Joni Meyer-Crothers of Ohio shops for her family of nine and aims for free as often as possible. Going through a divorce caused hard times financially for her and her kids. She turned to couponing to better provide.
She has a $20,000 stockpile that fills multiple rooms. She supplies her adult kids and allows them to shop her stockpile free of charge. She says she has maybe five pair of shoes but gets really excited about soap. You can never have enough soap.
She has donated over $100,000 of food to local food bank. On the show’s shopping trip she bought over 400 boxes of cat food for a local pet shelter, all for free after coupons.
How Does Joni Coupon?
She buys a Sunday paper, but uses clipping services to order the good coupons in bulk. She had 2,250 coupons for the show’s trip. She shops for 7 hours to complete this one shopping trip!
Eight separate transactions
Total Grocery Bill: $3159.30
After Coupons: $45.73
Angelique Campbell of Washington state near Seattle is a full time gymnastic coach and has a family of five. She has been couponing for 2 years and had a $15,000 stockpile.
She depends on couponing blogs and websites to figure out the best deals and plans her shopping trips accordingly.
On the show, her shopping trip includes her coupon pile that weighs 1 pound 2 ounces. She uses grocery store bonuses such as getting a free $25 gift card for prescription transfer to pay for items like fresh produce (which rarely have coupons).
Her grocery store has an in-store day-care with playground. Sweet! Does anyone know what grocery store that is?
The store insists she separate her transactions which throws her for a loop, but she gets it organized and together.
Her grocery store allows overage (when your coupon value exceeds the price of the item purchased) and will pay it back to you in the form of a store gift card if you total bill dips in the negative.
Three separate transactions
Total Grocery Bill: $2123.56
After Coupons: -$57.51
That’s right. Angelique was paid to shop! She bought over $2,000 of groceries but walked away with a $57 gift card instead of owing anything out of pocket.
I would like to remind everyone that Extreme Couponing is a lot of work. While the TLC show has recently not been mentioning how much time each couponer puts into their monumental savings, earlier episodes made it clear that it requires 30 – 60 hours a week to acheive this level of Extreme Couponing.
If you are new to couponing check out Where Do You Begin? A Quick Intro To Couponing.