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Why I Won’t Be Watching Extreme Couponing

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 6, 2011 · 411 comments


As most of you are probably already aware, TLC will be airing a new series tonight called Extreme Couponing. I won't be watching...

To hear the words "extreme" and "couponing" used in the same sentence just makes me cringe. I mean the very definition of of extreme is "going to the utmost or very great lengths in action." Anything done to the extreme borders dangerously on becoming an obsession.

I don't know about you, but that is not the way I want my actions to be viewed by my family and friends -- or you, my readers.

:: Couponing As A Lifestyle

Couponing is a way of life, but taking it to the extreme isn't necessary to trim your grocery budget. Yes, getting hundreds of dollars of groceries for under $5 is a thrilling experience. However, take a closer look at those groceries. Do you really have the ingredients necessary to put together a wholesome family meal? I'm betting the answer is no.

I prefer to support practical couponing here on Deal Seeking Mom. A typical grocery shopping trip for our family of seven averages about $100 and consists of a variety of fresh produce and meats and the sensible use of coupons on products that complement a healthy eating lifestyle. I could be wrong, but I'd imagine this is the ultimate goal for many of you -- not simply getting free products for the sake of free products -- and I plan to share more of these trips in the coming weeks.

:: Our Stockpile

It may surprise you to know that I pass up a good portion of the deals that I share with you each week, freebies included. If an item isn't something my family uses, I'm probably not going to waste my valuable time and energy shopping for it. Yes, even if it would make a great donation -- storage space is at a premium in our overcrowded house, and unless I know we can shuttle something off to a dropoff immediately, I'll probably pass it by. However, I do want my readers to have every opportunity to save available, so I post all of the offers that I can without judgment.

That said, we do have a stockpile... a modest stockpile. I buy enough to last us 6-8 weeks, and that's plenty in my book. It makes for easier management of expiration dates while still allowing me to be generous with family and friends as the need arises.

I will say that I'm thankful to TLC for inspiring more people to learn about couponing. If you came here by way of the show and are interested in learning a common sense approach to using coupons and saving money, I hope you'll subscribe to Deal Seeking Mom and stick around!

What are your thoughts on the show? How do you approach couponing in your household?

{ 411 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Adrienne April 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am glad that I wasn't the only one thinking the same way. Every time I seen the commerical for the show I thought to myself why would they need to buy a whole cart of stuff to show how to get things for free. That's not what people who use coupons are about at all. I absolutely hate people who clear shelves and brag about how many air fresheners or toothbrushes they're up. I have a family of 6 so we do use a lot of stuff and I'm glad to have a supply for us, but I would never go into a store like these lady's are doing for this show. What they really should show is how hard it is just to use coupons at some stores period and how cashiers aren't so friendly. I can think of plenty of times I have been given a hard time just to use ONE coupon at CVS, Targets, and Walgreens,etc.

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2 Amanda April 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I will probably watch the show out of curiosity. However, I feel that it gives people who are new to couponing the idea that they could actually go to their local store and come out with a cart full for $5. It just isn't reality. Also, I feel that it portrays couponers as greedy. I think TLC should have a show about a female hoarder with 19 kids, three sister wives and a strange addiction to eating chalk and Comet powder which she also has 100 coupons for :)

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3 elaine April 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Amanda---too funny:)

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4 Low April 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

HaHaHa!! I ACTUALLY just laughed out loud! You just made my night!!

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5 Linda C. April 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Amanda, you crack me up. But I bet if you try a little harder, you could morph a few other shows into that show of yours!!!!

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6 Evon April 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

You owe me a can of Canfields Diet Chocolate Fudge soda. I just shot some through my nose reading that last line and I dropped the can!

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7 dddiva April 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

We caught the tail end of one of the epis and were rather sickened by the hoarding and greed. I'm all for a good deal, but they had way more crap stockpiled than they could reasonably use in a 10 year period- what a waste.

It would be something else if they were buying for a food pantry or something, but they were sticking it in the basement.

Most of the food items were processed crap we try to stay away from (we like treats same as anyone but there was enough to stock a large market- for 2 people- disgusting).

I do stockpile some, but a few months worth max not enough for years and years that will expire before my family members can use them.

