Before I posted the link I mailed my list and told them about the service and asked for their user opinions…. One awesome reader named Pam replied with a very valuable email so I asked if I could share it with everyone and she kindly agreed.
Here is what she had to say:
You asked for comments on this yesterday.
I have been using online coupons from this and other sites for over 7 years now. They are great, if the store will accept the online coupons printed at home, and most major retailers will take them. Some like Kroger take them reluctantly. I do have a couple of issues I have with them is sometimes they expire too soon and they have print limits on them. Coupons.com for instance usually allows one print of each coupon per person, and forget about using other email addresses to cheat, you really can’t because of their special printing software keeps track of everything printed. Coupons.com does reset once a month, so if the manufacturer continues to run the coupon you can reprint in a month which does help those of us who stock up on sale items.
One of the greatest advantages of the online coupons is they also can be doubled and tripled at the store who offer this promotion. Doing this I regularly save between 50-80% on my grocery bill, sometimes more, rarely less. The two grocery stores I shop at double and triple coupons up to $0.50 or the price of the item. So if an item is $0.99 and I have a $0.50 coupon and it is doubled or tripled, the item takes off the $0.99 and the item is free, whether at the store that doubles or triples. So I take advantage of sales and coupons to get the best deal possible. An item that is $1.79 with a $0.50 coupon tripled costs me $0.29, with the $1.50 off.ADVERTISMENT: CONTENT CONTINUED BELOW
The best I have done at the grocery store is pay $15.73 for $134.96 worth of groceries. The clerk and person behind me were impressed. The best part for me was I was able to donate to local Foodbank, two of three items purchased.
One year I saved the difference the coupons saved me at the grocery for purchasing Christmas for the family. I stopped at 6 months, having already saved over $1800.00 for this project, which was more than double projected expenses. We had enough left over to make a good donation to the homeless shelter as well.
I do have some suggestions for other coupon sites: Smartsource.com, Shortcuts.com, Cellfire.com, and the grocery store shopped website.
My primary grocery store offers their own printable coupons, and also has links via the shopping card to both Shortcuts.com and Cellfire.com which load coupons directly on the shoppers card. On these coupons one is able to not only get cents off with the loaded coupons, but is also able to get tripled coupons with printed coupons, a real bonus. Granted it is only one coupon but every cent adds up to big savings. The loadable coupons many times have multiple coupons for the same item that are loadable, which helps those of us who stalk up on items or donate food.
I have gotten in the habit of going to the website of any and all stores I shop at because nearly every single one of them offers online coupons. Here are some that do; K-Mart, Dollar General, Michaels, Home Depot, and Hobby Lobby. Be sure to get on their email list for the best savings possible.
Hope this helps out.
Pam, these tips are invaluable and more than help out! Thanks so much for your insightful email.
Do you have anymore online coupon tips and ideas how to get free printable grocery coupons? If so I would love to hear from you…
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