Extreme Couponing……. What do you think about the show?

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COUPON3 Extreme Couponing....... What do you think about the show? Do you think the show Extreme Couponing on TLC is an accurate depiction of how you shop?  Do you think they really shop like that?  Do you notice that they almost ALWAYS say “this is going to be my biggest haul ever”?  Why would they create such a frenzy for shopping experiencing that are not true to their real shopping habits?

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8 comments

  • The show doesn’t show people the process of preparing for a shopping trip, which can be very time consuming. They do not show how much the couponers paid or how they acquired all of those additional coupons; some paid for extras through a coupon clipping service or bought 50 sunday papers-which can add up.

    Also they show you the couponers stockpile and everyone wants one. A stockpile is built over time, it is not immediate. But I like how it is getting others into wanting to use coupons.

    • Stores have policies that prevent this type of shopping. They let that one shopper bypass the store coupon policies for the show. Don’t believe me? call King Soopers in Brighton CO and ask them if Callie was subject to the same policies the rest of us are. They will tell you NO, that was for the show only.

    • They show their binders all nice and neat and their papers all stacked but they don’t show that REAL prep.

  • Viridiana

    I think the show is just causing stores to change their coupon policy’s in ways that are not good for us regular couponers.

  • I’ve just recently started couponing over the last 6 months and I started after I watched the show because it inspired me to want to save money and help my families budget. But when I started doing it myself I realized that there is no way to do what they do on that show. I think that the stores do let their coupon policy slide when it comes to the t.v. show. I mean yeah that one girl that was on the show that has a website and facebook called The Extreme Couponing Lady actually is really down to earth and explains a lot on her website and posted pics of her stockpile and it really wasn’t that outrageous. She had a lot of stuff, but nothing like the show portrays. She’s actually went on to be on numerous t.v. shows and other things that I’m sure she’s getting paid for. So they have money to spend on big hauls like that. She was even on Good Morning America. Anyways, I think they depict the show all wrong and they need to actually show all the work and time it takes to prepare for shopping trips and not only show “big” hauls. They need to show normal every day to day shopping trips like we do. I do agree tho that I like how it’s made a lot of people think twice about throwing their coupons away. I heard on the news tho that they was thinking of doing away with internet coupons and only putting 1 circular in each paper because their saying that their losing money because to many people have got into the whole coupon frenzy. I love my coupons and it’s helped my family a lot. If they we’re to do away with coupons it would hurt a lot of families. But I don’t think that they could do away with them completely because then the companies who send them out wouldn’t be able to to advertise their products. So needless to say I think the show has kind of hurt all of us fellow couponers.

    • You are absolutely right. They make it hard for real people like you and I to shop. Since the show, I get crazy looks when I am in the store with my coupons and cashiers are very mean…….sometimes. But the idealize couponing and make people think they can get thousands of dollars of groceries at once and pay nothing. It’s not realistic. Especially in California where there are NO STORES that will double ALL your coupons. MOst stores will only double 4. Some will even only double 1. So no Extreme Couponing for us. lol.

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