I very rarely watch morning television, but several weeks ago I saw a unique report/interview on the TODAY show that sparked my interest and got me thinking. Matt Lauer interviewed Joyce House, better known as the “Coupon Diva” about her tricks of the trade. What’s so special about Joyce, you say? She’s made quite a name for herself in Philadelphia, helping other shoppers not only save money while shopping for groceries, but to get commonly used items for free. Too good to be true? Think again…
Some of the tips the Diva shared with Matt:
- If you forget to use a coupon, you can come back to the store for up to 30 days to get your money back.
- If an item scans incorrectly at check-out, you can often get it for free.
- Know your grocery store’s coupon policy inside and out.
If you think cutting coupons takes too much time – Joyce says “you haven’t been broke enough.” In today’s economic climate, many are hearing her all too well. Joyce says that people are not utilizing all the resources available to them to get a lot of very common grocery items absolutely free.
Her last grocery bill? Joyce purchased $71 in groceries for a mere $11. And that doesn’t even come close to the times the store owed her money!
This got me thinking – can I achieve these same results and how easy or difficult is it?
UPDATE: If you’re interested in getting more information about saving money on groceries by using coupons, check out my new Grocery Coupon Challenge series, which started January 2011. Follow along as we learn how to use coupons together! Coupons by answers.com is a great site to get coupons on various items.
If you want to watch the video from the TODAY show, I’ve embedded it below: