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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Coupons.com is trying something new, and giving you the option to pay a monthly fee to get more coupons.  You pay $3 per month or $30 per year to get access to coupons that are exclusive to the “club”.

Here are the coupons I’ve seen so far for members:

$2 off 3M Post-It Pop-Up Note Dipenser, $5 +
$1/2 Bacardi Frozen Mixers
$1 off Blue Dog Bakery Treats
$.50/1 Bob Evans Refrigerated Side Dish
$1 off Cooking Light Magazine
$3 off Law Abiding Citizen on DVD or Blue-Ray
$1.50 off Opti-Free PureMoist solution, 10 oz +
$1.50 off Seattle’s Best iced lattes, 4 pk
$2 off Tioconazole ointment
$1.25/2 Vanity Fair napkins
$1.25/2 Zest bodywash

Looking at the coupons, I have to say I’m not impressed.  I keep thinking that $30 you could get a 2 year subscription to All You magazine with each issue having $50+ in coupons.  So that’s $1200 at least in coupons with All You versus the $12.50 in coupons above (maybe $150 annually).  If you are going to spend money on coupons one option seems like a much better deal.

What’s your take? Would you pay the $3 for access to exclusive coupons?

    • I would pay $3 for access to maybe the same regular coupon.com coupons but more times to print so instead of 2 print for each product, how about 6? 

      • LH

        If they make success at this others will follow suit and we’ll end up having to pay monthly subscriptions to many places to get the coupons we enjoy now for free..I don’t like this trend. Profinity also offers coupons as part of their monthly membership.. a limit on what you could get for free and many more you could get for EXTRA charge.  yeah right.  NO I  would not pay.

        I don’t have money to pay fixed subscriptions for coupons I may/may not need.  I have one Sunday Paper delivered every week which costs $5.50 a month, which I would get anyway.  thanks to Southern Savers, I check the inserts beforehand and if there are coupons I need or want for anything I go out Sunday morning and buy as many papers as I need coupons This way I get the coupons I need to keep my stock rolling  without paying huge paper bills etc. Some weeks the one paper is sufficient.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you completely Jenny! I wonder if they will continue to offer high value Q without you paying this fee? If not we couponers have lost a great resource. Thanks for all you do Jenny! Delleen

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m not impressed either.  They are going to have to better than that to get me to turn loose of $3 a month.  I can stretch out $3 to buy a lot of things with!

    • Anonymous

      No way!  If the coupons listed are the only ones or even just an example it’s not worth it!  With All You, you get coupon plus a great magazine!  Also, I’ve seen most of these same coupons in the paper or printable!  I’m with you Jenny!

    • Um, no.  That list doesn’t look exclusive to me.  I can go to coupons.com right now and get a better Zest coupon, and I already have a couple of the others… for FREE.

      With all the options to obtain coupons, I wouldn’t pay for a service.  The only time I pay is a little for a clipping service or Ebay if I’m looking for several of a certain coup I need.  And All You is a very good deal, along with my Sunday papers.

    • I would definitely pay IF there were any coupons that were worth having.  None of those seemed worth having, sadly.

    • Shelley Daly

      You’re right.  Those look pretty sad.  I would pay if they had $5 off of $30 worth of groceries type of coupons.  Maybe some “free” items would make it worth it too.  Those don’t look like anything special.  The whole point of couponing is to save money.  I buy one newspaper and get All You.  That’s enough of an investment for me.

    • Anonymous

      no way!!!!

    • This does not excite me. There are too many options to get coupons for free. If I would purchase coupons, it would be from a coupon clipping service. This program reminds me of the “retail warehouse chains” that cost $40 per year for membership.

    • Nooooooooooooooo

    • Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of saving as much as you can?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah………Noooooooo!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, im not very impressed :( I wouldn’t pay the 3 a month or 30 a year unless they include more than what you listed. TY Jenny for the sneakpeek!

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad you posted this.  I was just looking at it yesterday, but I was hesitant to pay without hearing some feedback and seeing what type of coupons they would be offering.  I am glad I didn’t sign up!!

