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I just had to write about this new show on TLC called Extreme Couponing. I understand that there is a lot of people out there that LOVE to coupon and do it often... I am not one of them. I may use a coupon here and there if the coupon is for something that I already buy. We do not buy frivolous stuff just because we have a coupon for it and I do not believe anyone should.
I was completely sickened by the show. These people spend 40-60 hours preparing for a shopping trip. They buy 15, 20, 30 of the the same item, who needs so much of one item?? Their houses look like a grocery store... their basements are jammed packed with food & household cleaners. Their children's bedrooms, the bathrooms and even their own rooms are used as storage for all the stuff they buy. If they are spending that much time preparing to go to the grocery store, they mid-as well get a job. What kind of care can you be giving your children if you are spending 60 hours a week in front of the computer printing off coupons & dumpster diving for leftover coupons? Probably no care at all...
These people are no better than hoarders and should be ashamed of themselves. There are so many starving people in their community that they could be giving the excess food to, but no. It looks like all that food will just sit in the basement until it expires... because let's be real, no one can possibly keep up with eating the amount that they already have and continue to buy every week.
As far as I can see, Extreme Couponing is an obsession and has more of a negative affect on families then positive. It is a waste of food. I think that these people get some sort of gratification from couponing and are not truly doing it to save money.
Now, before some get their undies in a bundle... I am not refering to people that coupon who actually buy stuff within reason and use the products weekly... just the sick, wasteful ones ;-)