how to use coupons to your advantage
'Crazy Coupon Chick' enjoys craze
Wanda English Burnett
Strategy and organization are needed if one is to succeed at the
Kerri Eckstein of the St. Leon area, has both. She is determined
to get the best deals for her family. She even goes beyond her
family and strives to get the best deals for the Sunman Food Pantry.
What is a good deal? Well, I like free, Eckstein answered
as her eyes lit up. Shell settle for 89% or 99% of the total
bill as she demonstrated in a shopping trip recently.
Eckstein and her husband, also named Kerry, have a combined family
of seven children and now a grandchild and daughter-in-law to
add to the growing brood.
I love couponing, Kerri told the Osgood Journal as
she displayed her massive binder filled with coupons of every
variety that she has carefully organized. But, its not something
new for this mother. Shes been doing it for about seven
or eight years since her last children were born. I just
realized I needed to cut down on the grocery bill and this was
a way to do it.
About the extreme couponing show on television, Kerri says shes
watched it but has no desire to do what they do. She doesnt
believe in hoarding groceries, but maintains a well-stocked pantry
for her family, something shes always done. She does this
by getting really good buys on her purchases from grocery stores,
and doing a lot of her own home-canning. The family also purchases
a beef every year to add to their stock of food.
Kerri has other reasons for doing the couponing. She wanted to
be a stay-at-home-mom and this has allowed her to
do that. She typically doesnt shop for groceries during
the months of November and December, but takes that money instead
and buys Christmas presents.
Clipping coupons has allowed us to take a family vacation,
noted Kerri. They have also been able to try products she wouldnt
have otherwise purchased so the family has had new dishes, thanks
to her coupon efforts. She noted that food and consumables are
a large part of any familys budget.
Kerri said she started out slowly building her pantry. It
didnt come all at once and I didnt see the savings
I do now when I started, she noted.
Known on Facebook as the crazy coupon chick from Brookville,
Kerri has a desire to not only save money for her family, but
to help others. You can go on her Facebook page and click on like
it and find her suggestions for good deals for the week.
Its my way to help others, she told the Osgood
Another way Kerri helps people is to teach a class on how to find
the best deals. Her next speaking engagement will be June 11 at
Speaking of Womens Health, a program sponsored by Margaret
Mary Community Hospital. She also has a tentative date to teach
a class at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, but gives
her email address for a definite time due to recent surgery she
had. She is also available for in-home parties where friends can
gather for an informal class and learn how to get the best deals
with their coupons. You can call her at 812-525-1213 or email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
At the class, attendees find out how to get coupons for free -
even buy coupons that are needed, and use them wisely. They will
have the option to purchase a binder at cost and really get started
on the road to savings. They will learn how to take store fliers
and match coupons to get the best deals, some even free.
Personally, Kerri would like people to know shes a Christian
woman who has a desire to help others. She has just recently become
involved in helping get supplies for the Sunman Food Pantry. There
are just so many people in need, she noted, sadly.
Clara Ann Zinser who works with her cousin Sandy Wagner at the
Sunman pantry, said they are very thankful for Kerris generous
spirit. She happened to be checking out at the same store as Kerri
last Friday night and was rewarded with a cart full of items such
as bars of soap, body wash, toothbrushes and more. These
items are hard to come by and are in need at the pantry,
Zinser told the Osgood Journal.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT
With coupons in hand, Kerri Eckstein is pictured above with
her binder ready as she begins her shopping trip last Friday.
She had 99% savings with a total of $156.10 worth of products.