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October 5, 2012

Here are some couponing success stories

I always love hearing about the ways Super-Couponers are implementing coupon shopping and savings techniques into their lives! Here’s a sampling of success stories I’ve received recently.

Dear Jill,

Since reading your column I have been shopping differently! I have to tell you about my ketchup deal. Bottles of name-brand ketchup were on sale for $1.25. If you bought 10 you saved another $5 instantly. That dropped each bottle to 75 cents. I also had five coupons good for $1 with the purchase of two bottles. So I paid $2.50 for 10 bottles of ketchup, a quarter each! The ketchup doesn’t out-date for more than a year. We use a bottle a month so this is not too much to buy. But look what I save in the long run!” – Sunny L.

Dear Sunny,

Stocking up during a good sale is always smart shopping. At times I receive email from new couponers who are afraid to begin stockpiling. More than a few of them have confessed that they don’t want to turn into one of “those crazy people” with a house full of groceries! But it’s easy to maintain a moderate stockpile that doesn’t overtake your home and your life. My stockpile fits on a set of shelves in my basement with an overflow shelf in my garage for paper products. The space allows me to do normal, three-month stock-ups and ones in which I might find a great deal and want to stock up in somewhat larger quantities.

Dear Jill,

I am really amazed how much cereal goes up and down in price at the market I shop. If I had to say a range it is usually low at $1.49 and high at $3.99 a box. I really like a certain brand of cereal so I try to stock up enough on it when it is on sale and I have coupons. But I have also learned when I don’t have any coupons, just buy it when it goes to $1.49! I am noticing more and more price spreads like these on so many things. – Cole E.

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