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post #21 of 168
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Originally Posted by Dandelionkid View Post

I think this show is stupid too, but only because I would like the chance to use coupons that way! No extreme couponing in Canada :(


Its not really a "chance", those people put a stupid amount of time into couponing! One lady said she works 35 hours a week towards it! Another lady had TEN computers so she could have 10 different IP addresses to print out online coupons. Another lady spent $2k a year on newspapers, while another lady went dumpster diving for coupons. No thank you!
post #22 of 168
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Originally Posted by Galatea View Post


Dh saw an episode where the wife was buying tons of mustard, and the husband was pleading, "But honey, neither of us likes mustard!" and she was looking at him like he was crazy for not wanting to buy it.

 


 

Maybe they will donate it?

In one episode, the man purchased tons of cereal for next to nothing and donated it to a food pantry.

 

I am not a grocery coupon user for the same reasons many pp's mentioned.  I will look for coupons for other things, like oil changes restaurants, etc.

 

As pp's mentioned, there is definitely a hoarding element to the show.  I am a bit of a hoarder with OCD redface.gif.  My house looks organized, clean and decluttered but my closets and storage areas are overfilled - but neat and organized.  My pantry is embarrassingly stocked.  I buy in bulk through UNFI and also purchase sale items.  It used to give me comfort to walk into the pantry and know we will have enough food even if we lost our income, but now it sort of stresses me out and I see how much money I have invested in the pantry and freezers.  The same with laundry detergent and personal care products…I think I have enough to last two years.   I watch hoarders and this show as a sort of therapy!  I have put myself on a purchasing freeze until we’ve used up or donated the stockpiles.  With the types of products I purchase, I am not even getting great deals like the people on the coupon show.

 

post #23 of 168

Working 35 hours per week, for, say 50 weeks per year? = saving several thousand per year on groceries.  I think it might pay better to have even a part-part-time job...

 

Ten computers for different IP addresses?  That math might be a little crazy-making, too.  Even if you got ten computers for FREE, wouldn't the cost of electricity for ten computers eat away at one's couponing savings?

 

 

post #24 of 168
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Originally Posted by hopefulfaith View Post

Working 35 hours per week, for, say 50 weeks per year? = saving several thousand per year on groceries.  I think it might pay better to have even a part-part-time job...

 

Ten computers for different IP addresses?  That math might be a little crazy-making, too.  Even if you got ten computers for FREE, wouldn't the cost of electricity for ten computers eat away at one's couponing savings?

 

 


Not to mention the cost of printer ink and paper.  That's the thing - I know that people can save a decent amount of money using coupons.  I think these extreme couponers are truly extreme though because they are more concerned with having a huge out of pocket savings at the grocery store, but spend a ton of money, time, and effort to get to that point.  

 

post #25 of 168
I have to say, it appears that many of the couponers are doing it because they like the challenge of getting as much as they can for free. A few of them mentioned their "beautiful stockpile", the love the constant reminder of how great they have done. The majority of the food they bought was junk and I wouldn't eat it even if it was free. However, I did admire the pastor who does extreme couponing just so that he can donate the excess to charity.
post #26 of 168
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Originally Posted by Jazzmin View PostHowever, I did admire the pastor who does extreme couponing just so that he can donate the excess to charity.


I've read that many people who stockpile like this donate what they can't use rather than letting it go to waste. I can't speak on the reality of that happening but the idea is great!

 

post #27 of 168
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Originally Posted by kawa kamuri View Post




I've read that many people who stockpile like this donate what they can't use rather than letting it go to waste. I can't speak on the reality of that happening but the idea is great!

 



I have a good friend who does this, but she doesn't buy in quite the quantity these extreme couponers do.  But she has donated dozens of boxes of cereal and the like to her local food pantry.  She doesn't clear shelves to ruin it for the next shopper though.  :)

post #28 of 168

I have friends who do this......

However I don't think I want to eat nor feed my family food that can sit on the shelf for months/years.    I have no need to buy 50 deodorants.   

In my area no one that I know of double coupons.    I can't ever find coupons for 5 lbs of potatoes, milk, eggs, onions.  You know staples.   I do like the pasta coupons...but I could never do it based on what we eat.  

post #29 of 168

I used to have a friend that was an extreme couponer. It was actually a problem, she filled a garage up and them moved to her husbands shed. She spend a ton of money on her deals. (things were bought for next to nothing but she would buy hundreds of them) Most of the food items would end up going in the garbage, or she would take the expired stuff to the food bank, and keep the fresh stuff in her stockpile. 

It was a real addiction for her, sadly. She could not go one day without setting foot in a store. I believe that couponing became more important than her two young children. Very sad. 

post #30 of 168
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Originally Posted by Dandelionkid View Post

I think this show is stupid too, but only because I would like the chance to use coupons that way! No extreme couponing in Canada :(



Dandelionkid, you CAN be an extreme couponer in Canada! There are more and more stores coming on board with stacking coupons (for example, most Loblaws chain of stores allow you to use one manufacturer coupon with one in store coupon), and more and more Canadians are learning how to save with coupons just like our U.S. friends!

