The coupon queen takes on Thanksgiving

Seven On Your Side
November 22, 2010 2:38:23 PM PST
Eyewitness News shows you how to get Thanksgiving dinner for less than $5.

If you're shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, listen up. There's no need to get sticker shock at the supermarket checkout. We found a former elementary school teacher from Scarsdale turned discount diva, who says she can show you how to buy the whole meal - turkey - cranberries - stuffing - for less than $20.

She's a 4 foot- something saving machine. Meet Susan Samtur. The mother of three from Scarsdale is known as the coupon queen.

She's written three books on saving at the supermarket. And swears she'll show us how to buy a turkey and all the fixins', enough to feed 8 people, for less than $20.

"Use the tools the supermarket gives you and in this particular store which is ShopRite, they're going to give you a free turkey, says Susan.

Tip one: use your store's rewards. At ShopRite their loyalty card, the "price plus card", gets your gobbler gratis if you've spent "$300 over the last 10 weeks.

"It's not hard to spend $300 over an eight week period," says the coupon queen. "It's about $30 a week for an eight to ten week period."

Next, combine coupons with items already on sale at the store to get double savings.

"Matching up a high volume coupon when you have it will often times get you the product virtually for free."

She proved it with pickles. "This one says the Mt. Olive Pickles are on special for half price," said Susan. "With my 99 cent coupon , it's free!"

Same for the spuds. "They have the mashed potatos for $1.00. My .50 coupon doubled at ShopRite, is worth a dollar, my final cost again zero."

It's not the kind Susan usually buys, but if you want to save the coupon queen says you have to throw brand loyalty out the window.

A little time can save a lot of money, logging onto "" got Susan's 12 pack of soda free. Ditto for the juice with Tropicana's Juicy Rewards.

Then came the moment of truth at the checkout. The total was $116.05. But then Susan reached into her bag of tricks and pulled out a stack of coupons. The manager and I had our doubts as we looked on.

It took about 10 minutes as we watched the plummet. $95 and change. Minutes later, it was down to $45 and falling fast. When the stack of coupons had been rung up a crowd of shoppers started forming, looking on in disbelief.

They had good reason, the final price was just $4.43. ----

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Story by: Nina Pineda

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