Retailers Push Back Against Extreme Couponing

Posted: 06/02/11 2:02 PM (Modified: 06/02/11 2:02 PM)

I'm pretty sure most legit couponers would agree that the Extreme Couponing Show on TLC has hurt us all. Stores are also feeling the pressure and the pain of massive coupon usage and coupon fraud. This video from ABC News highlights some of that. We have already seen stores in our area change their policies and I am afraid, we will see more to come.

I know there are many of you who found our site because of the show and I want to welcome you to a website that does celebrate couponing. However, the kind of couponing we celebrate and teach is the kind that follows coupon ethics, rules and standards.

I teach the kind of couponing that will save you hundreds of dollars a month and transform your finances but the best part is that you can do all of that without the 'extreme'. We don't hoard here. We don't buy a gazillion packages of diapers when we have no kids nor do we buy all the mustard we can get our hands on. We provide for our families and we give to those in need. That is true couponing.

Thanks to Simple Saving Savvy & Jill Cataldo for the video.

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Jun 2, 2011 02:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thank you for posting this!! I agree with what you posted 100%. I don't have any extra money to spend on groceries, diapers or the extras so all the "extra" I get/save just allows my family actually to eat! Thank a billion...I am truly thankful :)

Jun 2, 2011 02:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have to say I love the show extreme coupons. Some people on the show do help out the needy. But I would love to have some of a stock pile like some of them do. I have a family of five and I am a stay at home mom and my husband is our main income. So it is very difficult to rely on just one income with a set of 3 year kids and a 6 month old. And with times getting harder and money gettin tighter it would be nice to have a stock pile of some stuff when people like us live pay check to pay check. But I do love your site and it helps me out so much. And thank for all you do to help people like us.

Jun 2, 2011 02:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is true and yet terrible! I admit, I love this show, it's 'entertainment'... which is what TV (even "reality") TV is all about, but that's just it.. it's for entertainment only. Those that are just now getting into couponing without the research and relying on this show as the truth has really had an effect, even around here. I understand getting diapers or things when you don't have children... if you plan to donate them. But hoarding is never ok, no matter what it is you hoard.

Jun 2, 2011 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thank you for sharing this post! I also agree completely!! I am a stay-at-home mom, to a growing 6-yr old and a baby due Sept. 4. I do stockpile a little, especially now with the baby coming to make it easier on us with everyday household essentials such as soaps, cleaners, etc. I refuse to add shelves in my garage or take up extra space in my home if the item does not belong in that area. I have on hand about 30 deodorants (that is combined between myself and DH), 9 bottles of laundry detergent, 10 body washes, 13 toothpaste bottles and few other things. With that said, I do not plan to buy any of these items for quite a while. Definitely stockpile, it helps.. but don't hoard. That's my thought.

Jun 2, 2011 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My DH and I have watched the show several times and each time we ask ourselves why anyone would need such huge amounts of cereals, body washes, laundry detergent, etc. and then say they've saved $50,000 on their grocery bills over the past year. Really? If you've purchased items that will expire (cereal) or items that you can't use in 6 months (75 bottles of laundry detergent) then how have you saved anything? These people do have stockpiles, but can/will they use all the items? Most of the people on this show do not purchase meats, produce, milk, etc.

I use coupons and I save money but I do not stockpile to the extreme. I do have items that I use to restock the bathrooms with (shampoo, razors, etc.) but I only keep 3-4 of them in "stock". This way I don't clear out the shelves preventing other couponers from being able totake advantage of good deals; and my items are used and not thrown away because they've expired.

We have to have a way to save money and couponing is the best way I've found to save money on groceries and household items; and it would really upset me if a few extreme couponers made it harder for those of us who are trying to purchase needed items at a lower price.

Jun 2, 2011 04:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I just wanted to say that the couponing they do on the show "Extreme Couponing" is so totally unrealistic! In Oklahoma, we are TAXED on the subtotal of our food and non-food products BEFORE the coupons are deducted...anyone else noticed that on your receipts? So, in the case of the folks who are ringing up $1200 in groceries on the show...well, where I live in Oklahoma that will cost me $102 just in taxes! So, no. This is not real world and it makes me angry that the TLC producers of this show do not discuss this type of thing. Another example is that in Texas, they do not have to pay sales tax on food. Well, in Oklahoma, we do! Thanks for Keeping it real Money Saving Queen!! Love this site!!

Jun 2, 2011 04:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It makes me sick; they need to just cancel the show already.... I understand limits and that we need policy but the new policy changes are hurting big families like my family of 9. Is it worth it for me to drive 30 miles for 10 items x2 with coupons in only 1 transaction?? might b ok for a family of 2, 3, or even 4... I think not esp with gas prices what they are.

Jun 2, 2011 04:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It makes me sick when I watch that TV program. Those people have no use for those thousands of items they are getting for nothing. Did they have to merge hoarding with couponing. It just makes those of us that are wanting to save on the products we use on a regular basis look like idiots when we go to the checkout with coupons! I say we should send some very stern letters to the producer of that TV program! If we all sent letters they would be so overwhelmed with mail they wouldn't have anything else to do.

Jun 2, 2011 05:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If someone's "donating" is creating a need elsewhere, then their "donation" was in vain. Those on the show who truly donate, instead of hogging all of something to reap a personal benefit then pawning the leftovers on someone else, are considerate enough of other shoppers to call ahead and preorder. But it makes me ill to see someone trying to justify their selfish motives by hiding behind the word donate. You can tell the ones who don't have a donating heart because they're willing to put others in a bind to get something for themselves FIRST, then they might donate the product they don't want. Meanwhile, many in need at the store walk out not being able to provide for their family. I'll be glad when the shows gone. What goes around comes around, and selfishness always loses in the end.

Jun 2, 2011 05:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I refuse to watch the show on TLC. Haven't seen one episode. It gives legitimate couponers a bad name and gives bad ideas to lots of nut jobs out there. I wish they'd cancel it, but I think the damage is done. I am a huge fan of this website, however. It is honest and helpful. Thank you.

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