Meet Jen Freeman Featured on TLC Extreme Couponing – FREE Extreme Couponing Classes –
Meet Jen Freeman featured on TLC Extreme Couponing All-Stars AND Extreme Couponing Season 1 Finale at the the couponing events listed!
–When TLC called wanting to feature me and my family on Extreme Couponing, I was reluctant. But, I loved being a part of TLCs Extreme Couponing and enjoy sharing my experiences about a life of saving and the fun of both shows (Extreme Couponing All-Stars and the first season of Extreme Couponing) Certainly I was shocked to have TLC call and want to film our life of savings! My two episodes give you a peak inside our household and how we save money as family!
Don’t be SHY, come say “Hello” to me at the Couponing Event
And let’s take pictures!! I’d love to meet you!
Learn the tips and secrets to extreme savings, in our FREE Extreme Coupon classes sponsored by the local newspaper! 1 hour informational Coupon 101 class. Learn the basics beginning couponing with a smart & easy method that will get you the biggest savings! It is a simple system I use and it takes minutes during the week NOT hours, I promise
Denver Extreme Couponing Class:
Come to the Denver Smart Saving Couponing Class! I am lucky enough to have cleared my schedule and will be joining you for this fabulous savings event! Shannon will be joining me in hosting these classes along with The Denver Post!
Tuesday, June 11th, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
9800 E Easter Ave #125
Englewood, CO 80012
- Take Arapahoe Rd exit off I-25, east bound
- Turn right onto S Clinton St
- Take 3rd left onto E Easter Ave
- Rampart Distribution Center III is on your right
- Follow Denver Post Coupon Workshop signs to parking
Register For The Denver Post Couponing Workshop
Las Vegas Extreme Couponing Class:
Coming soon! Check back for new dates.
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Get your friends and family together for a FREE Vegas coupon class! It’s easy, just get 8 or more friends together and we will come to your home or work place; whatever is convenient for you! In an hour you will learn how to save hundreds of dollars on your food, personal and household items AND get a GREAT deal on Sunday only papers (a key to saving your family hundreds of dollars!). Give us your information here and we will contact you!
The the crowds reaction after seeing the end total of Jen Freeman, Extreme Couponing final cost of her shopping trip? Marilyn Linderman, left, Nedene Nobles, Mary Wright and Janelelle Mnon react as they learn about couponing at a class in Santa Ana. photos by Rose Palmisano, The Orange County Register
My mother was devoted to free gift with purchase.
During one of her visits we made a special trip to the Lancome counter while supplies lasted. Then we made a second trip because her gift contained the wrong color nail polish.
My mother was formidable; we went home with the correct color.
She reared me as a single mom through my teenage years, and from her I learned the value of a bargain. On sale was good; free was better. One of my jobs was licking the S&H green stamps and pasting them into the redemption book.
Still, I wonder what she would make of coupons today, in their new verb form, couponing.
Certainly an economy that threatens rain motivates us to seek shelter. But are we chasing the art of the deal, or are we in it partly for sport?
I went to a couponing class, sponsored by The Orange County Register, to see. I found the perfect intersection of both.
The draw at the couponing class was to see Jennifer Freeman and her friend Shannon Jones. Freeman was a black belt on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing.” (Think Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol;” someone who has been where you want to be.)
The crowd was with Freeman from the start. Watching a clip of her on the show, everyone emitted an audible gasp when she paid $88 for four carts of groceries costing $880.
But Freeman started with a “don’t-try-this-at-home” kind of message. She spent three weeks preparing for the ultimate challenge episode: Buying as much as she could for as little as she could. The food she acquired was donated to charity.
In real life: “Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.”
She usually cuts her weekly bill in half, and, yes, she’s addicted to the challenge.
My coupon use has waned since the days when diapers were the big line item on my budget. I began to think coupons were like artichokes; not necessarily worth the trouble.
I found out otherwise.
Walking in, I chatted with Rhonda Monfils from Stanton – not a coupon queen, she admits, but definitely a princess. Her results are royally impressive.
Monfils averages $40 in savings each shopping trip. Her personal best, she admits with pride, was saving $150 on a $295 tab.
Her process seems almost Zen-like. She clips every coupon and becomes one with the cycle of sales at the stores. She tracks prices as they fluctuate.
“There will be the perfect weekend.”
Since she was laid off four years ago, she’s become systematic. Monfils keeps her coupons in a binder, uses a spreadsheet, and tracks all the sales.
She shops twice a week, making multiple trips to use up multiple coupons. And, yes, her husband thought she was crazy until she showed him a receipt.
Brenda Morello Cartier from Rancho Santa Margarita recites the sale schedule for the drug stores the way I used to know the seventh-grade bell schedule. She sacrificed space in her clothes closet to store stockpiles of shampoo and deodorant.
Cartier keeps her coupons in a binder by date and type. The stay-at-home mom considers couponing her economic contribution to her family of four.
“I like the challenge to get as close to zero as I can …Why pay full price?”
Her record: A $75 tab at CVS Pharmacy for $7 – plus she earned $12 in CVS extrabucks ™.
“They paid me to shop there.”
Shannon Jones takes the stage to explain the philosophy of couponing. It isn’t exactly Plato and the cave, but I found it enlightening.
She set out two basic principles:
First, always use your coupons to buy something already on sale. Second, collect coupons in multiples so you can buy in bulk.
Like daffodils in the spring, every product will have its season. Jones says everything hits its rock bottom price at least once a year.
“You want to be ready … Part of successful couponing is just being patient.”
The idea is to stockpile products using multiple coupons during a sale. Then, when an item isn’t a bargain, you won’t need to buy it.
Jones explained how to use the Register’s website (ocregister.com/couponing), which matches current coupons to grocery ads like an Internet dating site.
A friend once said reading the Sunday newspaper was like deboning a fish. This crowd removes all the inserts and coupons, but they don’t throw them away. Those are the mother lode, and newspapers keep them under lock and key.
Sitting near me was Jose Tundidor from Orange. I shared his pain when he described how his wife rejected his coupon when she headed to the store for cheese and crackers.
He sees it as simple economics.
“You spend over $100 and have a small bag of groceries … It’s more about getting your ducks in a row before you walk in the store.”
Lynda Harvey and her daughter Samantha from Santa Ana plan their menus a month ahead. The night of our meeting they were having turkey soup and turkey chili because turkey was half off two weeks ago.
Living on a fixed income, they’ve gotten serious. Samantha will shop at seven stores in one day with coupons she has clipped and sorted into folders.
They are feeding three people on about $75 per week, and they want to get it down to $50. Harvey stresses discipline:
“Don’t get what you don’t need. Don’t go off your list.”
I won’t. I am energized and resolved.
The biggest bargain in the room was the camaraderie: Regular folks united against an unforgiving economy and paying full price.
Saving money is a tough job, but some of us have got to do it.