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Old 02-21-08, 05:54 PM
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Tearing off expiration dates on coupons?

So I was bummed the other day that some Arbys coupons were expired and useless. Then I talked to a friend who said that she always tears off the expiration date on the coupon and it always goes through. Employees probably dont give a shit about when it expires. If a coupon reaches its expiration, do you rip it off or just throw it in the trash?
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Old 02-21-08, 06:01 PM
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Tearing off expiration dates is coupon fraud.
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Old 02-21-08, 06:06 PM
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I don't just throw 'em away. Someone might be going through my garbage looking for coupons that they might be able use by tearing off the expiration date. I burn each one individually.
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Old 02-21-08, 06:17 PM
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I tried to use a coupon at the grocery where the expiration was ripped off but they wouldn't accept it. I've never used an expired coupon since then except at Bed Bath & Beyond and Linen N Things.
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It has never even occured to me.
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Nope, never bothered trying.
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Old 02-21-08, 06:43 PM
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It has never even occured to me.
Same here, except I would spell "occurred" correctly.
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My local Jewel's accepts expired coupons. Some places do, so I ask. If they don't I throw them in the recycle box.
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Old 02-21-08, 07:43 PM
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I hate using coupons as it is. I can't imagine being that desperate to save a few cents on anything.
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Old 02-21-08, 07:45 PM
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Do your friends also make a practice of adding extra zeroes at the end of their one dollar bills? What they're doing is just as legitimate.

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Old 02-21-08, 09:14 PM
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I guess if they take off the coupon manually and you find a clerk who just doesn't care.... but seriously, what is this? A George Costanza thread?

I don't even use coupons. I don't seek them out, and if happen upon some (given to me or found on a box of something I bought), I don't use them. They end up at home and stay there. I go to the grocery store after work, and the coupons are at home. And in today's world, a lot of coupons scan now and if they are expired they won't scan, thus defeating this fraud.
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Old 02-21-08, 09:19 PM
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Larger supermarkets scan the coupon barcode, and "the computer" verifies that all conditions have been met, including valid date and valid products purchased. Fast food joints tend to be more lax. I've had several cashiers at several fast foods say they rarely check the dates; it doesn't hurt to ask. I would never tear off the date, but if I point out the expired date and the cashier OK's it anyway, I can live with that.

@10-7:
Fast food coupons are more likely to be worth a few dollars, not a few cents. I think of it as frugality rather than desperation.
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Old 02-21-08, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jonnyquest
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Fast food coupons are more likely to be worth a few dollars, not a few cents. I think of it as frugality rather than desperation.
I agree the fast food coupons are sometimes a good value. They are the only ones I ever use, however itís been my experience that they tend to remove the ďfastĒ from the equation. They always seem to mess it up.

My reference to desperation was for the idea of tearing off the expiration date, which is fraud as far as Iím concerned, not the use of coupons in general. FWIW, I consider myself quite frugal.
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Old 02-21-08, 10:00 PM
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Coupons aren't what they used to be.

You used to get things like, buy one can of tomatoes, get one free. Now you get 50 cents off when you buy three cans.
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Old 02-21-08, 10:32 PM
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I've noticed that too Mrs. D. And grocery coupons aren't available in the numbers they used to be.
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Old 02-21-08, 10:38 PM
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I still check to see if coupons are a good value, sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't.
I don't tear off coupon expiry dates.

I believe you can still send expired coupons to overseas military members and their families; IIRC, the PXs will accept coupons up to 6 months after their expiration date.
Put 'em to good use.

http://www.ocpnet.org/
http://ocp.usshorizon.net/

" Our program serves military families by assisting you to forward "manufacturer's coupons" to overseas military bases....
Expired Coupons?
2 Months Max! Yes expired coupons are accepted. We recommend not sending any coupons older than 2 months expired on the date of shipment. They can use them for a couple of months after that but remember that the volunteers at the base must process the coupons once they arrive and get them out to be used. We also need to leave enough time for them to have the families sort through them and find the ones they want for use."
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Old 02-21-08, 10:48 PM
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I admit, I do this sometimes. The other thing I'll do now and then is if I have a coupon that says, "Buy 1 Tombstone Pizza Get 1 Free" and I don't feel like a pizza, I'll just cross out "Tombstone Pizza" and write in "milk" or "digital camera". Most of the time the employees don't really give a shit.
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Same here, except I would spell "occurred" correctly.
Huh, never occured to me.
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Old 02-22-08, 06:28 AM
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Nope.

Nor would I return a box of flavored tea after using one teabag because didn't like the flavor.
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Old 02-22-08, 07:07 AM
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Nope.

Nor would I return a box of flavored tea after using one teabag because didn't like the flavor.

If you did like the flavor, would you reuse the teabag, thus saving several cents?
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This sounds like a Bargains Forum thread.

"You can take advantage of the Best Buy price mistake on Step Up. You just have to try every store in your area, find a bored cashier, and use the coupon that is REALLY for Bring It On 8. Oh, you may have to use a disguise for a second copy."
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Old 02-22-08, 07:44 AM
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she always tears off the expiration date on the coupon and it always goes through
Strangely enough this has never even crossed my mind.

Perhaps you could start a running thread about all the other "business friendly" tips your friend has.
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Old 02-22-08, 09:01 AM
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I've never even considered such a tactic, because:

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Tearing off expiration dates is coupon fraud.
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Old 02-22-08, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
Coupons aren't what they used to be.

You used to get things like, buy one can of tomatoes, get one free. Now you get 50 cents off when you buy three cans.
That's why I rarely use them anymore.
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Old 02-22-08, 06:03 PM
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I never use coupons unless it like a 20% off deal at some electronics place.
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