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.
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?