Meet Kelly Gibbs ~ TLC’s Extreme Couponing Season 2 shopper!

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by Jennifer Freeman

Kelly Gibbs

I have been waiting days to share this with you. When I was in Sacramento recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kelly and her darling daughter Evangeline. Kelly was featured on TLC’s Extreme Couponing Show just this Fall.  She is an amazing person and a coupon master! After meeting her, I thought it would be so much fun to introduce Kelly to the fantastic Tip Resource readers.

Interview with Kelly Gibbs ~
Featured on TLC’s Extreme Couponing

Share with Tip Resource readers a bit about your background, you and your family.
I was born and raised in Elk Grove, CA, and I am the fifth of six children. I went to college in Utah, which is where I met my husband Zach. I have been married for four and a half years, and I have a 14-month-old daughter named Evangeline. I have recently gone back to school to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene. I started couponing two years ago when my husband and I bought our first home, and we were struggling to get all the bills paid. It was a fun and easy way to stretch my dollar a little further!

How did you become acquainted with TLC’s Extreme Couponing and eventually be featured on the show?
I had been couponing for quite some time before the show aired, so once I heard about the show, I was definitely interested in seeing what they did. It was very fun to watch, and I decided I wanted to give it a try. I sent in an application, and they asked me to film a video of my stockpile. After that, I got a phone call saying they wanted me on the show!

What was you favorite part about being featured on the show?
My favorite part about being featured on the show was being able to show that not all extreme couponers are crazy hoarders, and that couponing can do a lot of good! I have been able to help out my parents and my handicapped brother through my couponing. It’s not all about shelf clearing and $50,000 stockpiles! 🙂

How long did it take you to plan your Extreme Couponing shopping trip?
It took about three weeks to plan everything.

Was the total before and after coupons the amount you were expecting?
It was pretty close. I had estimated about $750 for my before total, and it came out to around $850 (including the groceries I had to go back for), but I didn’t take the cost of tax into consideration. I had estimated that I would pay about $20 after coupons, and I ended up paying $25, so I felt pretty good about that one.

Did the store know you were coming to do this shopping trip? or did you just walk in and start shopping?
The store definitely knew I was coming. I was in touch with the store manager ahead of time to make sure what I needed was in stock and to do some pre-ordering on the items that I was buying in large quantity.

Anything not shown on your TLC’s Extreme Couponing episode that you would like to share?

I actually had to go back to get more groceries! My total was going into the negative, and since my store does not give money back on purchases, I had to get something to make up the difference. So I got six boxes of my brother’s other favorite food – oatmeal!

Did you buy large quantities of everything or were there smaller quantity items too?
A majority of what I bought was in smaller quantity. Yes, I bought 260 Tic Tacs, but everything else was much smaller quantity! Looking back on my list, I had 42 different items on my list, most of which I only bought in quantities of 2 or 3.

What are some items on your shopping trip that didn’t make it onto the show?
I had TONS of items that didn’t make it onto the show. I had bread, hot dogs, pickle relish, hot sauce, tuna, pasta, laundry detergent, frozen dinners, baby food, diapers, cereal, deodorant, feminine products, and much more!

Do you shop like this every week or what does a typical shopping trip look like?
This was the only time I ever shopped like that! My typical shopping trip usually consists of $20-$30 worth of products, if that, and I try to save at least 50%.

And was this really your biggest trip ever?
Absolutely! It took so much preparation. The more items and coupons, the more confusing it gets! I try to keep things much smaller so as not to stress myself out.

How did you first get into couponing?
I was reading my cousin’s blog, and I saw her post about a friend who got a ton of stuff for really cheap, and I thought, “Hey, I want to know how to do that!” So I did a little research online, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

What has been your biggest couponing mistake?
Not reading the fine print, or trying to use coupons without realizing they’re already expired. I get a little scatter-brained, and it’s always embarrassing when the store thinks I’m trying to be sneaky when really I’m just not paying attention! 🙂

Stockpile organization, how and where it is kept?
I keep everything organized by expiration date, flavor, and size. Most of my stockpile is kept in my garage, with the exception of my massive diaper stockpile, which is kept in my daughter’s room.

