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The midwest drought means staple crops are dying and food prices are on the rise. Stores are working to keep prices low to retain customers. When couponers help them out, stores can lower expenses which translate into big savings.

BYORB: Bring your own reusable bags when shopping so stores don't have to purchase plastic or paper ones. Reusable bags hold more and help the environment. Some stores even offer $0.3 or $0.5 cent discounts per bag!

Freezer doors: When browsing for frozen food, leave the doors closed. Open doors raise energy costs, which are passed on to the consumer.

Put it back: If you will not be purchasing a product, put it back to its proper place before checking out. This is especially important for perishables.

Cart etiquette: Grab a cart from a nearby corral or a stray by your vehicle instead of getting one from the entrance. After unloading your groceries, make sure to return the cart inside the store or to the marked cart corrals. When carts are left everywhere in the parking lot, stores have to hire more help to keep collecting them.

Report it: If you see something that could cause a slip, trip, or fall, report it to the nearest employee. Fixing problems before someone gets hurt ensures safety and prevents expensive accident claims.

Pay Cash: Stores must pay a fee for every card transaction, so you'll save them money by only paying with cash and coupons. And when the store saves, they won't have to raise their prices as often to cover the costs, saving you money in the long run.