Crash Course in the Art of Couponing

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Diet Coke SplendaI’ve mentioned Couponing before in passing. For those that aren’t familiar with it, it’s like a cult of grocery shopping that can save you tons of money. Here’s a quick example:

1) Visit this DietCoke.com link and click on ‘Print Coupon’ to print out a coupon good for 75 cents off of a 2-liter of Diet Coke with Splenda.

2) Find a store in your area that “doubles” coupons. That is, if you use a coupon for 50 cents an item, then they will give you double that, or $1, off instead. Here is a resource that provides a decent list of chains in each state that do this. Some places may require a coupon from their weekly newspaper ad, or only do it on certain days of the week.

3) Go to the store, and mostly likely, with the doubling, you will get a free 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke! (Mine was $1.39 originally.)

Now, that just sounds like good sense, right? So why did I call it a cult? Imagine doing this a hundred times. That’s right. A hundred. True ‘Couponers’ will make 100 copies (ok, maybe a bit less. But close.) and go to several different stores, several different times. They know ‘coupon-friendly’ cashiers, when the ‘mean’ managers work, and have routes to hit all the good grocery stores with the least driving. In the end, you’ll have 100 free 2-liters of Diet Coke in your pantry, and not have to shop for diet soda again for years!

This is the whole mentality of the Couponer – cook entirely from your pantry. They’ll have three year supplies of soap, shampoo, flour, canned soups, etc. They only buy things from the grocery store that are severely discounted. Buying $100 worth of groceries for $6.34 after coupons is the goal. In fact, I’ve read stories of people getting cash back!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed your crash course in Couponing. I am not a Couponer, but probably try to be when I have a larger family. Oh, enjoy that free Diet Coke too. I am!

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Comments

  1. I remember going to the store to get some cereal, armed with coupons. . . I went home with 2 boxes of cereal and an extra fifty cents.

    -Michael

  2. man, what’s up with your RSS feed? Why is it invalid?

  3. Yep, coupons can be powerful juju. 🙂

    Anon – Thanks for the heads up, I think I fixed it. RSS feeds don’t like ‘&’, so I changed them all to “and”. Oops.

  4. yeah, the wonderful world of XML. Glad to be able to receive your feed again. Horray!

  5. i guess they will ony double coupon upto 50 cents not 75c

  6. manuvns – It varies by every single store. Some stores even do ‘Triple Coupons’ on certain days.

  7. Thanks for the coupon link. My mom fits your description of the hard core couponer exactly. By the time this coupon expires, something tells me I’ll be knee deep in Diet Coke!

  8. Hey, when I went back today they were completely sold out of the Diet Coke w/ Splenda. Which one of you guys bought it all? ;P

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