This weeks Coupon 101 I am taking a slight break from the regular How to and I wanna talk about the New TLC Show “Extreme Couponing” and a few thing about it and my opinion 🙂
Not every couponer shops the way that they portray them on the show, actually most are far from that. I know I personally love having a stockpile, while it is smaller then it has been in the past I do enjoy having a stockpile, however there is an extreme that I do feel takes things a bit to far. I have been the one at the store buying 1000 (yes 1000) cans of soup in a week, but only about 200 came home with me and then of those 200 I kept about 100(yes i know it still seems like a lot lol but at that point I was in stockpile mode because we did not know where life was taking us and I wanted to be prepared but thats not my normal). But the other 900 that I bought and did not keep, 800 stayed at the store that week and I filled up the cardboard donation bins and then friends came and had their pick at the other 100 I brought home.(why have friends pay $2 for it when I can get it free?)
I will admit that we have almost a 3 year supply of laundry Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, a 2 year supple of razors, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and a 1 year supply of hair products, and toilet cleaner.(and as said previously I was going very strong for a few months because we did not know what life was going to hand us) With the exception of my 1 shelf in my bathroom with the shampoo, face wash and some of the laundry soap our stockpile it behind closed doors and not taking over our house. Stockpiling is not a decoration for me, but it is something I feel is needed as a couponer but there is a line that you have to draw for yourself to not allow it to take over your life.
There are some week when I do buy 10 inserts/papers and I do each week have a coupon pick up on Sunday nights. But weeks like this week because of the $5 Similac coupon it was important to me to get more papers then normal because not only is there a $1 overage but this coupon will allow me to help our local pregnancy shelter about by giving them a donation of about $85 worth the formula. To me helping out the community is important. I do not need formula, and just like anything else (excluding money makers) if I can not donate it or use it then I don’t buy it. If it is a money maker and it pays a bit I will get it and find someone to give it to.
Most couponers think in the same way that I do, they use the coupons to save themselves money, keep a fairly decent sized stockpile so they can just shop a sale and when they can they use their coupons to help out those that they know or those that they know need some help.
Not everything is going to be free, you can get a lot for free but there are something that are more important then a grocery trip for free toothpaste when you have a stockpile for a year 🙂
I know many people will be watching (I know I will its one of those I don’t want encourage it but I wanna see it type deals for me) and I really want you all to know that they are calling it “Extreme” for a reason, stores are not going to allow bending of policy for just anyone but they do for the show(because of the camera I am to assume), not all of what will be shown on the show is reality, or the reality of a typical coupon user. I also don’t want anyone to get discouraged about using coupons when you see the massive stockpiles I am sure they all have.
What are your thoughts on the TLC “Extreme Couponers” Show?
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