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Norfolk mum in marathon coupon shop to help the homeless

14 December 2015 - Janet Bird

Norfolk mum in marathon coupon shop to help the homeless

A Norfolk mum has entered the record books and helped young homeless people this Christmas by undertaking a marathon grocery shop paid for entirely by coupons.

Mother of two Holly Smith, aged 30, spent a staggering £1,164 worth of vouchers, smashing the previous record for the most coupons ever used in one go in the UK - a £600 shop in 2013 which cost 4p.

She spent the vouchers during an incredible six hours shopping session at her local Tesco, in Lowestoft, during which she filled four trolleys with goods for The Benjamin Foundation, which assists young homeless people aged 16-25 who live in supported accommodation across Norfolk.

Holly, who herself suffers with Asperger's Syndrome, runs the UK Extreme Couponing and Freebies Facebook page. She managed to collect up to 300 vouchers a day by writing to a range of companies.

Holly insists that anyone can do what she has, insisting: "I'm nobody special, just a mum from windy old Norfolk!"

The previous record was a £600 shop which cost 4p in 2013.


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