Thursday, April 7, 2011

Extreme Couponing - It Doesn't Have to Be THAT Extreme!

Did you catch Extreme Couponing last night on TLC?  I watched one of the new episodes and will hopefully view the rest soon.  Last night was the first of a 12-episode debut to audiences nation wide. The show follows "extreme couponers" who make a 40 hour work week pale in comparison to the time they spend clipping, organizing, shopping and building their stockpile.

If you're new to using coupons, Extreme Couponing may seem a bit...well, extreme.  I think the program was designed mostly for shock and awe factor.  In the pilot episode that aired last December, one couponer was shown loading up several shopping carts with items such as 150 candy bars, 250 boxes of pasta, and 40 bottles sports drinks. Another featured couponer is shown to keep $50,000-$75,000 worth of products in his garage including 1500 sticks of deodorant – enough to last him 150 years. These are not realistic portrayals of couponers in general.

I have a small, manageable stockpile of items that my family uses regularly.  I can't imagine clearing the shelves to obtain more stuff than I can use before it expires - even if it is practically free!  I do admit to having more tubes of toothpaste than I really need (most of which I have gotten for free), but I will be donating some of the excess so that it does not go to waste!

You don't have to dedicate a room in your home, or your entire garage, to reap the benefits of "extreme couponing!"

If you're new to couponing, be sure to read my Couponing 101 article to learn more about how coupons can help you save!  You can also check out our printable coupon updates:
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  1. Hello im interested in starting couponing do you think you could help me out if so could you email me at a mother in kc mo and were having a tough time having enough money to e

  2. i am having trouble finding stores in kansas city (64118 area) that allow to use more than one coupon per item... isn't that how you get things cheap or free? can you help?

  3. Hi there! Can you give me a little more information? What stores are you shopping? Generally speaking, the only time you can use more than one coupon is if you have a manufacturer coupon AND a store coupon.

    Here's an example. Target allows you to stack a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. If you are purchasing diapers priced at $29.99/box, you can use a Target store $5 coupon and a manufacturer $2 coupon to save a total of $7 off the box.

    Shows like Extreme Couponing unfortunately perpetuate a false expectation of being able to get dozens of items free or for pennies. Freebies are definitely possible, but they are the exception - not the normal. Feel free to email me if you need any more info! Good luck!

  4. Hey, I was also wonder where do you shop? I'm 16, and I want to start couponing so I can have more gas money. Also what kind of stuff is normally cheapest, like which brands do you buy?

  5. Where can you find store coupons for Target and Walmart?

  6. what on must do to begin couponing is to access to coupons from your news papers, getting more than one copy helps out too so get the kansas city star and your local sunday or weekend paper. Also get the ads for the stores you shop at, this helps to see whats on sale. Dillons is the best on the kansas side of kc because they mail you coupons for what you buy when you use your card. also they double manufacture coupons. stores will only acccpt one manufacture coupon but will accept their store coupon on that same item too. so you just need to find a store that has coupons. Another great place is wal greens they have coupon booklets in the store and coupons in their ads almost always. just match your coupons with those sales and save. it doesnt have to be complicated.

  7. Hi, I'm new to this and have no clue where to start! Has anyone thought of starting some type of extream couponing co-op in Kansas City? If someone would be willing to teach me, I have access to several not for profit agencies that help low income families and I would love to pass on these lessons. If you know what you are doing and are willing to help please contact me. Blessings!



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