Extreme Couponing

Becky - posted on 04/12/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Does anyone watch this show? What do you think of these "extreme couponers?"
I personally think it's pretty ridiculous. I mean, I'm all for clipping coupons and saving money, and the amounts they save is pretty impressive. But tonight, there was a woman on who had her stockpile in every room of her house. She had a big shelf of food and cleaning supplies in her bedroom, and was storing TP under her kids' beds. She said that sometimes she feels like the walls are closing in on her. And then they went on another $1000.00 (before coupons) shopping spree. Really?? If you have no more room in your house for your stuff, then don't you think maybe you should stop shopping for a while?! It seems like it's gone beyond saving money and become an obsession.

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Tinker1987 - posted on 04/14/2011

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i watched the shows last night.its amazing how much you save but if i were to do that here i would get alot of rude looks! not to mention you have to do like 18 seperate transactions to get the best deals,i think these people are hoarders.

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2011

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I dont even understand how they save so much!! Im a cheap person, I buy a lot of stuff on sale, but when it comes to food, its ONLY processed food thats ever really on a good sale. I dont ever remember in my life seeing fresh food coupons LOL. So my family couldnt survive this way! As for the one family she had 7 children, so she really needed that much toilet paper HAHA! Personally I dont see this any different than hoarding.

Jodi - posted on 04/12/2011

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I haven't actually seen this show (I don't think we even get it here), but I did watch a Wife Swap once where there was someone who spent her time collecting coupons and entering competitions, etc, and she would seriously enter competitions for stuff she didn't need, or buy things she really didn't need just because she had a coupon and was saving money (seriously, you need dog food for that dog you don't have????). It seriously seemed totally over the top to me. You are only saving money if you needed the item in the first place......

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Amanda - posted on 04/14/2011

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i agree...I think that they've taken it from saving money to obsessing about it!!! A little too excessive for me!!

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/14/2011

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yeah exactly the town im from doesnt have those kind of stores that give you special discounts so it would be a bit harder!

America3437 - posted on 04/14/2011

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I'm totally addicted to this show and am wondering how they do it! Most stores won't combine offers so how can they use all of the coupons and store discounts? I am seriously considering this as a new hobby! Iwould love to get $1,800.00 worth of groceries for $103.00!!!!!

Bonnie - posted on 04/14/2011

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There was one guy on last night (for a second time) who has a stock of 1000 tubes of toothpaste, 700 bottles of body wash, and 300 cans of soup to say the least. This guy likes to donate to his church and the troops sometimes though.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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Well, I guess it is called "extreme" couponing for a reason.....I can see that it is ensible to use some coupons if you have them and it works out cheaper for you.....but there is a line I'd draw.

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I love the idea of being able to do that, and I have to admit that the few shows I've seen, I've gotten a little rush just watching them save all that money. But there are definitely hoarding issues going on with most of them. I mean really, who needs 77 bottles of mustard just because they have 77 coupons? I notice that a lot of the money they "save" is from buying multiple items like the mustard. The only woman I saw who SORTA had a good system and wasn't TOO overboard was last week...the lady that had the soup can dispenser in her basement like they have at the store.

Sal - posted on 04/13/2011

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i also think it is a good rule of thumb that if a tv show wants to make a show about yor hobby..chances are.you are odd, and maybe a rethink of your habbits is in order
, just keep it in mind girls, they aren;t praising you or saying how great your hobby is, they are saying you are into some weird shit and normal people are going to be faciniated...

Sal - posted on 04/13/2011

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i don;t think we have anything in the same degree as this in aus, i do use the odd shopper docket but it is only ever a free coffee or cheap pizza or something similar, i guess i would use them to a point if they were here, but i am terrified of becomming a hoarder so i am forever throwning stuff out or using up odd stuff so i doubt i'd get too carried away

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In their house...garage...kids room...husband's man cave...anywhere...EVERYWHERE!!! Their houses look like the stores they shop at

Carolyn - posted on 04/13/2011

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So i just caught 30 minutes of an episode.



I would have to say its an addiction. They seem addicted to the thrill , rush of getting items for free, the feeling of saving so much money ( whether or not you needed the items its still *saving* in their eyes )



I can certainely see the appeal, allthough i dont think i would be buying 1100 tubes of toothpaste or 700 bottles of body wash. But who doesnt want to save money ?



I tend to stock up on items that we actually use. The stuff my husband likes to have for work lunches, well stock up when it is on sale, ill gladly spend 30 bucks extra to save myself 3x that much overall buying them at full price later. I hate paying more than i have to, but again on things i will actually use.



I dont even know where to find that many coupons.... im pretty sure the mom of the kid who delivers our flyers is taking all the P&G brand savers and other coupon booklets you get once a month, because i havent gotten them in ages. Which pisses me off because they always have diaper coupons !!!! i have to hijack my moms.



but seriously, where do people find all these coupons to clip where you have 80 + out of a magazine.



Im a fan of price matching. A grocerie store here does it, i bring all my flyers in and price match the shit out of them. But i still dont save a ton of money. i suppose i do over the long run, i dont pay that much attention .

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I watched a couple episodes and I was thinking the idea of saving so much money is GREAT!!! But...What the hell am I going to do with 58 boxes of noodles...1000 boxes of cereal....and 80 toothbrushes...and it's only 3 people in this house...I think if you can save a bundle purchasing what you need....then that's great...but....where is the savings if you are buying a bunch of stuff that is going to spoil if not used!

Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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They do sound like greedy and bargain obsessed I'm going to have to download some episodes lol

Lady Heather - posted on 04/13/2011

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You should. As much as they piss me off, it's really interesting. You should see the look on their faces when they talk about their stock. It's creepy. They have these organized rooms that you could totally shop in. And then when they run out of room they fill the closets. This one woman had stashed 100 rolls of paper towels under her 2 year old's bed. It's organized hoarding. Totally weird. But I suppose if there as some natural disaster they could survive the longest. And they'd be really clean. They always have tons of soap.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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60 mustards? Geez.....that's ridiculous.

I really am going to have to look this show up now. Any Aussie know if it is on Foxtel at all??

Lady Heather - posted on 04/13/2011

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Most of the people I've seen on the show do not have teenage boys. A lot them have really small children. There is no way they are eating as much as they are buying. In any case, if you are getting those deals it seems to me you could easily give a few boxes away. I wish we had coupons like that here because I would make food donation my hobby. I mean, I know mustard doesn't go bad but this woman last night but 60-something mustards. Really? How long will it take to go through that? You couldn't throw a couple at a poor family who might like to spice up those boring wonderbread-bologna sandwiches they have to eat? To me that would be the big bonus of this game. These people don't see that. They just have to maintain their "stock". Open a fucking grocery store if you want to see stocked shelves like that all the time. It's clearly an illness.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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Emma, apparently there are Australian coupon websites. I momentarily glimpsed some segment on one of our mroning shows recently that listed the websites, but I didn't write them down and meant to go and find them.......but I don't know if they are really useful or not.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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"I think it's really retarded to hoard 100 boxes of cereal. It doesn't keep forever. You will not eat it in a year."

Ah, Heather, you don't have teenage boys, do you? LMAO!!! When I have both boys here, I go through 2 LARGE boxes of cereal a week.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/13/2011

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i clip the odd coupons especially enfamil and pampers but some of the people on that show are over the top lol.

Rosie - posted on 04/13/2011

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i really want to watch the show, but never know when its on. i'd like to start serious couponing, i just don't know how. everything in the paper and online are things i don't use. i want more coupons for healthy things, lol. and meat!! no coupons for that either. i have managed to find coupons on products websites for organic, or healthy food. i asked a question on one, and they sent me coupons in the mail too, lol.

i do think the amount they buy is overboard, however one of them talks about how they donate alot of it which is nice.

Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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If there was coupons here I'd do it. But the only *coupons* we get are like deals for fast food like Domino's pizza and a sheet of KFC coupons for cheap KFC or Eagle Boys. There's Shop A Dockets but I don't know ANYONE who actually uses them. I wouldn't go so far as to get my kids clipping them and a room full of them and buying in extreme bulk because of them.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/13/2011

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I think it's really retarded to hoard 100 boxes of cereal. It doesn't keep forever. You will not eat it in a year. And while it looks really great to spend so little, you're eating mostly packaged crap. Not worth it.

I remember thinking when I first saw it that if I was able to get those deals where shit was free, I'd load it up for a food bank. Then on comes a guy who did just that. He got hundreds of boxes of cereal and donated them. That is an honourable way to extreme coupon. All this hoarding of shit you'll never use up just seems selfish to me and it's probably the sign of a psychological problem.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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I need to do a Youtube search on this show, just for the entertainment value, don't I?

One of these days I may have time.......

Coupons aren't big here in Australia. Well, I don't THINK they are anyway. Maybe there is some secret society of couponing that I don't know about, or have never heard of.

Bonnie - posted on 04/13/2011

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Yeah I watched this. It does seem kind of ridiculous how much time they spend collecting coupons to the point they have to get their children involved as well. Some of them look like they are going to have a heart attack as the cashier is ringing items through because the totals are so high before the coupons are put through.

Sara - posted on 04/13/2011

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I like to save money as much as the next person, but you're right, those people take it waaay too far. I mean, it's like a job how they hunt down coupons and discounts...I just don't have the time to invest like that.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2011

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Ah, that's the one!!! From memory they also collected all these bottle tops and that was considered their family time - going out and collecting bottle caps? I found that really sad.

Nikki - posted on 04/13/2011

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I saw that wife swap Jodi, they won cat litter and the father was stoked even though they didn't own a cat! Silly people.

I think this is just excessive, fair enough if they enjoy finding a bargain but this is an obsession. Maybe instead of stockpiling enough groceries for the end of the world the should focus on checking into rehab for shopoholics!

Alyssa - posted on 04/13/2011

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Unless you NEED it...it's not really saving money is it.

My grandmother used to buy food because it was on special and I can tell you, the amount of rotten and out of date meat she had was sickening...literally.

The woman mentioned in the OP sounds more like a hoader than a coupon clipper. I wonder how many coupon clippers could be classified as hoarders or on the verge of it?? It certainly sounds like an enabling habit.

Tawny - posted on 04/12/2011

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I think they go too far... unless you have a large family then I dont see a problem with doing extreme couponing because one family had 3 large sons to feed and they eat alot so I totally understand, But when you spend every thought on coupons and getting a good deal then you have a problem. And toilet paper for 30 years I think is enough no more..... Yikes half that food is going to be spoiled before they get to it. I know that I have stuff in my pantry that goes bad before I know it.... But I do have to say I enjoy watching it because if it helps me get my weekly shoppping down from $125 to under $25 then I will jump for joy!!! :)

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