Extreme Couponing: It’s a TV Show

March 22, 2011

Am I the last person to realize that TLC has made a TV show about extreme couponing?

I discovered this latest series while catching up on TV this past weekend.

Once again I am simultaneously amazed and disgusted at what these people are able to get with their coupons–amazed at the quantities with  how little they spend, and disgusted with the quality of the food they are choosing to get for free.

Also, one woman says she spends 30 hours a week on couponing. I supposed if that’s your full-time job, that is justified. But I sure don’t have that kind of time in my life to devote to couponing. Then again the show isn’t just called “Couponing” but “Extreme couponing.”

I’m curious to know if this show has a takeaway message. Has anyone watched a full episode yet? Is it worth setting a Tivo Season Pass?

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5 Responses to Extreme Couponing: It’s a TV Show

  1. ddstar on April 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I find it hard to beleive that these people really need all the food and other items to get by for a month. why not donate some of this to local food banks?….I mean how can two people eat 36 basgs of chips before the go stale?? just strange!!

  2. mnm'z on March 30, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I prefer to call myself a strategic shopper rather than Extreme Couponer… IMO, this show gives couponers a bad name. Not all of us will ‘buy’ 250 boxes of pasta, or 1,100 boxes of cereal regardless of donations. I don’t spend 30 hours a week and I don’t give up time with friends and family to plan a trip, shop, or organize. Yes, I save 40-60% on my grocery store purchases (my store’s don’t double coupons) and I am happy with that savings. However, by combining a great sale, a great coupon, and store promotions – I save 90-95% on my H&B purchases by shopping drugstores! I have a moderate stockpile, it’s enough for my husband and I to live on for about 2 or 3 months. It’s manageable. This is the way most Couponers shop and prepare for their futures. One of the gals I know spends less than $500/month for food, H&B, pet supplies, etc… for 4 kids, 2 adults and 2 pets. I also know of others (non-couponers) who spend over $500/month with just 2 in the household. I just prefer to keep my hard-earned cash in my pocket rather than the stores profit margin.

  3. Deal Finding Girl on March 25, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Personally, I am a die hard couponer, but I would NEVER spend 30 hours. I probably spend about 3 hours a week on couponing. This is mainly for grocery shopping. I also will never go to a store without checking if they have a coupon out. I also get healthy food for my family, but I can tell you from experience that there are by far more coupons for junk food than heathy food.

  4. Gretchen Peacock on March 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Interesting that ‘extreme’ must be in titles to draw audiences, especially for questionable shows. I have not seen this show but have seen many news spots on ‘extreme’ coupons. The thing of it is, I think people can save with coupons, not ‘extreme’ savings, but every little bit helps.

  5. Elaine Bloom on March 22, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I keep forgetting to watch this show. But you’re aright from the clips some of them are buying horribly unhealthy food.

    I have a friend who is not an extreme couponer but is great at combining sales and coupons and has about six months worth of food at home. However he is very careful about his diet and never eats white flour products or sugar. So you can be good with coupons and eat in a healthy way.

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