Just for kicks, Daniel and I starting to watch Extreme Couponing on Netflix last night. As many of you already know, I don’t subscribe to real television services out of choice. However, we thoroughly love Netflix for choice and price point.
I don’t think much about coupons and I am certainly not a person that goes out of my way to review flyers or websites for grocery stores. Truth is, we have two small grocery stores in my town. There’s not a lot of choice. In fact, we rarely shop in our local grocery store and go to the next town for our groceries. Why? It’s the same brand of grocery store in the next town and it’s several times bigger with more selection.
One thing that prompted this article is about seeing the stock piles of food, health and beauty products. In one episode, the one woman has enough bag of potato chips to feed 800 people. I’m not a health nut judging by my figure but I can’t see that stock piling up potato chips, pop, candy and other items in this same category is a healthy choice. Sure, it may be free but if we did this… we could end up paying the price health wise with diabetes, being overweight and much more. Medical expenses in the end may just trump all of these savings of getting free junk food.
In one episode, a lady buys 35 bottles of Malox Calcium Pills because she has the coupons to get them virtually for free. One has to question though, will she ever get through 35 bottles of just this product alone… and if she does, is a good healthy choice to take that many?
Maybe I am jealous to see all of that food being given for free but the business side of me kicks in and says… WAIT… if they are getting all of this stuff for free, who is really paying the price for this? Does this seem fair. Nothing is ever free, someone is paying the price and I am willing to bet it is other consumers like you and I that pay a higher price in order for these coupons to be cost effective.
I couldn’t help but notice store shelves being cleared out and I got thinking… is this smart or just plain greed? I’ve not yet made up my mind.
In one episode the woman takes an hour to ring up her purchases because she has divided up her order into 18 transactions. I think if something like this happened in our local grocery store, there’s not enough cashiers on duty without sacrificing the time of other people for this type of transaction. If I got stuck behind someone doing this… You can bet your boots I would have a bird, give up and walk out of the store without purchasing anything.
I believe here in Canada, extreme couponing isn’t legal or there are many restrictions to prevent this from occurring. I believe there is coupon restrictions of not being able to combine coupon deals or do what is seen on Extreme Couponing. I could be wrong but I am sure I heard that somewhere.
For me, I am not enticed by coupons. I’m not sure about other people. If I see a good deal on something, I may grab a few extra but I won’t buy more than I can actually use. I’m more worried about expiration dates on items. In one example, one woman with four people in the home with 100 full size boxes of cereal… I don’t think it’s possible to go through that much within the limited expiration date. For the sake of humanity, I hope she is going to give it away to charity before the expiration date and not just throw it out at the end.
The real question is… how much is thrown out when the expiration date comes… even though they may have never paid much or anything for it, seems like it’s a huge waste and a crime against humanity when others may be struggling to put food on the table.
The show is kind of quirky and so are the guests… it’s probably makes it a fun watch. I can see the addictive nature of extreme couponing. I’m addicted to the internet and I can relate to this show on many levels of that aspect alone.
- Couponing Basics for Beginners (coupons.answers.com)
- Slashing Your Grocery Bill (coupons.answers.com)
- Want To Save While Shopping? Try These Coupon Tips (thoueze.wordpress.com)