Sacramento-area residents apparently became decidedly more frugal last year.
Mountain View-based Coupons.com Inc.s annual Most Frugal Cities List put Sacramento in the No. 9 spot nationwide in 2012. Sacramento wasnt even in the top 25 in 2011.
The Atlanta area topped the list, followed in order by Orlando, Tampa, Nashville and Charlotte, N.C., to round out the top five.
Not surprisingly, coupon use is a major factor in compiling the annual list.
Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.coms household savings expert, said 305 billion coupons were distributed in the U.S. in 2012, giving consumers more than $450 billion in potential savings. Thats more than the gross national product of most countries.