Extreme couponing doesn’t require the organizational skills or time one may think.
Kelly Gibbs, who starred on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” in 2011, said it only takes 20 to 30 minutes to prepare for a shopping trip that will save hundreds. Gibbs said she’ll share some tricks of the trade to start, and become an expert, in all things coupons at four extreme couponing 90-minute workshops over two days this week.
While the events are free, participants are required to register online at wacotrib.com/coupons as seating is limited.
The Tribune-Herald is sponsoring the workshops and participants must reside within the home- delivery area of the Tribune-Herald to attend.
Derek Ivey, Tribune-Herald circulation sales manager, said more than 1,000 people already have reserved spots. He said organizers planned for 1,400 total, but have made arrangements to accommodate more if needed.
Sessions are at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellmead Civic Center, 3900 Parrish St.
The second set is 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at The Barn, 1900 Spring Valley Road, in Hewitt.
Gibbs will be joined by Veronica Hall, who has taught thousands of people nationwide about savings. Hall spends less than $250 a month on groceries for her family of four, while still purchasing name brand products and household items.
“They really know what they are talking about, and they live this stuff,” Ivey said. “I think it’s a great opportunity to get some more information on how to save money and for free.”
Ivey said most people try to save money where they can and he hopes this event will help with that endeavour.
For Gibbs, it all started five years ago when she read a cousin’s blog post about couponing.
“I thought, ‘I want to do that,’ ” she said. “From there I just hit the Internet hard and did whatever research to see how to do this.”
What started as a sole venture, Gibbs said, has become a weekly session with her mother and sister. Gibbs said she has a system that makes the process simple and she’ll share that at the seminar.
Anyone can dive into couponing, she said, including mothers of young children who work full-time like herself.
“You get your newspapers on Sunday and file it away right away. Even for the most unorganized person they can handle it,” she said.
Starring on “Extreme Couponing” has allowed Gibbs to travel the country sharing her knowledge with others, while she raises her two children, ages 4 and 1.