Monday, May 23, 2011

Extreme Couponing

I have heard about this show on TLC called "Extreme Couponing" for quite some time now but had never seen it, until tonight. I was just relaxing on the couch when I saw it on the tv guide and thought I would check it out. All I can say is...WOW

Here are some of my thoughts:

- The amount of food these people were buying was so much more than any normal family would need. This lady bought $1000 worth of food and paid $20. Ok, thats great you saved all that money, but did you need to buy that much food?!

-Because they are buying so much, my thought is that most of it would expire before it gets eaten/used.

- From what I saw, all that these people were buying was processed foods and junk. 50 bags of candy, 48 bottles of powerade, 52 boxes of cake mix etc etc. Ok thats cool if you want to get some frozen pizzas because its cheaper than take out, but do you really need 16 of them?

-The amount of time these people spend on searching for coupons could be better spent doing other things. Most of these people seem to be unemployed. For example this lady who said she spent 60 hours a week on this. She was obviously very good at researching, organizing etc. She could be spending that time at a job that might pay more than what she is saving with coupons!!

-One lady was running around stealing other peoples newspapers and jumping into garbage bins to find papers that people threw out! Thats just crazy in my opinion.

After watching this, I did start to wish that we had these stores in Canada that double your coupons. As far as I know, there isn't any. Imagine the deals you could get in that case?

Has anyone else watched this show and what did you think?


Amy said...

I haven't seen the show yet but it seems like something I'd get addicted to so I've been avoiding it :) I think spending 60 hours a week doing anything is nuts! She could definitely be working full-time instead and couponing like a normal person to save a little money!

D. Heath said...

I didn't watch it but I surely wish I could get an ounce of their skills. It just seems like they are having reaction to financial stress.