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post #21 of 46
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Great...very understandable! AND although my stockpile is not as organized or do i have nearly as much as you I just want to throw my two cents out that this CAN be done and it is done everyday. It is not those once in a lifetime coupons---you just have to be savvy and learn how to use them "correctly."
post #22 of 46
wendy1214....HOLY COW!! Do you mind if I ask if you do this for a religious belief (I know of some that do.) or is it just something you do on your own? You have your own WalMart down there!!!
post #23 of 46
Please add all your advice. How many people do you have in your family. I think alot may go to waste in our house. What about expiration dates. Don't you worry that you won't use it all. Do you go to d ifferent stores. What websites do you log onto to get. What is your average grocery bill. I'm trying cut back on spending and use up what I have. Any advice you can share is GREATLY appreciated. VERY IMPRESSIVE, you go girl!!!
post #24 of 46
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Quote[/b] (KelseyNThomas Mom @ July 25 2006,17:16)]Please add all your advice. Â*How many people do you have in your family. Â*I think alot may go to waste in our house. Â*What about expiration dates. Â*Don't you worry that you won't use it all. Â*Do you go to d ifferent stores. Â*What websites do you log onto to get. Â*What is your average grocery bill. Â*I'm trying cut back on spending and use up what I have. Â*Any advice you can share is GREATLY appreciated. Â*VERY IMPRESSIVE, you go girl!!!

Although...i don't think you were addressing me personally I think i can answer a few of your questions. It is your choice to buy as much or as little as you think will last you until the next sale or have the coupons for. However, you must take in account that if it is free or they are paying you to take it off there hands why not? You can always donate it to a womens shelter, the homeless, food banks, etc.
post #25 of 46
But how do you get it free. Like I have a shoprite here. Alot of times they have say brownies are 3 for 3 dollars, must buy 3, but I can only use one coupon, so I'm only getting them for 3 for 2 dollars. I know acme has 10 for 10 sale every week and I do load up when they have them. But it seems like we really don't get alot of sales or alot of coupons. Where do you load up on the coupons. I have my mom and aunt save them for me.
post #26 of 46
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Quote[/b] (KelseyNThomas Mom @ July 25 2006,17:38)]But how do you get it free. Â*Like I have a shoprite here. Â*Alot of times they have say brownies are 3 for 3 dollars, must buy 3, but I can only use one coupon, so I'm only getting them for 3 for 2 dollars. I know acme has 10 for 10 sale every week and I do load up when they have them. Â*But it seems like we really don't get alot of sales or alot of coupons. Â*Where do you load up on the coupons. Â*I have my mom and aunt save them for me.

OK...first off as wendy1214 said you must collect all the coupons you can get your hands on. Your kids can grab LOTS of these from those little machines in store that spit them out (also called "blinkies"), your sunday paper, coupon trains, trading coupons, etc. You just have to learn to collect all of them no matter if they are good to you then or if you think they ever will be. For instance, I don't typically buy hamburger helper but if its free...OK i would much rather have the help instead of making it from scratch. At 1.75$ a box it isn't such a great deal even with a doubled $0.50 coupon but if you wait. Next week that box of hamburger helper goes on sale for $1 a box and that $0.50 coupon can be doubled so you end up with a FREE box.
Next off are you sure that you have to buy 3? Every store is different but it usually just means that you get it for 1$. Ask your store about their coupon policies. Does the one coupon limit mean 1 coupon doubled, per trip, per person, etc. If you can only use one coupon per trip PERIOD then maybe you should consider a store.
It sounds like you are on the right track with "acme." Find out what there coupon policies are. Other places take coupons though too. Dollar General, Walmart, Target, etc.
I can see that we really need to get a couponing 101 thread started....LADIES HELP ME OUT!!! Keep the questions coming...maybe even start a new thread and we can all throw our info out there.
post #27 of 46
all i can say is wow you have your own store!!!!
post #28 of 46
WOW!!!!!
I have a few questions.
#1-How much is the initial start up cost of such a thing?
#2- How do you keep the mice/spiders or other insects out of the dry goods?
#3- Don't health and beauty supplies have expiration dates on them? I know i have had to throw out a few bottles of sunscreen because i didn't use them fast enough.
I am very impressed with your pictures, that is just awesome! I wished i could afford to start stock piling like that, not so easy to do while living paycheck to paycheck and living a good driving distance from decent stores.
post #29 of 46
even living paycheck to paycheck it can be done. I have just gotten started and in the last 2 weeks have accumilated 30 L'oreal Vive Shampoo and conditioner.. 24 Soft N'Dry Deoderant, 24 Right Guard Deoderant 12 Gilette Deoderant 48 Aquafresh toothpaste 4 Aquafresh toothbrushes 2 Mentadent toothpaste 6 bottles of frenchs mustard and 3 Cattlemans Bar BQ Sauce... All of these items I paid Nothing but Tax! Ive spent 3 dollars on the loreal and MAYBE 4 dollars on the rest of the stuff all put together.

