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Mom Saves $25,000 a Year by Using Coupons

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Jamie Chase, mom of two, saves $25,000 a year by using coupons. She shares her secrets with the NBC "Nightly News":

Jamie is such a pro, she even teaches a class on using coupons at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts.

Here are her top tips:

• Combine sales, coupons and promotions for extra savings.

• E-mail the company, telling them how much you like the product. They will often send you a coupon for a free item in return.

• Use "cats" -- coupons that print with your register receipt.

• Buy extra copies of the Sunday paper. The savings easily cover the costs.

Clipping coupons sometimes feels like such a pain. But for $25,000, we'll MAKE the time!

Do YOU clip coupons ... or are you too busy to even go there?


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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Corvette Liz April 27, 2010, 12:10 PM

My sitter met me one evening with the story of how my son who was 4 at the time told her that she could not buy something. “Because it was not Sale, and she did not have a coupon.” She was very proud of him, just like I was. That is how I shopped. It stopped him from asking for everything he seen while in the cart at the store with me. :)

Yum Yucky April 27, 2010, 12:26 PM

When I clip coupons, I sometimes end up buying something I don’t even need. Just because I have a coupon. Savings FAIL.

Kimberly at Frugal Playground April 27, 2010, 12:35 PM

I have a love hate relationship with coupons, but I probably hate them more than I love them. $24000 a year is almost $500 a week! We don’t spend even close to that amount let alone save that much.

Jessica April 27, 2010, 4:17 PM

Nice summary… You can also try combining coupons and price comparison, just to determine the true value of a product. I know Onewayshopping.com is already doing that. All in One Place.

Barb April 28, 2010, 7:09 AM

When I see these stories, I’m always confused about what they’re buying and eating. I get it that you can find coupons for many packaged foods, but I can’t say I’ve EVER gotten a coupon for grapes. Or watermelon. Or fresh asparagus. So while I envy this family’s savings, I wonder about their diet.

Sarah May 24, 2010, 2:19 PM

If you’re worried about your family’s diet and the environment, I found a great site with coupons and discounts for family-friendly, eco-friendly, natural, and organic products from toys to food. Check it out! http://www.mindful-mama.com/marketplace.aspx

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cityvville February 13, 2011, 3:31 AM

You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!


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