Thursday, December 30, 2010

Did You Watch TLC's Extreme Couponing?

I wondered how many of you watched The Learning Channel's Extreme Couponing show last night?  What did you think?  I am still pondering it, but wanted to note, that just as there are levels of CVS shoppers, there are levels of couponers.  All couponers do stockpile to an extent, it is the only true way to save, but most do not stockpile several
years' worth of non-perishables.  So just as I always encourage readers here at Simply CVS that you don't have to get things for free or nearly free to save a lot of money shopping at CVS, couponers don't always have to get everything free to be able to have huge savings in their household and grocery budgets.

You can ask Mr. Coupon, a.k.a. Nathan Engels, a question here at Simply CVS.  Just leave a comment in the post "Ask Nathan Engels from TLC's Extreme Couponing a Question"  and I will send them his way and he will answer those that he has time for and I will post them.

My game at CVS has always been to have as close as possible to zero out of pocket.  But with deals a little tighter and limits lowered I am changing my strategy.  You will be seeing me saving a lot at CVS in 2011, but spending  more than I have been. I believe my overall household budget can do better if I will loosen up the rules I have been playing by in my deals shopping.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous!!! What does one do with 3,000 pkgs. of toilet tissue! If they donate the perishables, I say "WONDERFUL", but if they sit on the shelf and go outdated, what's the purpose???

Cheryl said...

I have read some of the "stars" comments on the show and we have to remember TLC wanted to make it "extreme." The gal with all that toilet paper donated almost all she got that day and so did the guy. But there are hoarders in couponing, but most couponers are not hoarders. I was afraid of how they would portray it since they asked these people to do the most extreme shopping trip they ever have done--they don't do this normally, but they do the same thing at a lesser degree.

I liked how the lady with the little boy said she rotates her stock so it doesn't go to waste. She can donate it before it expires if she can't use it.

Thanks for piping in, Anon.

Denise said...

Cheryl,

I hoard but, I am thrilled that I did when I meet a family that really needs what I have. I've been helping to feed a family of 7 for the last month or so with my hoard. I still have plenty for me, my family and others that I help but, just knowing that I'm able to help this family makes me happy to be a hoarder to some extent.

Kelly Grant said...

I know the last guy, Mr. Coupon, posts on Weusecoupons.com and the dumpster diver blogs on The Krazy Coupon lady.

Cheryl said...

Great point, Denise. But I think if you share so much you don't really hoard. You super stockpile with yourself and others in mind. I love to be able to share. Last time my father-in-law and his wife visited they shared about people from their church getting stuff together to go an orphanage in Hattie. I was able to go to my stockpile and send them lots home to give them for the project. Thanks for the perspective.

Cheryl said...

Yes, Kelly, I know Mr. Coupon runs We Use Coupons. The other gal whose husband on with her in her office also is a member at We Use Coupons.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see that episode. I saw something about it on another blog. I did see something on the news about extreme couponers (maybe this was a glimpse of the TLC show...I'm not sure). But there was a lady who said she spends 70 hrs./week on couponing and it's affecting her marriage. That's not worth it, in my opinion. She had so much stuff! I'm sure a lot of the things in her garage (food-wise) were expired. I don't understand why people don't donate or give it away (especially if you're little to nothing for it). I believe that's what God commands us to do if we're able to do it:) When my husband was out of a job for 8 months there were certain projects at church that I wanted to help with, but we just did not have any extra $$$. So, I would always donate things from my stockpile. We even had an elderly lady do that for a Christmas 911 project that we did. She and her husband live on a fixed income, so she didn't donate money but she donated lotion from a stockpile that she had. All that hangin' on to stuff is ridiculous when others out there could really use it. Okay...that's my gripe for the day:) Have a good one!

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Anon, for chiming in. I have found from my experience couponers are very generous people and I like that. Nice that the elderly lady could enjoy giving what she had (her mites perhaps compared to others--but it may have "cost" her more). I do have a "stock pile" but nothing at all compared to those shoppers, but mine has dwindled the last 9 months while I have used it up as I spent my time getting Simply CVS up and running instead of couponing--time to get back to buying groceries. lol

Tawanda said...

You know Cheryl, I've read the comments on a few blogs and everyone offers disgust or disdain when writting about Extreme Couponing (EC). TLC's ploy worked; EC probably did very well in the rating; a number of people watched it if you look at the comments posted on the 'net. We know that there are people who are addicted to shopping, couponing, exercising. cooking; adreneline junkies who select various avenues to get a high. I realize it's entertainment. I also try to coupon with integrity, as many of your readers/fellow couponers, and I have developed a relationship with the SAs at my local stores, as I'm sure my fellow couponers do. So I'm going to watch the next episode AND I'm going to write TLC to let them know what I appreciated and what programing I would like to see more of. Thanks for allowing me to comment. A wish for a happy and prosperous New Year to you and your readers.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your input, Tawanda. I was really worried how it was going to come across. They asked these folks to go to the most extreme and then they fed off of that. It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. I am seeing a LOT of new people at We Use Coupons today, though, wanting to learn how do it. I am hoping people do get inspired to at least learn to save a little with coupons.

Bamagirl1997 said...

my children and spouses said they got the greatest gift ever this year...I bought 2 laundry baskets and filled them with stuff from my stockpile ! They were so heavy they could barely lift them up, but it is a gift that will last for months and save them money.

Cheryl said...

Great gift, Bamagirl! They can choose to use the money they saved on those items for what else they may want to have or need to have and your gift can give again. I wouldn't be surprised if they brought them back and ask for refills. lol

Ida said...

My husband rarely watches TV with me, but he sat next to me for this entire show and we just laughed and laughed at almost all of it. I think I wanted to show him that my couponing was "not that bad," and he wanted to see if that was true. Boy, was he on my side! He is now aware that I really do keep the reins tight on my coupon adventures! He used to see Crest come out of my CVS bag and say, "We have ENOUGH toothpaste, Ida!" Now he tells me, "Ok, 15 tubes of toothpaste in your stockpile is reasonable." Hahahaha! Thank you, TLC!

Cheryl said...

Love it, Ida, thanks for sharing your story and giving us a smile :-).

Amanda said...

Ida, my husband said the exact same thing!

I kinda thought the show was a bit ridiculous, and that they would never have gotten that much at once had they not been asked to. They did not address how one even comes about having 1,000 cereal coupons. He must have bought them, and how much did he pay to get that much free cereal?

The second lady that shopped with the little boy, after the show she posted a video on her facebook of her taking 300lbs of food to her local food bank. plus the show mentioned very quickly in passing that she was in a recycling dumpster, not an actual dumpster. heck I would throw my 4 year old in there too!

I do not have shelves of food in my garage, but I would love to! But I do think that there is a proper time to stop buying things. Like toilet paper. It just takes up too much space, and it will go on sale again! Everything will!

For christmas I gave away three baskets of toiletries to my husband's college aged siblings. We couldnt really afford to buy them gifts, but I think that was helpful. They joked that I thought they smelled bad, but I know that it will save them alot of money. And now I'm down to only 5 tubes of toothpaste! The horror! Better get back to CVS. ;)

Cheryl said...

LOL, Ida, on your toothpaste. Yes, the man (Nathan) and the the young married gal (Amanda) also donated most of what they got. Nathan has offered to answer several questions Simply CVS readers have about the show or his methods. You can leave a comment with your queston on this post:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2010/12/inquiring-minds-want-to-know-ask-nathan.html .

I am going to edit this post to include it.