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Using Coupons


By Nikki Willhite

Using Coupons and Rebates to Lower Food Bills

There have been many articles and reports written explaining ways to cut your grocery bills. Donít go shopping on an empty stomach, cook from "scratch", buy generic brands, etc. Another is to shop at discount warehouses.

Then there are coupons. There are some products that just taste better if you buy the name brand. When we are in a hurry, or perhaps sick, it still is cheaper to make something at home from a box than to buy fast food.

Many people are very skillful at using coupons. They know where to get them, and where to use them. I was offered a coupon distributorship, and as I was thinking it over I decided to "poll" a few people who subscribe to my e-zine to see if it would be something I should do. The answer was a resounding "no"- WE GET THEM FREE! Some of my readers even told me they climb into dumpsters to get discarded newspapers! Now that is dedication!

Here are some ideas for those that aren't so skillful. The first thing you need to do is to get organized. Use envelopes. Label them with the different categories of food you buy regularly, such as noodles, canned vegetables, etc. Every time you see a coupon, clip it, and then file it.

Sunday newspapers are a good source for coupons. So are magazines. If you know your paperboy, find out what happens to his leftover papers. There are also coupons you can get off the internet and print. There are clubs both on the internet and in neighborhoods where people exchange them.

When you see items on sale that you have coupons for, that's the time to buy. If you use something, and you have 3 coupons for it, buy 3 of them. This is how you will save the most money in the long run.

Your big savings come when stores offer double coupon days. They will double the value of your coupon, usually up to 50 cents. Find out which stores do this with regularity, and be prepared to take advantage of it.


This is more work, but if you want to save money, it's worth it. When you use any canned or boxed item, save the package. Do not just save the UPC code. Stores are getting trickier and asking for different parts of the packaging now.

You will need some boxes, and it will take some room, but file these things away in an orderly fashion. Put them in your garage or somewhere that isn't a fire hazard. Keep your receipts also, as you will need them for the rebates.

Always check out the boxes for special offers. Many cereals offer little toys or other things that can be used for birthday parties or small gifts. It may be worth sending off for them.

It's a lot of work, but if you are organized and skillful, you can save
a lot of money on food with coupons and rebates.


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