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Kelbel

4/21/2011 1:41:39 PM
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Extreme Couponing

Has anyone see the show Extreme Couponing? Do you think there is chance with using coupons here in Brandon that savings of 99% could be achieved? Does anyone practice this in this city?

 
 
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RitaS

4/21/2011 1:59:15 PM
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I think it Could be possible

I am trying it....I think it can happen!! So far for coupons I have:  
 
1-655ml Salsa Free  
2-2 pounds of bananas FREE  
2-Free Ice cream of any kind under $5  
1-Free Glade works Spray  
 
and lots more I'm waiting until I save lots of coupons to then try and do My shopping also I hears co-op has double coupon days on wednesdays anything with a coupon of $2 or under will be doubled. I cant wait to post my grocery receipt.  

foxtrot11

4/21/2011 2:01:34 PM
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I agree - we get screwed

for coupons in Canada.  
 
First of all 80% of the coupons available to us are for cleaning supplies, personal hygiene or junk food.  
 
Second, only a few places still double coupons, and even then they will only go up to $2.00 face value. Lord help you if you get a coupon that will double to $4.00 and the item is $3.99 - forget it then. I even asked the cashier one time to charge me an extra penny for the item and then use the coupon - but no - can't do that...  
 
My other beef is with the coupon sites that are available to us. They are a joke. Save.ca has limits on what you can get (ie you cannot get two Tide coupons withing a two month period). Other sites have so many spy ware pop ups attached to them that you can get a lot of garbage on your computer just by surfing the site. AND the coupons offered are not easy to get to either.  
 
I'd do well couponing in the States - it certainly is worth your while in places down there.

cyndi

4/21/2011 2:04:45 PM
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I wish... lol

they do coupon stacking there too and only london drugs does that here... booo.... MOST places here also dont pay over the coupon value... and LOTS of the ones in the states get that 99% because they will use coupons to buy things they dont need or want just because buying will have them getting PAID for it instead. $3 coupon for a $1 item... you can stumble upon errors now and then... my BIL came across some air fresheners in walmart a couple years back on the clearance rack for $2 and beside them were coupons for $2.50 off so they 'bought' all of them.. but other then that... your not likely to save a WHOLE lot here unless you count going in and redeeming ONE free item!  

Tamara79

4/21/2011 2:11:53 PM
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alot of coupons here are also only "one per customer" so its hard to buy multiples like they can in the U.S

Eyeball

4/21/2011 2:34:41 PM
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bargain bin

I have yet to come across a store that will allow you to use a coupon on a bargain bin item, they want you to pay full retail. I love the freebie coupons from Stouffers rewards program. You buy a dozen Stouffer's or Lean Cusine dinners, register and enter PINs from inside the boxes and get coupons for free products and a $10 gift card from the store of your choice(Wallyworld is on the list ) In the past year I got around $200 worth of coupons and gift cards and spent slightly less on the dinners(only buy them on sale)

hobbes

4/21/2011 2:38:09 PM
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I maximise my coupon usage, and save tons. The issue with Extreme Couponing is that it exaggerates the total spent and saved with gagillion bottles of pop, candy and croutons making the savings look bigger than they really are! I can take a $5 ice cream coupon to wal-mart and buy a $3 tub of ice cream- meaning I would have free ice cream and $2 for a different item. I could go to co-op and get free pop when they have $1 days, and double coupon wednesdays- but I don't want to get 100 bottles to make it look like I save big I still save 100% when I buy 2! So by buying realistic amounts, and by having a humble stash of 12 boxes of cereal (total cost $8 after coupons+ all came with $5 coupons so I've made money) I am an exteme couponer!

Rebeldawn

4/21/2011 3:31:45 PM
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inlovewithmybaby said "We don`t have double or triple coupon days here. we also don`t have that amount of coupons either. I think it is amazing to watch but it sure takes a lot of time and effort - I don`t think I would do it to that extreme even if I could.  
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actually I was in coop yesterday and all over the store are signs posted that wednesdays are double coupon day  
 
Edit: spelling  
 
Edited by Rebeldawn, 2011-04-21 15:32:16

wendie

4/21/2011 4:29:48 PM
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Coupons

  
FullMealDeal said "Won't happen in Canada, so no sense trying. USA has way more coupons and double triple coupon days etc..If you can muster 20% you would be doing good.  
 
