An Extreme Couponer in the Valley Shares Some of Her Secrets

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

One Valley woman gets hundreds of products for free from clipping coupons.

Amanda Pettington has a lot of stored items she used coupons for: including more than 400 rolls of paper towels, 300 bottles of laundry detergent and about 180 gallons of gas.

She has gotten countless hygiene products, freezers full of food and much more all for free.

Amanda said that trying to find a place to store all of her free goods is the biggest hassle.

"We put our house on the market so of course we had to put stuff in really strange places," said Amanda.

Amanda's stock-pile has caused people to call her a hoarder, but she said that doesn't bother her.

"I get called a hoarder a lot, but it's okay because they're paying full price, and I'm getting everything for free, so it doesn't offend me at all."

A hoarder or a smart consumer: either way, extreme couponing has become her full-time job along with being a mom.

"It takes a good 60 to 80 hours a week to do everything, but it's well worth it."

So how does she do it?

"Every Saturday morning, at six o'clock in the morning, I have my husband go to the gas station to get me ten newspapers, always ten, unless I know of a really good coupon, and then I'll get 20."

Pettington has a coupon binder that organizes her coupons by category.

She keeps track of when items go on sale and stocks up in bulk to save. She even makes a little money along the way.

But she said she can't give away all her secrets.

"I'm good at what I do, and that sounds cocky, but I work really hard to get all my match-ups and everything, and I don't want to just hand over a free ride to someone."

She said sometimes she gets free items that she doesn't need, and she would like to donate.

If you have a group that could use some of these items, you can contact Litsa Pappas at lpappas@whsv.com


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