Coupon Lady Money Saving Madness

by David Ning · 137 comments

We talk about coupons and savings all the time but this lady just makes all our advice sound like child’s play. You have to watch the videos to believe it. See how this lady saves money on her groceries.

Amazing.

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Erica Douglass July 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

My mom is a coupon Nazi; she does similar things. But she’s also a hoarder and can’t bear to throw anything away, so my parents have a fully-stocked pantry that could feed 25 folks for dinner any night of the week (and three refrigerators plus a deep freezer.) for two people.

Cheap food is great, but not if it goes to waste. And I wouldn’t buy unhealthy food (like Powerade, which is basically sugar-salt-water) no matter what the price.

-Erica

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Justin April 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

Erica,
That is funny because so do mine. If there is ever a crisis we know where to go to last the longest.

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frankilinn687 December 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Erica,

Ha ha, I also do couponing mostly because it helps me to save my money, And today is cyber Monday… Its my favorite event yahoo… :)

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Charles July 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Woah… This is pretty extreme. I wonder if that’s her normal grocery bill or it’s just a bunch of stuff we knew she could get for cheap.

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Ari Weinberg July 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Get real. 15 bottles of PowerAde – this is no soccer mom. There’s a difference between buying what’s on sale and buying what you need. I’m sure there’s a happy medium, but there’s something that these coupon hoarders always fail to consider. What the heck are you going to do with 8 packages of chocolate chips?

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Crystal July 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Notice she buys a ton of beer on top of that too. It’s no wonder why they don’t show what her kids look like :)

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denise November 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

i agree. i will spend $2 on a $1 item i really need than waste $1 on a $2 item i don’t need. just because it’s on sale does not mean you really need or are going to use the item.

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TurboFool January 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

Yes, clearly this woman wasted a TON of money on things she didn’t need, what with her $9 total.

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TangerineSus February 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Ha, I agree with TurboFool. This lady didn’t waste any money. She spent the equivalent of what everyone else spends on 1 package of chicken. It looked to me like she was buying normal items, even fresh vegetables. And as far as buying in bulk (8 bags of chocolate chips, for example) if you stock up on things when they are at their cheapest you don’t need to buy them again until they are at their cheapest again, and by that time, you should be out and needing more. Just because she might have been buying things you health nuts consider unhealthy, doesn’t mean you have to be buying those items to be using this system.

This lady is very smart and has successfully implemented the technique that every frugal and coupon site is trying to teach.

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Lynn March 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Yes, I absolutely agree with this. Besides, I’m no soccer mom and I buy Powerade all the time for my husband. Imagine that.

College Couponer August 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

I completely agree! Everyone is making assumpions that she’s wasting. This method is a very smart way to use coupons and takes self control, she’s waiting until the items she needs are on sale, and then stockingup on them because she KNOWS she’ll eventually need them in the future. The way this lady goes about it is not just “buying something because you have a coupon.” If you’d rather spend more money now for an item than using this technique, then this video isn’t for you and commenting on her diet is petty because you’re not looking at the point of this video.

meinmillions July 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

The problem with all of that couponing is that coupons tend to be for highly processed foods. It’s rare to find coupons for milk or produce. I wonder what a meal in her house looks like…

Another thing that they don’t mention is that she probably buys several newspapers to have that many coupons for one item. That’s more work than most people have the time to put in. I use coupons and match them to sale ads, but she takes it to the way extreme.

I hope that she donates a lot of that food to homeless shelters or people in need. And I hope that she will consider using reusable bags.

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Nikki December 24, 2009 at 5:40 am

You can actually get coupons for fresh produce and dairy items on line at websites such as Dole or PET.

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Josh July 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

That’s insane. I can see a student clipping coupons like that but not anyone that has a family. With some thought, she can probably turn it into a business of some type (maybe offer classes) telling people how to save like that. I’m sure she will make tons more than organizing the coupons.

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Morgan December 16, 2009 at 2:39 am

I would totally take one of those classes. I’m a student on a fixed income and unexpected stuff always comes up and eats away at my food money.

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Tybalt January 17, 2010 at 2:22 am

imagine if she did that exact same thing and spent 9.50 or whatever it was to buy over 100$ of food for a homeless shelter. I would do THAT.

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Kyle Wilkinson February 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Put up or shut up Tybalt. Do It.

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Eric March 20, 2010 at 12:49 am

Exactly. Poor food is meant for poor people.

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Metqa March 21, 2010 at 7:01 am

Eric, I’m trying to believe that your comment was not completely in poor taste, so I will ask you exactly what you meant by it.

What is “Poor Food’ Exactly?

Do you mean poor quality food? Highly Processed Food? Food that can be got with Coupons, perhaps? I’d like to know because I am “Poor”; I make much less money than most of my friends with their full time jobs, time off, sick day pay and benefits, yet I eat much better and healthier than all of them on any given day. They get paychecks of thousands of dollars and spend it on potato and corn chips. ramen, frozen pizza and burritos, candy and crackers, soda and fast food, and frozen meals, beer and take out. I get a paycheck of a couple hundreds of dollars and eat steak, chicken, fish, seafood, fresh and frozen vegetables. fruit, and lots of different homemade desserts and treats, and home brewed beverages like tea and Kombucha. So . . .Which of those food lists is the Poor Food List?and why? and Please enlighten me abut what foods specifically YOU think poor people are “meant” to eat. I might be doing it all wrong.

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The Little Dough Girl July 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I have to admit I am pretty damn geeky when it comes to my coupons and mailers. But I would need to have a whole room in my house for store if I did that. I pass on a number of coupon deals because I don’t need the item. i hold myself to a tight $75 a week for my 5 year old daughter and I. It’s not easy, but her methods in a less extreme scenario work really well. Last week I spent $26 at one store and saved $32. I’ll take that…

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Wilson Pon July 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm

WoW, I cannot imagine, if I’m the person who being interviewed in the video clip, Ning. Honestly, I didn’t have the courage to do this stuff as well, as I thought it’s extremely over the top.

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Penny August 4, 2009 at 4:23 am

Wow, that’s pretty amazing. I can remember my mom cleaning up on Winn Dixie’s triple coupons though. The store would owe HER money. You don’t necessarily have to buy papers to get coupons. You can get many printable ones online, and maybe even be able to google coupons for specific products you want to buy.

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LogicallyLocked August 23, 2009 at 5:15 am

I don’t know about you guys, but the places I shop won’t allow you to use more than one coupon for a specific item. Like, she’s got 5 coupons for Powerade, most places only let you use one at a time. Also, a lot of places won’t let you use coupons on items that are already on sale. I think she’s playin the system; she gives them so many coupons at one time that the cashier is too overwhelmed to check that they’re being used properly. It sounds good though.

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Roger October 31, 2009 at 9:55 am

I agree they are hit with so many they do not have time to check exp dates or quanity of coupons used so she gets away with it.Nice idea but who has the time to put that systen together unless your retired?

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offthemap November 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I have worked at two grocery stores and i use coupons every week for groceries. Just thought I’d let you know that you can only use 1 coupon per item so 1 coupon = 1 bottle of powerade, and there really aren’t many places that won’t let you use coupons for sale items. Also, there’s a fairly universal register system (some just more advanced, but even the most basic are capable of this) that won’t allow an expired coupon to work…basically the barcode becomes inactive after the expiration date.

Roger – my system is similar to hers only not extreme. I usually save about $50 a week. That’s more then I actually end up spending. And it only takes about 20 minutes to clip coupons and put together a list. I think that’s totally worth $50.

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Megan January 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

She did only use one coupon per item. She had five coupons for gatorade, but she was buying five gatorades with it. Watch the video.

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Yeesh! August 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

I think what is really unbelievable is how threatened most of these commenters sound. I think it’s fantastic, and I wish I had the time and energy this requires…Playing the system??? Do you have any idea how strategically “played” we all are as consumers? I say hooray for anyone not willing to be a passive party to it. (And…the Power Aid seemed to be for the reporter…)

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Jennifer March 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

As I read over this, I can’t help but to agree. It seems to me that this little Savings Lady has gotten several peoples’ danders up… Kinda funny.

I’m not an insane coupon clipper, but I use coupons AT LEAST once a week. It’s one of those things where you suddenly realize your twenty-somethings are almost over and thirty is getting ready to smack you in the face.