You'll be stuck spending $250 and get a turkey...  
 
Edited by FullMealDeal, 2011-04-21 13:50:19"

Coupons sure don't work here! You also have to be careful that it isn't a sale day, or the coupon won't work, etc.  
 
Yep...getting a free turkey would be a bonus...but more than likely you get a box of strawberries.... lol

ICYMI

4/22/2011 7:12:01 AM
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Eyeball said "I have yet to come across a store that will allow you to use a coupon on a bargain bin item, they want you to pay full retail. I love the freebie coupons from Stouffers rewards program. You buy a dozen Stouffer's or Lean Cusine dinners, register and enter PINs from inside the boxes and get coupons for free products and a $10 gift card from the store of your choice(Wallyworld is on the list ) In the past year I got around $200 worth of coupons and gift cards and spent slightly less on the dinners(only buy them on sale) "

I just stumbled on those Stouffer lunches a month or so a go. Well at least signing up for the rewards part of it. Ends up being a great deal.  
 
We end up with a fair amount of coupons though as we fill out those surveys that come in the mail. They take 10 minutes to do but the coupons keep coming in.  
 
Also I have noticed a couple pokes at Superstore, which is fine, but the free gifts are usually about a 10% savings. Whether or not the gift is of any use is another issue.  
 
The food banks, and soup kitchen will take those turkeys if you don't want them. eBrandon has a great classified community for the non food gifts.  
 
I really only mention it as you (the shopper) are probably clearing the value to get the gift regardless of whether there is a gift or not. I know we only stock up on extras to get the $25 gift card, which is usually the flyer that covers the first weekend of the month.

trendemom

4/22/2011 7:50:58 AM
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Double Coupons

I was at the co-op in Minnedosa and asked the lady at the tilll if Wednesdays are double coupon days after seeing it on ebrandon , I had never heard that before and the Casheir told me no. So I am wondering if it is only certain co-ops that have double coupon days!?  
 
I am a couponer and my best tip is I like to try to only use my coupons when my items I am buying is on sale - most places dont have a policy , I also like to shop for sale items in places that dont have limits , like the bargin store , and I collect candian tire money on my mastercard and the paper canadian tire money and then i only use it once a year to buy free school supplies!!!! I also only cash in my air miles once a year - right before Christmas on gift cards!!!!!

NotThatGuy

4/22/2011 11:19:01 PM
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trendemom said "I was at the co-op in Minnedosa and asked the lady at the tilll if Wednesdays are double coupon days after seeing it on ebrandon , I had never heard that before and the Casheir told me no. So I am wondering if it is only certain co-ops that have double coupon days!?  
 
I am a couponer and my best tip is I like to try to only use my coupons when my items I am buying is on sale - most places dont have a policy , I also like to shop for sale items in places that dont have limits , like the bargin store , and I collect candian tire money on my mastercard and the paper canadian tire money and then i only use it once a year to buy free school supplies!!!! I also only cash in my air miles once a year - right before Christmas on gift cards!!!!! "

The Coop on Richmond in Brandon is the only one in Westman that does double coupon days.

TheIllusion

4/22/2011 11:27:10 PM
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Its too bad you can't extreme coupon here like you can in the states.  
 
But I think after seeing this show alot of places in the states will change their policies on coupons a bit.

Oryx

4/23/2011 2:09:43 PM
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Jul 2005
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Saw it

and thought these people are absolutely pathetic. Who makes a separate room for just coupon storage in their house? The one lady also had all her goods stored throughout the home; in her bedroom, under her kids beds, closets, living room...what a way to live. Who needs 100 bottles of mountain dew, laundry detergents, cans of soup, toothbrushes etc.. ? What a way to live, just as bad as hording IMO.  
 
