Sunday, May 22, 2011

Extreme Couponing

TLC had a marathon yesterday afternoon/ evening of this show which follows people who devote their lives to clipping coupons and stocking up every empty space in their house with thousands of dollars in product that they paid little to nothing for. It was fascinating to watch an $800 grocery bill come down to pennies owed. So fascinating that I devoted a few hours to watching this marathon.

It does leave some questions in my mind though. Is one really saving money if they are purchasing product that they don't really need just because they have a coupon for it? And being as this extreme-ness looks to become an addiction for these people, should we be celebrating with them? Wouldn't that be like celebrating with a crack head for scoring more rock? Is there such thing as a good addiction?

I did feel inspired to clip coupons and already try my best to save money on things I use or events I love to attend. I just couldn't imagine giving 40 hours of my life, involving my family in the ritual clipping of the coupons and shopping with three or four grocery carts. The one episode focused on a man who donated his thousands of dollars worth of product that he had mostly got free though couponing to various charities. That made my heart sing big time!

Have you watched this show? What were your thoughts on it? Do you think there may be an episode of Intervention soon where a lady thinks she is being filmed as part of series on people who extreme coupon and little does she know that she is about to be part of an (cue music) Intervention? ;-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've recently taken to watching extreme couponing myself. Seeing the significant savings some people generate is pretty awesome. Being frugal,I could see how much of a high that kind of savings could generate but it's also practical. The people that coupon and donate to charity get the best of both worlds, the dopamine-like coupon high while doing good.
On the other hand, some get stuff that they themselves admit they dont use and dont need. To invest that amount of time into getting stuff you dont need is kinda self defeating if you ask me. Overall, I do like the show though, just take what you can from it but at the end of the day, everybody loves to save a dollar.