WEB EXTRA: Your Guide to Saving BIG with Coupons

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A little background on a bigtime money saver, Jamie Chase…


If you could earn a master's degree in couponing, then Jamie Chase of Amesbury would hold a Ph.D. And now, the creative, chronic, couponer wants to impart her couponing acumen to anyone who is interested in saving money with very little time invested.

Chase, the married mother of two toddlers, has a B.A. in Business and formerly worked in retail for such giants as Brooks Brothers and J. Jill. She regularly saves $2300 a month for her family of four. She says she could save four times this if she stockpiled. Chase recently purchased over $400 of products at a local pharmacy and actually made $60.

She has combined her retail background and her couponing prowess to offer two noncredit couponing classes through Northern Essex Community College's Corporate and Community Education Center at its Methuen site at the Timony School, 45 Pleasant View St.
“Couponing and Freebies” 101, is a three-class course offered Tuesday nights. The class is $45.

Chase also teachers “Master Couponing,” for the more advanced couponer. The cost for that class is $60.

The basic class, she explains, is for anyone who is just starting to coupon who has been cutting coupons from the newspapers on a regular basis. This takes couponing to the next level exposing individuals to the correct terminology and couponing blogs with explanations of how to combine coupons with sales they may not even be aware of.

Master couponing is for shoppers who already save approximately 30 % on their weekly grocery bill and travel the grocery aisles armed with a three-ring binder system of coupons.

Later this year, NECC will offer podcasts for students across the country to take the class and learn to save money.

For additional Information contact Ernie Greenslade, director of Public Relations at Northern Essex Community College, at 978-556-3862.