Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Extreme Couponing

D and I saw our first episode of "Extreme Couponing". It was something! Foreign concept for us Canadians as we don't (or at least my area doesn't) get many coupons at all.

Once in a blue moon, we'll receive an envelope with some coupons in it for $1 off some product that costs $3.50 or buy one dinner get the 2nd at 1/2 price. And the dinner is in the $14 - 17 range.

When there are useful coupons, there is also a limit of 4 or 6. It is unheard of for us to buy things in the hundreds at a time or for stores to double a coupon or mark something down such that a coupon could cover the entire cost of an item.

Both D and I felt royally ripped off after watching that show.

I am not a hoarder but if I lived in an area that offered an opportunity to get something I use for free, I know I would take advantage of it. With some organization, you can get weekly/biweekly groceries for "free".

We don't eat a whole lot of processed food so that would cut out a lot of the things we saw people were buying on the show.

There is also no reason for me to want hundreds of hand soap or deodorant or shampoo. I'd just keep an eye for sales and coupons when I know I am getting down.


  1. Amen. I've seen that show and don't understand the concept of 5 years of soap hidden all over the house. Or the lady here in Ohio that got booted from using 14 coupons of the same item--she has a large family and uses the soap/lotion really quickly. But then there isn't any for anyone else. She felt deprived and was fussing because she'd done it before but the store was stopping her that time. She had to go to another store. :(

  2. @Susie B;

    I haven't seen that episode with the 14 coupons at the same time. I wonder if more stores are going to start setting limits now that the shows like this exist?