Extreme Couponing

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I don't understand the coupon thing even when it's not extreme. I can always find a generic brand name item for a cheaper price then the brand name product with the coupon. For instance, mustard. Why would I spend $1.69 when I can spend $.99 with the generic brand? And I find the generic brand name is just as good (if sometimes better) then the brand name item.

Makes ya wanna go hmmmm....
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I don't understand the coupon thing even when it's not extreme. I can always find a generic brand name item for a cheaper price then the brand name product with the coupon. For instance, mustard. Why would I spend $1.69 when I can spend $.99 with the generic brand? And I find the generic brand name is just as good (if sometimes better) then the brand name item.

Makes ya wanna go hmmmm....
Originally Posted by Debh366
I never care about brand names, but I'd take whatever is cheaper. If I had a coupon for $.50 off of that and it doubled, I'd pay $.69 for the name brand which is cheaper than $.99 for the generic.

I never care about brand names, but I'd take whatever is cheaper. If I had a coupon for $.50 off of that and it doubled, I'd pay $.69 for the name brand which is cheaper than $.99 for the generic.
Originally Posted by Munchy
Me too, but that hardly ever happens. Plus the stores I go to don't offer double coupons.
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I don't understand the coupon thing even when it's not extreme. I can always find a generic brand name item for a cheaper price then the brand name product with the coupon. For instance, mustard. Why would I spend $1.69 when I can spend $.99 with the generic brand? And I find the generic brand name is just as good (if sometimes better) then the brand name item.

Makes ya wanna go hmmmm....
Originally Posted by Debh366
I never care about brand names, but I'd take whatever is cheaper. If I had a coupon for $.50 off of that and it doubled, I'd pay $.69 for the name brand which is cheaper than $.99 for the generic.
Originally Posted by Munchy
That's pretty much what I do. If the generic is cheaper than the name brand minus the coupon, I get generic. But my grocery store doubles coupons $1 or less...so it's cheaper to get the name brand sometimes. Also, Harris Teeter does triple coupons once every 3 months all coupons less than $1 and I stock up on staple items that I use a lot of then.

Just this past week..the All laundry detergent that i use was 2/$5 at my grocery store ( the 24 load size). I had 6 $1 off coupons. So I ended up with 6 bottles of laundry detergent for $9. The regular retail price is $5 a bottle. Those 6 bottles for me is about a 6 month supply. That's crossed off my shopping list for a while and I got it at a killer price. That's a win win for me.


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I use coupons and combine with store sales to get great deals. It is just my husband and I and 2 pets. My goal is 50% savings each time I go, but I also note that things like milk,eggs, fruit, and meat rarely have coupons but frequently go on sale.

Meat goes on sale alot. And I rarely buy something full price. In 2010 i saved over $2k in just 10 months. That to me was like a pay raise. I love couponing and I doubt we will ever go back.

I also want to say that this TV show is WAY out of realistic shopping boundaries. Stores have to break their policy to allow these customers to behave this way. Then new couponers get upset that they can't get the same ridiculous deals and get mad at the stores. Overall this show does more damage than good, but that's the shows fault.


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I rarely see coupons here in the UK and usually you have to buy something to get a coupon to use on the same thing next time.

I'd like to see the programme though. I bet it's interesting and frustrating at the same time.
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i need toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and mouthwash so I'm going to give it a try. I don't understand the matchup language. What the heck does this mean?Colgate Max White, Fresh or Max White Clean Toothpaste 2/$3.50Buy 2, Get $2 in Register Rewards$.50 SS 10/30$.25 each after Coupon and Register RewardsIn the example above, are they saying that the toothpaste is on sale 2 for $3.50 and if you buy 2 you get $2 in register rewards, add in a $.50 coupon from this past sunday.$3.50 - $2.00 - $.50(*2) = $.50 total (but the $2 will be in reward points?)SS?What's does stuff like this mean.... $1/1?ECB?
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Last edited by KurlyPrincess; 11-03-2011 at 06:24 AM.
LOL my first episode was also the tic tac and mustard show.

