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Debi
03-29-2011, 09:01 AM
Just a heads up that Extreme Couponing on TLC is turning in to a series and begins on April 6. Am I the only one looking forward to this show?

akenneson
03-29-2011, 09:12 AM
I will be watching. I'm sure I'll be shaking my head at some of it because who needs bedrooms full of stuff they'll never be able to use, but on the last show I thought it was really great of that guy to donate all those boxes of cereal.

momof2intx
03-29-2011, 09:22 AM
As a borderline "Extreme" couponer myself......I'm really excited to watch the show! I have it set on my DVR already to record the series.

The only downside is, once people start watching and they figure out how to do it.....better get to the store as soon as the sales start or all the shelves will be bare!!

Mic
03-29-2011, 09:30 AM
I've only watched half of one show, where a lady sent her CHILDREN dumpster-diving for coupons...for a minute I thought I was watching Teen Mom! Another lady had stockpiles of things all over her house. She almost had a breakdown at the register when the computer/cash register would not automatically give her the discount on the last 100 boxes of pasta. The store manager stepped in and manually gave the discount...making the pasta free, and making the lady look like a fool. I figure we'll see her again...on hoarders. But at least no children were harmed in making her segment. I was hoping it would be more informative, but the two people I watched seemed more disturbed than anything. I hope I saw only the two worst cases.

momof2intx
03-29-2011, 10:15 AM
I too wonder about the ones who live alone or just with one person and they have all that stuff. Do they really need it? Will they every use all of it?

Now I don't buy anything without a coupon...and yes, I have about 23 bottles of soft soap and about 12 boxes of cereal in my cabinet along with a ton of other stuff. But believe it or not, we use it all! I feed my family of 4 on about $65 a week and have a full medicine cabinet and are stocked for a few months on toiletry items etc...

What I didn't understand while watching the show was how were all 100 boxes free. Unless she had $1 off coupons and the pasta was on sale for $1....I just didn't get it.

My Kroger only doubles/triples up to 4 coupons of the same item. My Tom Thumb will only do one! All of those people must be lucky enough to live near a store that does not have limits on their coupons.

As much as I would love a $700 shopping trip for $5, that has yet to happen to me. The closest I've gotten was about $400 for around $75.

Even though I love couponing, I get exhausted just from cutting 20 coupons at a time nevermind 100!

ELLE-TN
03-29-2011, 10:21 AM
I will be watching. I'm sure I'll be shaking my head at some of it because who needs bedrooms full of stuff they'll never be able to use, but on the last show I thought it was really great of that guy to donate all those boxes of cereal.

Great guy? If he was donating why on earth didn't he go straigth to the pantry and unload? Nope! He took it home and unloaded! A little research will tell you that he re-sells this stuff and that's how he got out of debt. Now, I'm not saying that it is wrong of him to use his talent for shopping to better himself financially because seriously you do what you have to do.

This show is absolutely ridiculous! The shopping trips are pre-ordered and pre-arranged with the stores. Almost all stores limit the number of coupons you are allowed to use at one time. I am an semi-extreme couponer myself and I will tell you there is absolutely NO way on earth you would be able to do these shops without television cameras.

If you've ever followed an extreme couponer you will know that one key to low O.O.P. is they do small transactions and shop frequently.

The only thing this show does is make couponers look like a bunch of lunatics. And shut down Kroger Double/Triple coupons in Texas....which will most likely spread like wildfire across the country. So Thanks TLC and Extreme Coupons.

And, NO I am not jealous that I am not that great of a shopper LOL. I am NOT a packrat let alone a hoarder.

ELLE-TN
03-29-2011, 10:27 AM
As a borderline "Extreme" couponer myself......I'm really excited to watch the show! I have it set on my DVR already to record the series.

The only downside is, once people start watching and they figure out how to do it.....better get to the store as soon as the sales start or all the shelves will be bare!!

