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The GREAT Coupon Experiment aims to solve a mystery as old as the Sunday insert itself: Is coupon cutting really a feasible way for people with lives and dogs and families to save money?  My mother would say, “yes”; I would say, “I don’t know, that’s why I’m doing this experiment.” 


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My results from weeks 3 & 4 are, well, different.  Starting in week 3 I began to supplement my newspaper clipping with some printable coupons from couponmom.com (you have to sign up, but it’s free, including junk mail, so be careful).  Coupon Mom told me I could cut my grocery bill in half!  But I didn’t.  Yet.


Some notes on the online coupons:


1.  I noticed alot of duplicate coupons online that were also in my newspaper.  So many duplicates, in fact, that I’ve decided to convert to only printable coupons.  Paying $2 for just for the Sunday Times really eats into my net savings.


2. Printable coupons are HUGE, so don’t print them on photo paper or anything.


Other Thoughts:


1.  In Week 3 I was stoked that I used 11 coupons; it was crazy, coupons were flying every-which-way.  But when I went to clip for Week 4, I noticed more of the same coupons (there’s only so much Hilshire Farm turkey that the husband will eat), so I didn’t use as many.


2.  I’m not incredibly happy with the coupons offered in the only newspaper that I have available.  I have good ol’ mom sending me some from her area and they are completely different.  So, just be aware that all inserts are not the same. 


3.  Week 2 is a bit of anomaly because I went to the regular Super Market and they do in-store sales, whereas the Commissary does not.


4.  I bought a coupon organizer this week.  Things.  Just.  Got.  Serious.




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Have coupon or other money saving tips?  Share them with the group, don’t be stingy.


 


Might I Recommend:


The GREAT Coupon Experiment – Week 1


The GREAT Coupon Experiment – Week 2


Wal-Mart vs. Super Market vs. Commissary


 


 

 


Article publié pour la première fois le 22/06/2010

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