The only thing I can think of is the poor cashiers. Did you see their eyes when they took those stacks of coupons? Comical stuff man, comical stuff. I use the self-checkout line in most stores. Last week, at Winn-Dixie, I used like seven coupons and was still kinda mortified that the cheapskate light would start flashing. As it was, I’d saved over $3.00 (woo hoo) and I had to get “live” assistance approval because clipped coupons equaled over 10% of the total price – it was like 30%. I’d hate to have seen what would have happened if SHE’d gone through there, lol.

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Tommy April 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

I think that people are just ashamed of how much money they have wasted over the years… I must admit, I am feeling sort of stupid for not using coupons to their full potential

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Jenny September 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I admit I didn’t watch the video. But I used to work in a grocery store, and I had a customer who regularly handed me a fist full of coupons, a fraction of which she actually bought the stuff for. The first few times I pointed it out to her which ones she couldn’t use and she would throw a fit…so after a while I would just toss those. The registers have improved these days and recognize when a specific product hasn’t been scanned.

I hate coupons…

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Gina September 6, 2009 at 2:20 am

I use the same system that woman does, except I don’t get many rebates. The trick is to use coupons only when things are on sale. You can use one coupon per item purchased. I buy three newspapers a week at Dollar Tree, and of course, I make my money back very quickly. Doing this also creates a stockpile, which is awesome compared to the times when I’d be in a crisis because I was out of something, but if I’m not careful I can get too much. I do donate stuff, though. Oh. I only get about 50% off most of my grocery bills.

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Metqa September 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

You don’t have to buy a lot of newspapers to do this. I did this when I worked at an office, where everyone got the sunday paper. In exchange for getting an extra coupon that you cut out, I got all the coupons that people didnt want. So for 7 people I got seven inserts with only often only one coupon missing out of the seven. the person who cut out the diaper, baby food, and frozen veggie coupon, gets another diaper, baby food and frozen veggie coupon to use ( or maybe all the diaper and baby food couponss since I don’t buy that) but I now have 5 frozen veggie coupons left to use for myself.

Also coupons rules state that a coupon can be use for an item. So so long as you have the individual item or set of items the coupon calls for, each coupon is a seperate transaction for each item. You can( or shouldn’t) use two identical dollar off coupons for the same one item. However, a manufacturers coupon doesn’t negate a store coupon or a sale. So long as you buy the product all separate offers apply so long as there is one unique offer per item. So a manufactur’s coupon for a specific cereal, plus the stores printed coupon for the brand of cereal, plus the fact that those are also on sale for this weeek, means you can use all three. No one is being cheated. The stores are reimbursed by the manufacturer for every coupon redeemed, and the store plans their own sales so they are creating loss leaders to spur more buying.

And there’s nothing that says a person must personally USE the cheap or free things they get. I bought a ton of boy and girl deodorants for pennies and used them to pack bathroom care baskets for my girl friends and boy friends as well. I donated things to food banks and gave food away to friends and people, and We never ran out of Toilet paper.

I found my old coupon box from almost a decade ago ( a fireproof money box) and wow, I had over 30 catagories, and multiple coupons. Some have no expiration date, so I might see if they re still honored. I don’t coupon anymore cause its’ best for when you are with a family or lots of friends to benefit, it’s harder when it just for yourself.

BTW,people who try to abuse couponing by trying to redeem for unbought items, are not cool. that makes it harder for the legitimate couponers to get respect. I bought 200 bucks worth of groceries for less than 50 dollars and each and everyone of my coupons was legitimate.

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Regina September 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I used to do a LOT of couponing and occasionally did even better than this lady. My average, however, was 60% off regular price. I never tried to cheat the system. I went to the websites of all the stores I frequented and printed out their store policy regarding coupon use. All the stores I shopped at would allow you to use a store coupon as well as a manufacture coupon. On an occasion I may miss that it is coupon is for 2 products instead of 1 and the register will beep. It’s almost impossible to cheat at the system. Or, at least, I don’t think I could (or would) figure out a way.

It does take a lot of time. But, I quit an 80+ hour a week job to be a SAHM and needed to do this to help make ends meet. I looked at it as my part time job… except I didn’t have to pay income taxes on the money I saved and I was at home with my daughter who loved to “help” mommy clip coupons.

Plus, and in my opinion most importantly, I always tried to shop when the store had the least amount of customers and I always warned people who walked up behind me that I had a lot of coupons. Most would say no problem but at least they had the option of finding another line before I started my checkout.

Yes, a lot of the coupons are for junk food but when I get it for free I donate it to food banks, or friends who have lost their job… once, a friend of mine who also couponed, had several tons of food in her stockpile. When 2 of her nephews came home from a long deployment from Iraq she wiped her shelves out so they could have a house full of food waiting for them when they got home.

But, the it’s the cleaning supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, paper products, etc. where I really rack up the savings. We eat a lot of produce at my house so I carefully watch the sales and buy the produce in season when it is the best price. Also don’t forget local farmer’s markets. Fresh produce that is often a lot cheaper than what you find in the grocery stores.

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Christina October 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Some people are saying that she’s “Playing the system” when in all actuality, she’s being a very smart and aggressive (though VERY annoying to the cashier) shopper.

Most stores, when having items in an ad, are being paid by the distributor to promote these items. Ad items offer discounts to the store when purchasing, then turning around and using manufacturer coupons on top of them is very beneficial to both the consumer and the grocery store. The manufacturers reimburse the store for any money lost to the coupon, which in turn, boosts the store’s total gross profit. Money in the consumer’s pocket, money in the store’s pocket, money in the manufacturer’s pocket.. It’s a win-win-win situation.

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Dukester November 9, 2009 at 10:08 am

Where does one get all these coupons? My newspaper has one little Sunday insert and it rarely has a coupon for products I buy.

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Grey February 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

Google “Coupons” — you’ll get about 900 sites. Coupons.com, Couponmom.com, Mycoupons.com etc. It’s worth a try :D

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Shan November 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

I wish I had the time or energy to do this. I am already operating on a budget of $62.50 every two weeks just for myself, which, by the way, is very very very low. I can only imagine if I started using coupons…you go granny. stock pile away so when the zombies come, you will be ready.

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Corey November 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

Im a cashier for a supermarket 2 days a week and most of the time people who do this try to sneak in coupons that they dont buy cause no one checks cause there are so many coupons. they also buy stuff taht is buy one get one and return the next week and return for full price i hate these people nothing but low lifes who want everything for free. and black people mostly do this shit

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Jeremy January 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

U can thank slavery and discrimination for that. Black people got a shit deal when we started out in America so we make the ends meet the best way we know how.

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Metqa January 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

Corey, besides being a dumbass and a racist, you clearly show that you don’t know how to do your job or that you don’t even bother.
Almost every grocery store now has computerized scanners. Have you looked at a coupon recently. Obviously NOT, since you’d notice that all coupons have a scan code. Unless you work and live in Backwater USA, you would take however many coupons and scan them after the purchase. Each and every freaking one, cause that’s your lousy job to do so. If a coupon is rejected cause they don’t have the item or enough of the item, deal with it. it happens sometimes that people intend to buy something and forget. If you are not checking the coupons then that is your problem not the consumers.
Also, as far as returning a BOGO Free item, If you are the one doing these returns for full price, then again, you are an idiot or you are taking returns without a reciept. If you were to do a proper return for a BOGO Free, you would only redeem half the cost of one item since they got two for the price of one. SIMPLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATH. Don’t try to blame other people for your ignorance and laziness, just because they are saving money and you don’t/won’t/can’t be bothers and you are bitter about it. If you hate it so much, get a different job. People aren’t going to quit using coupons because you hate blacks and can’t count.

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Cody November 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

powerade is to rehydrate you…it serves it’s purpose. sure it’s not as healthy as a glass of water but you have to restore electrolytes, which water doesn’t have.

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Jen December 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

I consider myself a hardcore coupon-er (I spend $50 per week on groceries/toiletries/household items for husband and I) but that rebate stuff is too time-consuming for anyone besides the unemployed or the retired. Unless it’s right on the box, like the beer/alcohol rebates, they’re a real hassle to keep up with. Instead I use the grocery game, which sends you a list every week with the statistically best deals in the store. About half of the items in the sale flyers are NOT on good sale–the Grocery Game has a price database so that they can tell you when the items are really, seriously, on awesome sale. The list also tells you exactly where the relevant manufacturer coupons were, so all I do is pull the relevant week’s coupon insert out of my binder and clip the SINGLE coupon I need (instead of the 40+ coupons that I will probably never use). I spend MAYBE 15 minutes a week reading my lists and clipping the handful of coupons. And I’m not the only one.

