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Mother Of Three, Michelle Reis, Spends $150 A Month on Food

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One Sacramento mom and extreme “couponista” gets along fine with spending just $150 a month on food. Maybe not good food, but food of some sort.

Michelle Reis has couponed her way to saving $45,000 over the past six years.

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On her long trip to work every day, Reis is cutting coupons. Every. Single. Day.

“I’m on the train cutting coupons, people look at me, but I just do it,” Reis told CBS. “I’m away from the house 13 hours a day. I only see my kids half an hour a day, so I make it work.”

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In the last six years, she says she has saved nearly $50,000 on food, toiletries, and household supplies by using coupons. Even more impressively: the mother of three not only gets things for free, sometimes she even makes money.

She recalled a recent trip to Walmart for a sale where they would match the prices of other stores, and she was able to walk away with more than just chump change.

“By the time I used coupons, they owed me $215,” she said.

When this does happen, Reis said she donates the additional items she purchases to charities.

Reis has able to reach out to others by teaching a class on proper coupon use and starting the Facebook group “Coast to Coast Coupons," a page where people can get tips and tricks.

Couponing has seen a rise in popularity in the past few years, with even stores and their employees joining in on it.

Anna Marleau, a cashier at Your Independent Grocer in Dumas, Canada has saved customers more than $98,000 in the past ten years, according to Northern Life.

Sources: Northern Life, CBS News