The women sat in eager silence as Monica Knight told them groceries used to cost her $600 a month and now she spends only $100 to $150 a month.
Then, she shared her secret: Extreme couponing.
The women oohed and awed as Knight, a mother of two, pulled out the fat binder of coupons that saves her 50 percent to 90 percent on every grocery bill.
Gone are the days where bargain hunters had no choice but to flip through newspapers with a pair of scissors.
Savvy shoppers can now find a wide range of promotions online, along with databases of coupons and bloggers like Knight who regularly post about the best deals.
Coupons made a fierce comeback during the recession, and the trend shows no sign of slowing.