The Coupon Deduction
- clip your way to savings

Coupons are such a pain, aren't they ? You have to find the coupons. You have to clip the coupons. You have to carry them around.

Yes, using coupons does take some effort. But there's no denying that they're a terrific source of savings.

Back in the day, the only way to get coupons was to cut them out of newspapers and flyers. Oh sure, you can still do that, but with everything electronic these days, it's so much easier.

Coupon sites and online versions of flyers make it easy to locate relevant discounts. Pick your coupons, click and print, and clip.

But my favorites are the relatively new digital coupons. You sign up online at the grocery store website, and then add coupons to your account. When you pay the cashier, you enter your account number, and the coupons are automatically applied. Virtual coupons !

Not all the stores have the digital coupons. You'll have to go to the website of your store and look around. Once you start using digital coupons, you're sure to love them.

Another source of coupons is the grocery store itself, which often will have a coupon rack near the front. Grab the flyers on the way in, and quickly look through them. You may find one or two that you can use right then.

The best coupons are for items already on sale. And most grocery stores will let you stack a manufacturer coupon on top of a store coupon or sale. Getting double discounts on the same item is the coupon coup.

If you put a lot of time and effort into advanced coupon strategies, there are plenty of savings to find out there. But even moderate effort can provide decent savings.