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cm8
06-27-2011, 06:30 PM
Any one get a chance to check this out yet:confused3


http://financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/article-113020-10125-1-how-to-get-the-most-from-coupons?ywaad=ad0035&nc

I guess we knew it was bound to happen sooner or later :sad2:


I apologize if this has already been reported :rolleyes1

Free4Life11
06-27-2011, 07:23 PM
I find the author blaming the show to be kind of crazy since I don't recall any of the Extreme Couponer's going to Target or Rite-Aid, they all went to grocery stores.... :confused3

I actually think the show has done a good thing in that more stores now have a written policy instead of the whatever-the-cashier-feels-like-today policy.

Happy 2 B Me
06-27-2011, 07:32 PM
Oh, they are happy to go anywhere to get that free toothpaste all 500 tubes they buy at a time. Just a matter of time till the stores get coupon usage regulated. ( you do know a coupon co. is hired to send and process the coupons)

I use coupons so no flames.

The show showed a coupon user TAKING papers from neighbors.

laura.anne
06-27-2011, 07:55 PM
I find the author blaming the show to be kind of crazy since I don't recall any of the Extreme Couponer's going to Target or Rite-Aid, they all went to grocery stores.... :confused3

I actually think the show has done a good thing in that more stores now have a written policy instead of the whatever-the-cashier-feels-like-today policy.

The mustard lady, the one everyone has pinned down as basically committing coupon fraud on the show, did a few Target shopping trip videos before the show (I think that's how she was scouted for it). I haven't seen them because she took them down but from what I've read, she was committing coupon fraud in those videos as well, so whenever anyone talks about Target policies, that's the first thing that comes to mind for me.

Free4Life11
06-27-2011, 08:39 PM
The mustard lady, the one everyone has pinned down as basically committing coupon fraud on the show, did a few Target shopping trip videos before the show (I think that's how she was scouted for it). I haven't seen them because she took them down but from what I've read, she was committing coupon fraud in those videos as well, so whenever anyone talks about Target policies, that's the first thing that comes to mind for me.

Well I guess I never even knew you could use a BOGO coupon AND an additional manufacturer coupon at Target. The thought never crossed my mind to try to use both, so their change doesn't affect me.

Both Target's and Rite-Aid's changes sound totally reasonable to me.

I never saw Jamie's Target video, but what I still can't understand is HOW was she able to get away with? The register would have absolutely beeped, so it had to been overridden by the cashier...if that's the case sounds like the cashier was a pushover or was a friend who was helping her cheat the system.

fakereadhed
06-27-2011, 09:02 PM
The writer clearly doesn't coupon. Stacking coupons hardly ever gets you two items for free. It does lead to bigger savings, but free items are the exception not the rule. Couponing saves, but unless you're on TLC you get some stuff for free, but it's only so exciting because it hardly ever happens! Even the person who wrote the article believes the garbage on TV. :sad2:

C.Ann
06-27-2011, 09:14 PM
This "popular" show (I use that term loosely as I see it as more of a negative) ran no more than 2 or 3 episodes before stores started changing their policies - even the major supermarkets..

I suspected right from the very first episode that it would cause problems.. It has - and will likely cause even more as long as it continues to air.. And who will it hurt? The people who are only trying to get 2 or 3 of an item when it's on sale and they have legitimate coupons for them.. I don't consider 3 boxes of cereal "hoarding" - I do consider grabbing up 100 items that would take you 25 years to use "hoarding"..

"One bad apple spoils the bunch.." It's a shame that show ever aired..

Marionnette
06-27-2011, 10:03 PM
The writer clearly doesn't coupon. Stacking coupons hardly ever gets you two items for free. It does lead to bigger savings, but free items are the exception not the rule. Couponing saves, but unless you're on TLC you get some stuff for free, but it's only so exciting because it hardly ever happens! Even the person who wrote the article believes the garbage on TV. :sad2:
You used to be able to use a BOGO manufacturer's coupon at RiteAid when they had a BOGO sale on the item and you could literally get both items for free! That nice little loophole has been closed now, but it was widely known in couponing circles that it was possible to do this and RiteAid did not prohibit it.