Sorry momof2 if you are indeed in the Houston/Galveston area in Tx you will not have to worry about shelves being cleared as soon as sales start as of April 13th Double/Triple coupons @ Kroger are NO MORE

budafam
03-29-2011, 10:46 AM
I love it and am looking forward to it. If someone takes all the time to cut coupons and shop like crazy, who cares what they do with the stuff? It's like a job for them. I think it's amazing when they spend pennies for hundreds of dollars worth of stuff. The best I have ever done was $105 worth of stuff for $6 which I consider pretty good.

disneychrista
03-29-2011, 10:51 AM
I'll be shaking my head at some of it because who needs bedrooms full of stuff they'll never be able to use.
Yeah I don't get that either.

disneychrista
03-29-2011, 10:54 AM
The only thing this show does is make couponers look like a bunch of lunatics. And shut down Kroger Double/Triple coupons in Texas....which will most likely spread like wildfire across the country.

Haven't had double coupons here since the very early 90's.

Purseval
03-29-2011, 10:58 AM
What I didn't understand while watching the show was how were all 100 boxes free. Unless she had $1 off coupons and the pasta was on sale for $1....I just didn't get it.


http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2679733

That's one way to do it. Even though an individual could only print out enough coupons for 12 free boxes a determined person could easily have gathered up enough for hundreds of boxes.

More puzzling is why the manager let her get away with it. If you look at a typical sales circular it states that they have the right to limit quantities. I would have told her to hit the road. Perhaps he was intimidated by the tv cameras.

Too bad the cameras didn't stick around to see the looks on the faces of people legitimately trying to stretch their dollars looking at the empty shelves cleaned out by one person and get their opinions of extreme couponers. :rolleyes1

EMHDad
03-29-2011, 11:11 AM
What I didn't understand while watching the show was how were all 100 boxes free. Unless she had $1 off coupons and the pasta was on sale for $1....I just didn't get it.


Its possible. Last week I was paid $1.04 for 52 boxes of pasta. The combination of sales and cantinas and coupons made it happen. I was able to take about 10 bosex each to inlaws and brother in law. Now we have about 30 boxes that should last my family about 4-5 months. My boys love pasta, so its really nice.

I got into it a few months ago when the show aired. I like how couponmom.com sets it up. I just buy about 6-8 Sunday papers. Then I dont cut any coupons, just date the inserts and file them. Then I have a few websites that will, each week, show my the deals I can get that combine the sales and coupons. The sites will even tell me what week and insert to look. They will also have the links to any online coupons. (Those are limited. I can print 2 of any online coupon.) I spend about 30 minutes a week planning the shopping.

In the end I save about a consistent 40-50% of my groceries. I know that this is not the 90% they show on tv. However, I have a staple of needed foods like fruits and vegtables and items the family loves that I buy. The Couponing of many items combined with buying the items we want gives me the 40-50% average.

I also try to operate with a few rules. I try to stick with a few rules. I really only need a 4-5 month supply at the most. I don't need beyond that. If I can get a lot for free, like toothpaste (I have been able to get about 40 tubes free in the last few months), I just pass them around to family and my food pantry. Second, I dont get things just for the sake of getting deals. I have my family's shopping list on excel that spells out the items needed for the month and stick with that. So, if there is a great sale on cherrios, Ill buy 6 bosex. Kids love it, and its better then most cereal. If ready made meals are on sale for a quarter, I skip it, because we dont eat that stuff, even if its 90% off and a fanastic deal.

I remember that show, and the final 3 people seemed to coupon out of lifestyle. However the first woman (whose register broke on her shopping trip) just seem to show multiple signs of addiction in her shopping. She was spending 40-50 hours a week on it, driving everywhere, looking for any deal just to feel that 'high' and feeling anxiety when not extreme couponing. Also, our extreme couponing did appear to be leading to hoarding tendencies.

I was examinging how she got like $1000 in grocerys for like $50. The reason was not that she got a well balanced assortment of needed items, but got a huge bulk of a few items for free. Who needs 400 butterfinger bars?

All in all, extreme couponing should be used as a wonderful tool to really save a family money, but not at the cost of overtaking one's life, one's home, or a well balanced diet.

