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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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This is my first post and I just wanted to say I love this site!! I just got a package today on a deal I saw here on SD for the FP Smart Cycle. My son is going to love this!! I have also started to do the CVS thing!! I love getting such great deals and free things!
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This is my first post and I just wanted to say I love this site!! I just got a package today on a deal I saw here on SD for the FP Smart Cycle. My son is going to love this!! I have also started to do the CVS thing!! I love getting such great deals and free things!
Welcome to SD!!
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Quote from momof32tjt View Post :
This is my first post and I just wanted to say I love this site!! I just got a package today on a deal I saw here on SD for the FP Smart Cycle. My son is going to love this!! I have also started to do the CVS thing!! I love getting such great deals and free things!
Yes, welcome. nod

There are a lot more good deals in store!
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i just have to say for my first two weeks of couponing and shaws deals i now have a stash of food original total 800.00 oops is 90.00 so thank you for all your help on how to start couponing.
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i just have to say for my first two weeks of couponing and shaws deals i now have a stash of food original total 800.00 oops is 90.00 so thank you for all your help on how to start couponing.
Great job!!! Applause Shaw's sounds like a great store. Wish we had one here in the land of aloha.
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Hey Guys--not new to sweet deals, but 100% new to CVS and couponing. They've been building one less than a mile from my house, and I figured i'd give it a shot so I signed up for the card online and it came yesterday. I noticed it said to link it with online account--and i've tried, but it keeps saying invalid #. Should I just wait or does it even matter?

I drove by yesterday and the shelves are stocked, lights were on, but still had a trashbag over the signs and a dumpster in the parking lot, so i bet it's only a matter of a week or so before they're open.

I have 0 coupons, and I dont get the sunday paper, so should i just start picking one up every now and then to get coupons?

As for buying multiple products in the same order, do I need a coupon for each item? Like if I got 4 shampoos, do I need 4 coupons?

I guess those are my main questions. I would have asked in a CVS discussion thread but didn't see any! Thanks guys!woot
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Hey Guys--not new to sweet deals, but 100% new to CVS and couponing. They've been building one less than a mile from my house, and I figured i'd give it a shot so I signed up for the card online and it came yesterday. I noticed it said to link it with online account--and i've tried, but it keeps saying invalid #. Should I just wait or does it even matter?

I drove by yesterday and the shelves are stocked, lights were on, but still had a trashbag over the signs and a dumpster in the parking lot, so i bet it's only a matter of a week or so before they're open.

I have 0 coupons, and I dont get the sunday paper, so should i just start picking one up every now and then to get coupons?

As for buying multiple products in the same order, do I need a coupon for each item? Like if I got 4 shampoos, do I need 4 coupons?

I guess those are my main questions. I would have asked in a CVS discussion thread but didn't see any! Thanks guys!woot
Welcome to the world of CVSing and couponing.

At least when somebody gets a new card at the store, the need to make one small purchase and wait 48 hours until that info gets into the system. So in this case, it may look like the card is 'dead' until make your first purchase and wait 48 hours.

As for the Sunday Paper, you should start getting them by buying them at CVS or the newsstands. You should buy at least 4 to 5 newspapers a week (this Sunday would be a good time to start, as next weekend will have no coupons due to Thanksgiving Weekend).

Yes, you need 4 manufacturer coupons if your are going to buy 4 shampoos (as the coupons say, "one coupon per purchase"), hence why you want to buy multiple Sunday papers.

BTW, did this store send out any "grand opening" coupons like a $10 off $20 purchase? Often new CVS stores will do this an this a great way to get some ECB's without spending a ton of OOP.

HTH
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Quote from nhgrammy View Post :
i just have to say for my first two weeks of couponing and shaws deals i now have a stash of food original total 800.00 oops is 90.00 so thank you for all your help on how to start couponing.
Good for you! woot

My mom has Shaw's on the East Coast, but we don't have them here.
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Some thoughts and musing from me to forum newcomers Smilie

I get asked a lot, "how do you work all day and find time to do this?"

I am almost 52 yrs old and the sole breadwinner for my family.I make a good wage but with rent at $1,100 per month without lights,gas or oil let alone food,clothing,insurance etc, I had a choice to make.

I could either work more by trying to grab overtime at my job which varies in availability or I could take a second job and bite my nails with anxiety over my lack of control over ever increasing prices for life's basics....

