“Dear Jill,

I had to share a great deal with you that I got. A month ago there was a food sampling in store of a new frozen pizza. The sample station was handing out $2 coupons for the pizzas but the regular price was $7.99 each. They gave me four coupons.

I remembered what you had said about how the time you get coupons isn't always the best time to use them. The coupons were good for six months, so I just put them in my wallet. This week, the pizzas were on sale for $4.99 and were also buy one get one 50 percent off. The second pizza was just $2.50! So when I used two $2coupons, I got the first pizza for $2.99 and the second one for 50 cents! They were really good pizzas, too.

I have learned so much about coupons but this was the first time I really felt that waiting for a deal was so worthwhile.”

Ginger S.

“Dear Jill,

Here is a tip that your readers might like. We use some online sites like Restaurant.com and Groupon frequently to find deals on restaurants in our area. So we took a road trip recently and looked for restaurant deals ahead of time along our route. We printed all the vouchers out and then ate at a discount throughout our multi-state drive! We got to try quite a few new and different places to eat and we saved at least 25 percent off at each spot.”

Eric P.

“Dear Jill,

I buy my cat's food at a local pet store. The last time I went in, I saw signs for a clearance on a name brand of cat food. The store wasn't going to carry that brand anymore and all of it was 75 percent off! I stocked up and paid about $4 per big bag. Sometimes you don't need a coupon to get a super deal.  It's just about being in the right place at the right time, too.”

Fran M.

“Dear Jill,

In one of your columns you asked people if they would rather spend some time to save money or save time by not looking for coupons even if it cost more money. I really can't believe the majority of people are mad when someone pulls coupons out at the checkout lane. It's people's right to pay however they want. I wonder if these same people are angered if people have to count out multiple dollar bills or if they are paying with food stamps?

Here's what I do: I keep all my coupons I am using for the day's trip in the front of my wallet. I look for an open cashier lane. If someone gets in line behind me, I kindly tell them I have coupons to use in case they want to choose another lane before they unload their cart. That's really it.

For that, I usually save $40 to $50 a week with coupons. In a year's time, I save more than $2,000 on my groceries. That is time well spent to me!”

Andi G.

“Dear Jill,

Here's something I've learned: Saving money with coupons isn't always about actually using coupons. Hear me out. If you pay more attention to low sale prices, you can still save a lot of money without coupons. I try to watch for sales where the sale price is at least 40 percent off the shelf price. If I also have a coupon, great, but I don't go crazy if I don't. I just think about how much more I would be paying if I didn't watch sales so closely.

Another tip – one of the grocery stores I shop has electronic coupons that you load to your card. I go in there once a week and load them all! They do not have a limit as to how many you can load. That way, if by chance I buy something that the store also has an electronic coupon for, I automatically get the savings when I check out.”

 Gina D.

Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal.

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