Extreme Couponing: Student Saves $300 a Month

Extreme Couponing

College student Lauren Liggett -- a coupon newbie -- has filled up her parents' house with staples, such as this stash of tomato sauce.

Lauren Liggett, a 22-year-old college student from Carthage, Mo., found herself hooked the moment she saw the pilot episode of the TLC reality show “Extreme Couponing” in December. She began scouring the Internet for couponing websites, bought copies of the Sunday newspaper for the circulars, and headed to the grocery store to shop for her family — her mom, Joyce, a realtor, and her dad, Larry, a retired IBM engineer who works part-time as a car salesman. The Liggetts are not struggling financially — they have a low-six-figure income — but since Lauren lives at home and her parents are paying for college, she wanted to help out. On that first shopping trip, she presented her coupons to the cashier and felt the adrenaline rush of watching her total drop from $263 to $50. “Pretty good for my first time!” she recalls.

Today Lauren has slashed her family’s monthly grocery bill from $400 to $100, and the bulging cupboards, pantries, and spare room can make the Liggetts seem like survivalists bracing for nuclear war: 288 rolls of toilet paper, 80 jars of tomato sauce, and 40 bottles of men’s body wash.

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***This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a. “Survival Girl”, a Survival Spot Blog Guest Author and devoted Prepper. She has been writing articles on survival and emergency preparedness since 2006. You can find her work on various websites and publications.***

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4 Responses

  1. PreppingToSurvive

    Good info! My wife uses a couponing web site called thegrocerygame.com with success. She’s able to find the best deals in our area and routinely saves 50% or more off the grocery bill. I’m thankful that she’s thrifty.

    (By the way, I’m not affiliated with the site.)


  2. Danielle

    That's pretty amazing. I love couponing but I haven't gotten up to her status yet. Tip for all the soon to be couponers, get yourself someway to keep track of your coupons, saves a lot of time and money. I personally use a database, but to each their own.

  3. Hardy Farmer

    That is an amazing saving and goes to show that you can make quite the saving if you try hard enough. However, with all of that food (which is unlikely to run out soon) I'd check the sell by date when you're ready to tuck in.

  4. emmanuella

    Hi my name emmanuella cadet iam a student study medical but i have fine children plus me and my husband sometime when i make is not that much for my family need that the extreme couponig this in important to me that way i need extreme coupon please help me and my family to save money thank u i hope u email at dolorestecadet@yahoo.com


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