Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Thoughts on TLC's New Series "Extreme Couponing"

So last night I was so excited to watch the new episodes of Extreme Couponing! On the very first hour long episode Mr.Coupon inspired me so much! He was smart with his shopping and he even donated items he got for free to the needy in his community! I thought he was so cool! So when I learned of the new series I was super excited to find more inspiration!

And while they do inspire me to get amazing deals and get tons of groceries for super cheap, I do have my reservations. For one, I get the stockpile thing, I do. I would even like to start my own stockpile and plan on doing so very soon. But when you have to bring your stockpile into your home (under your kids bed, in your own bedroom, in every closet and cabinet) I think thats a bit much. The whole point of a stockpile is so that you can go without buying certain items for a certain period of time. So when you already have 100 rolls of paper towels...don't go buying 100 more. Especially when it is overflowing your home! The one lady even said it herself; she felt like the walls were closing in on her...because her whole house was one big stockpile! Mr. Coupon did it right in my opinion. He was able to get 1000 packages of toilet paper for free so he hasn't bought toilet paper in over 3 years! I think creating a stockpile can be a great thing, if used properly. When you have enough of something to where you don't have to buy that item for at least a year...don't buy it for at least a year!! Just sayin'.

Another thing that got me was buying products they didn't really need or use just because it was on sale....aka the mustard. The woman bought like 56 bottles of mustard and her husband is standing there saying "we don't even really eat mustard". I use coupons for items we use or will use. I don't get something..even if its free...just because its free! For example there has been many a time I could get Old Spice body wash or deodorant for free or under $1 but my husband doesn't like Old I didn't get it. Now I can understand donating it to others if its free or something AND if you have lots of coupons so you can buy lots to donate. But to buy it just cuz its cheap even if you aren't going to use it is stupid in my opinion.

Now don't get me wrong..the ladies on the show were inspiring! They save TONS of money each year. I would LOVE to go to the $600 worth of groceries and only pay $6 for them! That would be amazing! I just think some of their habits are a little pointless and a bit much. I guess that's why they call it EXTREME couponing.


  1. Hi, found your blog via the Extreme Couponing Facebook site, great blog! I have to say, I agree with you 100%. I love couponing, but I'm not going to clear a shelf of a product when I don't use it. You save 100% not buying the item!

  2. AMEN!! I wrote my own blog last night after I watched it!! People don't realize that the "Extreme" in the title is literal. I coupon...I have a stockpile that doesn't go outside my kitchen. These people have taken it to a whole level that boggles my mind. Great post!

  3. I so agree with you! I LOVE using coupons and saving money, but I also love spending time with my family and not at the grocery store :) My husband and I decided after we saw "free" items all of the time that we didn't need that we could just start buying them and donating them to our local food bank. However, if it's not free or under 25 cents...we don't buy it! I understand we pass up some great deals, but we don't need everything :)


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