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One way to save your pocketbook some money is by making your purchase directly from the U.S. Mint if you're buying the current proof set year. Otherwise, when you miss out buying while supplies are plentiful, you'll often have to contend with paying higher prices. To keep from overpaying if you've missed the boat on buying a proof set from the U.S. Mint, wait a while until the demand drops and the market stabilizes. You may have to sit it out a few months, but it could be worth it to do so.