Are you a Discount-aholic?

Are you addicted? Are you one of the many hooked on the rush of identifying the next great deal, sale or freebie?

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, tell us your story below.

I know a gentleman who starts his day with coffee and an internet search — not for breaking news and major headlines, but for the bargain he might get that day.

Another friend is admittedly a coupon addict, clipping and printing coupons every chance she gets (which is to say, daily). Some do it for fun; some to knock an edge off. Some do it for the purest of reasons — saving money.

Perhaps it started during the recession, or with a job loss. Or, perhaps this has been a part of your DNA. Deal hunting is as natural as breathing.

If you can’t help yourself — no apology necessary — tell us about it. If you’re a silent deal searcher, feel free to email me at rcash@ajc.com. I’d like to hear from you.

Happy Hunting!

Have a story idea? Send an email to rcash@ajc.com

11 comments Add your comment

Organizedmomof2

July 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

I’ll admit it! Totally addicted to saving a buck or two. So many people have asked me how I created my own blog (www.thespottosave.com) which focuses on groceries, drugstores and free samples. To me, a coupon is like money found. What most people do not understand is that manufacturers WANT you to use their coupons (only 10% of us do) and retailers are reimbursed for them. It’s a win-win for all!

mamaj

July 27th, 2009
4:25 pm

I like bargains too and my favorite aisle at any retail store is called Clarence (clearance); but the coupons nowadays aren’t really worth the paper that that are printed on

JRW

July 27th, 2009
4:58 pm

It’s against my belief to buy anything that’s not on sale. I agree with mamaj. I’m have radar that takes me directly to the clearance isle/rack.

Lan

July 27th, 2009
5:28 pm

The site that I check daily for sales/discounts is http://www.slickdeals.net

Jennifer Brett

July 27th, 2009
5:31 pm

Heck yes! Here are my coupon triumphs of the week:

Crest toothpaste = 25 cents. It’s on sale at Kroger, 10 for $10. I had a 75 cent coupon.
Loreal lipgloss = 50 cents. Regularly $10, it’s on 75 percent discount at Rite Aid and I had a $2 coupon.
Speedstick = 13 cents. It’s on sale for 88 cents at Kroger, and I had a 75 cent coupon.
Scotch bubble-wrap envelope = FREE. They’re on sale for 39 cents at Walgreens, and I had a 50 cent coupon. (No, you cannot actually make a profit this way! They ratcheted down the coupon so it was worth 39 cents instead of 50).

JD

July 27th, 2009
5:44 pm

Aldi has been a huge resource for savings and discounts on groceries, etc. Kroger is second on the list.

zelda

July 27th, 2009
5:46 pm

Boy was this post made for my mother!! Thrift store, craigslist, flea market, sales-day shopaholic! “But is was on sale!…..”

Walt

July 27th, 2009
6:35 pm

Anybody who owns a computer and can not find deals,discounts,rebates,specials,coupons,and anything else that would offsett the cost completely of the computer is incompetent. It would take a while to tell ya the deals I find and make. Example, last week bought some tires,Michelins, Found 2 rebates that I stacked for 130 dollar savings,Had my birthday last week,I am still using coupons and discounts from searching for discounts/freebies at restaurants.Most people would be amazed at the deals you can find on just about anything.

Gail

July 27th, 2009
8:13 pm

Couponing is just plain S-M-A-R-T! It allows you to get the most bang for your buck. It’s E-A-S-Y, F-R-E-E & spelled out in simple steps on tons of websites. All you have to do is buy the Sunday paper every week.

Kathy Powell

July 27th, 2009
8:21 pm

My dad is THE coupon guy. He organizes them in a notecard box according to the aisles at his grocery store and I always thought it was kind of intense but really awesome. Now, I’ve definitely taken up his love of coupons in the form of becoming addicted to coupon blogs. I love to find deals that I know my friends would use and send it specifically to them- it’s like a gift, except it doesn’t cost me anything and actually saves them money. :)

Mickie

July 28th, 2009
4:32 pm

My husband and I like to eat out. It’s just the two of us now. Lunch is almost always cheaper than dinner. I sign up for the emails from just about every restaurant we ever go to. I got a separate free yahoo email address just for this. We rarely go out w/o a 2 for 1 or $10 off deal.
We took a grandson to Chattanooga recently for the weekend – the room was free (used a free night deal from a chain we often us on trips); went to Ruby Falls for about half price with some tickets we got at a silent auction benefit; got $2 off on each aquarium ticket with a coupon from the welcome center; had lunch at TGI Fridays with a two for one deal I had printed out at home and had the early bird special dinner ( $2 to $3 off on each meal) at Texas Roadhouse by getting to the restaurant by 6 PM. All in all pretty good.