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Extreme Couponing, a TV Inspiration
Apr 11 2011 08:00 PM | Jen Goode  in Coupons & Discounts -----
I just finished watching the premier of Extreme Couponing, a new TV series on TLC. I've already watched it twice today and as I write this, I'm waiting for the show's 3rd airing of the night. It's so amazing to me the massive time and savings. These families are savings hundreds of dollars and making it look so very simple.

These Extreme couponers search for and clip coupons, match the savings to their local store deals and sales and buy in massive bulk. Who needs 60+ bottles of mustard, even if it has an endless shelf-life? Although this seems like an out of reach activity to me, I am in awe of the people who make it work and work this well. I'm inspired to, at a minimum, pay attention to coupons and sales a little more.

In honor of the show airing this week and with inspiration from two coupon Divas of our own here Money Minded Moms, I have been paying attention to coupons for the past little while. I just tried my hand at the savings game yesterday and ended up saving just over $100 on a total purchase of about $265 between two stores. It wasn't hard to do, just took a little bit of extra time, but was well worth the effort!

Something to keep in mind about couponing (and "extreme couponing" to be more specific)... there's been some recent noise in some circles about coupon fraud and this particular TV show. The way I look at it, "Reality TV" isn't meant to teach, but to entertain. Don't follow their lead, if indeed there's been fraud. However, let the idea of saving yourself some cash inspire awareness of the potential coupons have in regard to your own grocery bill. Be smart about it, research it and play by the rules.

If you aren't doing it already, I challenge you to try to take advantage of a few coupon deals in your area. Here's what you need to do:

  • Clip coupons for items you already purchase or know your family will use.
  • Match up coupons with local sale prices.
  • Go shopping and save.

The show airs once a week. Your local newspaper should have a coupon insert once a week. Store ads change weekly. However, every day is a good day to save a little extra cash!


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11 April 2011 - 03:38 PM
wish we had these options in nova scotia, Canada I use coupons but wish the stores had double and triple your coupon days etc.. lucky to get $1.00 off of a $5.00 item

Jen Goode 

18 April 2011 - 11:39 AM
I figure $1 off of $5 is much better than paying the full $5. Nothing everything I buy has the option of a coupon, so I try to make sure I watch for sales or be mindful of how much or how quickly we run through things.
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