Smart shopper saves $24,000 on groceries by using coupons

A savvy woman has revealed how she’s saved a staggering $24,000 on her purchases thanks to her obsession with coupons, and she’s so good at finding deals that stores sometimes pay her to shop.

Emily Shetler, 27, got hooked on coupons five years ago after moving from Texas to Buffalo, New York. with her younger husband so he could attend college, making her the sole source of income for the household.

“When I started out, coupons were literally the way I got by,” he said. ‘Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to pay my own bills.’

Emily Shetler, 27, got hooked on coupons after she moved from Texas to Buffalo, New York, with her younger husband so she could attend college.

The home insurance rep spends two to three hours a week browsing the internet to find the best coupons and saving them to their shopping apps.

“Many people are overwhelmed by coupons as they imagine the old way of clipping them from newspapers, but now it’s very easy,” he explained. ‘You can download them’.

Emily is now financially stable and no longer needs coupons, but she has no plans to quit because she enjoys it so much.

“I just love it and I can’t even imagine having to buy something for full price,” she said. It’s like a rush. I love watching the numbers as they gently roll down. It’s really exciting.

The home insurance rep spends two to three hours a week browsing the internet to find the best coupons and saving them to their shopping apps.

The home insurance rep spends two to three hours a week browsing the internet to find the best coupons and saving them to their shopping apps.

“I just love it and I can’t even imagine having to buy something for full price,” she said. It’s like a rush. I love watching the numbers as they gently roll down. It’s really an emotion

When she goes shopping, armed with a phone full of coupons, her $60 basket of essentials sometimes costs just $4.

EMILY COUPON TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Emily Shetler, known as CouponQueenEm on her social media platforms, has shared her best coupon tips.

She advises beginners to “start small.”

“Don’t try to do big coupon shopping right away, as you can often end up spending more than you intend,” he explained.

Emily noted that coupons are ‘so easy now’ because people can download coupons to their phones instead of clipping them out of newspapers.

The home insurance rep spends two to three hours a week browsing the internet to find the best coupons and saving them to their shopping apps.

Emily is also a fan of Ibotta, a coupon and rebate app.

Emily’s biggest deals include a CVS home and beauty bundle worth $69, which netted her $0.73.

His coupons reduced the cost to $8.27, and then he used $9 in CVS ExtraCare dollars (electronic reimbursement) to pay, which means he got almost $1 back.

Emily estimates that she has reduced her grocery bills by about $400 to $500 a month since she started her coupon habit five years ago. She now only spends about $50 a month.

With her extra money, she managed to go on several vacations with her husband, including the Bahamas and Martha’s Vineyard.

Emily, known as CouponQueenEm on her social media platforms, has amassed thousands of followers after sharing her coupon secrets.

“A lot of people thank me online and say they wouldn’t have been able to pay for their stores if it wasn’t for my help,” he said.

‘Another reason I keep using coupons is to help people.’

Emily’s best advice for coupon beginners is to “start small.”

“Don’t try to do big coupon shopping right away, as you can often end up spending more than you intend,” he said.

He also advised “frequently check the sales that stores have, since you can stack your coupons on top of them.”

Most coupon offers are “buy one, get one free” or require the shopper to spend a certain amount, often leaving Emily with more products than she needs.

Emily's biggest deals include a bundle of CVS home and beauty products worth $69, earning her $0.73

Emily’s biggest deals include a bundle of CVS home and beauty products worth $69, earning her $0.73

Emily, known as CouponQueenEm on her social media platforms, has amassed thousands of followers after sharing her coupon secrets.

Emily, known as CouponQueenEm on her social media platforms, has amassed thousands of followers after sharing her coupon secrets.

Although Emily admitted to having “a small stack of produce” in her one-bedroom apartment, she doesn’t believe in stocking items.

Instead, he donates 80-85 percent of the products he buys to local charities.

“I’m still saving money and keeping the house running, so there’s no need to stockpile unnecessary items,” he said.

Emily even managed to generate revenue with her consistent coupons after becoming a consistent user of Ibotta, a coupon and rebate app.

Every time someone uses your referral code for a $10 coupon, Ibotta pays you $10, so most of your purchases are now free.

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