Clipping Coupons Just Makes Cents

I slay myself.

I began clipping coupons way back in the early 80’s, while I was in college, living on my own, and calling a box of Stove Top Stuffing dinner.  I blame it on my genes, but I’ve always been thrifty by nature.

I’ve pretty much kept the same coupon dividers, but I evolved from a coupon envelope to a clear index box.  So that I might also keep a small spiral notebook, a sawed off sharpened #2 pencil, small calculator, an emergency tampon, and a stash of gum.

Because that’s the only gum hiding place I have that the kids have never thought to look.  The tampon is simply for insurance.  This is a well thought out plan, until I attempt to take notes with the tampon.  But, whatever.

Dutifully, I clipped coupons every Monday, after perusing the Sunday paper. And cleaned out the expired coupons at the beginning of each month. And I only clip those coupons that are for products that are already on my shopping list.  Mostly.   Just recently I finally let go of a coupon I had in my file from 1985.   It was date stamped at the bottom, but listed “no expiration date” at the top.  So I hung onto it.  For 25 years. I finally cut it loose because if I hadn’t felt the need to purchase Potatoes Au Gratin since 1985, I likely never will.

Last year we decided not to get the Sunday paper any longer.  I was disgusted by the slanted editorial, and the coupons were the only reason I bought the paper.  And half the time someone had pilfered the coupons from the stack of papers at the grocery store, so it was a waste of money in my estimation.

So I began to rely on online coupon site for my couponing needs.  The site I use most often  is CouponMom.com.  I simply select the coupons I want each week, and print them out.  But I’m limited as to the type and amount of coupons offered.

Last year, I began using an online coupon clipping service called The Coupon Clippers.  These are the real coupons, not copies.  I was dubious at first.  I always assumed those services were a rip-off, and could not deliver what was promised.  But I found The Coupon Clippers through e-Mealz, a company I thoroughly trust.

Basically, I go through the data base and select the coupons for items that I regularly purchase.  I can also request duplicates for coupons for products that I will purchase more than one of.  For example, I check the expiration date, and figure out how many of those I might purchase in that time segment.  The price of each coupons varies according to the value of the coupon.  A coupon for $1.00 a bottle of Tide might cost .05 cents per coupon.  That’s a pretty good return.

After I order all the coupons that I want, the price of the coupons is tallied, and the sales tax and handling fee are added on, and the tax and fees are usually about $1.00.  Depending on how much I’ve ordered.  Far less expensive than the cost of a weekly newspaper.  And I place an order every month or two.

Rachael Woodard is the sweet gal who runs The Coupon Clippers out of her home.    She’s also a homeschooling mom, so she automatically has a special place in my heart.  And I’ve recently learned that she is going to be leaving on a medical mission team trip to Moldava later in July.  The Facebook page to support the Moldova Medical Mission Team can be found here.

I love finding small businesses like this that pay so much care to customer service.  And I love being able to share my findings with you all.  The Coupon Clippers have a very fast turn-around, and I usually receive my coupon order within the same week.

If you’re a coupon clipping fanatic like me, check them out.  And if you are hanging onto coupons from 1985, our support group will be meeting weekly.

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12 Responses to Clipping Coupons Just Makes Cents

  • Your 1985 coupon sure beats mine, but I did just discover a pizza coupon in a cabinet that I must have stashed there shortly after we moved to this house… it expired 1/31/98! That was enough to make me laugh. :o) Lesson learned: never stash coupons above eye level. My first 3 kids were then 5, 2.5, and a few months old, so I can understand why I might have done such a thing while unpacking boxes!

  • Seriously? Coupons? I dunno. I’m skeptical. Mainly because I’ve so rarely found coupons for grocery items I buy. Hmmmm…I might have to look into this further.

  • The Sunday paper is the only one we buy. I do clip coupons but lately haven’t been seeing any for the stuff I do buy. Hubby has a PT job at HEB (local grocery store) so I mainly shop there for foodstuff since we get 10% off of any HEB brand (they have 8 store brands including organic).