What do your friends and family think about your couponing and do they help?
They absolutely love it! My mom and sister often go coupon shopping with me, and I have many friends and family members supply me with extra coupon inserts.

Do you ever donate items or did you donate any of your TLC Extreme Couponing shopping trip?
I have donated many items, including items from my Extreme Couponing shopping trip.

What are the Top 2 Tips you’d offer a new couponer who watched TLC’s Extreme Couponing and now wants to coupon?
1) Be patient, and if you don’t get it at first, keep trying! It may seem overwhelming, but it pays off fast!
2) Start with one store and get to know it and it’s coupon policy very well. Once you feel comfortable with that, add another store.

What is something you can share with all of us we would be surprised to know about you?
I absolutely love music! I’ve been singing pretty much my entire life, and I play the trombone!

Is there a question you would love to ask Kelly?  Please leave your questions below! 

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Jean November 9, 2011 at

Love the interview Jennifer…it was so great. And welcome to tipresource Kelly and I look forward to seeing more of you on tipresource.

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Annette November 9, 2011 at

It was great to see someone from California featured on the show! You did an awesome job! Can you share some of your tips for getting good deals on diapers?

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Taberah November 9, 2011 at

Hi Jennifer. This is so cool – thanks so much for presenting Kelly here on TipResource.com. My hubby and I live in Elk Grove and attended one of your couponing classes here recently. Yep, were newbies but already saving thanks to you and Jen. We were scared to buy 3 subscriptions to the Bee but have earned our investment back 3 or 4 times over now. Thank you – thank you!!!

My husband and I cheered Kelly on as she saved at one of the local stores that we too shop at. This made it a whole lot more real for us knowing that Kelly is local and if she can do it, so can we with some practice. Fun to know about what went on behind the scenes from her show. Wish they would extend the time of some of these shows to give us a broader perspective.

We’ve got two questions for Kelly:
First, we wanted to know what item or items, since she began couponing does she save most on (and at what savings generally) and find most consistently here in Elk Grove?
Second, can she give us her very best tip for ‘couponing’ organization?

Keep up the good work ladies, and Kelly, you keep singing all the way to the bank 😉 . We pray for your family, your Father most specifically right now. You both are such an inspiration (even to couponing husbands) and it’s because of selfless people like you that we newbies have a chance at learning and saving at extreme couponing. All the best blessings back at you!

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Melinda Muir November 9, 2011 at

Hi Kelly,
My name is Melinda and I live in Elk Grove and I was wondering if we could meet and you show me how to coupon. I have been couponing for about 5 months and I am not getting all the results I would like. I would love to get my bill down further then I do can you please help me to continue helping our family out. We live on one income and it would help so much to have some one show me a better way to do it. You can contact me at melindaskids@pobox.com or call me at 916-647-3918. Thank you, Melinda

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Alicia Curtis November 10, 2011 at

Good Morning Kelly,
I began couponing in October 2010. I noticed that the stores where I live (Las Vegas) don’t offer double the value on coupons. Do the stores allow that in the city you live in?

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Kelly Gibbs November 11, 2011 at

Hello all! Sorry it’s taken me a few days to respond, the last week has been a very hectic one.

Just to answer a few questions: The best deals I get on diapers are at drug stores. I wait until they’re on sale and have ECB’s, +Ups, or Register Rewards (depending on whatever store I’m at), and I use whatever ECB’s/+Ups/RR I already have to pay for them, so I spend very little out of pocket.

I save a lot of money on toiletries – things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner. I usually will pay nothing for these items. As far as coupon organization, it’s hard to say, because not everything works for everyone. What I do personally is I organize all my printables in a binder with different sections, but I keep all my newspaper coupon inserts in a filing cabinet organized by the date I got them. It’s just what works for me – I don’t have the time to cut out every coupon I get!