Sagginit
06-27-2011, 10:48 PM
i did notice a change after the show started. my local foodstore did double and then triple coupons in the first few weeks (i have shopped there on and off for years and never saw it). i scored lots of cheap stuff and a few free things. they did however limit each person to 10 coupons which was fine with me. they have not done it since and im sure b/c its a hassle. people had their binders with them and shelves were being wiped clean. the cashiers were way strict so im sure there were a ton of fights over the limit. i did notice that one of the newstands i was going to suddenly had no inserts. like the entire stack of newspapers had not a flier and when i questioned it after a few weeks i got a lame answer of of they didnt send it. i wouldnt buy it and after a few more weeks the paper magically started sending the inserts again. :rolleyes:

target still is letting you stack regular coupons for $ off. i got a great deal on nexcare bandaids, and kraft dressing the other day. i do better there somedays than the foodstore.

fakereadhed
06-27-2011, 11:02 PM
You used to be able to use a BOGO manufacturer's coupon at RiteAid when they had a BOGO sale on the item and you could literally get both items for free! That nice little loophole has been closed now, but it was widely known in couponing circles that it was possible to do this and RiteAid did not prohibit it.

Thanks! Not a RiteAid shopper. Had no idea that was real!

Marionnette
06-27-2011, 11:04 PM
i did notice a change after the show started. my local foodstore did double and then triple coupons in the first few weeks (i have shopped there on and off for years and never saw it). i scored lots of cheap stuff and a few free things. they did however limit each person to 10 coupons which was fine with me. they have not done it since and im sure b/c its a hassle. people had their binders with them and shelves were being wiped clean. the cashiers were way strict so im sure there were a ton of fights over the limit. i did notice that one of the newstands i was going to suddenly had no inserts. like the entire stack of newspapers had not a flier and when i questioned it after a few weeks i got a lame answer of of they didnt send it. i wouldnt buy it and after a few more weeks the paper magically started sending the inserts again. :rolleyes:

target still is letting you stack regular coupons for $ off. i got a great deal on nexcare bandaids, and kraft dressing the other day. i do better there somedays than the foodstore.
It sounds like you're talking about Pathmark. They're doing a double coupon event this weekend. They will be doubling coupons up to $2 in face value. Limit 10 per transaction per day. Staten Island Stores Only

Closer to my home, GIANT PA had four doubling up top $1 coupons in their flyer this week. They do it about once a month.

Acme fully doubles up to a face value of 99 cents. No limits as to the number of coupons, nor the number of "like" coupons in an order.

I do think that couponers are being scrutinized more but I've found that as long as I'm abiding by the store's policy I don't run into problems. Some cashiers have commented on how well I do. Only a few have given me a hard time about the coupons that I use, and it's mostly because of the order that they, personally, like to receive them in.

bumbershoot
06-28-2011, 12:04 AM
It's a shame that show ever aired..


Well what's weird is that everything I've read has said that the producers talked to the stores in advance, and so the clearing-of-the-shelves, the *massive* numbers of coupons and *huge* savings in one trip, are totally allowed and condoned by those stores.

So for them (or their competitors) to now point to the show, to the couponers themselves, as being bad, or to blame for the changes...seems odd, since the stores went along with it.

cinderella73
06-28-2011, 12:27 AM
Well what's weird is that everything I've read has said that the producers talked to the stores in advance, and so the clearing-of-the-shelves, the *massive* numbers of coupons and *huge* savings in one trip, are totally allowed and condoned by those stores.

So for them (or their competitors) to now point to the show, to the couponers themselves, as being bad, or to blame for the changes...seems odd, since the stores went along with it.

We all had a laugh here when we saw the managers , customers, and employees standing off to the side smiling and cheering the couponer on. Because we all know thats not how it would go down if a camera wasn't there ! lol

*Seanaci*
06-28-2011, 12:59 AM
My two cents...I coupon. To save a few bucks every week I shop for groceries.

