Coupon maven Joni Meyer-Crothers, the Genoa area native who has been featured on the TLC show, “Extreme Couponing” is sharing her tips in a new book, “Extreme Couponing: Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money…One Coupon at a Time.”
Meyer-Crothers lives in Sylvania with her husband and seven children (three biological, four adopted). Economizing became personal for Meyer-Crothers 20 years ago when she found herself as a single mother unable to feed her children. She began couponing five years ago when her second husband of 16 years lost his job in an automotive factory and they needed a way to stretch their dollars.
In the book, Meyer-Crothers explains precisely how she has managed to save thousands by clipping coupons, using them wisely, and never paying full retail price for any product. She not only saves for her family, she regularly donates in bulk to charities and her garage at home serves as a food pantry for the needy through local charities. Earlier this year, Meyers-Crothers donated thousands of dollars’ worth of products to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Among the tips Meyers-Crothers reveals:
• Where to find the best coupons and how to organize them
• Budgeting monthly expenses and the shocking amount of money that can be saved by couponing
• Basic items you should never pay for (i.e. toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and pasta)
• Taking your first couponing sales trip
• Seasonal sale cycles
• Giving back: how to coupon for charity
Meyer-Crothers co-authored the book with ghost writer Beth Adelman, who says she now uses tips she picked up from Meyer-Crothers — like saving coupons for when items go on sale, she said. She also started donating to a local food bank.
The book, which lists for $15, is available in bookstores and at Amazon.com and online booksellers.