Click on over to see TLC’s Extreme Couponing preview for tonight. I am going to DVR it (because I would rather watch Idol) but let me tell you that I have some fairly strong thoughts about the show. You know that here on Consumer Queen, we love to tell you how to save money and use coupons! TLC’s Extreme Couponing appears to feature only those with dedicated rooms and/or storage buildings for their overstock. The normal person (without a TV crew from TLC) could not go into Kroger and purchase 1000+ boxes of cereal with coupons. Most stores policies have limits on how many like coupons you can use…or just # of coupons per transaction in general. I love that TLC is putting time and energy to show people that they can save tons with coupons, but I think featuring people who are in tears about how life has passed them by due to their Extreme Couponing just doesn’t seem to set well with me. I must say that I snickered thinking about the one who pays for insurance on their stockpile, or think of the ones who can’t park in their garage because it’s their storage area. So park the $20,000+ minivan out where hail can beat it, and put the FREE toothpaste in the garage…doesn’t make sense.
If you would like to step up your couponing and save even more…follow these simple steps:
3.) Match the coupon to the item when it is on sale to get the biggest bang for your buck, and price match when you can!
4.) Learn the sale cycles and purchase enough to get you thru to the next sale (Chicken Breasts usually go on sale every 3 weeks…so buy for three weeks at a time and never pay full price)
5.) Don’t go store to store shopping…keep your coupons with you and if you are passing by, then stop. You won’t save if you are out burning up gas…which is SO expensive right now.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to know you fit couponing into your life?