I was intrigued by the whole idea but though these people are also pretty pathetic when they spend countless hours cutting coupons with the families and calculating deals and phoning supermarkets in order to get their best deals. I dont' know anyone who has time for this. At the end of the day its just STUFF and nobody needs 60 bottles of asprin, croutons or laundry soap sitting around their home.  
 

sammy

4/23/2011 4:04:02 PM
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Oryx said "and thought these people are absolutely pathetic. Who makes a separate room for just coupon storage in their house? The one lady also had all her goods stored throughout the home; in her bedroom, under her kids beds, closets, living room...what a way to live. Who needs 100 bottles of mountain dew, laundry detergents, cans of soup, toothbrushes etc.. ? What a way to live, just as bad as hording IMO.  
 
I was intrigued by the whole idea but though these people are also pretty pathetic when they spend countless hours cutting coupons with the families and calculating deals and phoning supermarkets in order to get their best deals. I dont' know anyone who has time for this. At the end of the day its just STUFF and nobody needs 60 bottles of asprin, croutons or laundry soap sitting around their home.  
 
"

lol well arent u just a bundle of joy on this beautiful easter weekend?!? lol  
 
this show intrigues me as well!! i wish we could coupon like the states in some of their cases they can afford to spend all that time on couponing bc for them it is their JOB. one wife's husband lost his job so couponing for her became a necessasity. if u can get it for free or way below cost wouldnt u? i know i would!! if only i had the patience to do it tho!

Corsay

4/23/2011 4:19:45 PM
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Couponing

The couponing is neat to an extent, if you can save then by all means go ahead and save. But I think it is an absolute waste of time and idiotic to "stockpile" so many supplies. Who needs 200 boxes of cereal when you are constantly shopping and couponing, just grab more the next time a deal comes along. Same with laundry detergents - a limit of 2 Tide coupons per month? No problem, takes about 3 months for a single person to use a box/bottle of tide anyway. Who would want more than 2-4 around at a time anyway.  
 
If you are going to coupon, fantastic, I wish you nothing but savings. If you are going to stockpile, I only hope for your sanity you have a garage or storage shed for your goods. Storing toilet paper under your child's bed is just unnecessary. Building storage racks in your bedroom is just awful.  
 
I use coupons when I can but most of them are for beauty items, cleaning items or processed foods. We only use natural beauty items (Tom's Of Maine, Lush, etc) and our cleaning supplies are all "earth friendly", which rarely ever have coupons for them. As well we do not eat processed foods, dairy, sugar, salt or grains so unless it is a coupon for produce items, whole food pantry items or meats then it is useless for us. Of course those coupons are rare as those are the actual "valuable" foods and they have no trouble selling them regularly.

Valiant

4/23/2011 6:48:51 PM
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Feb 2011
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Anybody want a free envelope of coupons?

Only the coupon-worthy may apply.  
1. must respect coupons and couponers  
2. must be actively couponning  
3. must want more tips, coupons and freebies  
Send me a pm.

Valiant

4/23/2011 7:44:42 PM
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Gone to a good home

The coupons I offered are now GONE.

Oryx

4/23/2011 8:47:26 PM
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Thankyou...exactly

  
Corsay said "The couponing is neat to an extent, if you can save then by all means go ahead and save. But I think it is an absolute waste of time and idiotic to "stockpile" so many supplies. Who needs 200 boxes of cereal when you are constantly shopping and couponing, just grab more the next time a deal comes along. Same with laundry detergents - a limit of 2 Tide coupons per month? No problem, takes about 3 months for a single person to use a box/bottle of tide anyway. Who would want more than 2-4 around at a time anyway.  
 
If you are going to coupon, fantastic, I wish you nothing but savings. If you are going to stockpile, I only hope for your sanity you have a garage or storage shed for your goods. Storing toilet paper under your child's bed is just unnecessary. Building storage racks in your bedroom is just awful.  
 
I use coupons when I can but most of them are for beauty items, cleaning items or processed foods. We only use natural beauty items (Tom's Of Maine, Lush, etc) and our cleaning supplies are all "earth friendly", which rarely ever have coupons for them. As well we do not eat processed foods, dairy, sugar, salt or grains so unless it is a coupon for produce items, whole food pantry items or meats then it is useless for us. Of course those coupons are rare as those are the actual "valuable" foods and they have no trouble selling them regularly. "

what I was thinking.  
 