BoogasMom
03-29-2011, 11:44 AM
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2679733

Too bad the cameras didn't stick around to see the looks on the faces of people legitimately trying to stretch their dollars looking at the empty shelves cleaned out by one person and get their opinions of extreme couponers. :rolleyes1

This is exactly what I was thinking when I saw this show. What about the people who come behind those who cleared the shelf of 60 boxes of spaghetti only to hoard it all for their family....sadly that's how Americans think...."get all I can get for myself before someone else gets it all." Oh yeah.....and I am an American so I can say that. :) People who follow couponing know that sales cycle around every 6 weeks or so....buy enough for your family for 6 weeks and wait until the sale comes around again. Then, everyone can enjoy the pasta on sale.

The guy who showed his bins of deodorant and stated that he had enough of it to last for the rest of his life and then went out and bought another crate full of deodorant did me in.....I had to change the channel. That guy has a hoarding problem. Not to mention the lady who bought all the candybars JUST BECAUSE SHE HAD COUPONS for them! That's craziness!!! What did she do with all of those candybars before they went bad???

ELLE-TN
03-29-2011, 12:55 PM
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2679733
Too bad the cameras didn't stick around to see the looks on the faces of people legitimately trying to stretch their dollars looking at the empty shelves cleaned out by one person and get their opinions of extreme couponers. :rolleyes1

:thumbsup2

momof2intx
03-29-2011, 01:28 PM
EMHDad, that pretty much is how I coupon too. The first lady on the show did seem to have a developing addiction-type problem.

I read that about double/triple coupons being done away with at Houston Krogers. I'm actually in the DFW metroplex so it hasn't hit here yet.

The day it does will be the day I sit down and have a long, hard cry!

Jessica527
03-29-2011, 01:29 PM
How do they get so many coupons!!??

momof2intx
03-29-2011, 01:34 PM
Lots of them buy multiple papers however a few of the people in the show would go through dumpsters or walk around and pick up unused newspapers in the neighborhood. One lady had her neighbors save theirs for her if they weren't going to use them.

mhconley
03-29-2011, 02:16 PM
Yet another case of TLC showcasing the (possibly borderline) mentally ill to our voyeuristic society for their own financial gain... so sad.

Martin

ELLE-TN
03-29-2011, 02:26 PM
EMHDad, that pretty much is how I coupon too. The first lady on the show did seem to have a developing addiction-type problem.

I read that about double/triple coupons being done away with at Houston Krogers. I'm actually in the DFW metroplex so it hasn't hit here yet.

The day it does will be the day I sit down and have a long, hard cry!

Mid-Atlantic region here! I know what you mean. The day they stop doubles will definitely be a BAD day. It will also be the last day I ever step foot in Krogers as it is the most expensive store in town :rolleyes1

weheartdisney
03-29-2011, 02:29 PM
I've not seen the show, but plan to watch it...at least once. It sounds like it might be like watching a train wreck - so I might be one and done.

GingerJay
03-29-2011, 02:33 PM
Mid-Atlantic region here! I know what you mean. The day they stop doubles will definitely be a BAD day. It will also be the last day I ever step foot in Krogers as it is the most expensive store in town :rolleyes1


I quoted you just because I like your signature :) Pillow fighting smilies are adorable :)

Back on topic-I know this show is a bit extreme but to me it's something of an inspiration. I'm not much of a couponer but I'm definitely going to start having to clip them- I never knew you could save so much money on groceries- Even the more realistic examples on this thread are a great deal!
:banana:

momof2intx
03-29-2011, 02:46 PM
Back on topic-I know this show is a bit extreme but to me it's something of an inspiration. I'm not much of a couponer but I'm definitely going to start having to clip them- I never knew you could save so much money on groceries- Even the more realistic examples on this thread are a great deal!
:banana:

Yes, the show is definitely showing the extreme side of couponing...at least the first one did. Showcasing those who were just getting stuff to be getting stuff. Maybe they are reselling it, I don't know.

But if you are using coupons to save your family money or to save for a trip to Disney.....princess:..........then think of them as MONEY. $.40 here and $.55 there might not seem like a lot but it adds up and combined with store sales and store cards can save you ALOT and help add to your Disney fund or whatever else is more important for you to be spending your hard earned cash on.

