For years my husband has been a diligent coupon clipper. He remembers to bring them to the store and even MORE importantly, he takes the time to find them.
One of my friends found a Grocery Game that sends you to three different stores for the best deals of the week – since groceries go on sale in patterns. Chris worked at a grocery store in high school and college – so he is like a built-in-grocery-game.
I, on the other hand, need a friendly reminder to bring them. I don’t like taking time to clip them – I feel that my time is more valuable than that.
I also feel that MOST items you find coupons for are not the healthiest choice. Processed food can be free, but that doesn’t mean I want to take it home and eat it.
It wasn’t until recently that Chris pointed out that “$10 a week pays for college.”
Huh, this is true – or at least it will help a LOT.
So my goal is to find at least $10 worth of coupons to use each week.
This is a far cry from the new rage: Extreme Couponing. Have you seen TLC’s TV series?
They feature people who have massive stockpiles of items they only bring home because they have a coupon for it.
At first, watching this show is like watching a massive train-wreck. You can’t take your eyes off it.
I just can’t get over the fact that these people are hoarders of items they really don’t need or will ever use.
After thinking about it, I became a little mad that there are starving families out there that NEED food. Luckily, TLC showed at least one lady donating 600 noodle bowls to a food pantry.
Still wrapping my mind around it, I realized these ladies reacted to a sudden change in their family income. They openly admit spending over 30 hours a week prepping for their shopping trip. They aren’t just in this Extreme Couponing for the food. They want to feel like they are contributing. They are playing it like a gambler and winning: BIG.
While it is impressive to save 99% of your food bill, I can’t help but wonder how their addiction to couponing will snowball into something bigger? I hope they don’t pop the top on their house to make room for more food storage.
Coupon Information Corporation says that Extreme Couponing can also be called Coupon Fraud.
If extreme couponing continues to fly under the radar, there should at least be a rule about donating a certain percentage of it to food pantries.
What are your thoughts on Extreme Couponing?
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