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Beezle2
07-25-2011, 07:56 AM
For weeks now coupons in my paper have stunk! I am finding very little I can use and even less that match up with a sale! WTHeck is going on?! I used to do very well and had a good but not crazy stock pile.

I'm having a usable coupon drought!! I'm thinking of just moving over to Aldi for anything that isn't on loss leader at Meijer for the week. I don't want my groceries to cost $40 more per week!!

Alexander
07-25-2011, 07:59 AM
Those coupon-wacked people are affecting the rest of us. The manufacturers can only absorb so many coupons and those people who buy $400 worth of groceries for $50 are killing them. The decline in usable coupons has been predicted since the TV show and internet sites started.

maggiew
07-25-2011, 08:04 AM
I noticed that a lot of the pages in the coupon inserts are now ads and not coupons???? I mean, there were always a few pages of ads for Grandma shoes or housecoats, but now there are just ads for shampoos, etc. with no coupons?????

Although, I am still finding enough to keep me happy for now. I had a decent run at CVS yesterday and it had been a few weeks since I felt like I had a good coupon day there.

Maggie

Beezle2
07-25-2011, 08:12 AM
Those coupon-wacked people are affecting the rest of us. The manufacturers can only absorb so many coupons and those people who buy $400 worth of groceries for $50 are killing them. The decline in usable coupons has been predicted since the TV show and internet sites started.

I've always hated shelf clearers and can't understand why anyone needs more then a few backups of an item. I don't watch those shows because I think it's greedy and sort of weird for the most part. The change is affecting my budget dang it and I hate that too! I'm going to pout about it for awhile, :laughing:

stitchlovestink
07-25-2011, 08:19 AM
So it's not just me! I thought that the coupons lately were pretty lousy too. Hopefully this is not a permanent thing. We can only hope, right? :confused3

LisaNJ25
07-25-2011, 08:24 AM
I have been going to ebay or the clipping services for the ones I want the past few weeks. I still go out and get 8 papers a weeks but have been ordering more specific coupons recently.

lisam427
07-25-2011, 08:27 AM
the coupons most definetely have not been that great at all. i have been doing most of my shopping at aldi lately. there are some sundays that i haven't even bought the paper. even the printable coupons aren't that great. i will keep shopping at aldis! hopefully things will get better.

Our 2 Princesses
07-25-2011, 08:37 AM
I totally agree with you. The coupons lately stink!! ;) I actually went grocery shopping last Thursday and did not have one coupon to use. My dds were absolutely shocked and kept talking about me not using a coupon. That's all my 15 yr old dd could talk about. :laughing:

Sagginit
07-25-2011, 09:01 AM
i know the feeling. i missed the sunday paper a few times in the last month and have not even cared b/c i know its not that great. i bought all you for the first time at walmart last week. it was only 50 cents more than the sunday paper and had some great coupons, maybe i will just start buying that. the good news is palmolive dish soap had a coupon out this weekend for ANY size, i can now use that at CVS today, if they still have any of the smaller size thats on sale still in stock, will not be surprised if the shelf was wiped clean yesterday....

Beezle2
07-25-2011, 09:15 AM
So it's not just me! I thought that the coupons lately were pretty lousy too. Hopefully this is not a permanent thing. We can only hope, right? :confused3

I'll be hoping Fall is better or turning to Aldi more if its not!

miralys
07-25-2011, 09:25 AM
I have found that coupons come and go in waves (as far as good deals). We are definitely in a dry spell. I did have a good day at CVS yesterday (lots of stuff we needed, pain relief, soap, floss, etc) but it was the first time in a month I had been. Haven't been to Publix in a while either. If I cannot match up coupons/sales I just shop Aldi and the vegetable market. I have been to Aldi once a week for the last month, so that tells you how long it's been since the coupons were worth having!

MEM
07-25-2011, 10:19 AM
I've always hated shelf clearers and can't understand why anyone needs more then a few backups of an item. I don't watch those shows because I think it's greedy and sort of weird for the most part. The change is affecting my budget dang it and I hate that too! I'm going to pout about it for awhile, :laughing:

The thing about shelf-clearers is that most stores have a limit on sale items per person but they don't seem to enforce it routinely. I like the stores that program their registers to ring up sale items at the regular price if you exceed the limit.

j's m
07-25-2011, 11:26 AM
I thought it was just me, that the coupons weren't good for us. I now look through the sunday paper at the supermarket before I buy it, and if I can't make back at least the 99 cents, I don't buy it.

The other thing I noticed is that printables aren't available for too long. I had an e-mail for a softsoap coupon and when I clicked through, no more available.

ShariVT
07-25-2011, 12:48 PM
That show has not only ruined the coupon supply but my store has stopped doubling them. RRRR bad TLC

njmom47
07-25-2011, 12:52 PM
I also noticed a lot more say "Do Not Double." There goes our double coupons as well!

java
07-25-2011, 12:55 PM
There goes the free toothpaste- all the new coupons are saying DO NOT DOUBLE.

I agree the coupons have not been as good. I am finding better higher discount ones on facebook lately.

Beezle2
07-25-2011, 01:21 PM
That show has not only ruined the coupon supply but my store has stopped doubling them. RRRR bad TLC

Around here that stopped a couple of years ago. One store chain stopped because Walmart wasn't doing it and they needed to compete. I really miss doubling!

MELSMICE
07-25-2011, 01:42 PM
One of our main grocery chains will now only take 4 coupons for the same item & I'm glad!!!

