Okay, so the title made me giggle, because G swears I say coupon wrong. And he's probably right, but after nearly 30 years I doubt that's going to change. I was reading a financial blog, and the author spoke about this show called Extreme Couponing, and called it "organized hoarding." I was intrigued, so I looked up a couple episodes online to check it out.
Oh. My. God. These people are insane. Like, seriously, I think it's an actual addiction. They all (every single one of them) mention their heart racing and getting super nervous as the numbers tally up at the register... and then suddenly success! I'm going to go ahead and assume it's like drug use.
I sometimes use coupons. I think the most we've ever saved at one store was maybe $15 or $20, but that was with higher price coupons when stocking up on shampoo (the commissary sometimes has excellent coupons for Alba and Jason products and we buy several of each), or when we first moved back and got Muir Glen products (soups, canned tomatoes, sauce) practically free. However, I don't even like to look through coupons in the newspaper because 90% of the time, they're useless to me.
We don't buy a lot of packaged goods. So as a rule the only coupons I use are for exciting things like toilet paper and deodorant. And buying papers just for that isn't worth it. I'll occasionally check coupons.com or print some deal off if I have an e-mail from a company, or saw a great deal on a blog. But I can't imagine buying over $3,000 worth of products in one shopping trip and having enough coupons to get that down under $100 (and yes, the lady on the season finale did just that).
I was disheartened to see one family buying 600 of some candy item. I understand flavored fitness water is expensive, so a family with 4 guys buying 400 for the summer made more sense to me (they actually got every bottle free). And I will say that several of the families buy for charities as well, providing for the homeless and animal shelters. One guy even was buying things for 1,000 military care packages. But they were all buying boxes and bags of things that I can't understand eating much less stocking up on.
Basically, sure, I'm impressed with a wall of toilet paper or canned tomatoes. But 62 mustards or 50 bbq sauce bottles? One lady was quoted as needing to find other ways to use toothpaste she had so much. I got nauseated and was a little creeped out.
Do you coupon? Or are you more like us buying too many fresh food items to make it worth your time?