Studying up to save big: local couponing class

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Debbie Chandler has had so much success in saving money that she's offering to share her expertise with anyone who wants to learn. We profiled Debbie in May. She has been holding couponing classes for the last six months and has seen a big spike in enrollment.

Debbie Chandler is busy spreading her money saving gospel at area churches, YMCA's, and senior centers. She sees firsthand how many people are trying to tighten their budgets.

"A lot of people say the recession is over, I don't believe that at all, not with what I'm seeing and what I'm hearing from people," said Debbie.

"It's always exciting just to save money," Danelle Harding said.

Danelle Harding signed up for the class to take her couponing to the next level.

"I always cut out coupons out of the newspaper but they get stuffed in my purse, I never use them, I forget to use them. I just want to learn how to coupon," Danelle said.

Some of Debbie's students are looking for a financial advantage with retirement right around the corner.

"The days are coming closer to when my husband and I are going to have a fixed income and we hear all the time, medicine, food. We just want to be on top of savings," said Susan Slater, coupon class student.

Debbie starts with the basics: where to get coupons, how many you need for your family, and ways to cut them fast.

"When they first start couponing they can expect to at least save forty percent the first time they go," said Debbie.

But, with a little practice the savings can really start to add up.

"People that already know this...but they're looking for the next level, looking to step it up. They come to this class that's what they're going to find out. They're going to easily jump up to 75, 80% right off the bat," she said.

The class costs $20 to attend.

"The first week you coupon you will recoup that $20 so I always tell everybody, take the $20 out of your food budget cause you'll get it back the first week you coupon," Debbie added.

Danelle Harding says since she began attending Debbie's class, she's been saving at least forty percent on all of her grocery bills. You can sign up for Debbie's coupon class at her website, you'll need at least five people and Debbie will come to you or she will host the class herself.

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