[quote="lifeisbeautiful, post:4, topic:248870"]
For me, the biggest help is the web sites out there that tell you the matches.
I think that's what I need, I'm sure it would help.
[quote="rainbow1, post:6, topic:248870"]
Look at "CouponMom.com"....it is a great way to set up a Church program to supply food to the poor......
[quote="Catholic1954, post:7, topic:248870"]
My local library used to have a box where people could take coupons that they could use and leave the ones they did not want, it helps to have more than one especially if it is a really good buy. I got in the habit, years ago, to bring a calculator with me when I shop, it makes it easier to manage the money during the trip.
I always have my calculator on my cell phone set and ready too, it definitely helps. I'll have to check at the library and see if they have something like you mentioned.
[quote="Little_Mary, post:8, topic:248870"]
I use coupons but I don't do great. The most I've saved is 40% off the total bill.
Actually that's pretty good, I think, but not compared to the extreme couponers.
I don't like the ones who "clear the shelves". Leave some for the rest of us, please. :mad:
I think there is probably a balance between "stocking up" and the principle of "take what you need and no more"
Didn't Jesus tell us not to worry about tomorrow?
Just some random thoughts.:shrug:
I think 40% is great!
I don't think I'll ever have a huge stock like people on the show, but having some kind of pantry would be nice. Not to be an alarmist, but this world is headed in a bad direction so having some things saved up would be good.
My main reason is because we NEED to save money. I know Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow, but there's a balance there too. Obviously we all worry about tomorrow to some extent, otherwise we wouldn't care if we had jobs or homes or whatever.
If I ever did amass as much as the people on that show, I'd definitely be sharing it with family and probably donating a lot to food pantries. Right now I can't do any charitable giving AT ALL (well, unless you count some change weekly in the collection basket) so saving so much money while providing necessities for my family would open up our finances to be able to help others.
[quote="Robertanthony, post:10, topic:248870"]
Hmm sounds delish.. But more importantly, how can I hire you as a personal accountant?
[quote="petitfleur, post:11, topic:248870"]
I think most coupons I come across for food items are for things we don't eat. I do find good deals for toiletries and cleaning supplies though.
That's usually me too. We try not to buy too much prepackaged/processed items, and I usually don't care about name brand.
[quote="Mommyof02green, post:12, topic:248870"]
First the show is reality TV and one thing about reality TV it's not "true" reality.
Now I do coupon, I do match sales up with coupons, I can save up to 60% that is the best I can do! One thing I do is I have a price ruler. I have the aldi price on can goods and other things listed on my price ruler. I make sure that my bottom dollar I'm going to spend on the name-brand item is going to at least match if not do better then my aldi price. If I can't match or do better then my aldi price then I won't buy because it's not a true savings for me. I suggest to anyone you get your own price rule with the average price that item cost at the place you normally buy for the price you normally spend. That way when you are going through the sales and matching coupons you'll know if it's a really good deal or not and if it really would save you money.
Sure, obviously I know TV isn't real life, but on a smaller scale I do think it's possible to get great savings if you spend the time figuring it all out. I like your idea about the price ruler.
[quote="themeginthemoon, post:14, topic:248870"]
I just use coupon mom!
I'll check it out.
Thanks everyone. :)