TLC asked me a few questions about my extreme couponing. Here are my answers and here is a link to the entire TLC "meet the extreme couponers" blog.

About My Family: Married to James, with one son, 4-year-old Levi

Q: How long have you been couponing?
I have been couponing for 2 and a half years

Q: Why did you start couponing and how/when did it become "extreme"?
I started couponing to save my small business www.framed-arts.com and because my husband's employer was doing layoffs--I wanted to be prepared for the worse. The money I save by couponing goes directly to our small business to keep it afloat. It became extreme after about 2 months and when I realized just how much was really possible to save with a little effort on my part.

Q: What do you do with most of your stockpile?
I use my stockpile to feed my family from. I also donate 50% or more of what I get to my local food bank, and I donate to other charitable causes throughout the year. If there are items in my stockpile that are near (2 months or less) expiration, I donate those as extras to the food bank. From my stockpile I make gift baskets and am always giving bags of food to my friends or neighbors. Anyone that comes to my house for a visit never leaves empty handed.

Q: What are your top 5 tips for anyone who wants to get started in couponing?
1. Start slow - it will take time. Everything will go on sale sooner or later.
2. ALWAYS use coupons in an ethical manner
3. Be consistent-don't skip a week of getting coupons. Trust me on this one you will regret it. A sale will come up and it will require the use of the coupon from the insert you did not get.
4. Have fun with couponing, Don't ever make it a chore - who needs more chores?
5. Donate your excess! Even if you don't need it or won't use it--if you are at the store, and its free, and you can get it--do so and then donate it.

Q: What top 5 things were you surprised to learn when you started couponing?
1. That things go on sale seasonally..meaning there is a right time of year and a right price for everything--it all eventually goes on sale.
2. How much I could actually save--I thought it was a myth!
3. How much I could give back--before coupons, I was never able to afford to give to food banks--now I have an abundance to give!
4. How many people STILL don't use coupons, even after they see how much they can save...at any level
5. How much fun it would be :-)

Q: What are your top 3 favorite resources on the web?
1. www.AFullCup.com
2. www.thegrocerygame.com
3. Various blogs and other couponing web sites/Facebook


Also, meet Chrystie Corns who was on my episode last night too.



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