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courtreporter said Feb 3, 2009

Our contestants for this weeks contest are:

1.  Shaynajaymie

2.  emilyb

3.  mandeBN

4.  whunag

5.  fichter

6.  moveablerainbow

7.  TheHandler

8.  seraphimjb

9.  nicjosemm

10.  silverweave

This week to pick the winners I used our own randomizer from Duzzee.ca.  Here is the result and this weeks winner

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My Random Numbers
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Feb 9,             06:34:55        1                                           10                                            5   2009                                                                                                                                               

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Number Ranges from    1 to 10   

This weeks winner is Fichter.  Congratulations.  I will transfer the points later on today

Thanks for entering the contest everyone.  I will post this week's contest in awhile.

February 2, 2009 - For this week's contest I thought it might be fun to find out how everyone got their start in using coupons. 

Make a post here telling us about how you got into using coupons.  It doesn't have to be anything elaborate.  It could be anything from following in your mother's footsteps to finding your first Free Product Coupon and you were hooked. 

There will be one winner randomly drawn who will receive 500 PN Points. 

There is a maximum of 1 entry per person per contest.  I, of course, will not be entered into this contest. 

The contest will start now and end February 8, 2009 at midnight. 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND HAVE FUN. 

 

Here is the list of all who entered our first contest:

1.  shaynajaymi

2.  venusflytrap

3.  fichter

4.  lialinda

5.  nikyk

6.  moveablerainbow

7.  silverweave

And thanks to Shaynajaymie for the idea to use the Research Randomizer to pick the winners.


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Research Randomizer Results

1 Set of 7 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 7 -- Unsorted

Job Status:

     
Set #1:

 4, 7, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

The winner is Lialinda, number 4 on the list I posted earlier.  I will transfer the points later today.

Thanks to all for entering. 

Hi, everybody,

We have decided to start a contest in our coupon section. 
This contest starts today and ends on Sunday, February 1 at midnight. 

Rules:

Make a post here telling us about the best deal you have ever received by using coupons on a shopping trip.  The coupons could have been a bunch of Free Product Coupons or simply money off coupons.
This might also help the newcomers to coupons by letting them know how we all utilize our coupons to get the best deal possible. 

1.  Post which coupons you used

2.  What products were purchased

3.  And what you spent and how much you saved by using them.

If you can't remember exact amount, then just estimate. 

There will be one winner randomly drawn who will receive 500 PN Points. 

There is a maximum of 1 entry per person per contest.  Although, if you want to share more than 1 deal, please do so.  

I, of course, will not be entered into this contest, although I will post my deals. 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND HAVE FUN. 




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shaynajaymie said Feb 3, 2009
Well I wouldn't say I'm "hooked" on using coupons but I do use them from time to time and certainly more today than in the past. I would say I started using coupons when I discovered PN. It makes it far easier and enticing to use coupons when there is a source like this to find them.

These days I do use the Michaels 40% and 50% coupons every week because I am stocking up on wedding decorations :)

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courtreporter said Feb 3, 2009
I actually started using coupons when I found this site. And now I am hooked.

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emilyb said Feb 3, 2009
I started using coupons when I was a university student. When pretty much all you can afford is pasta and rice, a 40-cent off coupon meant I could also get a pound of bananas (back then) or a sale can of veggies or whatever, and still stay in budget. What a treat it was (and still is!) to try something new with a FPC!

Now I coupon to save money, along with shopping at the not-so-fancy grocery stores. I check flyers every week and try to combine sales with coupons. We have a pretty low average on our monthly groceries, I think, and we eat very well. I totally feel the thrill of seeing all the coupon savings on each bill!

Oh I have one funny story about my mother's coupon days. She used to be an avid couponer, with stacks of coupons sorted in the laundry room. She put a lot of time and effort into it and took pride in saving our little family some money. One day the washer broke down and all her carefully clipped, sorted and saved coupons were destroyed. They turned into a sodden, pulpy mess and were unsalvageable. Mum was in tears, not only the frustration of the broken washer and the mess, but all her hard work in coupons gone to waste. My dad was laughing about it (probably trying to lighten the mood). I think they nearly divorced over that incident!

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courtreporter said Feb 3, 2009
LOL, emily. That is sad though, I would have had a stroke if that happened to my coupons.

