Skip to comments.The Coupon Whisperer: Coupon Your Way to a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner
Posted on 11/18/2012 7:29:12 AM PST by PJ-Comix
This is the third Thanksgiving in a row in which I "bought" my dinner components for FREE. Here is what I was able to get via coupons:
21 lb turkey
5 boxes stuffing
5 jars gravy
5 cans cranberry sauce
1 gallon egg nog
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When I see the good stock up deals in which you can use coupons, I will post them here.
Where do you find coupons like that. Here in central Missouri they don’t exist.
If you can’t get the newspaper inserts then buy them from eBay.
do most of them come from coupon thieves?
I can’t find coupons for local fresh turkeys. Those corporate turkeys are just too “buttery flavored popping oil” flavored for me.
I don't go crazy with coupons but do look for deals in a few areas and get what I can off of other items. A penny saved, right?
They don't exist where I live either. Frankly, it's frustrating to read things like this because I suspect the majority of us can't get such deals.
Actually most coupons come from people willing to access recycling bins. I've done that but its icky. I prefer to just buy them. Also there are city entertainment books sold at big discounts if purchased in quantity that provide the Winn Dixie store coupons.
So buy them from eBay.
I have never seen coupons like this.
Once even joined the on line coupon shopper thingy, not one time was there a coupon worth using or if there were didn’t match any store in my area.
Makes me wonder about these so called savings.
There must be areas of the US which benefit from this overwhelmingly with favorable retailers and areas which rarely have these chances.
You should check the online sites which usually give you a heads up several days ahead of the sales which coupons you need. Then you simply purchase the coupons you need and they will be ready to use when the sale starts. Using the Winn Dixie coupons are a no-brainer. They work in any situation in which your pre-coupon total comes out to $30. No brainwork needed there.
Annnnnd... In a few days I might be posting a scenario in which you can get the very BEST toothpaste, Crest 3D White Strip toothpaste for FREE in which you don't need to have coupons. I will wait until I actually do the deal myself before posting just to make sure the scenario works out. BTW, that particular Crest toothpaste really does work. My teeth looked a lot cleaner after just one brushing. After a couple more brushings, they looked like they were freshly cleaned by a dental assistant.
ALL areas have good deals. Want to know who has the BEST deals? Rite-Aid. And guess what? We DON’T have them in Florida. So what we lack, you gain.
You can also purchase from online “clipper” services. They charge per coupon - example: a popular $1.00 off coupon has a “fee” of maybe 10 cents. So you end up saving 90 cents on the product.
The great thing about this type of service is that you target exactly what coupons you want,and how many you want, whereas on ebay you may get a bundle which has a bunch of coupons you don’t want.
One I use is:http://www.westcoastcouponclipping.com/
Another thing you can do is go to the websites of your favorite most used products and sign up for their emails. I opened a “junk” email account just for this type of correspondence. They sometimes send printable coupons.
Since obama has been in office there are fewer coupons, they have lower value, and some are ridiculous in requiring you to purchase three or four of the item in order to use the coupon. For example - a $1.00 off coupon where you must purchase four boxes of plain original cheerios. So, you only “save” 25 cents per box, and you have to eat cheerios forever. The other big change is that the coupons expire very close to their issue date. Remember when coupons were valid for an average of six months? Now it’s difficult to find coupons valid for more than six weeks, while a good many of them are only valid for four weeks now.
That clipping service is fast - they have a great turnaround time, so I have even sometimes brought coupons that would expire in under two weeks because I knew they would mail them right out. Three to four days to receive in my mailbox.
Yes, I also use clipping services. However, I make sure they are geographically close since time is usually of the essence in using the coupons.
Our local stores only double to $1.00. Here that means if you have a .75 cent coupon, it is only “doubled” to a dollar. Target will allow you to combine their store coupon, and a manufacturer coupon, and I can’t recall the deal they have with doubling. I think it does not apply to the Target coupon, but does to the manuf. coupon - and may only be one day a week for doubling.
Walmart is tricky with their “matching” on other stores sales prices, so you need to learn their rules and always bring the other stores flyer with you because the cashier will not match unless you have the flyer. Walmart customer service has all of the competitors flyers - but won’t do the service of providing them to the cashiers. Walmart never doubles as far as I am aware.
Most stores like that have their coupon policy spelled out on their websites, but some are confusing - so call the local store and get them to clarify any questions BEFORE you get to the store.
I have found that the best coupon deals over the past few years are the non-food items. Soaps, hair care, toothpastes, shaving, vitamins and supplements. Food coupons, cleaning products, etc., have been less than impressive.
We did score a 18 lb. turkey free due to “points” on the shoppers card for one local store. We get points for savings at a local gas station from that same store. Additionally, check for coupons that print up on the back of your grocery receipt.
Years ago in Los Angeles you could double up to $2.00 which made for a lot of great deals.
I remember those days. *sigh*
Have you eBay-ed any of your finds? I ask this because so many coupon food products are products we don’t eat. We avoid MSG, hydrogenated oils, etc. as best as we can, but I’d like to try couponing free stuff to sell on eBay.
No. However, since I can get a lot of stuff I don’t need, I have started bartering for things I do need or for items easy to rebarter. I think this is essential for Survivalism. For example, I have already traded stuff like body wash and BO sticks for bottles of Grey Goose. Then I trade the Grey Goose for stuff I do need. If we go into deep Survivalist mode, stockpiled Grey Goose is a great barter chip to trade for essentials. Also if there are long power outages, just drinking the Grey Goose can help ease you past those periods.
If you have a “Save a Lot” near you they have 10 for $10 sales. Also, check out the $ stores & grocery store coupons. I also have 2 online coupon sites that e-mail coupons two or three times a week. In fact I have about 50 coupons to use this coming week. I especially like the dog food coupons as I have 2 dogs. When I had 4 cats I used most of the cat food coupons. Look for potatoes, rice etc. in packages not boxes as boxes are easy for bugs to get into. Look for buy one & get one free which is very common here in Florida. Good luck & its fun to search for good buys.
When stores double up on coupons they “eat” the difference. That is probably why they don’t double more than a dollar anymore.
Spent waaay too much on really great Szechuan food today. It was our son’s 16th birthday so it was worth it.
I’m getting some good deals on stock up items for Thanksgiving. Green Giant canned veggies are 2 for 98 cents right now, usually 1.49 a can since the 0bamanation. I bought a case, or maybe two...ha-ha!
Stove Top Stuffing is 88 cents, Betty Crocker potatoes au gratin are 88 cents as well. And butter, two for four dollars. Unreal, as it was 3.69 for a pound before T-Day madness. I’m old enough to know better that prices will kick up after the holidays. That’s why I’m stocking up my freezer and pantry now.
I’ve missed your coupon adventures..So happily surprised to see this Couponing Post by you.
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