Savvy shopper cuts £920 shopping bill to just £28 – ‘Things I’ll never pay for’ | Personal finance | Finance

Michelle, 36, is a “coupon junkie” and has put her skills to good use helping fund her snacks and drinks for her sons’ sports team. The shopping trip lasted about 10 hours, and a successful coupon saved her 97% on more than 600 items.

The mother and school program coordinator from North Carolina has been couponing for two years when she appeared on the TLC show Extreme Couponing.

She said, “I would consider myself a coupon junkie. »

Along with her full-time job, she spends about 30 hours a week finding, cutting and organizing her coupons.

While she usually donates the incredible amount of items she got on the cheap to before and after school programs in her town.

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However, on this occasion, his sons’ football team asked him to put his amazing skills to good use by getting them sports drinks and nutrition bars.

Before heading to the grocery store, Michelle meticulously planned out her items, coupons and transactions, expecting to get $1,000 (£795.90) ​​worth of groceries for less than $50 (£39.79) .

The store she went to has a policy that they will double some coupons, making even more savings possible for the extreme couponer, however, this has its limits.

She told the program: “The coupon policy states that they will only double 20 coupons per transaction and I can only use four identical coupons in one transaction. »

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Her daughter Kayla, 16, said: “I don’t like shopping with her. It takes a lot of time. But due to the number of items had to accompany her mother on the trip.

First on the shopping list were 125 nutrition bars, which retailed for $1.35 (£1.07) each, but after coupons it would only cost Michelle $0.25 (£0.20) each .

24 barbecue sauces were on sale for $1.25 (£0.99) instead of their retail price of $1.79 (£1.42), and after coupons Michelle reckons they should only cost $0.15 (£0.12) each.

Along with shopping for the football team, Michelle cleared a shelf of pancake mix for work where they planned to have a pancake breakfast.

These retailed for $0.99 (£0.79), but with coupons Michelle should get them for free.

After three hours at the supermarket, Michelle picked up her pre-ordered palette of 125 sports drinks, all free thanks to her couponing skills.

At checkout, Michelle shared, “I wasn’t that nervous before, but now I am. »

His first trade went well, with a total of $26.09 (£20.77) reduced to $0.85 (£0.68) after coupons.

In the end, Michelle completed seven more transactions than expected, taking over two hours at checkouts.

Finally, with 100 bottles of condiments, 125 nutrition bars and 400 assorted drinks, Michelle paid a grand total of $34.66 (£27.59) on $1,156.43 (£920.40) of shopping.

This is a savings of 97% thanks to its coupon skills.

After 10 hours at the store, Michelle concluded, “It was definitely worth all the hard work I put into it. It was very nice to give the football team all these items. I am very proud of myself. »

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