Double the Savings, Double the Fun

It's important to check your store's policy on doubling coupons, too. Policies on coupon doubling vary by store and retail chain. Some stores may double all coupons up to 50 cents or $1. Other stores may double coupons up to $2. Some stores will not double printable Internet coupons. Ask your store for a copy of its coupon policy, either at the store's service counter or online via the store's Web site.

What if your store doesn't double coupons? Don't worry. You can still be a Super-Couponer even without double coupon promotions. I have noticed that double coupons tend to be a regional phenomenon. In many markets, grocery stores may not offer double coupons at all. This is the case where I live, in the suburbs of Chicago, where major grocery stores simply don't offer double coupons. In fact, to find grocery stores that offer double coupons I travel 40 minutes away from the city, so I rarely get to take part in these promotions. I shop every week at a store that does not offer coupon doubling, and I still do very well at cutting my grocery bill significantly.

At least one major retailer has started offering double-coupon promotions nationwide during certain times of the year. They're definitely worth watching for! With the current state of the economy, I would guess we'll see other retailers taking part in similar promotions in the weeks and months ahead.

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Jill Cataldo, a coupon-workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about couponing at her Web site, http://www.super-couponing.com./ E-mail your couponing coups and questions to jill@ctwfeatures.com.

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