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Couponing's Best-Kept Secrets:

The rule of thumb that it's better to buy the smaller size especially holds true when we stack a store's coupon and manufacturer's coupon. With the two coupons, we receive an even larger discount on an item. For example, baby wipes are on sale at my store this week. The plastic tub contains 77 wipes and it's on sale for $2.99. The "value-pack" of baby wipe refills contains 231 wipes and it's on sale for $5.99. My store offers a $1.50 store coupon good on any size of the wipes. I also have a $1 manufacturer coupon for the wipes. Stacking these coupons gives me $2.50 in savings on either size item. With the coupons, the plastic tub with 77 wipes will cost just 49 cents. The "value-pack" refill will cost me $3.49 using the same coupons. The "value-pack" contains three 77-count wipe packages; that works out to about $1.16 for each 77-wipe package. I'd spend more than twice as much on baby wipes if I purchased the larger, so-called "money-saving" size.

An even easier example involves coupons for items that come in a trial or travel size. A $1 coupon good for any size deodorant will certainly give you a discount on a full-size deodorant. But a 99-cent travel size will be free using the coupon. Again, any time a coupon states that it will work on any size of a product, remember that the trial and travel sizes are included. Free always makes better financial "cents" than spending more than we have to!

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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 couponing coups and questions to jill@ctwfeatures.com.

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