My stores do not double coupons – in fact, there are no stores anywhere in northern California that will double. It makes it much harder, but obviously good savings can still be done!

Thank you for all the kind words everyone!

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Taberah November 13, 2011 at

Thanks for your response – appreciate you taking the time to give a shout out to everyone!!! Glad to hear that you’ve found ‘your system’ for organization. All the best…..

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Vita Sanchez January 15, 2012 at

Do you hold classess to show how you can coupon in California? I live in Tracy CA. and we are living on one income at the moment. I would love to learn how to coupon to get the most out of my dollar.

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Jennifer Freeman January 15, 2012 at

Hi — You are in luck because we hold classes in Sacramento and Fresno. Right now you can enroll in the upcoming Sacramento classes. We have couponing events monthly, and you are welcome to RSVP and come on by. It would be worth the drive! Hope you can attend. — Click the “Coupon Class” button on the sidebar to take you to the current classes.

Jen

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Anna Anderson January 29, 2012 at

Hello Mrs. Kelly Gibbs my name is Anna Anderson i am from California. I know you are a very busy person and would appreciate all the help if any that you could give to me if possible. i have started couponing however, i am not at all doing as well or nearly as well as you all do on that show. Please give me tips on how to improve my couponing skills. Thank You. Anna from California.

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Kathleen Leal September 18, 2012 at

Hi Kelly- I met you at the Couponing workshop in San Jose at the Mercury News building. I have a question about the SS and RP inserts. I see under the couponing database under Tip Resource that sometimes they show a coupon that came out in the SS and it’s not in mine. I know that you also live in California and I’m wondering if the Nevada SS and RP are different than the one in Northern California. I’d love to just use the tipresource website but twice this week I’ve looked for a coupon in my SS that they said was there and it wasn’t. Do you have this issue or any suggestions?

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Jennifer Freeman September 18, 2012 at

Hi Kathleen – Great question! It’s not unusual for one area to have a coupon and not another. Coupons are regional based on which zip codes the advertisers want to advertise Coupons absolutely vary town by town. The variations can be from just a different value to not having the coupon at all. The Tip Resource database will give you locations of all coupons, including coupons in magazines! I want to the database to be as comprehensive and complete as possible so no one will miss a great deal. So at times you may not have the coupons listed or a different value, but it’s important to me to list all the coupons out.

Hope this helps and please ask more questions. Sometimes there is a delay in answering depending on my travel schedule –but I will answer! 🙂

Jen

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heather April 11, 2013 at

hey kelly…I live in Galt and am so bummed about no double couponing but know that there are lots of great deals out there. Any tips for a first time couponer?
Heather

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Kelly Gibbs April 12, 2013 at

Hi Heather! There are lots of tips and tricks to couponing, the best advice I could give is to attend one of the Sacramento Bee’s couponing classes. It’ll tell you everything you need to know! Their next class is on May 16th. If you reply with your e-mail address I’d be happy to send you some more specifics. 🙂

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Linette Evans April 24, 2013 at

I Kelly, It was good to see you on the Extreme Couponing Show so close to home. I live in Modesto, CA and I am a beginner to Couponing and would love to learn how to be successful in doing so. I to have limited income with a food grocery budget of $200.00 a month for two people. Can you instruct me? Sorta be my teacher?

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Kelly Gibbs April 27, 2013 at

Hi Linette! I absolutely understand how difficult it is to work on a limited income. I try to stay under $50 a month for my family of three! If you are interested, I teach coupon classes. I come to your house, business, church, wherever, and it is completely free. All I ask is that you get a group of ten or more together. If it’s something you’re interested in, let me know!

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Christine May 20, 2013 at

Kelly I live close by can you friend me so we can go coupon shopping together some time please??

