In a time when everyone is trying to pinch a penny, could you imagine making 100 dollars an hour? Men and women of all ages learned how to do just that Wednesday night at a "Couponing 101" class.
One student at Wednesday's class says she's excited to learn how to save money.
"I'm a stay at home mom helping my husband go to UNR, so saving any penny I can helps the family," says Rachel Salmeron.
Salmeron has a family of six to feed at home. Sometimes it's hard for them to make ends meet. So, Rachel decided to sign up for "Couponing 101", a class hosted by the Laughton Company.
Rachel and 40 others attended Wednesday's class to learn how instructor Ericka Smith saves thousands of dollars every year, simply by clipping and using coupons.
"My average bill is about $1,100 to $1,200, and I generally spend no more than $40," says Smith.
Ericka started clipping coupons a year ago. She asked Wednesday's class how much money on average a family spends on shampoo and conditioner per year. The total amount is nearly 600 dollars. Ericka says after coupons, a family shouldn't pay a penny for those items.
"We're throwing away a lot of money that could come in handy right now," says Smith.
Smith told the class that there are 318 billion dollars worth of coupons issued every year, but only three billion worth are used. She says it's important to know coupon guidelines at the stores you're shopping at, and most importantly, "be organized and match sales to your coupons you already have."
Advice Rachel will take to heart. She is going to start using coupons now, to help her in the future.
"I'd like to eventually put my kids through extra curricular activities, baseball or soccer or something," says Salmeron.
Smith says someone should save 50 to 80 percent every time you shop, if you have coupons. She says coupons come in cycles, so always be on the lookout and buy in bulk when you have them.