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Don't Waste Your Money: How to save without coupons

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Remember when you could open the Sunday newspaper and find a coupon for $2 off a box of Tide detergent? Coupons like that are getting harder and harder to find, but there are still ways to save without them.

Shoppers Using Fewer Coupons

If you find yourself using fewer coupons, you're not alone. The number of coupons used in 2012 dropped 17 percent from the year before, according to an industry group. 

Savvy shopper and blogger Megan Fennosays the Sunday offerings are slim. 

"They are a little sparse in the newspaper these days, and they are not as high value," Fenno said. 

However, she says you can still save big if you: 

-Make a list and don't add to it in the store. 
-Buy laundry detergent at big box stores, not the grocery store, where it is typically more expensive. 
-Stock up when your favorites are on sale. 

"If I see shaving cream, and it's on sale, I always buy more," Fenno explained. "Make sure you buy enough to cover until it's on sale again to hold you over." 

Result: She doesn't even miss clipping coupons. 

Doesn't That Stink?

From the doesn't that stink file comes all the reasons the couponing craze has been waning. 

-Coupon values are getting smaller 
-Coupon doubling is disappearing 
-Most coupons are for new or unpopular items, instead of products everyone wants, like Tide and Cheerios. 

Finally, stores are limiting the number of coupons you can use per trip, as a result of all the extreme couponing shows on TV where shoppers clear out the shelves of discounted products. 

Bottom Line

Plan your grocery trip in advance and take advantage of sales. You may not miss all those coupons from 10 years ago. 

That way you don't waste your money. 

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