CHARLOTTE, NC- More and more people these days are turning to coupons to help save money. Dorothy Gilliam is one of them, but she’s still a couponing neophyte. She says, "Where I work at now, they just bring in coupons and put em on the table, if you see something you want you get it. It's like sharing."
Desirae Young on the other hand is a coupon expert and tried and true extreme couponer. She’s even gotten in a dumpster to get coupons. Her description is less extreme though, “it was a recycle bend where people throw away their newspapers and so I've done that." Young says while she’s done some extreme things to get coupons, some people are taking far more extreme even illegal measures. As a result, some local stores have started putting Sunday newspapers behind the counter because people are taking out the coupons, without buying that paper."
Young says, “People have been making their own coupons, you know photocopying it and then photo shopping it, and then creating something that still works."
FOX Charlotte checked the Coupon Information Corporation's (CIC) website, which is an agency that operates like the coupon cops. The CIC says coupon fraud is big business and there's a long list of offenders who scam manufacturers out of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
But its shoppers like Deborah Gilliam that end up paying when stores crack down and change their policies. As for finding legitimate coupons, Deborah says, “I'll go buy extra papers so I can get extra coupons." But that's as extreme as she'll get.