    • To keep perspective, many of us pay $1 or more per paper for the coupons in that… but I say we avoid these membership $ services because if enough pay, the companies WILL go that way. I think this is the after shocks of extreme coupon show and coupon abuse. they can track you if you are a paying member!

      • plus you can only get max 2 coupons per computer.  Which, you can get as many coupons from the paper as you want for a lot less money.

      • Very true.  A year’s subscription to the Sunday paper is $52 here in Birmingham. 

        I actually like getting the paper anyway, so I’m not just paying for the coupons. 

        You do bring up a good point for those who buy multiple papers or who buy just for the coupons.  The coupons in my paper, though, look better than the ones she listed here. 

        You also make an excellent point about the tracking of the coupons– I can see how having to subscribe would definitely thwart those out of control extreme couponers.  How many people actually do that, though?  Maybe more than I realize.

    • Not for these coupons!  I would pay for the service only if the coupons were for higher-than-average value for products that I need/want on a regular basis.  I agree with you – All You is a much better value. 

    • Anonymous

      If there were better coupons, like $5/30 etc, then I might. But not for those.

    • Anonymous

      I signed up for the 30 day free trial just to see the “members only” coupons and I agree 100% that’s it’s not worth the cost.  I’m going to cancel unless they unleash some fantastic deals on September 1st.  I’m also an All You subscriber and I wish they had better coupons.  I have more of a need for everyday food items and not so much of a need for all of those cosmetics or the types of personal care items they have.  :(

    • Anonymous

      Nope.  For me, the reason for couponing is to save money.  If I have to pay for my coupons then it’s not worth it. 

    • I signed up for the free 30 day trial just to see what they had.  I wasn’t super impressed, but I will wait out the 30 days to see if they get any better.

    • Anonymous

      Not very enthused about it, yet…plus all the spam that will probably come from it from their partners trying to give you more savings. To me..it’s another paper per month, and I can do better buying an extra paper.

    • Anonymous

      Not very enthused about it, yet…plus all the spam that will probably come from it from their partners trying to give you more savings. To me..it’s another paper per month, and I can do better buying an extra paper.

    • Anonymous

      Well, that would be the same website that gave my computer a nasty virus it took over $100 to get rid of. So needless to say, I won’t be joining anyway. I don’t even go there to print coupons anymore just in case.

    • I wouldnt pay for this service, it defeats the purpose of savings. Plus why pay for coupons that you can get from the paper or in my case co-workers.

    • I would not pay based on what I see here.  I probably wouldn’t pay at all.  I also might not want to buy those items if the manufacturer wants me BUY their coupons.  Just sayin’.

    • Anonymous

      NO! Because “exclusive coupons” means nothing as far as I have seen. Just like with PSSTTT… supposed to have “exclusive member coupons”, nope, just watered down coupons.com coupons available to the general public.

    • Anonymous

      I pay for coupons in the news paper so yeah, I would be willing to pay for exclusive coupons but this doesn’t look like enough to spend $3 on!

    • Samiee Slaughter

      Mmmmmmmmm no. No, I wouldn’t.

    • I figured it was inevitable that they’d start something that you had to pay for.  It SOUNDS like a good thing, but I guess you’d have to try it out to see.  If they were really good coupons on things I actually used, then it would be worth it, but I agree with Jenny that subscribing to All You is a better deal b/c they have great coupons and you can go pick up an extra copy at Wally World if you want more of them.

    • No

    • I wouldn’t pay for coupons. I wasn’t  impressed  with what i saw at all.

    • Anonymous

      No.  I don’t really care what coupons they have.  It just doesn’t feel right.  Kinda like clearing the shelves.    

    • There would have to be more than $3 worth of useful savings every month to balance the cost.  Based on the coupons listed above, that doesn’t seem likely.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t pay for coupons except for the paper. I don’t even really like signing up for stuff online just to get a 50 cent coupon. Plus with all the issues people have encountered with printable coupons and stores threatening to stop accepting them it doesn’t impress me. At all.

