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It seems like extreme couponing is losing its appeal but people are still looking for ways to save money in this extremely priced economy. Prices have slowly increased on everything from groceries to gas and even utility bills but the only places that consumers have any control in saving is at the grocery store and drugstore. Savings Nation has launched national coupon classes all over the United States. Teaching people successful ways to save with the motto, "There's no such thing as small change."

The coupon workshops are broken into two categories, Grocery Savings and Drugstore Savings Secrets. The goal of the workshops is to make a positive difference in people's lives by helping them find solutions for stretching every dollar.

Couponing is a learning process and doesn't just happen overnight. There are different strategies that go into saving money. The Grocery Savings class will focus on meal planning, realistic couponing, strategic grocery shopping, and stockpiling opportunities. The Drugstore Savings Secrets will review three national drugstores: CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. The class will focus on spending less and saving money by rolling rewards to maximize savings. Learn how to not only walk out of the store with free products, but also make money on each shopping trip.

Coupon classes will be taught twice a month at different locations, they are two hours long and cost $10 per class.

The investment is paid back immediately with the money you will learn to save, you'll cut your grocery bills by 50 percent. There is also a 45 minute "Lunch and Learn" class that's great for businesses and teachers. It's a quick way to get started with couponing.

Three money saving tips that you can start with are: Start slow and pick three items that you want to save money when buying; get organized by planning a budget; and use cash and track your entire order to stay within budget.

The first class is on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Greater Scranton YMCA.

YMCA members can get a $5 discount by using coupon code YMCA at checkout. To sign up for a coupon class in NEPA, visit Bucktownbargains.com/couponclass

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