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mandeeBN said Feb 3, 2009
Me too emily!
Well, I originally bumped into this site while I was looking on line for free samples from websites and then PN poped up and I have been hooked since my very first FPC--a glade one and my first free sample a Joico shampoo and conditioner set! ;)
I now have a stockpile of organized clipped coupons and started the coupon train here so that all of us can share with one another--thats how much I LOVE coupons with friends and PN! :)

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whuang said Feb 3, 2009
I got into using coupons when my co-worker offered me a good deal (only $30) on Entertainment Book. I saved lots of money on dining, tickets, shopping and much more by using the book. Now, I am always looking for good coupons that I can use ~ :)

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fichter said Feb 4, 2009
This a bit of coupon saga folks. It has a beginning, a middle and end ... hope it makes you chuckle once or twice.

I think I can blame it all on my mother - just kidding. She was a great role model and a pretty frugal in a sensible way type person.  She had coupons and used them.  I've always looked at coupons - I even had a coupon wallet in my 20's but then I started doing less and less of the grocery shopping. I'd see a coupon and post it on the fridge but most of the time he wouldn't use it.
 
I think this was before my mom's time but it's great old coupon to look at it:

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Photo credit: Roadside Pictures, 1964 Fruit Loops coupon, creative commons license



I think what really got me back into "couponing" this time in a big way was three things:

1. Safeway airmile offers - spend $100 get a 100 - that just seemed like something we should do when we could

This was important because it made coupons seem "worthwhile".

2. I started a project "Giving Small" in April 2008 to try raise money by doing "small" actions and inviting others to pitch in to buy dairy cows for families in Africa.

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Photo by Drumaboy via Flickr, creative commons license


The motto is "Don't have a cow, give a cow instead" and about the power of small acts of kindness.

I just bought cow 15, Gertrude. But focusing on what a "small" amount could do - I raised the first 5 cows with the recycling fee for pop cans and bottles (15000 bottles, collected, given to me etc.).  I never knew I could make it to one cow let alone 5.   

So I realized a little could do a lot and started noticing coupons - especially the diaper ones and posting them on a freecycle list and one of the mom's who picked up the diaper coupons wrote and said - great I can have coffee this week - and I realized that "small" is mighty.

So I kept trying to give coupons away on freecycle and it usually didn't work. In the old days, the Co-op store would have coupon bin where you could drop off and pick up but no longer. So I felt like I needed to find a place give these coupons away.


3. Pricenetwork.ca

So that's how I stumbled over pricenetwork.ca and signed up and proceeded to have my mind blown away by all the coupons out there.  But I also found -- coupon trading. On another board, I spotted someone trading coupons for SDM and CT to raise money for the Humane Society Shelter in Ontario  and I connected the dots ... and I'm trading coupons to get cows.

So if you'd like to help angel_125.gif - it'd be moo-valous. You can contribute PN Points (all my points are going to the cow so when I get a gift card some day I'll find someone who will use it and give me the $$ for the cow in trade) or transfer 100 (or a 1000) SDM points or Canadian Tire money or coupons - it's all good. Since January with "donations" of Canadian Tire money and SDM points, we've been able to buy one cow.

Read about the all the people who help out and about the cows here:
http://www.lights.ca/giving-small/


So in January I raised $30 for the cow by trading coupons, aeroplan pins, icoke pins.

The funny part is my family saved about $65 in January on coupons -- by buying what we always buy or slightly changing brands when we don't care at all. And then there's all the bonus points everywhere.  Oh it only took me about 100 hours to learn a ton of stuff ... so at this point the pay back in terms of $$ for time is pretty small, but its been fun learning and meeting so many great people.

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Photo by AussieGold via Flickr, creative commons license



"I've never met a coupon I'd like" icon10.gif

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movablerainbow said Feb 4, 2009
I used to throw away coupons :D (don't kill me) J/K Then, one day, I received a few FPC's, and that got me hooked. I still don't coupon the way I would like, the way I see so many save, maybe that's why I don't get a hassle in stores, yet....lol So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it :P

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The Handler said Feb 4, 2009
Great stories here! Love that coupon fichter......a whole 7 cent savings:P Great work on the cow endeavour as well!

When I was first out living on my own I used to find the odd coupon around so I'd stick it in my purse in hopes of using it later (of course I would always forget about it and never end up using it). But those were also the days when coupons were worth 5 or 10 cents. I remember getting excited when I would find one valued at 25 cents:P

It wasn't until I found PN that I really started collecting coupons in a major way. I couldn't believe how many were out there. When I started receiving the FPC's.....well....I was hooked! I found it also helped by reading all the great ways people here at PN have used their coupons together with sales to really save $$. Once I started perusing the weekly ads and matching them up with my coupons I could suddenly see just how much I could really save (and how many coupons I could turn into FPC's just by matching the coupon with a really good sale).

