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KatieWantsABaby's picture
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Extreme Couponing....

Have any of you watched it? What was your response? What did/didn't you like about the person/people you saw profiled?

I've seen the whole season, and I'll wait to give my 2 cents until y'all say something first Wink

ETA:

Here is a LINK to watch Episode 2

ange84's picture
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I've not seen it, but have heard lots about it so might try and watch some episodes online if I can. We don't get coupons here so the concept is a bit strange to me.

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I will update the OP with a link to an episode Smile

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I've seen 2 shows and they totally sucked me in. Like I couldn't take my eyes away because it was so beyond what I've ever seen. Its not something I would ever do personally, but to each their own. One lady was like spending 20 hours a week couponing! I wish I had 20 hours a week for anything. Also I don't know what in the world I'd do with all that stuff cause I can't imagine just buying things for cheap even if I normally wouldn't use/eat it.

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i havn't seen the show but i have seen the commercials. they are super strict here about coupons. we arn't allowed doubling up and we have to read the fine print because they are usually very specific. i was told though that people on those shows buy tons of stuff they won't even use??? wtf is up with that, that is just greedy.

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we don't have anywhere that doubles either

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I've watched a few episodes, and it really is unreal what those people are able to do!
I would love to spend a handful of dollars on what would normally cost 100's!!
But, I think it really must depend on the type of stores you have available to you as far as doubling, savings/rewards programs, quantity of supplies available.
I don't have the time to spend couponing to that degree and I also wonder how they are able to use 40 of the same coupon. So many coupons say limit 1 coupon per purchase, etc. And, I can never see myself buying & using 40 bottles of Maalox just because I got it for pennies.
It is inspiring though & I do see the rush that you can experience getting such a good deal...after watching one episode, I went through my Walgreens add & coupons and was able to save $68 and my out of pocket was about $55. It's not extreme, but I feel pretty good about savings like that Smile

BTW...Cat, as far as Amazon coupons...after your original post, I made use of an expired coupon & Amazon accepted it, but I just tried again this week - I had at least 10 expired coupons and Amazon wouldn't take them - have you tried lately? did they change things??

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I think it's amazing how dedicated some people are to getting things for cheap. I tried couponing once and found that it didn't even save me money. The coupons are always for name brand stuff and you can't combine here or double. For me buying generic without a coupon is cheaper than buying name brand with a coupon.

I watched one episode where a set of twins were going around getting things for free on their birthday and then ended up getting $500 worth of stuff for less than $10. That isn't feasable in my area. They also bought a whole bunch of stuff they don't need/use and had it all stacked in a basement. Why?

I liked that one guy who made all that effort and then used the stuff he bought to create over 1000 care packages for our troops overseas. I loved that.

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I think if people go to the extreme and can afford to do it, but donate it all (or above what they would use for themselves) is a great idea. There are so many places like homeless shelters, women;s shelter's, care packages/ hampers etc that need donations all the time and if someone can mange to help out that is great.

I'm watching an episode now (making the most of Ronin having a huge nap, we are at 2 hours so far, already caught up with the biggest loser)

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150 candy bars, 200 boxes of pasta is extreme and I think crazy. I coupon but they don't double around here either.

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Ok, the show really interests me -I actually like watching HOWEVER; here in ON, we don't have stores (that I know of) that have some kind of VIP card for discounts; nor do we have stores that 'double' the coupons you have... It seems tho, that the only way to really get these crazy discounts is to buy in ridiculous bulk... I mean, who need over a 1000 tubes of toothpaste?!!? I would love to get even half or a quarter of their discount when it comes to groceries, but I have zero time to be climbing in dumpster's searching out coupons!! LOL Smile

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Seems to me like hoarding. They buy a bunch of stuff they don't want or need, and stack it in their basement. The one with the twins really made me mad. They are stock piling diapers and they don't even have kids! I know diapers don't expire, but I can't help but think of all the women and children in need that could actually USE those diapers!

Also, the shows make it seem like they get $600 of stuff for $6, but this isn't a typical shopping trip for them. They plan and plan to get that one big score (and how much is their time worth? I saw one where they spend 20 hours a week planning and couponing!). AND they spend tons of money to get the coupons, like buying 6 copies of their paper or the sales fliers, or subscriptions to online sites. I tried normal couponing, but found it is still cheaper to buy generic/store brand, rather than get the name brand with a coupon. I guess if it's a hobby and you enjoy it (and use the products yourself or donate them to someone in need) that's fine, but I don't think it would work for the average consumer.

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I found it funny, one episode I was watching online had the coming up next part in the corner, for a hoarders show. Seemed very appropriate. I can see the ones where they get tons of things like laundry detergent really cheap, I would do deals like that, but I saw one where they had 93 packets of croutons, WTH would you do with that.

