Extreme couponing

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The first word that comes to my mind is “Whoa.” It may not be the most sophisticated or eloquent word — especially for a journalist with an English degree — but there it is. I’m talking about this phenomenon recently documented on The Learning Channel called “extreme couponing.” The second word that comes to my mind is “scary.” Anyone can easily surmise what “extreme couponing” may be, but to see it is to believe it. Take Amanda, the first “extreme couponer” featured on the show who bought $1,175 worth of groceries for $52 by scrupulously collecting coupons of all sorts. At first, I thought her feat was ingenious, even heroic, until she said a 10-foot-high pile of 3,000 rolls of toilet paper she amassed among other piles of groceries brought her “joy.” Joy? Her husband, who mentioned they’ve taken out a $35,000 insurance policy on what they call their “stockpile,” didn’t seem as enthusiastic as he stood among the piles, one of which was overtaking his man cave. I’ll close with a third word, if I may — “hoarder.”

Categories: General
Michael C. Juliano

2 Responses

  1. danielle says:

    well written blog…. I agree that getting free staple items that can supply a family for a long time is a good idea but some of these people take it too far. My questions is…. How much food are they throwing away? Some of them claim to be donating but I would really like to see them drop it off. I would like to see a local food pantry benefit from this. Otherwise it is still “excess” and whether you pay for it or not…. “excess” is still defined as …”a going beyond what is regarded as customary or proper” If any of these “extreme couponers” read this …. please donate what you dont need and spread the wealth. It may help a family in need.

  2. MirandaWrites says:

    Really? Did you have to boast about your “English Degree?”

    Anyway… I don’t think that “Extreme Couponing” is possible in all 50 states. I know it isnt in CT. Especially since most coupons state “toward the purchase of two.”

    Do you agree?