A thrifty stay-at-home mum has revealed how she manages to save money and bag a supermarket shop worth £630 for just £3.50 by collecting giant ring binders of coupons.
Michelle, 27, only shops using food vouchers because she and her husband Cory rely on one household wage and they save a huge sum, Mirror reports.
The mum-of-two, from the US, told shopping channel TLC about her spending habits in a YouTube video.
She said: "I hate full price. It needs to be with a coupon or on clearance."
And she has a massive stockpile cupboard in a spare bedroom where she hoards 1,700 food items when buying a bulk – a key trick of the trade.
But it's the coupons that really bring the price down – with the mum showing she can slash her bill to almost nothing.
In the clip, she buys 112 cans of coffee completely free, joking: "I'm going to be awake for a really long time."
Michelle said she hopes to use the savings, which she tracks on a spreadsheet, to buy a new family home.
She said: "I'll cut my coupons out, I'll organise them and then I get my spreadsheet with all the items that are on sale and match with my coupons and I print them out and take it to the store."
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Clutching her giant folder of 4,000 coupons, the mum went to her local supermarket and came away with an impressive haul.
Michelle bought many items in bulk, including 20 bags of brown rice, normally costing $1.39 (£1.02) a pack, for just 39c (28p), knocking a dollar (73p) off per item.
The mum says she will often price-match if other supermarkets have the items for cheaper so the coupon deal will be based on the lower price – saving more money.
But she admitted that this level of organisation takes some effort – which is why she has the spreadsheet – and said she has to "work hard" for some of the deals.
At the till checkout, Michelle puts her shopping through as three separate transaction so she can use as many vouchers as possible.
The three transactions totalled around $26 (£19), down an eye-popping amount from the original price of $860 (£628).
In a dramatic end to the video, the shop manager admits he'd made an error calculating tax (which is added on at the till in the US) and more money is knocked off the bill.
This means they were able to save a further $20 (£14.62), bringing the whole shop total to just $4.84 (£3.54).
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