LAPEER — “Coupons are money,” said Lori Hess, founder of Clippers 4 Change.
Plain and simple, it is that philosophy that drew Hess into the coupon business. After years of couponing for her family, she decided that the deals she was getting were too good to keep for herself, and so four years ago Hess started her company, Clippers 4 Change.
Hess has partnered with The County Press to offer a coupon class on Saturday, March 28 at The County Press, 1521 Imlay City Rd., Lapeer. The class begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 and a pizza lunch is included.
During the class, which is limited to 25 attendees, Hess will teach students how to save on their grocery bill.
“This class will cover all the basics of how to coupon,” she said. “They’ll leave this class knowing how to coupon with or without us … I think everybody wants to save money,” she said. “Not everybody knows how to save money. They think it’s hard to do.”
Hess said she will prove couponing is easier than most expect. Still, if students feel they don’t have the time to clip coupons, Clippers 4 Change takes the work out of couponing by preparing coupon packets and a spreadsheet of what to buy. Hess walks Lapeer area grocery stores each week to help her clients save the most on their grocery bills. She prepares a shopping list telling customers exactly how much they’ll spend.
Hess said The County Press offers some of the best coupons available and that is one of the reasons she opted to partner with the paper to host the class. In addition, she said the cost of the paper is less than many others out there and the County Press offers delivery of multiple issues.
“We are happy to welcome coupon clippers to our offices to learn more,” said County Press CFO and Circulation Director, Dale Phillips. “We have many subscribers dedicated to coupon clipping and we are proud that our product helps community members save money.”
Class attendees are eligible for a special bulk rate subscription of The County Press. If they order 10 issues per week, for example, each issue is 65 cents versus $1.75 newsstand rate. Clippers 4 Change will also wave their initial membership fee of $15 for those at the class.
Hess has been so successful in saving money through couponing that she is able to donate a number of items to charities all across the state including Mott Children’s Hospital, food banks and more. She said couponing is a great way for families on a tight budget to give back and will also touch on how that is possible during the March 28 class.
There are still a few spaces available at the coupon class. If there is strong interest, a second class later this spring will be added. Contact Emily Caswell at 810- 425-2608 to register.
— Emily Caswell