Extreme Couponing or Hoarders in disguise?

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Extreme Couponing or Hoarders in disguise?

My mother told me to watch this show, extreme couponing. She loves it and I know many friends who find it so appealing and even in awe who said I should watch it. As I was watching it I couldn't help but think these people have issues! Serious issues! Yes you only spent $10 on $200 worth of food but who needs 50 bags of chips and 20 bottles of Malox? Not to mention theamount of time it must take them to get these deals just doesn't seem worth it. Some of these people just seem like organized hoarders with shopping addictions.

What do you think?

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I have watched a few times, and I think there is a little of both. Some do go a little overboard, but the last one I watched the guy got a whole bunch of cereal for almost free and donated it to his church's food pantry. I know that you can be sensible about it because my Aunt used to do couponing like this when she delivered newspapers and was able to get extra papers for coupons. Sales do run in cycles of about every 3 months, so if you buy in bulk and just buy the amount you will need to make it through about 3 months time you do just right. My Aunt used to have garage sales and sell some of the stuff if she got too much or donate it, but I don't see any reason to not get it if it is free. Surely you could find someone who needs it, the problem is that some of these people are hoarding it instead of getting rid of the excess.

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I saw one where the guy was buying stuff to send care packs to overseas troops, in that case and others who do it to donate I think it is a great way to be able to give more while still staying close to a family budget. Another used part of it to stock up on laundry detergent, which is a good plan as well, it doesn't ahve a use by and is expensive so if you have the storage space getting some extras is a great idea. A lot of them are just hoarders though.
I found it quite funny because an episode or two has had the promo for hoarders on next in the corner ( I watch online because we don't have it on tv here).

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These people seem to be paying to store their "cheap" stuff. The square footage they're using in their homes to store is space they could be using to live in. When you consider the cost of the space to store that stuff, it's no longer so inexpensive.

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Kate, that is a really good way to look at it. I agree.

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I like the show as well, some of them are incredibly resourceful and actually help others like donating to oversea's or food pantry's. Most of them already have a garage or basement, so I guess I don't get the argument of that part...they aren't renting spaces, they have them currently. I would hope that they use the consumable products before expires, if not...what a waste. I just wonder how they have the time to go thru all of the coupons and sales flyers!

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"culturedmom" wrote:

My mother told me to watch this show, extreme couponing. She loves it and I know many friends who find it so appealing and even in awe who said I should watch it. As I was watching it I couldn't help but think these people have issues! Serious issues! Yes you only spent $10 on $200 worth of food but who needs 50 bags of chips and 20 bottles of Malox? Not to mention theamount of time it must take them to get these deals just doesn't seem worth it. Some of these people just seem like organized hoarders with shopping addictions.

What do you think?

I think when people take it to a point where they are being irrational or are causing major inconvenience to themselves by having to store too much then they have issues and its more than just smart shopping. I could see it being an addiction of sorts...the thrill of finding the best deals...or some sort of OCD thing where you can't pass up the opportunity without feeling like you've failed or something.

Yeah, if you are buying stuff that you will never use, or have so much stuff you can't navigate certain rooms in your house, then you have problems.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

I like the show as well, some of them are incredibly resourceful and actually help others like donating to oversea's or food pantry's. Most of them already have a garage or basement, so I guess I don't get the argument of that part...they aren't renting spaces, they have them currently. I would hope that they use the consumable products before expires, if not...what a waste. I just wonder how they have the time to go thru all of the coupons and sales flyers!

They're using the space to store stuff rather than use that space for living. Of course they're paying for that space; don't people generally pay for all the space in their home? If I use my entire basement as toilet paper and can storage instead of as another bedroom, living room, or office, I'm paying to store stuff instead of live there. I personally would rather the store pay to store the stuff that I would later buy rather than it take up swaths of my living space.

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I could totally be one of those people, but we cant use coupons like that here:confused: I do think that some of it is pretty ridiculous though. Like what is the point of having so much deodorant that your childrens, children will never be stinky? I like the idea of buying three months in advance and watched one with a lady that I could totally relate to. She constantly rearranged her 'hoard' so that she used things by the best before date, and it was only a small hoard (she could still park her car in the garage).

