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likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 19:39

I do it as a hobby and to help out cash wise as things are really tight financially. only ever stuff we can use and not to stockpile. been doing it a few weeks and generally enjoying it as a hobby have saved £24.00 on groceries in two weeks but the reaction of people is mad I've already been called a scruff and a scav. people move tills when they see I've got a few coupons ( never more than ten) aibu to coupon and do you?Smile

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AlbertaCampion · 16/06/2013 20:44

My problem with couponing in the UK is that most of the offers are for processed junk, and stuff I never buy because I don't need it, whether it's 2p or £2.

likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 20:45

agree with you there, i have yet to find many that arent.

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Feminine · 16/06/2013 20:48

like you are just being savvy.

Its not the 'norm' here.

Don't forget , if you want to stop...or don't have any Coupons, just try and learn the sale cycles. You'll still make savings like you are.

I think mainly because here, its an effort to source them. Its important to factor in time/expense printing them etc...:)

You can sometimes get them on ebay, its legal.

likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 20:53

i dont so much mind the finding, the printing isnt too bad as we have oodles of ink and paper for the dcs excessive paper related drawing/homework. clearly just need to be a bit more confident and make a joke of or explain my reasoning! ive never took much notice of the sales cycle you could be right there.

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Feminine · 16/06/2013 20:57

I sent you a PM. :)

likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 20:59

thanks feminine seems i have a lot to learn yet, i am rather enjoying it though. my family all think its hilarious

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Sleepyhoglet · 16/06/2013 21:30

Love tesco clubcard. Does that count? We spend ages handing over our coupons and counting our own bags. Can't understand why people think you are a scruff. We have a very good income and lifestyle, but we like saving money where possible.

Giraffeski · 16/06/2013 21:38

I love that coupon is used as a verb in your OP.
I use the Boots ones but that's it.

Loupee · 16/06/2013 21:52

I love using coupons, especially while working in Boots, teaming them up with offers/staff discount was amazing.
I agree that figuring out sales cycles are a key part to the process, I still know the Boots ones, so if something is not on offer I have a good idea of when/if it will be. I have a rough idea of Tescos as that's where I am most often. Getting to know Asda, but more slowly as I do a couple of big shops a month there.
I have never been called names or made to feel to bad for using coupons. Just be smug that you are saving money and they are clearly jealous!

likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 23:08

I like to think well its Money I now have to spend on doing things with kids/ replacing things we have been putting off. did get sad the other day when two women moved away proclaiming to hate people that scavved thingsGrin I have no idea on the sales rotation in asda really but go in there weekly if not more

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youmeatsix · 16/06/2013 23:09

No one use snap & save? topcashback, the offers change regularly and its easy to use, no need to print coupons (scroll down for the grocery ones)

likesnowflakesinanocean · 16/06/2013 23:13

I downloaded shop n save but the local one is abit grim so stuck with shopitize. shop n save looks good if you have the shops nearby though.

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mercibucket · 16/06/2013 23:19

cheaper to shop at aldi tbh, altho the odd coupon deal can be worthwhile
i always use tcb for online buys though

bedmonster · 16/06/2013 23:20

With vouchers here though, there's usually some smallprint at the back which states that you can't use it on already discounted items - and I've seen episodes of extreme couponing where the supermarket ends up owing the customer money Shock Just wouldn't happen - and there's always a maximum number of vouchers you can use in one transaction, and also, just where the fuck would you get all the vouchers? On the programme, they seem to have books of them - like an argos catalogue full, week after week?? I don't get it!

BriansBrain · 16/06/2013 23:29

They dive in dumpsters for the discount magazines.

WhizzerAndChips · 16/06/2013 23:31

I don't actively 'coupon', but if I saw a coupon to save money I'd be snipping it out and using it. That's common sense - why spend more when you don't have to?! Confused
I'd be one of those though that really couldn't give a flying s* what others thought if I was at the till with a million and three coupons. If I was saving money I wouldn't let them get to me Grin

Sokmonsta · 17/06/2013 10:41

Yanbu. And it's often easier to go through self service as they frequently take coupons that checkout staff scrutinise.

A good one at the mo seems to be the gu desserts, they're either half price or bogof depending on where you shop. But the boxes have a 50p off voucher in them. So you pay less than half price for your next purchase, or use 2 vouchers on bogof. Even if they say cannot be used in conjunction with other offers, and its something you want anyway,it's worth having them scanned as I've found they do often go through. Buy 1 get 2 free huggies and their vouchers saves us no end when the twins were born!

Also boots staff here are really good at maximising vouchers. In total I spent £90 once and saved £60 - Although that did include their vastly overpriced free changing bag.

likesnowflakesinanocean · 17/06/2013 11:44

the cussons baby bath scanned in boots despite it already being half price which I was suprised about. it was really nice too I don't have young children but ones with sensitive skin so was a handy buy. I shall resist the puddingGrin I'm wayyyy to not fitting in my jeans to allow pudding buyingGrin.

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