DawnM
03-29-2011, 03:41 PM
The thread on food prices soaring got me thinking.....I haven't noticed nearly as many good deals as there used to be. If our local stores stop double couponing or stop their triples weeks, the deals just won't be worth going to that store anymore.

I got crazy with couponing for a while. I gained weight. :headache: I also spent way too much time doing it. The show verified for me why I haven't done it in a while.

I have decided to put my big toe back in the water....two papers per week only and figure out a more time effective method for organizing and use just once a week unless there are triples.

I will see if it really does save me any $$. Right now I mostly go to Costco.

Dawn

Tink-n-MrIncredible
03-29-2011, 04:03 PM
This show is going to ruin coupon use for all coupon users:mad:.

Nayan
03-29-2011, 04:43 PM
The ones that irk me are those who will send their kids down an aisle to peel coupons off items (better known as 'peelies'). I have heard stories about people like this and they had better hope I don't catch them.

akenneson
03-29-2011, 05:11 PM
Great guy? If he was donating why on earth didn't he go straigth to the pantry and unload? Nope! He took it home and unloaded! A little research will tell you that he re-sells this stuff and that's how he got out of debt. Now, I'm not saying that it is wrong of him to use his talent for shopping to better himself financially because seriously you do what you have to do.

I didn't mean that he was a great guy, I don't know him, but he was at least making an effort to help others rather than hoarding it all. But yes, he should have taken it to the food pantry instead of unloading and making somebody come pick it up. I don't have time to research what people have done and to judge whether it is right or wrong

Sarah&Ryan
03-29-2011, 05:34 PM
The ones that irk me are those who will send their kids down an aisle to peel coupons off items (better known as 'peelies'). I have heard stories about people like this and they had better hope I don't catch them.

My kids would be MORTIFIED if I asked them to do that! :eek:

PatsMom
03-29-2011, 05:45 PM
I only saw one episode of the show, but I will probably watch when it is on again. Or at least record it. I like to see how they do the extreme couponing even though I would probably never go to those lengths. I do have a lot of stuff in my pantry sometimes, especially things like toothpaste or deodorant. when I think I am starting to have way more than I need, I clean house and donate to a food pantry. They are always very happy to get any items that can't be purchased with food stamps.

My family regularly "shops" in my closet too. Lately I've been bribing two of my nieces are are shuttling my daughter between her college and her car with stuff from the closet.

I don't buy multiple papers but sometimes I have several of the same coupon - my mother, my sister in law, and my aunt all give me their coupons. And my mother gets two Sunday papers because she wants the crossword puzzle. I also know there are web sites where you can buy coupons - I've never done it but I know someone who does.

It makes me feel good to save money and if I end up donating stuff, then I feel good that I am able to help out someone less fortunate than me.

Jacoby 46
03-29-2011, 05:52 PM
The ones that irk me are those who will send their kids down an aisle to peel coupons off items (better known as 'peelies'). I have heard stories about people like this and they had better hope I don't catch them.

I have never had my daughter take a "peelie" but she is more than happy to grab me a couple "blinkies" when we go by one!! ;)

calypso*a*go-go
03-29-2011, 06:00 PM
I watched the show when it came on -- most of the supermarkets where I'm at would never even have that much stuff on the shelves. I believe the stores are well aware of what coupons are out there and use inventory control to keep people from doing extreme couponing. Shoot, I feel lucky if I can take advantage of some of the loss-leaders in the weekly ads!

EMHDad
03-29-2011, 06:03 PM
How do they get so many coupons!!??

Some people like me buy about 6-7 papers every Sunday. However, this will only give you a handful of coupons for any particular item, enough for 1-2 months usually. The people presented on the show who have dozens and dozens of coupons, outside of recycling bin diving, usually buy them online. Its illegal to sell coupons, but there are websites that will give away coupons, but charge a $.10 clipping fee per coupon. Thats how they get it.


