Get a little Krazy

Photo courtesy of acouponchick.com

Along with thousands of others, I’m a broke college student.  Although I’m not a victim of the Top Ramen epidemic that surges through colleges everywhere every year, I still try to be cost conscious when buying food, shampoo, etc.  It’s hard to do because it seems like every time I need something, it’s not on sale anywhere and I end up paying full price for the item.  I thought this was just one of the “beauties” of retail…until this weekend.

While working at my part-time job at a retail store, I had the pleasure of seeing a woman’s $56 purchase go down to $16 after coupons.  She paid her $16 and, in addition, got above $16 back in in-store coupons that basically work the same as cash (you can use them on anything in the store).  I was in awe and she knew it.  She said that “couponing” is like having a second job.  I wondered how she managed to do this as sitting in the seat of her cart was a brand new, adorable baby.  Apparently she was also a mind reader because she immediately said that she heard about “this one website on The Nate Berkus Show.” She left the store saving oodles of money.  I was jealous.

Curious as to what “that one website” is, I did a little research and found out exactly what she was talking about.  So, without further adieu, I introduce to you thekrazycouponlady.com.  There are separate pages for each retailer although the list is a little limited.  It tells you what the store has the item on sale for, where to find coupons whether it be off the manufacturer’s website or the SmartSource coupon insert in the papers and then what the final price of the item is.  It also tells you if you will pay a small amount for the item, if it will be free or…..IF YOU WILL ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY OFF OF THE PURCHASE!!!

Some of the critics of this “couponing” are saying it’s only going to be a matter of time before coupons are eliminated altogether because of abuse and websites like these.  What are your thoughts?

Happy shopping and saving!

April 11, 2011 · Posted by in misc, web  

Comments

3 Responses to “Get a little Krazy”

  1. Olivia on April 11th, 2011 9:27 am

    There’s a new show on TLC called Extreme Couponing, and although I haven’t had a chance to catch the first episode yet, I did watch every single little preview clip they had on the website.

    And when I went to the grocery store yesterday, I saw a woman pushing a shopping cart with a giant binder in it… and the binder was filled with baseball card holder sleeves, that, instead of collectible cards, were filled with coupons, arranged for easy accessibility, I’m sure.

    This just goes to show how fast information travels online. It’s word of mouth, and it spreads quickly!

  2. Jessica Servais on April 11th, 2011 9:34 am

    The art of couponing seems to be a hot topic lately considering there is the Extreme Couponing show, it was mentioned on Nate Berkus and there are a plethora of websites about how to get the best deal.

  3. Pete Prodoehl on April 11th, 2011 10:07 am

    From what I’ve read/seen/heard it can be like a second job… as in, you can spend as much time trying to save money as you might working to earn the money instead. (Not that that is a bad thing.)