Extreme couponers coupon to buy what they can and pay as little as they can when they walk out of the store. I wonder though, how much these "extreme couponers" are really saving when some of them (yse, I have watched a couple of shows) have had to add rooms to store all of these items they really didn't need in the first place...or take out a bigger insurance policy on their house to cover all these items they really didn't need in the first place. Seems to me, going to that extreme, you really wouldn't save much in the end because you're paying for it in your extended home owners insurance. *shrugs*

Just saying.

tomthebarncat
06-28-2011, 01:35 AM
Or that lady who doesn't have a real job and says that couponing is her job. Well, you have a small family and are not feeding an army,so evidently making a few cents an hour, is a good wage. I watched this show twice, the first time, I thought I was going to puke:sad2: the second show, the man gave his extra stuff to an feeding organization. I personally think the whole thing is fake, especially since filming releases need to be signed, everyone involved knew what they were getting into:confused3

SiAmCrAzY
06-28-2011, 02:02 AM
I try and use coupons when I can~ but only if it is for something I am going to buy anyway. I have a few friends who are avid couponers, and some who have reciently because of this show and it's unrealistic expectations~ lost their minds. They have started buying coupons online, stockpileing and useing fancy couponing lingo- one of my friends won't buy ANYTHING unless it is on sale and she has a coupon :rotfl: This has led to some pretty interesting meal planning at her house.

I am all for saveing money, but if you are buying something just because it is on sale, or you have a coupon for it you are not really "saving" money. Seriously who needs 2000 boxes of cereal or 500 tubes of toothpaste? Kudo's to the guy who donated his surplus, but what about all of the excess that does not get used or donate and simply goes to waste? That is the show they should be airing.
There is a lady a few blocks from me that is a serious couponer and every summer she has the best garage sales you can get, new razors~ shaving gel~ toothpaste for dirt cheap. She is a very nice lady- but I get the impression that she cannot stop, it is an addiction for her.

NYCDiane
06-28-2011, 07:30 AM
Well what's weird is that everything I've read has said that the producers talked to the stores in advance, and so the clearing-of-the-shelves, the *massive* numbers of coupons and *huge* savings in one trip, are totally allowed and condoned by those stores.

So for them (or their competitors) to now point to the show, to the couponers themselves, as being bad, or to blame for the changes...seems odd, since the stores went along with it.


Of course it's all planned out in advance. You can't just go into a store with a film crew and start filming. Also, have you ever noticed there are very few other shoppers in the store at the time?

The reson the stores are complaining now is because "regular" people are now coming into the store and clearing the shelves of pasta, toothpaste, ramen noodles, and gatorade and getting it all for free.

eliza61
06-28-2011, 07:55 AM
The writer clearly doesn't coupon. Stacking coupons hardly ever gets you two items for free. It does lead to bigger savings, but free items are the exception not the rule. Couponing saves, but unless you're on TLC you get some stuff for free, but it's only so exciting because it hardly ever happens! Even the person who wrote the article believes the garbage on TV. :sad2:

But the problem is "that garbage" is now causing stores to make policies more restrictive, which in the end effects normal, every day shoppers.

Generally stores have a "sheep" mentality. where one leads the rest follows. My local shoprite has now posted advertisements on new restrictive coupon measures. Mainly stuff like only 4 item coupon per order. So now if you've got 75 coupons for toothpaste, you are only allowed to use 4. Also the now have "Store reserves the right to change policy at any time". Translation, the store has the right to refuse the coupons.

I'm not surprised one bit.

ssawka
06-28-2011, 08:07 AM
Never saw the show, don't have cable, but I think grocery stores could use the couponing fad to their advantage. Just make the show part of their ad and actually encourage people to use coupons and lower prices on products that have a manufacturer's coupon. Electronic and Computer stores do this all the time, by reducing prices on products that already have a rebate. You use to be able to get a lot of things free (or very cheap) this way.

DisneyNutMary
06-28-2011, 08:15 AM
This whole extreme couponing thing is destroying the chances for the rest of us to see significant savings when we use coupons to shop. I don't go to any kind of extreme, but if there is a coupon for an item that I was planning to buy anyway, I will clip it and use it to save a buck or two.
Working in the supermarket, I can tell you, we are not the only ones changing our policies- the manufacturers are also reacting to these extreme couponers. Procter & Gamble, for example, fines individual stores for what they call "gang cut" couponing. That is if a person buys 25 bottles of Pantene with 25 coupons, P&G disapproves, and will not pay the supermarket when those coupons are redeemed. My chain has limited coupons to 4 per item type, per customer. So if you have $1 off coupon for Kelloggs cereals, your limit is four coupons to four boxes of cereal. We also limit bulk pruchases of items to 4. We have seen our shelves emptied on the first day of a sale on some items, by one or two "hog shoppers" This makes it unfair to other shoppers who come in for sale items that have been wiped off the shelf. A raincheck is a nice idea, but sometimes you just want that particular item now, not a raincheck to get it later.