My husband thought this was the greatest thing ever and promptly got online to research further. Two things he discovered.

a) Couponing sucks in Canada! We have nowhere near the extreme opportunities here.

b) Like all reality TV, there is definitely some fakery involved in this show. Stores will accept doubles (or more) of coupons for the benefit of drama on the show that they don't do in every day practice. Apparently that's why the show really only features small local stores now, because places like Walmart were inundated with angry phone calls from customers when they saw people on the show pulling coupon shenanigans that they knew the store didn't allow.

Its still a fun show.


I've been couponing. I saved $40 on my last grocery trip. Even got a little praise from the cashier.

I'm excited to go grocery shopping tomorrow.

eta: I got deodorant for 75 cents each. Not as impressive as free, but still pretty good. Oh, and I totally could have gotten free toothpaste, but I needed it ASAP and the next week they were 10 for $10 and I totally used my $1 off coupons already.
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LOL my first episode was also the tic tac and mustard show.

My husband thought this was the greatest thing ever and promptly got online to research further. Two things he discovered.

a) Couponing sucks in Canada! We have nowhere near the extreme opportunities here.

b) Like all reality TV, there is definitely some fakery involved in this show. Stores will accept doubles (or more) of coupons for the benefit of drama on the show that they don't do in every day practice. Apparently that's why the show really only features small local stores now, because places like Walmart were inundated with angry phone calls from customers when they saw people on the show pulling coupon shenanigans that they knew the store didn't allow.

Its still a fun show.
Originally Posted by mad scientist

Actually, a few of the shows have shown down right coupon FRAUD...as in STEALING.

Here's a blog post that breaks down exactly what the woman that was featured on the show was doing: Was coupon fraud shown on TLC's Extreme Couponing? | Jill Cataldo

That's why when MOST people use coupons...you can't get $1000 worth of grocery for $80...because some of the people shown are committing fraud. I think that most people using coupons can save anywhere from 25-50% off thier grocery bill if they use methods that are legal (coupon stacking in some stores, double coupons when the stores allow it, and matching coupons to sales).
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Last edited by Nappy_curly_crown; 11-03-2011 at 02:59 PM.
WOW.

Too good to be true I guess!

and LOL to this...

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"Seriously...what a disgrace to honest couponers who stil manage to have a great stockpile and save tons of money without using coupons fraudently...
the Olay coupons was for REGENERIST ONLY..not ANY Olay..the Vaseline coupons was for the SHEER INFUSION, not ANY..the Johnson's coupon specifically excluded Buddy Bars, which you bought anyways...you are that type of couponer who gives the rest of us a bad name...I bet you also doctor internet coupons and make multiple copies of coupons huh....well I have forwarded your video to the loss prevention officer at your Gaithersburg Target and urge others to call him at 125 Grand Corner Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 721-1760. Just ask for loss prevention, they seem to already have quite a nice file on her and this was just the evidence they needed. Would you like the "get out of jail free" card from my kid's Monopoly game?? Loser!""
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Last edited by curlyarca; 11-03-2011 at 09:33 PM.
i need toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and mouthwash so I'm going to give it a try. I don't understand the matchup language. What the heck does this mean?Colgate Max White, Fresh or Max White Clean Toothpaste 2/$3.50Buy 2, Get $2 in Register Rewards$.50 SS 10/30$.25 each after Coupon and Register RewardsIn the example above, are they saying that the toothpaste is on sale 2 for $3.50 and if you buy 2 you get $2 in register rewards, add in a $.50 coupon from this past sunday.$3.50 - $2.00 - $.50(*2) = $.50 total (but the $2 will be in reward points?)SS?What's does stuff like this mean.... $1/1?ECB?
Originally Posted by scrills
Looks like couponers have their own language, just like we do.. lol

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WOW.

Too good to be true I guess!

and LOL to this...

