‘She’s a wealth of data’: Nova Scotia ‘Coupon Nannie’ offsets inflation

A Nova Scotia lady who supplies recommendation to customers utilizing the net persona “Coupon Nannie” says sky-high inflation is making her extra common than ever.

Dana Calder says the variety of folks following her on Fb has doubled to greater than 13,000 for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic and file will increase in inflation made paying the payments extraordinarily tough for a lot of Canadians.

“These are nice coupons. As you’ll be able to see, they’re for all kinds of merchandise,” stated Calder, as she confirmed World Information a pile of conventional shiny coupons. Calder began couponing for herself and her youngsters, a couple of years in the past, earlier than perfecting the craft.

She factors to a current grocery invoice. “We solely spent $51. We saved $200.71,” Calder stated. “So, actually, we saved 4 occasions what we spent.”

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A grandmother of 5, the self-styled “Coupon Nannie” is grateful she’s reaching a wider viewers by the day.

“They’re beginning to understand that by utilizing coupons and cashback choices, that brings costs down 10, 20, 30, 40 {dollars} per grocery journey,” Calder stated.

Whereas the most recent inflation figures launched this week confirmed value progress slowed general in August, prices on the grocery retailer have been in the meantime up 10.8 per cent year-over-year, a 41-year excessive.

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Yuni Olszewski, who calls herself a stay-at-home mom, says following the Coupon Nannie has eased the monetary pressures of elevating her two-year-old son, Beau, in Calgary.

“I began couponing when he was 14 months; that’s once I began utilizing child system,” Olszewski stated. “And it’s like pretty costly. At the moment I used to be, my gosh, looking out round, in search of methods to get the system for affordable. And that’s the place I discovered her web page on Fb.”

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Calder is aware of all about tight funds: she’s on a incapacity pension for post-traumatic stress dysfunction, from her time as a correctional officer.

“At any time, any of us could possibly be in that scenario,” she stated. “Excuse me, I are inclined to get emotional.”

There are extra methods than ever to make use of coupons — from the standard technique of slicing them out of flyers, or gathering from grocery retailer aisles, to printing or mailing them out from on-line apps. Buyers may scan their grocery receipts to a cash-back app, and get a credit score of their debit account.

“On my webpage, you’ll be able to go to 1 place and put ‘coupon networks’ and it’ll record all of the totally different locations you’ll find coupons on-line,” she stated. “And it’ll say in the event that they’re printable, in the event that they’re accessible, when you can simply load them onto your cellphone.”

Calder says she doesn’t play favourites with retailers.

“I’ve no affiliation with any of the shops. My job is to assist folks discover the most cost effective costs,” Calder stated.

She additionally shares her know-how, in particular person, with shoppers transitioning out of a close-by homeless shelter in Truro, N.S.

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Shauna Greene, program coordinator for the Truro Housing Outreach Society, says Calder is a invaluable useful resource.

“She’s a wealth of data,” Greene stated. “And all people that participated was actually excited by the apps and the ideas and all the stuff that she offered to them.”

Calder stated it feels good to make a distinction.

“If all people would simply assist one another just a little bit, we’d be capable of get by way of this.”

Her generosity is coming full circle. She says a graphic designer is giving her web site a free makeover so she will be able to begin promoting advertisements, recovering some prices for a service she’s been offering at her personal expense.

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