  • I have never been able to get into coupon clipping. I rarly buy anything that I can get coupons for. Most of what I buy is meat, produce and dairy and I have yet to find any coupons for that stuff. I do use coupons for pull-ups though. Mostly the ones that Target gives you when the print out the receipt.

  • We stopped getting the Sunday paper about 6 months ago when I figured out that I was paying more weekly for the paper than the coupons I was clipping.

    I tell you what though, I have $1 off coupons for Colgate toothpaste enough to last the next year! And, I have to say, if a company is honestly going to place a coupon in the paper for that amount EVERY WEEK, then I think it’s simply more financially / environmentally responsible to just drop the price of your product on the shelf!

    (K, off my soap box now.)

  • I’ve been using coupons for 7 years-Used to be very skeptical. Then I read Ellie Kay’s book Shop, save, and share which totally changed how I shop. My grocery budget went from $700+/month 7 years ago to $400/month for a family of 4 today (Including a 20 and 17 year-old male who both know how to eat). Check out afullcup.com-There are lots of us couponers out there saving lots of money.

  • Well, first, your post gave me the first laugh of the day!
    Second, I use coupon clippers all the time. I really like it, especially that the shipping is very reasonable.
    I wonder if the computer would have accepted your 20-year-old coupon? Or would it have had a meltdown?

    Now, I have to say something about those people who insist they never buy anything that uses coupons. Not so sure about that. Unless you’re only using vinegar to rinse your hair or wash your windows, don’t you buy hair products and household cleaners? What about toothpaste? Holy Cow, there are stories all over the internet about people who have stockpiles of toothpaste they got free (or almost) from CVS! (Myself included–down to about 6 tubes now, LOL!)

    So…I’m with you on the coupon thing! I love it and will do it even if I ever win the Mega Bucks Lottery. It’s just too much fun.

  • I used the Coupon Clippers quite a bit last year, but in the end decided it wasn’t worth it. The thing that killed it for me was that many (not all) of the coupons offered for sale have a lower limit of 5. So, I would head off to Walmart with my 5 coupons for Cascade, 5 coupons for All, etc. etc, and I would get there, and there’d be only 2 or 3 bottles. I’d buy those, and put the other coupons away, but the next time I’d go, they’d be out, and they wouldn’t get back in stock until the coupons expired. This happened over and over, not just with Walmart, but with Target or grocery stores. The coupons are national coupons, and everyone has a copy from their paper, so the items sell out too fast to be able to buy the 5 copies of each item I need. When I limited myself to those coupons with a minimum purchase of 1 copy of the coupon, I didn’t find enough coupons each week to get to the 3.00 minimum order.

    So basically, the 3.00 min order and/or the 5 minimum coupon limit together made the site not cost effective.

    I think this is because I mostly buy non-couponable stuff. I buy very little prepackaged food, and for those packages I do buy, there seem to be few coupons. I used the coupons mostly for household goods, not food. Yes, maybe I saved 20-30 dollars a month, but it was a huge hassle of trying to find a store where I could use up my 5 coupon copies!

    The site, though, is very well organized, user friendly, and quick. The coupons are delivered quickly too.

  • I know I should be clipping coupons and using them but it never fails when I have one I know I will use it is not with me at the store.

  • I have some of those no-expiration coupons that I need to get rid of LOL. Thank you for posting this – I’ve wondered about coupon services but wasn’t sure which one to choose.

  • Wow! I am so impressed. I’ve only gotten the hang of coupons like twice in my life. I just don’t have the coupon gene. But I always look on with envy at the women in the grocery store with their cute organizers. I think I just want a cute organizer.

  • go fish that puppy outa the trash and visit an antique store. They’ll probably pay $5 for a “vintage” coupon and charge 7.50 to a collector.