Everyone knows coupons can save you money, but there's a real art to saving BIG. You've got to know all the places to look for coupons.
Consumer Reports Money Adviser says once you've cast a wide net, there are several tricks to tallying up super savings.
Georgine Kaczmarek saves thousands of dollars a year with coupons. And she's started her own website, GeorgineSaves.com, to help others do the same.
Kaczmarek says, "Every little bit helps, and even if it's not the volume that I do, you can save at least $100."
Key is knowing how to supersize your savings.
Kaczmarek says, "I purchased all these groceries, and the total was $111.35."
But after coupons, Georgine only paid $9.69.
Tod Marks of Consumer Reports says, "To maximize savings, you really want to layer those coupons. You want to take the manufacturer coupons typically found in those Sunday newspaper inserts, along with retailers' coupons in their store circular. And doubling up on those coupons can really knock down your costs."
Consumer Reports Money Adviser says it's also worth looking for coupons at websites-such as CoolSavings.com, GrocerySmarts.com, and Coupons.com.
Marks says, "You really want to be aware that when you sign up for a coupon site, you open yourself up to spam that goes along with getting coupons. So you want to open up a separate e-mail account, devoted solely to coupons."
And look to sign up for your favorite brands on Facebook, or join a couponing forum like MomsView.com-again using separate coupons-only e-mail account.
And lastly, get organized, like Georgine, who always takes her coupon files with her. She pulls coupons as she shops so then she's ready to cash in when she checks out.
In addition to the website GeorgineSaves.com, Consumer Reports says another helpful site is couponing.about.com. It was also started by a woman who's passionate about saving money with coupons.