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8 Melissa April 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

they were taking their chips off their shelves and putting them in a pile on their dirty floor and saying we could just swim in them. wth?!

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9 Janet April 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I think that I watch these shows because it is so "extreme" and the people are very "extreme"....makes what I do seem NORMAL :) ha ha

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10 Beth April 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This show is all about someone trying to get their few minutes of fame. Unfortunately this is so damaging to the rest of us who sincerely coupon - many times out of need, many times trying to help others by way of charity. I already notice a difference in the way I am negatively treated when I used coupons .

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11 Mandi April 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I am somewhat new to couponing but there are a number of deals I pass on to. I only take advantage of deals on things my family will eat or use. We also do not have stores here that double or triple coupons either.

I watched the show once and feel they should change the name to include the word hoarding! I will not be watching the show either.

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12 Shelley April 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I think word they need to include is "gluttony" - fits it much better...

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13 Tracy April 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

THANK YOU!!!! I was beginning to think that I was the only person who felt this way. I see so much greed at our grocery stores; people wiping shelves out, all in the name of getting a "deal." I have been couponing and refunding for close to 30 years now; just lost my job so now I NEED to coupon, but so often the good deals are gone when I get to the store!

Thank you for being so honorable. And, I LOVE your site.

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14 Julie April 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Well I hope I don't regret posting this but I guess I will see :). I will be watching the show but it is as intriguing as the show Hoarders or John and Kate Plus 8 which is now just Kate plus 8 and I don't watch....I admired her strength and teamwork bit don't know! I am curious as to others stockpiles, how they organize and what in the world were they thinking! I have quantities of certain items that I know won't go bad and don't expire. Certain items that i know I won't see a sale on for awhile I do certainly stockpile more of! For instance back in January the $3.00 finish tab coupon came out and Walgreens had there deal...I was able to acquire 4 boxes but the shelves stayed bare for a long time...even with a raincheck that was good for 30 days. I did try and order them so I could use the raincheck and the coupons but they wouldn't order me more than 4 boxes(which I didn't complain) then cvs had a good deal and was able to get some there...then low and behold they became free at target with a stack was able to use all the rest of my coupons and if my calculations are right I will have enough for a year! I run a hone daycare and am a mother of four boys who love to eat..whether it is fruit or candy what I have on hand they are happy with. I keep a vast array of healthy snacks and indulgent snacks but everyone knows that when it's gone it may not be here for awhile it will be replaced with whatever may be most cost efficient at that time. We buy chicken at the store and when certain meats are on sale but we buy a cow for most of it. I have a couple of freezers but mainly so it's easy to find and eat while "fresh" ! Some of our friends say that they will be here if the food supply ever becomes short lived. We go through 12-15 gallons a milk a month, 30 boxes of cereal and countless other items..paper towels are always needed and so is toilet paper...I don't participate in the food program because I can get the food so cheap and spend my time gathering a list instead of the mounds of paperwork that it takes to be a part of that program. I am blessed with room for the stockpile and have a reasonable amount of space for each category and if the specific space is full then I will still buy within reason so I can help my mom who is a widow and my sister who is in college and my father in law who lost his job! I do believe that the "extreme" couponers (the ones with really small families) is overboard but it appeared that last seasons show other than maybe 2 of them have fear on their hearts of being without. I understand that fear they have and watching the show gives me the opportunity to pray and conquer my fears! I will say I don't take pride and joy in my stockpile but I do feel secure that I provide for my family and others through this skill I have...which is to maximize my lifestyle by supplementing my wallet with coupons. I never thought I wouldn't live hand to mouth and week to week until I learned how to coupon. Getting out of the house and spending time with my coupon buddy helping my household at the same time brings me joy! I started couponing when both my husband and I decided to take a leap of faith and open out own business at the same time. We have grown the business to a very profitable status but still continue to coupon not out of desperate need for any reason! I think to each his own and it is very frustrating to walk into a store and the shelves are clear...but I feel that way because of not my own need but the store has customers who don't coupon at all that could use the deal. I have met people at the store that have approached me and wanted to learn..I look in their cart and tell them I can save them about $50 bucks today...opening my binders I pull coupons for each item they have and they leave the store feeling like they have helped. This economy has hit everyone hard and the greed is more fear than greed...loss of income causes people to do crazy stuff. In my husband line of work we see it everyday. I will not judge the extreme people on the show tonight but shock might be something I feel a well as being sad for them...next week is a new deal!

