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Michelle Webb, 38, Atlanta
This mom of three is a super saver when it comes to grocery shopping. She recently won a $1,000 gift card and a shopping trip at Publix with Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson, in the AJC Big Saver Challenge!
Q: Who is in your household?
A: My husband and three kids ages 9, 7 and 5.
Q: When did you start couponing?
A: When we were newlyweds, about 13 years ago. We wanted to save money wherever we could and to me couponing is really a game.
Q: Where do you find coupons and deals?
Q: What is your couponing process and how has it evolved?
A: It has evolved into more preparation prior to going into the store. I research the ads and find coupons to match the ads. There is more meal planning involved now, especially with three kids.
I started with an envelope with just a few coupons then went to an organizer by category then I went to the full-blown binder that I created myself. It has about 30 categories and under each category there are at least six pages. It helps when you are shopping to see the coupons and when they have expired, you can easily pull them out.
Q: How much has couponing cut your budget?
A: I would say I am able to feed my family of five on $100 a week versus going into Publix without coupons and spending $300.
Q: What is your best couponing strategy?
Staying consistent with it because if you miss weeks of coupons, you deplete your stock.
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting to coupon?
A: No amount is too small. Whether you save 50 cents or $50 you are saving your family money. I just think any little bit helps. Just start small and work your way up.
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog