GREENVILLE, N.C. - After checking out her coupon arsenal, I took it upon myself to dub Keisha Brown the Coupon Queen.
Two years ago, Keisha decided she wanted to be debt free. So she reexamined her spending habits and realized her monthly grocery bills, like many of ours, were astronomical. It was time to coupon!
So grab a pen and paper, because we’re getting ready to save hundreds of dollars.
“The key to couponing is you don’t buy anything that isn’t on sale and that you don’t have a coupon for,” said Brown.
For all of us beginner couponers, Keisha tells me to make “the list.” The list is of all the things I like to buy, what I buy often.
If you have young kids like I do, then you probably buy a lot of cereal, so that’s at the top of my list.
“The rule about cereal is you should never pay more than a dollar a box for cereal. You can always get cereal for cheap,” said Brown.
So how does Keisha and her inner circle of couponers get cereal so cheap?
Well, after making “The List,” she tells me to go and sign up on all of the manufacturer websites, like General Mills and Kelloggs. Give your email and you’re instantly hooked up with a slew of deals.
And don’t stop at things like cereal.
“I never see toilet paper or soap. That’s because you have to sign up at the Dove website. And yes that means you’re going to get a lot of emails, but it’s worth it if it means you’re going to save 3, 4 dollars off price of soap,” said Brown.
Sign up for your Sunday paper. Hit up coupon websites like coupons.com, smartsource.com, redplum.com. But Keisha relies on southersavers.com. That site will match your coupons up. In laymen’s terms, it will tell us where we are going to get the best deal and where the best coupons can be found.
Then, there’s the binder, the Holy Grail for every seasoned couponer. Scissors, unclipped coupons, coupon policies for every store, rain checks, rebates, then coupons!
Keisha has her’s in order of her favorite items. Some people do it in order of the grocery aisle.
Now that we’re organized, timing is everything.
“A lot of people shop Saturdays and Sundays. You’re saying don’t shop then? Everything is still in stock on Wednesday,” I asked. “I have to ask you and I want you to be honest with me, am I a fool for not couponing?”
“Yes,” said Brown.
“Thank you for being honest,” I replied.
And I must be the fool, indeed, Keisha buys $300 worth of food and hygiene products for just $40 a month.