10 Frugal Cooking Tips


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Use Coupons
You don't need a newspaper subscription anymore to get coupons. The same coupons found in the paper are also available online.
You don't need a newspaper subscription anymore to get coupons. The same coupons found in the paper are also available online.
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We're not saying you have to go all out like the folks on "Extreme Couponing," but why not take advantage of savings when you can? Efficient couponing takes organization and preparation, but you'll see big benefits. To get started, you can always find coupons on store Web sites, and the Internet is positively teeming with advice from couponing bloggers. But remember: A good coupon can easily tempt you into making an impulse buy, so before clipping away, always ask yourself if it's something you truly need and will use.

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Sources

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  • Crowe, Aaron. "Biggest Grocery Store Markups: The Worst Deals in the Aisles" MSNBC. Feb, 18, 2011. (Nov. 4, 2011) http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/02/18/biggest-grocery-store-markups/
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