As far as couponing goes, if you want to watch the show for entertainment, go ahead, im checking it out. However, if you want to learn to coupon shop the best way, I recommend going to www.couponmom.com. She has been around, appearing on Oprah a couple of times, and the today show and stuff. She presents a good understanding of how to coupon the right way, in a healthy way, and then her site has the store info each week. If your store isnt on it (like my Kroger), there is prob. a site that will have the weekly info.

shaylyn
03-29-2011, 06:06 PM
I've only watched half of one show, where a lady sent her CHILDREN dumpster-diving for coupons...for a minute I thought I was watching Teen Mom! Another lady had stockpiles of things all over her house. She almost had a breakdown at the register when the computer/cash register would not automatically give her the discount on the last 100 boxes of pasta. The store manager stepped in and manually gave the discount...making the pasta free, and making the lady look like a fool. I figure we'll see her again...on hoarders. But at least no children were harmed in making her segment. I was hoping it would be more informative, but the two people I watched seemed more disturbed than anything. I hope I saw only the two worst cases.

lol, my sister, a 37 year old professional, did that! She would have her kids get in the newspaper recycling dumpster (only papers in there) and grab all of the coupons they could find. She'd never get a huge quanity though. Maybe 10 of one coupon max.

She even bought coupons off of Ebay a few times.

How do the people get 100+ of one coupon?

When I lived in AZ, we had stores that would double coupons, but no stores do it on a regular basis here in Oregon. Sometimes they will print a special store coupon that's valid to double a coupon up to $0.50 max and a max of 4 doubling coupons can be used.

teacup princess
03-29-2011, 06:25 PM
I found it irritating that they didn't figure in the cost of the coupons for the people that bought 100's of coupons online. I think they said she spent like $70 or so buying the coupons online but yet they made it seem like she got hundreds of dollars of groceries for free, um no, you got them for $70 if you figure in the cost of the "clipping fee" for coupons. I also didn't like the way they showcased the carts full of nonsense items like hundreds of candy bars. Who needs that?

Now, the older lady who couponed for REAL FOOD and stuff that she ACTUALLY USED. She was genious, and I'd watch a show based on couponers like her.

Purseval
03-29-2011, 11:42 PM
Last time we were in Orlando we went into the Walmart on Turkey Lake Road early one Sunday morning and I saw 3 women looking through the stacks of newspapers, ones that hadn't been sold yet, and taking out the coupon sections. I thought this was some sort of bizarre isolated incident but then I saw the same thing happening at our local Walmart. If I was an employee and saw them doing that I'd have them arrested for shoplifting. You have to be pretty desperate to save 50 cents to stoop that low.

Kycha
03-30-2011, 01:28 AM
What I didn't understand while watching the show was how were all 100 boxes free. Unless she had $1 off coupons and the pasta was on sale for $1....I just didn't get it.

My Kroger only doubles/triples up to 4 coupons of the same item.
Yes, that is exactly what she did. Pasta was $1 and the coupons were for $1 off making them free. And my Kroger doubles up to .50, unlimited.


The only thing this show does is make couponers look like a bunch of lunatics. And shut down Kroger Double/Triple coupons in Texas....which will most likely spread like wildfire across the country. So Thanks TLC and Extreme Coupons.


I disagree. I don't think the Extreme Couponing show has anything to do with Houston area Krogers discontinuing D/T coupons. And each region, and oftentimes each store manager decides the store/region coupon policy. So, what happens in the Southwest Kroger region, will not likely affect me here in the Louisville Kroger region.

I found it irritating that they didn't figure in the cost of the coupons for the people that bought 100's of coupons online. I think they said she spent like $70 or so buying the coupons online but yet they made it seem like she got hundreds of dollars of groceries for free, um no, you got them for $70 if you figure in the cost of the "clipping fee" for coupons.

