When she's not starring on 'The Bachelorette' as the disapproving sister, Chrystie Corns is making manufacturers pay for printing coupons. Witness her haul on the show 'Extreme Couponing,' which ultimately made her money in exchange for $625 worth of stuff. Now, Chrystie is putting her crafty couponing ways to good use, spreading the word to other like-minded souls using her blog, which helps families "take control of their finances to make better buying decisions."
Chrystie: My best savings to date was the shopping trip I did for 'Extreme Couponing.' I got $625 worth of groceries, spent $2.87 out of pocket and mailed away for a $7 rebate -- which turned it into a $4.13 money maker!
Chrystie: I've used over 100 coupons in one transaction on more than one occasion.
Chrystie: My most creative tactic? I buy used computers on eBay (from $150-$200) just to print more coupons. The computers pay for themselves in the amount of coupons I print.
Chrystie: I've applied my thrifty ways to every item I spend. From clothing, to beauty supplies, house goods and travel. Saving money is my goal every single time I take out my wallet.
Chrystie: The wackiest thing I've ever done to save money was call up a grocery store after I realized that one of my coupons hadn't scanned ... and then drove back at 11:30 at night so I could pick up the $3 they owed me.
Chrystie: The two stores that I save the most at are Shaws Grocery Store and Rite Aid.