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Extreme Couponing with Joni Meyer-Crothers

Joni Meyer-Crothers is a pioneer of finding savings by purchasing in bulk. Watch as she shares Extreme Couponing secrets with The 700 Club. Read Transcript


Terry: WHEN JOANNIE

MYERS WAS A SINGLE MOM, SHE

HAD NIGHTS WHERE SHE THAT TO

GO HUNGRY JUST SO SHE COULD

FEED HER KIDS.

OFTENTIMES SHE WENT TO

GROCERY STORE KNOWING SHE

HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD

OR HYGIENE PRODUCTS.

NOW SHE IS USING HER SKILLS

TO MAKE SURE OTHERS WON'T

STRUGGLE AS SHE ONCE DID.

Reporter: COUPONING

EXPERT JOANNIE SAYS YOU

SHOULD NEVER PAY FULL PRICE

FOR ANYTHING AGAIN.

SHE IS ONE OF THE STARS OF

THE LEARNING CHANNEL SHOW,

EXTREME COUPONING.

SHE STARTED USING COUPONS TO

MAKE ENDS MEET AFTER HER

HUSBAND LOST HER JOB FIVE

YEARS AGO.

SINCE THEN, SHE SAVED

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

BUT JOANNIE DOESN'T KEEP ALL

OF THE SAVINGS FOR HER AND

HER FAMILY.

SHE PRACTICES THE CONCEPT OF

HELPING OTHERS.

TODAY'S JOANNIE'S GARAGE

ACTUALLY SERVES AS A FOOD

PANTRY TO FEED THE HUNGRY.

IN HER BOOK, "EXTREME COP

PONG, COP -- "EXTREME

COUPONING," JOANNIE HELPS

LEARN HOW TO SAVE MONEY.

Terry: JOANNIE IS

HERE.

WELCOME.

YOU STARTED COUPONING OUT OF

NECESSITY.

TELL US ABOUT THAT TIME IN

YOUR LIFE?

I CRY, SORRY.

WE WENT THROUGH A REALLY

HARD TIME WHEN I COULDN'T

FEED MY KIDS.

AND WE HAD TO MAKE TOUGH

CHOICES.

ONCE I LEARNED HOW TO

COUPON --

Terry: HOW DO YOU LEARN

HOW TO DO THAT?

I HAD A FRIEND WHO SHOWED

ME TWO FRIEND THINGS THAT

ARE FREE, AND I'M AN

OVERACHIEVER.

FOR ME BECAME A MINISTRY

BECAUSE I WAS, LIKE, I CAN

HELP FEED HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

Terry: GOD REALLY USED

THIS TO BIRTH SOMETHING IN

YOUR HEART.

YEAH.

Terry: ONCE YOU

FOLLOWED THE OPEN DOORS HE

GAVE YOU, BEGAN TO DO THIS

NOT JUST FOR YOURSELF, BUT

YOU DO HELP OTHER PEOPLE

WITH THIS.

THAT'S THE BIG PART FOR

ME.

PEOPLE SAY IT IS COUPONS,

AND I'M, LIKE, NO, IT'S

GOD.

Terry: HE HAS A SENSE

OF HUMOR.

IT OPENS UP SO MANY DOORS

FOR PEOPLE.

SO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO HELP

PEOPLE AND DON'T KNOW HOW

TO.

THROUGH THE USE OF COUPONS,

THE POWER OF COUPONS, WE CAN

FEED THE HUNGRY.

WE CAN HELP SO MANY.

Terry: YOU ARE DOING AN

AMAZING JOB WITH IT.

I WANT TO TALK WITH YOU

ABOUT HOW YOU DO THAT.

BUT ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS

THAT IS SO INTERESTING TO

ME, USUALLY WHEN SOMEBODY

HAS A GREAT IDEA THEY WANT

TO PROMOTE, THEY WIND UP

GOING TO A TELEVISION

PROGRAM, ASKING THEM WOULD

YOU CONSIDER ME?

IN YOUR CASE, EXTREME

COUPONING, ACTUALLY CAME TO

YOU.

HOW DID THAT WORK?

IT IS WEIRD.