I agree. Whether they are using a coupon clipping service or actually buying dozens of papers to get the coupons, that should be figured into the final totals of their shopping sprees. But, it's possible the people featured in the EC show got their coupons by dumpster diving or some other "free" method. I know they showed the one woman dumpster diving. But they didn't really explain where the other featured couponers got their coupons.

java
03-30-2011, 07:04 AM
I quoted you just because I like your signature :) Pillow fighting smilies are adorable :)

Back on topic-I know this show is a bit extreme but to me it's something of an inspiration. I'm not much of a couponer but I'm definitely going to start having to clip them- I never knew you could save so much money on groceries- Even the more realistic examples on this thread are a great deal!
:banana:

I am going to watch I think. I am a couponer, but not extreme (I don't think so anyway) I do get my coupons from my dad, who subscribes to 3papers a week. He gives me all his inserts. For free.
Maybe they belong to a coupon train:rotfl2: when I was on one here I got so many coupons I couldn't keep up!

mrodgers
03-30-2011, 07:06 AM
But, it's possible the people featured in the EC show got their coupons by dumpster diving or some other "free" method. I know they showed the one woman dumpster diving. But they didn't really explain where the other featured couponers got their coupons.
They did state that the first girl purchased her coupons for $70.

LuvMickey36
03-30-2011, 08:45 AM
Its possible. Last week I was paid $1.04 for 52 boxes of pasta. The combination of sales and cantinas and coupons made it happen. I was able to take about 10 bosex each to inlaws and brother in law. Now we have about 30 boxes that should last my family about 4-5 months. My boys love pasta, so its really nice.

I got into it a few months ago when the show aired. I like how couponmom.com sets it up. I just buy about 6-8 Sunday papers. Then I dont cut any coupons, just date the inserts and file them. Then I have a few websites that will, each week, show my the deals I can get that combine the sales and coupons. The sites will even tell me what week and insert to look. They will also have the links to any online coupons. (Those are limited. I can print 2 of any online coupon.) I spend about 30 minutes a week planning the shopping.

In the end I save about a consistent 40-50% of my groceries. I know that this is not the 90% they show on tv. However, I have a staple of needed foods like fruits and vegtables and items the family loves that I buy. The Couponing of many items combined with buying the items we want gives me the 40-50% average.

I also try to operate with a few rules. I try to stick with a few rules. I really only need a 4-5 month supply at the most. I don't need beyond that. If I can get a lot for free, like toothpaste (I have been able to get about 40 tubes free in the last few months), I just pass them around to family and my food pantry. Second, I dont get things just for the sake of getting deals. I have my family's shopping list on excel that spells out the items needed for the month and stick with that. So, if there is a great sale on cherrios, Ill buy 6 bosex. Kids love it, and its better then most cereal. If ready made meals are on sale for a quarter, I skip it, because we dont eat that stuff, even if its 90% off and a fanastic deal.

I remember that show, and the final 3 people seemed to coupon out of lifestyle. However the first woman (whose register broke on her shopping trip) just seem to show multiple signs of addiction in her shopping. She was spending 40-50 hours a week on it, driving everywhere, looking for any deal just to feel that 'high' and feeling anxiety when not extreme couponing. Also, our extreme couponing did appear to be leading to hoarding tendencies.

I was examinging how she got like $1000 in grocerys for like $50. The reason was not that she got a well balanced assortment of needed items, but got a huge bulk of a few items for free. Who needs 400 butterfinger bars?

All in all, extreme couponing should be used as a wonderful tool to really save a family money, but not at the cost of overtaking one's life, one's home, or a well balanced diet.

Well said!!! I don't understand how the guy says he has a lifetime supply of soap and deodorant then buys/coupons another 50+. The peeps they showcased previously, didn't seem to do a lot of donating/giving away (or at least didn't say they did) The guy did donate the cereal, but said nothing about the 50+ deodorants he just got to go with his "lifetime" supply. I know that a bottle of salad dressing has a shelf life of what? 2 years, but when you have 25 ahead of it, are you really going to use it? We don't go thru that much a year. :thumbsup2

I would love to coupon much more than I do. Paper products/cleaners/detergents any other non food items I coupon. Ds is allergic to mulitple foods- peanuts/eggs/soy being a main ones- I have to buy mostly all natural/organic items. There are some coupons out there for these things, but Earthfare is already overpriced and doesn't double. :lmao:Trader Joes has very few items that are not house brand so it's a bust their also.