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Regina January 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I used the Grocery Game when I was first learning and I loved it. I cancelled it though because where I live the sales are from Wednesday through Tuesday. Since GG puts the info up on Sunday that only leaves Monday & Tuesday for my shopping. Unfortunately, these are my busiest days. I still clipped all the coupons I used because I would often see things on clearance that I had coupons for but were not listed in GG.

I do, however, highly recommend it for people who are new, working full time, or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of coupons but want the savings.

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Anne January 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Corey may not be very tactful in his comment, but for the most part, I agree with him. Many of the people in grocery stores who present this many coupons are trying to scam the system, and are often very nasty to their cashiers, i’ve found. I also work at the service desk, and am often horrified with the returns that I see because someone “doesn’t want it anymore”.

Last week, a woman brought back a 23 dollar ham that “wasnt big enough”. I had to throw it out.
PLEASE KNOW that when you return perishable items to grocery stores, they have to be thrown out because it can’t be proven that they were adequately refridgerated.

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Metqa January 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

Anne, While I cannot agree with Corey’s lack of tact nor understand his reason for his prejudice, I have to admit that customers arent’ always nice regardless of whether they use coupons.

I have to point out that even legitimate coupon users like myself get nasty looks and responses from people like you and Corey, who assume that because I returned and item that I used a coupon for and expect the value of the coupon to be reimbursed if it cannot be returned, that I am trying to scam. That’s why I think the lady who said she prints out a copy of store policy regarding coupon use is smart. She can avoid arguements just by pointing out the stores policy to employees who may not understand. For example, I was sent to buy dog food for my mother, I had a dollar off coupon for a large bag. I discovered I’d bought the wrong brand ( dog won’t eat it) I took the UNOPENED bag of dry food back the next day. Because the store had my coupon the store will be reimbursed $1.00(plus 8cent) for the SALE of the dog food. Since I was returning it, the store would have to either A) return the coupon used or B) return the value of the coupon to the customer in the refund. IF they do neither, then the store is committing fraud submitting a coupon for a non-sale. Years ago many stores got in a lot of trouble with manufactures for submitting coupons for stuff not bought.

But the point of my post was to THANK you for pointing out that perishible foods are wasted when they are returned. I don’t think many people realize this, when they make a large purchase or purchase many items. Maybe it should be store policy that food can only be returned if there were something wrong with it at the time of purchase. I’ve purchased and item that was OOD, and the store took it back, were requred to because they couldn’t risk me eating it and sueing if I got sick. Another time the 5 dozen eggs I bought, all the ones int eh middle of the plastic wrapped carton were busted, they let me do and exchange. I dont’ agree that returning a ham because it’s too small is a legitimate reason, and if I were the store manager, I wouldn’t accept it, or I’m make them do an exchange and purchase the difference.

Still, it’s not fair to anyone to assume, just by looking at them, they they are trying to scam. As I pointed out to Corey, it’s very easy to prevent that from happening just buy checking each coupon, as is the policy for all stores, as they dont’ want to lose money, and/or be accused of coupon fraud by redeeming coupons without a sale.

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ReasonPad January 6, 2010 at 2:05 pm

LOL….she is funny…Difficult time for the shopkeepers

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Pink Paper January 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Wow, she’s a real commando with those coupons and deals. We’re coupon-people, too, but I can’t say we’ve done nearly as much research as she has with grocery shopping.

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poopy January 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I would shoot this lady if I got stuck behind her in line. Then I would steal her coupons.

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brett January 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

NOBODY should pay full price for ANYTHING..
That’s why stores get away with such high pricing.
MSRP is nothing but a suggestion –
Not that stores must follow that suggestion
Shop at outlets and shop clearance racks
Many discount products are the same but don’t have the
big brand names.
Packaging costs more than the product that’s in them anyway
Notice the price of COKE in a 20 oz. as opposed to a 2 liter for instance
I’m even a guy and I got that figured out

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wheres the beef? January 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

the problem is that she bought nothing that you can actualy make a meal from.
i dont like to buy onsale items very often. the onsale things most times are stale.
if not stale there is something off about it. like its garlic flavored toothpaste. how can you live on guava poweraid, rotten lettuce and coors? another thing my store (or any i have ever been in)will not let you spend coupons like that. the have a sign that reads
ONE COUPON PER ITEM and NO COUPONS FOR ONSALE ITEMS
i have seen this sh*t on tv and online. it is a lie.

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Jeremy January 29, 2010 at 2:15 am

LMAO @ garlic flavored toothpaste

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Lauren January 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

I want to be like this. I’m a student and this could save me tons.
I don’t think this woman is wasteful with her spending. 15 powerades… okay, it’s not that they go bad instantly. And it’s not like she buys 15 every week either. I think I’m going to start clipping more coupons.

There are many websites with coupons now. And there are some you can load them onto a shopper card like at kroger.

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Lorrie January 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I know of several ladies in my home school group that get these same kinds of results, but I can’t seem to do it. I am convinced that one of the reasons why is because I refuse to by junk simply because it’s on sale or has a coupon. My friend feeds her family whatever is on sale with a coupons. I actually cook, so I think in the long run, I spend less money. I have also found that buying my fresh fruits and veggies at our local flea market saves me a TON of $$$.

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Myrinda February 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

Well, I’m not like that either, though I have been charge of the couponing since I was about 10. My dad would let me have half of what we saved in coupons, so I was very motivated.
I just got back from the grocery store and with the “get $5 off 10 items” deal, plus 4 coupons (one of which I picked up in the store) I saved almost as much as I spent. I never buy something JUST because it’s on sale or I have a coupon, but coupons do make it possible to give my family some treats from time to time and help keep that budget in check.
I don’t know where some of you are shopping, but my grocery stores are clean and nice. The day old bread rack is fantastic (get there early.) and I have noticed them really lowering prices and having great sales. I shop at Ralph’s and there isn’t any rule about not using coupons on sale items…that’s just dumb. Plus there are both manufacturer AND store coupons and you can use one of each…if the item is on sale too, man you are getting a great deal.
Oh and I don’t buy newspapers either…I might spend about 5 minutes checking my coupons and 5 more for the flyers.
I think most of you would find that minimal efforts could yield some worthwhile results. Oh and I’ve never had anyone be rude to me over coupons…in fact, most people laugh when they hear me cheer out loud over how much I saved in the line, hahah.

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Marisa February 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I worked at a grocery store for two years, and let me tell you, penny pinchers and coupon Nazis are no new thing. I’ve had people calculate their exact total, even with their coupons subtracted after. What I’ve learned about working in a grocery store and coupon clipping? If you’re on a strict budget, and stuff you need is on sale, it’s totally worth the thirty minutes going through the paper or online to get the coupons. At most grocery stores, coupons under $0.75 will double making a $0.55 coupon actually take off $1.10 of an item. However, you’re only allowed one coupon per item, so while you can’t double up on coupons per one item, you can surely have ten of the same coupons for ten of the same items (which is why she was able to buy 15 bottles of power-ade). Most grocery stores have a 4-limit for sale prices, but some may be 4-per-variety, like different flavors/scents/etc. But I agree with the donation to food shelters, if someone has the time to do something at literally no cost to them and can make that big of a difference, why wouldn’t you? Hope I gave you guys some helpful tips.

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Shauna February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

Wow, shocked that anyone could come up with anything negative to say about people who use coupons. There are many common misconceptions about couponing…
1. Most couponers will not intentionally try to use a coupon that they do not have a product for. Sometimes mistakes happen when you may have intended to buy an item, or you forgot to get an item that you intended to buy, or you decided to put the item back, but it is not intentional. Moreover, with coupons having barcodes, the registers automatically cross check and will not accept a coupon for an item you do not have.
2. One coupon per item means that if you are buying 5 of the same item, you could use 5 coupons, as this would be using 1 coupon per item–5 items, 5 coupons. This is not doing something sneaky or underhanded, it is policy of both the stores and manufacturers.
3. Most stores will allow you to use a manufacturers coupon and a store issued coupon on the same item. The manfacturers coupon amount will be reimbursed by the manfacturer, so it makes no difference to the store to accept the 2 coupons on a single item. And I have never come across a store that will not accept a coupon for a sale item.
4. Coupons are NOT just for junk food. Coupons allow me to feed my family healthier food. I have been able to get bags of frozen veggies for 0.25-0.50, cereal such as Cheerios, All Bran, Shredded Wheat, and Raisin Bran for 0.75-0.85 a box, Progresso soup for less than $1 a can, just to name a few. Instead of cheap junk food I can send fresh fruit cups or yogurt in my hubby’s lunchbox. Stores such as Food Lion also offer a weekly email you can sign up for that gives you discounts in the different departments such as Meat or Fresh Produce. I cook dinner 98% of the time, and certainly do not fix junk as I cannot have most prepackaged food because of having to avoid both soy and wheat.

