goin on.. r ashley My excuse is the looks I get from the cashiers…like I just ruined their day! And also when I use a lot of coupons at one time someone always asks me “where did you get all your coupons?” I can’t say I ordered them off ebay so I just lie and say the sunday paper (my area doesn’t get many coupons so they know I am lying) I still coupon I just dont love it anymore its more of a chore! Lory You can order off ebay??? good to know I will have to try that. My local newspaper had nothing this week. Dayna There weren’t any coupons in the Sunday paper because of the holiday weekend. Anonymous I like getting a break now and then. Dayna I agree with this, but now I just know to avoid certain cashiers or stores altogether. I think that’s why I’m not couponing as much at the CVS closest to me because it was starting to become more trouble than it was worth. Anonymous I have the most supportive cashiers. I get high fives and more! Love it! Anonymous Most of the cashiers I deal with are the same way. Many of them ask me how to do it (I don’t extreme coupon; I get two papers at home, then they save some of the Sunday papers for me at work, so I get two to four more coupons from them), and I’ve even given them extra coupons that I’m not going to use. Guest never mind Anonymous That’s why I try to keep to my local stores. I have established good relationships with many of the cashiers/managers and try to respect them as well. I have worked retail for 20 years so I know what it is like on the other side of the counter. I try to do all my couponing in the non-peak hours to prevent the lines from growing behind me and to let other shoppers go first before I deal with any issues. I have also learned to be super sweet and always treat cashiers with respect and often humor. One of the guys at RiteAid calls me his “worst customer ever” while he laughingly rings me up and we cross our fingers that all of my coupons will work. I really enjoy having relationships with my stores as they are often more than willing to help me when things inevitably go wrong. Anonymous exactly. You have to try and make it fun for them as well, then they are less likely to give you a hassle. I was just at Target yesterday and went to the same guy i have been seeing lately. He hit the total button and gave me the total and I said ….OH no no no and smiled and he remembered me from the past couple times because thats what I always do. And he says I remember you. SO you have to be nice and fun and usually it helps. Anonymous so you stopped saving yourself money because of what other people think. WOW! I would at least make up some great story about how you went to the nearest big town and went DUMPSTER diving, knocking on doors and found a ton of coupons. Make sure you are wearing gloves as you hand them the coupons though and watch the look on their faces! Karen LOL!!! Anonymous First, you are doing this legally to save your family money. I get that it can be awful having problems at checkout, but if you don’t want to do it because of the way some cashiers look at you, okay, but financially, that’s not an option for me. I don’t know how many Qs you use at one time, but if it’s more than say 4 for one kind of item, maybe you can break your transactions into multiples. Plus, it’ll leave some on the shelf for the rest of us, LOL! (I hate it when folks buy tons of each item and clear the shelf and I’ve not only missed out on buying a few items I really need, I’ve also spent a lot of gas money to go to the store.) Plus, just because the coupons aren’t in your Sunday paper doesn’t mean you didn’t get papers from elsewhere or have friends/family in other areas share them with you. My mother occasionally sends me Qs from 3,000 miles away. Anonymous I understand how you feel… We are getting moretrouble out of couponing lately from the cashiers but that shouldn’t stop you. Look at how much you’ve saved your household so far and be proud about it. If they give you looks or a hard time, think that it’s THEIR problem and not yours… You are not doing anything bad or illegal. You are just being smart while spending your household budget… That’s all Anonymous Never feel bad for saving money! Who cares if the cashiers don’t like your couponing. Aren’t they getting paid the same if they scan your coupons or not? Please don’t stop because some cashier gives you a look. Keep your head up and be proud that you are saving money in a terrible economy. When people ask me why I coupon or give me a hard time at check-out, I tell them I have 3 people at home to feed and next to no money. What other choice do I have but to use coupons? Anonymous KCL – Have you updated your stock up price chart? I printed it out and love keeping it in my binder. Please let us know when you do! I really appreciate what y’all do. This is the best website for couponing! Keep up the good work!! mari with the new program at rite aid, can i still share ups with my mom? we have both opted out so we can still get paper ups. thanks Anonymous I dont see why not. There is no name attached to the coupons and as long as you wait the 24 hours i cant imagine there would be a problem. maybe KCL will have some better info for you. Anonymous LOL, but maybe some people giving up couponing because of their excuses isn’t such a bad thing. Obviously, they aren’t in dire financial straits so they don’t have to coupon AND MAYBE it will leave some coupons and product for the rest of us who are willing to put up with the hassles. (How often do you try to print an internet coupon and it’s already gone? How often do you go to the store to get a good deal and the shelf is cleared?) What I’d like to KCL to answer (and it’s not an excuse) is how there are folks on Ebay selling large quantities of internet coupons. I understand how they get lots of newspaper printed coupons, but the internet coupons are usually limited to 2 per computer so even if the person has 3 or more computers available, I still don’t see how they get 50 or more of each coupon. I can’t even get more than 2 of each even though I have 2 computers – somehow it knows it’s still me. That’s what I’d like to know and get help on. Thanks! Anonymous Maybe they are counterfeited… I don’t think they can have that many computers! Lol… :-p Karen hi Gigi! sometime u can get multiple coupon inserts from family/friends (that don’t want them) to get more of the same coups of the ones ur looking for. Anonymous I’d just add that the value of the coupons, IMO, has decreased… BUT we are still smart ladies and gents, and can still get good deals combining them with store Qs and store deals… It’s just adding extra challenges but should not stop us from couponing… tiffany My excuse would be I don’t fully understand how this all works! I am very new to couponing and I get my two sunday papers and I sit down and go over the coupons and the sales papers and I just get very confused. I have read over this website and I have made my coupon binder and none of my friends are couponing, can anyone give me a few “newbie” pointers?? Carol I can see where it can be overwhelming. I have only been couponing for a little over a year, but still find I am learning new things. I recommend picking the main items that you need. I made a mental list of all the items I need and which of these items I would be willing to try different brands. For instance, I am always willing to try new nail polishes, but I am very particular on my Best Foods mayo. Once you know these items, then start scanning the ads and this website for those items. I recommend picking a store that you will go to for most of your items until you feel comfortable shopping at multiple stores. I started out CVS because to me their rewards program seemed less complicated than Walgreens. A year later I find myself going to five stores on my shopping day. It is a learning process and then you can slowly add more stores after you feel comfortable with the coupon polices at the stores. I hope this helps. Do you have any specific questions? tiffany Thank you so much for responding! Oh yes, I have several questions. So you talked about CVS, how does this work? I went to Walgreens checked out the items marked with rewards got to the counter and those items were last week’s special so the manager tried to say the sale sign was not up (which it was or I wouldn’t have picked up the items) so I was very frustrated and haven’t tried again. I live in a small town so my Walgreens acts like its a crime to use coupons! For example, I was getting 4 of the free poligrips the other week with 4 like coupons and the cashier would not let me do seperate transactions so when it didn’t work (like I said it wouldn’t) she called the manager and made him deal with correcting it! I was there forever! So therefore I am willing to start at CVS. Again, thanks so much for helping!