    • Anonymous

      That was my take too. The coupons didn’t seem that special. Of course you have to think too if you print them you only get 1-2 coupons and that’s it. Really not anything I would do unless they change something.

    • Anonymous

      I have to say I am not impressed with these coupons.  When I first started reading thepost I figured the coupons would be for a higher value or for items not regularly offered (bread, milk, meat, etc…) but these just are the regular coupons you can get anywhere. 
      Also as a side note to extreme couponing, how do people handle the comments when they are in line and people call them an extreme couponer? I dont’ think I am since I only buy two newspapers a week and print 2 internet coupons..  It does look like alot since I only do one shopping trip (I have a a 2 year old, 9 months pregnant, work full time, and husband deployed so multiple trips to the store just doesn’t happen).  I am not buying 30 things of anything or clearing shelves. I tend to just smile and point out that I didn’t buy 50 bottles of laundry detergent. Any thoughts would help?

      • I’ve had a few comments like that. I just smile & tell them I’m not Extreme, I’m just saving money. I try to remember that opinions are like belly buttons…everyone has one. Just remember that you don’t have to go home with these people, and the people at home (and deployed) are the ones that matter.

        • Anonymous

          I actually had a customer service rep at the post office ask me if I was because I called when I stopped getting my ads in the mail. I told them I wouldn’t call it extreme, just thrifty. Most people just want to know how I do it. A few cashiers have commented on how helpful the coupons are. Of course, I’m only buying 4 of one thing, not 40. I guess I’m lucky, so far only one cashier has treated me like I’m stealing. I just smiled and went on my way because I wasn’t doing anything wrong.

      • I some times have ppl comment on my coupon binder but they are usually positive.  I just smile and nod, or say something to the effect of “it really helps with my budget”

      • MARIA

        First I’d like to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to you and your family for your sacrifice as you serve our country.  My church has a coupon program (bring in your extras and take what you need) and the expired coupons go to an overseas military base where they can use them up to three months expired.  We do appreciate you so much.  As for the ‘extreme couponer’ comment . . . I’ve had an occasional cashier react with distaste when I use coupons but most cashiers range from pleasantly receptive to very helpful.  I’ve had a few customers ask if I was an ‘extreme couponer’ and I just tell them that I buy the things I need, usually on sale, but many without coupons.  I don’t buy 30 of something because I have 30 coupons.  I don’t do “extreme”.  I think the most interesting comment I’ve heard is “I’m on a tight budget, I don’t have the money to ‘coupon’.”

        • Anonymous

          wow that is a good comment! Haven’t heard that one yet. Guess they aren’t that broke yet!

        • tlwoodbury

          I was once just like that lady who thought I was too poor to coupon very much.  I could not afford a computer or printer or paper or ink or the Sunday newspapers.  Every time I looked at other people’s newspaper inserts,  it seemed like there were very few coupons that I would ever be able to use. I was lucky if I was able to buy some vegetables and rice and dried beans,  because I was lucky if I had more than $35 total each week to spend on food, toiletries, and any- and every-
          thing else my household needed. We never had fruit unless someone gave us some.  We couldn’t even afford enough TP sometimes.  We made $11,000 a year on average for 15 years straight.  I was ill and my husband was often out of work.  I cleaned people’s houses and never told anyone this,   but to clean one house was extremely painful and would put me down and out for two days.  When my husband did have work, he put in 90-hr. weeks yet made very little money.  Long story.  We were unwilling to apply for welfare because of moral reasons (we believe that we would be participating in the theft that the government was responsible for in picking our neighbor’s pockets).  We struggled and worked,  but most of all,  God provided in His time,  and once we were able to afford to print coupons and buy Sunday papers, I really “went to town,”  thanks to Jenny and her website.  So realize there really are very poor people out there who really can’t coupon very much, but would if they could.  But there are others who just don’t know about Jenny’s website and how much it can help them save!

    • These coupons look too ordinary. If they offered coupons for stuff that is so incredibly hard to find, like meat or Coke/Pepsi coupons, MAYBE, but it would have to be on a consistent basis. 

