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'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« on: April 06, 2011, 10:12:38 AM »
Posted by Brad Tuttle Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 9:33 am
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In a TV show debuting tonight on TLC, seemingly normal people exhibit some pretty strange behavior. They jump into dumpsters, steal parts of newspapers off of neighbors' porches, and stuff their collections into elaborate storage units and under their kids' beds—all to indulge their curious habits. They also save tons of money on obsessively plotted shopping excursions, but that's almost beside the fact.

In the preview for "Extreme Couponing" (below), a woman says she sometimes spends as much as six hours a day preparing for a shopping trip. So right away, you should be aware that if you're not spending money, there's a good chance you're spending something else—namely, your own precious time.

 
Note that they've used that "More, More, More" song in the preview. Funny! As I recall, this song was also featured in a series of "Sex & the City" ads that aired constantly way back when. My, how things have changed. This is the new fabulous of the post-recession era. It's not about shoes or picking up guys. It's about figuring out a way to game the system and stick it to the man—by way of getting $500-odd dollars of groceries for $5.97.

An initial episode of "Extreme Couponing" aired around New Year's, and it was such a hit—a million viewers were expected, and more than double actually watched—that TLC OK'd a 12-episode season starting on Wednesday, April 6, at 9 p.m.

Why has this struck a chord with viewers? Well, for one thing, there's the combo of puzzlement and envy. As in: How the heck do they do that? And: Hey, I want to stock my pantry for next to nothing too!

Also, there's the "dorky thrill," as an EW writer put it, of watching the drama unfold as a woman "faces the threat of a $1,200+ grocery total, with only her coupons to save her."

As an AP story noted, TLC is becoming known as the network devoted to strange, obsessive, and extreme behaviors, with shows such as "Hoarders" and "My Strange Addiction." Come to think of it, the most extreme couponers out there could probably be featured on either of those programs.

The NY Times' review says that the show "passes for a docu-series on people who are unhealthily committed to savings, but it's really a revenge fantasy and a heist flick all in one." The Times piece also points out that the people featured on "Extreme Couponing" aren't really desperate or particularly poor. Truly poor people say they don't have the time to clip coupons, and they'd never pay to get coupons through a coupon-clipping service. They also couldn't afford the homes nor the storage space used for stockpiling years worth of paper towels, toothpaste, and tomato sauce brought home by the expert couponers:

There are hidden costs: the coupon clipping services that sell in bulk and, of course, the endless hours devoted to planning these scores. It all smacks of a middle-class pursuit.

For that matter, studies have shown that coupons—whether used in extreme ways or not—are used in much greater numbers by affluent consumers, not poor people. The point is that, while it makes perfect sense to use the occasional coupon to save money, figuring out a way to game the system on a broader level requires more time, strategy, and patience than most shoppers can afford. That's just not a game most consumers want to play.

But is "Extreme Couponing" a fair depiction of the most expert coupon ninjas out there? Nope, not based on the feedback after that initial episode aired.

Jill Cataldo was initially asked to be on the show when it was presented as a less extreme program about "super couponing." After getting the impression the show only wanted to feature "crazy coupon ladies," her interest in being part of the program faded.

A NewsObserver blogger had plenty of criticisms for that first episode, starting with a defense of healthy couponing:

I want to tell the general public that couponers are not all hoarders. I advise people to live by the "rule of two" or, for those who wish, the "rule of three." That means you try to keep two (or three) of an item in your house so that you never run out and hopefully never have to pay full price because you need an emergency replacement. I do NOT advocate going into stores and picking up bins of product and dumping them into your cart (something that was shown on this show).

And also the plain impracticality of what was shown on TV:

Shopping in the manner depicted on this show is darn near impossible to do in "real life." From what I gather from other coupon chat boards, the shoppers featured on this show were allowed to pre-order items and tell the stores exactly what they would need. It would be darn near impossible for a regular, not-on-TV couponer to walk into a store and buy 100 of one item.

An MSN blogger also noted that it would be impossible to replicate many of the purchases shown on TV—for one thing, because a supermarket involved (Safeway) changed its policies. But more importantly, this post raises two questions: When does stockpiling become hoarding? and Are the extreme couponers greedy?

There's nothing wrong with trying to save money. But hoarding and greedy behavior? They can be disturbing, and just plain wrong.



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Re: 'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 10:16:13 AM »
I love Hoarders - it's disturbing, but it makes me wanna get up and throw something out everytime I watch it.  I don't like the animal hoarders.  

I'm glad you posted this as a reminder because I've seen the previews.  I want to see how they make a series out of clipping and redeeming coupons.  :popcorn:

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 10:59:26 AM »
I saw the previews for this and thought that anyone who spends 4-6 hours preparing to go grocery shopping has an addiction. Couponing is taking over these people's lives...too much!

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 11:10:41 AM »
I'm really interested to see if they find coupons for milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, meat/seafood, fresh bakery items.  I never find coupons for that stuff. 

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Re: 'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 11:13:17 AM »
30 minutes to review coupons every sunday and match with grocery list, 10 minutes to cut
and 5 minutes to print email coupons  :shrug: MAYBE 15 minutes looking at mid-week mail coupons.

I only get 5-6 hours of sleep per night....I'LL BE DAYUM IF I'M GONNA SPEND THAT MUCH TIME ON COUPONS.  :brickwall: :nono2: :nono2:


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Re: 'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 11:15:28 AM »
@ NEW 90Aggie,
Publix had Buy 3 cereal, get 1 gallon milk free last week.  ;) ;D
My meat store will have a Buy 5lbs, get 5lbs free on leg quarters, wings, ect. every now and then. :nod:
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2011, 11:29:28 AM »
Bruh, do you know how long it would take me to eat three boxes of cereal or drink a gallon of milk?  

10 lbs of meat?

Coupons work better for families,  I guess.

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2011, 11:43:42 AM »
 :lmao:
I know, I know.  :nod: The kids and I don't drink that much milk either.  :shrug:
I usually freeze my meat's in portions that we eat. I love the large pack of Ground Chuck from Costco.  :clap: Less fat and I can divide into 3 meals.  ;) ;D

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Re: 'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2011, 11:48:53 AM »
We down 3 gallons of milk per week.  Them jumbo boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios from Sams and Costco last about 2 weeks. 

I use coupons but I'd rather jump online and load em on the shopper cards when applicable.  I simply don't ride around with a coupon thingie each and every time I need to hit the grocery store.

BT, that Costco jumbo pack is a great deal....plus really convenient when you simply want to throw a few burgers on the grill on the weekend....though I've noticed a trend that the wife and kids are out back relaxing whilst Big Daddy is concocting the grub on the grill the past 3 weekends....btw, pm me that mango glaze recipe....gonna smoke 3 slabs of baby back ribs and would like to marinade some leg quarters in the mango hookup then throw them out there on the grill for later....



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Re: 'Extreme Couponing': More Like 'Hoarders' Than How-To
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2011, 11:54:44 AM »
OK, BUT i think that was on the my old computer that crashed. I'LL CHECK THIS EVENING.
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I lost approx. 200 recipes, tried about 75% of them.  :brickwall: >:(
Should have kept them on the greasy/food stained index cards like Momma Nem.  :nod: :lol:
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