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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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Ok then, glad to help. Dontknow
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Ok then, glad to help. Dontknow
U must have freaked her out with your buying sudafed full price Faint
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This is a great post and very helpful. Thanks.
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I have a question with regards to printable coupon sites like coupons.com/smartsource/redplum and such. Do the coupons stay up for printing till the time they expire, or do you all just print every coupon off that you may use? Clipping coupons is one thing, printing out ones I'll use is another, but printing out 30 pages,or 60 with duplicates, of things I MAY use and never do seems like an expensive waste of ink and paper.

Thanks!

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I have a question with regards to printable coupon sites like coupons.com/smartsource/redplum and such. Do the coupons stay up for printing till the time they expire, or do you all just print every coupon off that you may use? Clipping coupons is one thing, printing out ones I'll use is another, but printing out 30 pages,or 60 with duplicates, of things I MAY use and never do seems like an expensive waste of ink and paper.

Thanks!

-MJ
Most ips have a limited number prints available so they are generally gone long before the expiration date. Paper & ink cost money so most sders are selective with their printing. For me self printed ips . are only about 10% of my coupon usage. In the time it takes to deal with ips, I can walk to major grocer & drug stores & collect dozens of tearpads, blinkies & coupon booklets.

IPs, imho, are the worst choice in couponing.
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Most ips have a limited number prints available so they are generally gone long before the expiration date. Paper & ink cost money so most sders are selective with their printing. For me self printed ips . are only about 10% of my coupon usage. In the time it takes to deal with ips, I can walk to major grocer & drug stores & collect dozens of tearpads, blinkies & coupon booklets.

IPs, imho, are the worst choice in couponing.
I've just gotten started... Frankly, I don't see a lot of tearpads or blinkies for things I use... I do see a lot of the printable ones I need though... Guess I just need to get more experience... Wink TY

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I've just gotten started... Frankly, I don't see a lot of tearpads or blinkies for things I use... I do see a lot of the printable ones I need though... Guess I just need to get more experience... Wink TY

-MJ
Congrats on getting started.

Believe me, Rose lives in a magical place as far as blinkies, tearpads and peelies are concerned. It's really rare for me to see anything but an occasional blinkie. The golden unicorn or tearpads and peelies are either gone the day they put them out, or never put up here (North Alabama) to start with.

Most hot IPs are gone within a day, if not just a few hours. The SD printable thread is a wonderful resource, so just checking that once in the morning and another time at night will garner you most Qs that are IPs.
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I've just gotten started... Frankly, I don't see a lot of tearpads or blinkies for things I use... I do see a lot of the printable ones I need though... Guess I just need to get more experience... Wink TY

-MJ
Great for you for choosing to do this!

I've been doing this for 8 years. One thing I learned about printables is I don't print them right away unless I know there is a deal or one that won't last long. I have wasted a lot of ink, still do.

Since you just got started there will be a lot of trial and error on your end with printables. You'll figure out what works for you in time.
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I am not able to signup for email from cvs it gives message
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I am not using secure browsing and my card is also new 13 digit card .
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