I’m not a fan of the Extreme Couponing show that been airing on TLC. I’ve been asked several times by the producers to go on the show but each time I’ve turned them down. For one, I don’t think I’m “extreme” enough to be on the show, and two, it doesn’t really happen that way.
What they don’t show you behind the scenes is the hundreds of dollars those couponers poured into buying coupons online and all the catalina coupons they used to get their total that low. And I, for one, am not willing to spend 6 hours a day getting ready for a shopping trip. That’s ridiculous.
Like most “reality” shows, this one isn’t.
It’s very true that as couponers we can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on our grocery and health and beauty budgets. But normally that savings of $$$ doesn’t happen all in one transaction. It’s even rare for me to have a transaction over $100.
Couponing takes time, and it takes practice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people complaining over the last couple months because they aren’t getting $1000 worth of groceries for $2. It just doesn’t happen that way.
If you are new to the world of couponing, welcome! There is alot of savings to be had! I suggest you start by reading the Couponing 101 series that I wrote. Also, check into your local store coupon policies. They are usually posted on the stores website or just give them a call and talk to customer service or a manager.
For me, saving money isn’t all about using coupons. It’s about saving money in many different areas of my life. If you want to learn “extreme couponing” you won’t find it here. However, you will learn how to save money and how to have a better life because of it.
(For the record I also do not have insurance on my stockpile, I don’t get all fancied up to go to the grocery store, I didn’t convert my garage into a store, and I don’t dumpster dive for coupons.:) And if you’d like to know my definition of reality you can watch THIS video.)