September 21, 2008

How to: Hit the Coupon Jackpot

Scissors and paper are giving way to the digital form of a bargain - online coupons. If you know where to go, there are loads of extra deals out there.

Here are some tips:

- or Both sites offer more than $80 in manufacturer coupons that can be added to your store-specific savings. Although other sites such as can bog you down in registration forms, pop-up ads or surveys, these sites don't require any of those time busters. They do require you to download a free printing program, though. Don't bother visiting both sites; they offer the same coupons.

- This site has a few extra coupons you won't find on or It also asks you to download a free printing program. The site offers the same grocery coupons, so don't waste time going to both sites.

- Look for a specific brand. This method takes time because not every brand's Web site offers coupons. Search for larger brands such as General Mills or Pillsbury. Most personal-care brands such as Dove and Neutrogena also offer coupons and samples on their sites.

- Pick one or two Web sites, and register for their special savings programs. If you register with too many sites, you'll get more information than you can use and an unruly e-mail account.

- Don't order anything online without checking first. This site has more than 10,000 coupons for thousands of retailers including Target, PetSmart and JCPenney. In addition to free shipping offers, some of the coupons offer up to 60 percent off.

Originally published by McClatchy Newspapers.

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