I get other great deals by checking the discount shelves and look for marked down veggies, fruits, and meats. I have gotten a family sized organic spring mix for salads for less than 1.50. Meats will be marked down 3-4 days before their “sell by date.” Just go home and pop them in the freezer for use at a later date. Discount shelves have produced great deal such as my expensive gluten free pasta on clearance for 1/4 the regular cost.

I am really glad that I don’t have to shop at the stores where some of these commenters work at. My favorite store is full of friendly cashiers that do not mind taking coupons and even talk about the deals I am getting and ask where they can go to print off certain coupons. Since when has saving money for your family been a bad thing?

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Tosha @ savings makes cents February 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

Wow, I’m shocked about all the negativity and misinformation too. As a fellow couponer and coupon blogger, I know it is possible to see these kinds of savings most of the time. You have to keep in mind she has been a coupon user for a long time. what she did not purchase this week she probably has a stockpile of at home already from the weeks when those items were the best deals. stockpiling is one of the first things you learn that can save you big money. Buy low so you don’t have to pay high prices.

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Pat February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

now that this woman has saved all that money the store has to make up for it somewhere. may that be raising the prices on other things or cutting an employees time or check. coupons are only good to the person using them but in the long run we all get hurt. if we all stop using coupons the stores would be forced to realize the imbalance of their shoppers and start pricing things where they should be not where it covers loss.

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Tosha @ savings makes cents February 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I am afraid you are VERY misinformed about who pays for the use of coupons Pat. Most coupons are Manufacturers. That means the people who make the product put out the coupons. When a person redeems the coupons the store sends them off to a clearinghouse. The store then receives the face value of the coupons plus .08 each for handling. The coupons cost the store nothing to use, and are very similar to cash, except they are sent to a clearinghouse before being deposited into a bank. Coupons are actually a great for of advertising(and are budgeted for accordingly by the companies putting them out).

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Pat February 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Budgeted for accordingly is key here. If half the shoppers use a coupon then the manufacturer expects to make this up by those not using a coupon. All I am trying to say is that if there were no coupons then we would all get one low price. For every person who walks out of a store spending very little then somewhere that has to be made up. Do you think that if every single shopper used a coupon for every item that the manufacturers would continue to put out coupons. No they would have to raise the price to cover the cost just like they do now to cover coupons. Either way half of us win while the other half lose and I look out for the whole not the individual.

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Metqa February 24, 2010 at 2:57 am

The price that you pay for any item in the store is not the absolute price, it is the price that consumers are WILLING to pay for it. Some people are WILLING to pay more for an item than others. That is what determines price. Prices are lowered when people will not pay the suggested Retail Price that the store marks the product up to (anywhere between 50%-200% in the store I worked at). If no body buys a product at any price above cost, there is no profit, not even a little, but if someone is willing to to pay anything above cost up to SRP, then the store makes their profit as well and orders the product again. Manufacturers figure all of that out before they even put the product on the market. The SRP is assuming that the store will make a profit from the consumers willing to pay the SRP. Manufacturer’s don’t RAISE prices to cover coupon users, they expect casual coupon users to TRY the product at a discounted price (because they weren’t willing to buy it at Full price) and to later be willing to pay full price because they like it. The store gets a new consumer and is more likely to order again from the manufacturer. It’s completely fair and free market. If you ask me what the price is and I tell you a price and you accept that price, then that is what you are willing to and can afford to pay. If you are not willing to or can’t afford to pay that then you do not buy the product, and I either have to lower the price for you or don’t expect you to ever buy it.

Enough stores refusing to buy because consumers refuse to pay, tells the manufacturer that their price is too high ( or the product stinks.) and they either lower the price price for the store, who can pass it along as a sale, or offer incentives (coupons) to entice users now who might later be willing to pay full price, or redo their marketing to make the product seem as valuable as the price. Loss Leaders (products on sale, coupon items, samples) are products not counted toward profit making. they are part of Marketing. Marketing’s purpose is to get you to pay the maximum price.

And it is not possible for every single shopper to use a coupon for every item, because Manufacturers do NOT print a unique coupon for every item they make. Coupons, like gold, is only valuable because they are limited( in number and by expiration), and the manufacturer who prints them agrees to accept them instead of money for the individuals who have them.

By your logic, Pat, no one should ever accept samples from the manufacturer because everyone else pays for you to have that sample, NO, the manufacturer expects no to profit from the sample in hopes that it profits from your later purchases.

If nobody used coupons, the price would not go down.
but if nobody buys the product at full suggested retail price then the price is too high, and the price must come down, else they make no profit at all. Cost+200% mark up get’s you a profit of zero dollars if you cannot even sell the product. Cost+200% minus 55 cents is likely much more than zero.

If you want to look out for the whole, then stop buying things that you cannot afford at prices that you consider too high.

Having had to place orders with manufactures, negotiate prices, set the Markup on the products, observe how much we sold, accepting coupons, and planning sales based on customers purchases and manufacturer discounts, and regularly speaking with manufacturers’ representatives about why we were/weren’t going to restock and how they offered incentives to us to continue to buy and sell their products, I learned these facts.

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Pat February 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

no one is willing to pay a higher price they just dont know any better. all this rant has proven is that manufacturers dont know how to properly price the item. The SRP is the problem. lower the price of a product and it will be purchased more often no need for anyone to pay a higher price. cost +200% – 55 cents still equals ripping someone of for 180%. everyone getting the product at one low price is more product selling and still profitable. if you cant get someone to buy your stuff at full price lower the price not offer half the people a coupon.

BruceJ February 22, 2010 at 7:33 am

I can’t say I quite as well, but this is no bull. It takes some effort to collect, sort, throw out the out-of-date coupons and buy only what you actually use, but it is well worth it. I had an aunt (accountant) who would regularly walk out of stores with 6-7 bags of groceries, and cash they paid to her, usually on “double coupon” days.

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Raviendha February 24, 2010 at 6:17 am

Well said, Metqa. I am in retail sales – I buy my products at wholesale and then sell most at the manufacture’s suggested retail. When I have a new product or if I am trying to win a new custom I discount the product deeply – sometimes giving out samples. If the MSRP is too high or if the product is not selling I do exact what you say – either lower the price or I quit carrying the product. I often give out coupons and I am thrilled when someone uses one. It means they are willing try the product and if they like it they will be back to buy more at full price and often, buy other products in addition to the one they got with a coupon. It is really a win/win situation. I love using coupons as well as accepting them in my business.

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Pat February 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

please do not confuse free market and fair market. the free market is far from fair.

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Metqa February 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Rant, eh? Haha, just because you refuse to understand a system you abhor doesnt’ make explaining that system to you a rant.
Pat, I understand your feelings of wanting to be fair to everyone, but that is just not the truth in capitalistic marketing and sales. the Market charges as much as it can in order to get the maximum profit and People indeed ARE willing to pay higher prices for the same thing. They aren’t being duped. Not everyone chooses to shop in the dollar stores which carry the same products as the regular stores but at a much lower cost. You can’t say that people aren’t aware of dollar stores. So are the people shopping dollar stores getting an unfair low price? If we close all dollar stores will that make the regular stores lower the price on all the items the $ stores carry? NO.

Even Newmans Own,which give 100% of it’s post tax profits to charity, charges more than cost for it’s product. they have to make more than the cost of the product to make enough money to pay all the people who made the product,. and they will charge as much as people are willing to pay. It’s that simple like it or not.

