I have watched a couple of episodes from the new TLC show, Extreme Couponing. Is it just me or is this example of using coupons sort of obsessive compulsive with a side order of hoarding? If you have not watched the show, I apologize in advance for the rant.
Basically, the featured folks are obsessed with shopping with coupons and they meticulously plan their lists accordingly. Some of the people admit they spend 25 hours a week sorting, clipping, filing and researching the deals with coupons. Sure, their savings are astronomical, but when you look closely at what they are buying, it is a little sickening.
Does it really matter if you save 96% off the bill if what you take home is not a necessary purchase. Or even worse, what if you are stock piling stuff for the sake of just having it?
These extreme couponers buy in mass quantities and stock pile their finds. I am all for buying in bulk, especially when there is a deal, but why in the hell would someone buy 4200 diapers if they did not have a baby, or weren't planning on donating the diapers to a charity? One featured guest has 1500 tubes of toothpaste stockpiled in his garage. Even when the stores pay me to take something after the discounts and coupons, I only buy what we will use and need. Anything more is hoarding.
Some of the people admit that a typical couponing shopping trip takes 4 hours including the check out process. It seems like a huge waste of time to me. Being organized and shopping as a sport is fun, but who has the time?
I am all for a deal and bargain. No one loves a deal more than me. I use coupons on the products I buy for the family. You have seen my brags on the whole coupon/discount/Giant Eagle runs. Here is the difference between the TLC examples of extreme couponing and me: I do not buy crap like canned ravioli, or MSG laced soups, even if they are free. I use coupons to purchase ingredients to make our meals, regardless of the coupon.
When I see some of the pure junk these people are eating it grosses me out. Nasty nitrate hot dogs, food dye applesauce, and HFCS sodas- ewwww, so disgusting. No wonder Americans are so fat. I never realized how many people do not cook with whole food products. Even when the store ends up paying me to take items home, I would not buy some of the merchandise featured, ever.
It makes it worse when they are stockpiling this crap in mass. As if having a mini grocery store full of shit is supposed to make you feel better?
I have re-thought the whole couponing experience after watching these episodes. I realize I am small potatoes in the game of getting groceries for less. While I love a deal, I know that it is not a bargain if you don't need it.
To me the extreme couponing examples are a big, fat, FAIL.
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