extreme couponing

United States
October 23, 2011 1:28pm CST
i am seriously considering becoming an extreme couponer. I have been watching the show but i dont understand why they would use so many of the same coupons. like a lady clipped 143 coupons of 1 item. i guess im just curious on how you would start on becoming one. is there any sites out there that are helpful in this?
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I think some of these extreme couponers start out doing it because they need to. As time goes by it becomes an obsession. Even hoarding in some cases! You can use so much stuff! I think alot of these couponers need to rethink some of their spending and buying! They should donate some of their stuff to pantries or safe houses for woman! When I see that show all I can think about is "Why can't they help other people besides themselves?"! I think most of these people are crazy! Plain and simple!
• United States
27 Oct 11
i saw a little bit of last nights show and the lady had over 400 paper towels and bought 220 more. thats a little over the top. and then they show people that they aregoing on a shopping trip just to then donate their stuff. its not even the stuff in their pantry or basement.
• United States
23 Oct 11
I have a friend whose mother has been extreme couponing since she was a teenager...and she's almost fifty now! She was doing this way before it got popular. She used to take her stuff to flea markets and sell it. But, then when they wanted her to get a food license she decided to start selling it in one lump sum to a guy who then takes it to a flea market and sells it. That's neither here nor there, haha! For the most part, I can probably answer most of your questions. Plus, I work at a grocery store :) I don't do this myself, unless I find a good deal on something I use a lot of. It takes a lot of time and attention, so just be ready to invest that. A lot of people clip a lot of coupons because they profit off of it, or they donate it. For the average person, that many is not needed. The only way to start really, is to just start stockpiling your coupons. I don't know any coupon sites. The lady I know never really used those. What she did was buy them off the people that deliver the newspapers to stores. Whatever Sunday papers the delivery people would pick up on Monday, they would pull out all the inserts and put them in piles of 50 or so, then sell it all to my friends mother for like $20 for all of them. Plus, if she found a particular coupon she liked, she would buy more of them off of ebay! Yes, ebay sells coupons! LOL Then you just have to see what coupons you've got, and match them up to the sales in all the stores around you that take coupons. Down here in FL, we don't double coupons, so you just have to look for the really good sales. For your question about the dollar off of two item coupons, I can only tell you from how my store operates. In my grocery store we have lots of buy one, get one free products. So, say you had a coupon for $1.00 off of Uncle Ben's rice and it was buy one, get one free. There's your two products. If it's $1.29 for the rice, and your getting two for $1.29...then you use your $1.00 off coupon...you're going to get both packages of rice for 29 cents. Then for example if you have a coupon for toothpaste and it's $2.00 off of one, but the tooth paste is $4.00...you would wait for it to go on sale for buy one, get one free. Then you could use one coupon for each tube of paste because the coupon is per item, so you would get $2.00 off of each tube. So, if you're getting two tubes for $4.00 because they are buy one tube, get one free, and you're using both $2.00 coupons, you're going to get both tubes for free. Hopefully that makes sense! If you have any more questions...feel free to ask :)
• United States
24 Oct 11
Wow! Thank you for the advice. It is quite useful. :) I guess I have to put more time into this.
• United States
23 Oct 11
Start slowly and build up to the extreme.. it can all be very consuming time wise so take it one step at a time. Start by buying a couple papers and clipping the coupons that you will use, might use and could use. Take out the fliers for your grocery store. Match up the coupons with the sales. As you go you will see what deals you can get. Call your stores and ask if the double coupons and what their coupon rules are. As you go you will pick up momentum. Good luck!
• United States
23 Oct 11
thank you for the advice. i was just curious when you use a coupon that says save a $1 on 2 and how you can save money with it. it seems like your not saving with it.
• United States
23 Oct 11
I would recommend couponing but only do it for things you'll actually buy, don't use it as an excuse to spend more money just because you have a coupon.
• United States
23 Oct 11
thats all i want to do is buy stuff we need but a lot of coupons in my area are save $1 on 2 things and to me that doesnt seem like im saving. if i had a good stock pile of stuff, i would donate to charities or the troops.
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
7 Nov 11
Most of the ladies featured in the show I think buy for the sake of buying. Or use the coupons so that they could build their stash at home. It's great when you can use the coupons for things you really need. Not because you would enjoy the thrill of it. So, goodluck to you!
@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
23 Oct 11
The show inspires me to coupon, I'm actually going to start this week
• United States
23 Oct 11
I would like to do this as well. But,I never find coupons for free stuff like they do. they on't py anything for those shopping carts full of food. One woman left the store paying .15 for two shopping carts full of food. to only go and donate it to her church. Not that there was anything wrong with that.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
23 Oct 11
bearphotos ..Welcome to myLot..I like the play on words in your moniker fer I too have been watching and want to do a modified version of couponing. The internet is full of stories on how to do this. I would never go to the extreme of 143 coupons, but 10 would be ok if it was something that would not expire..like paper towels... Some people buy many newspares, others subscribe to coupon clipping services that send you coupons, other ask their friends and neighbors..some ever dumpster dive..that's going way too far in my opinion Good luck to you and again welcome..