Extreme Couponing?

Morningstar Farms Coupon
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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.

About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I share my health stories and my experiences with Thrive. I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to Extreme Couponing?

  1. Michele says:

    This is a full-time job, isn’t it? I guess we all have to work one way or another to feed ourselves!


  2. Hi Estherlou:

    Journeytoepiphany here. Just wanted you to know that I have another blog where I chronicle how I use my extreme couponing to give to widows and single moms. The blog is called The Proverbial Shopper and the url is http://pro31shopper.blogspot.com. I found that my extreme couponing was causing me to be a candidate for another show: Hoarders…not really, but I was accumulating too much, and I was seeking God on how I could give more on our limited income.


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