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"Extreme Couponing" show getting mixed reviews

submitted on December 29, 2010 by DebsFreebies in "Member's Lounge", last updated on January 3, 2011 by YanBz
There are those that are for, those that are against but TLC's new show "extreme couponing" is getting mixed reviews. Many say it is obsessive compulsive. What do you think?

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  • 93575
    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on December 29, 2010
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    I never heard of it but then again I don't watch t.v. much but I'll have to check it out. I use coupon codes more than grocery since hubby does shopping. I give him coupons to use but he impulse shops or shops when he's hungry and blows the budget I set.
  • 93587
    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on December 29, 2010
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    I'm not a frequent buyer to answer 2. How much do you save per week?

    But,using coupons whenever i bought something i saved more than 20 - 30%
  • 93589
    annieinmpls
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    Posted by annieinmpls on December 29, 2010
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    the 1st cpl they had on, that woman shouldve been on the Hoarders show & getting some serious therapy, her issue is not about couponing & saving money, she has an addiction, but the guy that donates his stockpile to the food shelf at his church, now thats what all stockpiling couponers should be doing, its selfish to keep all that stuff u know theres no way it can be consumed even within 6 mos of the expiration date.
  • 93590
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on December 29, 2010
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    So, do you think they are hoarders? Do you think they have a problem? Or, are they just taking advantage of the idea of couponing? Such a hot debate! I love couponing but cannot see getting 300 toothbrushes, etc. Thoughts?
  • 93592
    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on December 29, 2010
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    Honestly I haven't seen the show but from what I've heard, I really dislike people like that. I believe in saving money and getting what you can for free/next to nothing, but to buy out practically every store just to do it is pathetic. I always go to the common courtesy thing and only buy what I need, thinking someone else can get a good deal too. But not many people think like that anymore anyway. Don't even get me started on that. Twisted
  • 93594
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on December 29, 2010
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    Unfortunately, they've portrayed the extremists...the ones that are NOT the normal.
  • 93598
    gabyperu
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    Posted by gabyperu on December 29, 2010
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    Here's a video :
  • 93621
    mommy25
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    Posted by mommy25 on December 30, 2010
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    First off most stores have a limit of how many items you can purchase when they are on sale, typically it's 4. 2nd how are you really saving money when you are buying much more than you need? I do not buy hundreds of toothbrushes at a time, when i need 1 i can usually find a coupon for 1. It does seem over indulging.
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on December 30, 2010
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      The sale limit is true, but many customers go back in the store to buy more.
  • 93643
    Avatar_g
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    Posted by sareece on December 30, 2010
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    I was not impressed with it. I thought the name should have been Hoarders instead of Extreme Couponing. Every single one of them has some major issues IMO. The first woman with 11 carts was just ridiculous. The 2nd one that was dumpster diving and dragging her kid and friend with her... Obsession, although I think she was less so than the rest. The older lady who said she only bought what she would really use... I beg to differ. Her kitchen was piled full of stuff! Can you really call it "using" if it sits on your kitchen counter until it is no good? The last guy... was way extreme too.

    What I am getting to is, they were not grocery shopping, they were shopping JUST to get free stuff that they did not necessarily need. Its all cool to get a free tooth brush or even a few of them, but he had more than he would use in his LIFE! Its cool to have a bit of a stock pile going on, I do the same thing, but not to the point that I have to designate a whole room of my house! I just don't get it. They weren't buying anything out of necessity!
  • 93656
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on December 30, 2010
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    This is nuts! Do these folks have life? Eeek
  • 93664
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on December 30, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Although the show was interesting, I really didn't feel that it spotlighted those of us who do coupons.....this was an extreme weird scenario with these people and certainly not the norm.
  • 93668
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on December 30, 2010
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    Yes I love coupons, although I don't have much time to clip & save. I use only coupons worthwhile which I need right now. No time for frivilous spending, but free coupons are nice! Big Grin Mr Green Big Grin
  • 110668
    roxytang
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    Posted by roxytang on April 7, 2011, merged on April 7, 2011 by YanBz
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    My new television obsession is a program on TLC, called "Extreme Couponing". These men and women are borderline hoarders, but they can take a grocery bill from $500 to $5. There are some great tips in the program. I am always looking for ways to save money. The tips offered for novice couponers are great, and I'm definitely open to anything else I could be doing.

    Read more:
    http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/f.....people.htm
  • 110724
    clover
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    Posted by clover on April 8, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I always use coupons but generally it is stuff that I would already be buying. I look around for coupon deals on what I normally purchase. When I am done with the Sunday coupons I give them to friends so they can cut out any that they need.
  • 110745
    Tsveti
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    Posted by Tsveti on April 8, 2011
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    I'll try to keep it short with a few key words here: Moderation, Donation and finally: Free-could-help-you-make-unhealthy choices. I wish there are coupons out there for raw meat and produce and not processed crap. If anyone knows where to find such, plese, help! Eeek
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    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on April 8, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      Do you have Kroger or their affiliates in your area? After I signed up for a Kroger Rewards card, I started getting envelopes of personalized coupons from them every quarter. They are for the items I buy regularly, and do include raw meat and produce. Sometimes there's also a coupon for some amount off my total purchase, so I'm able to use these on whatever I want. You can sign up for this in the store, just ask the cashier for a card and you can start using it right away. Fill out the application to give them your mailing address and you should start getting the high value coupons every quarter. This card also accumulates points towards a fuel discount, too.
    • 110791
    • webbyone2010
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      Posted by webbyone2010 on April 8, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I am starting to see more coupons for produce. Be patient!
  • 110765
    clover
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    Posted by clover on April 8, 2011
    [reply] 2 0
    This better be 100% on do you use coupons! We are Buxrites!
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on April 9, 2011
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      Yeah, asking a question like that on Buxr is an insult Twisted

      Deb, did you honestly expect anyone to answer "no"? Amused
  • 110807
    bkchavez
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    Posted by bkchavez on April 9, 2011
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    I strive to save at least 75% on my grocery bills. In some cases, I have saved 99%. It's fun, but it can take some time and energy. I try to share "my deals" with family and friends. If I have too much, I always give it to the homeless. If I see a fellow shopper missing out on a coupon or sale, I feel compelled to tell them. I often see people with one item in their cart that is on a BOGO sale!
  • 114194
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on May 12, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Some places complain about excepting internet coupons which you can print a few times.

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