Free4Life11
06-28-2011, 08:16 AM
But the problem is "that garbage" is now causing stores to make policies more restrictive, which in the end effects normal, every day shoppers.

Generally stores have a "sheep" mentality. where one leads the rest follows. My local shoprite has now posted advertisements on new restrictive coupon measures. Mainly stuff like only 4 item coupon per order. So now if you've got 75 coupons for toothpaste, you are only allowed to use 4. Also the now have "Store reserves the right to change policy at any time". Translation, the store has the right to refuse the coupons.

I'm not surprised one bit.

Well I coupon and I *like* that change. I hate going to the store and finding the shelf cleared -- it's frustarating! From the stores perspective, better to piss off the few Extreme Couponers (oh wait they won't get pissed off they'll get a raincheck) then allow them to clear the shelves and piss everyone off. I don't do rainchecks; they're a hassle to me.

Now when stores start saying "limit 10 coupons total" that's ridiculous and makes no sense since the stores get reimbursed. To me that's just bad customer service and I'll just shop somewhere else.

Marionnette
06-28-2011, 08:18 AM
Never saw the show, don't have cable, but I think grocery stores could use the couponing fad to their advantage. Just make the show part of their ad and actually encourage people to use coupons and lower prices on products that have a manufacturer's coupon. Electronic and Computer stores do this all the time, by reducing prices on products that already have a rebate. You use to be able to get a lot of things free (or very cheap) this way.
Many of them already do this. CVS and RiteAid mention it right in their ads when there is a coupon in the Sunday insert that matches up with a sale item. Some of the grocery stores are also jumping onboard with that advertising method. Most savvy couponers already know that the coupons and sales often come out in conjunction with one another, if not the week that the coupon appears, then shortly afterward.

eliza61
06-28-2011, 10:00 AM
Well I coupon and I *like* that change. I hate going to the store and finding the shelf cleared -- it's frustarating! From the stores perspective, better to piss off the few Extreme Couponers (oh wait they won't get pissed off they'll get a raincheck) then allow them to clear the shelves and piss everyone off. I don't do rainchecks; they're a hassle to me.

Now when stores start saying "limit 10 coupons total" that's ridiculous and makes no sense since the stores get reimbursed. To me that's just bad customer service and I'll just shop somewhere else.

No, that's my fault, I explained it poorly. what my shoprite means is that you can only use 4 say toothpaste coupons. and then 4 coupons for say a paper plate.

mickey grandmom
06-29-2011, 01:40 PM
I've been a fugal shopper since the Jimmy Carter economy. Where I live,stores will only do one coupon per customer. The most they double is .99 cents. And most will not allow two different coupon offers on one item. Yet you can still save. A few weeks ago I spent 50.00 and saved 50.00. Have you noticed some coupons have printed on them "do not double"? As far as the cable show goes,
I think most of them are very good at shopping with coupons and have taken a long time to stock up. I don't think they wipe out supermarket shelves on a regular bases. If you listen to the voice over ,you hear the announcer say, so and so will try to complete her biggest shopping challenge ever and pay ???? But,there is stockpiling and then there is hoarding and if it becomes an obsession or greed,neither one is good.

AmandaRG
07-02-2011, 10:33 PM
I'm wondering if manufacturers will stop putting the peelie coupons on. I got some Goldfish Grahams last week and could tell that there had been a peelie on it. I looked on the shelf and there were probably 50 bags that had the plastic left from them, but no one coupon still on the products.

Nayan
07-03-2011, 07:16 AM
I'm wondering if manufacturers will stop putting the peelie coupons on. I got some Goldfish Grahams last week and could tell that there had been a peelie on it. I looked on the shelf and there were probably 50 bags that had the plastic left from them, but no one coupon still on the products.

A couple months ago our store had Ritz crackers, buy one get one free and on the box was a coupon for $1 off one box. A woman sent her kids over the display where I was and they began peeling the coupons off the boxes! I told the manager who then threw them out of the store and took all the coupons back. This is a huge pet peeve of mine as to me it's stealing.