Have you ever made something homemade and then tried to sell it. If you only charge for the cost of materials, the you have lost the value of your time. If you only charge for materials and the time you made it, then you don’t get the value of having the idea to make it, and the care put into making it, and the effort put into telling people and convincing them to buy the product and the convenience that the person buying it doensnt’ have to make all that effort. Markup, and hence profit, covers all the nontangible values of a product. But if you are willing to sell your product for only cost then let me know when you start your business, cause I wanna see how long you last by giving away your time and effort for free. Oh wait that’s called charity. Most for profit business are into charity, and I thinks that where your complaint lies.
Again, I understand you feelings on it not being fair but the only places I’ve heard of where things cost equal value for everyone or either socialistic or communistic societies, and they seem to be unpopular these days, unfortunately.

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Metqa February 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Correction: Most For profit businesses AREN’T into charity and I think that is where your complaint lies

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derp March 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

My first job was working as a cashier at a grocery store and I’ll never forget our coupon lady. She always came in with her husband and together they would fill two baskets with groceries. Their total was usually around $15.

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Argo March 27, 2010 at 11:44 am

This lady is going to ruin coupons for the world… don’t let manufacturers see this… Also, how is not spending money helping our economy, basically everyone else is paying for this woman’s groceries, Yes, I could do it too obviously. I just don’t think its helping anything if everyone just went out and did this…

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Metqa March 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Argo, have you read the previous posts about how coupons work? The manufactures don’t care if 500 people each use one coupon or one person uses 500 coupons. See the thing is they only print as many coupons as they intend to redeem. If they want to give away 500 apples, they will print 500 coupons for one free apple. If you have the opportunity to get a free apple and don’t use it, you don’t pay for the other person to get your free apple. EVERYBODY cannot do this cause EVERYBODY doesn’t have a coupon. There is not one coupon per every citizen in the US. There are only a few coupons. and if people choose to not use them, they have not lost any money. The manufacture has 500 apples to give away and if people only redeem 450 coupons, there are still 50 apples left because you and 49 other people did not want to redeem your newspaper coupon. So if you and 49 other people all give your coupons to Coupon Lady, you have lost NOTHING. The Manufacturer give out the last 50 apples and there are none left. They lose nothing cause they were giving them away anyway. The STORES lose nothing because the manufacture is going to reimburse the store for the apples they gave away with the coupons plus 8c for the trouble.

I don’t know how it is helping the economy except that she IS actually spending some money, just not much and the store does sell the product, they don’t get money up front but they will get the money back from the manufacturers and the manufacturers have another person who just might end up buying the product later without the coupon, or the person might share the product with a non coupon user who will like it and go out and buy it. That’s an additional customer and many more in the long run. That means money will move later as well. That’s good for the economy.

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Pat Short April 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

thank you that was my point all along that if everyone did this than everyone would get hurt

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Metqa April 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Pat, you still don’t make any sense. It is NOT POSSIBLE for EVERYONE to DO THIS. It is a LIMITED occurrence. how many people exist in the world. Okay let’s just look at the united states. 309,021,254 people. do you seriously with a straight face and a minimum education believe that manufacturers this past week printed 309,021,254 copies of every coupon they made. Then that means that there had to be 309,021,254 Sunday newspapers to give to each US. Citizen. I don’t know what you mean by “everyone” but you obviously can’t mean EVERYONE because it is not possible for EVERYONE to do this and even if it were, EVERYONE is not interested in doing this. Just like No EVERYONE in the world eats coconuts, and there a limited supply of coconuts, there are more coconuts available for the ones who DO eat coconuts. There are NOT 300 Million copies of every coupon printed in the US. Only the people who subscribe to Major Sunday Newspapers with coupon inserts with get those LIMITED NUMBER OF COUPONS. So only those limited number of people will have the option to use those limited number of coupons, and if they choose not to use them no one suffers ANYTHING. If no one used any of those limited number of coupons, the product will still be bought by the people who don’t give a damn about coupons. The manufactures who prepared to release a limited number of product based on the redemption of a limited number of coupons will still sell the product to stores at their determined price and stores will still sell to anyone who chooses to buy it at whatever price it was set.

Your point was if “everyone did this’ and it’s not a good argument because it is not even possible or everyone to use it. and you haven’t shown how a few people using a limited number of coupons hurts the entire economy of 300 million people. Using a coupon to buy a product doesn’t hurt the person who has already chosen to buy the product regardless of coupons.

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Pilar March 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

She is my hero. I always shoot for 47% but I have lots to learn from her.

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Katrina March 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

This is ridiculous. I am all for saving money but look at where she is shopping. Wal-Mart superstore? I would rather spend more money on food and get higher quality, organic products than eat tons of processed junk..

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Tatiana April 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

I never clip coupons or care to use them much because I always figure they are for items I never buy anyway. My grocery bill is running pretty high. With plans of buying a new house, I’m considering doing more digging into coupon clipping.

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Elizabeth April 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I found this article doing a search on the tag line for my website. I teach folks who want to learn how to make ends meet — and they routinely shave more than 40% off their bill. Couponing can be done in whatever style you wish — if you want to buy the processed stuff, there’s coupons for that. If you want to buy organic, guess what, there’s coupons for that too. We buy a little of both at my house, and for my family of four, I routinely spend less than $350/month for everything including deodorant and shampoo. If I was ok with buying purely processed stuff, I could easily do it for less than $200/month. It’s a fairly basic premise…match the store sales with coupons. You should never buy a product JUST because you have a coupon for it. It’s all in the timing of your purchases…you buy enough of the deals to stock you up until the next time the item goes on sale. This way you don’t ever have to pay full price. Regarding produce, you eat what’s in season, buying a little extra when it’s on rock bottom sale and prepping and freezing when possible. Meat, same thing. Dairy is tricky – some things can be frozen successfully but some cannot. The good thing about dairy is that in many cases the item is good far past the exp date, so you can buy a little more when it’s on sale.

For the person who thought that sale items were ‘a little off’ — that’s not true. CLEARANCE and scratch and dent, maybe. But sales are the way product is moved these days, and all us couponers are doing is using coupons as part of our legal tender. Most of the time (and again, I’ve been doing this for nearly a decade so I know what I’m talking about) when a new product is launched, you will see at least two of these things occurring together: 1. sale 2. coupon 3. Try-me-free (rebate) offer. This the perfect time to use ALL THREE of them together. Go theoretical with me for a minute. Here’s NEW WIDGET, regularly priced at $7.59. Other similar widgets are priced comparably. NEW WIDGET will be rolled out with a commercial, and at the end of the commercial you’ll see or hear “check your sunday circular for additional savings”. In the following Sunday paper, you will find a coupon for $1.00 off NEW WIDGET. Now on Tuesday, FAMILY MARKET A will have NEW WIDGET on the front page. It’s on sale for 2/$12, or $6/each. FAMILY MARKET doubles coupons up to and including $1. I take my coupon over to FAMLY MARKET and buy 1 NEW WIDGET for $6 – $2 (My $1 coupon, doubled). I pay $4. I’ve paid 48% less than full price for NEW WIDGET. Guys, this happens with the vast majority of new grocery and health and beauty aids out there.
I’m not going to lie — it does take a big chunk of time to coupon effectively. But it’s the only hobby I’ve ever seen that actually saves me money. My family is eating healthy options, and much more so because I can afford to buy items for them that I otherwise would not have been able to afford.

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war and peace May 31, 2010 at 5:25 am

haha, had to share the laugh about WIDGET’s.. an old man i use to work for was ex military an would talk about said Widget’s.. /random/

an i think this is a very pratical artical that we could use an its just at a take it or leave it point of view.. all in all is using your Resources .

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Bill May 15, 2010 at 5:21 am

Dammit, why did I have to pick THIS line and get stuck behind this lady.

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Chrid May 17, 2010 at 12:33 am

Coupons are awful, the retailers should just offer the products at the discounted price. Waste of resources, paper, and ink.

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AZ May 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

Don’t knock it if you’ve never tried it. I coupon, I save at least 65% to 75% off of every grocery bill. I don’t buy highly processed foods (noodles in a box to which you add ground beef or tuna), I buy chicken breasts, pork, beef, and fish only when it’s on sale and my store usually sends me coupons in the mail for meat purchases. I get coupon inserts from neighbors, friends, plus I purchase two Sunday papers every week. We also have free community papers that have coupon inserts in them. I also get coupons on the internet. Coupon shoppers do not shop like regular shoppers (people who purchase what they are going to eat that week), coupon shoppers stockpile for future use, we may make a few errors in the beginning, but after a few years we can estimate how much we will use before items reach their expiration dates. People in line at the grocery stores don’t get angry because I’m using coupons, they usually stand there and say “boy, I gotta start using coupons.” I dedicate one day to coupon clipping, filing, and tossing expired coupons (that’s not the entire day, but while I’m watching my favorite TV program I sit and clip coupons). The best shopping trip I ever had was when I purchased $95 worth of groceries and paid 25¢, totally worth the effort. I’ve never shopped for groceries at Wal-Mart because I can usually get it cheaper on sale with a coupon at my local Fry’s store. Also, it is the policy of our local stores, that if an item rings up incorrectly at the register, you will get the item for free, so watch the register, you’d be amazed at how many items ring up incorrectly.