WE HAD THE OPEN PANTRY IN

OUR GARAGE, AND WE'VE BEEN

FEEDING PEOPLE IN THE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND SOME PEOPLE IN OUR

NEIGHBORHOOD TOLD THE SHOW.

AND THEY CALLED ME AND SAID

WILL BE ON THE SHOW?

AND I SAID WE HAD A COUPLE

OF STIPULATIONS, THE FIRST

IS MY FAITH, AND THE SECOND

WAS WE WANTED TO DONATE

100%.

AND THEY SAID, THAT'S FINE.

Terry: YOU HAVE A

SYSTEM.

YES.

Terry: REALLY IN LIFE,

THERE IS JUST KIND OF A

COMMON IDEA.

IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING,

YOU HAVE TO DO IT

INTENTIONALLY.

AND YOU HAVE DONE THAT.

TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE

HERE AND HOW PEOPLE CAN DO

THIS AFFECTIVELY.

ORGANIZATION IS THE

BIGGEST THING WITH

COUPONING.

IF YOU'RE NOT ORGANIZED --

Terry: I HAVE ABOUT 100

OF THESE IN THE BOTTOM OF MY

PURSE RIGHT NOW.

AND, SEE, NOW YOU'RE

GOING TO BE ORGANIZED.

I TELL EVERYBODY TO START

OUT WITH A BINDER.

THERE IS A SMALLER ONE AND A

LARGER ONE.

IF YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO

COUPON, I SAY GET A LARGER

ONE.

I LOOK THE ONES THAT HAVE

THE TWO SIDES SO YOU CAN USE

YOUR FOOD AND THEN YOUR

HYGIENIC AND THEN YOUR OTHER

STUFF ON THIS SIDE.

THE BIG THING TO START OUT

WITH YOU WANT TO GET

LABELS.

I SAY SPEND EXTRA MONEY FOR

THE BINDER.

THESE ARE PLASTIC LABELS SO

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO TEAR.

THE PAPER ONES ARE GOING TO

TEAR AS YOU'RE FLIPPING

THROUGH THEM.

ON THE LABELS, YOU'LL CAT

CATEGORIZE THE STUFF LIKE

REGISTER, FREEZER.

Terry: AND SO YOU CAN

FLIP THROUGH THIS AS YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH THE STORE.

AND PEOPLE CAN PRINT

THESE RIGHT OFF FROM MY

BLOG.

I'VE HAVE THEM ALREADY MADE

UP.

Terry: SHE'S DONE THE

WORK.

THE NEXT THING IS TO PUT

THE COUPONS IN.

THEY'RE BASEBALL CARD

INSERTS.

SO THE COUPONS FIT RIGHT

INSIDE OF THEM.

FOR THE BIGGER ONES, THE

PRINTABLE ONES, YOU'RE GOING

TO WANT THE CURRENCY.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO FOLD

THEM UP.

Terry: AND THEY ALL FIT

IN HERE.

EXACTLY.

THE OTHER GREAT THING IS THE

FULL SHEET ONES.

AND FOR THE FULL SHEET ONES,

YOU CAN PUT THE COUPON

POLICIES IN THEM.

BECAUSE A LOT OF THE STORES,

THE CLERKS DON'T KNOW THE

POLICIES ALL OF THE TIME.

THAT WAY YOU HAVE THE POLICY

AND CAN SHOW IT TO THEM.

THE OTHER THING, SOME PEOPLE

DON'T LIKE TO CLIP ALL OF

THEIR COUPONS.

THIS IS WHAT THE INSERTS ARE

GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

YOU CAN TELL THE DATE.

I PUT 2-10, AND YOU CAN PUT

THE WHOLE THING IN THERE.

Terry: WOW!

THAT'S A BIG ISSUE FOR ME

AND THAT'S WHY I 100 AT THE

BOTTOM OF MY PURSE.

I'M WELL-INTENTIONED, BUT I

NEVER REMEMBER TO DO IT.

ONE OF THE COMMON THINGS

PEOPLE SAY IS WHEN I COUPON

I BUY THINGS I DON'T REALLY

NEED BECAUSE THEY'RE ON

SALE.

