JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Couponing is nothing new, but with more people turning to online shopping, new techniques have the savviest of shoppers saving thousands with just the click of a button.
Anitra Bender is a real life Couponing Queen. She teaches classes about how to save money and time using coupons.
They’ve all learned how to use bundles (coupon inserts in newspapers and magazines) to get the most bang for their buck. Anitra’s first piece of advice -- don’t start off with a full priced item.
“You’re looking for what’s on sale," said Bender. "Because what’s on sale, combined with your coupon, is the lowest retail value. If Gain is $5.99 and you have a $2 off coupon, verses if Gain is $2.99 and you have a $2 coupon. You’ll pay .99 cents per jug.”
When couponing, timing and patience are everything. You wait for the deals, gather your coupons and then hit stores like Kroger, Walgreens, Dollar General or CVS at the right time.
Anitra also says shopping in the mornings or late at night is best.
“Because the store is empty, the cashiers are ready to get off work and they’ll let you use as many as you would like,” explained Bender.
You also have to be savvy.
Digital coupons, like the ones from Kroger, can only be used once per phone number, per account.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
“I have my mom and dad’s number and then my husband has a number and then my brother has a number that he doesn’t use and I’ll load all of those through their numbers and I’ll just go get it for all of us,” said Bender.
It’s funny, but it also helps to save money.
With multiple accounts, you can purchase multiple reduced items thanks to your coupons and save hundreds.
But the savings don’t stop in the stores.
It also carries over -- online.
Anitra’s couponing skills morphed after she was added to an online group that was using codes to snag unheard of deals.
“Someone added me to a group -- it’s called glitching -- and these ladies were on Amazon killing it at work in their clothes and I kill it anyway and I was like, I can kill it cheaper,” Bender laughed.
So, Amazoning with Anitra was born.
The Facebook page now boasts more than 5,000 members who visit the group daily to find out what deals are posted.
The codes, when posted, don’t last long.
So, you have to be to quick and purchase when you see it, but it’s worth it.
Another advantage to couponing is helping others.
These ladies say when their personal needs are met, they regularly donate items to schools, shelters and those in need.
Coupons typically don’t cover fresh meat or produce, but if you are a regular shopper at a particular store, you’ll eventually --if they’re offered-- receive coupons for fresh products that you typically buy.
Anitra expects her group to continue to grow as we move into the holiday shopping season.
Here are links to couponing websites, so you can try the couponing craze yourself.