May 16, 2011 05:00 ET

Smart Ways to Save From

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - (Family Features) Who doesn't like a good bargain? Coupons have long been a savvy bargain hunter's go-to tool, and today there are more ways than ever to take advantage of the savings they can bring.

Ninety-one percent of women use coupons to get a good deal, according to a national poll from SmartMagazine. And they're gathering coupons from multiple sources: newspapers, email and snail mail, online, at stores and from mobile phones. There are plenty of deals to be had; you just have to know a few simple tricks to get them.

Here are some tips from the savings mavens at for getting the biggest bang for your buck with coupons:

Finding Coupons

  • Save the inserts that come with your local newspaper, especially the Sunday editions. Write the date on them and keep them in an expandable file folder.
  • Bookmark websites that offer online coupons, such as You'll find printable coupons, e-coupons, promo codes and special deals for brands as well as retail stores.
  • Keep your eyes open for in-store coupons. You can find them in automatic dispensers along store shelves, on tear pads, and even on your store receipt. Some retailers print coupons along with your receipt. They're called Catalinas and can be used in the store on your next visit.
  • Some grocery stores have loyalty programs that give you access to additional coupons, either online or, in a more recent trend, through e-coupons that you can load onto your rewards card. When you swipe the card, the coupons automatically get credited to your total.
  • Check manufacturer's websites for coupons. You can also "Like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to get even more savings. Consumer Reports recommends setting up a separate email account for couponing to help minimize spamming.

Smart Couponing Tips

  • Scour the newspaper ad circulars for sales. Then match up your coupons to items on sale.
  • Stacking coupons is a great way to get a real steal. Look for sale items that you need. Then use a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon on top of it. If the store doubles the coupon's value, that's even more savings.
  • Use coupons with "buy one, get one free" offers. Using one coupon for each item saves you even more.
  • If you find good deals on items you'll really use, then it can pay to stock up. But don't fall into the trap of buying something just because it's a bargain. If you won't use it, you'll be wasting money you can spend on something you actually need.

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