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Coupon clipping can save you hundreds per month
Coupons, coupon clippers, coupon drawer, box or bag - these items are familiar enough to most households, but there is a whole other level to coupon savings sweeping through Nebraska.
As part one of News Five's in depth report on the best kept supermarket secrets, News Five's Amy West shows us how households shave hundreds of dollars a month off their grocery bill.
The Oxford English Dictionary may not recognize it as a verb, but for Hastings native Amy Sadd 'couponing' is an active sport.
"I have been doing couponing probably all of my adult life, but I have been super–couponing for about 2 years," said Sadd.
Super–couponing means not only cutting coupons, but sending in rebates, stockpiling (which has turned Amy's basement into a small store) and, since we are in the digital age, "clicking" coupons off the internet.
If that sounds like it takes a big cut out of your time—well, it does.
Amy said from the first scissor clip to unloading the groceries it takes her about 5 hours a week. Five hours well earned.
"When you figure that over the last few weeks I have saved over $900 with coupons the price per hour is pretty cheap for doing coupons," Sadd said.
News Five followed Amy to the supermarket to see just how her clippings save her cash.
Amy said the best deals come from matching a manufacturer's coupon with a store sale.
"For example, if I have this coupon giving me a dollar off this product plus a store sale putting the item at 89 cents—the store will credit me the difference of 11 cents towards my total bill — that is me making money," said Sadd. "Anytime I find a product that is 75–100 percent off I want to stockpile it so I can take it out of my monthly budget for the next 2 or 3 or even 6 months."
So where does a super–saver like Amy get her coupons?
Newspapers. She buys about 10 each Sunday. Writing manufacturers praises about Herbal Essence got her free shampoo and joining an Oreo cookie facebook group got her these free cookies.
It all adds up at checkout when a $117 tab snips away to less than $40.
Plus, Amy walks away with $5 worth of cash register rewards — saving she will use to cut down her next bill.
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