Pella Chronicle

Opinion

September 4, 2009

Tips from the Coupon Queen

Meet the Coupon Queen and Start Saving



I am a coupon queen.

I wasn’t always. In fact, it’s not even a title I gave myself. But two years ago, I completely changed the way I shopped for groceries for my family. Perhaps you’ve seen stories in the news about some frugal person gleefully purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for pennies.

Well, I am one of those people. And I’ve been getting a lot of attention over the past few months for something that anyone can do. I’m now dedicating a large portion of my time to educating other people in what I call “Super-Couponing,” an easy and fun way to save money on groceries.

This isn’t the coupon-clipping of our parents’ generation. You won’t find yourself spending hours cutting and sorting coupons when the Sunday paper arrives in your driveway. Nor will you struggle with carrying piles of loose, disorganized coupons to the store with you. The Internet has completely changed the way people use coupons. It’s made finding the best deals and the best prices not only enjoyable but also incredibly addicting.

If you don’t believe me, imagine walking out of the grocery store with 58 boxes of cereal and 40 boxes of granola bars, all name brands, for a total of $5.15 – including tax. Or 66 packages of diapers for $7.92, also including tax. I did both of those things last summer and I have the receipts to prove it. Those weren’t even my favorite deals! Believe it or not, you can even get stores to pay you to shop. This summer, one of my favorite stores gave me a $20 bonus coupon for a future visit after I purchased nine tubes of name-brand toothpaste for 63 cents.

Intrigued? When I’d hear of people getting great deals like this, I used to think, “There’s no way that can be true,” while simultaneously thinking, “I want to be one of those people.” Now I am. I’ve also discovered that it’s a lot of fun to show other people how to effectively use coupons to save more money than they ever thought possible.

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