BUFORD: Local mom on 'Extreme Couponing' show | News
BUFORD, Ga. -- Stephanie Barr of Buford is enjoying the notoriety that has come her way since she was the topic of TLC's 'Extreme Couponing.'
We tagged along on one of her recent shopping trips where she admitted it's not often people get hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for just pocket change.
But she said with a bit of effort you can save 50 percent on your grocery bill. "With my about ten hours a week that I clip coupons I save about ten thousand dollars a year," she said.
"I spend a lot of time on Sunday clipping coupons I spent a lot of time printing coupons online, I have five computers in my house that's two prints per computer so I get ten printable coupons," she said.
"I also buy four Sunday papers and I also drive my neighborhood. A lot of the homes are foreclosed so I have no shame in picking up those papers at the end of the driveway," she said.
Extreme Couponing on TLC even depicts shopper rifling through recycling bins looking for coupons from Sunday newspaper inserts. "I don't dumpster dive but some people do," she said.
Barr's strategy is to shop at stores that have liberal coupon policies and take advantage of all possible deals. "Most stores will double coupons up to fifty cents off. If the item is 89 cents and you have a fifty cent off coupon it doubles to a dollar and you get what is considered overage. You can use is to get other items so they end up being free," she said.
While some stores allow couponers to profit from overage, many other don't and will instead manually reduce the value of the coupon at the register.
Barr hits the stores with a carefully planned list and a nine pound coupon binder and said she uses her profits from high value coupons to buy produce, meat and milk.
At checkout, her total was $73.50 before coupons, and $24.30 after coupons and discounts from her Kroger Plus Card.
"That's a savings of 67 percent!" she exclaimed.
Barr gives couponing lessons and advice on her blog, www.ourcouponhome.com