"
"Seriously...what a disgrace to honest couponers who stil manage to have a great stockpile and save tons of money without using coupons fraudently...
the Olay coupons was for REGENERIST ONLY..not ANY Olay..the Vaseline coupons was for the SHEER INFUSION, not ANY..the Johnson's coupon specifically excluded Buddy Bars, which you bought anyways...you are that type of couponer who gives the rest of us a bad name...I bet you also doctor internet coupons and make multiple copies of coupons huh....well I have forwarded your video to the loss prevention officer at your Gaithersburg Target and urge others to call him at 125 Grand Corner Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301) 721-1760. Just ask for loss prevention, they seem to already have quite a nice file on her and this was just the evidence they needed. Would you like the "get out of jail free" card from my kid's Monopoly game?? Loser!""
http://jillcataldo.com/node/16170

Originally Posted by curlyarca
You know what's funny...I shop at that target a lot because it's close to my job. And for a while, the store stopped taking Internet coupons. I finally asked the manager why and he said it was basically because they had a customer that was abusing them and committing fraud and they were waiting on corporate to decide how to handle it. Now, they don't take any Internet coupons except for target coupons and you can only use 4 o the same coupons..so no shelf clearing. I knew the lady from the extreme coupon show lived in the area because the Safeway where the show was taped is the one close to my job. It's funny because people say she actually lives in Bethesda MD...which is a good 30 min drive to Gaithersburg. So I guess maybe she has been banned from the stores in her area. I wonder why these stores won't file criminal charges against her. It's the same thing as stealing $1800 worth of stuff from the store.


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we have a diet that is about 75-80% whole foods. i clean and deodorize our home with basically vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, and essential oils. we do use a less toxic/eco-friendly fragrant/dye-free laundry detergent, dishwashing product, and wood floor cleanser.

unless there is a youtube video out there that i haven't seen, i don't think that couponing is for people who are on the "greener" and healthier side of living.

the videos i've seen are of people who boast of saving money on packs of hotdogs, frozen entrees, hamburger helper, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, body washes, shampoos & conditioners, sodas and punch, sugary cereals, lunchables, etc. lots of processed foods that aren't the healthiest for you, and household products that aren't as kind to the environment.

i mean really, when it comes to stockpiling 10 boxes of nasal spray or numerous boxes of pain reliever, those things have expiration dates. and unless you are popping them like candy, these people have to be ending up with medicines that are expiring on their basement shelves. not cool.
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I definitely think couponing works for people who shop a certain way.
Me, I'm not that green when it comes to laundry and things like toothpaste (though I do try to avoid the use of harmful products for a lot of things), so for stuff like that and toilet paper, aluminum foil, paper towels, etc., I would get something out of it.
For food, I just don't really shop in supermarkets for most of my food. Plus I'm okay with paying more for food based on quality. To save money, I'd adjust how and what I eat instead.
Check out what I found! If you join RecycleBank, you can earn points by clicking on green information videos or pledging to recycle certain products (or by recycling in general if your area participates - mine doesn't), and the reward categories include coupons for products from brands like Kashi, along with various other rewards in different categories. The points are actually really easy and quick to earn, which is nice, because usually points programs are designed to make you work. I already have more than enough to get $2 off any Kashi product, $5 off any purchase of $40 or more at Sprouts, or something else, and I just clicked a quick few offers because it's late and I need to get off the computer. I also found a site that does match-ups for coupons at stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
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Check out what I found! If you join RecycleBank, you can earn points by clicking on green information videos or pledging to recycle certain products (or by recycling in general if your area participates - mine doesn't), and the reward categories include coupons for products from brands like Kashi, along with various other rewards in different categories. The points are actually really easy and quick to earn, which is nice, because usually points programs are designed to make you work. I already have more than enough to get $2 off any Kashi product, $5 off any purchase of $40 or more at Sprouts, or something else, and I just clicked a quick few offers because it's late and I need to get off the computer. I also found a site that does match-ups for coupons at stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
Thanks for this link!
I'm completely addicted to couponing.
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