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June 29, 2011
Experts say extreme couponing yields major savings, not hard

More than 100 coupon-clipping enthusiasts packed a Sacramento Bee conference room this morning to hear from expert couponers Jen Freeman and Jennifer Morris.

Freeman, a Las Vegas mother of twins, has been extreme couponing for about five years and earlier this month was featured on the season finale of TLC's "Extreme Couponing."

She wound up on the show after a video her husband filmed gained popularity on YouTube. The video showed only her hands, but in it, Freeman explains the process that helped her whittle a grocery bill to 20 cents from more than $300.

She's refined her process since then after learning a strategy from Jennifer Morris, who teaches in-home couponing classes in conjunction with GrocerySmarts.com, a free website that matches store savings with newspaper coupon inserts, thus taking the hassle out of couponing.

"Honestly, anyone can coupon," Freeman said. "You can save money with a little bit of effort."

Morris explained the process, which will be detailed further in a story in The Bee's Food & Wine section July 6.

And it can save consumer anywhere from 50 to 70 percent off their grocery bill each month.

For more information, check out Freeman's website, Tip Resource, or GrocerySmarts.com.

Freeman and Morris will be speaking again at 7 p.m. at The Bee. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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