I have been able to save a ton on groceries since I started about a year ago, and I do not go super extreme like on the TLC show (I watch, but mostly for entertainment...you have to remember it's reality tv! and it's meant for entertainment so everything is a little over the top) but I don't stock pile my garage full, but I have learned how to reduce my family's expense by a fair amount. Also, now I am able to donate to the food bank regularly, and also donate other things to charities in my area that I could never have done before coupons.

I just wanted to put this little plug in for Canada--we stack too!

 

{link removed, sorry!}

 

happy savings!


Edited by babyblessed - 5/18/11 at 9:04am
post #31 of 168
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Originally Posted by babyblessed View Post

 

I have a couponing blog:

(I hope it's ok to put that here)

Actually, nope it's not ok.  Welcome to MDC, but you might want to read the user agreement.
 

 

post #32 of 168

So, since the last thread that was started here last month regarding this show, I diligently scoured the coupons in the paper.  I quite literally did not find a SINGLE store coupon over 4 weeks that I would or could use.  Even things like jarred pickles, which we do eat, had coupons for only those that have artificial coloring in them (which we *don't* eat).  The yogurts (yes we eat this) was not for anything we would eat.  There wasn't a single coupon for a whole food.  There was one about getting a pound of bananas for free if you bought a HIGHLY processed box of sugary cereal.  Yeah, that helps.

 

I honestly don't know HOW anyone who believes in natural family living, living sustainably, and feeding whole foods to their families can possibly coupon more than just the random coupon here and there. 

 

The show is a joke because it's not realistic from an MDC point of view. 

 

And I'm sorry, but I do donate to our local food bank twice a month, and I don't compromise my ethics to give crappy frankenfood just because I can get it for free.  I donate the same food *we* would eat.  Feeding your family one thing and then giving away food you wouldn't feed your family doesn't seem ethical, IMO.

post #33 of 168

velochic, I am pretty much in the same boat...I remember a while back I bought the Sunday paper specifically to see what kind of coupons they had and at the end of scouring it I was left scratching my head because there was literally nothing I wanted/needed that there was a coupon for. 

I don't understand how someone can support their local farmers/markets buy doing this couponing craze. If you do support your local farmers you are paying cash directly to a person. I can't stand the grocery store anyway but during the winter we have progressed where we've canned/stored enough food to make it through so we do a lot of grocery stores in the winter. 

 

I do agree it's difficult if not impossible to be a major couponer and still support ethically/sustainably/locally grown or raised food. That just doesn't jive with me. Also I don't donate to a food pantry (I think I should though...and will look into it) but why can't you give them healthy nutritious things like beans etc... there must be coupons somewhere for things less terrible than canned soup or chef boyardee or boxes of cereal right?

post #34 of 168
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post



Actually, nope it's not ok.  Welcome to MDC, but you might want to read the user agreement.
 

 


I am always confused by this.  Can someone else post a link to 'her' blog?  I see people posting links to blogs all the time.  Is is just not allowed if the owner of said blog posts it?

 

post #35 of 168

I imagine that coupons must be specific to the demographics of the newspaper readership as the Sunday paper my mom gives me from her area (she lives in a large metro area) are much better than from my paper. 

 

I almost never find food coupons that I can use.  I would say 99% of the food coupons in my paper are for convienence food, tv dinners, frozen stuff, kid-targetted sugary cereal, stuff we just don't eat on a regular basis.

 

Occasionally, I wil find awesome toothpaste coupons and when I do, I put the word out to everyone to save that coupon for me.  I also find ones for cat litter that are definately worthwhile. 

post #36 of 168

The other thing this show isn't mentioning is the amount of money these people pay for coupon clipping services.  It's not figured into the end total (because it wouldn't look as "extreme" I guess!)

 

One of the couponers featured on the show was "caught" by viewers using coupons that weren't intended for the products she purchased.  (There's something about the UPC code on the coupon and how you can match it to a product by the same manufacturer, but not necessarily the product listed on the coupon.  Wish I really understood the logistics of it, but then again, I am also one of those people who has a hard time finding coupons for stuff that we do eat, so I'm not all THAT into it.)

 

I have to admit that I do most of my couponing with HBA products - toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, stuff like that.  I have a small stockpile (I have to be careful with the toothpaste, because it does expire) of stuff, but I will usually only get these products if they are free or better than free (occasionally you can make a few cents, up to a dollar, with a decent deal.)

post #37 of 168

I coupon but could never do what they do. I pretty much only coupon for hba stuff. As like most pp said there's rarely coupons for fresh veggies and meat. Wish there was! :(

post #38 of 168

I have been struck by how many coupons there are for yeast ---- seems like the opposite of the other coupons which are often for frozen foods???

post #39 of 168
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Originally Posted by swede View Post




I am always confused by this.  Can someone else post a link to 'her' blog?  I see people posting links to blogs all the time.  Is is just not allowed if the owner of said blog posts it?

 



I removed my blog link....sorry to violate the terms. I did add it to my profile though if anyone is interested.

 

I've seen blog links here too...I usually just pop in and read a little on MDC but I'm not a participating member so I thought they had changed the rules for posting.

 

post #40 of 168

What I was told is that you can say "I blog", but not post a link to your own blog in threads or your signature.  You can put it in your profile, though.

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