Every week I go shopping, instead of looking at the ad and trying to match-up all my coupons with items on sale, I use coupon match-up sites. I am a member of probably 10 of them or so but I only subscribe to commonsensewithmoney.com . I get a daily e-mail that has a bunch of great deals and sometimes free things. I have 3-4 magazine subscriptions I have got for free. I also haven't paid full price for ANYTHING since, and that includes gasoline (I use the perks from my local grocery store).
It may take a while to get the concept of them, but once you do, it will save a lot. Be careful not to buy everything just because it is super cheap. That will defeat the whole purpose of even going to these sites. Here's a few more sites: dollarstoredeals.c om retailmenot.com >stretchingabuck.com
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While you are making your shopping list, go through your coupons to either use it before it expires or match your purchases with your coupons. Then staple the stack of coupons on the back side of your list. You face them such that you can flip back and forth from your list to your coupons. Carefully remove the staple at the cashier. no more shuffling while you shop.
My DW didn't like using coupons, so I cut out a number of items from different stores and took them to Walmart for its Price Match policy. After going home,she figured that just by price matching against Walmarts prices we saved $5.87 - more than 10 percent of our bill. Now she price matches, immediately goes home and figures the savings and puts the money into a a special savings account. In three months we have saved $71 - almost one room-night for vacation!
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