When I purchased the shiny, silver luxury car in September, I decided to pay the bank note each month with savings I reap from coupons.
I'm paid up through December.
When friends laugh at my super-saving ways and say it's not worth the time it takes to clip and save, I ask them what car they drive.
Then I mention the Lexus.
There are lots of ways to save, but I concentrate on food and fuel because they take the biggest bite out of the budget, not to mention our two teen boys who, along with my fridge, are never full.
I'm a miserly mercenary armed with a sharp pair of scissors and a shoe box used to store my coupon stash, which is always in the trunk.
Coupons turn me on.
My trade secrets include stocking up on fave products when they're on sale at coupon-friendly stores like Publix, Winn-Dixie, BJ's Wholesale Club and Target.
With two copies of Sunday's Sun Sentinel, I further compound savings by redeeming two manufacturer coupons at buy-one-get-one-free sales. At Publix, I combine manufacturer coupons with store or accepted competitor coupons to really stack the coins.
I never pay full price for anything; why should you?
On Sundays, Doreen's Deals will offer couponing tips and smart shopping strategies to help you save more.
So climb in the driver's seat, take a spin down this road paved with gold and laugh all the way to the bank.
In the Lexus.
Double your fun at half the price
School's out, and summer fun is in.
Score 50 percent off things to do on land and sea with the Super Summer Savings Card from Sunny.org. The card, available online or by mail from the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, offers two-for-one deals at more than 30 South Florida attractions and businesses. Highlights: Admission at museums and cultural venues and deals on golfing, snorkeling, dining, shows and more.
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