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Even 'lazy couponers' can save hundreds

Published: Friday, April 12 2013 10:00 a.m. MDT

Jana Wolfe shops at Dick's in Bountiful. She used a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a free case of water.

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Peter Anderson started out skeptical about couponing. To him, he imagined crazy couponers like those shown on "Extreme Couponing" who spend 8 to 10 hours a week in order to save money.

His opinion changed, however, when it came time to save for a house down payment, according to his article on Bible Money Matters.

Anderson considers himself a "lazy couponer" but still saved $215 total for four shopping trips that cost $735 instead of $950.

He spent about 30 minutes the night before shopping to find coupons. These are some of the ways he said even a lazy couponer can save on groceries.

Mail coupons

Local grocery stores will send mail coupons to inform customers about sales.

Grocery store rewards

Signing up for rewards programs at the store often means the store will send coupon books with extra savings. Anderson’s grocery store includes a program that saves him $5 on $50 every two weeks for any groceries.

Buy on sale

Adjust your grocery list to buy things that are on sale and forgo some things that you can’t find coupons for until they have a better price. It doesn’t work best to only search for coupons on what you need. Stockpile food that won’t go bad when it is on sale.

Match coupons to sales

Looking for coupons on items already listed on sale doubles the savings.

Online sites

Sites like coupons.com and RedPlum provide an organizing system for coupons as well as allow you to search for what you want.

EMAIL: alovell@deseretnews.com

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