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Some people look forward to this day all year long. New Year’s Eve. Some people look at it as a day to celebrate with friends, stay up and ring in the new year. Others go to bed, knowing that Monday isn’t going to really be any different than today.

Then there are the people who use this date as an end to a year, and a brand-new chance at starting over. With this group, they make plans and have fresh ideas and goals to work toward. Whether small or large, they are excited for the fresh start that January brings.

One of the biggest resolutions made this time of year is to save more money. Well, this is something I can help you with! With the tips I write about over the month of January, you will have the ability to save hundreds. And all you need is a pair of scissors to begin.

You all know I teach a class at The Post-Star about extreme couponing and saving money for your family.

This is a great way for beginners to start their couponing journey. I go over everything you need to begin using coupons, where to find coupons and what to do with them once you have them. You leave the class with the knowledge you need to save money.

Over the month of January, I am going to begin a four-week informational column about my class and things you will learn while taking it. I want you to take the class, and you will get the most out of sitting in the room, listening to the instruction and having me answer questions. But if for some reason you can’t make it to the class, this will give you some important pointers to help you start.

Next week we will begin the first of four columns answering questions such as “Why do I coupon?”, “Is it cheaper to buy generic?”, “What stores accept coupons?” and “What is the big secret to success in couponing?” This will be a fun-filled month of columns, ready to help you start saving money in the new year. I will also be including little tips in my weekly blog to add even more information every few days.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how they will benefit your family and your pocketbook. There are free giveaways during the class as well. Please join me for my next class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Feel free to call 518-742-3309 or go to poststar.com/couponclass.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section.

Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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