HOW DO YOU KEEP FROM DOING

THAT?

I TELL PEOPLE, STICK TO

WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY

BUY.

EVEN IF YOU HAVE A COUPON

AND YOU'RE GOING TO SAVE

MONEY, IF YOU BUY IT, YOU'RE

NOT REALLY SAVING THING.

IF THERE ARE MONEY MAKERS

THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET

PAID FOR AND YOU DON'T

PERSONALLY NEED IT YOURSELF,

DONATE IT.

I CHALLENGE EVERYBODY THE

FIVE ITEM CHALLENGE.

SOME OF THE ITEMS YOU'RE

GOING TO MAKE MONEY ON AND

SO YOU'RE GOING TO WALK OUT

OF THE STORE WITH MONEY TO

BUY YOUR MEAT AND

GROCERIES.

Terry: AND A LOT OF

CHURCHES HAVE KITCHENS AND

YOU'RE KEEPING THAT

STOCKED.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE

PEOPLE MAKE IN TRYING TO DO

THIS?

I THINK PEOPLE WANT TO

START OUT BIG RIGHT AWAY AND

THINK THEY CAN SAVE A LOT OF

MONEY.

I TELL EVERYBODY, IF YOU

SAVE $5 A WEEK, OVER A YEAR,

THAT'S $250.

ANY SAVINGS IS THAT, A

SAVINGS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO SAVE

MONEY.

WE NEED TO BE GOOD STEWARDS

WITH OUR MONEY.

Terry: ESPECIALLY NOW.

WITH THE ECONOMY THE WAY IT

IS -- I DON'T KNOW ABOUT

YOUR HOUSE, BUT AT OUR

HOUSE, THE HOUSE IS FULL,

AND GROCERY EXPENSES ARE

TERRIFIC.

ESPECIALLY AS KIDS GET

OLDER, THEY CONSUME SO MUCH

FOOD.

I KNOW THIS HAS BECOME A

PASSION FOR YOU, AND NOW

YOU'RE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE

TO DO IT.

I HEAR YOUR STORY, AND HOW

GOD TAKES WHAT WAS A

NEGATIVE SITUATION IN YOUR

LIFE, AND NOT ONLY ANSWERS

YOUR PRAYER, BUT TURNS

AROUND TO BLESS OTHER

PEOPLE.

I DO.

I THINK HE USED THE MESS IN

MY LIFE TO MAKE THE

MESSAGE.

IT IS MY STORY, BUT IT IS

GOD'S STORY.

I CAN ENCOURAGE OTHER PEOPLE

AND SAY YOU MAY FEEL

HOPELESS RIGHT NOW, AND I

WAS 20 YEARS AGO, BUT GUESS

WHAT?

THROUGH CHRIST WE HAVE

HOPE.

AND THROUGH COUPONS, WE CAN

FEED PEOPLE.

IT IS FUN AND EXCITING AND

WE REALLY CAN IMPACT OUR

WORLD.

Terry: ALL OF THE

THINGS YOU'VE SHOWN US YOU

USE ARE AVAILABLE AT PLACES

LIKE OFFICEMAX, HOME

DEPOT --

ANY PLACE.

Terry: THIS LOOKS LIKE

ANY PLACE THAT SELLS SCHOOL

SUPPLIES.

RIGHT.

AND I FELT SOME PEOPLE DON'T

WANT TO DO THE BINDERS.

AND I'M LOOK, COME TO MY

BLOG AND I'LL MAKE UP ONE

FOR YOU.

Terry: THIS LADY WILL

DO IT FOR YOU.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW SHE HAS

PUT IT ALL HERE.

IT IS JOANNIE'S BOOK, CALLED

"EXTREME COUPONING" LEARN

HOW TO BE A SAVVY SHOPPER

AND SAVE MONEY.

IT AIRS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT

8 P.M. ON DISCOVERY FIT AND

HEALTH CHANNEL.

YOU'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO SEE HER.

GO TO IT FIRSTHAND, AND

SHE'LL INSPIRE YOU.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

WHAT A GREAT, GREAT IDEA, A

WAY TO HELP OTHERS AND HELP

YOURSELF AT THE SAME TIME.

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