Kuna ‘Cheapster’ finishes in top ten

5:46 pm November 23rd, 2012

University of Idaho junior Rachael Ashley, a KHS graduate, sits in a pile of pennies—one million in all—awarded by Zions Bank to a fellow competitor in this year’s “Ultimate Cheapster.”

University of Idaho junior Rachael Ashley pledged to continue her penny pinching ways after learning she was not chosen “Ultimate Cheapster” in the second season of Zions Bank’s reality web series.

The series featured Ashley, 20, a Kuna High School graduate majoring in agribusiness at U of I, along with 12 other frugal college students who competed in dramatic ‘Cheapster’ challenges.

After coupon clipping, loose change hunting, price guessing and video making, Ashley amassed $34.87 in points—$12.72 less than University of Utah student Jennifer Hillam, who walked away with the grand prize of $10,000.

During a public grand finale party at Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City, Zions Bank presented the Ultimate Cheapster with a giant, 6,900-lb. prize of one million pennies. As a consolation prize, Ashley gets to keep the $34.87 she earned during the competition.

“The experience pushed me to be as cheap as I could be and I am not going to go back to paying full price for anything,” she said following the finale, adding that she encourages other students to “keep living the Cheapster life because those few pennies you save everyday can add up to $10,000.”

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