Q: Ridiculous TV shows

kffight3r
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I just stumbled on an episode of Extreme Couponing. This show is absolutely ridiculous. For a $600 bill, the lady used coupons and got it down to $6. 
What do you guys think?
kffight3r posted Jan 01, 2013
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bbattag
Yea, agreed. It's a crazy show. Those people put a ton of time into what they're doing
bbattag (rep: 6.76k) posted Jan 01, 2013
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munkin2u
Their homes look like fallout shelters, just stocked to the hilt with stuff. I don't know about you, but I don't know what I'd do with 450 boxes of Total or 200 jars of peanut butter just cuz it's on sale!
munkin2u (rep: 1.26k) posted Jan 01, 2013
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arsiel
It looks satisfying. Hahah. I'm sure they spend a TON of time "couponing" though.. Enough time for it to be a part time job.

I agree with munkin2u - their own homes look like grocery stores! I think I'd only be able to make a trip like that for my (future) family once or twice a year. It's nice to see that a lot of them donate the food they coupon for though.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jan 01, 2013
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LokaFreeThings2
I was inspired by that show. I'm afraid to say, I have tried to coupon but it is so much more time consuming than the show portrays. Also, the costs of the newspapers and coupon-clipping services most of them subscribe to, it just doesn't seem to even out to be a real savings to me.

I would like to see them calculate the hours in labor (searching, clipping, printing, shopping) plus the costs of the coupon services and newspapers, to the amount they are "saving" and see if/how it evens out.
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 01, 2013
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lilywow
These shows drive up the cost of household products for everyone because the retailers have to make up for the loss in revenue.
lilywow (rep: 8.33k) posted Jan 01, 2013
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kffight3r
@munkin2u haha ya these people's homes can also be on Doomsday Preppers.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Jan 01, 2013
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munkin2u
Ha! Didn't even think about that, but you're so right!
munkin2u (rep: 1.26k) posted Jan 02, 2013
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dealwagger
Those are not normal couponing trips. The people on that show for some reason are fine with spending an exorbitant amount of time couponing and even these trips are out of proportion for them--they spend days to weeks for the show trip.

I do coupon here and there, but I would never want to be associated with these couponers. One reason is that it does increase prices for everyone else, and another is that that show promotes taking the entire deal to yourself. Most real life couponers will not clear a shelf or take more than a few items; those that do are looked down on with good reason. I am confused as to why anyone would rather coupon than work? But maybe that's me being a workaholic lol :)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Jan 02, 2013
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nimrodboy3
there are a lot of crazy shows out there..i've seen that one and it's intense..but then they end up purchasing a bunch of stuff they don't need..and it gets stored in the house..then you have the other show..hoarders..oh man..that show grosses me out!
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Jan 02, 2013
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munkin2u
Couponers like that are also sort of hoarders...maybe a show called Extreme Doomsday Hoarders will be in the works soon.
munkin2u (rep: 1.26k) posted Jan 02, 2013
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Nellysg
I have no idea how thy are able to get away with it. If you look at the coupons some now say limit of 4. Even my supermarket stats only 4 coupons per item.
Nellysg (rep: 71k) posted Jan 03, 2013
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bbattag
Agreed with several comments on here. They are definitely pushing the rules. They target the cashier that looks like they wont care about the rules listed on the coupons. Or if they are denied, they will just say never mind, exclude those items, then come back and target a different cashier.

I had a friend that worked at CVS and they have to put limits on many things at her store because a few couponers would frequently come and take the entire shelf of items.

It screws things for all of us who are just looking for 1 or 2 of the item on sale because we are actually going to USE it and not just stockpile it or resell it.

If you go to any flea market, you will likely see a couponer selling the stuff they got for free. It just increases product prices for everyone else. I hope we see more stores beginning to do things to prevent these people from doing this
bbattag (rep: 6.76k) posted Jan 11, 2013
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jkbane
Apart from the couponing. I think ABC Family is nothing family friendly. They have some sketch shows imo
jkbane (rep: 2.31k) posted Jan 11, 2013
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MdavidK30
Sounds awesome!
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jan 11, 2013
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krmills1
My question is where do they get 600 coupons of one item??? They must be robbing the newspaper company of all there coupon booklets.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Jan 12, 2013
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munkin2u
I saw one time that some people dig through dumpsters where people throw out newspapers, and one woman walks something like 8 miles through her neighborhood on coupon day to collect her neighbors unused coupons. They would set them out for her on their porches. Any means necessary is how they get them.
munkin2u (rep: 1.26k) posted Jan 12, 2013
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nimase85
@lilywow that is actually not the case coupons are basically cash to the store the manufacture hands out coupons so you will try their product so the retailer mails all of the coupons to the manufacture then then manufacture in turn mails them a check for the amount on the coupons and shipping
nimase85 (rep: 15.8k) posted Jan 12, 2013
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nimase85
@jkbane the show is on TLC
I am not a big fan of the show because it make regular couponers who follow the rules look bad but I am a big supporter of couponing I use coupons all of the time and get some good savings out of it... You don't have to dedicate a lot of time to it to get big savings I think I spend maybe 3-4hrs a week to coupon clipping,matching deals and shopping and I get loads of things for free and tons of great savings yesterday I went grocery shopping and got 75% off my total purchase. It is very useful when you have a limited budget or want to save up for other important things.
nimase85 (rep: 15.8k) posted Jan 12, 2013
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xptrish
I always wonder what they do with it all,there's no way they can consume it all before it expires,do they donate it to shelters,throw it out,what?
I hope they at least donate it to soup kitchens or shelters!
xptrish (rep: 71.2k) posted Jan 12, 2013
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Rosaura1234
Sometimes, we have to admire that people who did such ridiculous thing.But I am very curious about how did she do that.
Rosaura1234 (rep: 684) posted Jan 14, 2013
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