Have you watched "Extreme Couponing" on TLC? I have and quite honestly, I don't get it. I mean, I understand saving money on the things your family uses and I even understand stocking up. But there is a huge difference between stocking up and a stockpile....more
If you have been following my extreme couponing series since the beginning, you'll remember that I had the hardest time wrapping my head around the stockpile. I was the woman taking cans of tomatoes out of the cart because we already had two cans and did not need two more. As I look at the large stack of canned tomatoes on my shelf today, that's hard to believe. I've embraced the stockpile and Jenny, from Southern Savers does a great job of explaining why....more
I'm on vacation, and I took my coupon binder with me. I'm looking forward to extreme couponing in South Carolina and Florida -- and if those of you attending BlogHer Food '11 want to make a coupon run while we're in Atlanta, I could probably have my arm twisted and shop there, too.
Confession: I still haven't created a price book, like The Mrs. Another confession: Unless someone forces me into it, I may never make a price book. That's horrible, isn't it? What kind of extreme couponer am I? I haven't made a price book and I haven't bought 100 bottles of Tums or Maalox.
Those of you who have been following my Extreme Couponing posts from the beginning will remember that one of the reasons I got started was because of the TLC Extreme Couponing special that aired last December. I didn't see the show, but I did see a ton of blog posts about the show. Those posts, along with a couple of other things that happened in my life, led me to start what I now call The Great Extreme Couponing Experiment (picture that all in capital letters, please.) I owe it all to that TV show (well... 1/3 of it to TLC). So when the nice folks at TLC (Hi Matt!) invited me to watch the first episode of their new Extreme Couponing series, I couldn't say no.
This extreme couponing stuff is fun. Who knew? Seriously. When I watched those TLC Extreme Couponing videos in January, I was fascinated and overwhelmed and felt a little queasy about it all -- I really didn't think it looked like fun. The extreme coupon community is so friendly, helpful, encouraging and supportive that I find myself smiling every time I read their blogs and their forums. And it is definitely fun to buy 28 frozen food items and have the Target cashier hand you $15 in Target gift cards after already saving more than $30 on the purchase. That's not just fun, it's down right exciting. The most fun of all is teaching other people how to extreme coupon - and hearing their shopping trip success stories. Best. Feeling. Ever. (OK not ever, but you know what I mean.)
Just typing the word stockpile makes me twitchy so you can imagine how I'm handling the fact that this extreme couponing experiment has turned me into a stockpiler. I have moments when I'm on the verge of hyperventilating. Or when I want to just throw in the towel and say enough already. When TW put a Stuff to Stockpile list on the whiteboard I almost had a heart attack. ...more
Recently, TLC aired a show called “Extreme Couponing“. It produced strong reactions from pretty much everyone that viewed it and even became a trending topic on Twitter during the show. Here are a few reactions from the show from various bloggers/sites:...more