Neat, impressive and pretty cool to an extent but as you and I agree....putting up shelving within common areas and bedrooms in your home is just...well, I dunno, stupid? I mean, its just STUFF, and the funny thing is that even though the one lady already had like 100 boxes of cereal she bought like 100 more! I just think that's a bit ridiculous. If I had that much crap (that I got for free) I would be donating a lot of it.  
 
 
Overboard in my opinion, but still pretty amazing at the same time!

trendemom

4/23/2011 9:04:14 PM
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extreame Couponing real cost

So I had been thinking alot of the people on EC say that they buy multiple newspapers to get the coupons funny how that cost is never factored into the cost of there HAULS!!! lol  
 
So good to know that Brandon co-op takes double coupons on Wednesdays I did not know that, but wonder why they dont do it in all there co-ops - there rural ones!?!? hmmm

crop

4/23/2011 9:05:18 PM
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here's a link to a previous discussion along this line..  
 
http://www.ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?cat_id=8&message_id=449816

Corsay

4/23/2011 9:26:38 PM
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Oh weird

I read the previous thread and just thought this was the same one.

Corsay

4/23/2011 9:31:50 PM
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The Mustard

The mustard episode was a good example of foolish stockpiling. Just because she can get 70+ bottles mustard does not mean she should have to. I understand it has no expiry date, and on that trip she paid less than $10 in groceries or something but 70+ bottles of mustard is probably at least a 3 years supply, and that would be with generous use and people who like mustard on their food in the first place.  
 

oh the drama....

4/23/2011 10:01:32 PM
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I use coupons but...

If I have 4 I don't usually buy 4 of that item. Most of our coupons here say 'one coupon per customer' and if there is a sale the store will usually give you whatever discount is better-sale or reg price + coupon. Would you seriously make your friends drive down to the store to use a coupon so you can save an extra buck? My friends would come to the store so they could smack me upside the head. I try to save money where I can but I'm not about to get all crazy & buy 77 mustards for .39 because I have 77 coupons. These people seem destined to be on another show I enjoy watching call Hoarders... Its exciting seeing someone have $1000 bill and pay only $6 but I'm happy just saving $2 here & there.

ICYMI

4/23/2011 10:26:58 PM
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Hmm 70 bottles of mustard would last me a lifetime.  
 
There are alot of pros to having a surplus of food and supplies. If you have enough space to store the items, why not? Mr. Coupon as he is called actually donates alot of what he picks up to his Church, Foodbanks, and the Army. So it's not all bad, or "hoarderish".  
 
Where do you guys / gals shop? Superstore will take the coupon price off of the marked price, regardless of it being on sale or not.  
 
Really stores don't care, they are just mailing those coupons in to be reimbursed anyway.

RitaS

5/4/2011 1:06:30 PM
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Coupons do work Example of how :)

Oh yes! it is possible! not in Large amounts like the states because most Canadian coupons states 1 coupon per purchase, But you can get a HUGE amount off your grocery bills. Example My next grocery shopping will be this with cost:  
 
 
Waffles Free  
Bananas Free  
Glade Sense and spray FREE  
2x Glade automatic spray FREE  
2x Taco Kits $3  
2x 655ml Salsa FREE  
Crush Yogurt FREE  
4x Tubs of Breyers Ice Cream $5.68  
2x Tide soap $7.94  
2x Majesta toilet paper .94cents  
Box Chocolate cheerios FREE  
Box Kelloggs Vector cereal FREE  
Hidden valley ranch dressing FREE  
-------------------------  
$17.56 NOW TO ME that is EXTREME  
 
2-taco kits at 2for $5 I have $1 off each kit = so right there that's 2 kits for $3. Plus I get 2 FREE 655 ML Salsa= $3+tax  
 
4-Beyer Ice Creams Right now at Safeway on sale buy 1 get 1 free I have 2-$5 coupons at 7.79 for 2 plus my 10$ off that's = $5.58 for 4 tubs of ice cream  
 
1 coupon for bananas on double coupon day at co-op on wednesdays so now I get $2 worth of free bananas  
 
1 Coupon $2 off Eggo waffles double coupon day at co-op that's $4 off 1 16 count of waffles.  
 
1 coupon $5 of majesta toilet paper if I purchase 2 well at giant tiger $2.97 x 2 with my coupon that's $.94.  
 
