‘Coupon Queen’ brings secrets of success to First Citizens National Bank
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:03 am
SAVING COUPONS — Sara Williams will bring her coupon knowledge to First Citizens National Bank Branch at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to share with others looking for ways to save on purchases.
Sara Williams, the “Coupon Queen,” has joined forces with the Martin First Citizens National Bank branch in an effort to teach others how to save significant amounts of money on their purchases.
The event is planned from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Reservations are requested. Call 587-2010 to reserve a seat and hear a success story and how to be a part of a movement that is sweeping households.
The event is only $20 to attend. Door prizes, refreshments and secrets will be available. A bake sale will also take plaåce with proceeds benefiting the Westview High School Marching Band’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. First Citizens National Bank is located at 200 University St. in Martin.
Sara Williams’ Background:
The following is an excerpt from the Sunday, Jan. 20, 2011 edition of the Dyersburg State Gazette
‘Coupon Queen’ to share money-saving secrets
Sara Williams uses a binder and baseball card holders to organize her coupons. An avid couponer, Williams said it takes her only an hour a week to clip the coupons, organize them and select which ones she’ll use. During her best shopping trip ever, Williams said she went to Walgreen’s, purchased $67 worth of products and paid $7.
Sara Williams never goes to the store without her magic binder.
The binder is filled with coupons tucked into plastic sleeves. It helped her save more than $3,500 on food and other necessities last year.
Friends have dubbed Williams the “Coupon Queen.”
“I’’ve cut our grocery bill to about $50-$75 a week,” she said. “It used to be about $200 a week.”
Using coupons sounds fairly simple, but there is a definite technique for getting the kinds of savings that Williams achieves.
The receipt from Sara Williams’ shopping trip on Oct. 28, 2009, shows she purchased $225.51 worth of items from Kroger and paid only $115.47. She said customers standing in line behind her at the checkout cheered, and she was hooked.
She used $79 worth of manufacturer coupons, $16 worth of store coupons and $130 from in-store sales.
“I was hooked from that point on,” she said.
“Now, I don’t feel successful if I don’t save as much as I spend,” she said. “I want to save double what I’ve spent. If I spend $50, I want to save $100.”
In time, Williams developed a couponing class. She said she teaches it all: where to find coupons, how to organize them, how to combine sales and coupons to get real bargains. She even has a technique to earn money that can be used on future purchases.
Actually, Sara Williams said, couponing doesn’t take that much time once you’re organized.
She estimated that she spends about an hour a week clipping coupons, dating them, organizing them in her coupon binder and checking the sales circulars.
Williams said the reward she feels from saving so much money is addictive.
“Now it has become like the most fun hobby ever,” she said.