EMMETT - One local woman is using coupons at the grocery store to cut her bill by dramatic amounts. She calls herself one of the Krazy Coupon Ladies.
On a recent trip to Albertsons, Heather Wheeler bought 31 items - 23 of which she only paid tax.
She saved $101.21. For that cart full of food - Wheeler paid just $7.77. Here's how she did it.
"You have to retrain yourself completely on how you shop," said Heather Wheeler.
In October of last year Wheeler decided, with the help of her husband, to try and save some money at the grocery store.
In just a few months she figured it out.
"What we do is kind of shop around for what's on sale and what we have coupons for, and so I don't need juice right now, but it's on sale, so I'm going to buy six of them so that in a week if I need, I don't have to run to the store to get it," she said.
Her trick - combine a manufacturer's coupon, with a store doubling coupon, on top of a sale. Here's an example:
"The Mission Tortillas were on sale for an 8 pack, for $1.99, then you have another $1.00 off coupon and so those, with the Albertson's doublers end up being free also," Wheeler said.
Item after item she set into a pile of things she only paid tax for.
"And this is very typical for a crazy coupon lady, this isn't like an extreme week, this is what we do on a daily basis," she said.
31 items bought at Albertson's, and on only one item she paid full price. But she did that - to save more cash.
"I got three things free when I bought this one."
Wheeler says, on average she saves between 50 and 90 percent each trip to the grocery store. On this trip she saved 93%.
"It's still exciting, as long as I've been doing it, I still kind of get that rush, thinking, I did so good at the grocery store."
Wheeler says, to get started you just need a few things. A binder and some plastic sheets normally used for trading cards to organize all of your coupons.
"Everyone has a hard time understanding how to organize them," she said. "It's a big key to liking couponing. If you're not organized, you won't enjoy it."
Once you're coupons are clipped Wheeler says - watch for sales.
"This is very doable for somebody who is willing to put in the time. If you'll spend the hour or two a week doing it, you can save, I mean really, between 50% and 90% at the grocery store," she said.
Wheeler gets her coupons online as well as from the Sunday paper, she buys ten a week at a discounted price.
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