In the end, it seemed like these peeps were being wasteful. Sure, they got it at a super discount or free, but you only really need so much. When you start getting it just to get it and you have more than you will "need in a lifetime" per say it's wasteful. As with anything moderation is the key.

jacksmomma
03-30-2011, 08:45 AM
I tried couponing yesterday for the first time in a couple of years. I saved $20 in coupons and got $10 is store gift cards back. This was all for things that I will use, not 50 boxes of pasta or toothbrushes to last my entire life! :rotfl2:

momof2intx
03-30-2011, 08:55 AM
Noticed yesterday that I had 13 tubes of toothpaste that I got for free with coupons (that my husband doesn't even like he said) so I bagged them up and sent them to school with my daughter. They are creating care packages for our troops and toothpaste is one thing that they need.

I wish the extreme couponers like the ones we saw on the show would do something like that. I'm sure that they would love to have deoderants too!

almburr
03-30-2011, 09:23 AM
I do use coupons but not to this extreme. If I had the coupons in hand and saw what a great deal the item would be and I had a use for the item I would do it. But I would not hoard the items I would donate them to care packages, schools, church, heck Id give them to friends. There is no need to have 500 tooth brushes.

I do like to have extras on hand but I dont need a lifetime supply. These people feel safe with all the extra around them they are just organized hoarders.

sydneysmom
03-30-2011, 09:45 AM
I've started couponing very regularly now since everything is creeping up in price. We're trying VERY hard not to have to increase the food budget, and couponing helps tremendously. I cannot fathom how the "extreme couponers" get $1000 for $ 6.00, but I think part of it is what everyone else said....they're ONLY buying in bulk what they have coupons for. All of the rest of us are also buying meat, fruit, vegetables, etc. And if your DH happens along, well you're buying stuff that wasn't even on your list !

But I will say this, I've learned how to shop CVS with coupon matchups and getting the extra care bucks. We've got a great stock of shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, deoderant....all for pennies. So I'm VERY happy about that because those expenses add up.

I'll never be the "$ 1000 shopping trip for $6.00 person" because we won't buy things we won't use. And I'm not going to buy 50 boxes of corn flakes when we eat Special K. So, what I take from the shows is the "how to do it" and how to match coupons with sales. And I've learned a tremendous amount.

The other thing, if you haven't seen this, on The Krazy Coupon Lady's website, she has instructions for sending your out of date coupons for the military. Apparently the military bases will accept coupons up to 6 months out of date. :thumbsup2 If anyone's interested , here is the link. http://thekrazycouponlady.com/coupons-for-military/
I've got my coupons, that I never used, and packed them up and they're all ready to send out....

ELLE-TN
03-30-2011, 10:24 AM
I disagree. I don't think the Extreme couponing show has anything to do with Houston area Krogers discontinuing D/T coupons. And each region, and oftentimes each store manager decides the store/region coupon policy. So, what happens in the Southwest Kroger region, will not likely affect me here in the Louisville Kroger region.
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I guess time will tell! I sure hope you are right but from my experience other rules and stipulations and changes that have taken place in the corporate Kroger started in Houston and trickled down nationwide. Usually took about 3 months to start affecting me

[QUOTE=jacksmomma;40526092]I tried couponing yesterday for the first time in a couple of years. I saved $20 in coupons and got $10 is store gift cards back. This was all for things that I will use, not 50 boxes of pasta or toothbrushes to last my entire life! :rotfl2:

Good Job! Feels great to save money of things you need

Noticed yesterday that I had 13 tubes of toothpaste that I got for free with coupons (that my husband doesn't even like he said) so I bagged them up and sent them to school with my daughter. They are creating care packages for our troops and toothpaste is one thing that they need.

I wish the extreme couponers like the ones we saw on the show would do something like that. I'm sure that they would love to have deoderants too!

Nice! Alot of couponers do donate to homeless, battered women, food pantrys, and soldiers. Me included!

This show is going to ruin coupon use for all coupon users:mad:.

