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My Take Thursday – Extreme Couponing

I’ve very intrigued by the recent craze in couponing.  My husband’s aunt posts almost daily on Facebook how much she saved and what a great deal she got in her last trip to the grocery or drug store.

I must not live in a good coupon area, because the coupons we seem to get – I don’t buy that stuff.  And, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a local store offering double or triple coupon days.  Hey Washington – what’s up?

I wish I could partake in the coupon frenzy – I’d love to save more money.

Do you coupon?  Is it appropriate to use coupon as a verb?

Have you seen this show on TLC that is dedicated to Extreme Couponing?  Apparently there is a whole faction of the population who goes to extremes when using coupons.  I believe they view it as a challenge to see how many items they can acquire with their coupons.  Then they create stockpiles in their homes with all their free stuff.  Check this out.


I posted a question on Facebook yesterday (did you see it, are you a fan of my Facebook page yet?) to everyone about their thoughts on this show.

I felt like Kristin had been in my head when I read her comment:  “While I understand the thrill of saving, I often just shake my head when I watch that show. I understand if it’s someone who is going to donate a lot of the items to a worthy cause, but for those that just “stockpile” to me it just seems like another form of hoarding. The one person who cleared the shelves of 47 mustards because she could…..really?”

I find it really interesting how we as a society, can be fascinated with the hoarding that is a result of couponing – but disgusted by someone who hoards cats.  I’m no psychologist – but it does seem very similar to me.  Collecting and collecting, not being able to stop and not being able to let go of anything in their stockpile either.  To me  – the only real difference is that the coupon people are just cleaner.  I guess I would ask them – when do you plan on eating all that Ranch salad dressing?  Do they eat any of their stockpiles or do they just keep adding to it?

I’m not trying to insult anyone’s lifestyles  – and Sara’s comment said it nicely –  “firstly all shows with the word “extreme” needs to be banned from TV”.  

Right on Sara, I’d say anything in extreme whether it is on TV or in real life – shouldn’t be.  What’s that saying – everything in moderation?

On the contrary, I jealous of this lady in the video below.  She claims she gets fresh produce and organics at reduced prices with coupons.  Again – I tend to agree with Sara’s second point in that most of the items in our circulars are for processed foods or junk foods.  I tend not to buy too much of that stuff ( I try at least).  “Second, I think many of the products stockpiled/couponed aren’t particularly good for you. Lots of sugar, lots of preservatives, lots of sodium…. Don’t get me wrong, I love Doritos as much as the next person, but having 15 bags in your garage beside the 18 cans of Hormel chili….????”


I have a friend who has a genuine stockpile.  She is preparing for a disaster of some sort – be it man-made or natural.  She’s prepared.  But she is rotating through her items and keeping her pile to a realistic quantity.  And she’s storing items that can be eaten or used  – like canned soup and vegetables and soaps.   The stockpiles of condiments and deodorants – – what sort of disaster are they planning for?

What do you think?   Extreme Crazy – or Extreme Smart?

Happy Thursday Everyone!






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Thursday’s Take….GMA where did you go?

I love Good Morning America.  Well – – I loved Good Morning America.

That is…until it changed.

And I’m not talking the change from when Charlie went to the evening news and then when Diane left and went to the evening news….I actaully like Robyn, Sam, Josh and George.

But I guess their ratings aren’t doing all that well….so they are resorting to TMZ type stories that they feel are “news worthy”.  Sadly – I’m not really all that interested in what’s happening in Hollywood or what the famous people are doing.  And when I saw Nancy Grace on the show the other morning – – I thought – well, good gravy- they must be doing poorly in their ratings if they think they need that gal to help stir things up.  For me, that was an all time low.

I get it – I understand why they are turning their methods towards Hollywood and “trending now” stories.

When I was in college, in every Marketing class I took we seemed to be given the same example, it went like this:

If you move to a tiny little town and there is a bar on three corners of Main Street…what are you going to build on that fourth corner?  

a. A 24 hour gym?

b. A Four store restaurant

c. Another bar. 

Do you know what the answer is….

If you guessed C – you are correct.

Why do you ask?  Because obviously bars do well in this little town.  And that’s how marketing works.

If it sells – it must be what people want.  So let’s sell more of “it”. 

This is why we see duplicates of the same show on different channels.  Just how many show are about cooking challenges, talent contests, shows on hoarding, shows on pawn shops, and all those reality shows.

The theory is – – if it is popular – that must be what the people want.  And they are right.  People watch these sorts of shows and find similar ones and watch those on the different channels.

The sad part is for people like me – I don’t always want to watch the same thing over and over.  I like variety and I seriously don’t like what the choices are these days.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll dive into some Hollywood gossip every now and then – I’m not that much of a prude.  But I also like good reporting and good shows that make me laugh or think – not just roll my eyes and shake my head.

I guess it comes down to….I just miss Good Morning America.  When they travel to see different parts of the country and report on different aspects of American life.  I love the Made in America series they did a few years ago.   When they did good, quality reporting – that was really news worthy.

Come back Old School GMA.  Come back!

Happy Thursday, everyone!


PS – today marks the end of my challenge to sell 100 copies of Making Time for Dinner.  We didn’t quite make it to 100, but the good news is – it is still for sale and you can buy your copy at any time.  Thanks for all who purchased a copy  – I love the support.