    • Here are some more that are on mine:
      .55 bar keepers friend
      5.00 wiggles 3D
      2.00 Tioconazole Ointment
      20.00 The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Collection

      Still nothing that interests me

    • Anonymous

      No, if that list is representative of the kinds and values they plan on offering

    • Anonymous

      If they offered good coupons, yes, but not for those. Also you still have to print them out and pay for paper and ink, at least when I buy the paper or buy coupons on ebay (I don’t get red plum inserts in my area) I don’t have that extra cost.

    • It will be interesting to see what they have after the first rolls around, though. 

      As for the “extreme” couponer comments, I have only gotten positive comments from other shoppers.  I try to warn people that may get in line behind me that I have coupons and it may take a little while.  Most times they either say “no problem” or they ask me questions about my couponing.  It’s usually the cashiers that give you “that look” but I am not an extreme couponer either, I use coupons to save money on food and everyday items, the same way anyone else has every right to do.  I feel like that TV show is good as a catalyst to inspire people to use what is available out there to save money, but it has also put a stigma out there on people who coupon.  I spend alot of time and energy checking out sales, looking for coupons and deals, clipping, sorting, filing and planning shopping trips.  I really don’t feel like I’m getting things for “free” because I have made an investment of myself in saving what we save.

      • Anonymous

        I had my children later in life & was joking w/ a cashier the other day.  I told her I was going to make me some T-shirts.  On the front it will say “No, I am not the grandmother, I’m the mom” and the back will say “I would not get in this line–I have coupons & I will use them”.  LOL   I try not to take offense about the grandma thing,they mean no harm.  But it makes you feel like–Gosh, I need to start getting microdermabrasion again or something.

        • Anonymous

          I just see you as having your children later in life that you have more experiences to deal with everday situations such as temper tantrums and “attitude”.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I do let people know especially if they only have a few items they may want to get in the express lane (which I am not in) because I am going to take a little bit.  The cashiers are very nice (they often try to see if I beat my last savings).  I have only had a few comments from other customers here and there.  I also make sure to thank the cashier and the person behind me for being patient.  I might just be extra sensitive right now due to being pregnant :)

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t even consider it.  Instead I would buy another Sunday paper, if necessary–but I don’t even find that is necessary. We have a family of 5 and I am able to get plenty using other sources of coupons (FB) and coupon inserts. I don’t need (or want) to buy multiples of most items. Just enough for us to use.  Also, the coupons represented above don’t seem that exclusive, at least not to me. 

    • All these coupons they have out over the last month or so!! I’m not paying for printables!

    • I have to agree! The ONLY coupon on that list I’d use is the one for contact lense solution! 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think I would be interested in paying an extra $3 a month or $30 a year for access to more coupons.  I would probably be interested in paying a monthly or yearly fee to be able to print more than 1 or 2 of the coupons I do use. 

    • Anonymous

      I hope this is not an indication of a future trend where we would have to pay for IP coupons.  I was not at all impressed with the coupons offered.  At least when I pay for my newspaper, I get to enjoy reading it in addition to getting coupons.

    • Our Small Hours Blog

      They would have to offer regular (every week!) coupons for fresh produce, dairy, meat, and organics for me to consider paying for this service.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, I would need these types of coupons to go for this.

    • these are not impressive at all. I agree that I’d want things that do not regularly appear like fresh veggies, milk, meat to pay for a monthly subscription. I’d also want things that were for general ages–don’t load me up on baby stuff as I have none. 

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree.  I would get a subscription to All You before I would pay a membership fee to get coupons!

    • Anonymous

      Boy, to get people interested in something like that, they should have put in some REALLY good coupons…like $1 off ONE stinkin’ box of Kellogg’s cereal (instead of 3 or more boxes) or $2 off ANY gallon of milk (including organic). Then again, I’d hate for them to “fool” me into thinking they’d have great coupons all the time, then start throwing out duds like these once I sign up.

    • Well nothing that we could use anway. I agree with other posters that I would instead buy an extra newspaper.

