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Extreme couponer and radical downsizer to share their experiences at Darlington's Festival of Thrift
EXTREME coupon collector Jordon Cox is among the speakers at this weekend’s Festival of Thrift recognised nationally for their dedication to frugality.
Jordon, 16, hit the headlines this year thanks to the impressive savings he makes on a daily basis through his thrifty use of coupons.
After appearing on national television to talk about his couponing skills, Jordon said he is looking forward to visiting Darlington’s Lingfield Point this weekend to help festival-goers learn how to save hundreds on their shopping bills.
He said: “It started after I saw a programme called Extreme Couponing based in the US where people were getting thousands of dollars worth of stuff, but only spending ten or 20 dollars.
“I thought; ‘if they can do it over there, why can’t we do it in the UK?’, and then it was a domino effect after my parents split up which meant we had to be more careful with money.
“In the last year me and my mum have saved over £2,000 which has meant we have been able to go abroad twice.”
Jordon, who lives in Brentwood, will be sharing his tips at the Festival of Thrift on Sunday at 2.30pm in Meeting Room Five and said he is more than happy to reveal the secrets to his success.
“The country is recession at the moment, everyone is budgeting and I’m really happy to help people save money if I can,” he said.
“I’ll be telling people where the best places are to find coupons and giving tips on how best to use them and how to go about getting things for free from manufacturers.”
Other guest speakers at the two-day festival include Kim Stoddart who swapped her £60,000-a-year Brighton lifestyle to live on £16,000 in rural Wales and wrote about her experiences in The Guardian.
John Orchard, director of Marchday developers and co-founder of the Festival of Thrift, is also on the bill and will give an insight into the history and development of Lingfield Point.
He said that the business park was the “perfect place” to host the festival because its transformation from old factory buildings to an innovative complex was the embodiment of the recycling spirit.
He added: “It is about authenticity and I can’t think of a better home for the Festival of Thrift than Lingfield Point; it is all about celebrating the themes of re-working, re-using and growing things.”
The festival starts at 10.30am both days and finishes at 5.30pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
A full line-up of events and guest speakers can be found at www.festivalofthrift.co.uk.
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