San Diego (KGTV) - When Clariza Jaimes first heard about the art of couponing she had her doubts. Her sister-in-law was doing it, but Jaimes didn’t immediately jump in.
Once the mom of three gave it a try, she soon felt the rush of finding a great deal.
“I would say I spend 10 hours a week looking for deals, cutting coupons and then going to the store and shopping,” said Clariza.
The time she puts in pays off big. Jaimes can save her family an average of 75 percent on household items.
She proudly showed her ‘stockpile’ to 10News, a storage location for bulk materials like detergent, toothpaste, and diapers.
“I was able to get the Tide for $1 each and diapers for $2," said Jaimes.
While Jaimes has couponing down to a science now, she admits it was challenging in the beginning. So she started a three-hour crash course for beginners covering coupon lingo, resources, and advice.
Jaimes utilizes traditional coupon clipping as well as technology to maximize her savings. Instagram and apps like The Krazy Coupon Lady are useful in spotting the best deals.
One of the most common questions she gets is where to find coupons.
Newspaper - Sunday paper is $1 at Dollar Tree
Jaimes also uses the rebate app IBotta, scanning her receipt and receiving cash back on certain items.
Some tips she has for beginners:
Read the fine print on coupons
Start with one deal
Educate yourself through YouTube videos
Stick to items you truly need
If you're interested in Jaimes' couponing class, you can reach out to her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It costs $40 for the three-hour course.