Updated: 07/15/2014 8:10 AM
Created: 07/14/2014 5:00 AM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
For many, grocery shopping is a chore, but for Cristy House it's more like a game.
"Some people call it extreme couponing, but I like to think about it as practical couponing," House said.
This strategic shopper is providing for a family of four spending only about $50 a week on food.
"Usually, I will get a cart of groceries for about $20 to $30 and it will have a value of about $50 to $70," House said.
House has some handy tips for people looking to save big while grocery shopping.
First tip: she said do you homework.
"If you learn the store's sale cycle and you shop in the morning when the markdowns are, it makes it easier," House said.
During her last shopping trip, the Super One on Burning Tree Road was offering four different coupon ads at the same time.
Second tip: stacking coupons is like a secret weapon. House showed how this works with some pizzas she bought.
"These are $5 a piece," House said. "They're on sale for $3. There's a coupon that makes them $4 for $10 and I have $1 off coupons which makes them $1.50 a piece instead of $5."
Third tip: check the mark down sections. That's where slightly damaged items or food close to expiration are.
"For example, a box of Ziploc bags," House said. "Who cares if the box is a little squished. At the end of the day, it's a good deal."
Cristy isn't the only one crazy for coupons.
"I get anxious when I see the good deals," Patricia Kirk said.
Kirk goes shopping with a binder full of coupon gold and this savvy shopper is just as passionate about her purchases.
"I like saving the money because that helps with putting the food on the table and helps paying the bills we need to pay," Kirk said.
Once Kirk got to the register, she saved $59 on her bill. That's 35% savings.
House got $170 worth of groceries for under $50.
"I would count that as a victory and this is more than enough to feed a family for a week," House said.
So, what's her plan for her piggy bank?
"Our goal is to purchase a foreclosure and pay cash and not have a mortgage which would be so awesome," House said.
House also has a coupon group that meets once a month. For information on that, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hermantown Man Faces Riot Charge after Minneapolis Shooting
A Hermantown man has been charged with second-degree riot while armed after last week's shooting incident near a Minneapolis protest. 21-year-old Nathan Gustavsson turned himself in on Tuesday, a day after the shooting that left five people with injuries that are not life threatening
Bakk says Iron Range Food Shelves Need Help
The Democrat from Cook has hosted the annual fundraiser for nine years running. But Monday's event at a St. Paul bar had extra weight amid a series of mine closures in northeastern Minnesota.
Another Wave of Snow Moving into Twin Cities
Twin Cities commuters were battling another round of snow that arrived just in time for the ride home.
Virginia Police Chief Dennis Benz Retired Monday
After more than 28 years of serving the Virginia police department, Chief Dennis Benz retired on Monday.
Cyber Monday Deals on a Local Level
Locally run companies like Duluth Pack and Maurices participated in Cyber Monday deals, offering everything from 30 percent off to bundle packages. About 121 million shoppers are expected to order gifts online Monday.