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January 18, 2013

How good is your good deal?

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I apply this cut-the-price-in-half philosophy to just about everything I buy: groceries, household products, clothing, housewares and additional purchases, too. Many clothing and general-merchandise stores offer coupons and sales, and putting the two together often results in taking products home for great prices.

Let me share some more examples:

I’ve long been a lover of clothing clearance racks. Stores shift inventory so often that it seems there’s always something new hanging around at the back of the store, waiting for someone to come and browse for deals. Recently, I received a coupon good for 20 percent off from a major clothing store. Armed with the coupon, I headed out to look for deals.

In the boys’ department, I spotted some great buys for my sons. Long-sleeved shirts were on clearance for $3, marked down from $10. Now, $3 is already a fantastic price for a boy’s shirt, but with the 20 percent off coupon, the price dropped to an incredible $2.40! I bought several shirts in different styles, all at this great low price.

During the same shopping trip, I browsed the boys’ outerwear, too. A sign in the department noted that all jackets were 30 percent off. I found a jacket that I liked priced at $17. With the 30 percent discount, the price dropped to $11.90. After my 20 percent coupon, the price went to $9.52. While the price wasn’t quite cut in half (it was a 44 percent savings), it was a great buy and a price I was willing to pay.

Here’s the question you must ask yourself: What price are you willing to pay? Your goal may be different from mine. Achieving a 20 percent or 30 percent savings may be your goal, and that’s fine. Any money saved is better than paying full price!

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Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about Super-Couponing at her website, www.jillcataldo.com. Email your own couponing victories and questions to jill@ctwfeatures.com.

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