Clipping Coupons 101

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Meet Kim Weckwert. This former beauty queen is now the reigning "Everyday Coupon Queen."

"The stores I shop in whenever I go in they say 'here comes the coupon queen,'" says Weckwert.

"I usually save $10,000 or better each year so that's a pretty good lick right there," says Weckwert.
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Stockpile after stockpile and one more stockpile you can tell this queen has skills at the register.

Some check-out clerks know her on a first-name basis.

" Kim come to my register 'I want to see how much you're gonna save today,'" says Weckwert.

While others.

"You just opened a can of worms. Some cringe when they see me coming," says Weckwert.

The mother of three and her husband are prominent business owners in Thomasville, but tough economic times turned Wreckwert to couponing.

"With the recession coming on, food prices getting higher and we're in the real estate so, of course, it hit us harder than most," says Weckwert.

Weckwert says many think that coupons represent poverty, but in reality those who are frugal with their money are allotted more disposable income. Though the queen doesn't share her reigning title, she does share coupon skills with many.

"I started a Facebook group called the Coupon Connection and out of that it kept growing," says Wreckwert.
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In fact, the number of members started at 30 and has since jumped to 100.

Weckwert teaches classes all over South Georgia showing women and men the skills they need to cut grocery bills and financial stress.

"I saw how valuable it was to my life and how it helped my family and I wanted others to experience the same thing," says Weckwert.

The cost of the class is 15 dollars and includes a policy handbook and a cute little bag with all the tips one needs to become a successful couponer. Once students have completed the class, Weckwert prepares them for graduation at a local grocery store.

"I learned a lot. I learned how to stack coupons and save a lot of money," says student Bobby Brown.

These grads aren't suited in caps and gowns, they're armed with coupons, and a book full of policies. All of the students follow Wreckwert around for an out-of-the-classroom hands-on experience.

"I have two children. I have to learn this to teach them they can start while they are young," says student Tracy Smith.

Students say they saved 60 to 70 percent after their first round of shopping.

Weckwert says couponing doesn't have to take over your life unless you get behind.

"The other day I had not couponed for three weeks. I had not cut one coupon," says Wreckwert.

So Weckwert cut our interview short and put me to work.

"Girl, get to cutting those coupons," says Wreckwert.

According to Weckwert and her students, a little couponing can go a long way.

"I have a very busy job, but I'm going to set aside time to do this," says Smith.


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