1 FREE BOX of Chocolate Cheerios with coupon  
1 Free Box Of Kellogg's Vector Cereal with coupon  
1 FREE Glade works sense and spray with Coupon  
1 Coupon Crush, activia or silhouette yogurt FREE with coupon  
1 Free Hidden Vally ranch dressing with coupon  
 
 
 
buy 1 get 1 Free Glade works automatic spray refill- during buy 1 get 1 free event at store I get both for Free! Since 1 is free already and I have a coupon for the other one there both free.  
 
$5 off 2x tide walmart has there tide on sale for $6.47x2 and then my $5 off that's a total off $7.94.  
 
Also Check discount bins there great! At sobeys they had an amazing discount rack by the shampoos etc! I got  
 
Biore Facial Cleanser  
Biore Eye Cream  
Biore Facial Moisturizer  
Gardner Nutrisse Hair dye  
100 pills of Motrin Ibuprofen Bottle  
all for $5!!!! Yep they were on sale for $1 each a savings of at least $30!!

Corsay

5/4/2011 1:30:44 PM
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If you use products

Coupons work if you use the products that the coupons are for, unfortunately from the list above the only things I would purchase are:  
 
Bananas Free  
2x Tide soap $7.94  
2x Majesta toilet paper .94cents  
100 pills of Motrin Ibuprofen Bottle  
 
I mean that is a savings of about $10 or so for me, which I would muchly appreciate. However, I am not about to start altering my diet or buying different products just because I have coupons that entitle the item to me for free or at great savings.

Valiant

5/4/2011 1:47:12 PM
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depends on the person

I've belonged to several excellent coupon-sites for several years. This happened during a time of personal crisis. Avid couponners are smart people. They learn quickly how to coupon to their best advantage. Once they get a stockpile going, they add to it regularly with coupons & sales. They learn the points systems, and keep track of their spending, their points, their rewards. After a while, their stockpiles are full. They make gift baskets for birthdays, Christmas, other holidays for their friends & family. They donate to church and community. They spend less and less on their groceries and smaller household needs, and save that money for bigger things they need. They're savvy in their shopping, and know where to find appliances, clothing, big-ticket items on sale. In the end, because they've learned how to do all of this, they have an emergency fund in place, their families are well provided for, and they can still give to others.  
 
On the other side are those who don't know how to coupon effectively, don't want to learn because they have a negative mindset, don't really want to get involved with it because it might affect their own perceived 'status'. But if they saw a loonie on the sidewalk, they'd still pick it up, and hold it up for everyone to see, because that act means they know the value of money.  
 
We all gravitate to where we belong.  
Identity & Priorities.

Bine

5/4/2011 2:05:12 PM
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coupons

RitaS, would you share where you are getting your coupons? Haven't seen a lot of coupons for free stuff yet...

RitaS

5/4/2011 2:12:56 PM
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Feb 2008
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Sure

  
Bine said "RitaS, would you share where you are getting your coupons? Haven't seen a lot of coupons for free stuff yet... "

http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/121306-save-ca-coupons-brandsaver-ca-websaver-ca-canadian-coupons-canada/  
 
http://recipes.lifemadedelicious.ca/save10.aspx?id=212  
http://www.save.ca/coupons  
https://www.websaver.ca/en_ca/coupons/  
https://www.brandsaver.ca/en_ca/  
http://coupons.smartcanucks.ca/  
 
I have tried and it works, when you get a coupon buy 1 get 1 free if a store has an item for the same buy 1 get 1 you will get both items free.  
 
Co-op on Wednesdays has double coupon days all coupons under $2 but that's still a savings of up to $4 which can mean pretty close to free.  
 
 
 
 
 
Edited by RitaS, 2011-05-04 14:34:19

 
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