Yesterday a fellow Frugal Hacker was passing through town. I was lucky to have her stop by my house for lunch. Gina blogs at Six In The Country, where she writes about everyday life from a frugal perspective.
(She's the notorious blogger who challenged "the cheapest family in America" and received a response from Steve and Annette Economides in the comments.)
I think Gina's hiding her light under a bushel. She is so modest about her amazing grocery skills, you might not even know she's a moderator at two money-saving forums.
Her daughter told me about the family that loved Gina's banana butter so much, they hid it from one another and ate it in the bathroom....with a spoon. How's that for a reduced-for-quick-sale produce rescue?
And the coupons. Oh, the coupons. Gina is a walking, talking Coupon Queen of the first order, with a mental price list of every grocery deal in our region. Not only did she show me her professionally labeled coupon binder, she let me peek at the free bottles of Dawn boxed in her trunk. (She combined Kmart's in-store clearance with 50-cent off coupons.)
Gina has developed a second source of income passing along her grocery deals to friends. She is able to pay for her own family's food and then some.
Less than an hour later I grabbed a few extra coupons from the neighborhood recycling bin. After my lesson with Gina, I'm ready to shop Harris-Teeter in earnest!