I hear people talking about it everywhere. The grocery store, the bank, the beauty salon…the rave is all about couponing and saving money here and there. It is quite easy to be a skeptic, but I believe that there is some clout in this passing phenomenon. It sure seems like a lot of effort to put into saving cents off of a few name brand items. But stores and merchandisers now offer store brand coupons for those of us who don’t always flock to the most expensive carton on the shelf. Your national chains will double coupons up to 50 cents, and in some regions of the country, will take a store coupon along with the manufacturer’s coupon. Buying those Sunday papers can be quite beneficial if you are clipping coupons. Here are a few general rules that you must use in order to truly save money:

1.Only purchase items you would normally buy.

2. Only purchase items that are on sale if at all possible.

3. Take time to get a customer advantage card for the stores you frequent.

4. Make a list of things you need before you go to the store.

5. Don’t reinvent the wheel….use resources already provided by others.

Here are a few places you can go that will save you time looking through weekly circulars. www.GroceryDeals.com is the ultimate site for people who are looking for a quick way to find out what’s on sale at their local merchants. This site will list all of the items on sale and will keep a running total of your bill. It will also allow you to ‘shop’ from several retailers and print it out in a nice, organized grocery list. It’s completely free!

www.hotcouponworld.com is more like a listing of what’s on sale at your local merchant, and the bloggers will tell you how to match your coupons with the items and how to get it for next to nothing. This site is for the more organized couponizer, so if this describes you, check out this one. It’s also completely free

www.couponmom.com is another favorite of mine. It sends weekly emails letting you know what’s on sale, where you can get free rebate items, and my favorite, restaurant.com specials. You can get a $25 gift certificate for $2! There are a few catches, such as purchase minimums and redeemable Mon.-Thurs. only, but still a good deal.

I love freebies. I have found a few websites that you can subscribe to and get occasional freebies.Dairy Queen, Coldstone Creamery, Great American Cookie Company, etc. are only a few of the places that will give you a free coupon either for signing up or for birthday specials. T.G.I. Fridays also has great benefits if you sign up on their website. Free appetizers and VIP offers are only a couple of things you can enjoy. The only downside-you get emails on a regular basis (once a month). I think that is well worth the trade.

So in this tough economic time, you can find a few deals that truly are free!
Saving Money at the Store: Is There an Easier Way?
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Nora Deanda is a freelance artist and loves to share her pictures with the world. She is also fascinated by art and literature which is why she is here to share her insights of all that she experience with her creative mind.