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May 10, 2013

Savings that you really can use

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Cheese and breading mix were $2.99, buy one get one free. I had two-$1.50 off coupons, so these were free!

I’ve shopped this way for over 20 years, but the Internet and these coupon-to-sale matching sites are heaven sent. Everything I do is legal and ethical. I do not clear shelves; I do not take more coupons than I need; I do not resell what I buy; I buy what’s on sale with a combination of store and/or vendor coupons.

To make this work consistently, you have to be diligent, not loyal to specific brands, willing to try new things and not tempted to buy what’s not on sale. It’s worth it! I think what I’ve outlined here proves that.

Shelli B.

Dear Jill,

I do not think it’s right for some shoppers to say they saved a ton while buying an amazing amount of certain products they could not use up for years. Sometimes I receive $6 cat food coupons for a particular brand of cat food from their promotions. Last month, 7-pound bags were on sale for $6.49. I bought 12 bags and got $83.28 worth of cat food for $5.88! If I put just those cat food totals out to the public, I would be an ‘expert’ shopper.

It is still good for people to use coupons that practically jump up and bite them. In a recent column you outlined one of your shopping trips, step by step. It is obvious you will use what you purchased, not just to stock up your house for years. So that was good to do. Show the shoppers what can be saved. Now I would love to see how many shoppers would really make the effort to save as I do, and as you do now! (None of my family or friends will do it now and think I am crazy!)

Connie K.

Smart Living Tip: Don’t get discouraged in your couponing journey. Remember that any amount of money you save this week with coupons, even if it’s $5 or $10, is a success! It’s money you didn’t have to spend on items you would have purchased regardless. We all have days that are better than others.

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