Clipping Coupons: A Smart Move

The price of groceries has gone up recently; and by all accounts, it's going to be more of the same for the foreseeable future. With the price of oil and gas skyrocketing, the cost of nearly everything else is bound to rise along with them. As far as your grocery bill is concerned, one way to save money is to use a coupon or two on your next food forage at the grocery store.

Many people don't understand the value of coupons. Others make the mistake of underestimating what they can do to curtail the hemorrhaging of their wallets whenever they walk into the store. Coupons are not only designed to promote specific items, they also save us, the customers, money, and those who use them are prudent indeed.

If you've never clipped coupons before, the best way to start is by purchasing your local Sunday newspaper. Most weekend-edition papers contain a generous supply of sales circulars and coupons. Create a shopping list of the things you need, then look for coupons that match the items you're going to buy.

Coupons can save you anywhere from twenty-five cents to a dollar or more on the things you buy every day. Occasionally, you'll find coupons that will five you a free item when you buy something else. For example, you might be able to get a free gallon of milk if you buy two dozen eggs. If you happen to be in need of both milk and eggs, then you've hit a small jackpot.

Coupons also work very well in combination with other savings opportunities. For example, use a fifty-cent coupon at a grocery store that doubles coupon values. Doubling or even tripling of coupons is listed in the store's sales paper so you'll know when to shop for the best bargains.

Many stores have their own discount cards to save shoppers more money on each food bill. Weekly money-saving deals on bread, cheese, meat, and other staples make certain stores more popular than others. This is another ideal time to use coupons; there are usually no restrictions on using them to enhance the savings already provided by the store.

Some stores have bins where people put the coupons that they don't need so others can use them. You might be able to find a coupon for that new air freshener or the new flavor of yogurt you wanted to try. Coupons are great for purchasing things that you want to test but wouldn't think of paying full price for. If you use your coupon on a doubling day, you'll save even more.

Keep in mind, though, that coupons are not found just in newspapers. Many online sites offer members the opportunity to download and print coupons for their favorite items. You can download new offerings weekly and use them at any store that accepts manufacturer's coupons.

Clipping coupons really can save you money on your grocery bill. Use them to stock up on things you normally use and to try out new products. Don't throw your savings away in the trash; start collecting them today.

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