Updated: March 25, 2012
Who is the prodigious, extreme couponing ninja known as “shuriken?”
I’m a 28 year old graduate of the University of Washington and a resident of Seattle. I have a background in economics and business administration with the majority of my work experience in tech. I currently work in finance–where I have been for the last two years. And, yes, I’m a guy–an anomaly in couponing.
I have been couponing and finding deals since November ’04 (almost 7 years now) after I camped out with friends for Black Friday during my junior year of college. This was the first experiences where I actually ended up with more money in my pocket than I started with while shopping!
Unlike most couponers, I do not simply coupon at grocery and drugstores. In fact, that isn’t where I got my start:
Originally, I started using coupons to purchase and save on big ticket items such as: electronics, clothing, etc.
In 2006, I launched a lucrative drop shipping venture, which I managed for about two years. The core competency of the business was to ship directly from manufacturer to the consumer to save on shipping; to have a positive cash-flow cycle; and, to save on holding and inventory costs by eliminating a brick & mortar presence (by definition, “drop shipping”).
However, I took this a step further and made use of coupons and promotions to further increase my profit margins on the goods that I sold. On some items, I could do better than pure profit because I was getting the items free, earning rewards, and reselling them. When it got good, I was earning a 5-figure income every month.
In 2008, when the market tanked, businesses started tightening up, and margins grew slimmer and slimmer, I decided to get out of the game.
I had done a few freebies and money maker deals here and there, at drugstores like Walgreens, but it wasn’t until the recent four years or so that the prospect intrigued me and I decided to branch out and use my skill sets to coupon at grocery and drugstores, on a consistent basis.
I started small, at first. I gradually grew to what you see today: couponing at an EXTREME level.
Q&A with My Fans:
Q: What do you look like?
A: I’m 6′ and slim-built. Have brown eyes and black hair.
Q: Where can I find a picture of you?
A: Sorry, at this time, no pics. I’ll upload one when I reach 50k fans on Facebook.
Q: Do you think it’s important to follow ethical guidelines?
A: Yes, it’s important to follow ethical guidelines, but I do not believe in controlling or policing people by telling them what do to. Everyone is free to make their own choices and face any resulting repercussions and consequences.
Q: Where do you get all of your inserts?
A: I’ve developed connections and sources through my years in couponing. This is one barrier every serious couponer has to overcome! To start out: you can ask friends/family to save you inserts and buy a few extra papers a week until you decide that you want to commit and take this to another level. You can also find coupon and couponing resources here.
Q: What do your family and friends think of your love of couponing?
A: My family is very supportive and they’re amazed that I can save so much and make money doing this. My friends think it’s awesome; and, I’m known as the “deal king,” “coupon guy,” etc. in my circles.
Q: What meals do you prepare and what do you eat?
A: I can cook and prepare just about anything. I’ll make a post with recipes and pictures of my creations sometime.
Q: If you were a tree, what tree would you be?
A: Money tree?
Q: Who is your favorite character on The Office?
A: Dwight K. Schrute. Easy.
Q: What song do you sing in the shower?
A: Nyan Cat!
If you would like to ask me a question, then feel free to ask me on Facebook or email. You may see your question answered here!