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SPECIAL REPORT: Super Savers - Part 1 of 2 - KOAM TV 7

Meet Nicole, an extreme coupon user

SPECIAL REPORT: Super Savers - Part 1 of 2

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Going to great couponing lengths helps a Four State woman save hundreds of dollars every week.

We'd all like to save more money when it comes to grocery shopping but cutting and clipping coupons can take a lot of time.

Time many of us don't have.

"I just decided to do it," says Nicole Hart of Webb City, Missouri.  "I got my binder and my coupons and I just went for it."

Hart is a wife and has two boys.

One night, while the family was watching TV, she got an idea.  Hart started clipping coupons from the Sunday paper.  What started as a way to save a few bucks turned into a lifestyle.

"It's a way of life for me," Hart says.  "I told me husband, which we never play the lottery, but if we were to win a huge amount of money I don't think I could stop couponing."

Her favorite trip was on Thanksgiving last year.

"I got around $538 worth of stuff for $7."

The savings allow Hart to grow her stock pile.  She donates extras to friends, family and organizations.

Hart's shopping trip starts by looking through the newspaper.

"I usually get six-to-ten papers a week depending how many inserts are in the paper," says Hart.

Before a trip to the store, Hart clips the coupons and organizes them in a binder.

"If you don't have your binder your going to find something and be bummed you didn't get it."

Binders are something Target manager Natalie Beachner sees often.

"Every single day we see people in here with their books because a lot of them are organized, the way they do it, because it takes so much, so we see a ton of people every day that come through with their little books, looking out trying to find coupons for stuff," says Beachner.

While shopping with Hart, we learn here favorite word when it comes to shopping is "free".

"I'm going to get four because I have two coupons for $5 off two, and then my four coupons for $3 off one," Hart says.  "So I'm going to get these all for free."

However, not everything is fun and games on a shopping trip.

"A lot of times it'll beep or it just won't scan so you've got to get the manager of the store and if they can, they can usually tell if the coupon is a fraud coupon or not," says Hart.  "If everything doesn't go smoothly you could be standing at the register for a while"

"Anything to help our guests out, we're trying to do," says Beachner.

On the trip we took with Hart, she bought $130 worth of items for $16.

"That is amazing how much she saved," says Beachner.

Hart says she can't wait for Thanksgiving Day savings this year and that her New Year's resolution will be to keep every receipt and at the end of 2013 look back to see how much money she's saved.

Hart's tips for others:

  • Read coupon blogs
  • Check out multiple papers for inserts
  • See if the stores you shop at provide register reward cards

You can also Join the Smart Savers of the 4 States on Facebook.

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