Super savers: meet the coupon queen and the cashback king
Holly Smith: ‘Brands often offer coupons on their Facebook pages.’
Holly Smith: online bargain-hunting led to life as a full-time coupon queen
It has been four years since Great Yarmouth resident Smith, 32, paid full price for anything at the supermarket. “It all started one night when I couldn’t sleep,” she says. “I got up and started looking for coupons on the internet, which I could combine with supermarket deals to get the item for free. I became really good at it and then a friend encouraged me to start a blog online. So I did.” She now has almost a million followers on her Facebook page, Couponmumuk, and spends up to 14 hours a day sourcing coupons and bargains that she can share.
“Some brands – like Kellogg’s, Pringles, Johnson & Johnson, Always sanitary pads and Covent Garden soup – frequently offer coupons on their Facebook pages, or will even give you a coupon to get your next product for free. I once got 150 Ristorante pizzas for free, and I helped the Salvation Army do the same.”