The reason that I think I could be one of these people is because right now I am a stay at home mom who may have to go back to work soon to make ends meet. I would gladly call couponing my 'job' and work when the kids are sleeping so that I could save my family that kind of money. It would mean alot to us in terms of lifestyle.

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I've never seen either show, but I have read a blog or two of someone who is into that couponing stuff. You know, where they post the 40 sticks of anti-perspitant, the 17 fleet enemas, 42 pantene shampoos and 42 little eggs of nude hose that they got at CVS and then take pictures of it from like 7 angles and then proclaim in all caps that

THEY GOT ALL THIS AWESOME STUFF FOR JUST $1.12.

Yes, I would define this as hoarding, or OCD, or some sort of desperate need to feel victorious in a world that can be difficult and often thwarts us.

TOtal aside, but I also don't understand people who take and post multiple pictures of their "diaper stash". That is so weird to me I don't know where to start. I guess I'm anti stash, the only kinds of "stashes" I used to be into aren't the sort that one would proudly post pictures of on the internet Smile

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"CalBearInBoston" wrote:

They're using the space to store stuff rather than use that space for living. Of course they're paying for that space; don't people generally pay for all the space in their home? If I use my entire basement as toilet paper and can storage instead of as another bedroom, living room, or office, I'm paying to store stuff instead of live there. I personally would rather the store pay to store the stuff that I would later buy rather than it take up swaths of my living space.

But if they aren't using the space for anything else, I guess I don't really see the issue. Sure, if they were cramming their entire family in one room just so they can store 5 years worth of food...I'd see a far larger issue in it. I find it fascinating that they can actually pull coupons off like that, if I had the time and enegery (and stores to support it locally) I might try as well. Certainly not to that extent though!

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I watch the show from time to time and I definitely think that for some if not most of the people it is hoarding. I said in a different thread a while back that who on earth could possibly use 60 bottles of salad dressing before it expires? I think that the extreme folks are addicted to the routine - the clipping, sorting, etc. and the rush they get at the register when the cashier gives them their final total - more than the satisfaction of knowing that they can keep their family going on toothpaste or dental floss for the next 100 years.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I've never seen either show, but I have read a blog or two of someone who is into that couponing stuff. You know, where they post the 40 sticks of anti-perspitant, the 17 fleet enemas, 42 pantene shampoos and 42 little eggs of nude hose that they got at CVS and then take pictures of it from like 7 angles and then proclaim in all caps that

THEY GOT ALL THIS AWESOME STUFF FOR JUST $1.12.

Yes, I would define this as hoarding, or OCD, or some sort of desperate need to feel victorious in a world that can be difficult and often thwarts us.

TOtal aside, but I also don't understand people who take and post multiple pictures of their "diaper stash". That is so weird to me I don't know where to start. I guess I'm anti stash, the only kinds of "stashes" I used to be into aren't the sort that one would proudly post pictures of on the internet Smile

ROFL

I'm anti-stash too. I hate clutter, knick knacks, useless tchotkes, et cetera. Buying stuff at Costco is the most "stashing" I will do, and even then I look at it and go "Do we REALLY need a two pack of GIANT steak sauces?"

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"Potter75" wrote:

I've never seen either show, but I have read a blog or two of someone who is into that couponing stuff. You know, where they post the 40 sticks of anti-perspitant, the 17 fleet enemas, 42 pantene shampoos and 42 little eggs of nude hose that they got at CVS and then take pictures of it from like 7 angles and then proclaim in all caps that

THEY GOT ALL THIS AWESOME STUFF FOR JUST $1.12.

Yes, I would define this as hoarding, or OCD, or some sort of desperate need to feel victorious in a world that can be difficult and often thwarts us.

TOtal aside, but I also don't understand people who take and post multiple pictures of their "diaper stash". That is so weird to me I don't know where to start. I guess I'm anti stash, the only kinds of "stashes" I used to be into aren't the sort that one would proudly post pictures of on the internet Smile

here here. The only time I remember being obsessed with a stash is while Pumping BM.