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15 Stacy April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Very well said. I have enough of the dish washing tabs for about a year also. It was a great deal and I just got my dishwasher that week. I couldn't resist not knowing how much I would actually use it. I now know I use it about 12-14 times a month.

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16 christina April 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

When I 1st started couponing, I admit I used to go do the drug store deals and get free Visine and stuff that we never would use. I no longer do that. I only use a few coupons a week now because I try to eat organic and healthy food also. I agree with you, the show portrays greed and makes couponers look awful. I'm glad you posted this.

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17 Sean April 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Me too. I don't have time or energy to busy myself with every free deal. We have been able to save a ton of money and get back on track financially because I reduced my grocery spending about $300 a month. I love that others are thinking the same way!

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18 Ariana April 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Loved your post! Couldn't agree with you more. I have not watched an episode yet and do not plan to. I think almost every long time avid couponer would agree. It's best to fly under the radar and not be so extreme. Funny all my friends and family keep telling me that it's on and I have to set them straight and let them know I won't be watching :) Love your site. Keep the great deals coming!

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19 Sophia April 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Defaintly passing on watching the show tonite also. After the 1st episode not only did I cringe, but it gives other couponers such a negative image. My stockpile is pretty minimal, to me having 4 paper towel rolls on deck is enough to last me atleast 2 months w/a family of 4.

Today I went to Target to get some of the awesome deals on products -i will be using- (Zyrtec, fabric softner, etc.) I could have easily cleared out the Zyrtec, since there was 6 on shelf and each person in my household has a computer so 2 coupons per computer = 8 free packages - I refrained. Just bought 4 out of 6 and still felt awful..my parents and brother all have allergies and when I have extra I usually pass some to my grandma. The Target staff member told me they re-stock every night, but I don't think they re-stock the whole entire store...

Also- you see these people on Extreme Couponers now, I bet you if we give it some time there will be self-help groups for obsessed couponers. Couponers Anonymous anyone? They spent the majority of their day couponing, neglecting their families and children just to save a buck. I'm about to get my bachelors in Psychology....no pun intended

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20 Tara Kuczykowski April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Yep, I haven't been able to get the Zyrtec yet. It took me over a month to be able to get the Excedrin at Target -- I finally managed to get some the day my coupons expired.

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21 Dana McLemore April 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

So you say you get out of the store for only $5.00? Not really. 6 Hours of couponing for one trip is a lot, and MY time is valuable. Even if you only think you're worth minimum wage, that's still $60.00 in labor. All to buy stuff that much of is likely to be thrown out as it will expire before you can use it. I think these people should actually be featured on the show "Hoarders."

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22 Evon April 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I totally agree. Don't forget to add in the cost of obtaining the inserts or buying the coupons from a clipping service!

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23 sue April 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I probably won't watch it because its on at 9PM which is my bedtime. Its sounds kinda like the hoarders show which is a little sickening. I've been couponing for 35yrs. although its at entirely new level now with the internet. It helped me raise 4 children while staying home,providing braces, glasses (contacts), sports and tons of lessons for all and sending all to universities for a B.A. or B.S. so they had no debts. Now I'm still at it with my husbands business in the pits because of the economy. I can't imagine paying full price for anything but I don't hoard either.

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24 Donna April 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I agree with you. And I am afraid the show might ruin it for us all.

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25 Jessica April 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I watched the first show. I think it truly showed the EXTREME side of Couponing. Most of the people "featured" have a mental illness and would be hoarding something like animals if it weren't store items. I rely on coupons heavily and check out blogs like this for bargains out of necessity (like most of us). I don't buy anything I can't use within 2 months. Even sale items, my budget won't allow it. After all what good is 60 tubes of toothpaste and 50 shampoos when you can no longer afford dinner? Thank you for all you do, your site is the BEST!

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26 Jen April 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Well said.

