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New Q Shoppers, Don't be Scared! You Can Do This!!

hawaiiandawn 9,954 October 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM in Question (3)
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In this forum, we are all here to help each other and learn. (Crikey. Almost two years since I have joined and someone had to explain what a particular smiley meant just last week. Stick Out Tongue) I learned something from a wise q girl a long time ago...."A coupon is a form of payment." Armed with that knowledge, don't fear using the q as long as you are using them as the manufacturer states.

I know there are a couple of websites around that offer to teach you how to coupon shop for a fee. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you there is NO NEED to pay anyone a fee to learn to shop. Smilie All you need is SD and the coupon love you can get here is amazing.

Coupon shopping takes one thing....the confidence to learn and try. It can be scary but you can do it. Again, no need to pay someone. There are many many Jedi masters here that like to help Padawans.

I know it seems like SD can be overwhelming. Especially for those with little time to peruse the entire board. Here are some of my fave threads...

Here's a thread with the rules. I like it because the first two posts have a good list of abbreviations for nooblets. There is some really good info in it too. Not just boring old rules....

Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread

Need more q resources??

Clipper Sites Thread

Here is a current list of printable q's. TYVM to Bailey327 and Laulea2782 for all their hard work and to all contributors for their finds! hug

Printable Manufacturer's Coupon Compilation

A new fabulous addition here to SD is the Coupon Database. Thanks SD team!

SD Coupon Database

Having problems printing Brick's coupons??

Troubleshooting Bricks Problems TYVM AlanisRox69

Want to see what's coming?

2013 Newspaper Coupon Insert Schedule TYVM Shopnut. Smilie

A place to trade coupons....

DS Coupon Trading Thread From me. Smilie

A place to gift or receive coupons....

RAOK Thread for Giving Away Coupons TYVM MFH. Smilie

Here is a list of unexpired paper q's to match up with your deals....

Alpha List of Unexpired Newspaper Q's TYVM Thxslic and Shopnut. That thing is a monster to update I am sure.


Need to learn about coupon policy acceptance at your local stores? TYVM Shuri!

Store Coupon Policy and Acceptance Thread [http]

Grumpy cashiers not wanting to take your q's? Commiserate here...

What is the funniest, strangest, most off the wall reason a cashier has given you for NOT taking your coupons?

The Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread is mod stickied to the top. Maybe you'd like to create a personal sticky of some of them? At the top of the thread, on the far right is a thread tool link. You can subscribe (my personal fave) or sticky any thread you like.

List of Common Abbreivations

Abbreviations Sitewide and/or Commonly Used Abbreviations in the DS forum (located in WIKI)

LASTLY......don't be afraid to ask! Read the wiki. (What's a and/or Wiki? It's the first post after the initial post in a thread. It can be updated by any registered user. Just like Wikipedia!) And then if you still have a question, I am sure someone will help. PM, IM, phone a friend or bat call. Just ask. Smilie

Afraid of the Wiki? Go here for some FAQ regarding the Wiki.

Whee YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!Whee

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Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
TY. Smilie Sometimes I feel so irrelevant now. No CVS, no Target and almost all WAG's prices are about $2 per deal higher than ya'lls. Makes it hard to contribute. Encouragement is all I have to offer. Embarrassment
Truthfully, I believe I could give up CVS, Wags, Target, Kmart, WM....all of them, to live where you are! Smilie Everytime I see your name and location, I feel all jealous!
Thank you for this post! How sweet and encouraging. This site and the people here are so helpful, and I appreciate that.
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not all areas have all the stores found in the forums.
and sometimes if they are, they are an hour or so away making it hard for people to do deals.
I love your webpage!!! And it is so nice of you to post it so others can learn for FREE. hug Good job. Smilie
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the positive vibes from everyone. hug

Quote from crazy4vs View Post :
No CVS or Target in paradise...the islands Big Grin
nod Yes'm. Crazy isn't crazy.

Quote from yellowlb View Post :
Truthfully, I believe I could give up CVS, Wags, Target, Kmart, WM....all of them, to live where you are! Smilie Everytime I see your name and location, I feel all jealous!
Thank you for this post! How sweet and encouraging. This site and the people here are so helpful, and I appreciate that.
laugh out loud I do love it here. Don't get me wrong. I just like to help folks too. Smilie
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Great idea HD!heart A thread that will have patience with noobs - which we all once were.