I'm curious........have any of you ever been able to convince a family member or friend to start using coupons in a big way? All my friends and family seem to think my savings/deals are great and are always amazed, but they never want to try it for themselves.

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seraphimjb said Feb 4, 2009
I think that I started thinking about using coupons when I started getting FPC's. At first, I would let a few of them expire because they were for things that I never used myself, but then I started getting into the swing of things and started collecting coupons for items that I use all of the time. One of my favourite things to do is to collect coupons for bath stuff: shave gel, razors, shampoo and body wash and "stockpile" them in my cupboard. That way I don't feel guilty about buying these things when I need them, and I usually have some on hand!

The FPC's that I used to let expire if they were for a product that I didn't use, I now pick up anyways. I generally can donate items to the local food bank if they are for something that I don't use. I love getting FPC's for household "smelly" stuff.....I'm always trying new scents now! Those are something that I probably wouldn't buy on a regular basis if not for a FPC.

Handler- I have the same thing! Many of my friends and family membes are amazed at the sheer number of free things and coupons and points for gift cards that I collect, but few are willing to put in the time required to earn/receive them. I'll keep trying, though, as free things are out there for the taking! Why buy something if you can get it for free????

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nicjosemm said Feb 4, 2009
I started using coupons 5 years ago when i had my third baby. I would recieve cheques in the mail towards formula and diapers. I was always a bargain shopper but then i bought a computer. I found save.ca, then i started noticing coupons everywhere, stores, magazines etc. Then i relized my great bargains/deals were even better when used with a coupon. That was it, i was even cheaper then ever. This hobby has helped my husband let me stay home with the children even though two of them are 12 and 10. He didn't want me to work and this helps us live comfortably. I will never ay full price again.!!! This year is the first year i have started to keep track of coupon usage to to get an idea of what i save on a yearly basis.

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courtreporter said Feb 4, 2009

quote by The Handler:
Great stories here! Love that coupon fichter......a whole 7 cent savings:P Great work on the cow endeavour as well! When I was first out living on my own I used to find the odd coupon around so I'd stick it in my purse in hopes of using it later (of course I would always forget about it and never end up using it). But those were also the days when coupons were worth 5 or 10 cents. I remember getting excited when I would find one valued at 25 cents:P It wasn't until I found PN that I really started collecting coupons in a major way. I couldn't believe how many were out there. When I started receiving the FPC's.....well....I was hooked! I found it also helped by reading all the great ways people here at PN have used their coupons together with sales to really save $$. Once I started perusing the weekly ads and matching them up with my coupons I could suddenly see just how much I could really save (and how many coupons I could turn into FPC's just by matching the coupon with a really good sale). I'm curious........have any of you ever been able to convince a family member or friend to start using coupons in a big way? All my friends and family seem to think my savings/deals are great and are always amazed, but they never want to try it for themselves.




I succeeded in getting one of my friends to use coupons and she is now crazy for them too.

I find that everyone else wants me to do it for them.  And they have computers too.  I did for awhile and then I said to heck with this, do it yourself.  Takes up enough of my time doing it for myself, let alone everyone else. 


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silverweave said Feb 5, 2009
I've only started using coupons in the last few months and it was thanks to all of you here at PN that I got started. This site got me hooked on save.ca and online coupons and I'm now starting to use them more and more.

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fichter said Feb 6, 2009
Quote from the Handler

"I'm curious........have any of you ever been able to convince a family member or friend to start using coupons in a big way? All my friends and family seem to think my savings/deals are great and are always amazed, but they never want to try it for themselves."

I don't know that I have actually got others hooked on coupons but I maybe encouraged a bit.  I ordered 4 Value Village - one for a friend and 3 of her friends.  I think she already used coupons but not in a big way so we went on a coupon shop one day - lots of fun.  I had spotted a bunch of clearances that went with coupons. 

My husband sees the value now and will take coupons - he does the grocery shopping. Before it was always a "big deal" to get him to use one.  Now that he realized we saved more than $60/month on what we usually buy PLUS all the sales he thinks its more worthwhile.

Most people I talk to find coupons annoying or their avoid them.



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