The 39-year-old mother of two has taken to trawling money-saving forums for print-out coupons she can use to save money in the supermarkets. She now claims to keep a wallet reserves specifically for the use of her many vouchers.
Exactly the kind of person you wouldn’t like to stand behind in a queue, Judith has been known to hand over 10 coupons at a time with little or no embarrassment, and refuses to buy anything if it’s not on offer.
During one trip to Tesco, Judith had so many coupons the total on the till began to roll into minus figures. Of course, the cashier wasn’t allowed to actually hand her cash, but she ended up only paying £1.09 for 8 bottles of Dr Pepper, 2 Innocent vegetable pots, 2 Aunt Bessies’ frozen potatoes, a ream of computer paper and 6 pints of milk. With inflation currently hovering around 5%- this is beyond impressive.
“I’ve got a shed full of Campbell’s soup, which I was getting free – well, actually, better than free; the supermarket was paying me to take them. They were 53p each or three for a pound. So if you take three of the products to the till and are charged a pound, you can hand over three vouchers which knocks off three lots of 53p. The till says you’ve paid £1, but actually takes off £1.59. So you’re making 59p every three tins you buy – it’s better than free,” she said.
Of course, bulk-buying has its downsides- her house resembles a supermarket store room and a her family couldn’t have been too happy with having to eat 6 crates of microwaveable burgers before they went off.
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