BOSTON (CBS) – Coupons have been around for over 100 years. The first coupon was a penny off CW Post’s Grape-Nuts cereal in 1909.

The internet is a good source for coupons. Just type in the word “coupons” and all kinds of coupons are yours for the taking from groceries to furniture. Many of the chain restaurants also have coupons and specials on their websites.

Visit manufacturer websites of the products you buy. They often have coupons as well.

Don’t forget magazines, food packages, the stores, the mail as well as the newspaper.

Coupons are not just for the grocery store although that is where most shoppers use them. Keep track of what your family eats and uses on a regular basis so you have a reference as to what you pay for your family’s favorite things.

So how much can you save? Well, the more you buy the more you can save on food items. I am only cooking for 2 these days, so what I can save on groceries is limited. I can find some coupons for soap, crackers, mayonnaise and dairy but not much for meat or fresh produce.

And this time of year I am apt to shop at the local farmer’s markets where I buy most everything else. I also use the coupons I collect for items I am buying for our local food pantry.

One of our listeners, Ed, sent me a link to a coupon website, Your Coupon Girl, which has links to popular stores online as well as brick and mortar stores.

My granddaughter has just discovered the store Justice so I clicked on their coupon while researching this segment and found a coupon for 40% off storewide, both online and in store and a 12-hour additional 20% off flash sale on jeans and skirts. Her mom is buying her school clothes at Justice and this is the frosting on the cake she told me after I shared the site with her.

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