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ONLY ON 6: Coupon Shopping

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Saving money is a top priority for many Texoma households.
Many are always on the lookout for new ways to save, but an old way to save is making a comeback.
Coupon use rose 30% during the 2008 Financial Crisis, and last year $3.7 billion was saved by simply using coupons.
Coupon Clipper Betty Echols has been saving money since she was just a little girl.
"I came about at the tale end of the depression, and people had to pinch every penny to make their money go further and to feed themselves." said Echols.
The idea of coupons surfaced when Echols was a young newlywed.
"When we saved those little $0.15 and $0.25 it meant a lot more to us, because we didn't make as much then. And in relation to the money amount then, those savings amounted to a lot."
Echols said the first coupons were found in magazines and Readers Digest, and then expanded to the newspaper.
A phenomenon that has caught on.
It's the number one way many still save today, which is why grocery stores like United Market Street also offer and accept the valuable clips of paper.
Market Street Service Manager Victoria Hernandez said offering store coupons not only gives the store a competitive edge, but also benefits customers in a big way.
"I think with the economy the way it's been, people are really looking for some extra savings to help them put a meal on the table." said Hernandez.
The company puts out a coupon book full of savings  every month and a half.
You're limited to 1 coupon per item, but there is an exception the rule.
Hernandez said you can use two coupons if you have a manufacture coupon and a United Market Street coupon.
Coupons aren't just clipped now days, they're also printed.
But when printing coupons off the Internet,there are some things to be mindful of.
Coupon related fraud is increasing, so  protect yourself by verifying coupons that offer a free product or dollars off.
Those can be verified through the Coupon Information Corporation, just click here to get to the website.

Ashley Fitzwater, Newschannel 6

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