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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Back to the basics --- Why should I use coupons?

If you are looking for ways to save money on groceries you are not alone. The cost of living is on the rise and paychecks just are going as far as they used to. Using coupons is a great way to save money! You may think that using coupons is not worth the time or you may be intimidated by the process. Have no fear! Using coupons is a simple way to save money and once you get the hang of it I can be more of a game than a chore.

The money that you can save by using coupons may surprise you. The first time you see that total on cash register come down you may be shocked to see the savings come off. How would you feel if you could cut even $10 a week from the grocery budget? By using coupons you can not only save money but you can build a food storage.In my experience it is not uncommon to see people shave hundreds if not thousands of dollars off of their grocery budget in a year.

You can maximize the savings by combining your coupons with store sales. What a great way to stock your pantry for pennies on the dollar. For an example if a store has cake mixes that are normally $1.99 on sale for $1.00 and you have a coupon for .50 off 1, you are saving $1.49! This is quite easy to do. Most grocery sales coincide with the coupon cycle. Items that we get coupons for next will likely be on sale at your local grocery store in the next week or so. Pinching Your Pennies has a forum for each state where you will be able to find grocery deals in your area.

Coupons are very easy to find! Coupons are found as inserts in the weekend newspapers, in the mail and online. Here is a link to the online coupon forum on Pinching Your Pennies. I frequently also visit the websites of my favorite products and request coupons by mail.

Coupons are easy to redeem. Just had them to the cashier and watch the magic begin. This can be overwhelming for many people. I like to double check my coupons before I enter the checkout line. I make sure I am not handing them coupons for things I didn't end up buying and also make sure that the coupons are not expired. Just a quick double check will make you feel more confident at the checkout and save headache for the cashier.

Get out and give it a try..... Once you start you just might be hooked.



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