    • None of those were of interest to me.  Other than buying a newspaper just for the coupons, the only time I have “paid” for coupons is at Publix when they are trying to raise money for charity.  The coupons they offer should be ones that we wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else (hence truly exclusive) and those seem like they would pop up at some time or another.

    • Anonymous

      Not these!

    • I’d rather buy an extra All You or an extra set of coupon inserts each weekend!

    • Lane T

      In my opinion, buying the newspaper and/or All You is a much better deal. Unless at the beginning of the month they unveil some really good high-value coupons or more prints per coupon.

    • Anonymous

      I clip and use coupons becuase I am trying to SAVE money. I have never paid for coupons except by buying the News Paper or Magazines. I don’t mind paying for a Sunday paper because I also read it. With “All You” I can flip through while I’m standing at the register and see if there is anything I would use before I make the purchase.  If I pay $3 a month for coupons and I dont use any of the coupons they have offered that month I have lost money, not saved it. Unless I know exactly what coupons I am buying I’m not going to risk it.

    • Anonymous

      I would pay it for a large selection of great coupons, not for this skinny little list.

    • M Vanderford

      I’d rather buy an extra 2 newspapers a month.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t sound like a good deal to me. I agree would rather just buy an All You at Walmart.

    • Not me!

    • Anonymous

      Not based on the coupons you listed above. I’m like you, I think All You is the better way to go. Plus, the whole point of coupons is to save money, so paying for them (if you can’t at least get a 5:1 return on your investment, i.e. get at least $15 worth of coupons for the $3 per month investment) really defeats the purpose.

    • Anonymous

      no way!

    • Jen Mitchell

      I think that in theory this might work, but in order to entice us savy couponers, they’re going to have to offer a lot more!  If they offered a $3/month service, I would think that we’d have access to all sorts of coupons that the general public couldn’t get.  Or we should be guaranteed to have high value coupons available (ones that are normally very limited).  It could work.  But it’s not working now.

    • Anonymous

      NO. NO. AND NO. (and yes I meant all of that to be in “caps” lol)

    • Heck no! I am wondering how this is going to affect the coupons that are normally listed… I agree All You Much better option.

    • Anonymous

      when using coupons i also have  encounter  people who make not so nice comments about couponing.but after i look in there baskets and  see they are buying generic items . i tell them more pwer to you I cant afford generic  it is to expensive . that  gets there attention and they start asking inteligent question .. i have  converted a few people over to  the couponing sidewhen they learn how much cheaper name  brand is compared to generic when using  coupons…

    • Anonymous

      No way!  Thats craziness!  It totally defeats the purpose of using a coupon if you have to pay for it.

    • Anonymous

      No way! Thats craziness! It totally defeats the purpose of having a coupon if you have to pay for it.

    • Anonymous

      It would not be worth it to me. I don’t use any of those coupons!

    • Anonymous

      No!! Ithink newspapers and the All You are what we need.  I also think that the better coupons should be offered just like the regular coupons are.  That way everyone could have them not just a selected few.

    • A. Batterson

      NO WAY!  I would NEVER pay for coupons when there are SO many out there for absolutely FREE.  That’s silly.

    • Lisa Riedl

      Not worth it. You’re right about AllYou being a better value plus they have online coupons as well.

    • Totally not worth the cost!  I agree that All You is much better investment.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree with you, Jenny. Not worth it! I’m curious to know how well this goes over with coupons.com.

    • Susie Eckert

      I’m not a fan of online coupons, even free ones. I file my inserts by date instead of clippings, and I can’t seem to keep the printed ones organized well enough to use them before they expire. Thanks but no thanks, I’ll just buy the Sunday paper!

      • Anonymous

        Wow.  Ok.  I will have to say that the majority of coupons I use are the ones I print from online!  (that’s one reason I’m bummed about not finding my Sunday papers at $1 anymore)  I just don’t use them as much as the printables.  The Printable coupons are the more valuable by far.  Not only do I get FREE printer paper from Staples and Office Max with their rebates, but I get discounted toner too!  I have access to 4 or 5 computers and I can print a max of 10 coupons!  That’s 10 fabulous money saving deals!  

