By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Coupon clipping has gone big-time for a Monongahela couple and that was before they reached the final round of a TLC reality show which airs tonight.

Can a young couple from Monongahgela compete in the bare knuckles world of extreme couponing?

Chris and Ashley Duff have couponed their way to the TLC’s “Extreme Couponing All-Star” show.

They’re on a mission in more ways than one.

Their coupons have provided more than $100,000 worth of food and clothing to local charities in the past year.

“Taking these coupons and being able to save thousands of dollars. I mean, it’s just been a tremendous benefit to us,” Dean Gartland from the Washington City Mission said.

“We choose to use a binder for our organizing,” Chris said.

Make that three binders.

“We put the ones that expire first toward the top and the ones along the last toward the bottom,” Chris said.

The grocery bill for the couple and their daughter is less than $50 a month.

“Our commitment is six to 10 hours a week. That includes the time buying the papers, clipping them, organizing, set up the deals and buying the product,” Chris said.

Are local stores are upset when the couple comes in with their coupon?

Ashley said no.

“That’s a common misperception. On every coupon, it says ‘Retailer…will reimburse the face value of this coupon, plus eight cents,’” Ashley said.

The Monongahela couple will appear in the grand finale tonight. “Extreme Couponing All-Stars” airs at 10 p.m., on TLC.


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