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Pair Coupons with Rock-Bottom Sales

Until next week, I'll leave you with an exciting example of another reason you should save your coupons. Pairing a $1 coupon with a $1 sale results in free items! Now, you may be thinking, "Really? Is it that easy?" You be the judge.

This week, pasta, cartons of lemonade, instant potatoes and toothbrushes were on sale at my store for $1 each. I redeemed a $1 coupon for each of those items, so they were free to me.

But in each case, the coupons I used came from inserts published weeks ago; a shopper wouldn't find them in the current week's inserts. Shoppers who clip coupons the old-fashioned way might not have needed a toothbrush three months ago, when the $1-off coupon ran in the paper. So, they threw the insert away. Super-Couponers keep their inserts. They understand that the coupons inside may provide them with the chance to land a free item in the future.

Why throw away money?

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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, www.super-couponing.com. E-mail your own couponing victories and questions to jill@ctwfeatures.com.

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