Thank you,
Christine Blankert
Antelope CA

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Kerri Larkin August 3, 2013 at

Hi, Kelly. My name is Kerri, and I have seen the episode of Extreme Couponing that featured you. I live in Auburn and work in Roseville Monday, Wednesday, and Friday…..sometimes Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. Do you still need diaper or pull-up coupons? I come across some almost every time I clip coupons and I hate throwing them away since I don’t have anyone close by to give them to. I would also like to know if you would like to get together some time. I’ve been couponing for some time now and I feel like I’m “stuck” with nowhere to go so to speak. You can either email me or call me on my cell phone. My cell phone number is 530-308-1696.

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Kelly Gibbs August 28, 2013 at

Hi Kerri, I’m sorry you feel stuck with couponing! I have classes with the Sacramento Bee often, perhaps you can make it out to the next one and I’ll be able to help you there.

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Maria August 8, 2013 at

Hi Kelly, I went to the seminars at the Modesto Bee and saw you and two other women. There was a hand out with an important website to check what was going on sale, and then you take your coupon to that store on top of that and double your savings. I’ve misplaced it, due to I displaced because of being attacked by neighbors downstairs, and being continually harassed. Could you please send me a copy of that flyer to my e-mail or let me know where I can get another copy. Thank for your time and attention to this matter. Have a wonderful day, Sincerely, Maria Lopez

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Kelly Gibbs August 28, 2013 at

Hi Maria, sorry for the late reply! I was not getting notifications and didn’t see your message until now! I just sent you the information you requested to your email.

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Sarah Woodward August 12, 2013 at

Kelly,
Trying to reach you to sign up on Newspapers. Please email me.
Sarah

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Kelly Gibbs August 28, 2013 at

Hi Sarah, sorry for the late reply. If you still need assistance please leave your e-mail address and I’d be happy to help you.

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pumpkin August 22, 2013 at

Hi kelly so I have all my coupons and binder together but for some reason it seems
Like the coupons I have arent really on sale at the stores. Please reply for help thank you

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Kelly Gibbs August 28, 2013 at

Hi, what coupons are you receiving? If you’re not getting coupons from the newspaper, I highly recommend it! With the stores Jen and I cover on this blog, we often refer to the coupons in the newspaper and match them up with the weekly sales.

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Kay November 11, 2015 at

The tip you gave at 11/9/15 workshop did not work. If you go to Greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper and look for “lists,” I could not find it anywhere. The site takes you to eventbrite…but no “lists” or even a search box to type “lists” into. Any ideas how to make this work?

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Yvette January 14, 2016 at

Did you ever receive a reply regarding the this problem with the website. I still have not been able to find the List.

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Jennifer Freeman January 19, 2016 at

Check your email. It is ashamed there is a problem. But the email I sent should help you.

If anyone else wants information, do as so many have, send a note via the comments for above or leave a note here.

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Donna Whitt January 14, 2016 at

Loved the workshop last night.
When I type in greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper all I get is info on the workshop last night and info on you.
So upset, please help!

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Deb Brady January 18, 2016 at

I too, was at the Greenville workshop and have yet to pull up the info from Greenville online. I am so frustrated!

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Jennifer Freeman January 19, 2016 at

Check your email. It is ashamed there is a problem. But the email I sent will empower you to coupon without limits. <3. Jen

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Cathy January 21, 2016 at

I attended the Extreme Couponing workshop in Greenville on January 13. When I go to greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper it doesn’t go to the Eventbrite website. I cannot find how to get to the lists section.

Thanks for your help.

Cathy

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Faye johnson January 23, 2016 at

I am having trouble remembering the steps after signing on to greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper. Please help me.

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Bonnie January 23, 2016 at

When I go to greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper I don’t get a lists section. What am I doing wrong? I want to do this couponing but I can’t get the list….Please Help!!

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Rebecca January 26, 2016 at

I am having the same issue with Greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper it takes me to an event page and I can’t find anything about lists at all.