DisneyKim68
07-03-2011, 10:02 AM
Well what's weird is that everything I've read has said that the producers talked to the stores in advance, and so the clearing-of-the-shelves, the *massive* numbers of coupons and *huge* savings in one trip, are totally allowed and condoned by those stores.

So for them (or their competitors) to now point to the show, to the couponers themselves, as being bad, or to blame for the changes...seems odd, since the stores went along with it.

Exactly! My store has admitted right on their FB page that they bent the rules for the Extreme Couponers on the show. Of course there was a lot of angry people wondering why special treatment was given, and yesterday according to the store's FB page apparently they've done it again. What are they thinking??? It's like if you are on tv the rules don't apply to you, but if you're just a mom trying to save money on groceries they do! :mad:

DisneyAndRedSox
07-03-2011, 10:37 AM
The mustard lady, the one everyone has pinned down as basically committing coupon fraud on the show, did a few Target shopping trip videos before the show (I think that's how she was scouted for it). I haven't seen them because she took them down but from what I've read, she was committing coupon fraud in those videos as well, so whenever anyone talks about Target policies, that's the first thing that comes to mind for me.

The Target videos are on Youtube, just google J'amie Kirlew target video. There are 2 parts. I am pretty sure she used coupons on several items that were meant for more expensive items of the same brand. Probably the $5 Olay coupon (olay regenerist vs cleanser) and the $4 Secret coupon (i.e. Clinical Strength vs regular strength)

jessica52877
07-03-2011, 01:33 PM
I've never seen the show but I do coupon and have for 20 years. Since this show has aired I have noticed many negative effects it has had on me. Often times now I'll go to the store and the shelves will be wiped out, that happened maybe 5x in 20 years before all this!

We hit Kroger this morning and I wanted to grab the 3 musketeers that I coupon for last week but they were out. The bagger asked if those were the free ones and I answered yes. He then went on to tell me how 2 ladies came last week and bought 9 case of them with 36 bars per case. Obviously that is why they were out when we were in and I was going to grab one for my son and I. It is so annoying to go in for something and not be able to come out with it (obviously candy bars aren't a good example of this but it happened with yogurt just the other week).

We hit Publix after that and I noticed on one of the coupon items that was free that they had limit of 2 per person. I am actually glad to see that for the most part, that way I actually was able to purchase some. The only issue with that is if milk or something is on sale, I buy 4 gallons every time I buy milk and often times now if it is on sale the quantity is limited to 2. So I have to change my shopping habits and head back out at some point.

DH is a manager at grocery store and he'll limit the items if he sees someone abusing the policy as in a cart full. He also has said that the manufacturers will not reimburse in situations like that.

Exactly! My store has admitted right on their FB page that they bent the rules for the Extreme Couponers on the show. Of course there was a lot of angry people wondering why special treatment was given, and yesterday according to the store's FB page apparently they've done it again. What are they thinking??? It's like if you are on tv the rules don't apply to you, but if you're just a mom trying to save money on groceries they do! :mad:

What store?

DisneyKim68
07-03-2011, 05:46 PM
Fry's

lisam427
07-04-2011, 11:28 AM
I use coupons. i save quite a bit of money when i shop but i dont clear shelves. i am in shock at some of these episodes. to me i think its wonderful that these people save money but it seems that they should be on the hoarders show instead.

i subscribed to my local sunday paper. i got my paper for the first week. then for almost two months i would go to get my paper and find nothing. called the news they said it was delivered. after sever phone calls of complaining i was never charged and my subscription was cancelled. this past sunday i went to get a paper. in every paper there were no coupons and i went to two stores!

again i like using coupons and enjoy getting a deal but i think people are going nuts. its pretty bad when you resort to stealing from neighbors and stores. the show seems to have made things worse. it has also tainted others perception of people who use coupons (not in an extreme way).

DVCBELLE
07-04-2011, 12:01 PM
I have watched a couple of episodes I don't get why they don't discuss how much they spend to get the coupons...one girl used 3000 coupons - she had to have spent at least a couple hundred dollars to get them.

tlh0726
07-04-2011, 02:24 PM
I have watched a couple of episodes I don't get why they don't discuss how much they spend to get the coupons...one girl used 3000 coupons - she had to have spent at least a couple hundred dollars to get them.