Dang, I'm out of reps. Mad I have to add you to my list of reps when I get them back.
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Nice thread.....thanks HD!
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Thank you. I am going to subscribe to this thread... I am overwhelmed right now after reading pages and pages of threads dedicated to Walgreens and CVS deals. I gave myself a migraine last night - I was busy reading for so long.. Thanks again and repped!
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Thank you for the nice thread and many thanks to those who have offered tips on slick deals. Saving money is more fun than spending it...Wait let me rephrase that....Saving money while still spending it is an addictive fun!
Just the other day I had to buy some chicken and was upset because I didn't have a coupon. lol
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Thank you!!! I really do try to search the threads for things before I post a question... but with thousands of posts a day it can be overwhelming!!! Very nice to have a place to ask my stupid questions now. Clap
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Quote from 1southern1belle View Post :
Thank you for the nice thread and many thanks to those who have offered tips on slick deals. Saving money is more fun than spending it...Wait let me rephrase that....Saving money while still spending it is an addictive fun!
Just the other day I had to buy some chicken and was upset because I didn't have a coupon. lol
It's a good thread. Big Grin

Never fear we have some chicken coupons floating around here. I'll send you the links nod
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Quote from crystal181 View Post :
Thanks! I love this place, everyone has been very helpful to me! You wouldn't believe all the money I've saved since joining. I wish I had known about coupon shopping years ago.
Iagree Knocked $81 off my CVS order with coupons yesterday, thanks to my SD training. Whee Thanks, HD, I'm sure I'll learn something here even though I'm an old newbie. Big Grin

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Never fear we have some chicken coupons floating around here. I'll send you the links nod
Chicken coupons!? Other than the Perdue nuggets from a few weeks ago? I'd be interested in those links, too, if you don't mind.
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It's a good thread. Big Grin

Never fear we have some chicken coupons floating around here. I'll send you the links nod
laugh out loud I was just thinking the same thing. Thumbup
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I wonder if those new to coupon use know the SD abbreviation for the word coupon is "Q"?

But great thinking.
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Quote from rosprncss View Post :
I wonder if those new to coupon use know the SD abbreviation for the word coupon is "Q"?

But great thinking.
They would if they looked at the "Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread" listed above. Thumbup
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I wonder if those new to coupon use know the SD abbreviation for the word coupon is "Q"?

But great thinking.
That's a good point. I had a Gerber Q PDF saved to my desktop and my DH was on my laptop doing something and he was like "What in the he** is a Gerber Q?" lol... In my house, we call them coo-pons, not Q-pons like many do, so he was totally confused.

I just want to say, as encouragement to others. I got into all this at the end of my pregnancy and while I was on maternity leave. Don't get me wrong, I'm super busy with my son, who is 17 weeks old, but I was off of work for almost 3 months and couponing was the PERFECT hobby for me to pick up. Money got really tight when the baby came, I love to shop, and I was desperate for some "me" time. So, I'd research some deals and when hubby got home from work, I'd go out for an hour or so and do some "shopping". My stockpile is growing steadily, and it's SO gratifying to see how much money I'm saving my family. I only work part time because we can't afford day care, so I feel like couponing is my way of contributing. With 3 cats, a dog and a baby, I need to save everywhere I can. To me, coupons = money.

Anyway, my point is, I've only been doing this for around 4 months and I feel like I know the ropes really well. My advice is to perfect one store, then move on to the next. I have a Kroger that doubles up to $1 Q's, so I started with small runs here and there, maybe saving 50-60%. Then eventually it was getting down to less than $1 OOP (out of pocket) and now I'm disappointed if it's much more than that lol. Now I also do Rite-Aid and am working the Kmart double days. Whew, I'm long winded.... lol The moral of my story is, start where you're comfortable and go from there. You CAN do this!!!
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Wow thanks Hd now as a Noob I feel more welcomed, now that there is a thread dedicated to all us Begiinners!
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