Coupon class helps residents cut costs

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - If times are tough, being able to shave a couple of dollars off of your expenses is a plus. A coupon class in Harrisburg this Sunday, helped teach how to make the most out of your cost- cutters.

Michele Barber has been a coupon cutter for a long time. "Since I was fifteen. I got my first job and my mom said I had to start buying my own clothes," said Barber. She's has become so coupon savvy that she's even made money on certain shopping trips. "I've gotten back as much as 45 dollars in one transaction," said Barber.

But now Barber and her friend Jamie are sharing their cost-cutter knowledge with the public. This past April the two put together a coupon class to help army wives, but there was so much response they've continued to hold more classes open to the public. And its all for free!

"I love sharing it. I love helping people. I know that there's a lot of people in this economy that are hurting right now, and it's my way of giving back," said Barber.

The classes were something Erin May-Mullins was thrilled to be able to take advantage of. "I have no interest in buying fifty bottles of mustard, but I would like to find out how to coupon smarter and get better deals on the items I do buy," said May-Mullins. When I asked her why now? She said why not? "Everyone likes a good bargain. Everyone likes to save money when they can," said May-Mullins.

May-Mullins says she's used coupons in the past and loves the challenge of finding out how much she can save, and has already had some proud moments. "I went to Walgreens and bought 40 dollars worth of products and spent like 10 dollars because of register rewards. I was so proud I sent a text message to my friends. I took a picture of it and sent it to my husband," said May-Mullins, who of course was happy to hear the news.

Sunday's class taught how to stack coupons, earning reward points, and where to find the best coupons. For many in attendance, they says with tough economic times, finding a way to cut corners helps. "The economy, things going up, the gas prices, the food prices. People just want to learn how to save money," said Betty Caughron.

Barber says they have already had a class request as far away as Little Rock.

If you're interested in getting in on the coupon craze, you can visit Barber's facebook page at!/pages/Money-Saving-Deals/219617358054133

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