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I haven't watched the show myself. I do have a friend on facebook (high school friend have seen IRL 3 times since then) that does this to an extent. She says she doesn't hoard, she stockpiles which is different (her words). She only buys what she will use within the shelf life of the item. She does end up donating a decent amount of stuff and she takes tax deductions on the shelf price of the items bc that is what her church told her to do. I have no idea of the legalities behind that.

She is a little obsessive to me but I can see why she does it. She is one of those that takes pictures of each shopping trip and posts how much she paid and the savings rate. She always has a savings rate of 75% though it is usually better than that. She doesn't show multiple angles of the same stash though, that would be annoying.

If there was a way to coupon for the kind of items I buy I would totally get into it at least somewhat. I look through her purchases and while there are very occasional good products in them, most of it is hamburger helper, frozen pizzas, Pantene shampoo, white pasta, sugary cereal etc.

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Ther's a reason there are no coupons for fresh vegetables and fruit. I mean havey'all seen the shelf life on some of these foods? Lordy. Not sure we should be eating foods that can be stockpiled to begin with, lol.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Ther's a reason there are no coupons for fresh vegetables and fruit. I mean havey'all seen the shelf life on some of these foods? Lordy. Not sure we should be eating foods that can be stockpiled to begin with, lol.

Another great point.

I have a friend that is trying to do this, and she recently got a great deal on bottled water. I didn't say it out loud, but I was thinking that even the cheapest bottled water is more expensive than the tap (given that we have clean safe water in our area.) I don't think she's even big into bottled water (I've never seen her carrying a bottle of water that I can think of and I see her every single work day.) I think it was just a "good deal."

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

But if they aren't using the space for anything else, I guess I don't really see the issue. Sure, if they were cramming their entire family in one room just so they can store 5 years worth of food...I'd see a far larger issue in it. I find it fascinating that they can actually pull coupons off like that, if I had the time and enegery (and stores to support it locally) I might try as well. Certainly not to that extent though!

If they have that much extra room, why are they paying to live in such a big place? I don't understand the idea of paying for housing that you're using to mimic WalMart or Costco. You still have to have a mortgage/heat/cool/maintain the space where salad dressing is stored, just like the rest of the house.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Ther's a reason there are no coupons for fresh vegetables and fruit. I mean havey'all seen the shelf life on some of these foods? Lordy. Not sure we should be eating foods that can be stockpiled to begin with, lol.

Absolutely.

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"CalBearInBoston" wrote:

If they have that much extra room, why are they paying to live in such a big place? I don't understand the idea of paying for housing that you're using to mimic WalMart or Costco. You still have to have a mortgage/heat/cool/maintain the space where salad dressing is stored, just like the rest of the house.

Maybe you are more practical in that sense. I know plenty of people that live in larger homes that don't occupy every square inch of space. Most people I know that have basements in this area, use it as a junk room or storage space. It seems like these type of people who buy in large (some ridiculous) quantities, choose to use their space for stock-pile storage which is the same in my opinion as other people who use that space for a junk room/storage.

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"Andy1784" wrote:

I haven't watched the show myself. I do have a friend on facebook (high school friend have seen IRL 3 times since then) that does this to an extent. She says she doesn't hoard, she stockpiles which is different (her words). She only buys what she will use within the shelf life of the item. She does end up donating a decent amount of stuff and she takes tax deductions on the shelf price of the items bc that is what her church told her to do. I have no idea of the legalities behind that.

She is a little obsessive to me but I can see why she does it. She is one of those that takes pictures of each shopping trip and posts how much she paid and the savings rate. She always has a savings rate of 75% though it is usually better than that. She doesn't show multiple angles of the same stash though, that would be annoying.

If there was a way to coupon for the kind of items I buy I would totally get into it at least somewhat. I look through her purchases and while there are very occasional good products in them, most of it is hamburger helper, frozen pizzas, Pantene shampoo, white pasta, sugary cereal etc.