I don't understand the idea of clearing the shelves. Someone I know just purchased 11 jars of relish. Why? Seriously, how much relish can one family eat?

Pluto the Pup
07-25-2011, 03:29 PM
I've also noticed that magazines like Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, etc. don't seem to have any or as many coupons as they used to. All You magazine is the exception.

I'm hoping that more and better coupons will come out this fall as we get closer to the holidays.

In the meantime, I'm trying to find more coupons by going to the websites of the products I like. Sometimes you can print coupons out from the website, or they may occasionally send you coupons if you sign up for their email newsletter.

maggiew
07-25-2011, 08:07 PM
There goes the free toothpaste- all the new coupons are saying DO NOT DOUBLE.

I agree the coupons have not been as good. I am finding better higher discount ones on facebook lately.

Many coupons have always said DO NOT DOUBLE. That is not from the show.

Also, its still possible to get free toothpaste. For example, CVS has Crest toothpaste $2.99 and get back $2 ECB. Use a $1 coupon and you get it free.

Maggie

GoofyFairie
07-26-2011, 07:31 AM
I only got 2 coupons from the inserts this week and saved a whoping 1.50 on my grocer bill! Ridiculous! I just read that TLC ordered 12 new episodes of Extreme couponing that will begin in September. Does that mean no more good coupons?

MsDisney23
07-26-2011, 07:52 AM
If you buy our local newspapers on Sat or Sunday there are now no coupons in them, only for home delivery!

seashoreCM
07-26-2011, 08:13 AM
When I want fruit juice I will not buy fruit drink just because that has a coupon while fruit juice does not.

Yes I am guilty of shelf clearing although I spread it out over several days.

java
07-26-2011, 09:34 AM
Many coupons have always said DO NOT DOUBLE. That is not from the show.

Also, its still possible to get free toothpaste. For example, CVS has Crest toothpaste $2.99 and get back $2 ECB. Use a $1 coupon and you get it free.

Maggie

I've noticed way more that are saying do not double now. In fact in the recent flyer in our paper they all had do not double on them. In the past there were a select few with the do not double thing. My store is now limiting how many coupons you can use on one item. It's 5 I think? Which really doesn't impact me since I am not an extreme couponer I am only buying what we need.

I never payed attention to CVS as we don't have one locally- but one is opening up I guess I better learn more about that. I scored toothpaste for $.35 today- that's still pretty good.

Beezle2
07-26-2011, 11:45 AM
I only got 2 coupons from the inserts this week and saved a whoping 1.50 on my grocer bill! Ridiculous! I just read that TLC ordered 12 new episodes of Extreme couponing that will begin in September. Does that mean no more good coupons?

you did better than me, :) I have zero coupons again this week for anything I want! Meijer is doing their 11/$10 deal and I have most always had at least a few coupons to match up with that sale. I got nothing, :laughing:

amberdburke
07-26-2011, 03:52 PM
I usually do extremely well at Meijer, and the past few weeks, not so much. I usually do great with the 11 for $10 sale, but I noticed this time is was more Meijer brand, so no coupons were available.

FYI - Some stores still double up to .50 even if the coupon says Do Not Double. I know that our local Kroger will still double it.

Free4Life11
07-27-2011, 07:52 AM
The insert coupons have been getting worse and worse, but I've noticed that more and more manufacturers are turning to higher value printables. Usually you have to "Like" them on Facebook or sign up for emails or something, but it's worth it. I've been able to get some great coupons that would never come in the paper -- Bare Chicken, Laura's Lean Beef (both antibiotic free), Fage Greek Yogurt, etc.

Jennifer823
07-27-2011, 09:34 AM
I wish we had an Aldi! Our closest is 70 miles away :( I think that the lack of coupons isn't just from the couponing websites and shows. I think it's more a result of the bad economy.

Grumpy's Gal
07-27-2011, 09:53 AM
Someone I know just purchased 11 jars of relish. Why? Seriously, how much relish can one family eat?

Well, if you see me at the store, please don't assume it's for one family. I have three sisters and we split up our lists so we each only have to go to one store. So if we all have coupon, I could possibly be buying for all four families if it's something we all like or will use.

I just don't have time to go to all five stores we frequent so we split them up every week. It saves us all time.:banana:

RLccweems
07-27-2011, 09:58 AM
I noticed that a lot of the pages in the coupon inserts are now ads and not coupons???? I mean, there were always a few pages of ads for Grandma shoes or housecoats, but now there are just ads for shampoos, etc. with no coupons?????

Although, I am still finding enough to keep me happy for now. I had a decent run at CVS yesterday and it had been a few weeks since I felt like I had a good coupon day there.

Maggie

I noticed it....:sad2: and not happy. Hope it gets better very soon

MELSMICE
07-27-2011, 10:43 AM
Well, if you see me at the store, please don't assume it's for one family. I have three sisters and we split up our lists so we each only have to go to one store. So if we all have coupon, I could possibly be buying for all four families if it's something we all like or will use.

I just don't have time to go to all five stores we frequent so we split them up every week. It saves us all time.:banana:
That is a good idea.

The thing is, she posted a picture of it on FB stating that she "cleared the shelf". She did ask, "Does anyone out there need relish?", so while she did inquire if anyone could use it, IMO, she went in knowing that her family could not use 11 jars of relish. That is what I don't undertand. Why not just get what you're going to use?

She posts many picture of her "deals" on FB.......one of them being 3 boxes of KY Jelly. :eek: TMI, IMO!