For many years there seemed to be a certain shopping craze going on. Every housewife in the aisles at the local supermarket had her list and pen, her coupon caddy and some even brought calculators. Yet this was just a tiny part of the whole scene.

Coupons were clipped by scores of die-hards looking to save money on items they purchased regularly. Once popular ”S & H Green Stamps” were collected and traded for useful items like pots and pans. Rebate forms were snatched up, filled out and mailed off to get a small check reimbursing a portion of the cost of a particular item. If sale items sold out early, savvy shoppers requested what was know as a ”rain check” without any hesitation. This little slip of paper allowed them to come back and buy the item for the sale price when additional inventory arrived at a later date.

Clipping coupons from the Sunday paper seemed to have subsided somewhat for the last few years. Apparently people did not care to take the time to whip out their scissors. They did not feel as though the savings were significant enough to make it worthwhile.

Recently there appear to be more people than ever clogging the grocery store aisles with shoeboxes and envelopes bursting with every imaginable coupon available. The desire and need to save has resurfaced with a vengeance.

The big difference in coupons now is that not only can you clip them from the paper, you can print them off of the Internet, you can order them through coupon savings booklets and so much more. On the other hand, rebates are hard to come by, Green Stamps have been stamped out and rain checks have been clouded over and blown away.

It only takes a short amount of time to collect coupons, pair them with your shopping list and earn your savings. If you clip coupons from the paper, chances are the week they are delivered you will go to your favorite grocery store and find those same items are also on sale. This increases your savings that much more.

Many stores offer double and even triple coupons. There are certain restrictions that will vary as per coupon instructions and individual retailer specifications. Still, you stand to save even more by shopping at stores that offer such promotions.

The more you use coupons the better you will get at combining sales with coupons and other promotions. It takes a bit of practice but you will find your way. When this happens you will not believe how much you are saving. You will probably kick yourself for not becoming a clipper sooner.

…© 2009 Angelia Hoffman