I’m all about integrity in couponing. I firmly believe that there is no reason you should need to attempt anything outside store policy or the law to find a good deal. For that reason, I won’t recommend any deals that I feel are questionable on this site.
Not everyone agrees, however.
Many of you have heard about the new TLC series called Extreme Couponing. Since its debut, it’sÂ also created quite a stir among stores and manufacturers – and we’ve seen a number of coupon policies tighten because of the ideology shown there. Of course, Extreme Couponing is made for TV – and there’s nothing reasonable about it. The shopping trips portrayed on the show could not be reproduced by others (deserving of a “please do not attempt this in your store” disclaimer) because stores have pre-ordered items and waived limits to allow the most extreme made-for-TV scenarios. Can you remember the last time store employees helped you push multiple carts of groceries to your car?
The show has not necessarily portrayed coupon-users in a positive light. Instead, they’re shown as obsessed shoppers and hoarders. The segments that followed these same shoppers to food banks with donations were conveniently lost in editing. I have not been a fan, to say the least. Primarily because of the implications for those of us using coupons in a legitimate manner to save money for our families.
Jill Cataldo, “Super Couponer” (and former reporter) noticed some red flags recently and did some further investigating regarding one Extreme Couponing shopper featured in last night’s show. While I’d encourage you to draw your own conclusions, it’s worth noting that everything on the show may not be as it seems. Read the article here: