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Coupons Cut Grocery Costs

The best way to save money is to pay less for items you’re going to buy and Manufacturers’ coupons allow you to do just that. With the changes manufacturers and stores have made to their coupon policies in recent years, you don’t even have to invest in the Sunday paper to take advantage of huge savings. Here are a few great tips to help you save a bundle at the store:

Frugal Bloggers

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There are dozens of “mom bloggers” who make it their business to track down the latest and greatest coupons and store deals, and list them out, week by week. They specialize in matching store specials to manufacturers’ coupons to make sure you’re paying the absolute lowest prices. They’ll tell you exactly when the coupon came out, which stores are offering what deals, and how to “stack” the store sales with the coupons. Check out sites like Moneysavingmom.com, DealSeekingMom.com, and KrazyCouponLady.com, just to name a few.

Manufacturers’ Sites

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Got a favorite detergent, snack brand, or soda? Stalk the manufacturers’ websites for coupons, and sign up for their mailing lists. You can get announcements of sales, promotions, as well as coupons and frequent buyer deals sent directly to you.

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Coupon Sites

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Remember how I said you don’t even have to shell out the cash for a Sunday paper anymore to get the coupons? That’s because many coupon manufacturers now offer their coupons online. RetailMeNot.com , Coupons.com, and SundayCouponPreview.com are just a few of the services that offer printable coupons online. Be sure to check with your local store to confirm their policy on Internet coupons. Though they’re widely accepted, policies can vary from store to store.

Coupon Swaps

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Got a collection of dollar-off Huggies coupons but your kids are finally all potty trained? Don’t toss those good-as-gold savings; swap them instead! Local communities have coupon clubs where members gather to offer up their unwanted coupons. But, if you can’t locate one near to you, Google “coupon swap” for a selection of online virtual swaps. Warning: Find a site that vets members or requires a minimal amount of personal information to make sure you don’t get stiffed with outdated, invalid coupons.

Double Coupons Days

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If you’re going through the effort of clipping (or downloading) coupons, why not get the biggest savings? Many stores regularly offer double savings on manufacturers’ coupons. These savings are not always advertised, so ask your store management about their policies. Those dollars can add up quickly!

You may not have ever considered yourself a “couponer” but when you see the savings you can rack up with smart coupon shopping, you’ll be convinced it’s the way to go for big savings on everyday necessities.

Now go out there and start clipping and shopping your way to savings in your pocketbook and bank account.

By MomAdvocate