Couponing 101: Back-to-school savings

ELYRIA, Ohio - Getting the kids ready to head back to class can be expensive. If you don't want to break the bank, break out your scissors.

Elyria resident Rachel Krych teaches couponing classes across northeast Ohio. She shared three money-saving lessons with NewsChannel5.

Lesson #1: Ignore Reality TV

Before you start clipping coupons, Krych said do not think about TLC's hit reality show."You don't have to be an extreme couponers to get extreme savings," Krych said. "It doesn't take a lot of time to save a lot of money."

Lesson #2: Check Store Sales

Krych recommends checking out circulars and seeing what items have been marked down before you look through Sunday's newspaper for coupons. Krych explained, "For example, this week, there are some things I found at Walgreens, you can get BIC pens for 99 cents and you can get them completely free after your coupon that was in the Smart Source."

Lesson #3: Shop Around

You may be surprised how prices vary on school supplies. Krych said, "Don't just go one-stop shopping at Wal-Mart.  Try Target, Staples, other office supply stores. I think that if you have the time, stopping at a couple local stores because they're usually close by."

If you would like more back-to-school savings tips, study up and save big by logging on to Rachel's website, http://couponingwithrachel.com/

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