Never watched the show but I would like to hear that figure as well.

seashoreCM
07-04-2011, 03:01 PM
In many cities the Sunday paper is assembled at substations about the city and neighboring suburbs. The ads and some features are delivered early on Saturday or even on Friday and the news sections are delivered Saturday night. The newsboys put things together just before going out on their routes.

It is easy for someone to steal gobs of ad sections at the substation and then there aren't enough ad sections to assemble all the papers with.

It is definitely wrong to peel coupons that came with the merchandise off of the merchandise.

I actually don't do a lot of couponing but I will buy large quantities of non-perishable goods (including toilet paper) when it goes on sale. I can look like a hog just the same.

DisneyFansInLINY
07-04-2011, 08:24 PM
My sister went to a coupon class taught by one of the women on the show in Florida. What they didn't reveal on the show was that she buys all of the excess products to donate to charity in order to avoid paying taxes on her husband's salary. So she is able to donate all of those free products she got from extreme couponing and use them as tax write offs!

2girls4me
07-04-2011, 08:42 PM
I really dislike this show. They are obsessed over their "stock piles". And not one of them ever buys real food. We use coupons to dave money, but my dh will never buy 8 cases of mustard because he got s great deal. It's sad really.

PatsMom
07-05-2011, 01:27 PM
My sister went to a coupon class taught by one of the women on the show in Florida. What they didn't reveal on the show was that she buys all of the excess products to donate to charity in order to avoid paying taxes on her husband's salary. So she is able to donate all of those free products she got from extreme couponing and use them as tax write offs!

You can reduce your taxes by charitable contributions but you can't eliminate them. I am not a tax whizz but I think you are entitled to the fair market value or what you paid when you are valuing a donation. I donate products to charity when I think I am accumulating too much stuff but I don't itemize my taxes so I couldn't claim a deduction even if I wanted to.

At least the woman is donating to charity! I always feel good when I can pass along stuff I got free (or nearly free) and hope it helps out someone down on their luck.

LadyBeBop
07-05-2011, 06:03 PM
You can reduce your taxes by charitable contributions but you can't eliminate them. I am not a tax whizz but I think you are entitled to the fair market value or what you paid when you are valuing a donation. I donate products to charity when I think I am accumulating too much stuff but I don't itemize my taxes so I couldn't claim a deduction even if I wanted to.


Your charitable deductions are also limited to half of your adjusted earned income (salary plus any additional income). Any excess could be used in future years. So if her husband makes $100,000 a year, she is limited to only $50,000 in charitable deductions for that year. Their other itemized deductions might be enough to eliminate any tax liability. However, a large charitable deduction would probably open her to a tax audit.

dd50
07-05-2011, 11:52 PM
It is the addiction that gets to them. Who really needs 500 tooth paste or disposal diapers for when she gets pregnant. It is going to hurt the normal people that like to save a few dollars on laundry detergent and toilet paper. I have also noticed that I can't seem to find the coupons in any Sunday papers any more.

Do normal people really need to stock pile things? I like to buy some things in bulk when I find a good sale but do not want my house to look like a warehouse either. There will always be another sale.

DizDragonfly
07-06-2011, 02:04 AM
Do normal people really need to stock pile things? I like to buy some things in bulk when I find a good sale but do not want my house to look like a warehouse either. There will always be another sale.

I think it's good to be prepared (yup, I'm a scout mom!) for things like a personal economic set back or something like a power outage or storm. My personal goal with couponing is to buy enough when it's cheap to get me through until the next sale, when it's cheap again. But, I also think it's probably not healthy to have more than two years stockpile of anything. If you don't rotate through it, it _will_ go bad. The first episode of that show I saw, the couple had 41 years worth of toothpaste. Seriously, who wants to use toothpaste from 1970? Not me. I'm sure they'll feel the same way 41 years from now too. I guess TP and paper towels won't "go bad", but I'm not going to add on another room to my house to store that either. :rotfl2:

AmandaRG
07-06-2011, 09:28 AM
I'm just wondering the timing on everything. How do they plan to have all those qs that are valid and hit them with sales at just the right time? Especially with not knowing what will be on sale when the filming occurs? Violating the store's policy to get camera time is frustrating when it has caused this backlash!!!

