Extreme Couponing

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Extreme Couponing
Thu, 01-06-2011 - 11:19am

Did anyone catch this show on TLC?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-09-2010
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 9:39pm
I totally agree with you. I use coupons, but that 1st gal was NUTS!!! LOL

I have followed the Krazy Coupon Lady's website for well over a year now (she was the 2nd person featured), and she said some of the comments she made were taken out of context. For example, she doesn't spend "hours" everyday finding coupons, but she does spend hours every day working on her blog, to post the coupon match-ups.

I do use alot of coupons, and have saved on my grocery bill considerably. The key is to gather all the coupons (duplicates if you can), and save them for a good sale, and then stock-up on an item. But really, unless it's something like toilet paper, you don't typically need more than a 6-months supply of anything.

I have done a little bit of this... For example, we go through probably a box a week of Hot Chocolate, in the wintertime. So I actually purchased some (15) coupons online. Wal Mart & Target have had them on sale for $1, and the coupon was for $1 off, making them free. So I paid like $.30 per coupon, because that is like the lowest I will EVER get these at. And I did pretty good at Safeway yesterday. Total was about $140, went down to about $100 after swiping my rewards coupon, and then went to about $55 after the coupons. But I did have several high-dollar coupons to use, and a few for free items.

I think couponing is worth it because I find coupons EVERYWHERE, and it's easy to find them for things I use. Sorting and saving them is a bit time consuming, but neccesary to stay organised. But between the coupon inserts in the paper, printed coupons from sites like www.coupon.com, magazines, store displays, etc., you can find coupons for almost every product you use. Cereal, boxed & canned items of course, shampoo, toothpaste, femine products, toilet paper, etc.

The nice thing, is that you can routinely get items for free (especially shampoo and deoderant). Then, if you don't like the product, it's not you're out anything for it.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-01-2007
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 5:02pm

I also watched the show. It looked exciting when the final tally was done and the people walked out with carts and carts of stuff, but I would not spend my money that way. Here are my reasons for not extreme couponing. (I do use an occassional coupon on something I use regularly).

1. I do not

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-1998
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 10:16am

I saw the last half hour of the show. While I thought it was nice that the one guy bought cases of cereal that he gave to his church's food bank - I can see that these people definitely are obsessive-compulsive and have hoarding tendencies. Yep - why do you need 50 cans of something that might not even store that well?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2005
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 6:52am

Remember the name is "extreme". I did enjoy watching the show. Very over the top but I did find it amazing how much food they can buy. What they do is stockpile on those items they can get for free based on the sale at the store and having a matching coupon.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2011
Thu, 01-06-2011 - 11:16pm
Extreme couponing sounds time consuming. I clip a few coupons which I usually forget to bring with me
Avatar for busywith5kids
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 01-06-2011 - 9:09pm
Imho, a few of the people featured on the show are out of control. 70 hrs/week spent hunting deals and coupons, 3 HOURS in the store doing the shopping, skipping doing something w/your spouse to get a deal, 40 yrs. worth of toilet paper???? That is just the tip of the iceberg. A few of them would be in a better place health-wise if they devoted that much time to diet & exercise. Most of it was stupid. Just saying..........
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2003
Thu, 01-06-2011 - 5:11pm

I watched it but found it very extreme like these people stalk the different websites/sales ads