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by Chris Green
September 26, 2009
Life can be hard and money tight. Everyone has to live with the constraints life imposes. Food is a need so basic that one cannot live without it. Food, overall, may account for a huge chunk of our budget. Rising prices have made it difficult to stretch dollars even more. Even with belt tightening, dollars are stretched very thinly indeed.

You can cut back on your food bill though. Even with a family, you can make your dollars go the distance by using coupons. Coupons can be a real lifesaver. They can stretch your food budget really, really well. You may even be surprised to find that coupons can double or even triple the value of your purchases when used properly and creatively.

Coupon cutting has been a time honored tradition in many wise and frugal families. This tradition has saved many a mom huge amount of money on food bills. Now, as the money becomes more and more difficult to come by, coupons are being utilized by budget wise moms and families.

If youÂ've never used coupons before, now is the perfect time to start. Using coupons is both an art and a skill as many smart shoppers have come to learn. You can start your quest to perfect your coupon using skills by checking out the paper for the ads that the local grocery place. Know when these are published so you can be sure to get them.

Look online for more coupons. There are many sites that offer coupon codes and promo codes you can use when shopping in general, not just the grocery.

Shop with a strategy in mind. Buy items that are on sale. Use your coupons to get a deeper discount on these items. You will be surprised at how much money you will save on these items.

Stop being so brand loyal. We all have our favorite brands but donÂ't be afraid to experiment. You may find a brand that you will like better and cheaper too. You may end up trying lots of different items but generally, the savings can be make the mix up worth the while.

Using coupons at the grocery doesnÂ't mean eating junk food. You will save so much on other items that you can afford to buy healthful fruits and vegetables for your family. DonÂ't forget to watch out for meat specials. Your favorite cut may not be on sale but a cheaper and equally good substitute may be.

Make a shopping list. Cut what coupons you will need for the items in your shopping list. Look online if you canÂ't find the coupons you need in the local papers. There is always a coupon for what you need. You just need to find it.

Buy a coupon book. Save the coupons you cut and print in an organized fashion. This will allow you to see at a glance what coupons you will need and what coupons are on the verge of expiring. Organizing your coupons can save a lot of time. You also wonÂ't miss any of the great deals your coupons promise to give simply because you couldnÂ't find the right one right away.

Practice. Practice makes perfect. Use coupons whenever you shop at the grocery. Set up a system for yourself. Once you get the basics of using coupons, you can now proceed to the next step of the coupon use ladder; doubling or even tripling with coupons.

But thatÂ's for later.


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