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Extreme Couponing: How to clip and save serious money

When it comes to saving money, Heather Arkley knows just how to do it. In fact, this mother of two and small business owner feeds her family of six on just nine dollars a day. She's an extreme couponer.

"Some people say 'I don't have time for that,'" she says, "You don't have time to save money?"

Many of the items in her pantry she got for free. How does she do it? It starts with a mindset.

Zarrella says, "You've got to start thinking about these pieces of paper, these coupons, as what they really are - cash money."

Ackley matches coupons with regular store sales and there are some tricks. There is a cycle to the way stores move the items on their shelves. Every three to six months everything goes on sale. Coupons will come out typically around the time the regular; store sales on those same items will happen.

"If you look at them they put them out at the same time if not within a week of each others," says Zarrella.

The coupons are better in some parts of the country, like the West Coast. They're worth more. So some couponers go online and put in different zip codes. Couponers stockpile their savings. They buy when things are on sale and store then so they're never pressured into paying full price.

Denise Geschwender is not an extreme couponer but she is pretty good at saving. She also showed us how easy it was to feed her family of four on $19 or less a day.

She says, "My grocery bill is probably $100 a week."

She cooked an expensive dinner for her family with roast that was on sale - buy one get one free - corn, potatoes and gravy. Her total? Just $13.49. Geschwender also uses coupons in conjunction with regular store sales. For her husband, seeing was believing on just one trip to the store.

Jay Geschwender says, "She saved $200 in one trip. [It] took an extra 30 seconds to scan the coupons but I walked out of there changed when I saw that. I said you really saved a lot of money.

The bottom line is several pennies saved added up to a whole lot of money earned.

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