We Use Coupons: 'Super Couponers' Clip Their Way to Savings

Super-savers show how to clip coupons for amazing savings at the grocery store.

ByABC News
March 25, 2010, 9:27 AM

March 25, 2010— -- There's shopping, bargain shopping and then there's extreme couponing -- a breed of savvy shopping so that goes beyond just clipping coupons.

"People that just sort of haphazardly clip their coupons and stroll through the aisle, they're going to save a little, but they're not going to make a huge difference at their bottom line on their grocery budget," said Nathan Engels, who has earned the nickname "Mr. Coupon" for his strategic use of coupons to save.

Engels runs a Web site, "We Use Coupons," that sees the kind of traffic most grocery stores can only covet.

The site got its name from the response Engels and his wife would give when people asked them how they saved so much money at the store.

Visit the "We Use Coupons" Web site and click HERE for video about how to use coupons to save big.

The 28-year-old from Villa Hills, Ky., spends almost no money on groceries -- and sometimes walks out with a credit. His garage is filled with astonishing quantities of Jell-O, freezers full of veggies, and shelves of shampoo and toiler paper -- all booty from his extreme couponing trips.

"The last time I purchased toilet paper at the store was in 2007," he said, boasting that a three-year supply cost him $30.

To learn the secrets of the couponing world, "Nightline" visited Engels and Jill Cataldo, also known as "The Coupon Queen," who teaches classes in Chicago and writes a nationally syndicated column about coupons.

"Our weekly grocery bills right now for our family of five are between $40 and $60," she said. "And that's everything, pets, child and diapers, everything."

Watch the story on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET

The Internet has made this new breed of couponing possible. Engels and Cataldo share information on deals on their Web Sites, connecting thrifty shoppers in a nationwide network of supermarket intelligence.

The success of their Web sites has made Cataldo and Engels celebrities of sorts in their communities.

"I can't really go the grocery store too often without being recognized here in Chicago anymore," Cataldo said.

"Nightline" challenged Cataldo and Engels to put their couponing skills to the test to see who could make $50 go further towards their weekly grocery bill.