“Extreme Couponing” is too extreme for me.

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  1. I used to be into coupons a lot more than I am now. Like you said, we’re focusing more on wholesome foods. However, I still use coupons on our toiletries, paper products and other items. When I hear about great deals on meats, produce or baking ingredients, I’ll also cash in.

  2. Annie Jones says:

    Couponing seems to be a way to accommodate a shopping addiction under the guise of saving money.

    I have often had this exact thought.

    I use some coupons, but I’m very selective about them. There are very few groceries to which I’m brand loyal, but for those, I try to find coupons. Otherwise I go for the generics if they are cheaper (and they usually are). Like you, if I avoid bringing empty calorie foods into the house, we don’t eat them. If they’re here, we will. So I avoid soda, boxed cereal (I cannot be convinced it’s truly a healthy food) and bakery items, even if I have coupons. I’ll pay full price if we think we need them for a treat.

    If we are on the verge of running out of toothpaste or deodorant, I’ll clip a few coupons, wait for the sales and stock up with a few months’ worth of each. Coupons and sales on those items happen almost every week, so there’s no need to buy more than that.

    For my family, the best use of coupons seems to be for restaurant discounts, amusement discounts (i.e. bowling, mini golf, theme parks), haircut discounts at places like Great Clips, Home Depot’s Gardening Club coupons and that sort of thing. These are bigger ticket savings. Even at that, I try to limit how many of those we use…but if we’re going to do something fun anyway, why not try to find a coupon for it?

  3. I would love to see all those coupon-ers give their excess to food banks or the needy. Honestly, toothpaste does have an expiration date…why not give the excess away. For us, stocking sale items, cooking from scratch, buying generic, growing a garden and limiting low nutrient foods are much better options…but I do and always will clip coupons from the grocery fliers for products we regularly use.

  4. Kayla K says:

    Yes! I wonder how many health kits for LWR could be made with a room full of toothpaste?

  5. Cyndee says:

    I have always used coupons. I love them, but, like you, all my co-workers were talking about this show and I too watched a few episodes last weekend. I was appalled at the hoarding and greed in taking all the items off a store shelf so other shoppers have no chance to purchase items at the sale price. No wonder I have to stand in line to get rainchecks all the time. I agree that there is a certain entertainment value to the show, but the collections of products this people are accumulating is ridiculous and I also agree that much of this excess should go to food banks and the needy. This show is less about saving money and more about greed.

  6. Newlyfrugal says:

    I too have watched segments of shows where people did extreme couponing/hoarding. I wonder what happens to all that stuff when the person dies. The heirs will have to find space for all the stuff or give it to charity.

    Re. toothpaste: I asked my dentist last year and he said it was OK to use expired toothpaste as long as it had not been stored in extreme heat or sunlight. I think the fear is that the fluoride may not be as effective after expiration. In the past five years, I kept using toothpaste after expiration (by a few months, not years.) I haven’t had a cavity for over 25 years. If you practice good hygiene (rinse well with water after each eating to loosen debris, brush twice a day, floss twice a day, get dental cleaning every six months or at least every 9 months), using toothpaste that is a “little” expired should not hurt. Maybe someone who works in the dental field could comment???

    I read that you can use toothpaste to soothe a burn and also to wipe off the scuffs on your shoes. I haven’t tried this, but maybe we could save “very expired” toothpaste for other uses such as these?

  7. Anna says:

    Hearing about coupon deals like these makes me envious of you americans! We have nothing like it here (I live in Sweden). On the other hand, the behavour you describe is the bad side of it.
    Greed is disgusting. And I agree, $50 spent on stuff you *could* do without (like chips, soda and more hygiene products you already have), is just a waste of money, not a saving. It’s a waste disguised as a “great deal”.

    And about toothpaste: I’m a chemist and I would not think twice about using “expired” paste. Manufacturers have to put an expiration date on it by law, but that doesn’t mean it goes bad. And yes, it is also very useful for cleaning, for example both the kitchen and bathroom sink.

  8. Jane says:

    The show is not reality. One woman who was on the show said they changed their coupon policy just for the show. And all of the episodes I watched the people always said something like “this is the biggest haul I’ve ever had” which tells me that the show helps push how much they get to buy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the show gave them coupons to use as well. One lady did so well because she “coupon codes”. She finds coupons from the same “family” and uses them on a cheaper item which gives her overage. It’s illegal to do this, but she even shows how to do it on Youtube. I am really turned off by this show, they will all be on Hoarders next!

  9. Michelle says:

    If too many people started doing the extreme couponing, the stores would change their coupon policies. (I can’t believe that if someone without a camera crew came through with enough coupons to jam the register that they wouldn’t just refuse her transaction!) Your techniques are going to work for you no matter how store policies may change over time.

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