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Anyone else watching this on TV those american familys with coupons getting over a $1000 shopping for about $5,would it work here in the uk...?
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Anyone else watching this on TV those american familys with coupons getting over a $1000 shopping for about $5,would it work here in the uk...?
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
channel?
1 Like #2
no because we use the british pound and not dollars.
#3
sky 240
#4
seen a few episodes of this-what none of them seem to realise is that by revealing all their methods and tricks to a tv show they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg-the rules will be tightened to stop them pulling off all these amazing coups they have been pulling for years. Its quite an eye opener but the couponing experts should have kept their mouths shut methinks.

Edited By: barky on May 01, 2011 21:43
1 Like #5
would it work here in the uk

No, 99.9% of coupons in the UK have that "1 coupon (of a kind) per purchase" limitation.

What's more, I have never seen a UK supermarket giving a double your coupon value promotion before or give store credit if the coupon has a higher value than the product.


Edited By: SUMMONER on May 01, 2011 22:02
#6
so embarassing
#7
saayinla
so embarassing



hahaha am so glad you posted that because thats what I thought!! But just look at how much money they were saving - but then again omg the stupid things they bought just because they had a coupon X) That last womans grocery bill came to nearly $700 but only paid $6!!




Edited By: bossyboots on May 01, 2011 22:14
#8
Would never work over here.
Not able to use X of one voucher, cant use voucher with item already on offer, most shops don't take competitors vouchers, we simply don't get as many vouchers and most vouchers can be overturned by the store manager.
#9
Nope it wont work over here. But it used to. Tesco and Asda used to have policies where they would take any number of coupons providing they stocked the product and it was only one of each coupon, gradually Asda changed policies to only 10% of total value, then dropped it, Tesco followed suit and dropped altogether too. Tesco was the best really, cos you could use other shops spend and saves too, I used to average about £80-£100 off my shops a month(sometimes more if using the toiletrie ones). At one point in Tesco you could get £10 worth of toiletries free and money off your shopping too by combining different coupons together. Ohhhhh those were the days.......
1 Like #10
I remember going to Tescos and getting 10 pounds worth of toiletries for 1 pound, plus 1500 points (at that time 60 pounds in deals) did that for about 5 weekends in a row

Part of the reason Tesco paid for me to go to Florida for a fortnight. As barky says though, they soon got wise and tightened the rules on everything
#11
Problem is that in the UK we have the "Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer" clause on the coupons, therefore we can't do what they do in the states. We can't combine them all to get stuff for free. I agree with the other contributor who pointed out that by airing this TV show they will ruin all the deals! The big companies will cotton on ASAP and put a stop to it lol.
#12
watched it the other week, easier to just get a job and not look like a peasant at the till
2 Likes #13
dataload
watched it the other week, easier to just get a job and not look like a peasant at the till


i couldnt care less if i looked like a duck never mind a peasant :p i love coupons and im not proud, saving money for me means treats elsewhere that we probably wouldnt have.
#14
michelleleemoo
dataload
watched it the other week, easier to just get a job and not look like a peasant at the till


i couldnt care less if i looked like a duck never mind a peasant :p i love coupons and im not proud, saving money for me means treats elsewhere that we probably wouldnt have.

i use coupons but i don't carry a book around with me, thinking about coupons all day, looking like a peasant like the person i saw on tv did

fair play to said peasant because she got loads of stuff for hardly any cash but still, cringe and no thank you
#15
dataload
michelleleemoo
dataload
watched it the other week, easier to just get a job and not look like a peasant at the till


i couldnt care less if i looked like a duck never mind a peasant :p i love coupons and im not proud, saving money for me means treats elsewhere that we probably wouldnt have.

i use coupons but i don't carry a book around with me, thinking about coupons all day, looking like a peasant like the person i saw on tv did

fair play to said peasant because she got loads of stuff for hardly any cash but still, cringe and no thank you


well yeah but thats because she is extreme couponing not like us brits who do mild mannered, embarrassed couponing :D
banned#16
I've never used a coupon in a supermarket.
3 Likes #17
master_chief
I've never used a coupon in a supermarket.


oh gosh i thought that said condom for a moment oO
#18
master_chief
I've never used a coupon in a supermarket.

