Post a reply to the thread: Extreme Couponing, is it Extreme BS?
Click here to log in Or Click Here to Register for Free
How many letters in the word SAVE? Answer with a Single DIGIT.
You may choose an icon for your message from this list
Will turn www.example.com into [URL]http://www.example.com[/URL].
Don't let extreme couponing turn you off from couponing. Coupons are to save money. Use a few every week and keep track for the year how much you save. Pretty interesting at the end! Also if you do use coupons cut out a few extra that you know you can get a good deal on, buy them and donate to a church, food pantry,neighbor in need or whoever. I give my stuff to a club for Christmas baskets. And it's really awesome to walk up to a person in a store and give them a coupon for something they have in their grocery cart.
I am amazed at how inconsiderate, greedy and obnoxious the extreme couponers on the TLC program really are. I do coupon now that I am at home. I buy the Savannah Sunday paper and the Macon Sunday papers. I also have the Harveys, Bi-Lo and Kroger cards. I only clip for things I use and I just cannot imagine clearing out a store and shrugging my shoulder and saying "What does it matter? I got it for free? I will put it in my stockpile." It is nothing short of hoarding. Somebody somewhere could use the stuff that is piled up going to waste. There is no possible way for those people to use it all before it expires. I agree to stock up on things as the sales and coupons mesh in order to save money to use on other expenses. I don't think we need any further programs to promote waste and greed. Just my 2 cents worth
The most I saved ever on a food shopping order was about $63. This was back in the days when double coupons meant just that - double coupons. There were no limits like now. Today you are only allowed to double up to a 50 cent coupon and on occasion, a 75 cent one. Most stores, will only give a max of $1 off which means your 75 cent coupon is worth doubled as $1. Not all stores have double coupons any more. I also had to put each coupon on the item it was for so the cashier didn't have to look for the item. (although with scanning now, if you didn't buy it, it won't scan) Coupons now also come with the one per visit lingo in the fine print and many cashiers will check for that if you show up with several coupons for the same item. I have no idea how these extreme couponers do it. However, I won't compromise my family's health and buy junk food just because there is a coupon for it. Shopping during the summer at farmers markets, and freezing and canning fresh fruits and veggies or using a food dehydrator is much better than stocking up on 10 boxes of sugared cereal, instant dinner mixes, and all the processed junk. You can still save about $30 or so a visit just using the coupons on items you really need and use. The trick is to use the coupon when there is a sale on the item. Coupon circulars often print coupons the week before something goes on sale. So you get double savings there. And as for getting a zillion circulars, if you are lucky like I am to have a newspaper route, many times you have a few leftover papers or inserts because your count is off, so that's when you can get extra coupons because the paper just throws them out anyway.
I went crazy with couponing with multiple stores in my local area for two years straight. I even went shopping at stores with double couponing while vacationing. My life was obsessed with it. There were many highs and lows. I eventually gave "classes" to family members on how to coupon. I saved money, but I also lost quality time with family and friends. I gave away items because of impending expiration dates/ The "saved money" in the end wasn't saved. I still coupon but not to the extreme, I'm happier. I save money now by making my own mixes, only buying items I need and my stock pile are now items we USE often always noting expiration dates.
I live in a town where they filmed one of the episodes and I actually shop at the store. Great store to shop at, small, family owned. They offer good deals on alot of things at different times but not someplace you can go do BIG shopping at. I laugh everytime I hear about the show because after the episode was aired they completely changed there coupon policies!
I just am not able to get the 'right' coupons for what I use lately, we used to have at least 15+ coupons each shoping trip, now I may only have 2-4. I still cut out and save coupons, just a habit ....
Completely agree with all these comments! I have watched the show also and has anyone noticed its daylight when they enter and well after dark when they leave! Who has patience for that? Lol... My goal get in and get out, hopefully not forgetting anything!
I used coupons when my kids were younger, still use them occasionally. The problem with coupons now is that when you get the inserts in the newspapers, there are very few coupons for food. It's mostly hair color, cosmetics, and other junk I don't use. To top it off, no stores in my area will double coupons, much less triple them. AND I really don't see the point using a coupon for 30 cents off a name brand item when the store brand is 90 cents cheaper. I'm actually watching the show on TLC right now, and getting really irritated. The woman is so proud of herself for clearing shelves and hoarding paper towels and toilet paper. OOOHHH, I'm so impressed! (please note the sarcasm).