Yes, you are the Sherlock Holmes of savings. On top of the techniques of your committed and laid-back brethren, you know the store’s coupon policy better than the cashiers do. Use multiple coupons and loyalty cards to stock up during sales and save up to 60 percent off the average monthly grocery bill for a family of four.
Step Up Your Couponing Game
Scoop up unwanted coupons. On Sundays, swing by a coffee shop that sells newspapers and check the recycling basket for discarded inserts.
Buddy up to a librarian. Ask if you can clip a few coupons from the inserts in the library’s newspapers.
E-mail companies’ customer relations departments. Make it clear that you like a certain product and ask for a coupon to buy it. In an informal test, Coupon Mom blogger Stephanie Nelson found that about two thirds of companies will oblige, sometimes even with a freebie.