Extreme Coupon Clipping


LaurenBlair
on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:26 pm

Believe it or not but I got pretty excited when I heard about TLC’s new ‘reality’ show called “Extreme Couponing”. The advertisement showed clips of women spending upwards of 6 hours in their day clip and copying coupons, getting ready to go grocery shopping. One women said something like “The ultimate goal is to spend nothing, I want to get it free” another rang through the cash with a total of $400 worth of groceries and with all of her coupons she only owed $4!

Today CNN.com published an article about even more women who are making coupon clipping an extreme sport!

Do any of you clip coupons regularly? How do you stay organized and on top of all of the sales?
 

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Becky
... on Apr 14, 2011 @ 09:48 am

Is it just me,'cuz every time my eyes skim over the forum topics and I see this one I keep reading "extreme coupling" ...and each time I do a double take. Happened a few times now so i just had to respond! lol

I think this "extreme Couponing" is an awesome idea, especially for those people who can't find a job or are jobless for whatever reason. Thanks for the article! I'm going to share this with one of my friends who's partner hasn't been able to find a job in the last 6 - 7 years... :-/
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Guppy
Sure on Apr 14, 2011 @ 02:12 pm

I collect coupons and wait for the item to go on sale to get even better savings..or use those full rebate offers to get the product and mail away for the money back. You dont need to be 'jobless' to be smart with your money. I have 2 wallet type holders to organize the coupons by type - dairy, cleaners etc. Each week I go through my flyers and match sales with coupons - all prepared when you hit a store.

Now on extreme couponing....good luck doing that in Canada. More and more stores do not allow you to stack coupons like you can in the US. And some wont accept a coupon on clearance items either.

Use all kinds of coupons too - 2 for 1 meals at restaurants, $10 off purchase @ Marks Workwearhouse for hubby clothes....get free product coupons for 'liking' brands on Facebook..... so many ways to save money!
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LaurenBlair
Good tip on Apr 14, 2011 @ 03:10 pm

@guppy - I like the idea of keeping your coupons organized. I often hear about a deal or I get a coupon in the mail and then I loose it or forget about it by the time I should redeem it.
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cathy3087
I saw a clip last night..... on Apr 14, 2011 @ 03:54 pm

...and was shocked how intense some people are about couponing! I never would have thought you could get so much for free if you search hard enough. It's really smart!

I would never have that much time (or I suppose it's that I wouldn't want to make the time) to find as many coupons as the woman I saw on the show but now I feel like I should pay more attention to the coupons I get in the mail!
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mamaluv
smart but can be irresponsible on Apr 14, 2011 @ 04:17 pm

I am a coupon user and I find that the stories portrayed in this series, like most reality shows, are far too extreme. I hope that the average store and average consumer take these tales with a whopping boulder of salt, and here's why:

1. even though these methods are legit, checking out by breaking up your purchase into a dozen transactions are unfair to the rest of the customers trying to check out and not in keeping with the way these promos are intended to run. Most of the time, these promos are intended to be "#many per customer, per day", but a glitch in the checkout system allows this daily max to be done back to back to back as long as they are separate transactions. When there is a daily household limit, using loopholes in the system is coupon fraud. It is.

2. buying 100s of jars of spaghetti sauce at a time is ridiculous. Some extreme couponers turn around and sell their stockpile at flea markets. I personally know of this happening. Then when responsible couponers who are hoping to get maybe 2 or 3 jars come to the store, the stock is gone and they go home empty handed. This happens to me a lot - by the time I get to the store (sometimes the same day the sale starts!), they are all sold out. If these couponers would donate their excess to soup kitchens or other charities, that might be one thing. Sadly, they often do not. It becomes a hoarding fixation in some sad cases.

3. Even though stores are reimbursed by the manufacturer for manufacturer coupons, specials such as store-specific coupons (ie can only be redeemed at that chain) or doubling days come out of the store's profit. If this system is abused, the store will raise its prices and everyone else will suffer for it. This might also lead to stores limiting its coupon policy - I've seen this happen recently at my favourite chain, and it's no longer a good deal to shop there.

4. You have to think about what your time is worth. Even if you're unemployed, your time is not best spent 3, 4, or 5 hours a day clipping coupons. What about all the newspapers you are buying just for the coupon inserts, or the ink/toner spent printing out the printables? That is very eco-unfriendly.

I'm all for responsible couponing. I have often come away with amazing steals, but I refuse to go crazy. I have cut my grocery bill in half while maintaining pretty much the same variety and quality of food that I bought before I realized how much menu planning and coupon clipping could save.

I just don't like shows that give the impression that all coupon users are rabid, obsessive hoarders :/
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Heidi
Yes.. often on Apr 14, 2011 @ 04:31 pm

I manage Canadian Daily Deals.com and post coupons and deals everyday so for me, yes, I often try and use coupons. Why not get something for less money? it makes total sense to me. But I've always though hoarding and buying products just for the "fun" of it is taking it too far and turns into spending more that you normally would and that goes for time, gas, the sheer aggravation of finding all these deals at the store, sometimes you have to drive around to the right store that has that specific deal, it takes effort for sure. If people like doing it, all power to them, if it makes you happy, it can't be that bad. However, some of the people on this show are clearly sick.
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LaurenBlair
If I took advantage of every deal I would be broke. on Apr 15, 2011 @ 04:45 pm

@heidi – you’re probably right, there are probably a few cases of OCD on the show


I think I’ll just keep frequenting deal sites and take advantage of ones that are convenient. If there is one thing I’ve learned surfing deal site over the past couple months it’s that new deals are up every day, you can’t take advantage of them all (even if you want to REALLY badly).

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meredithk115
Freakin' love the show.... on Apr 16, 2011 @ 07:47 pm

I record this show every time it's on....I love it!

So bummed we can't extreme it in Canada-that is so bogus! I love getting good deals!
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mollymarie
Stock piles! on Apr 19, 2011 @ 04:25 pm

I am totally in love with the show. I normally don't like anything on TLC because I kinda feel like they just take the weirdest people ever and make a show out of them (for instance, hoarders) but I'm addicted. My favourite part is the stock piles- I practically drool.
Once and a while I'll use a coupon, especially fpcs, but otherwise I'm just too paranoid the cashier's going to reject them and I'm going to be standing there awkwardly or there's going to be people sighing impatiently in the line behind me.
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Ali de Bold
Embarassing on Apr 19, 2011 @ 04:30 pm

I'm all for finding ways to save money and there is nothing wrong with coupons. But I'd be super embarrassed to be the one standing at the cash register with a wad of coupons holding up the line as I split my purchases into separate transactions.
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