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27 alanna April 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Im LOVING these comments. :) I cant tell you how distressing it is to get everything together to go on a shopping trip, pile my 3 kiddies in the car, and go shopping only to find there is no cereal (cough, kelloggs, cough) on the shelves. I dont HAVE to tell you, because most of you understand! :) Im also of the opinion that many of the feebies are junk food or items that my family doesnt need. Im selective when choosing deals, but I sincerely appreciate seeing so many deals posted!

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28 Laura April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

You touched on a sensitive subject but I agree - most of us are reasonable and just want to get the biggest bang for our buck so we can spend our hard earned money on other things instead of food and household items. I have a fam of 4 and with couponing, I have managed to trim my budget to an average of about $112 per week including all grocery and household items, including OTC medicine. We don't eat junk food in my house - no soda, very, very few processed foods and mostly organic. Using coupons, I've managed to shave THOUSANDS off my household expenses. I do have an extra room with an armoire I have now converted into extra shelf space, but between my regular kitchen cabs and that I don't stock much more than I will use in a few months. Perhaps you could expand by writing a series of articles about how sales cycle, and how often? I think most of those extreme couponers are not necessarily greedy, but it does suggest they have some pathology present, likely some untreated mental illness like hoarding or obsessive compulsive. Those of us who frequent your site, do NOT extreme coupon. We use common sense to make our pocketbooks a little fuller and sometimes allow us to be charitable despite tight budgets. Thank you for writing about such a charged subject! I completely agree with you!

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29 Linda C. April 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Tara, I'm with you, sister. And I don't care what anybody says, if the show becomes popular, there's going to be hoards of people trying to do it, and the grocery chains ARE going to change their coupon policies. We're going to suffer for this, mark my words...

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30 Jen April 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I agree completely. Those girls at Crazy Coupon Lady are trying to drive up their site traffic with all their tv appearances lately.

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31 Pat April 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I may watch ...just because the ads for it have them throwing up mountains of items on the belt - and I can't tell what they are. My reason for wanting to watch are my 20+ years in retail. Here where I live in Virginia - we DO NOT allow a person to come through a grocery line with more than 5 of the same item on a coupon in a single order, so I want to see what retailer and what part of the country actually allows this to happen.

Do I coupon? You bet your life I do. But I only buy the things that my family uses & like Tara - I buy HEALTHY foods for my family - not all the things on special - JUST SO I CAN USE A COUPON!

And yes - if anyone wants to pounce on me - feel free to - but in this day and age I feel it is better to buy what we will use - not just spend because it was a COUPON - even if it was free - if we aren't going to use it.

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32 guest April 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Interesting that a couple comments I saw that defended the show are no longer here.

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33 Tara Kuczykowski April 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

They're all here -- I've deleted absolutely nothing. Everyone is free to voice their opinion!

It's likely that they've just rolled over to another page, because the blog format only allows 60 comments per page.

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34 amy mohre April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I agree this program shows couponing and those who use coupons in a bad light. The majority of us do it to save money and out of necessity not out of greed or just because we can. I like it that Im in good company here!

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35 Jill April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I have tried to check what is in their basket on the advertisment. You just can not get coupons like that on fresh produce or meat. I don't believe when you have such a huge quanity of stuff that it is called a stock pile. I think it is more like hoarding.

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36 krystal April 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

i did watch parts of the first one, and personaly i found it interesting. i DO NOT condone exterme couponing, but watching how some of their minds work was fassinating. for a while i was kinda down on couponing. it seemed like no matter how much i looked for a deal, it never seemed to work out for me, but watching the parts of the show that i did watch, got me back on top of my game. i do not buy more than 4 of the same items with coupons, with the exception of diapers and wipes. (our daughter is 2 so we r moving from diapers at night to pull ups durring the day, and trying to use the potty, i think i go through more pants than when she was 1st born but...) i do however buy some items at full price that i KNOW that i shouldnt and should look for the coupon( toothbrushes, and my body wash) but by the time i need it its a dire need situation and im already at the store. so yes some ppl my boycott the show, but personaly it motivates me to become a better simple and small couponer.

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37 Anne April 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I'm recording it so I can watch & see what they do. Curious! I'm not a crazy couponer but do like to get go buys on what our small a family uses. We have a few months stockpiled & I'm going to try to keep it that way.

