TLC has a new show called Extreme Couponing and the first episode aired tonight. Did you watch? I was glued to the TV and as enjoyable as the show was, I found it rather.. well, extreme.
Many people who use coupons do NOT shop like those people. Do you really think that THEY shop like that all the time? I am willing to bet that each of those 4 people on the show saved up all of their best coupons (including high-value and FREE PRODUCT coupons) just for this one episode, to make it look like they always shop like that.
They don’t. No one does, because that kind of shopping is just ridiculous – and pretty much impossible.
It also makes me kind of upset because when people watch this show they are most likely going to think that people who use coupons are crazy – that we have basements and garages full of thousands of products we can’t possibly use up before the expiration dates.
Personally, I have limits. If I can get things for free or dirt cheap I will buy as many as I can get, keep what I know we will use and then donate the rest. I honestly use coupons to get the high – which sounds totally wrong, but it’s true.
When I see my bill go from $100 down to $5, it’s like I took some sort of drug and I’m just floating. It’s the best feeling.. and then if I’m able to donate things too – well, the floating feeling just keeps happening. It’s great.
THAT is why I use coupons – not to get tons of stuff to hoard in my house and not use.
Did you watch the TLC Extreme Couponing show? What did you think?