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Now months ago I emailed Lifewater because we drink a lot of it in our household. I asked the company how to get on an email list or mailing list for coupons. They informed me that they do NOT have coupons for thier product and that they price it affordably and support in store sales. Every episode so far of season 2 everyone is buying hundreds of bottles of life water and getting them for free with coupons.

The best Barilla coupon I have seen is 55 cents off when you buy 2. I scour all the clipping websites and have never seen a coupon for. And when you see their stockpiles do you notice that those 2 products are the only ones that you can see the labels, the rest are turned backwards. Seems to me that theses companies are sponsoring the program. And these couponers are getting those coupons just to be one the show.

I love coupons, I work very hard to save as much as I can. I cut our grocery bill in half. But I have to work very hard to do that.

Only one store doubles up to 2 like coupons per day per store loyalty card. They used to triple up to. I literally have to call everyweek and check the coupon policy because they are changing that often. Thanks for the atricle. I watched Extreme Couponing once about a year ago. The did a piece on a couple that used the money they saved from couponing to travel.

I remember being a bit creeped out by the whole thing because they had a room in their house that was floor to ceiling boxes of cereals, pop tarts, soda, and processed foods. The last thing they grabbed during the shopping trip was mountains of candy. But I remember thinking she was still going to have to make another trip for bread, milk, cheese, meat and fruit.

Apparently not, because later in the segment they commented that they do sustain themselves from their pantry. That seemed even more evident in the fact that both these people were significantly overweight. It just seemed idiotic and a bit pathetic to me that the idea that a steady diet of pop tarts, canned soup and soda is an acceptable way to live for the sake of extreme couponing. Tessa I could not have said it better myself. For all the reasons you mentioned above, I actually stopped watching the show.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts! You summed it up perfectly. All the money they save will eventually go to health costs. I agree somewhat about the unhealthy factor but I do get some healthier things for free. All I pay is the sales tax.

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For example I just got 38 bottles of Kens salad dressing for. Frozen veggies are always free too. If u put some time in u will save on heLthy items. I have 3 stores who save their left over Sunday papers for me. I never pay for my papers. Thought I would share one positive comment. This article is VERY old and I agree that many of the companies have begun to make readily available some coupons for healthier options making stocking up on those much better than before. At any rate, the show itself is not entirely truthful. All you need to do is find someone who has appeared on it, and given enough time, they come clean about the lies and deception.

I had noticed a lot of the people appearing on the show are sometimes extremely overweight. I also noticed they buy, like, ten cases of dog treats at one time. Just like any other form of entertainment, you have to take this show as caffeine-spiked brain candy, and nothing more. I would like to offer you a bit of advice, since you are new to couponing. Please consider using coupons on things other than just what you currently use.

If you are not loyal to specific brands you will be able to save more and try some new products for less or possibly free. For the products you are loyal to, you can consider writing or emailing the manufacturers to let them know about your loyalty and ask for coupons. Ok, I am so frustrated. I record these shows and find it repulsive. I hardly ever see coupons for healthy food. I do stockpile, but I do it little by little. As, I can afford great quality at discount. Most of our shopping is Aldi.

If I go to Kroger or Walmart, my goal might be to have my coupons cover sales tax. Now, that seems reasonable! One thing never do on the show that many stores do is check for expiry dates in coupons and did you actually purchase the items. That is another reason the show is fake.

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Also, if you come with all these coupons and buy all this stuff like they do on the show, the manager will stop you and not allow you to make these purchase, many will not allow it anyway. It is funny the staff have a smile in their face when scanning all these items. Normally, the staff would be upset at you. This show is so fake.

Shows like this ruin the things they represent. Like couponing, storage auctions, picking, flea marketing. Many more I am sure. People do these things because they earnestly enjoy them and work hard to find great deals and items. You can not make things like this available to the masses and keep them intact and viable. My earnest hobby of picking and storage auctioning for decades has been ruined.

Along with the value of many things people spent their lives collecting.


If you see something cool. Leave it alone, let it be. I am actually watching the program right now. Right now a 16 yea old boy just pridefully showed off a shelf of Maxi-pads with wings. What a farce. I also notice that a lot of these couponers have young children.

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What is this teaching them … that the coupons and stuff is more important than them? I am all for kids learning to budget. Couponers were excited at first when the TLC program Extreme Couponing was aired and it motivated a lot of people to try their hand at scoring hundreds of dollars in food for next to nothing. The thought of spending almost no money for rooms full of grocery and personal products would appeal to anyone who is concerned about saving money. But unfortunately, the scenarios that we saw by some of the profiled couponers were scripted; stores' coupon policies were adjusted just for the program, and unethical coupon practices were utilized to create the concept of what can be achieved by extreme couponing.

During the program Extreme Couponing , the couponers were shown in various stages of collecting coupons, including dumpster diving and going to their neighbors' to collect the newspaper weekly coupon inserts. Then they would casually cut piles and I mean piles!

The program failed to show the true time commitment behind extreme couponing. Real extreme couponers make a full-time job out of collecting coupons, matching the coupons to stores' sales and utilizing the individual stores' coupon policies to get the very most out of every coupon that they redeem. For many, it is more than a 40 hour work week just collecting, organizing and strategizing the best scenarios for redeeming the coupons. Many die-hard couponers will get up before dawn to be the first customers at the stores so that they do not risk losing out on items advertised as being on sale.

There were several examples shown where the profiled couponers received massive savings with their coupons, but in reality, the coupons that they used did not match up with the products advertised on the coupon. Also, in one particularly poorly-scripted shopping spree, the store doubled all the coupons the shopper redeemed. However, the store's normal policy at that time for all other shoppers was that they only doubled the first three coupons per shopper.

The store, Fry's Supermarket in Sahuarita, Arizona, received such a huge outcry from couponers across the country that within 24 hours that the show aired, the company posted a statement on the Fry's Facebook page :. In reality, many grocery stores have discontinued doubling coupons or they now have severe restrictions on how many coupons can be doubled.

Also, almost all grocery stores that do double coupons will only double a coupon up to the price of the product, another policy that seemed to be forgotten for the sake of putting on a good show. Unethical Behavior During one of the episodes, Tide coupons used by the profiled couponer were later exposed as being counterfeit. Also, there were several times that the coupons used were already expired. Responsible couponers would never knowingly use a counterfeit coupon, and many work diligently online to help expose counterfeit coupons that are circulated.

Hoarding Most couponers and even seasoned extreme couponers make an effort to be considerate of other shoppers, unlike many of the extreme couponers that have been profiled on Extreme Couponing. In the program, some of the profiled couponers were seen wiping out the sale products on store shelves, leaving nothing for the other shoppers, hogging the checkout counters, and making a general pain of themselves.

In reality, most couponers try to keep a low profile and will often shop during off hours to avoid being an inconvenience to the stores and to other shoppers. Also, most couponers will buy multiple items if they can get it at super low prices, but most are not hoarders. Buying Limits Most stores have limits on how many coupons for the same item can be purchased at one time. For example, going in with coupons and purchasing six cases of one product would not be allowed at most stores.

Also, there are often limitation policies printed on the coupon.

For example, you may see on the coupon that you can only redeem up to five coupons for five of the products at one time.