Crazy 4 Coupons

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 I love saving money. It bugs me when I buy something only to realize I had a coupon that I forgot to use—even if the coupon was only for 50 cents. It also irks me when I buy something at one store, only to find out that’s it’s offered for a few dollars less at another store.

So when The Sacramento Bee advertised its free “Crazy 4 Coupons” class a couple of weeks ago, I had to check it out. I went on a Wednesday at 10 a.m. and the place was packed! I arrived about 10 minutes early and I had to park across the street. I expected to find the place filled with soccer moms, but instead I found a diverse crowd of men and women—office workers on break, 20-something college students, retirees and, of course, some soccer moms. The lure of the hour-long class: The promise that we could learn how to save roughly 50 percent off our grocery bills! The class started out with a video of Jennifer Freeman, who was featured on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing.” Cameras rolled as Freeman shopped her local market buying items for her family of four. Everyone held their breath as her items were rung up one by one, and we watched the bill go from 880.99 to $88.20—all because of coupons! Next, Jennifer Morris, a super couponer who not only teaches others her tricks but teaches others how to teach others, took the stage to facilitate the class. Morris, a married mother of five who lives in Las Vegas, explained how she was able to cut her family monthly $1,200 grocery bill in half. Morris told us how she never pays more than 50 cents for a tube of toothpaste, how she was able to get a jar of peanut butter for 75 cents and how coupons alone “paid” for items such as pasta. It was pretty impressive.

Want to learn how these women saved so much money via something as simple as coupons? You’re in luck. The Bee is hosting another “Crazy 4 Coupons” course—with Jen Morris facilitating—Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Skycrest Elementary School, 5641 Mariposa Ave. in Citrus Heights; and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Family Community Church, 6331 Watt Ave. in North Highlands. To sign up, click here.