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Welcome to my blog! This space has been used over the past several years to document mainly my natural hair journey and several different aspects of my life such as spiritual matters, my jewelry design, and parenting. I will from time to time post on this blog but my newly revamped blog can be found at BeautifullyCurled.com. Here you will find much recent updates about my hair journey along with my daughter's and so much more. Hope you will come by and visit and thanks for stopping by this blog. Be blessed. -Kris

Friday Follow Topic: To Coupon or Not To Coupon

When I go to grocery store shopping, I notice two distinct groups of people: those who use coupons and those who do not.

For a long time, I was one of those people who never gave a second thought to using coupons.

Now, I RARELY go shopping without them.

FYI...coupons=money!

Let me share my reason why I have to have those little pieces of papers:

Ok, so Harris Teeter is a fairly large grocery store chain in NC (and VA, I think).  This week, they are having this huge triple coupon event, where they triple the face value of coupons up to $0.99. So essentially you can save up to $2.97 with a coupon, although I never seen a $0.99 coupon. Anyway, this means you can rack up on a lot of free and cheap stuff.  Check out Southern Savers for an extensive list of free and cheap products you can get with coupons.

So I made my third trip to Harris Teeter today (because they only triple up to 20 coupons per day) and got some 2 packages of butter, mustard, relish, 4-pack of Dannon yogurt, 4 packs of rice, barbeque sauce, and two packs of gum. My total would have been around $25 before coupons. After my coupons were scanned, the receipt showed that Harris Teeter owed me $0.12! HA HA.

This was a first and the cashier and I looked at each other with confused looks. She did not know what to do but I knew that I could not get cash back. The manager had to come over and override something and told me to have a nice day after giving me my receipt. I didn't think my total would come out to be free. I thought I at least had to pay taxes. I am still confused how this played out but of course, I am not complaining.

I walked right on out with my free items.

I heart coupons. So much better than monopoly money! :)

If you want to hop on the couponing bandwagon, check out deals around your area at Hot Coupon World. You will be amazed how much money you are spending on your favorite items when you really do not need to do so.

Zakiah got her first balloon today. Harris Teeter gives away free balloons for the children.  She had a good time playing with it.

So my question is do you use coupons or not?

If you do, what influenced you to start using them?

If you do not, why not?

Do you think it is worth the time and effort of clipping and sorting and being called the crazy coupon lady by the long line of customers behind you waiting for the cashier to scan your pile of coupons? LOL

Happy Friday Follow!

40 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you and your blog. from Friday Follow. You have a Beautiful baby!

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  2. Newest Friday Follower. Looking forward to your posts.

    Check out my $35 Fantasy Jewelry Box giveaway, when you can stop by:) @ http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2010/03/fantasy-jewelry-box-review-giveaway.html

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  3. I am stopping by from friday follow. I am now following you :)

    Have a great day!

    www.livelovelaughwithleslie.com

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  4. Stopping by from Friday Follow. I just want to tell you that your daughter has the most beautiful name. I'm your newest follower.

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  5. Coupons are the only way to go!!! Awesome deal!!!

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  6. Hi, we are Friday Follow night owls!

    I have a love/hate relationship with coupons. I love the money they save me, I hate the time it takes and feeling like a "crazy coupon lady". Most of my adult life I refused to use them, then I went to the other extreme and used bazillions. Now I'm in a middle ground - I don't spend hours, but I do take advantage of a good stacking deal.

    Nice to meet you, I hope you'll follow me back!
    Kelly
    www.KellysLuckyYou.blogspot.com

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  7. Hello! I'm your newest follower from FF! I don't coupon. Time is money to me, and it is WAY too much effort. I will use an occasional coupon here and there, but I don't search the papers for them or anything. I also feel like I buy more random things when I coupon.

    btw... Your hair is awesome!!

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  8. Happy Friday Follow!

    You have a lovely blog! Blessings to you today!

    Chris :-)

    http://shineintexas.blogspot.com/

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  9. Happy FF! I'm your newest follower!

    I should use coupons more..but I'm super lazy about it..lol.

    Drop by and see me!
    http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi I a.m your newest FF from Friday Follow. You have beautiful baby! Have a great weekend.

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  11. I sooo use coupons. And it is definitely worth the time. The amount of money you save, especially when you have a family of 7, is amazing. I even have the binder to store each weeks SS and RP coupon inserts in. LOL

    Stopping by from Friday Follow! Hope you have a great weekend. Stop by my place when you can!

    www.fivemonkies.com

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  12. HI :-)
    New follower here from Friday Follow!
    Drop by http://savvycouponmommy.blogspot.com
    New followers appreciated :-)
    ~Sarah

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  13. I do use coupons. Sometimes it'll be one on a trip, and sometimes it'll be 10 or more (if I'm lucky). I'm happy if I can get something on sale and I have a coupon but it's not that crucial for me.

    Happy Friday!

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com
    www.tetheredmommy.com

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  14. Happy Follow Friday! I'm your newest follower and would love if you came to visit my blog and follow me! Great couponing!!
    Have a great day!
    Java@nevergrowingold.blogspot.com

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  15. I coupon ALWAYS- no matter what! Sometimes I feel like I look crazy, like Kate Gosselin, when my husband buys something without using a coupon and I'm all, "WHAAAAAAT?!!? WE NEVER. SHOP. WITHOUT. COUPONS!"