You are exactly right!
I didn't mean that he was a great guy, I don't know him, but he was at least making an effort to help others rather than hoarding it all. But yes, he should have taken it to the food pantry instead of unloading and making somebody come pick it up. I don't have time to research what people have done and to judge whether it is right or wrong

My point about him hauling it home and unloading was that he probably didn't donate it. Why go through all that extra trouble? I think he was just saying he donated to make him look good because he realized what a kook he looked like buying 600 boxes of cereal. Oh well, like I said I think .... but why else would you load a trailer haul it home and unload it IF he were donating it?

calypso*a*go-go
03-30-2011, 10:25 AM
I'm sure another key to successful extreme-couponing is to establish relationships with certain employees at the store that you know are willing and able...I always seem to go to the register where the clerk either has an attitude when I hand them the coupons, or act like I'm trying to pass a counterfeit bill or something. It's almost humiliating the way you are treated (and that's not even taking into account the way the people standing in line behind you are acting). :headache:

ELLE-TN
03-30-2011, 01:35 PM
I'm sure another key to successful extreme-couponing is to establish relationships with certain employees at the store that you know are willing and able...I always seem to go to the register where the clerk either has an attitude when I hand them the coupons, or act like I'm trying to pass a counterfeit bill or something. It's almost humiliating the way you are treated (and that's not even taking into account the way the people standing in line behind you are acting). :headache:



You are exactly right. Alot of cashiers get aggravated by coupons. I think they just don't like having to scan them. LOL When I worked as a cashier in a grocery store I had to enter them each by hand. Even better, when I worked as the til clerk I had to add ALL (with an adding machine) the coupons every day and make sure they matched each registers report.

You're right about the customer behind you too. They either act agravated about having to wait on your transaction or amazed. I don't understand why they have to act so ridiculous sometimes. I stand in line to do my transactions just like everyone else.

wdwmom0f3
03-30-2011, 01:52 PM
I just watched a few clips from this show on the website. I am all for saving money, but dumpster diving, and buying so many things in bulk, like the candy bars and all of those drinks, seems insane to me. Not to mention spending 20 hours a week working on coupons. I say more power to them, but it's not for me. Not that extreme anyway. :eek: It looked like hoarding food instead of junk.

momof2intx
03-30-2011, 06:50 PM
You are exactly right. Alot of cashiers get aggravated by coupons.

Yeah I had to give the ladies at Walgreens a math lesson the other day when my final purchase came to $.10 for about $50.00 worth of items. I took the time to clip, sort and figure out the deals....then they treat me like I'm stealing. It drives me nuts sometimes but I keep going back because....well, it was 10 cents for $50 worth of stuff!

Coll0610
03-30-2011, 09:21 PM
I remember reading when the show was first on that the couponers had to do things a little different than they normally would because of the tv cameras. For example, one of the people that they showed clearing the shelves had actually worked with the manager to order a large quantity in advance. But it made better tv to show him sweeping everything off the shelves. And the guy who brought all that stuff home? He normally takes it straight to the food pantry (or wherever he donates it) but the show wanted him to take it home.

Think about it, some of that stuff has to be staged. Have the cashiers ever gathered around and applauded for you when you used a bunch of coupons and got stuff for free?

I try to tell people that they can take some of the principles and apply them to a few items and save a bunch of money without much effort. For example, I eat the same cereal every week. So when it goes on sale, I may order some coupons off ebay and buy 10 or 15 boxes really cheap. That could save me $30 over the regular price, and I think that's worth the effort. Plus, then I don't have to buy cereal for a few months!

MEM
03-31-2011, 08:00 AM
I'm sure another key to successful extreme-couponing is to establish relationships with certain employees at the store that you know are willing and able...I always seem to go to the register where the clerk either has an attitude when I hand them the coupons, or act like I'm trying to pass a counterfeit bill or something. It's almost humiliating the way you are treated (and that's not even taking into account the way the people standing in line behind you are acting). :headache:

That is exactly right! We are hardly extreme couponers, DH and I, and our stores limit shoppers to 6 like coupons per day, not per transaction. Even so, we have had managers come over and interrogate us "HOW did you get SO MANY coupons!!" The first time it happened, I complained to Corporate HQ and they gave us a $10 grocery gift card for our humiliation. Still, we tend to seek out the same cashier every time because she compliments us on our use of coupons.