"Coupon Man" shares tips on shopping without spending - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

"Coupon Man" shares tips on shopping without spending

Nathan Engels of Cincinnati, better known as the "Coupon Man", knows how to shop without spending a dime.
      
"This bag, this container, has sponges, razors and Quaker oats. This has twenty items in it, and if you look down on the receipt, I have a total of nothing!"

Engels says he usually leaves the grocery store with plenty of items, and little or no damage to his wallet.  

"Sometimes sales are not sales at all, and sometimes sales are great."

Engels and his wife use coupons and store sales to shop strategically, and they have a garage full of free items to prove it.

"We find when Kroger has the lowest price, something that's on sale at Kroger, and then we find a coupon that matches that item. And sometimes - quite often actually - we get it for free."

Engels started coupon-clipping about a year ago in an effort to help him get out of credit card debt.

"We've gone from about $15,000 in credit card debt to about $3000," he said.

Such tangible success gives Engels peace of mind during tough economic times.

"We have not only lowered our grocery bill, but we have been able to pay for Christmas, we've been able to pay for shoes that we need...and not have to pay, or pay very little for those kinds of things."

Engels and his wife say that they have more freebies than they need, and plan on donating a portion of them.

They're also sharing their tips on saving with others though their Web site, WeUseCoupons.com.

"It's a lot of fun. A lot of people look at couponing and say, 'How low can you go?' When you walk out with a basketful of groceries and $2 or $3 you had to pay, it really is a high."

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