Clever Grocery Store Bargains

You may have lots of spare change around your house, but don't have the time to count and sort it. According to, the average household has $90 in spare change just sitting around. Coinstar change counting machines at grocery stores are convenient, but will charge a 9% service charge.

However, if you elect to get your "money" in the form of a retailer gift certificate, you can avoid the 9% service charge. Participating retailers include Starbucks,, JC Penney, Circuit City, iTunes, Pier 1, Old Navy, Cabela's,, Hollywood Video, AMC theaters, Linens 'n Things, Timberland, Eddie Bauer and KB Toys.

Gas up at fuel centers:

If your store has a fuel center, you can really save. The average cost per gallon at supermarket fuel centers tends to be lower than the average market cost. Combine that price with fuel discounts earned on grocery purchases to save the most.

Stephanie Nelson shares her savings tips as a regular contributor on You can find more of her savings tips in her book "The Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom" and on her website at

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