Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

There's a Coupon for That! Tips to Make It Simple

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

There's a Coupon for That! Tips to Make It Simple

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We're all trying to stretch a dollar the way Spandex stretches jeans over our jiggly tummies. Blame rising prices, or watching QVC until 3 a.m., but there's always more we want to buy than money to pay for it.

Thank goodness for coupons. Whether it's $1 off Cap'n Crunch or hundreds off gold jewelry at Macy's (that we'll hide from our husbands), we'd be lost without these little incentives. Our friend even takes coupons with her on vacation. After all, there might be a Bed Bath & Beyond in Bali, and she could save 20 percent on beach towels.

Congratulations to those gals who use notebooks and spreadsheets to keep track of their coupons. We just stuff them into our jeans and pray we remember to get rid of them at the store (or at least before the jeans go in the washing machine.)

So grab your scissors and cut out these QuirkOut coupons

THE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO COUPONING

Meet Rachel Singer Gordon, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing." She can save $100 at the grocery without breaking a sweat. No, this isn't extreme coupon-ing. "That show isn't reality," she says. "It's television. And you can't duplicate what they do." Her QuirkOut tips make it simple:

1. Shop what's on sale and stock up. Don't go to the store thinking, "I'm in the mood to make Beef Wellington." (Really?) Instead, work your menu around what's on sale. Or better yet, use your Applebee's coupon and go out to dinner.

2. Save coupons for your favorite items until they're on sale. So, when Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup is two for $1.50, use the 75 cents off coupon on double coupon day. It's actually free. And so is sampling candy from the big bins (but watch out for the store manager).

3. If you discover a coupon after you bought the product, return to the store and ask for the discount. Are you kidding us? Isn't it miracle enough we even got to the store in the first place? …

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