By John Williams Published: March 12, 2009
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She is the coupon clipping champ. She’s the consumer queen of savings, and she lives right here in Edmond.

Melissa Garcia said her eyes were opened about the amount of money she could save by using coupons when she paid $19 for three carts of groceries normally worth $1,880.

I’m watching the tube one morning as I am getting ready to go to work and here is Melissa, this mad maven of money, showing me how I can buy more than $100 in groceries for pennies on the dollar.

In this tight economy I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to save money, especially if they can cut 50 percent to 75 percent off their grocery bill.

According to her Web site, www.consumerqueen.com, Garcia saved more than $10,000 in 2007 by using coupons and tracking product reviews, sales and special promotions. In one online video, Garcia shares her shopping secrets — including how to score $300 worth of groceries for only $20.

Her Web site is chock full of coupons and savings. Her advice also is listed on Twitter and YouTube.

Occasionally I’ll go grocery shopping with my wife on a Saturday. This usually coincides with the days there are no ball games to watch. For her, shopping is therapy. She roams the aisles listening for the siren song of some product calling her. On the other hand, if I want something, I walk straight to that aisle, buy it and walk to the checkout.

Maybe I am missing the thrill of the hunt for the best bargains. I think going armed with coupons next time might convince me to try it my wife’s way.


DO YOU Use coupons?
What is the greatest amount of money you’ve saved by shopping with coupons? Start the discussion by sending your comments to jwilliams@opubco.com.

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