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  16. Here from FF

    Hope you'll check out my blog
    I Have a Misikko Hana flat Iron Giveaway Going over 100 dollar package

    ethertonphotography.blogspot.com

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  17. Happy Friday Follow! I'm one of your newest followers! Hope you'll stop by my blog next!

    And the answer is to coupon! ;) I just got 3 Disney dvds, a jewelry box, 2 free movie tickets, a $10 gift card and will get $10 in rebates...all because of coupons! I love them!

    Micael :)
    http://www.SavingObsession.com

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  18. Happy Friday Follow! I am looking forward to reading your blog! Check out my blog when you get a chance...this is my real first one. Thanks and have a great day! Maria

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  19. I have been trying to jump into couponing. You really have to get into the habit of it though. I need to invest in a coupon binder. Do you use one of those?

    Happy Friday Follow! I am your newest follower and I hope you have a blessed weekend!

    http://socialstudiesmomma.blogspot.com/

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  20. I just stopped by to wish a happy weekend!

    Kel
    http://betweenthelines-kam.blogspot.com

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  21. Where I live, no stores double or triple coupons. Without that, coupons don't help nearly as much. Also, the coupons in our local newspaper are mostly for junky stuff we don't buy, or really expensive stuff we can't buy (and the 20 cents off doesn't help much at that point) so I don't usually use them. I hear these coupon stories all the time, but I must live in the wrong place for coupons or something.

    Either way.....I'm here from FF and I'm your newest follower! =)

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  22. I sued to coupon but haven't done it in a while. Happy Friday Follow! Have a great weekend!

    http://talesofasweeper.com

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  23. Hey! I'm new from Friday Follow. I'm your newest follower! I can't wait to start reading your posts and getting to know you more!

    I love your blog! It is so cute!!! Love the flowers!

    I hope you have a fantastic Friday and weekend!

    Jami @Intentionally Living...
    jamibalmet.blogspot.com

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  24. Hey I would do the whole coupon thingy but I don't have near the patience for it! I found you through Friday Follow and now I am your newest follower! Have a great w/e and May God's face shine upon you today and beyond!

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  25. I'm your newest follower from FF. Can't wait to read more, stop by my blog sometime! Happy FF!

    -K

    http://mypottyseat.blogspot.com/

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  26. following u from FF! Feel free to visit me here:
    Life Can't Wait and Up Now and What's Next

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  27. I used to use coupons a lot. But when we started eating healthier, you don't find many coupons for vegies.

    Happy Friday Follow!

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  28. Hey There ,
    Following from FF .
    Have a great weekend
    Staycee

    http://surveyjunkiegiftguide.blogspot.com

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  29. i am a new follower from friday follow

    hope you will come visit me too at

    http://dymphna-delarosa.blogspot.com/

    couponing is sooooo worth it, but i do tend to get lazy and slack off.....

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  30. I love coupons! I love HT! I didn't go today but I went the last two days. When Harris Teeter first opened up over here last year, I got 6 dollars back from them! I wrote about that on my personal family blog. http://wifeto1momto2.blogspot.com/2009/06/4-months-and-18-months-and-harris.html It was awesome! It was because of overage! It's never happened since, they have fixed it in their system. On Wednesday my total was $0.25. I just paid the tax. Check out my blog posts ab HT tout my trip. Anyways, I'm your newest follower! Stop by when you get a chance. Happy friday follow! Jaime
    http://ihaveacoupon.blogspot.com

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  31. Hi Found you on Friday Follow. I hope you'll come stop by our chaos soon.
    http://www.amundsenhouseofchaos.com

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  32. Hi! I am Friday Following you! I love coupons!

    http://smartmoneymomorg.blogspot.com/

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  33. Happy Friday follow from your new stalker - I see from your blog you are a sister in Christ - love it! I have posted my first giveaway and I think you'll like it - come on by!
    http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

    love to you
    Kelly

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  34. Happy FF! I'm your newest follower. I hope that you have a great weekend! Great blog! :)

    Kim

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  35. Newest follower from FF and YES I use coupons! I love to get stuff free. Harris Teeter is great and my goal is usually 60% plus savings but I also LOVE target where you can use bth Target and manufacturer coupons on the same item!

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  36. I always use coupons too if I can. I love how easy it is to get manufacturers coupons online that can often be stacked with store coupons.

    I am a new follower from Friday Follow! Hope to see you at my blog soon. I have 3 giveaways ending on March 28!

    http://cakeblast.com

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  37. Sorry It’s a day late! Stopping by to say Hi and Happy Follow Friday! Now following you!
    I have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!

    Visit Mama’s Money Savers

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  38. You have a new follower from FF!

    I'm a huge fan of coupons. Here in Ontario, Canada we really don't get to double or triple our coupons - our stores are behind the times. However there are still some great deals to be had! Won't leave home without my coupon holder.

    Have a great evening!
    Kimberly
    http://www.candidclevercosteffective.com

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  39. Hi! I'm visiting from Friday Follow (and it's Sunday, sorry, I'm two days late!). It's always nice to find other Christian women on the web!

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  40. Using coupon codes is the best way to save money especially for moms who have a very tight budget. I like to share KindCoupons.org.

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