Reader Mail: Husband Questions Her Stockpiling

Q: "Could you help me with coupon stacking? My grocery store always offered its store coupons in the flier. But now they started offering electronic coupons and I'm not sure how to stack my paper coupons with these."

A: Coupon stacking is a great way to save big! When we stack coupons, we combine a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item. And, when stores offer their coupons electronically, stacking works almost the same way.

First, you'll log in to your store's Web site and activate your electronic coupons. Once activated, these coupons will automatically be deducted from your total when the clerk scans your store shopper's loyalty card during checkout. Stacking manufacturer coupons with electronic store coupons is even easier than stacking two paper coupons together, since there's less to clip! Once you have viewed the list of online coupons loaded to your card, comb through the current week's circulars and your stash of previous week's circulars for coupons on those same items and take them with you to use during checkout. You'll receive the store's discount instantly via the electronic coupons on your card and when the cashier scans your manufacturer coupons you will receive those discounts on top of the others. You'll see both sets of savings on your receipt... and a smaller end total, too!

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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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