When Joni Meyer Crothers from Ohio appeared on 'Extreme Couponing,' she took providing for her family to a whole new level. As a result, she became a pioneer in the art of saving in bulk. Armed with roughly 2,250 coupons, Joni employed strategies at an impressive clip to generate a haul of groceries worth $3,100 -- for an expenditure less than $100. In doing so, her frugality won fans everywhere from her family of nine to families she's never even met -- thanks to her philanthropic efforts.
Joni: One week at Rite Aid, I received $250 worth of products and actually got paid $45 in Register Rewards (RR). I got paid to purchase the products. Great day and huge blessing!
Joni: 2,500 on my first episode of TLC 'Extreme Couponing.' We counted them numerous times and kept them in piles of 25 to make sure we had all of them.
Joni: I am about passing the blessing on and helping others. So, the most unique tactic I have ever used is to take a stack of coupons in a store -- to get others involved in purchasing FREE items with my coupons so we could give to our local food bank/pantry, Sylvania Area Family Services. This teaches others how to use coupons while sharing with those in need.
Joni: We are a very frugal family, so our couponing is used in every aspect of our life, from restaurants, sporting events, back-to-school clothes, shopping, etc. It is more about being good stewards with our money. Saving in all areas is important.
Joni: Stopping others (complete strangers) in the store to pick up items for me with the use of my coupons to donate to our local food pantry. Or asking others on Facebook to print coupons for me for greater savings.
Joni: We save equally at all stores, just different sales at different times.