Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Extreme Couponing!

Have you seen the new show on TLC entitled, "Extreme Couponing"? If you have missed it, here a link where you can get an idea of what it is all about: Extreme Couponing Video

Basically, they taped people who are very extreme in their couponing as they sought out coupons, clipped them and went shopping while using them.

All of those who were on the show, saved an extreme amount of money using coupons. For example, before using the coupons the grocery bill may have been $800 and after coupons they would only pay $6.

It can be done. But, keep in mind that most of these individuals have stock piles of food in their homes. Some turned their garages into mini grocery stores, complete with shelving units and all!

In addition, some would purchase 30 or 40 of all the same items and get them for free or close to it. It was not as if they would take their weekly grocery list and go by that in order to save these large quantities of money.

I have to say that the show did encourage me to do better with my grocery spending. I do not plan to have a mini grocery store taking up my garage space, but I do have a very well stocked pantry, baking pantry, fridge and freezer.

For example, this week I visited Lowe's Food and purchased: 1 tub of sour cream, 4 oranges, 2 large containers of bubble bath, 1 container of shampoo and 1 protein bar. With coupons coupled with sales and clearance items, I spent only $4.32 for everything!

I think I'm doing pretty good!


Anonymous said...

Also remember A LOT of the stuff on the show was not real and they only got away with it because they were on tv. I myself am a couponer and support couponing but the show was not a great example. A store would NEVER let you do 18 separate transactions or wait for your friends to come etc. Also the News paper won't let you have the extra leaflets.

Tenorlove said...

One time in college, I got about $30 worth of food for $8 after coupons/rebates, and I made 4 cents profit on 4 bottles of laundry soap doing the triple whammy: sale, coupon, rebate. Nowadays, I don't use coupons, because they don't take them at the farmer's market or deep discount store where I do my shopping.

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