1. DO use them with pride! "There's an average of $350 in savings in the paper each week," says Teri Gault, founder of thegrocerygame.com. "In this economy, coupon use has been on the rise," she adds. "Most anything that anyone buys eventually has a coupon for it."
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2. DON'T rely only on the Sunday paper. "Coupons can be automatically sent to your phone, loaded onto your supermarket club card, or printed off the Internet," Gault advises. "Coupons.com and couponsurfer.com are some of my favorite sites for coupons," says Suzanne Womack, 43, of Cleveland, TN. Is there a new product you'd like to try? Check out the manufacturer's website; many have coupons you can download and print.
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3. DO keep coupons organized and accessible. "I store my coupons in a little binder that I keep in the car," says Rachel Lewis, 39, of Columbus, OH. "That way, when I need to stop on the way home from work, the coupons are right there." Stefanie Schmidt sorts coupons by expiration date. "Every month, I'll sort the coupons to make sure I use them before they expire," says the 31-year-old from Las Vegas. "I also note on my grocery list if I have a coupon so I make sure to use it before it expires."
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4. DON'T toss what you can't use. Share unused coupons with friends or family members. "We have a box at work where we put coupons that we don't need so someone else can use them," says Denise Gaylord, 55, of New Bern, NC.
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