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Heather Jacks poses with a handful of coupons in front of her pantry recently. Jacks, a mother of two boys, said couponing has taken away any fear of running out of food.

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Keri Traver pulled an envelope filled with paper-clipped coupons from her purse and placed them on top of her groceries.

Guiding her cart to the self checkout in Bozeman's Albertsons, Traver methodically organized her coupons for Dannon yogurt, McCormick marinade, Twizzlers, Oreo Cakesters and Oscar Meyer sausages She . then flagged down an employee and said she would need assistance with approving her coupons for several transactions.

Seventeen purchases later, she walked away with a 94-percent discount on her groceries. She then shopped at three other Bozeman stores and bought $525.67 worth of items — all for less than $20.

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