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I’m a coupon aholic – I don’t spend money on the gym so my kids train with a broomstick and our stash

A PENNY PINCHING mum has revealed she lets her kids exercise with a broomstick and her huge stash.

As prices continue to rise, households around the world are looking for ways to cut costs – whether it’s by reducing takeout, buying second-hand or finding bargains.

Joyce had her kids use a broomstick to do a DIY bench press

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Joyce had her kids use a broomstick to do a DIY bench pressPhoto credit: TLC
The 37-year-old has almost 600 cans of fruit and vegetables

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The 37-year-old has almost 600 cans of fruit and vegetablesPhoto credit: TLC

But one US mom has taken saving money to the next level, getting her kids to use a broomstick and bags filled with cans to do various exercises as she doesn’t want to waste money on a gym membership.

During an appearance on TLC Extreme Couponing, Joyce explained her obsession with coupons.

The self-confessed couponholic said, “If this house burns down, sorry kids, you guys run, but I’ll grab the coupons.”

The 37-year-old, who works as a waitress, shared her bargains, revealing, “I have 503 painkillers and I’ve made over $500 off it.”

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Joyce started couponing seven months ago when her two sons needed foot surgery.

Medical bills, according to the show, ran to a whopping £45,000 and the mum had to find ways to save every penny.

Since then, the new addiction has resulted in a massive stash worth more than a staggering £20,000.

Among them were 807 razors and 560 cans of fruit and vegetables – the latter, the mother thought, would encourage her children to eat well.

But the pantry isn’t just where the family keeps their groceries and boxes of bargains, it’s also the home gym.

Of his mother’s money-saving methods, Joyce’s son Billy said, “In our pantry training we have a broomstick and we put bags of canned goods on it to make benches.”

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“I think my kids are totally embarrassed […] but I got this stuff for free, so we’re going to use it,” added Joyce, who had five cans at the time — but was working to at least have every side.

On her way to the supermarket, the penny pincher, for whom a new stack of coupons was like Christmas morning, snagged several great bargains.

There was plenty of hummus – which the kids didn’t seem too keen on – a whopping 20 boxes of frozen food and 20 packs of soda pop.

And to make the visit to the store even longer, Joyce also spent several hours stalking the cashiers until she found the perfect one.

“This young person under 40 who will be happy to see me and they don’t care that I give them all these coupons.”

And it was really worth the wait as the total for all five filled to the brim trolleys was just £2.80, saving the mum over a whopping £900.

Viewers were divided – while some were happy for her, others thought she needed help.

“Please someone send this woman a voucher for therapy,” one person giggled.

Another agreed, writing: “There is no such thing as a healthy addiction. All that controls you is an unbalanced life.”

A third commented: “Just buy them some gym equipment with some coupons to work out at home instead of some bags dangling from sticks.”

A new batch of vouchers is like Christmas morning for them

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A new batch of vouchers is like Christmas morning for themPhoto credit: TLC
The family's very impressive stash of goods, worth a whopping £20,000

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The family’s very impressive stash of goods, worth a whopping £20,000Photo credit: TLC
Joyce likes to look for the perfect cashier who doesn't complain about her purchases

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Joyce likes to look for the perfect cashier who doesn’t complain about her purchasesPhoto credit: TLC

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Jessica MacLeish

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