HARKER HEIGHTS — Patricia Muldrow Roberts, a self-identified “extreme coupon queen,” has been couponing for about 18 years, and said there’s always something new to learn.

Roberts was one of about 200 who attended the Herald’s Savealotmom couponing seminar Monday morning at the Central Texas Homebuilders Association.

Jennise Colin-Ventura, known as “Savealotmom,” shared tips including where to get coupons, how to read the fine print and how to be an ethical couponer.

“As soon as I saw this (seminar), I signed up,” Roberts said. “I knew it would be worth it. I really learned a lot. I want to learn more about couponing because there are always new things to learn.”

Ang McGriff, who is new to couponing, attended the seminar with Roberts in hopes of learning all of the do’s and don’ts.

“I haven’t couponed, but I wanted to learn how,” McGriff said. “I learned quite a bit. I made a lot of notes that I’m going to try.”

Colin-Ventura said her main focus is teaching people to be ethical couponers. She went through several “no-nos” when it comes to couponing, including taking peel-off coupons from products in stores shoppers aren’t buying and taking coupons out of other newspapers in the rack.

“There are a lot of bad behaviors going on. The reason some of the bad behaviors happen is (couponers) don’t understand what they are doing negatively affects the coupon community,” she said. “Some don’t know what they are doing is a no-no. I’m hoping by sharing information, they will learn to back off.”

Katherine Fitueroa said she’s attended several classes Colin-Ventura has held, always taking away new information and tips.

“She’s just amazing, honestly,” she said. “She has so many tips. ... I got more new information that I didn’t know before. She was really helpful.”

Harlan Beagley, Herald business manager, said the seminar was the first hosted by the Herald, and several are slated for the future.

“I’m very pleased with the turnout,” he said. “It’s exciting to see people excited and so involved with our coupon program.”

He said the Herald recently added Redplum and P&G coupon inserts.

Colin-Ventura said she believes the seminar will only grow.

“The turnout was great. I loved it,” she said. “I think the next one is going to be really big.”

The next seminar is from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Center. Get tickets by calling 254-501-7515 or stop by the Herald office, 1809 Florence Road.

Follow the Savealotmom blog online at KDHnews.com/blogs and read a weekly column in Sunday’s Daily Herald.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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