The Reality of Extreme Couponing


Posted on : 07-04-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals

I watched a little bit of Extreme Couponing on TLC last night and I must say, I’m still infuriated. I found the show disgusting and very unrealistic. While the people featured on the show offered some great tips about couponing, they are not the proper people to learn from. They have an addiction. A greedy, unhealthy addiction. I didn’t watch an entire episode, but here are a couple of  facts:

  • The stores in the show completely relaxed and/or changed their coupon policies for the show. You cannot go into any store and use 77 French’s coupons (nor should you). Learn your store’s coupon policy and stick to it.
  • The narrator said, at one point, that stuff only goes on sale every 6 months so you have to stock up when it’s at the rock bottom price. Half-true. You should stock up (no more than 10) when an item is at its rock bottom price, but it hits that price every 8-12 weeks, not every 6 months.
  • There is no zombie apocalypse! Nobody needs 40 years worth of toilet paper. 

Okay, so I could go on & on. I hate the show. I hate what it teaches people, I hate how it portrays couponers, I simply hate it. I use coupons to provide for my family. I want everybody in the country to do the same. Coupons are money, and they’re free. Use them, please. But, when it reaches the level of addiction, STOP. Get help. Back away from the coupons.

I went to the grocery store this morning myself. Here’s what I got:

And, here’s what I paid:

It’s not Extreme. But it feeds my family. And, as a matter of fact, if I hadn’t been a complete doofus this morning and left my $1.50 Kellogg’s coupon on the printer, the total would’ve been $6.59. But, to drive home for the coupon would’ve used up $5 in gas, so I had to chalk that one up to a mistake and move on. I used Catalina deals for this trip (the coupons that print out at the register).  I had $3.59 off milk, $1.50 off $6 worth of cereal, FREE eggs, and $1 off fresh fruit when you buy 2 Kellogg’s cereals. Then I got a coupon for FREE bacon, so I went back for that and paid nothing. Then I got a coupon for FREE lettuce. They were out of lettuce so I was stopped in my tracks at that point.

The thing is, couponing can work. It can help you feed your family for 50% less than what you’re paying now. I saved about 65% today. And yes, it’s fun and exciting when you get something for free. But taking more than you need is greedy. It breaks all the rules of coupon etiquette.

Further Reading:

Extreme Couponing, making it work for you

Extreme Couponing and the Golden Rule

Using Coupons

If you have any questions at all about couponing, please don’t hesitate to ask. Use the Contact Me page or find me on facebook. I will help in any way I can or if I don’t have the answer, I’ll find it. Seek out real information about real ways to stretch your budget!


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