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Julianna January 27, 2016 at

So frustrated and angry about the Greenville list! Found it and it’s full of printable coupons…my newspaper subscriptions…pointless….so angry…feeling duped….

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Cynthia sleeth April 19, 2016 at

I am trying too sign up for coupon event in springfield.mo @3:30 for 2 people plz help

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lisa June 6, 2016 at

Hello kelly my name is lisa. I am a couponer and I just moved to in September California. I would like to know if you can give me any tips. I live in Sacramento California and I moved from Oregon. The stores here are totally different and I didn’t start couponing here until December. I didn’t know if you still live in Elk Grove but would like to meet you if not I understand.

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lisa June 6, 2016 at

Hello kelly my name is lisa. I am a couponer and I just moved to in September California. I would like to know if you can give me any tips. I live in Sacramento California and I moved from Oregon. The stores here are totally different and I didn’t start couponing here until December. I didn’t know if you still live in Elk Grove but would like to meet you if not I understand. Here is my email duren6743 @gmail.com . I would love a coupon buddy also.

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Keisha June 25, 2016 at

Good Morning,

Kelly I just seen your coupon shopping trip on tlc. I was just wondering how it all works since where you live does not have stores that double your coupons. Because where I leave in Texas they don’t double coupons.

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vicki evans June 29, 2016 at

i was a guest at your show in springfield mo at the oasis for the newsleader and i cant remember the website for the coupons and ads. i cleared my browser history and lost everything. can you get me that link?

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Kandle Flannigan July 4, 2016 at

Hey Kelly!! I came to your seminar in Asheville, NC last month. It was great and I’m so excited about growing a stockpile and saving money. I’m having a problem with the website. When I try to get into the smartshopper through the citizen times and it goes to eventbrite, it no longer gives the link to get the store listings. All it shows is the event has already happened and is closed. Is there another way to get that store listing?

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stephanie nazar July 29, 2016 at

hey! i went to one of your coupon classes and now im trying to use the website you told us to go to but when i type in greenvilleonline.com/smartshopper it comes up to something different to what you showed us. is there a different website you know of that would be just as helpful? Thank you!

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DANIELA DOTSON August 8, 2016 at

Hey, I atteneded one of your classes and I was wondering if you could give me the website that shows you which coupons to use for what items. I lost it and I am so sad about that. Please help.

Thanks so much.

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Michelle Petty August 10, 2016 at

What if my coupon is good but the store doesnt take it? Is there any recourse? Save it & go back to another cashier? Some cashiers get annoyed with coupons..anything i can do?

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Jennifer Baca September 28, 2016 at

I just saw the TLC episode of extreme coupon ping with Kelly. I have struggled with couponing for a while, usually buying thing I don’t need. Do you ever shop for families who need to save? With their money? We have recently moved to Elk Grove and we have a family of 5 with a small budget,I would totally pay you to do my grocery shopping and it never seems to be enough. If you don’t this type of thing, any tips for starting out. Thank you
Jen

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Rosario Quinonez December 7, 2016 at

I would like to get in contact with yoh Kelly. We run two types of parents groups in the Greenville area in SC. I would like to have as our guess.
Please contact me to arrange a meeting or a phone call
Thank you so much
Rosario Quinonez
Family Suppor Counselor,ACH

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lisa summersgill February 2, 2017 at

Hey I am so sorry I lost the web adders for Asheville Citizen times to find the deals on the spreed sheet to start coupon in Asheville NC

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Morgain February 18, 2017 at

I would love to ask for your help. I’m not aweful with coupons,but I need to be better.I’m on my 47th surgery and need to save money! I have 3 kids! Any tips would be more than appreciated! Thank you for your time.

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Mary Payne March 14, 2017 at

I attended your workshop last night and would like to be able to use the grocery match up link. However it is not on the page montgomeryadvertiser.com/smartshopper

Would you send me the link?

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