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38 Diane April 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I am not sure that I would want a pantry or basement or attic full of "stuff" that I will never use! We have 5 (soon to be 6 children) and I started using coupons to save on what we do buy to make our grocery money go farther.Or, I will use coupons to try new things,and, hey, I would have bought the item without the coupon anyways most times, so I am OK with that. We eat what is on sale basically...our local grocery store had a 10 for $10 sale on pasta and sauce. We bought 10 and will use 10 in the next few months. When chicken is on sale, we eat a lot of dishes with chicken. I will buy a roast that has a sell by date of that day and save several dollars and throw that in for dinner that night. We eat well, I just have learned to plan my menu based on what I can find a deal on. I stock up on things when they are on sale- and by that I mean I will have a couple back ups of the item. I have 3 bottles of shampoo because I got it for 85 cents with my coupons last month. I do not have 85 bottles of 3 cent shampoo though. That is insanity!

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39 candy April 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

totally agree...just trying to do best for our families...this show is going to hurt us in the long run....TLC does not care....they are going to make money off of this...evidently they do not use coupons and get paid an extreme amount of money that they do no live frugal...lucky them....

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40 Jennifer April 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Let me just say WOW! Who are we to judge these people. If they want to spend the time to "extreme coupon" so be it. I'm sure all of us have our downfalls and don't spend every minute of every day to the best of our abilities. I know for me I sometimes spend to much time reading when I could be doing something more productive. And to call these people hoarders is just wrong. Hoarding is a real psychological problem, and if some of them are hoarders maybe they can get the help they need, but it is not our place to call them such. Maybe we need to stop and take a look at ourselves and quite judging others.

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41 Jen April 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

That woman on the first show who did not have any kids definately had a hoarding problem. She and her husband were throwing stuff on beds to store it and she had something like 20 years worth of toilet paper. If all the crap was taking over her home and eating up all her time, she has a problem and probably needs professional help.

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42 Erin April 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

My sentiments exactly, DSM! I majored in Economics in college, and it's tough for me to see people doing this, just for something free. There is no such thing as free. Someone somewhere is paying for this. Not that coupons are bad. When it's taken advantage of, and suddenly the manufacturer is giving away so much "free" product, there profits decrease. What do manufacturers do when their profit decreases? They either make a cheaper product, or mark up the price. (Or I suppose they go bankrupt, haha!) It also seems that they might be less likely to provide coupons in the future. I also think the TLC show is almost meant to make fun of couponers, rather than teach us anything important. Just like the strange addictions - I feel no compassion for the girl who eats tissue paper, whatsoever. I don't care what happens to her. I think TLC is really not a good channel anymore - totally not worth watching any of their shows anymore. It's like a freakshow at a circus (pardon the expression.)

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43 Angela R April 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Heck yeah, Tara! I just shared this with my FB followers. I was contacted by Discovery (TLC)'s PR last week's in hope I'd share this on my blog. Their email made me want to talk about it even less and I told them so.

Well said, my friend.

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44 candy April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

This show is not going to help us......it is now going to limit the coupons and freebies that we get...companies are out there to make money and want our business and enjoy their products..and the store needs to make some amount of money also.....but when you have hoarders who enjoy just the word "free" and do not even use ,abuse the right of people that really want that product and the hoarders wiping out shelves , shame on you! no wonder why walmart and others keep changing their coupon policy on a weekly basis...I do not even care if they donate to a cause, it is hindering the normal family "just trying to get by" living....remember our economy sticks and gas prices for getting a freebie really isn't FREE.

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45 Amber April 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Do you think the manufacturers do not have a 200% markup on their products? They are still making money or they wouldn't put the coupons out there.

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46 Amber La Mons April 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

For all of those that comment about wiping out shelves, you can ask the store to order in the quantity that you want. This eliminates the problem and you get what you want for home/charity.

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47 Jessica April 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

If those people have the time and energy to "extreme" coupon that is their business. I don't think that we should continue to celebrate people that have issues. I also don't think that the people that "extreme" coupon could actually be following rules, limits, or common sense. I would love to see whether or not they actually use all these products and what they spend on their bills beyond what they have a coupon for. I buy items that my family can use, or that I can put into donation boxes for US military as part of my girl scout troops annual service project. I swap coupons that I don't use with friends. But I love saving all the money I have and love the rush I get from seeing 100 dollars get cut in half for a weekly grocery shop. I'll watch, but not because I think I am going to get $500 worth of meals for my family for $5. I know how much time goes into one of my shopping trips, I am curious how much time goes into theirs.

