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Tips From a Coupon Queen

We asked four bargain hunters to share their tips in the August issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. One of the people profiled says she saves about $40 a month by using coupons -- and triple that amount by leveraging coupons against store markdowns.

Sara Moothart, 31, of Baltimore, began "couponing�"as a way to stretch her graduate-student budget. Here are her top tips:

1. Plan your shopping list around sale items.
2. Look for stores that double or triple a coupon's value.
3. If "buy one, get one free" means you pay half price for each item, use two coupons.

Moothart records her savings in a notebook and sets the money aside for travel or something special.

You can learn a lot from Moothart and other bargain hunters. See all of their deal-finding tips.


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