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I cut all the coupons out of magazines, papers and all the free online coupon sites. The items I do not intend to use I put beside the product so that I can help others save money. I have bought products that were on sale and someone else was nice enough to leave their coupon.
Do not purchase items just because you have a coupon if you would not normally purchase the item.
When I started using coupons, I was discouraged that I couldn't use a coupon for every item bought. Then I realized that some items were actually less w/o a coupon which led me to a secret of true savings. I still shop sales and try to attach coupons when I can but instead of counting money saved, I divide total items purchased, found at the bottom of the receipt, into total $ spent. This gives me $/item. I am giddy when I spend only $1.50 for laundry soap, meat, beauty care, etc!
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