ITA. You legally can use the retail value of what you're donating for tax deductions, so I'm on board with anyone who is an extreme couponer and donates. I wish I could get such good deals that I've seen for the products I buy, too. We do buy in bulk, as our size of family necessitates it, so if I ever got into it, I'd be a stockpiler. Biggrin Oh, and while we pay for the extra space for the large pantry we have, the convenience and cheaper products we purchase (would like it as cheap as those on the show tho), or can, or freeze, it's totally worth the investment of the space.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Ther's a reason there are no coupons for fresh vegetables and fruit. I mean havey'all seen the shelf life on some of these foods? Lordy. Not sure we should be eating foods that can be stockpiled to begin with, lol.

You haven't seen the coupons where you purchase a product and get "x" amount of dollars of produce or "x" amount of pounds of produce for free?

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"Beertje" wrote:

You haven't seen the coupons where you purchase a product and get "x" amount of dollars of produce or "x" amount of pounds of produce for free?

Very, very rarely. How does it makes sense to buy 3 boxes of crap to get a pound of fresh, healthy produce for free, when you can just take that same amount of money and leave with the produce? Not healthy for my family.

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"daniellevmt" wrote:

Very, very rarely. How does it makes sense to buy 3 boxes of crap to get a pound of fresh, healthy produce for free, when you can just take that same amount of money and leave with the produce? Not healthy for my family.

It's not all crap. That's opinion. But I find a box of plain Cheerios that my kids eat to be a good purchase and getting a pound of bananas for purchasing that box of Cheerios while being able to use a store coupon for a bigger discount is a good deal to me while keeping my kids healthy.

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All I have to say is that Canada sucks for coupons. I get Groupon every day but it's never anything I'd use. I don't need 20% off laser hair removal, I need milk and eggs. The US is way better for actual clipped coupons in flyers. Our flyers just have 'deals' like "50 bonus Air Miles when you purchase 5 or more".

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"culturedmom" wrote:

here here. The only time I remember being obsessed with a stash is while Pumping BM.

Excellent point. I do admit to having had hoarding tendencies with breast milk.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

All I have to say is that Canada sucks for coupons. I get Groupon every day but it's never anything I'd use. I don't need 20% off laser hair removal, I need milk and eggs. The US is way better for actual clipped coupons in flyers. Our flyers just have 'deals' like "50 bonus Air Miles when you purchase 5 or more".

And even when you find a good coupon you are limited in how many you can use at one time. I refuse to go back to the same store 10 times for a box of crackers:p

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"culturedmom" wrote:

here here. The only time I remember being obsessed with a stash is while Pumping BM.

Do you think it's wrong to still be holding on to it 2 years later? I still have some in the deep freeze and would never use it, but I just can't let it go. It's like closing some chapter in my life that I can't ever revisit. Wink

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"Beertje" wrote:

You haven't seen the coupons where you purchase a product and get "x" amount of dollars of produce or "x" amount of pounds of produce for free?

Rarely, and they are not the kind of items you can stockpile anyway. I'm not talking about using a coupon for a free lb of bananas. And the "free bananas" and "free gallon of milk" coupons do not even compare on any level with the coupons for other non-healthy items. Not to mention on that show I did not see one produce item at all.

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Lana - I watched that show for the first time yesterday, just for you.

Okay, on one hand I have to admit that I find it a little impressive that someone can get like $1200 worth of groceries for $44. It's funny because when I watched it yesterday, I had just gotten back from the grocery store where I bought a like a hand basket full of grocs for $50+. Then I see some lady literally get like 3 shopping carts + 2 flatbeds full of crap for $44. I have to admit that it made me look slightly askance at my little basket of grocs. But I agree, I did not see them buy one item of fresh produce or meat. The one lady was planning to live off of her stash and nothing else for like the next couple of months until they went on vacation, so I am assuming that they were planning on only eating canned/boxed/frozen stuff for at least 2 months straight. That makes my teeth hurt. So yeah, bottom line, I guess you *can* get a crap ton of stuff if you try, but in a lot of cases you would probably be better off if you just didn't.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

All I have to say is that Canada sucks for coupons. I get Groupon every day but it's never anything I'd use. I don't need 20% off laser hair removal, I need milk and eggs. The US is way better for actual clipped coupons in flyers. Our flyers just have 'deals' like "50 bonus Air Miles when you purchase 5 or more".

