Check out these four tricks retailers use to get you to spend more (without you knowing it).
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What is one of the easiest ways to save money? Something you can do while watching your favorite show or football game on TV? That's right ... it's couponing!
There are many people out there who don't bother clipping coupons because they don't think they'll save a lot. Trust us, though, these savings add up. It may be 25 cents here or buy-one-get-one-free there, but you can easily save hundreds of dollars a year if you clip correctly.
What's even better? This isn't something that you have to change your lifestyle over. This isn't moving into a smaller home or driving a beater car after owning an SUV. This is taking a few extra minutes a week to find the deals that are being offered.
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There are plenty of coupon apps you can subscribe to and get great deals. You can find a few of them here. You may also want to scour the Sunday newspaper, and buying one for a couple of dollars is worth it if you find even $5 worth of savings.
Also, be diligent and monitor your local grocery store online. It only takes a minute or two to check the specials for that week, and you may hit a goldmine of a deal when you see that something you eat or use often goes down in price.
A key strategy to stretching the food dollars is to match up coupons to good sales. When you get a coupon for a TV dinner, hold the coupon until dinners are cheaper, and then you can save huge. If the coupon expires, throw it away, and find another coupon on another on-sale item that you can use.
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Also, don't use a coupon just because you have it. If you rarely use a certain product, don't rush to buy it just because you can get a great deal. Don't spend money to save money, because you'll lose money.
One more tip: Even though it's not technically a coupon, buying food from a warehouse-type store usually means you'll save a good amount of money because you're buying so much of a certain item. When you save cash at one place, it allows you to put it toward other stuff ... like, maybe, paying off debt?
Have you used coupons to save money? Tell us about it in the comments.