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  1. When searching for coupons, newspapers and web sites are valuable resources. But don’t forget your cell phone. Many stores and supermarkets enable you to send coupons to your phone, which means you’ll never leave the ones you need at home (unless, of course, you forget your phone!). Don’t have an Internet-enabled phone? You’ve got other paperless options.
  2. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, try CouponSherpa, a free application. When you launch it, you’ll see a list of stores offering coupons (mostly chain retailers, including OfficeMax, Kmart, Yankee Candle, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.) Select a store to see and download a coupon. To redeem it, show the cashier the image on your screen. The cashier will either scan the barcode or type it in manually. (Note: if you don’t have a compatible cell phone, many of the coupons can be printed; go to CouponSherpa.com.)
  3. MobiQpons is another site that lets you download coupons to your phone, with one twist: it figures out where you’re located and searches within a 10-mile radius. This application is still in its infancy, so there may not be many deals in your area yet. But it does offer coupons for dozens of national retailers, including Walmart and Petco. The MobiQpons ap is free and works on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
  4. There are many cell phone aps to help boost your coupon savings. If you’re not sure which size of a product is a better value, try the iPhone ap CompareMe (it’s $1.99 to download). CardStar, also for iPhone, is a free program that consolidates all your store membership discount, club, and rewards cards. A cashier scans the bar code right off your phone. And price comparison sites, which work on any Internet-enabled phone, are always a great in-store tool.
  5. Several Web sites, including Cellfire, Zavers and Shortcuts.com, enable you to use your home computer to load coupons onto your frequent-shopper card. When you register, provide the number on the back your tag. Browse the coupons. When you see one you like, click the “save to card” button. The discount will be automatically taken when you use your card at checkout.
  6. Some supermarkets, notably selected Stop & Shop and Giant stores, offer hand-held scanners that enable you to ring up your purchases as you shop. The scanner saves time and keeps a running tally of your spending, but there’s another plus: it tracks your location in the store and offers instant coupons. For example, if you’re in the detergent aisle, you might get a message offering and 75 cents off a certain brand. And you can use store and manufacturer coupons on top of that.
  7. Whether you're new to couponing or are a seasoned pro, you can save even more with these smart strategies. From in-store and online techniques to tips from our ALL YOU Reality Checkers, this easy couponing guide will help you maxmize your savings.
  8. If sorting and collecting isn’t your thing, you can still slash your grocery bill. Look for “blinkies,” those little coupon dispensers attached to store shelves. “Peelies” are coupons that are stuck to the product. “Catalinas” are promos that come out of a separate catalina machine after you check out. They include coupons, ads and OYNO (on your next offer) dollars specific to the store you shop at. Combine these with store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons to see your savings grow.
  9. When an item is on sale but isn’t on the shelf, don’t give up. Stop at the customer service desk to ask for a rain check. You’ll get the sale price next time you shop.
  10. "The stores in my area have started being more careful about the coupons they accept. In many cases, I have to explain the rules to the cashier. My best advice is to know the store policy and bring a copy with you every time you shop."-  Jessie Alonzo, 29, Kernersville, N.C. 
  11. When you do use a coupon, buy the smallest size allowable. Using a $1-off coupon on a $2 box of rice is a bigger discount than using it for a $4 box of rice. If there’s a sample size, see if you can apply the coupon to that―you could end up getting the item free!
  12. When you can’t be bothered clipping coupons you might never use, try this shortcut. Type the name of the product or store and “printable coupon” into Google. You’ll find sites that enable you to download and print coupons instantly.
  13. "I’ve been an avid couponer for about four years, so when the drugstore chain that I frequent changed its BOGO policy, I stopped buying there altogether. Instead of shopping where I believe my business is undervalued, I now plan my route around a different drugstore."- Tara Facchiano, 34, Plymouth, Mass.