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Ready for saving money during the holidays? Here’s how I saved over $181 in one trip (and made money!)


Retail value: $181, Sale price-$71.40, out of pocket after coupons-$26.66, net gain after rebates and future incentives: +$11.81

The holidays are filled with gala events, family activities, lots of food, travel, gift giving . . .and usually more spending than the budget can afford.  January brings the credit card bill, which can put a quick damper on all the good cheer and festive merry making from the past months.

How can we keep from being overtaken with distress and indebtedness, and still afford to enter in to the holiday spirit?

One great thing I have rediscovered is the value of couponing.  When my girls were young, I carted my shoebox of coupons to the stores after diligently studying the ads for all the best deals.  In those days, even with a coupon at face value, the store brands were still generally cheaper, so I relieved myself of the burden and time of being an avid couponer.

Enter the computer, double coupons (and even triple, quadruple and more!), stores that accept competitor’s ads and bargains, and some women with a desire to help lots of folks save huge amounts of money, and you have a phenomenom called Coupon Sense.  It is now so much easier to save money–even on the name brands–and to get wonderful things for free that you may never have considered.

This is one of the greatest boons to homeschoolers, people on a fixed or limited income, and all the rest of us who want to learn to save money.

Here’s how Coupon Sense works:

Read more to find out how I saved over $181 and made money on the one trip to CVS.

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