OR

I could decide to take CONTROL over our money by using these forums to get the very best possible deal on food,HBA and other items my family needs.Choosing this option
means giving up things like plopping in front of the tv in the evening or spending time on the phone engaged in pointless chatter with girlfriends.

I chose to take CONTROL. I'm sitting here now,reading the boards,planning my shopping trips for the week,printing Q's and trading for Q's I need.

Life is all about choices, make no mistake,what I do to save is work,just as much work as any job.However,it's work I can do from home mostly, it's work I can do on my own schedule as I have many stores here,most of them 24 hour.

My tips

1. You can't cover all the deals at all the stores. I do CVS and WAG's but I favor WAG's because there's a great store close to my job.. I will frequently dash in for a deal on my way to or from my job. Chose stores that are located close to work,the gym or another place where you must go regularly.

2. bookmark your favorite stores threads... and stay out of the chatty areas of the site when you're short on time

3.ALWAYS check the wikii in your store's threads..people constantly update wikii and post links to the printable coupons you'll need to do deals that week at that store.

4.Each week, I'll take a few minutes to look over the upcoming sales at stores in my area that aren't as close to me travelwise as my favorite stores.. I do this because sometimes those stores have such massive deals that it's worth my time to go a bit out of my way ie:shaw's had 2 weeks of mega deals.. I must have gotten $1,000 worth of food and helped 3 of my friends get the same.

5.try to form a few close relationships with SD members in your area, offer info when you can about stores in the area you shop in,offer extra Q's when you can..I have duracell battery coupons to me for cvs because of such networking being friendly with SD members in your area is very valuable if I hit a store that's shopped out.. I shoot a quick email or text,if a store has a lot of stuff, I do the same, saving us time,giving heads up.
Always remember... sharing is caring! Come back to the forums and let us all know the deals you found, this is a wonderful community that gets stronger and stronger as result of such sharing,the more info we share,the more $ we save!!

6.when you're reading threads,have word or notepad open open, when a forum member posts a shopping scenario that looks good to you,copy and paste it into word or notepad..print it up and you've got your shopping trip planned, print up several scenarios so you'll have a backup plan in case some items are out of stock.

7. remember... there will ALWAYS be another deal, so don't stress if you miss out on one thing, get busy looking ahead to next week and the week after.
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Quote from shoppinqueen View Post :
Some thoughts and musing from me to forum newcomers Smilie

I get asked a lot, "how do you work all day and find time to do this?"

I am almost 52 yrs old and the sole breadwinner for my family.I make a good wage but with rent at $1,100 per month without lights,gas or oil let alone food,clothing,insurance
etc I had a choice to make.

I could either work more by trying to grab overtime at my job which varies in availability or I could take a second job and bite my nails with anxiety over my lack of control over ever increasing prices for life's basics....

OR

I could decide to take CONTROL over our money by using these forums to get the very best possible deal on food,HBA and other items my family needs. Choosing this option
means giving up things like plopping in front of the tv in the evening or spending time on the phone engaged in pointless chatter with girlfriends.

I chose to take CONTROL. I'm sitting here now,reading the boards,planning my shopping trips for the week,printing Q's and trading for Q's I need.

Life is all about choices, make no mistake,what I do to save is work,just as much work as any job.However,it's work I can do from home mostly, it's work I can do on my own schedule as I have many stores here,most of them 24 hour.

My tips

1. You can't cover all the deals at all the stores. I do CVS and WAG's but I favor WAG's because there's a great store close to my job.. I will frequently dash in for a deal on my way to or from my job. Chose stores that are located close to work,the gym or another place where you must go regularly.

2. bookmark your favorite stores threads... and stay out of the chatty areas of the site when you're short on time

3.ALWAYS check the wikii in your store's threads..people constantly update wikii and post links to the printable coupons you'll need to do deals that week at that store.

4.Each week, I'll take a few minutes to look over the upcoming sales at stores in my area that aren't as close to me travelwise as my favorite stores.. I do this because sometimes those stores have such massive deals that it's worth my time to go a bit out of my way ie:shaw's had 2 weeks of mega deals.. I must have gotten $1,000 worth of food and helped 3 of my friends get the same.