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Ryan May 31, 2010 at 3:39 am

A quote I heard a long time ago and in this scenario it fits perfectly. “If you only buy something when it is on sale, you aren’t saving money”

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Stevie June 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I read most of this discussion and wanted to say that Metqa is hilarious.

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Mandy June 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

i work at a gas station.. ppl constantly do they’re grocery shopping there and have SO many coupons i dont even know where they get have of them or if most of them are even real.. one lady got mad because one coupon she had didnt ring up.. it was for an 88 cent burger… and it was a “save 59 cent coupon”.. i realize thats a good deal… but isnt 88 cents a good deal in the first place?

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sir jorge June 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

certain variables are never noted in this type of article, like location for instance, if you live in a town with 1 grocery store that doesn’t accept coupons this is irrelevant

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madge November 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

The second story said “Ankeny” and KCCI at the beginning,. Also mentioned that she was shopping at Fareway. So with a simple google search you can find out that it’s the Fareway store in Ankeny, IA.

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elroy December 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

good point.

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Lee July 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

As a cashier who works at a grocery store…. I’d be beating my head against the register after having her…. holy crap…. too many coupons.

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Customer July 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

It’s cashiers like you that make customers feel bad about using coupons. Yeah, it’s a lot, and yeah it takes time to scan and sort them all (I’ve been a cashier) but it’s also part of your job. The coupons are sent to customers for them to use, and it’s a perfectly legitimate practice. I always avoid those cashiers who I know will try to make me feel bad for using coupons.

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Heather July 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

It’s not so much that we, the cashiers, discourage customers using coupons. I think it is a great idea, and I use coupons. Customers have gotten me into them. But tons of coupons can hold up the lane, and it can be frustrating. In my store, they barely give enough cashiers to deal with normal amount of customers, and my ring tender is weekly checked. Plus, how many times customers get the wrong item and try to pass it off as the right item. People trying to use coke-cola coupons for Pepsi products because that is what they prefer. Then bite my head for not accepting it. I have never looked down at a customer for having coupons, and I am always willing to accept them. But seriously, be aware of the people behind you and how long they have to wait for 150 coupons being rang up.

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Blaise August 22, 2010 at 1:24 am

Although technically what this lady is doing is considered wrong anyway. Coupons of all types say regular priced items and not valid with other offers. To take a sale item and then apply a coupon discount on top of it is actually illegal its called being a shortchange artist or in the vernacular “a swindler.” So as a cashier and an administrator of operations (cash management) I agree with Lee and people who go through the trouble of doing this extensive coupon shopping should be made to feel bad. Its because of these customers that jobs are harder to obtain, prices go up to offset all the discounts, and why so few items are put on sale in stores now.

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Metqa August 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

“Coupons of all types say regular priced items and not valid with other offers.”

Only coupons that say “regular priced items only” apply to regular priced items only. Coupons that say that are typically STORE coupons. Since the manufactures have no control on what price the store ultimately decides to put on an item, there is no way for them to know what a regular price is in any store. the regular price in kroger may be 3.49 but in Publix it is 3.99. So which store is the coupon valid in?

“[...]To take a sale item and then apply a coupon discount on top of it is actually illegal its called being a shortchange artist or in the vernacular “a swindler.”[...]”

It is not illegal, you just don’t understand the vernacular of coupons.
Stores like Joann for example only publish coupons for themselves, so when it says not valid with other offers it means you cannot use THEIR store coupon on THEIR store sale items. But If a product manufacture puts out a coupon for a product that Joann carries and Joanne offers a sale on that item, there is no conflict of interest because even though Joann offered the sale, the manufacturer offered the coupon and will reimburse Joann for accepting the coupon. The reimbursement is the same, cost + 8c , regardless of whether the item were on sale or not. I have yet to see a Manufacturer’s coupons state anywhere on the printed coupon that it could only be use for full priced items. They only required that the item be bought and payed for in the quantity or category stated.
Also, here’s a situation. the store called Dollar General accepts coupons, yet almost all of their products are regularly at discounted prices NOT the “regular” price you’d pay at the retail super market or shopping center. Does that mean that the Dollar General store is purposely encouraging “illegal” behavior? NO. because manufactures don’t care what you sell the product for once you’ve bought it for your store. and they will reimburse for coupons used to buy items, even if you sell the item for only a penny. Buy one get one free sale, you can use a two coupons IF you buy two items, because even though it seems like one item is free and therefore “not bought”, actually you are buying TWO items at half cost to make it BOGO. If you use the BOGO sale for only one item, they reduce the cost of the one item by half, and you can use only one coupon.

“[...]as a cashier and an administrator of operations (cash management)[...]”
If you are in such a position to handle money maybe you ought to call some of the manufactures of the products you carry to understand exactly their position on coupon use when it comes to your stores sales and promotions. You might be surprised.

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sad December 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

if you’re stingy, use the coupons. if you’re well off, don’t. vice versa if you want. its capitalism, you’re free to do what you want in the market (to a certain extent). she obviously feels the need to not spend anything on groceries, and to be fair, if you listen to her, they’re mostly rebates shes gotten, not coupons from mags or ads, which wastes half your argument anyway

landy December 8, 2010 at 5:57 am

LOL. Blaise, you’ve just been schooled.

Wendi October 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

That’s a ridiculous comment. People “should be MADE to feel bad?” Gimme a break.

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kateweb October 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I have to agree with you people should not be made to feel bad coupons make stores money , 8¢ each in most cases it adds up for the stores, cashiers who give people a hard time used to annoy the crap out of me when I worked as one I will never again be a front runner if i can help it.

Ann December 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Y’all are the ones who created coupons in the first place. Don’t be confused. The grocery stores are the ones who have decided that coupons are an effective marketing strategy – i.e. their profits increase with the distribution of coupons. Sorry that has an unpleasant effect on you. I guess that’s why you get paid. I can think of plenty more jobs with serious drawbacks that don’t involve standing in one place. Boo hoo you have to scan coupons while other people wait like they probably expect to in a line. Pretty sure you’re not getting out of work any earlier, coupons or not. I would try complaining to those individuals who distribute these coupons, not those who take advantage of whats given to them. Silly capitalists, the street runs both ways.

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cindy October 15, 2010 at 4:13 am

Dealing with coupons is your job. If you don’t like dealing with them, ask for a transfer. Don’t you see how much money these people save? Don’t you get mad at people with foodstamps that abuse them? What would you rather see? Your taxes go up because people can’t afford food or them using coupons?

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Ann December 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Lady, our taxes don’t go up because people need to be fed. If that were the case, you seem to be advocating for the elimination of all federally funded food aid programs that we have been flaunting for decades. Lets be clear, people depend on these to SURVIVE. so excuse me and the rest of the world for not feeling so bad about your inability to afford your daily latte. If you knew what it was like to go without food just because you weren’t born with the same opportunities to survive, you would maybe value your contribution towards the success and survival of ALL humanity.

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Brendan December 24, 2010 at 1:02 am

What an idiot. You just didn’t get the point. If this woman can get $156 worth of food for $11, that means that if deadbeats weren’t such deadbeats, they could do the same thing.
One days worth of begging could buy enough food to last a month. If coupons could be used with foodstamps (unsure), they would have free food for the rest of their lives.

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Metqa December 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

Yep, Branden, Foodstamps can be used to purchase items bought with coupons. That’s correct. The coupon doesn’t care how you pay for the balance as long as the store accepts payment. Some stores have policies that if the balance goes below zero because of coupons you can only get the items free, but no money from the store But if you buy other products, the money off from the coupon would lower your overall balance for the other items you buy. Now, some stores won’t let you get off more than the value of the item no matter the price, but the coupon item would still be free. One days’ worth of begging could really be a boon if you have the right coupons to get stuff as reduced cost as possible.