When my pantry/freezer is full, it is time for me to stop shopping and start using all of it! That is what I am doing for the next two weeks and we will eat great and all I need to do is buy a few perishables. There are a few things that we don't care for after it has been frozen, so I don't buy ahead. Those extra grocery dollars will go to our vacation fund!

DizDragonfly
07-06-2011, 04:50 PM
I'm just wondering the timing on everything. How do they plan to have all those qs that are valid and hit them with sales at just the right time?

That's how it usually works actually. A company will choose to spend a lot of advertising dollars on a particular product. They'll run commercials, print ads, coupons and then give their suppliers (stores) a deal on the product, making the price you pay less than the normal price. There's almost always some "big" deal going on.

AmandaRG
07-06-2011, 08:14 PM
That's how it usually works actually. A company will choose to spend a lot of advertising dollars on a particular product. They'll run commercials, print ads, coupons and then give their suppliers (stores) a deal on the product, making the price you pay less than the normal price. There's almost always some "big" deal going on.

Right, but I'm talking about them having just the right coupons for just the right items on sale for the week they are filming! I totally get matching up coupons with sales as that is how I shop, expecially for pantry items and health/beauty aids. I just don't think that it would be the norm to hit that kind of jackpot and wonder if there isn't some sort of concession of the store manager on sales prices (maybe giving them the lowest price in the past month to match up with their coupons).

DizDragonfly
07-06-2011, 08:51 PM
Right, but I'm talking about them having just the right coupons for just the right items on sale for the week they are filming! I totally get matching up coupons with sales as that is how I shop, expecially for pantry items and health/beauty aids. I just don't think that it would be the norm to hit that kind of jackpot and wonder if there isn't some sort of concession of the store manager on sales prices (maybe giving them the lowest price in the past month to match up with their coupons).

I wonder if they are getting advanced copies of the sales fliers. I know they are available at least several days in advance. It's possible the producers of the show can get them copies even earlier. That would make it easier to get a big haul, especially if they are ordering from clipping services.

Ciciwoowoo
07-06-2011, 08:58 PM
I wonder if they are getting advanced copies of the sales fliers. I know they are available at least several days in advance. It's possible the producers of the show can get them copies even earlier. That would make it easier to get a big haul, especially if they are ordering from clipping services.

I know the CVS, Walgreen, and Rite Aid ads are available several days before they actually go on sale. I think it might be Wednesday when the coupon bloggers post the matchups. I would imagine that chain grocery stores would also have these ads available early.

DizDragonfly
07-06-2011, 09:01 PM
I know the CVS, Walgreen, and Rite Aid ads are available several days before they actually go on sale. I think it might be Wednesday when the coupon bloggers post the matchups. I would imagine that chain grocery stores would also have these ads available early.

Yeah, the blogs that I follow always have the grocery matchups done two or more days before the ad comes out.

hambro55
07-07-2011, 12:28 PM
Wow, I have watched the show a couple of times, but all I see is another show about hoarding, weird that the stores didn't realize this was going on before the show aired.

momminnie
07-07-2011, 01:46 PM
I wish for 1 time they would show a real coupon -er shopping with a normal amount of coupons. No more than 5 or 6 six coupons per item. Not thousands. I can understand people getting a few extra but not more than they can use in a few months. Sure I get extra coupons. I get them from my neighbors (2-3) and my Mother-in-law. I usually have no more than six copies of any 1 coupon. Yes I like to get a deal too and share what I get. But to have rooms full of things that no one will ever use. That is ridiculous unless you are going to give it to a children's home or shelter, something of that nature. Come on show us normal coupon shopping. PLEASE!

cari12
07-07-2011, 01:54 PM
Really, I think these extreme couponers either have a problem (similar to hoarding) or they do it just to get on the TV shows. They have far more stuff than they will ever use and just keep buying because they can get the deal. On one show the lady bought 100 bags of dog food. If you use one bag a month that's over 8 years worth, the food could conceivably outlast the dog!
Also about them breakling the rules, this lady said if she is going to buy large quantities of something, she will usually call ahead and the store has it basically ready for her. So in that case, they would not do it if it was not withinn their coupon rules.