Extreme Couponing is Back, But I’m Still a Realistic Couponer

by Beth Montgomery on September 28, 2011

in Coupons & Rebates, Entertainment & Fun, Frugal Living, Tips & Basics

TLC’s Extreme Couponing is back for a 2nd season tonight and you know what that means…

  • Unrealistic shopping trips
  • Stores waiving their policies for the show’s guests
  • Some questionable (and sometimes illegal) coupon practices
  • And, stores freaking out and tightening their coupon policies (with good reason, I might add)

To be honest, I never watch the show, because it makes me want to throw stuff at my television and violence is never the answer (just kidding… I do have more control than that).  But, since the show always brings a rush of visitors who want me to teach them how to get $1,000 worth of groceries each week for only $3, I do have a few things to say on the subject.

TLC’s Extreme Couponing is a “reality” television who with very little reality.  Is it realistic to expect to save 100% every time you grocery shop?  No!  Is it realistic to expect to save 90% every week?  No!  Is it realistic to expect to save 50-60%? Yes!  And, that’s my own personal goal when I shop.

Extreme couponing takes a lot of time and a lot of money spent on extra newspapers and purchasing coupons.  Is all that invested time worth it?  I’d much rather spend that time with my family.  By using realistic couponing and  spending  about an  hour preparing to shop each week, plus the time shopping, I’ve estimated that I save about $60 or so an hour.  For me, that’s a great hourly wage and definitely worth it.

Before you check out TLC’s Extreme Couponing, check out the videos below to help you learn to coupon the right want and with grace.

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