Extreme Couponing

@Fishmomma (11452)
United States
May 6, 2017 11:05am CST
I can understand saving money and getting a great deal like free. Its certainly means having food in the house and knowing you won't go hungry. Many people know I have donated large amounts to Food Share including the 100 boxes of cereal that were free from an offer. Yes, that means I can be considered an extreme coupon user to help others. I watched a lot of episodes of Extreme Couponing and finally turned it off watching people putting items into every room of the house and under beds is not a good thing. The people that bought thousands of dollars of food for the food charities I think that is great when it was free or close to it. I did chuckle when the college student and several of his friends went out singing for coupons to have a party. Yes, coupons can be fun and certainly helped me eat better while in college when I had to save money. It was shocking to see items stacked to the ceiling and knowing they would have items for years and other people wouldn't be able to buy any when the product was on sale because somebody came to the store and bought 100 plus of the product taking every single package on the shelf. I don't know, if I told all of you that I called the store and informed them I did the offer that was unlimited and had 100 cereal coupons, so the store had the boxes for me in the back room, so the shelf had plenty of boxes for everyone else. How many have watched Extreme Couponing a television show that aired quite a few years? Have you ever bought a lot of the same item for free or close to it?
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• United States
6 May 17
I've watched it but still don't think it's realistic today! They sure give you problems even if you're using coupons just to help reduce the bill not necessarily even getting it for free yet! But those who can , go for them! :) I love to save money if I can ! I'll use coupons if I have them for items I need
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• United States
6 May 17
@HAPPSINGH Yes it sure is :)
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I think it would be harder today; however, it still could be done by visiting a lot of stores and adding up your total spent in a day with what the price would have been at retail. When K-mart doubles in this area, I save a large amount and pay the bill with my sweep wins. It means I haven't spent cash; however, now I only get a larger number of items, if a trip to Food Share is a planned trip that weekend.
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• United States
7 May 17
@Fishmomma No where doubles coupons here anymore but that would help a lot if they still do! But I do save on the sweep wins too! =)
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@Courtlynn (55062)
• United States
6 May 17
Never watched it. But took and got the 16 24pks of water from kmart weeks ago and only paid like $1. And weve used coupons alot to get bunch of cereal but no more than 8 boxes.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I have stockpiles of some items and love to see people get a great deal. K-mart saves me a lot of dollars using sweep wins to get products. Some of the people were getting 100's of items completely empty shelves, so others wouldn't be able to get any of the sale items that week and it bothered me to see parents tell their children that we have to take all of the items.
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@Courtlynn (55062)
• United States
7 May 17
@Fishmomma yeah.. no.. i couldnt get my kids to be like that. Me, fine. But not my kids.
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@Corbin5 (115740)
• United States
6 May 17
I have watched just a bit of Extreme Couponing. I do not do coupons. I lose them or forget to bring them to the store with me.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I load coupons to my store card, so all other family members need to do is punch in our phone number or hand over the card to be scanned. This way my husband doesn't need to remember the coupon and gets the deal.
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@marguicha (101880)
• Chile
6 May 17
We don´t have coupons in my country, but I have seen the show. I think it is a bit sick to save so much food that you´d think they were saving for a nuclear war. Houses are to live in, not to acumulate, whether it is cats, roaches or food. And I wonder if that food has an expiration date.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
A lot of food products do expire and that was a big concern I had with the show. Its one thing to buy 100's of items for free to donate and another to add shelves and shelves to your home to stockpile.
@Tina30219 (35600)
• Onaway, Michigan
6 May 17
I love that show can't watch it no more because we don't have cable or satelite to watch it.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I liked some of the episodes a lot. The ones I had a hard time were seeing people buy products with their last dollars to stockpile when the money should have been for food that their children would eat.
@Tina30219 (35600)
• Onaway, Michigan
7 May 17
@Fishmomma Right.
@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
6 May 17
I have bought things like toilet papers close to free because they were on sale plus some double coupon deal that I've received.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I do have a stockpile of some non-food items like bathroom tissue and getting a great deal on a product we all need is saving money. My real concern was all the junk food and products that couldn't possibly be used for many years.
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@marlina (77822)
• Canada
6 May 17
Yes, I have watched that show many times. I got turned off too when seeing all the hoading done. What's the point of shelving all those items?
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
A lot of food does have an expiration date and even a large family can only use so much food. I couldn't see the point of buying so much that some wouldn't possibly be used in time. Some of the people clearly had so much that their house was overfull with stuff.
@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
7 May 17
Couponing is not common in my country but it would have been great if we had it. I would like to get items fir free too
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I think coupons are great; however, seeing some people take every item on the shelf was bad. It looked like some people are greedy and don't care that others can't save money also. I won't be watching any more episodes of the show, as there are a lot of other things to do now.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
7 May 17
@Fishmomma is this available on youtube i mean the show
@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
8 May 17
@Nawsheen I am not sure, as show ended December 2012. It aired in the United States and Canada.
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@Essjayd (1619)
6 May 17
I don't think I've ever used a coupon I can remember cutting a few out then forgetting to take them with me to the shop. My partners daughter used to ask us to save the coupons for schools. They are often given out with fuel or shopping. and the schools can use them to get sports equipment. As we both drive a lot of miles due to our job she always begged us to get them when she was in primary school. I think there was a small prize for the kids who collected the most. She's been in high school for 2 years now and I'm still finding random coupons in vehicles, jackets, drawers etc that we forgot to give her.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
Box Tops For Education is a great program for schools and I have saved the proofs for many years to help schools. Sometimes there are coupons that can be turned in also. Also use to do Campbell's Labels For Education when the proofs were on the cans. I load more coupons to my card and save quite a bit that way today.
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@Essjayd (1619)
7 May 17
@Fishmomma I really should make the effort to use coupons more often. It's strange because I always look for discount codes or use cashbook sites for shopping online!
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
@Essjayd I love discount codes and do my shopping through sites that give me cash back or gift cards. I use gift cards to pay the bill at Target won't use a credit card unless there is no way around it.
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@andriaperry (58462)
• United States
6 May 17
I watched and I do it. I do not have it everywhere but I do have a closet or two with stuff and I do not buy anymore, unless its free. I have hair and body products for 2 years - shampoo and conditioners, lotion, deodorants, toothpaste and mouthwash etc., vitamins and some cleaners. I have a few months stocked up of toilet paper and nose tissue. But I never bought 100 of anything, however, I did once order 72 bottles V05 shampoos for the nursing home, they were not free but cheap enough to donate. I use coupons for everything possible because I cannot afford to pay full price.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 17
I use coupons for everything possible also. My concern was some of the episodes people were using their last dollars on stuff that was unlikely to ever be used and a lot of junk food. Its great to see people donate and I have for a lot of years.