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I love shopping with my binder. It saves me money and helps to keep me within my budget. And most times when I bring my binder to the store with me, it attracts questions and comments. Some people are curious. Others know what it is and ask about couponing. I’ve decided to share some of my favorite questions while out and about.

How many coupons can you use when you shop? As many as you like! There are restrictions with coupon use at every store, and I highly recommend checking out each store’s coupon policy before your shopping trip. They are filled with important information that you should know. Most stores have a four like-coupon limit, meaning you can use four of the same coupons in one transaction, but not more than that. So, in the situation that you want eight of the same items, you would have to split these up into two separate transactions. Simple!

Can I use a coupon on an item that is on sale? That, to me, is the best time to use a coupon. In my class, I explain how important it is to hang on to your coupons and wait for an item to go on sale. Then you have that rock-bottom price. If you are lucky enough to have a coupon to pair with the sale, you will save even more.

Can I use both of these coupons on this item? If you have two identical coupons for the same product, you cannot use them both. That is considered coupon fraud. However, if you have a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon, both for the same product, you can use both of them. This is a great way to save extra money on an item.

What do you do with all of those items? When I buy the items, I think about a few things. First and foremost, I think about how many my family will use before it goes on sale again. You definitely want to buy enough to get you through the next sale. The next thing I consider is how much my daycare will use. Is it a snack I can give them? Is it a cleaning product I can use in my business? And lastly, I think about how I can donate anything that I cannot use. If I have the opportunity to get items for free or very low cost and could potentially donate them, I make sure that is what happens.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how it will benefit your family. We are in the process of planning the class’s upcoming dates. Feel free to call 518-742-3309 or go to poststar.com/couponclass for more information.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

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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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