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I haven't actually watched an episode yet but I've heard lots about it. I'm lazy, sorry, but I'll just pay full price. To me, my time is so precious (cause I have none!) that even just regular couponing isn't worth it to me. I try, but I just never have time to get it all together. A typical grocery trip for me includes a lot of rushing just to get out the door, crying kids and people adding things to the list at the moment just before I walk out the door. I don't even shop at Walmart most of the time because it infuriates me when they don't have everything I need and I have to make two stops so I just go to the higher priced local grocery store. Now that I think about it, couponing wouldn't work well for me anyway, most everything I buy is fresh, organic, or no chemicals added kind of stuff so I do a lot of online ordering for personal products and a lot of shopping in the produce section or farmer's market (in the summer) for food. I really like the idea of getting all those deals and donating the stuff, now, that I could probably find time for!

Wendy- I like the Hoarders plug in the Extreme Couponing show! Sounds like it might go hand in hand.

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I have watched it and I enjoy it. I have been couponing for awhile like 2 years but not to that degree. I did have to stop last year because it does take time and it was too much because of school and me doing daycare. I however have started back up again because of the show..

I really do want a stock pile now! I am cleaning out my porch to put up some shelfs. Dont worry ladies it wont be like them(that takes skill) but it will be decent. Ill post pics when I get it together. Mostly canned foods, diapers,. Ive learned my lesson with cereals and that type of stuff because it goes back to quick..

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Yeah, I think some of those people are going to end up on Hoarders next. Wink

I coupon. Not crazy by any means. When we were in Vegas, all the coupon inserts came in the mail not the newspaper. That was great. I miss that. I'd regularly save $20-$30 a trip. Enough to make it worth my time since I'd only spend an hour or so with coupons. The local newspaper here doesn't have coupon inserts. I'd have to get another city's newspaper which isn't happening. Now I just use printable coupons and those found on shelves. I save maybe $5 a week now. Since I know we'll be moving at some point, I refuse to stockpile anything. I use coupons for cereal, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, dried pasta, whole wheat flour, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, paper products, fresh and frozen chicken, frozen seafood (like tilapia filets and such), nuts, cat food, and more. Healthy food coupons do exist. I just don't see them every month. When I do see them, I try to get as many as I can and use them each trip till they expire. I found that by menu planning I save quite a bit of money since nothing goes to waste and the coupons I use are for products that I am going to use soon. And it takes a lot less time to menu plan than those crazy coupon people spend on couponing. Wink Love watching the show and laughing at them though. I like Nathan, Mr. Coupon. At least he donates! I was a bit annoyed at the one episode where the two ladies claimed their coupons came from God. Really? So God just rained coupon inserts on you? :rolleyes:

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I've never watched the show nor have I even heard of it (don't have cable) but I can imagine what it's about. If someone is spending 20 hours per week to save even $100, their time is better spent getting a JOB! We use coupons but only if it's for something we were going to buy anyway. We get Lowes and Bed Bath & Beyond coupons and save a ton of money using them. We've also used Groupon a couple times. Anyone else used it? It's pretty awesome in Tucson. We don't save all that much money but we like to get coupons for various local stores just to entice us to try them. It's fun and we're supporting local business! There are always coupons for local restaurants. Maybe some day we'll actually go to one!

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I use groupon....the deal of the day isnt always for me but some of the deals are really good and worth the daily email they send out.

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Erin some of these people are spend 40-60 hours a week on couponing. Their totals before coupons is $800-$1,000 and they walk away spending under $20. It really is interesting to watch. lol. (But, yes it's WAY overboard!)

I used Groupon a couple of times in Vegas. Obviously does us no good here. lol.

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Ive thought about the Groupon thing but how does that work?. I get emails from a website I visit but I dont really understand the whole process..

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I do so much online shopping and I do go out and search for online coupons codes, but if I have to search more than 5 minutes, not happening.

Jackie- you might have hit the nail on the head for me. we don't get coupons in the mail much (the ones we do get I don't buy that stuff so it does me no good) and we don't get the paper so maybe that's more of why I don't get into it. Probably more though that I'm lazy Smile I also can so much too that we just don't buy much from the store. (and our stores around here consist of 1 local grocer and a walmart, pretty slim pickins)

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Christa, sounds like here. We have Walmart and HEB. I'm not a big fan of HEB. I did a great job of avoiding Walmart when I lived in Vegas, not so much here. I do most of my shopping at the commissary which I don't like because it's tiny and without many options. It's rather frustrating when the commissary ad comes out (with coupons!) and half the products aren't sold at this commissary.

If I lived someplace that doubled coupons, I would totally take advantage of that when I could!

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"laurensmitty1982" wrote:

Ive thought about the Groupon thing but how does that work?. I get emails from a website I visit but I dont really understand the whole process..

They have coupons offered by local businesses. You sign up to buy the coupon and if enough people also sign up, the groupon is "on." For example, you pay $10 for a $20 coupon. So, basically, you're getting a $10 off coupon. You aren't charged if too few people sign up. It's an awesome way for small stores to drum up business and some of the deals are pretty wicked. You do have to shell out some cash to get the coupon though.

