Have much have you saved?

on Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:32 am

I just started couponing and searching for deals.  How much is the most you saved in a purchase?

13 Replies

Coupons on Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:53 am

Great topic!I got a coupon last year from a pet food company for a free bag of dry cat food from petcetera.When I went to purchase the cat food I was shocked that the cat food would have cost me $42 so that was a great deal! What about yourself?

Saved on Nov 30, 2011 @ 01:07 am

This is a little embarrasing but remember I just started. Yesterday I bought 2 Gillette deordorants (reg $3.99) and pringles Super Stack (Reg $1.33) and I paid $4.03 and saved $4.40. I was so darn prous, lol.

Thats good! on Nov 30, 2011 @ 01:12 am

I seem to find the best deals on facebook many companies have free offers on there quite often.My friend introduced me to this over a year ago and it feels great to get a bargain or something for free!I will often save my coupons for when there's a sale and then that item is even cheaper.Check out the deals section on here its at the top of the page.People post deals on there,

Thank you on Nov 30, 2011 @ 01:21 am

I will thank you. I also get coupons sent to me and look for the deals.

Couponing on Black Friday on Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:16 am

I've always wanted to trying couponing, but it seems like so much work to me!
I did try it out on Black Friday though at Bath and Body Works and did great! With the sales they were having plus all of my coupons (They allow coupon stacking on Black Friday, so I used a lot!) I got $600 worth of merchandise and only spent $150. I would have been able to spend a bit less and get even more merch if I hadn't run out of coupons! lol

Couponning on Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:19 am

I've never been a huge couponner but I have friends who are. I have one friend who is crazy about her optimum points. She keeps a list ongoing of everything she needs and then will go to the store when shoppers has on a "20 X the points etc" and buys everything all at once and uses her coupons so she gets her 20x the points and her deals too.

a self-professed coupon ninja on Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

I call myself a coupon ninja - a way to feel supercool about doing what I until recently thought was decidedly uncool. But once you're in the groove, you're hooked!

It takes a little while to figure out all the tips and tricks. You can save stupid amounts of money based on what you buy. I think the best I ever did was around $100 in purchases that I paid under $10 for. That was at a drugstore and it was a combo of coupons, mail-in rebates, and store incentives that brought it down so low.

On an average shopping trip, I aim for about 50% savings over regular retail. The store discounts usually take a huge chunk of that.

So on my last grocery run, I bought $191 worth and paid $80something. Of the $110 discount, probably $80 or $90 was due to in-store deals (buy 1 get 1, etc) and the remainder $20-25 was coupons. Remember that grocery coupons are typically worth 50-75 cents or maybe $1 if you're lucky, so this was using over 20 coupons.

I know of people who routinely buy $190 worth and pay maybe $30 or $40 BUT I buy lots of healthy things like produce, fresh meats, and milk that is hard to get sales and/or coupons on.

If you watch Extreme Couponing (which is a bad portrayal of couponing IMO), you'll see that most of the savings can be found in highly processed foods which I only buy a minimum of - that's why I can't achieve the 80-90% savings many people do. Nor do I want to!

There are other ways you can save big bucks through shopping programs and such (I could go on and on!), but they are mostly for the US which is where I live. If you want details, pls ping me on my guestbook and I'll fill your inbox with ideas :)

For example, I bought 2 pairs of Skecher sneakers online for Black Friday at Kohl's for my kids and paid just $34 for both after taxes (regular price was $55 EACH).

FREEBIES on Nov 30, 2011 @ 06:32 pm

I have to agree with searching on FACEBOOK for all the free samples being given out!! I just jumped on the Couponing/Saving bandwagon a week and a half ago, and Ive already scored about 10 different free samples if not more!! In the search area, simply type things like "Free Samples" or "Canadian Coupons" and you will be surprised with what groups show up that you can join that keep you informed of all contests and freebies happening!

Facebook on Nov 30, 2011 @ 06:54 pm

I've gotten some great freebies on facebook lately, the thing is you have to be super quick when they announce there giving away something they go quick!On facebook the freebies sites I have are: Canada & US Samples N Freebies N Deals Oh My ,Free Samples in Canada,and I like mysavings.com.They always let you know when something is going live for a giveaway.

Thanks on Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:29 pm

This is great, thanks for all the replies. Very useful!!

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