Have you been watching this Extreme Couponing show on TLC? It’s a whole show about people who use coupons to get thousands of dollars in food for a fraction of the price. In a recent episode, a woman paid $6.46 for $680 worth of groceries. That is impressive!
I’ve talked about using coupons to eat for cheap before on here, and while I still think extreme couponing is an impressive skill to have, there are some problems with it. For one thing, the food that you get isn’t very healthy. Coupons tend to be for brand-name food that is loaded with preservatives, fat, sugars, etc., so relying wholly on coupons is not a good way to get a healthy diet. Also, storing all this food is hard. The show depicts people stockpiling toilet paper in their spare shower and shoving boxes of cereal in their closet. It takes a lot of organization and time to make sure you aren’t wasting the food you’re getting. I mean, even mustard expires eventually.
And then there’s the time issue. When you add up the amount of time spent getting the coupons, researching the deals, shopping in different stores, organizing and storing the food–not to mention cooking it–extreme couponing sounds like a full-time job to me. And I wonder if some of the capable ladies that they have on this show would be better off using their time in a different way.
On the other hand, when they are saving 90% of their grocery bill, who can blame them for wanting to coupon?
What do you think of Extreme Couponing?