Self-Proclaimed "Couponista" Mom Shops for Five on $150 a Month

By CBS News

Published 01/20 2014 03:37PM

Updated 01/20 2014 03:40PM

Michelle Reis feeds her family of five on just $150 a month. The full time working mom said she spends her hour-plus daily train commute clipping coupons and looking for deals.

"I'm on the train cutting coupons," she said. "People look at me, but I just do it."

Reis has tallied up her savings over the years. She estimated that in the past six years she has saved more than $45,000. Some of the best deals, she found, are at drug stores.

"It's like a treasure hunt, which makes it fun," she said.

Sometimes the stores even wind up owing her money. On a recent trip to Wal-mart, where they match other stores' prices, she came away a big winner. "By the time I used the coupons, they owed me $215!"

Reis said it is not hard making couponing work -- just takes time, and practice. In addition to working a full time job she now also teaches couponing classes. 

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