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Money and Main Street
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Strategy: Stay organized
Strategy: Stay organized
Michele Horne
Concord, New Hampshire
Average weekly savings: $70-$90

"I never liked couponers. They always held me up at the grocery store and I was embarrassed at the thought of using coupons myself. I didn't want to seem 'cheap.' That all changed when I had my third child last August and I decided to quit working full time. My supervisor at work tried to get me into couponing, and even brought me her receipts to show me how much she saved. She got me hooked on two Web sites that offer coupons, CouponMom.com and hotcouponworld.com. I started trading coupons with my boss and getting coupons from my mother's Sunday paper since she didn't use them. I have been able to cut my grocery bill from $500 a month for a family of five, down to about $270 a month. I am no longer embarrassed to use coupons and I feel pretty good, in this economy to be able to stay home with my kids and still eat very well with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and even organic foods."

Her strategy: "I keep my coupons in a binder system to help keep me organized. I usually have 300-400 coupons at one time. I stock up when I find the best deals and I typically don't have to pay anything for toiletries since drugstores usually have at least one brand on sale that matches up to a good coupon."

Last updated April 29 2009: 8:40 AM ET
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