Cutting coupons, cutting costs

When Katie Keisler cuts coupons, she cuts costs.

"It basically just started out as just me trying to save money," said Keisler, 22, of Newton. "I was able to get free items, not just cheap, but free."

Keisler's husband was laid off from his job, and Keisler wanted a way to save money without sacrificing community service and charitable giving.

"I thought, 'We need to still be charitable, but how can we do this?'" Keisler said.

The answer was couponing - cutting out coupons from magazines and newspapers and combining those coupons with other offers for drastic savings.

"Couponing used to be looked at as something your mom would do," Keisler said, "but I'm 22 years old, and I can get $100 worth of groceries for 15 bucks. That's money my husband and I can use to go on a date."

After about one year of investing time into couponing, Keisler wanted to share her knowledge, tips and tricks with others.

She found that she had food left over after cashing in her coupons, and she started sharing that food with others.

"I took carloads of food to the food pantry," she said.

With community service in mind, Keisler started a new couponing group in Conover, which will hold its first meeting Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.