I started couponing about a year ago. I was very new to it and didn't give it a lot of effort. But I had hubby pick up a paper each week and I'd check out the coupons and clip the ones I knew I would use to buy. I still shopped at Walmart most of the time thinking because my husband got a 10% discount to there for being an employee of the Walmart company, that I was was getting better deals. Basically I was clueless.
I then discovered the match up blogs and websites that basically give you the sale items with the coupons that go with them. They tell you exactly which insert the coupon is in and everything! I was amazed! I remember being SO nervous the first time I went into Publix, but feeling so great when I saw how much I saved! The first time I saved more than I spent was like a high for me! It was a total rush of pride that I had beat the store at their own game!
So yes, I totally get the feeling these Extreme Couponers have on that show. I totally understand that awesome feeling when you get a bunch of stuff and pay hardly anything for it! BUT I do not condone the show anymore! I believe it is causing a lot of people to get into couponing and give it a try. Which is totally fine!! BUT I believe it is giving people a bad message that its ok to clear the shelf of 100 items you don't need or that its ok to steal people's papers from their driveway. The other day I was completely in shock at what I saw. After hubby went to two stores to pick up the Sunday paper for me on his way home from work, with no luck because they were sold out, we went to town to get dinner and try to find somewhere that still had the paper. Well after a few more stores that were sold out, hubby checked another gas station. He came back empty handed but then told me that there were a whole stack of papers in there, but every single paper had the coupon inserts STOLEN out of them!!
This is where it becomes too much! I used to could go in and pick up a Sunday paper no problem, with coupon inserts always in them. This show has caused such a craze that people are proceeding to STEAL the coupon inserts! And its not just here! I read online that a man told a friend that he bought one paper and took the inserts from the papers underneath and just didn't buy the papers. THIS IS STEALING people!! I'm fine with more people using coupons and learning how to save money, this is great! But if you do this you should be ashamed of yourself! If your using coupons correctly you'll make the money back you spent on the paper with your savings!
If you are a couponer or just getting into couponing, I really hope you have the decency to pay for your paper or coupons so that the rest of us can save some money too! We're all just trying to make our dollar go further but people acting like this make it very hard!
Ok, rant over! ;)