NEW YORK (MainStreet) – The South takes coupon clipping seriously.
One-third of the cities found on Coupons.com’s “Most Frugal U.S. Cities of 2010” list were in that region. The top two were Atlanta and Tampa, Fla.
In Atlanta, users printed more than $1,000 in coupons on average in 2010, nearly twice as much as they did in 2009, when they saved $531 with coupons, says the site. But despite Atlanta's frugality, Ohio was considered the most thrifty state with three of its cities - Cinncinnati, Cleveland and Columbus – placing in the Top 20. North Carolina followed behind with two of its cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, making the cut.
“Especially in the South and Midwest, shoppers know how to keep their pennies in their pockets, racking up substantial savings throughout the year,” Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com’s household savings expert, said in the press release.
Coupons.com found Atlanta residents are 10 times more likely to print coupon savings than the average American city dweller. Meanwhile, regular users of Coupons.com in all the top 20 Most Frugal Cities of 2010 printed more than $1,023 in savings, almost twice the amount from 2009 when top users printed out an average of $535 in savings.
To compile the list, Coupons.com ranked cities with a population of 300,000 or more based on each city’s total printed coupon savings from the site and its network through 2010. The rankings incorporate the city's population size to award each metro area a score for overall coupon use.
Here are the Top 20 couponing cities in 2010:
The South also dominated the site's list for coupons downloaded via smartphones. Atlanta ranked first, Atlanta ranked first, outscoring second-place Tampa by 375 points. The South made up half the cities on the list of the top 20 who downloaded the most mobile coupons.
Minneapolis, Cleveland and Seattle, though high on the coupon saving list, apparently weren't on board with using their smartphones to save. These three ranked significantly lower on the On-the-Go index.
Check if your city made both lists online.
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