( $197 WORTH OF PRODUCTS FOR $1.48)
A little over a year ago, my daughter and I saw this show called Extreme Couponing (I’m sure this is nothing new to anyone). For those of you who have not seen this show, it basically highlights people who buy hundreds of dollars worth of goods from the grocery store and pay for 95% of it with free coupons. Grant it, it takes them about 40 hours per week of their life but what they get in return, is truly amazing.
But here’s another truth. Your average shopper is not going to walk into a store with a bag full of coupons and walk out with their week’s worth of groceries for a fraction of the price. Extreme couponing, like anything else that seems too good to be true, has a few catches involved. And they’re not small catches either.
1. It’s a full-time commitment
2. You have to stockpile a LOT of stuff
3. You become a slave to coupons
4. You spend a long time at the grocery store
5. You are taking much more than you need
Now, there are people who stock their shelves with hundreds of bottles of laundry detergent, ketchup, mustard, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and all sorts of other stuff. You find yourself asking…What happens to all the stuff they take? Does it get used? Does it expire and get thrown away? Does it go to the needy or to a charity? Or is it just consumerism gone awry? By all means, get the stuff you need for cheap or free. But 77 bottles of mustard? A 100 bottles of medicine? All the canned dog food in the aisle? Is this greed? To a certain extent, I believe that it is.
I’m all for saving money and using coupons, but you can take things too far. This is just depressing.
With this all being said, I do dabble in couponing. It’s kind of time-consuming so I get to it when I can. With working 2 jobs at 13 hours per day, I find I have very little time for anything. But let me be clear on some things, I have nowhere near the stockpile like you see on TV. I like to help people by donating. For instance, we had some neighbors that moved in next to us and the landlord let us in on some financial things they were going through so just to be neighborly, we took a several bags of food, toiletries, etc. to them to help get them started. We continued to bring them stuff several weeks after. We have also donated plus we give to our family members as well. As you can see from the picture above, I don’t go completely crazy and I go for the stuff we can actually use. I don’t have any pets so there is no point is getting cans of pet food regardless if it’s free.
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