Local Extreme Couponer Shares Tips With Channel 11
An extreme couponer from Pittsburgh showed Channel 11's Jennifer Abney four couponing techniques to help shoppers save big.
Andria Alexander is the creator of simplyfrugalliving.com. She said she created the website to help families cut their cost of living expenses.
Alexander said she was an extreme couponer long before it became a popular trend on cable television.
"We spend about $200 a month on grocery and household items," said Alexander.
She said it's important to stay organized with your coupons so when you get to the store you can find the items easily.
"To be able to find them quickly in the grocery store, divide them by category," Alexander said.
Alexander's next piece of advice: know store policies.
For example, she said if the coupon value exceeds the price of the item the extra may be given to the customer as cash or applied towards the total purchase.
Alexander said shoppers should also remember to double their coupons.
"We have double coupons up to 99 cents every day at our three main groceries in this area: Giant Eagle, Shop N' Save and Kuhns," Alexander said.
Finally, Alexander said shoppers looking for a good deal should understand what the sale and coupon cycles are.
"In any six- to 12-week cycle an item is going to go on sale several times, but one of those times is going to be the rock bottom sale price. Those are the times that we are looking for and want to match with our coupons," Alexander said.