In a rare moment of being able to watch something on TV this is not 1.Animated or 2.Made by Nickelodeon, PBS or Disney, I was flipping around the stations looking for something to watch. I came upon a show called "Extreme Couponing", which I'm sure you may have already heard of.
Now at first this seemed like a good idea. Who wouldn't want to get 90% of their groceries for free? Being a SAHM, who is responsible for the grocery shopping but not being the one supplying the income, saving money where I can is always good thing.
But as I watched this show, I started to cringe. This particular episode, the couponer got 20 of each flavor powerade, 150 king-size butterfingers candybars, I dont know how many bags of cookies. She ended up with Nine carts - NINE!! I myself have only ever completely filled up ONE cart a handful of times in my life!
Another woman was piling her cart full of 2-liter Soda bottles, chips, and other processed junkfood. Her goal was to purchase $1000 worth of items for under $55.
I had only 2 questions after watching this:
How do you manage to consume all of this (such as 50 2-liters bottles of Pepsi) and WHY would you want to?!?! I don't care how much savings there was to be had the food was just plain unhealty!
It lead me to wonder if the couponing craze has become somewhat of a sickness for some. It seems like some of these people are steps away from being hoarders (another show that makes me cringe).
Now don't get me wrong I have friends who are couponing queens and my Aunt, well, She is a couponing genius. I myself love it when I have managed to save a large portion of my bill using coupons. The difference here is that what my friends, aunt and myself buy are things we actually need and use. I tend to wonder with the TV Extreme Couponers, if they are buying these things because they actually need them or because of the thrill they get from getting a deal. Another question is: are these Extreme Couponers the reality or are the producers just really creative in their editing?
Readers, what are your thoughts on this? Are you an extreme couponer? Does this show do justice to couponing?
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