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Coupons: Use Them or Lose Them

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The key to getting the most out of coupons is to redeem them.

Woman cutting coupons

Recession Mama: My husband has challenged me to not spend anything for a while unless I'm also using one of the discount certificates or gift cards I keep in a file on my desk. (I think there's a toilet paper exception, but I need clarification on that.) I see where he's coming from. There is a lot of what I consider saving, but what my husband considers preparation for saving, happening in this house. I see the payoff if I realize a deal months or even years later, but he wanted to see some savings NOW.

He was off work today and got a haircut, using a free haircut certificate won at a school auction. We also went out to lunch, using another certificate. We had a fifty-dollar certificate to a local restaurant, and they were nice enough to let us use it and give us the sizeable balance on a new certificate. We came home and pulled stuff out of the freezer and pantry to cook for dinner. We should be able to go a while without having to resort to mandarin oranges as an entrée.

While dinner was cooking (roasted chicken with corn and black bean salad), I looked through the mail and saw an invite for a birthday party for the four-year-old son of a friend. I made a mental note to check the gift closet. This was working great -- I just realized I would need to think ahead. I'd like to take the kids to the new Harry Potter movie over the weekend, so we would go to a theater where I already had movie passes. And what about date night? A friend had given me some comedy club tickets. Now would be a great time to use them ...

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Gloria  September 1, 2009, 4:58 PM

This is helpful information, many people still don’t get the fact that they are hurting financially or allready broke and too proud to admit it. I know there are many ways to cut back spending, especially spending that is unnecessary. Paying bills has been a struggle, not to mention my husband is the supporter of my household, along with 2 working children that still live at home, and a 17 year old that is trying desperately to be the strong hold. She really hasn’t asked for anything lately, but…I fear with school coming around the corner she will be looking for some back to school stuff, and I am not speaking about notebooks and other things. It is really hard for parents today, coupons and all the other ways in which to save are really necessary. I wish there were a web site that would list regular shoping places for cities with stores that exist that are accepting store coupons. It is good to stay attentive and keep up with those free offers and percentages off coupons for everything from clothing to hair cuts.

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