++MIRA++ July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

I actually used to do this, especially at cvs. u can also find alot of coupons that are printable online, or there are sites like iheartcvs.com that actually break it down for u and tell u which coupon to use from which circular.etc. the key is to always save all the coupons like she said.

the one downfall that has prevented me from doing this always, is it really takes alot of upfront time. they show here breezing in and out, but the time it took to collect all those, and moreso the planning can actually take up more time. if u are a stay at home mom this is actually a good thing cuz its like a partime job.

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random July 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

I’ve seen my mother do this exact same thing, and while yes it takes some time in line, you can save over 100$ for two weeks worth of supplies and that comes in handy especially if you’ve already budgeted close to that for one week.

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dajana July 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

coupons are a great idea. if they didnt want people using them, then dont have coupons. and as far as being a cashier complaining, if u haven’t realized.. its part of u job lazy ass.

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april July 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

I think coupons are great. Yeah I was a cashier b4 being a SAHM. I never had a problem with couponers unless they bit my head off really bad. It was my job and I got paid to ring them through. I also learned a lot from them coming in to my line…so bonus for me. I save sooo much money using coupons. I have 250.00 to stretch on food for 3 people and I am carry baby number 2. Because of couponing I can stretch that for 30 days and we still eat really good. The way I see it is if your going to be really mad over people using coupons either find a place to work that dont accept them or find another check out line. I get tired of worring about making people mad cuz I use coupons. I try to be quick and ready and apologize out the rear to others behind me and the cashier. When that still don’t work I just want to say hey “If you want me to not use coupons then pay my bill and we will both be happy.” lol.

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Vanessa August 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

If I’m saving 97% on my groceries, I couldn’t careless about the people in line behind me. Do what’s good for you, not some stranger you’ll never see again.

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willis September 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

You are absolutely right. Plus most stores have more than a single line and most of the time these lanes are closed. Don’t get angry for me for being on my game. Complain to the store for not having more lines avail.

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Holly August 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I am a college student and this is so inspiring. If I could save that much on my grocery shopping, I’ll have more money for books and supplies. I’ve already started printing off a lot of online coupons. My next move is to go to the stores and grab some of their weekly/monthly adds. Time consuming, yes, but totally worth it in the end. I feel as though, once I get started, it will get easier finding the deals and organizing them.

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greg August 25, 2010 at 2:23 am

“I couldn’t careless about the people in line behind me. Do what’s good for you, not some stranger you’ll never see again.”

How considerate of you, it is nice to know that such friendly people exist out there. No wonder the world is such a friendly, happy place to live in.

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Yohance August 28, 2010 at 3:51 am

@Greg Yo Greg. If you saved $90+ every time you went to the grocery store you probably would care less about others people’s time too.

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wtf December 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

That says a lot about how selfish Americans really are… if you trample people during your Black Fridays to save money on a tv and if you’re willing to treat others poorly for your own benefit, then you really don’t deserve to save money.

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jasmine December 10, 2010 at 1:48 am

Your comment takes this to a truly sensational level. To say that this is an example of selfish Americans is nonsensical. This woman using a ton of coupons at the grocery store doesn’t make her “willing to treat others poorly for [he]r own benefit” & her trying to save money is not equivalent to trampling people during Black Friday. Calm down.

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jasmine December 10, 2010 at 1:47 am

Oh, come ON, it’s not about being friendly or considerate. It’s not any person’s responsibility to cut down on the amount of coupons they use at the checkout line because there are other people are in line. You don’t even know them. It’s not your fault that scanning coupons takes forever and it doesn’t make you inconsiderate or unfriendly, all YOU are doing is buying your groceries. If a bunch of strangers make the mistake of getting behind Coupon Lady in line, so what? they get annoyed, find a new line, go on w/ life.

Personally, I think this woman is a genius. We’re in a recession and I’ve never heard of a person saving 97% on their groceries, have you?

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Celia August 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

When i was a cashier i had no issue with people using coupons.

What sucked was when they were insistent that the item was such-and-such when it was not. Typically when coupons work its actually a fast scanning process. However, its when the system complains and says such-and-such item is not found, or the coupon is not valid because minimum purchase requirements wasn’t met (ie, must purchase 5 to get 1 free), or is expired, and the customer decides to be in your face snippy about it … That’s when you want to punch them in the face and feel bad for the people in line behind them. So stop ripping on “lazy ass” cashiers… It is our job to scan, but when it doesn’t work, it isn’t our fault and you need to learn to read …

As a college student though this is super inspiring. problem is, oftentimes coupons are found in the Sunday paper which costs money to receive… and more and more stores nowadays are refusing to accept manufacturer’s coupons from the internet because of fraudulent printing practices (in other words, the coupons are fake … )

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Lu September 13, 2010 at 2:19 am

i think this is just hilarious. if i could pay $20 for $200 worth of groceries, then i’d be all for it. and ‘oh noes’, someone behind me might have to wait another 2-3 minutes, big deal. there are multiple checkout lanes for a reason.

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Philip September 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

This is amazing. And to those of you that say she is a swindler, I call bs. Most items in any store are over-priced. lettuce shouldn’t be 2 dollars. She’s found a way to beat the system. And to the person that said it’s people like her that make certain items more expensive, how many people do you really think do this? Really? The amount of money a company loses on people with coupons is mircroscopic.

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Jena September 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

I think that all the people that are complaining about being in line behind someone using coupons needs to sit back and think about all the times they were stuck in line behind someone without coupons…and they STILL had a long wait. I know no matter what line I get in (usually the shortest) it still takes a good ten minutes or more in lone. Remedy? Use the self checkout lane if they have one, don’t get behind someone that you can SEE has a stack of coupons in their hand, shop at off-hours if possible. If it’s that much of a PAIN for non-coupon users to shop, then change your way of doing things. I honestly think those that DON’T use coupons are just mad because they don’t want to put in the two to three hours of organizing a week to save over $100+ a week and then see someone else walk in and save tons of money. Don’t take it out on someone who DOES the work to save the money. What I do takes time and energy and organization…at least I’m not robbing banks or shoplifting to make ends meet…I suppose that would be more acceptable to those that get angry at couponers because if we did that, then we wouldn’t be holding up their checkout line, please get a grip people. If stores and manufacturers didn’t want us to use coupons, they wouldn’t print them or offer them. Just because some don’t choose to take advantage and shop smart, doesn’t mean that those that do should get ostracized for their preparation.

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ashley September 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

Honestly, i can’t believe any of you are trying to argue what this woman is doing. She’s saving tons of money and if the stores are accepting her coupons then thats their problem. She’s finding fair and honest ways to save money, and just because she puts in the time and effort you want to put her down? i think that just shows how lazy you might be. Maybe instead of coming up with ways to make people feel bad about saving money, you should worry about how you could save some yourself. Maybe then you wouldn’t be so bitter. i know that i’ll definitely be cutting more coupons and staying more aware of how i could save money.

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sumer October 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

that’s what my mamma does :)
but we save about $10 not $100 lol

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kateweb October 12, 2010 at 3:11 am

For me coupons are mostly pointless , in order to save money I would have to actually but the thing in the coupon that I would not buy in the first place, I almost never see them for the products I buy. I am not going to buy something just because I see a coupon for it.

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Philip October 27, 2010 at 3:35 am

try meat, dairy, produce to toothpaste, tin foil, soap. Let me guess your a coke girl and all that’s on sale is pepsi….. gross.

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kateweb October 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

I don’t drink soda at all, I use prescription toothpaste do to having soft teeth and I don’t use tin foil at all because I find it wasteful. As for the rest I would have to spend more money to save that 55¢ , it’s just not worth it for me to spend an extra $3-5 on something just to use a coupon. I’ll stick with store brad as it’s always cheaper unless theirs a sale and it’s still usually cheaper – I spend less then $100 a month on food I have not found a coupon in the past year that I would even have a use for.

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gs November 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

May I suggest coupons for spelling lessons?

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Tatyana November 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

I love her… I’m gonna try to learn to do that. $100 off the grocery bill, thats awesome. Thanks for posting.

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Unfashenomic November 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

The reason most people don’t do this (and never will) is because it’s inefficient. Yes, it’s very impressive to see someone save ~$142 off their groceries… but the real question is, how much time did it take, in coupon saving, organization, and so on, in order to do that? The woman in the video said she collects coupons, sends in rebates, and plans all her shopping in advance… If it took her 14 hours to do that, she effectively earned $10/hour for her coupon-clipping work. However, I’m guessing it took longer than that, and her “wage” was actually much lower.