I have an aunt living in the States - she won't buy an item unless she has a coupon for it.
2 Likes #19
i used to find it embarrasing using vouchers in restarunts....now i check which ones have promotions....print the voucher and dine with a smile!
2 Likes #20
Conturary to the belief that this will cause supermarkets to "tighten up" now the secrets have been exposed, this will never happen in the States, as this is a normal thing for them to do, it is what is expected. Fair enough some people take it to the extreme as shown in this program and end up with piles of crap, but they do get some good bargins along the way.

Couponing in the States is a way of life and it is what Supermarkets out there actually promote as a way to get you in through their doors, which is where the "double-couponing" comes into play. Their stores rarely have bundle offers 2 for $xx or 3 for 2 etc. they do discounts and coupons. They have coupon clubs and special subscriptions where you get monthly mailings of a magazine that is nothing but coupons. They live for it! If you join a store loyalty program they give you a discount card that usually gets you 10% off the total and they mail you special offers and coupons in advance. Whenever I used to go shopping with my Aunt when I was there you were never allowed anywhere near the till until she had checked her coupon bag and then given you her store discount card as well.

I think we can do more or the less the same amount of savings here if you select the right offers on the 2 for £xx or 3 for 2 etc., but we will never get to the point of having hundreds of pounds worth of shopping reduced to zero at the checkout due to coupon useage, it's just not the done thing here in the UK anymore. Shame though as I don't think it would hurt the major supermarkets to do some cracking offers every month and bring back more of the BOGOF's without imposing any restrictions. But because it has been abused by those who want to make a profit by selling the free item on (probably in their small privately owned shop) they have stopped it.

I remember back in the 70's when I was a kid I used to collect all the money off coupons I could find (bearing in mind they usaually ranged between 2p and 10p off in those days!) and then each week when my Mum did they weekly shop I handed in the coupons and that was my pocket money for the week, as they used to offer you the choice take it off the bill or give you the cash!

I like the guy on the program that did it so he could give the excess quantities he had to charity and to help out his local community as well, he had the right idea!

Edited By: lizg247 on Aug 23, 2011 03:23
#21
so does anyone think that will come back one day? I heard there still are people who collect coupons to save money but I don't know what percentage they can save from monthly shopping and where are they finding those coupons.... I tried on different website but I didn't find anything very attractive....
#22
This show is awesome, I've just downloaded the series. One woman had a stockpile of 4000 Nappies, she doesn't even have a kid!

I can't stop myself laughing all the way through. Some women just got over 1000 dollars of stuff for 6. It really is mad
#23
My wife thinks this is why the economy is screwed. Part of the reason I like it so much is it really winds Mrs Sancho up.

"Why does anyone need 1000 tubes of toothpaste?!?"
#24
I remember saving a load of luncheon vouchers for christmas £300 worth to be exact, you could only spend them on food. I got all my christmas food shopping bought all the booze and gave my kids the best xmas ever which is what it's all about. I would love to do a shop like they do over in the USA. I don't care about looking like a peasant or a tramp as long as I had saved money for a good night out wearing something expensive (who gives a toss?). ;-)>
#25
I print off coupons from the internet, its like printing your own money, a £1 off voucher is just like a £1 note, you wouldn't be embarrassed using a £1 note (if they still existed) at the till so why would you be embarrassed about using a £1 coupon. Who cares what the till guy/girl thinks anyway, they are just doing their job and aren't that interested in the fact that I may have got £5 of my shopping, some of them even ask me where I got the coupons from so they can do the same thing.
#26
so what they used coupons, i would if i could do it here but i must admint not as mad as that, but i have a small family and since we live in RIP OFF BRITAIN i would be able to spend the money on my family. There is no need for some of the grocery shops to sell for the amount they do, every penny counts these days. Im up for saving any pennies i can.
#27
we printed coupons for tesco and saved 64 pound on a shopping of 100 pound so we got big deal
#28
It would help a lot of families who are on the poverty line at the moment. I am not proud. I feel so much better getting a bargain at a carboot sale or charity shop it makes me feel good when I buy my Daughter a brand new pair of converse boots for £1 when all the other suckers are paying what £40. It's got to be done it's called survival. They will never bring it in here because if Tesco and the like were so concerned about us all why have all the prices rocketed over the last twelve months. These are massive massive multinational companies who make profits in the millons and they have to put the prices up...? i dont think so!!
#29
On a separate note season 2 of this show has started in the US

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