5.try to form a few close relationships with SD members in your area, offer info when you can about stores in the area you shop in,offer extra Q's when you can..I have duracell battery coupons to me for cvs because of such networking being friendly with SD members in your area is very valuable if I hit a store that's shopped out.. I shoot a quick email or text,if a store has a lot of stuff, I do the same, saving us time,giving heads up.

6.when you're reading threads,have word or notepad open open, when a forum member posts a shopping scenario that looks good to you,copy and paste it into word or notepad..print it up and you've got your shopping trip planned, print up several scenarios so you'll have a backup plan in case some items are out of stock.

7. remember... there will ALWAYS be another deal, so don't stress if you miss out on one thing, get busy looking ahead to next week and the week after.
I like this one the best. You want to be nice to everyone but when there are people in my area (heck even state) I try to say hello to them. This helps when coupons become available or local sales.

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I like this one the best. You want to be nice to everyone but when there are people in my area (heck even state) I try to say hello to them. This helps when coupons become available or local sales.

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You raised a most important point.. a key thing really. Newcomers when you're out in the store if you stumble across a clearance priced item or find a tearpad of good coupons please,take a minute to come back to alert your fellow forum members. Sharing is caring
here and the more we share with each other,the stronger our community becomes! There are many coupon/deal sites on the web but SD takes the lead due to the strong sense of community of the membership..working together, we ALL save so much more!

Another thought... forgive me,I'm an old lady and we ramble sometimes Smilie

Slick Dealing is fun and addictive but make no mistake it is WORK. When you first get rolling you'll be eager to share your extra goodies with family and friends and to give to charity,this is normal but you must always remember to reward YOURSELF!
You gave up tv and relaxtion time to read the forums,print coupons, you got up extra early on sunday to make sure you got extra newspapers or to get to the store when it opened. You need to reward yourself or it becomes just like your regular job,where you work hard but the paycheck evaporates into bills with nothing left over for you.

My rule is this... nothing leaves this house till Shoppinqueen gets her cut.

Glade candles ? I bought 10..2 of em are sitting on my bookcase, kerri lotion, fuzion razor bonus packs? 2 of em are hidden away for Xmas. I don't gift,donate or sell anything without putting aside some of it for me ,my husband or my son.

Sometimes extra care bucks or register rewards need to be spent on something just for you! that new essence of beauty tote bag or bathrobe? that nice but spendy hair dyer? you need to indulge yourself... so what if you spend a lot of ECB's, with less than a $10 bill you can be rolling in them again in less than a week. Be good to yourself and your immediate family first..you'll prevent yourself from burning out and over the long haul be able to give,donate and help others even more.
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I have always used coupons but the past month, Im really serious using coupons, esp at WAGS. My problem is managing my coupons. I have printed out so many that Im losing track of what I have and forget to use them.

How does everyone store and organize their coupons? What is the best coupon holder you have found? I'm open to all suggestions.

Also, do you cut all coupons out as you get your papers or just cut as you need? I'm thinking the stacks of coupon flyers can be overwhelming. Do you date the flyers? As you can see, I need help.

Thanks
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I have always used coupons but the past month, Im really serious using coupons, esp at WAGS. My problem is managing my coupons. I have printed out so many that Im losing track of what I have and forget to use them.

How does everyone store and organize their coupons? What is the best coupon holder you have found? I'm open to all suggestions.

Also, do you cut all coupons out as you get your papers or just cut as you need? I'm thinking the stacks of coupon flyers can be overwhelming. Do you date the flyers? As you can see, I need help.

Thanks
Here are a couple of threads in regards to coupon holders that SD'ers use:
Coupon Binder Question
What type of coupon organizer do you use?

I clip the coupons that I know I'll definitely use, but I save all of the inserts in a large accordion folder, organized by month and grouped together with binder clips by week (I make sure to write the date of the insert on the front of it - the dates are always on the spine, but in extremely small type, so it isn't all that easy to read). Since coupons are listed by insert/date in the deal posts, it's easy for me to go back and find a particular coupon when I haven't already clipped it. Others clip every coupon and organize them accordingly, however, I don't have the room (or the patience) to keep track of all of those at once. I've been using The Coupon Wallet [ebay.com] for about a year and a half and have been extremely pleased with the durability and would highly recommend it, but I know that others have made their own coupon organizers for less money - I'm just not all that crafty Wink
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HelpOk quick question, what does B&M mean Dontknow
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HelpOk quick question, what does B&M mean Dontknow
Brick & Mortar i.e. physical store not online
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