For people who have jobs, it’d be more effective to spend those extra hours working than clipping coupons. If you don’t have a job / are paid a very low wage, coupon clipping could make sense. However, there are a variety of other ways to make money on the internet – filling out surveys, using ShortTask, or advertising on Twitter – to name just a few. For an hourly rate, you can almost certainly do better than coupons.

If you’re a college student, spend that time studying instead — you’re going to school to make more money later, so focus on grades, not penny-ante coupons (unless you’re studying english or sociology, in which case I suggest dropping out and coupon-clipping full time, because it’ll be more profitable).

There’s an efficient level of coupon saving, which depends on your income and how you value your time. For highly paid professionals, the efficient amount of coupons might be zero, while some others may gain a small benefit from spending their time that way. Taking coupons to an obsessive level, as this woman appears to have, is just wasting your own time and (as others have pointed out) everyone else’s time as well.

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Joe Morgan December 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Not everyone can simply work more hours at their job and get paid more. Some can’t get the extra hours, and some (like me) are salaried and any extra time on the job is just that – time away from other things.

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KELLY November 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

I want to know what she is buying. I try so hard to get my grocery bill down. The big part is fruits,grains, and veggies. Any suggestions?

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Metqa December 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

Well, the only suggestion I have is to try to get on your local stores mailing list. My Kroger used to send coupons to my home based on what I purchased. When i started purchasing more fresh unpackaged vegetables, I started to get store coupons for fresh veggies, When I bought more milk and dairy I got coupons for dairy and cheese. Once I bought a bunch of cereal for my friend, which is not one of my regularly purchased items. Sure enough, a few weeks later I got store coupons for brand cereals. Now , for all the skeptics out there, that means I could use Krogers’ coupon for Post cereal, AND Post’s Cereal manufacturer coupon that came in the sunday paper on the same box, or I could use that veggie coupon on the cucumbers that are on sale that week.
Find out if your store sends out personalized coupons and get on their list with your reward card. It really helps with branded, non branded and store items.

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pro-coupons December 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

“Ann December 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm
Lady, our taxes don’t go up because people need to be fed. If that were the case, you seem to be advocating for the elimination of all federally funded food aid programs that we have been flaunting for decades. Lets be clear, people depend on these to SURVIVE.”

An allow me to fill you up a little bit. My first job right out of college was working for the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) formerly known as WELFARE. Believe me taxes do go up as the amount of people using this benefits increases. Not too long ago I decided that working for the government was no longer where I wanted to be because of huge amount of people constantly playing the system and using YOURS, mine and everyone else’s taxes. I use to go to what we call STATEWIDE. This are meetings at which directors and supervisors from all over the state would fight for resources just so they can keep up with the demand.

Did you know that (at least in the state where I live) as a single person, if you earn less or up to $117.50 a week you are eligible for $200 in state funded benefits. Now check this out, include another person in your application and that number can go anywhere from $200-$526. Now the sad part about this is, that second person in your application does not have to be a relative, you could even lie about that person’s job or source of income.

So here what a family of 3,4 or more would do to play the system, they will have 2 or 3 member’s of the family working full time or at least reporting and the other two would apply for benefits and most likely they will get a sweet $526 benefits.

Now the question is, since according to you, “taxes do not go up” who is paying for those benefits, where is that money coming from, how are social service employees paid? believe me is with our taxes that all of that is covered.

In case you didn’t know anything that is state/government funded, means that we the tax payers are the one paying for that .

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Rachel February 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

People getting foodstamps and welfare checks and people using coupons are two entirely different things. Just saying…

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Anon December 26, 2010 at 1:11 am

People like this honestly just get on my nerves. I’ve been working as a cashier at a local supermarket for 12 years. I will respect when people use a coupon every once and a while but for every item its just plain ridiculous because 99% of people doing this have no idea what the hell they need to buy for the coupon to work…and god forbid if you try to explain how they got the wrong item. The length of time it takes me to get through one of these costumers i could have gone through half a dozen regular “sane” customers. Buy your shit…and get out we dont get paid enough to deal with you.

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Metqa December 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You need to get a different job, if you feel you aren’t getting paid enough. I hear that people tip waiters pretty good for good service. You might not get many tips though with that attitude, but it may do you some good to have a job where how you treat customer affects your pay.

What’s the difference if 99 “sane” customers come each with 1 coupon or 1 customer comes with 99 coupons? Answer: you still have to do the same work for each coupon redeemed. Wow, what a concept. Doing the job that you aren’t paid enough for. I’ve seen people with only ONE coupon who didn’t have the right item. Duh, it happens. I’ve also had cashier NOT scan all of my coupons when I had only 2 or three and thereby negating the store discount I should have gotten, then they have to go back and fix THEIR mistake, not because it was too many coupons but because they made a mistake. Deal with it. Nobody, not even you, is perfect, coupons or no. Get a better job where you don’t have to deal with flawed people and you might be a happier person in general.

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4459796 January 21, 2011 at 4:11 am

did you guys see the manager escourting her out at the end….. its a great way to shop tho

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mark February 13, 2011 at 3:15 am

This lady is an idiot. Seriously, she is not a fully functional human being. Don’t encourage people like this.

If I were behind her in line I would viciously ram my cart into her achilles tendons until she left the store. The cashier would thank me.

Oh well, at least she is living off the store and the companies and not my tax dollars.

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mark February 13, 2011 at 4:10 am

Just so we’re clear, I have nothing against sane coupon users. 10 or 15 coupons per cart load would be what I consider normal, or at least sane.

In all honesty, I bet this woman has OCD plus you probably can’t even walk through her house for all the cardboard boxes filled with maiyonase and such. When you become non functional in life because of things, it’s an addiction/obsession and no matter how much you “save” it’s not healthy.

P.S. Not to sound racist (I have been poor, but am white, so yeah I had no “crutch”) but the fastest way out of poverty is get rid of the poverty mentality. Get educated, Get a Job, and quit worrying about what was going on when your great great grandfather was alive. “You’ve” been free for 146 years, for F*** SAKE quit living in the past. Realistically, how many people are that effected by what happened 146 years ago in their every day life? Take an honest look and quit using cop outs. The sooner “you” quit using slavery as an excuse for “your” problems, the sooner you (personally) can achieve anything any other race can do.

Think about it, if I watch Jerry Springer, and say oh man it makes people thing whites are just trash… then give up and live like that, who’s fault is it? Is it Jerry’s fault or my own? Don’t give in to a cop out before you actually try. The whole racism card thing has hurt African Americans more than slavery ever has. It’s brainwashed at least two generations into thinking they cant succeed and giving up before even trying.

(yeah it got off on a tangent and sounded racist sorry bout that… I guess I am honest with people I love)

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Metqa February 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Well, Mark, you do have some interesting points.

That you would use violence against this lady for no reason is not the best of them…

I’m glad you realize that she is not harming your right to your money and is not somehow mooching from other citizens. You are right that she is taking advantage of the offers from the stores and companies and that is what the stores and companies encourage. I doubt the stores and companies would appreciate you scaring off coupon using customers with violent tactics.

Anyway, your tangent into racism was a bit lost on me, as I don’t see how it relates to coupon use. And I doubt people in “poverty” are shelling out money for a weekly Sunday paper in order to get coupon inserts for many items that can be gotten more cheaply via buying store brand.

Still what does being Black or Poor or Neither have to do with this lady, or anyone else, using scads of coupons?

One other thing. You assume that because she buys all of her items with coupons that she must be a hoarder and therefore dysfunctional. That is an Assumption from your own mind and is not verified by anything the lady said nor do you have any photos or images of what her home looks like to base that assumption upon.

You are being, what my mother likes to say lately, a Hater.
But hey, I am honest with people, whether I love them or not.

BTW, it does sound racist, but you have a good point about living your life for now instead of looking back, just look at who is President of the U.S. right now…but modern racism is a whole other topic for comment on some other site. Cheers and Happy Sunday.

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Cheryl April 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I just started couponing and I am not ready to take it to the extremes. But thekrazycouponlady.com maps it all out for you. For example, you can click on CVS, RiteAid, Walmart… then she will tell you what is on sale that week and link you to the manufacturers coupon. So all you have to do is print out the stuff you want or need and go to the store. I did my first shopping experience at CVS, I purchased $56 and spent $26. All for a few minutes of printing.

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Frida November 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Too much for me….:)

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