I had the chance to interview Desirae from The TLC Show Extreme Couponing, her episode airs tonight. You can visit her at her facebook page! I am in pink and she is in purple 🙂
How did you get into couponing?
I started couponing about 4yrs ago when my husband just graduated from college, working 2 jobs & we just had a baby. We were living paycheck to paycheck, driving one car and had over $30,000 in student loans to pay. I couldn’t stand living like that anymore so I looked into couponing and after that it was history..
When did you start “extreme” couponing?
About 2yrs ago when I realized how much I could get for free & how much I could help others on a low budget. It gets very addicting!
Does your family enjoy couponing as a whole group?
Yes everyone supports me 110%! My family is able to come over anytime and shop :]
My husband loves that I dont spend anything hardly so he is okay with me shopping! :}
What is your favorite thing to get a deal on?
Hmm anything that is a money maker! If I can make money off of it its my favorite!
How do you organize your coupons?
I use a binder method http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKI2R8eNQ3k
How has the coupon fraud mess affected you?
People have gotten me confused with J’aime and thats a no no! Plus with all this fraud talk they are making us all look bad!
What would be the 1 tip you would give newbie couponers?
To be organized & don’t get overwhelmed! Start off slow & don’t overdo yourself or you will get burnt out. Don’t try to be like me in the first week of couponing because it’s taken me a long time to get where I am! Stay organized so that you can stay focused & have more drive to coupon!
What is your favorite item in your stockpile?
Food! My husband will eat me out of the house! Plus my little 4yr old isnt far behind him
What is your favorite part of being on Extreme Couponers?
The amazing support that I have gotten! There is negative people out there but the positive people have overruled them!
What did you not like about being on Extreme Couponers?
A lot of it was staged-Like the dumpster diving, and the bailing out on my friend (if that included that) you cannot beleive everything you see on tv!
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
I love to donate & love to giveaway to anyone in need! I do not hoard anything! Anyone is welcome to any of it!
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