Woman saves big bucks with coupons

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

The appeal of coupons and sale deals has certainly increased with the rocky economy. But one local woman is taking coupon clipping to a whole new level.

Through careful organization and strategy, she's taking the math of coupon savings and turning it into a science.

Earlier this month, Rite Aid launched a new way for customers to get coupons. It's through their Web site (link below), and customers can watch videos about the products, then print out coupons worth $130 dollars in savings.

But one local woman has her own strategy for saving the big bucks at the store.

Kacey Cornum says she loves a challenge.

And after seeing a Dr. Phil special about a woman who saved a ton of money by clipping coupons Kacey decided she could do it too.

"I'm a very determined person,” says Kacey. “So if I want to figure something out, or I'm going to get that good deal, I'm going to make that happen."

When she started couponing, Kacey was spending an average of $80 to $90 a week on groceries and toiletries for her family. But once her coupon clipping started paying off, all that changed.

"I would say, consecutively, I've saved at least over 50 percent if not 75 or 65."

And on a shopping trip earlier this week, Kacey reached a personal best.

She hit up Safeway and Rite Aid, armed with a handful of coupons and a list of what items were on sale that day.

"I'm just going to get those items, check out and hopefully save a lot of money."

The total retail value of her items was $129. But after coupons and sales she spent a whopping $.90.

The total retail value at Rite Aid? $106. But Kacey only spent $1.34.

"I did pretty good, I feel like. I think I saved a little more than 90 percent."

In fact, she saved an average of 95 percent thanks to her coupon clipping ways.

Kacey has a rule that she doesn't buy anything unless she has a coupon for it. And she owes her success to a fairly extensive system. She gets 20 newspapers every week and organizes all coupons by manufacturer. Her family eats whatever is on sale.

And since she typically gets more than she needs, she's set up a pantry room for the extra products.

If she doesn't use them by a week before they expire, she gives them away to friends or donates them to people in need.

What does Rite Aid have to say about her extreme savings?

"We certainly see a lot of demand for couponing both as a savings approach, and also just kind of as a hobby," says Eric Harkreader, a Rite Aid spokesperson. "We obviously encourage both. We think that couponing is an outlet that serves both our customers and all parties involved: ourselves, our suppliers, everyone. So I think it's great."

And if you who want to snag a few deals, but don't have the time to commit to it like Kacey, she's started a Web site where she's done the investigative work for you.

"I just wanted to help other people because I wish I had known how to do this five or six years ago when I got married... so that I would have been saving this much money by now," she says.

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