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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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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.
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I got hooked while on maternity leave too! The baby is 14 months now so I've been doing this for a while!
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i bought cupons yesterday on ebay im not sure if i should have but i did i spent 6.00 all total for items i need anyways. some campbell soup ones some cains mayo honey icecream thats it i think it is like 45.00 savings in coupons and i want to get my pantry stocked up really well before the new year when i fear things will even get higher. there are other coupons i am looking for but they werent on ebay. is there any place else i might look?
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i bought cupons yesterday on ebay im not sure if i should have but i did i spent 6.00 all total for items i need anyways. some campbell soup ones some cains mayo honey icecream thats it i think it is like 45.00 savings in coupons and i want to get my pantry stocked up really well before the new year when i fear things will even get higher. there are other coupons i am looking for but they werent on ebay. is there any place else i might look?


List of Printable Coupon Sites / Places To Obtain Extra Coupons

This came from this thread Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread. It's also in HD's original post.
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I find this thread also to be very helpful on a daily basis
Alphabetical List of Unexpired Newspaper Coupons
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I find this thread also to be very helpful on a daily basis
Alphabetical List of Unexpired Newspaper Coupons
Thanks! I'll add it to the OP. Smilie
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I did my first three "deals" today @ CVS. I did a trial run last week just to make sure my card was still good. I've had it a long time but had never used it before.

I don't know why I'm nervous to the point of being scared when I walk up with coupons and my little card and my ECBs!

Tonight I sat down and reviewed what I did and saw several areas of opportunity. I need to really make sure I have a back up plan in case my intended purchases aren't available. That's where I really messed up today, thinking of the deal on the fly.

I did well enough though. $36 OOP, $71 of merch. and an $8 ECB left over. Oh, I also found that the store nearest my home does stocking and mini-resets on Wed. nights.

I travel all over WV, OH, and parts of KY so I get to visit lots of stores!

Thanks for all your help. I'm off to find a post that explains what it means to "scan your card" @ CVS!
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Thanks for the time putting this together!
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Quote from MyNewKarma View Post :
I did my first three "deals" today @ CVS. I did a trial run last week just to make sure my card was still good. I've had it a long time but had never used it before.

I don't know why I'm nervous to the point of being scared when I walk up with coupons and my little card and my ECBs!

Tonight I sat down and reviewed what I did and saw several areas of opportunity. I need to really make sure I have a back up plan in case my intended purchases aren't available. That's where I really messed up today, thinking of the deal on the fly.

I did well enough though. $36 OOP, $71 of merch. and an $8 ECB left over. Oh, I also found that the store nearest my home does stocking and mini-resets on Wed. nights.

I travel all over WV, OH, and parts of KY so I get to visit lots of stores!

Thanks for all your help. I'm off to find a post that explains what it means to "scan your card" @ CVS!
Great job!

I understand being nervous because each store can be different in how they want to take coupons, and yes there are a few stores that will turn down perfectly legit coupons.

The best thing is to just go on to another store when that happens. I know I have a coupon hating CVS that is closest to my workplace and thus cannot ever go there.

On the other hand -- you have great cashiers -- (I had one at Winco Foods) who understand coupons and like to see you get a deal.
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Quote from MyNewKarma View Post :
I did my first three "deals" today @ CVS. I did a trial run last week just to make sure my card was still good. I've had it a long time but had never used it before.

I don't know why I'm nervous to the point of being scared when I walk up with coupons and my little card and my ECBs!

Tonight I sat down and reviewed what I did and saw several areas of opportunity. I need to really make sure I have a back up plan in case my intended purchases aren't available. That's where I really messed up today, thinking of the deal on the fly.

I did well enough though. $36 OOP, $71 of merch. and an $8 ECB left over. Oh, I also found that the store nearest my home does stocking and mini-resets on Wed. nights.

I travel all over WV, OH, and parts of KY so I get to visit lots of stores!

Thanks for all your help. I'm off to find a post that explains what it means to "scan your card" @ CVS!
Many, but not all CVSs have a self scanner. You can price check sale items. Sometimes stores change over to the new Sunday prices Saturday evening, and you can scan an item to see if the new prices have been "turned on".

Best of all, you can scan your card and see what kind of qs pop out. After the first scan prints out, try scanning your card a second time because you might get more qs. Then try scanning a third time (three is the most times I've been able to get qs in a row), until you get the message "No more coupons today. Come back tomorrow."
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Many, but not all CVSs have a self scanner. You can price check sale items. Sometimes stores change over to the new Sunday prices Saturday evening, and you can scan an item to see if the new prices have been "turned on".

Best of all, you can scan your card and see what kind of qs pop out. After the first scan prints out, try scanning your card a second time because you might get more qs. Then try scanning a third time (three is the most times I've been able to get qs in a row), until you get the message "No more coupons today. Come back tomorrow."

Wow that's a great tip I always scanned it just one time for sure will try it again now Smilie Thanks Misty for the heads up Wink
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I have a question, where can I find a list of coupons that appeared in Sunday inserts? The AFC doesn't list expired ones and my CVS still takes them. Is there anywhere that has old ones listed?
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Well, I went to two CVS's today. I went to get more razors.. (Only was able to get two of the Bic razors -- one yesterday and one pack today). Anyway, I think I am now getting into the couponing.

Gah, Every coupon blinkie I passed - I had to stop and take one.. Even stuff I thought I wouldn't buy.. I still picked up a coupon... just in case.... yeah, just in case a deal will come up & I can use them somehow.

I assume this is normal practice for most couponers, eh?
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I have a question, where can I find a list of coupons that appeared in Sunday inserts? The AFC doesn't list expired ones and my CVS still takes them. Is there anywhere that has old ones listed?
Alphabetical List of Unexpired Newspaper Coupons came from the 3rd post in this thread Drugstore and Grocery Store Index and Information Thread

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Well, I went to two CVS's today. I went to get more razors.. (Only was able to get two of the Bic razors -- one yesterday and one pack today). Anyway, I think I am now getting into the couponing.

Gah, Every coupon blinkie I passed - I had to stop and take one.. Even stuff I thought I wouldn't buy.. I still picked up a coupon... just in case.... yeah, just in case a deal will come up & I can use them somehow.

I assume this is normal practice for most couponers, eh?
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Quote from HollyGolightly View Post :
Well, I went to two CVS's today. I went to get more razors.. (Only was able to get two of the Bic razors -- one yesterday and one pack today). Anyway, I think I am now getting into the couponing.

Gah, Every coupon blinkie I passed - I had to stop and take one.. Even stuff I thought I wouldn't buy.. I still picked up a coupon... just in case.... yeah, just in case a deal will come up & I can use them somehow.

I assume this is normal practice for most couponers, eh?
Sounds like you are addicted to couponing...welcome to the Coupon Addicts Club.LMAO
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