I haven't seen anything on groupon that I want yet. We do pretty well shopping by the sales but nothing like the savings people are mentioning. But it does sound like it is all crappy food. We don't buy hamburger helper or anything processed like that. We use mostly fresh foods and basic ingredients (or frozen version of the fresh items).

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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

I haven't seen anything on groupon that I want yet. We do pretty well shopping by the sales but nothing like the savings people are mentioning. But it does sound like it is all crappy food. We don't buy hamburger helper or anything processed like that. We use mostly fresh foods and basic ingredients (or frozen version of the fresh items).

Sometimes the best place to find coupons, IMO, is right in the aisles of the grocery store. I have to keep my head up and actually look for those coupons sticking out from the shelves instead of putting on my shopping blinders and just grabbing the stuff I need.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Sometimes the best place to find coupons, IMO, is right in the aisles of the grocery store. I have to keep my head up and actually look for those coupons sticking out from the shelves instead of putting on my shopping blinders and just grabbing the stuff I need.

Absolutely! The save on by our house always has their coupons in the flyers and on the shelves. If I pay attention while I shop I can usually get almost everything on sale. There is some stuff I literally never buy at full price (cereal, crackers, yogurt). We will also research all the sales in town and hit the stores that have the best prices on most of what we need. It may mean going to 2-3 places but they are all close so it isn't too bad. We also signed up for all of the newsletters so we get extra coupons that way.

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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

Absolutely! The save on by our house always has their coupons in the flyers and on the shelves. If I pay attention while I shop I can usually get almost everything on sale. There is some stuff I literally never buy at full price (cereal, crackers, yogurt). We will also research all the sales in town and hit the stores that have the best prices on most of what we need. It may mean going to 2-3 places but they are all close so it isn't too bad. We also signed up for all of the newsletters so we get extra coupons that way.

Just once I'd like there to be a grocery store that is one-stop shopping for me. I go to Safeway for this, Sobeys for that, Walmart for this, Superstore for that. Whatever deals or coupons there may be at any of those stores get negated by the amount of gas I use up driving all over town (don't even get me started on current gas prices).

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Just once I'd like there to be a grocery store that is one-stop shopping for me. I go to Safeway for this, Sobeys for that, Walmart for this, Superstore for that. Whatever deals or coupons there may be at any of those stores get negated by the amount of gas I use up driving all over town (don't even get me started on current gas prices).

We are lucky that save-on and walmart are right across the road from each other. And we only go to superstore a couple times a month to stock up on the stuff we can only get there (like presidents choice). So it isn't too bad on the gas.

(The gas prices are killing us though! We now only drive for shopping, medical appointment and across town kid pick ups. For everything else we take the bus or walk. We just can't afford to drive a lot these days.)

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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

I haven't seen anything on groupon that I want yet. We do pretty well shopping by the sales but nothing like the savings people are mentioning. But it does sound like it is all crappy food. We don't buy hamburger helper or anything processed like that. We use mostly fresh foods and basic ingredients (or frozen version of the fresh items).

I just made my first Groupon purchase today! 2 Fandango tickets for $8!!

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I found the show a bit disturbing. Sure, it's a thrill to get all of that "stuff" for such a low price, but who needs 77 bottles of mustard? And a lot of that stuff they are buying is processed crap. You're really going to drink 1000 bottles of strawberry flavored milk? GACK!

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"The Great Vagina" wrote:

I found the show a bit disturbing. Sure, it's a thrill to get all of that "stuff" for such a low price, but who needs 77 bottles of mustard? And a lot of that stuff they are buying is processed crap. You're really going to drink 1000 bottles of strawberry flavored milk? GACK!

Forreal.

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"Potter75" wrote:

Excellent point. I do admit to having had hoarding tendencies with breast milk.

Add me to this group!!!! (as you can see from my siggy, I had a bit of a problem with stashing away BM!)

I use coupons, but not nearly to this extent. I do have an adopted platoon that I support. So I do try to match store sales and coupons to get items that I know they need cheap so that I can send them even more. But to hoard it all for myself... I just don't have that space. There was a good sale/coupon combo this week on papertowls. But we already have 15 full rolls (one roll lasts us like 2 weeks), so I just couldnt' see buying more. I know they will go on sale again before I need them.