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Avid couponer finds new way to cash in on hobby

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"This is my money right here," said Erika Williams, as she pointed to a pile of coupons on her dinning room table. 

Williams told ABC 33/40's Larry Miller she scours newspapers, websites, and publications in search of coupons.  She been clipping coupons for years and it wasn't until she was laid off from her job did she decide to take her extreme couponing to a new extreme. 

"To be a single mother, its hard to take care of your kids on your own and be working at a job that doesn't pay you much. And then, I didn't like my job on top of all of that," said Williams. "Getting laid off was a bad thing at first but in the end it was a blessing." 

Williams turned a hobby into a business.  She now grocery shops for a living; picking up food and other essentials for he clients every two week. Her clients pay a flat fee of $100.00 and get more than $800.00 worth of groceries every month.  What makes the story interesting is that Williams spends little money on the grocery themselves thanks to coupons.  

"The trick is studying.  My motto is 'Food':  free, overage, and one dollar. If you go by that, anybody can do it," said Williams

The mother of two does a lot of studying.  She spends anywhere from 4 to 5 hours a day looking for coupons, searching for deals, and talking with others online about ways in which to save.  

"I spent about $2,000.00 on groceries and my profit was $20,000.00," said Williams. 

There are a number of networks available to couponers.  Novice and experience clippers can connect with others through facebook and websites like www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com. 

Williams admits getting started will take some work but once you're ready to begin clipping consistently, you'll be able to save in the grocery store regularly. 

***Want to talk with Erika Williams directly?  Call her at 205-200-5919*******

 

 

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