Sharing the Stockpile is the Best Part of Extreme Couponing
Did you see any of the TLC Extreme Couponing shows where the couponers talked about sharing items from their stockpile with friends or family? There was one episode where a couponer's daughter-in-law came over and "shopped her stockpile" -- I thought that was awesome, and it made me kind of sad that my grown kids live so far away. The would LOVE to shop my stockpile and I'd love to let them do it.
It was nice being able to take a few bags of of things to them when we visited, but that's not the same as being able to just send them back and tell them to take what they need.
I didn't think I'd have the experience of letting someone shop my stockpile for a very long time -- and then TW's sister came for a visit.
In the early days of my extreme couponing experiment, B. was not interested in couponing for herself or her family. Her comments weren't disparaging, but they weren't really encouraging or open-minded either. No big deal, extreme couponing isn't for everyone. I totally understand.
When TW told me her sister and brother-in-law were going to stay here for a couple of nights so they could go to a funeral in Indiana, I didn't immediately grasp the opportunity -- a family member was going to see the stockpile. A family member could SHOP the STOCKPILE!
And she did.
TW showed her sister the stockpile and started filling up bags of stuff for her to take home. It was amusing and it was fun.
TW: Do y'all need pasta? Here you go -- it was free!
TW: Do the kids eat this cereal? Take it -- free!
I'd have to jump in every now and then and say, "No, that wasn't free -- it was $.50." but B. quickly got the point. And just in case she didn't -- we took her couponing with us.
We took her to Jewel, where we bought $30 worth of meat and produce for a little more than $7. We took her to Target, where we bought four boxes of Q-tips for less than the price we would have paid for one box. We bought two bags of dog food for less than the price of one bag. She took a box of those Q-tips and a bag of that dog food home with her.
And, I sent her home with a shopping list and some coupons that would net her very inexpensive cereal, crackers and baby wipes -- not to mention free Goldfish -- for her grandchildren.
It felt pretty darn good to have her shop the stockpile room and to show her how to coupon -- it felt even better to have her sent us a text message the next weekend with a photo of her cash register receipt.
I would have been happy if all she had done was take some stuff home with her that would help her family make ends meet -- the fact that she's started couponing is just icing on the cake. (Free icing, icing should always be free.)
Have you shown people your stockpile? Has it made non-couponers more interested in couponing?~Denise
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