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Family Food Budget - Use Those Coupons

Trimming your grocery bill by using coupons is a good idea, but only if you (1)use them properly and(2) use them.

Occasionally television news stations will interview the coupon queen. You know the woman I mean, she fills a supermarket food cart up to the rim and after cashing in her coupons, pays only a few dollars for everything in the cart.

You may not become a wiz at using coupons but they are great way to save money, if you do it the right way. Take time to clip and use coupons only if they work with and not against your money-saving purpose. If you always leave them at home or buy too much because "It's such a bargain", then you are defeating the purpose of clipping and using coupons. One of the first rules should be never buy more than you originally planned to buy.

More coupon hints:

A few sites are:

* http://babyresource.com/coupons.html
* http://www.couponmom.com/
* http://www.CoolSavings.com
* http://www.coupons.com
* http://www.organiccoupons.org

If you want to take advantage of these deals, but do not have a printer, go to your public library and use a library computer to access the coupon site. Generally libraries can help you with printing; there may be a nominal fee. A caveat--always read the small print on the sites and the coupons before using.

And finally, if you are single find a shopping buddy, you can take better advantage of savings offers, i.e., buy one, get one free; buy three boxes of cold cereal, get one free. While you may not want four boxes of cereal, two boxes might do nicely.

Take a look at The Frugal Family's Kitchen Book, Third Edition available from Amazon.com.

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