My favorite new show is Extreme Couponing. It is fascinating to watch. These people collect store coupons from everyone and anyone. They spend hours each week on the internet collecting coupons. They have store discount cards that subtract like coupons. They use spread sheets and photo albums with each pocket filled with coupons. They search out half off and free coupons voraciously. They live for in store sales that with their coupon makes the item free or gives them money back for the purchase! My mind watches and I am just boggled at the time and concentration involved. Sometimes I shake my head in fascination and sometimes my brain says *tilt*-*Ack*-*Bleh*! Some started this out of need. One spouse lost a job and they needed to buy groceries for little or nothing. But each one starts small and ends up with a stockpile in their garage or basement. The ones I don’t understand are the ones who can buy deodorant or toothbrushes for free, so why not buy 1000? Who will ever use that much in their lifetime? If your stockpile looks like a supermarket, why go back next week and do it again? You already have enough food for a year! That is just obsessive/compulsive. The ones I really enjoy are the ones who find the food bargains for cents or free and then give the products to the local food bank! That’s awesome! And one bought hygiene products for little or nothing and donated it to a local ministry that packs up goody bags for our men and women in the military! That also is wonderful. To my thinking, it is mostly an obsessive hobby…you against the system. It is fun to beat the system and addictive to get something for nothing. But it is too much work for me. My brain couldn’t handle the stress.
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