>So last night, TLC launched the premiere of their newest show, Extreme Couponing. It follows people who will obsessively collect coupons, including walking miles around their neighborhood looking for discarded circulars, or even dumpster diving to get their fix. These folks then formulate a game plan for how they will combine, double, triple, and complete upwards of 10-20 different checkout transactions in order to get the biggest bang for their buck.
And when I say bang, I really mean to say magnanimously large explosion. One couponer racked up a total of over $1,900.00. You read that right. Nearly TWO GRAND in groceries. With coupons, she paid a mere $103.72. That purchase included things like 35 cans of soup, 40 boxes of cereal, 90 packages of cold cuts, 100 containers of yogurt, and 150 bottles of mustard. Well, at least you’ll be set on hot dog toppings for a few zillion years.
Now, I agree, it was pretty exhilarating to see her $1,900 total creep down to the hundreds, but truly, I see no need to have 150 bottles of mustard. Can someone really eat 100 containers of yogurt before they spoil? Regardless, I’m intrigued as to how these couponers manage to walk out of grocery stores with hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars worth of groceries and only paying a very small percentage of their bill.
Are you a couponer? Tell us your tips and tricks! I’d love to implement coupons into my shopping trips, but I can never see myself loading up four carts worth of Ragu. Can you?