Woman Supports Family on $150 a Month by Doing 1 Simple Thing
by Mary Fischer
Whoa. How much would you say your average weekly grocery bill is? Mine is at least $100 to $200, which is why I'm absolutely blown away by a mom who supports her family of five on $150 per month -- all because she's so skilled at using coupons.
Michelle Reis is so savvy at extreme couponing that she spends two hours a day on clipping them in addition to her full-time job. Yep. Instead of zoning out, taking a snooze, or reading a book on her train commute to and from work, she clips and clips and clips in an effort to make sure she can spend as much time with her three kids as possible.
And she's so good at couponing, Michelle even recalls a time where she went to Walmart -- and the store owed her $215 at the end of her transaction. And over the past few years, she's saved over $45,000.
(Wow. Really? That's pretty cool.)
Sheesh. Is she committed to saving or what? If only all of us were as well versed in couponing as she is, our wallets certainly would be a lot more padded.
But even if we don't have a good two hours to spend each day on clipping coupons, we can at least put a few of Michelle's tips into action to try and save a buck or two here and there.
- Don't forget about drug stores -- I, for one, never think about drug stores when it comes to coupons, but according to Michelle, that's where you'll find the best deals.
- Coupon matching is key -- Some stores, such as Walmart, will match coupons for other retailers, so you get more bang for your buck by shopping there.
- Devote a little time every day -- Again, two hours is a bit much for most of us. But even setting aside 10 to 15 minutes to clip while you're watching TV at night after the kids are in bed could wind up saving you a little cash.
Do you coupon? How often do you do it?