LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Everyone is looking to save some money these days, especially at the grocery store. WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Charla Young has the story of a northern Kentucky man who is into extreme coupon clipping.
It is almost an extreme sport for Nathan Engels, who says his nickname is 'Mr. Coupon" these days. He walks into a grocery and often walks out with cash.
"This bag, this container, has sponges, razors, and Quaker Oats. This has twenty items in it, and if you look down on the receipt, I have a total of nothing," said Engels.
That is something that Engels says happens all the time when he goes to the grocery store.
"Sometimes sales are not sales at all, and sometimes sales are great," Engels said.
Engels says he and his wife use coupons and store sales to stragecially shop. Engels has a garage full of free items to prove it.
"We find when Kroger has the lowest price, something that's on sale at Kroger, and then we find a coupon that matches that item, and sometimes, quite often actually, we get it for free," said Engels.
Engels started coupon clipping to help him get out of credit card debt about a year ago. So did it work?
"We've gone from $15,000 in credit card debt to about $3,000," he said.
It is the kind of success Engels can literally see and the kind of success that makes Engels worry less during tough economic times.
"We have not only lowered our grocery bill, but we have been able to pay for Christmas, we've been able to pay for shoes that we need, and not have to pay, or pay very little for those kinds of things," said Engels.
Since he and his wife have more free items then they need, Engels says they plan on donating part of it. He also started spreading the word on the internet.
"It's a lot of fun. A lot of people look at couponing and say, how low can you go? When you walk out with a basket full of groceries and 2 or three dollars you had to pay, it really is a high," Engels said.