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3 Reasons I’m Not Watching Season 2 of TLC’s Extreme Couponing

by Shawanda Greene

 

organized stockpile of groceries and snacksLast night, I missed the Season 2 premiere of TLC’s Extreme Couponing.

That was no mistake.

I’ve decided I’m going to “miss” it indefinitely.

You’d think a self proclaimed cheap, money hungry, miser like myself would pay attention.

You’d think I’d be interested in uncovering the secrets of those who’ve mastered the art of paying practically nothing for practically everything.

Well, I’m looking forward to not wasting a single second on the tomfoolery we all know as Extreme Couponing.

And, here’s why.

I don’t have cable.

*Shrugs*

With the exception of the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore, living in a place without cable is sufficient reason to miss almost any show. Lately, it seems free programming is increasingly difficult to come by. As a result, I pay Amazon a $2 per episode fee for my favorite television shows.

When you have to open your virtual wallet every time you want to see a new episode, your definition of what qualifies as entertainment changes dramatically.

And in case you were thinking otherwise, yes, the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore are indubitably entertaining.

Extreme Couponing is about as real as WWE wrestling, Nicki Minaj’s booty, and global warming.

(I’m just kidding about the last one. Gooooo, science!)

Remember. No matter how informative it seems, Extreme Couponing was created for entertainment purposes only.

You think these folks divvy up their purchases into 18 separate transactions on a regular basis? When you have the nation’s eyeballs, you have to go bigger than you’ve ever gone before. Which is why shoppers featured on the show frequently knock 95% off their grocery bill.

Lowes Foods, one of the retailers visited by an Extreme Couponer, revealed they waived their 20 per day coupon limit for the benefit of the show. So, naive copycat coupon queens are going to roll up to the Lowes Foods checkout counter with a mouth watering thirst for savings, a cart bursting with groceries, and a pocket packed with coupons only to get shut down by a neck rolling, gum smacking cashier.

It’s not right!

I don’t want to encourage this behavior. 

I’m not a psychiatrist, but I think a good number of the show’s guests are mentally ill.

In a couple years, a few of them will resurface on Hoarders and Intervention. I understand the importance of getting a good deal and being responsible with your money, but their behavior is obsessive.

Many claim they donate any excess to charity, but I wonder what kind of emotional reaction the removal of an entire shelf of unneeded cereal would garner. I’m guessing the response would be similar to that of a hoarder.

It’s quite possible I’m just bitter I can’t achieve the same results. Or maybe I’d rather dedicate my hours to bringing home a more figurative form of bacon. Whatever the real reasons are, I’m at peace with my decision to pass on a job killing television show that’s destroying America. (Again, I’m just kidding. I just really like using popular political catchphrases.)

Will you be watching this season of Extreme Couponing?

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Sonia October 1, 2011 at 9:26 PM

No I won't be watching either. I watched a few episodes and these woman have to buy a ton of the same product to get all that off. I have one other person that I live with and I don't need 20 packs of the same item. I see this show just for people with kids and doesn't apply to me. That might be wrong, but I clip what I can and leave it at that.

Hollywood will always make it seem like just about anyone can do what you see on TV. What they don't see is the editing and the promotional credits given to make it seem just that easy.

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Shawanda October 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I have a hard time couponing to save a few cents on a single product. I tend to focus on the higher value stuff. For instance, a three month prescription of one of the brand name drugs I use costs me $40. I got a $50 coupon from my doctor and got my prescription free. A coupon like that is worth obtaining and using.

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Doctor Stock October 2, 2011 at 2:07 AM

I've never seen the show… sorry. What's the picture there?

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Shawanda October 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

That's a photo of one of the extreme couponers stockpile. There's food everywhere. That picture doesn't capture another closet full of cookies, candy bars, and other junk food.

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Laughwithusblog October 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Nope, but then again I never have! :)

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Shawanda October 3, 2011 at 12:21 AM

The only thing you're missing is a whole lot of crazy.

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kim October 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Miss – for the couponing fraud involved (one was charged with making false coupons), and it's not useful to me because most coupons are for junk. To me junk is almost everything boxed except cereal & pasta. There are some useful ones – toiletries, canned food, cereal, pasta, bread. But usually there are no produce or meat coupons!

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Shawanda October 3, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Coupon fraud? That's insane!

You can find coupons for healthy foods (I wrote a blog post about it), it just takes a heck of a lot more work to do it. Maybe more coupons are available for junk food because the margins are higher.

Recently, I bought a $20 Whole Foods voucher for $10 from Living Social. I'm going to use it to stock up on chicken wings and chicken thighs. I find that Whole Foods' prices for these items are comparable to those of non-specialty grocery stores.

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Shaquetta February 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

YESSSSSS I've thought the same thing…..this mess looks like Hoarders. Why do you need 47 mustards and 102 boxes of cat litter when you have not one cat?

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Terri July 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Some of those items have an expiration date as well. What a waste!
Great article! I didn’t know that the store waived their coupon rule for the show. The show made me feel a bit guilty for not being as thrifty, but you have shown that it’s unrealistic anyway! Thanks :-)

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