Derby (WTNH) - Coupons may not be new, but they're worth more than ever, and ifyou plan ahead you can find a lot more of them using the internet.
"I get the Sunday paper and I clip them out of there and savethem," said Annamae Pretoso of Ansonia.
"And how much money did you save today?"
"Wow. Just using those coupons?"
Pretoso knows that coupons are nothing new, but they're not for10 or 25 cents off anymore. Getting one, two, even three dollarsoff is not unusual, but getting the most out of them does takeeffort and discipline.
"I got loads of coupons," said Frances Zak of Shelton.
More and more of the coupons used at grocery stores don't comefrom the paper, but from the Internet. Sites like smartsource.com and couponmom.comlet you search for bargains online. It's not something everybodyknows about, though.
We found a lot of people at the AdamsSupermarket in Derby had never used internet coupons, so wedecided to see what coupons we could find for things on theirshopping lists.
Pretoso had vegetables, rice, potatoes, mustard, Wesson oil, ryebread and vinegar on her shopping list. For the vegetables, wefound 50 cents off several kinds of green giant veggies. Also, adollar off Goya rice and 75 cents off of vinegar.
John Boez of Seymour was shopping for chicken, plantains, saladand pizzas. If he had looked online for coupons, he might havefound one for a dollar off salad mix on smartsource.com. The same site offered a dollaroff Tony's frozen pizza. Couponmom.comhad a dollar off Newman's Own pizza.
Prestoso knows if you have a list, look for sales and usecoupons, the savings add up fast. "I've been doing it for years,"she said.
She's done that by looking for sales and clipping coupons andbuying what's cheap. The advantage of the Internet is first you canfigure out what you need, then look for coupons to get itcheaper.
The coupons are very easy to find. After you've picked thecoupons you want, the web site will prompt you to download anapplication for printing the coupons. It doesn't take long, it justkeeps track of how many coupons get printed. After that, just hitthe print now button.
The coupons print out nicely with the bar code they need to scanat the supermarket, and you use them just like any other coupons.But the Better BusinessBureau does have some things to keep in mind.
Some sites will make you sign up for additional services to getthe coupon, and some of those services might not be free. Othersites might ask for personal information that you shouldn't giveout. And be very cautious of sites that require you to call thecompany first. They also might be after your personal information.[
Also, some stores may not accept coupons you print yourself. Askahead of time about their policy.
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