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48 Jennifer@HomeMatters April 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Great post! So well written. I couldn't agree more. Glad to know I am not the only one who feels that way :)
Jennifer

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49 Libby April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

opps after watching Amanda I wrote on her wall I would have to unlike her page its not couponing its hording , And now I am watching Joni dumpster dive and have her child do it also WOW they are mentally ill in my book , Tara I love your site you are very realistic and have helped my family save lot of money :) Thanks for being Sane lol

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50 Paige April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

We won't be watching. We only buy what is necessary for our family to ensure others families get the same benefit of savings as we do. For our family we have a 6 month stockpile (only that because we were both previously laid off for 7 months with no income). I get really frustrated at individuals whoa re so selfish that they need to buy ALL the items of one something that is on sale. (For example 50 jars of pasta sauce!) Be considerate of others, and the same will be returned. We WON"T be giving any energy positive or negative to this "event" on TLC....

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51 Libby April 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Ohh I forgot to add Amanda Blocked me from her wall now . lol

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52 Kelly April 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

i totally agree that the people are horders ! I will watch for the simple fact that i'd love to be able to do as well as they do money wise but with a third of the amount they do. The one woman on the first epsiode that bought like 100 boxes of pasta , and 200 candy bars its not a wonder she looks the way she does! we may buy 5 candy bars a month and thats for our family of 3 she sould be stockpileing coupons for jenny craig or weight watchers because if she is eating all of that candy along with all of that pasta on a daily basis she will die of obeasity before she's able to use her stockpile!

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53 Michele April 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I watched in shock of anyone who digs for coupons in dumpsters along with their 3 or 4 yr old child.Especially after seeing her garage was filled with enough food to feed her family for a year.
I was in line a few weeks ago and had about 10 coupons..the lady behind me said "I watched that food hoarding coupon show on TV did you see it"?
Embarrassing!

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54 Julie April 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

When people comment on my coupons, it's usually in amazement. They wish they could save money on there groceries. I can't count how many people I have seen check out without a single coupon. There are more people paying full price vs. us that use coupons, in my opinion.

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55 Stacy April 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I would love to watch it, just out of curiosity. I talk to the people that were on the show and as for the dumpster dive with the child, she had never done it before, but the SHOW told her she had to do it. I go to a site called weusecoupons.com and Nathan, who was also on the show, does a LOT of donating, he is also doing coupons for troops. Really, we need to remember this was a reality show and it may not reflect the whole truth. Most just have a stock that will last them a year or 2. I understand that it can become and addiction, but you just need to stop when you feel comfortable. I started out hardcore and now I miss deals all the time. I know I am set on HBA items for about 4-6 months and that is perfectly fine for me! To each their own, who are we to judge based off of a "reality show" with "producers"? Just my 2 cents.

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56 Michele April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

If she was "told" she had to put her child in the dumpster I would of "told" them off!

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57 Libby April 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

joni bought 40 jars of ragu For a family of 4 ??? Really and she already had shelves full , She wasnt donating it she was hording it .

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58 Stacy April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I know for my posts I am going to be chastised like mad, but truthfully I would go through 40 jars of pasta sauce in about 6-9 months. I only have a family of 4 also. I use it for pizza pudgy pies, spaghetti, lasagna pasta bakes and so on. For me to use about 2-4 jars a week is nothing!

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59 lillie powe April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I will not be watching the show. I search daily to find coupons that fit my healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle. We should be aware of the fine line between saving on the products we need & use & the practice of hording.

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60 anna hobbic April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

thank you!!!

