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Shop by the Rules With Coupons

Center for Personal Finance editors

You have five coupons to your favorite store in the mall—chances are you won't be able to use all of them at once. The recent "extreme couponing" trend has prompted many stores to alter their policies to prevent excessive coupon use.

Retailers such as Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens, and Publix are limiting the number and combination of coupons you can use for each item. In some cases, the companies also are taking steps to prevent coupon fraud.

You don't have to work the system to save money with coupons. Mind your manners with these couponing suggestions from Andrea Woroch, consumer savings expert, Santa Ana, Calif.:

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Published September 12, 2011