        Case in point…  Coupon in insert for $0.55 off item.  
        Coupon printable $1 off 1 of that same item…  So, I can get 10 items and be stocked up and save $4.50 more versus the insert.

        Now, I file my inserts whole flyer too!  And that is what my filing cabinet is for.
        The printed/clipped coupons go in my accordion file box (found at staples for $10 or free with rebates and rewards money).  Or a binder with baseball card inserts to hold the coupons (or whatever pocketed inserts you want).

        Most people DO file their coupons whole flyer, but then print many many coupons and organize them in their boxes or binders.  It’s that simple.  And well worth the savings!
        Happy organizing!

    • Not worth it based on those coupons you listed.  I don’t even use half the coupons I get in my All You magazines, too, so I won’t be renewing my subscription to it this year.  Heck, I don’t think I’ve used even one coupon from All You for the last six months!  The magazines just get piled up.

      Also, we have (2) local newspapers and both of them have quit carrying coupons in their papers.  About a month ago the bigger local paper even had a front page article about how they will no longer have coupons in their papers.  For me, I have to pay for coupons, which means ebay and clipping services, and finding people to trade with.

      It doesn’t defeat the purpose to pay for the coupons, either, unlike someone else who commented below said; if I pay $5 and get 50 coupons for $1 off Marcal Small Steps Paper Towel single rolls, and those are on sale for $1 each at my local store, then I have gotten 50 rolls of paper towels for $5 +tax.  You’re telling me that’s not worth it?  Ha!

      • Anonymous

        Ack!  Tossing unused coupons feels like I’m throwing away “cash” – haha!

        I hear you, though – certainly not going to buy items I can’t use/donate just so I can use an awesome coupon.

        Wonder if there are service groups (Junior League, military spouse support groups) who would clip/sort/total/send recently expired coupons to bases for those of us who have lots of unused coupons but can’t invest the time personally.

    • Anonymous

      absolutely not!

    • Anonymous

      I say “NO”

    • Anonymous

      I want to reiterate…what would $30.00/year get me? I can think of a lot….@ CVS and Publix and Walgreens, etc…This $30.00 is so precious to me…this is why I say “NO”.

    • Anonymous

      If the coupons were better I would pay for it.   I would not even use the ones you listed at all.  Would have to be more than 3 dollars per month of coupons that I would use.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, not a good buy. I’m glad you checked this out as I received an email invitation to join but didn’t want to pay for things I didn’t use or need. I subscribe to the All You magazine so I think that is enough for now. Thanks for the info.

    • Anonymous

      This makes me worried that if people actually subscribe to this, the coupons for nonsubscribers will go down in value. :/

    • For more seasoned couponers I would say this is not going to be something they subscribe to/pay for. However, with the recent success and popularity of Extreme Couponing on TLC, I would have to say that coupons.com will probably get a lot of those newbies to subscribe.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Jenny.  Membership fees add another expense to the list (magazine subscriptions, newspaper cost, ink/paper) and make it harder to calculate how much I’m actually saving by couponing.

      I’m curious about whether this is a strategy by coupons dot com to make it more difficult for coupon bloggers and blog-followers to match coupons and deals since there will now be two separate coupon lists on their site to follow (as if zip code differences weren’t enough!).

      Life’s too short for complications.  :)

    • no way! i am trying to save $ not spend it!

    • Anonymous

      THAT’S IT?!?!?! There is not one single coupon I am even remotely interested in there and the list isn’t even that long. What a waste of money of that would be. I didn’t expect the coupon list to be very enticing, but it’s even worse than I imagined. They’re going to have to do better than that for that program to work. Seasoned couponers will never subscribe to that, and I think beginner couponers that might initially sign up will quickly realize their mistake and cancel.

    • Kati3878

      I wouldn’t waste money on this UNLESS: 
      -There were excellent high $ off coupons that not available to the public
      -I would use $15+ in coupons EACH month

      But this preview is terrible. I’d rather take my chances with the Sunday paper and FREE printables. Just sayin…