This photo and letter was sent to me by How To Shop For Free group member Islanddebbie. Wow!! This is very Impressive and you are technically a newbie!
I love the peg board!
But what is more impressive than her picture is her touching story.
I was fortunate enough to have a twin sister who is a regular watcher of Chronicle, and more fortunate that the night she saw your segment on the show that she said to me…”you should have seen this woman on chronicle last night,she shops for free….”,i pulled up the segment on the internet and our amazing journey began…the show aired on November 7, 2010. I started couponing on November 14, 2010, and haven’t looked back.
In the last 8 weeks we have made many mistakes and enjoyed many small victories. From November 14 through the end of the year I accrued more than $15,000 in product according to all my receipts and have had no out of pocket. With all my rebates and rewards I was ahead at the end of the year by almost $300. I attained Gold status at Rite Aid in 6 weeks. The picture that you see is a portion of the stockpile at my sisters house, I figure it shows maybe 10% of my deals. She has more shelves loaded in her laundry room. I have also stockpiled my house but my “stuff” is all over my house. My grandmother and mother also have stockpiles as big. They consider everyday Christmas when I show up at their house with their goodie bags My grandmother ,who is 93 years old said she could never have afforded the stuff I have brought her. I have also started mailing my father, who lives on the north shore of Mass. a package every week with a box filled with vitamins and supplements and other miscellaneous health and beauty products and fun stuff he would not buy for himself because money is tight. I am paying for the shipping with rebate checks. At Christmas my grandmother and I dropped off bags and bags of donations at our local police station, church and library and my niece’s school. Anyone that comes to my house leaves with a bag of stuff. Everyone I know is benefiting from this experience.
My sister has sewn me a change purse because my total bill in never more than a dollar.My niece had juvenile diabetes and over the last several months I have supplemented my sisters blood glucose test strips with meters that come with test strips for free…..we have accrued about 500 test strips which retail for more than a dollar each on her health plan co payments. She is self-employed so her out of pocket costs for diabetes supplies is astronomical…..that, so far, has been the most satisfying.
I will continue to coupon shop because I thoroughly love “the art of the deal”….and cannot thank you enough for the information you provided to start me on this journey that is benefiting my family and friends.
Thank you “Islanddebbie” what a great story! You are inspiring!!