It does take some work, getting the coupons, watching the sales flyers.

We are a fmialy of four so yes some of that is TOO much BUT it was free, and will be given to family neighbors and friends. My brother in law often is calling my looking for things cause he has run out.

Luckily because of the paper route I do get lots of coupons, but join a coupon forum Pm me for a few if your interested, dont hesitate to trade what you KNOW you wont use with someone for something you will. Don't have a baby? trade those baby coupons for your pet food! or whatever!

Oh and if you wanna be honest about it I didn't pay ANYTHING my I told my mother in law I would give her the coupons to pick some up on her own... I went over there today after stopping at shaws to drop them off... She told me to keep my coupons and gave me 10 dollars for what I had just picked up (6 Deo and 12 toothpaste which arent included in my totals)
post #30 of 46
First of all let me say that Wendy1214 puts me to shame! Both with the amount of things she has & her orginizational skills. I only dream of having thins so organized (& everything in the same place) But the thing is you don't have to have quite that much nor should you (IMO) if your just getting started. Think about all the things in her pics & ask yourself honestly if you would want to jump right into that...I wouldn't. It has taken me 4 years to build up & I have maybe a third of what she has. If you were to try to get all of that at once it would cost thousands. The thing I have found is that there are set sales every year. The week before Labor Day & Memorial Day, the Thanksgiving sales, the Christmas sales, the back to school sales, & the post holiday sales. Like after Christmas,Valentines Day, Easter & Halloween; those are the only times I ever buy candy. Most of it can be stored right on the shelves for a long time (IE...candy canes or life savers) & some I freeze. Also to cut down on waste I invested in a Food Saver. I buy the Black & Decker bags (half the price) & will vaccume alot of my stuff before I put it in the basement. I buy alot of sugar & flour at Christmas time & vaccume pack it. It lasts me all year & I don't have to worry about damp or bugs. Most of the other things I stock up on have a very long shelf life (like canned goods) Things with a shorter shelf life(less than a year) like salad dressing or mayonaise I only buy what I think we will use. I can always buy 1 jar that is not on sale. As for coupons, I don't use alot of coupons. They never seem to coinside with the local sales & I usually know I can get a better deal by waiting. I will use a coupon if it is for "free" or if it makes something REALLY cheap. Or if the coupon experation is pretty far into the future I'll save it & see if a sale comes up. For me this is something I do to destress my life. Since I don't find clipping coupons fun...it is like another job & that is not destressful, so I just don't worry too much about it. I know it has been mentioned before, but starting a price book is a great begining. I usually shop at 2 stores (Kroger & Walmart) I made a list of the things we used on a regular basis & wrote the regular price for each store in my book. Then I also wrote the date that I bought an item & the date I had to buy a replacement (that helped me alot in knowing how much to buy) Then I started keeping track of the sale prices I was seeing (I hate it when butter is on sale one week 2/$4 & the next week it's $1.89) You have to know what a good sale really is.
Ok, I guess I got carried away there I would be happy to answer any questions also, just ask away!
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