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"devermee" wrote:

I've watched a few episodes, and it really is unreal what those people are able to do!
I would love to spend a handful of dollars on what would normally cost 100's!!
But, I think it really must depend on the type of stores you have available to you as far as doubling, savings/rewards programs, quantity of supplies available.
I don't have the time to spend couponing to that degree and I also wonder how they are able to use 40 of the same coupon. So many coupons say limit 1 coupon per purchase, etc. And, I can never see myself buying & using 40 bottles of Maalox just because I got it for pennies.
It is inspiring though & I do see the rush that you can experience getting such a good deal...after watching one episode, I went through my Walgreens add & coupons and was able to save $68 and my out of pocket was about $55. It's not extreme, but I feel pretty good about savings like that Smile

BTW...Cat, as far as Amazon coupons...after your original post, I made use of an expired coupon & Amazon accepted it, but I just tried again this week - I had at least 10 expired coupons and Amazon wouldn't take them - have you tried lately? did they change things??

I don't know why they didn't take them. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they don't have them in the magazines right now?

"AnnaRO" wrote:

I think it's amazing how dedicated some people are to getting things for cheap. I tried couponing once and found that it didn't even save me money. The coupons are always for name brand stuff and you can't combine here or double. For me buying generic without a coupon is cheaper than buying name brand with a coupon.

I watched one episode where a set of twins were going around getting things for free on their birthday and then ended up getting $500 worth of stuff for less than $10. That isn't feasable in my area. They also bought a whole bunch of stuff they don't need/use and had it all stacked in a basement. Why?

I liked that one guy who made all that effort and then used the stuff he bought to create over 1000 care packages for our troops overseas. I loved that.

"ange84" wrote:

I think if people go to the extreme and can afford to do it, but donate it all (or above what they would use for themselves) is a great idea. There are so many places like homeless shelters, women;s shelter's, care packages/ hampers etc that need donations all the time and if someone can mange to help out that is great.

I'm watching an episode now (making the most of Ronin having a huge nap, we are at 2 hours so far, already caught up with the biggest loser)

"butterflykissesx6" wrote:

150 candy bars, 200 boxes of pasta is extreme and I think crazy. I coupon but they don't double around here either.

"laurensmitty1982" wrote:

I have watched it and I enjoy it. I have been couponing for awhile like 2 years but not to that degree. I did have to stop last year because it does take time and it was too much because of school and me doing daycare. I however have started back up again because of the show..

I really do want a stock pile now! I am cleaning out my porch to put up some shelfs. Dont worry ladies it wont be like them(that takes skill) but it will be decent. Ill post pics when I get it together. Mostly canned foods, diapers,. Ive learned my lesson with cereals and that type of stuff because it goes back to quick..

"alwayssmile" wrote:

Yeah, I think some of those people are going to end up on Hoarders next. Wink

I coupon. Not crazy by any means. When we were in Vegas, all the coupon inserts came in the mail not the newspaper. That was great. I miss that. I'd regularly save $20-$30 a trip. Enough to make it worth my time since I'd only spend an hour or so with coupons. The local newspaper here doesn't have coupon inserts. I'd have to get another city's newspaper which isn't happening. Now I just use printable coupons and those found on shelves. I save maybe $5 a week now. Since I know we'll be moving at some point, I refuse to stockpile anything. I use coupons for cereal, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, dried pasta, whole wheat flour, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, paper products, fresh and frozen chicken, frozen seafood (like tilapia filets and such), nuts, cat food, and more. Healthy food coupons do exist. I just don't see them every month. When I do see them, I try to get as many as I can and use them each trip till they expire. I found that by menu planning I save quite a bit of money since nothing goes to waste and the coupons I use are for products that I am going to use soon. And it takes a lot less time to menu plan than those crazy coupon people spend on couponing. Wink Love watching the show and laughing at them though. I like Nathan, Mr. Coupon. At least he donates! I was a bit annoyed at the one episode where the two ladies claimed their coupons came from God. Really? So God just rained coupon inserts on you? :rolleyes:

I love couponing. No joke. Since our finances have been so tight lately I really think the 6 hours a week I make to clip coupons/ check coupon match-ups and shop make it totally worth it. I just started a stockpile, so I don't have much, but it's still worth it. Just last week I got $60 worth of stuff (Including 4 sticks of the really nice Dove Men+Care Deodorants for Dh) for like ~$15 at CVS. Granted, I had signed up for some offers for high-value coupons (like $5 off any BIC lighter product for our emergency kit) and have a CVS ExtraCare Card.
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That being said, [COLOR=Black]I have a love/hate relationship with EC as a show. They show a lot of excess, just for the sake of excess. The twins bug me sooooooooo much. Not only were they jerky enough to stockpile things they don't need, but they BRAG about being the kinds of jerkoffs who clear the shelves off. There is also some controversy surrounding J'aime and possible coupon fraud. All in all, I think it's ridiculous that people stockpile SOOO much more than they need. It makes the rest of us look bad. Do I stockpile? Yes. But only enough for 6-12 months from now. My rule of thumb is that if we can't use it before it expires I either leave it, or I buy it and donate it. (Especially when it's FREE)
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For anyone who wants to know more about couponing I highly recommend www.raininghotcoupons.com Smile

As for how they get to use more than 1 per transaction, it works like this.... 1 item= 1 purchase= 1 coupon. Some coupons say "1 per transaction" and those are the ones that can't be used more than 1x per checkout.

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