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While many food promotions are announced in the store, some can only be found on coupons in a newspaper or grocery store circular.

Most coupons are for small discounts -- a few cents here and there. But some coupons are so generous they can actually become what Strain calls a "moneymaker." A moneymaker is a coupon or combination of discounts that can result in a negative "price," which frees up money for other items at the time of purchase.

For example, Strain recently bought several packs of Rolaids. With the combination of a coupon and the sale price at the store, he "made" about $1 for every two packs he bought. He used his savings to pay for some fresh produce.

"The stacking of the coupons has made it so you can buy other stuff for virtually free," says Strain.

Strain says he finds most of his moneymakers at drugstores. He also goes online looking for coupons.

You can put as much or as little time into couponing as you want, but even if you only save $3 per week in coupons, that's $156 per year.


 

 

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