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61 Andrea April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Love the comments! I saw the initial show. Right off the bat I was making comments about obsessive/compulsive disorder. Some of the things that these people were stockpiling would definitely go bad. How much stuff on those shelves can two people eat? How many deodorants can one use?! It was crazy! So much valuable time devoted to this obsession. It's one thing if you end up donating most of it to a food bank or shelter, but most of them are not doing that. I was wondering where they shop that a store would take an indefinite number of coupons for the same product. My Shop Rite only allows 4 coupons for the same product. And as many of you have said, because of this obsession and greed, when I go to the store to buy one or two items with my coupons, the shelves are empty. And Tara, you are so right about all those free or nearly free items & not being able to put a wholesome meal together.
I know that many of you are worried that this show will ruin it for us regular couponers, but there are already problems for us such as a lot of stores refusing to take internet coupons because of all the fake ones that are being generated. That kind of greed has already ruined it a little for us. And with newspapers going the way of the dinosaur, without our Sunday coupons, it's really going to be hard to save our hard earned money in this economy. I hope it never comes to that!

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62 Heartland Hannah April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I'm also glad I'm not alone in my disgust for shows like this and also the people they tend to feature. I was interviewed to be featured in an article about extreme couponing but was filtered out as not being "extreme enough." Translated I but what my family needs and then I also buy things to donate to local shelters. I guess that's not considered exciting enough though I think it's more representative of the many people I have come to admire through forums such as this one.

TV shows about single men with pallets of pampers in their garage and women who have to get permission from a grocery store to run multiple transactions back to back are not what this is all about but rather represent an embarrassment.

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63 valerie April 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I am soo happy you mentioned this Dealseekingmom. I just love how your thoughts are alike ours here on your comment page. I just hope it doesnt give viewers the idea of grabbing all the sunday papers, emptying all the shelves(which I pray doesnt happen here in Los Angeles) and also make viewers not hate but dislike couponers. A toothbrush or two for free at target makes me the happiest person in the world. But to go extream, I dont think so its just not my style. By the way I LOVE everyones opinion on this topic!! =)

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64 liz b. April 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I so appreciate this site and agree with most of you. I don't do freebies unless it's something I have been wanting to try or I know I'll use. I rarely print coupons unless I know I need/want that item at my next shop. I shop at stores that don't often have name brand foods so I don't use a lot of coupons, which can be tricky. I actually shop at 2 different grocery stores to get the best deals, but I don't buy much processed stuff either and I seriously almost never buy name brand.
I will watch just out of curiousity...but it bothers me that something as simple as couponing to save money for your family is now being made into a ridiculous reality show!

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65 Nic P April 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Believe me you are not alone. Most of the people featured, have an issue far different and far beyond "I use a few coupons to budget wisely and help my family".

Hoarding is a serious mental health issue, and it doesn't matter if you have neat and tidy shelves. If you are buying more than what your family needs, or more than you can donate etc. It's just hoarding.

It get very frustrated that a few extreme people are defining wise coupon users.

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66 Stacy April 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Here is a link I would like to share. It is "behind the scenes, what didn't make the cut". http://www.weusecoupons.com/upload/wuc-news/103326-tlc-donation-behind-scenes-what-didnt-make-cut.html

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67 Susan April 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I agree with you, I have watched the show but noticed that a lot of the stuff they throw into their carts I wouldn't eat. Who wants to come out with a cart full of sugar laden chocolate milk & heavily sugared cereal, & other packages of food full of added colors/dyes, saturated fats, high sodium, etc. I don't see them coming out with many fresh fruits, vegetables & unprocessed meats. I use coupons MOSTLY for non-food items, detergents & other clothing items. I have found a FEW, not nearly as many as I would like, coupons for unprocessed chicken, a nice loaf of bread or some frozen veggies. I have written to some companies of organic foods & have received some coupons for healthy items that way. I started a couponing group at my church so that I could give away coupons that I don't use- I feel as if I am throwing away money when I throw out coupons. Now some of the ladies from my church drop off their coupons that they don't want, I cut, file them & bring them in for everyone to go through to take what they need. I no longer need to buy diapers but there are a number of woman at church that can & can certainly use more than the 1 they get in their own paper. :-)

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68 Susan April 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

sorry for the typo, should be:
"detergents & other CLEANING items"

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69 Melissa April 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

When I first started couponing, I chased every deal whether I used the product or not. Then I realized how crazy that was. Now I buy what I need with coupons and stockpile about 3 months worth. Chasing every deal is not worth my time. I have kids and want to spend time with them (and my hubby!) Thank you DSM for making it easier for us to find the deals we need!

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