Extreme Couponing on TLC? Or rather, has anyone NOT seen it? The premise is buying groceries WAYYY below retail. In most cases these people pay NOTHING for their loot. At first I was totally envious. I mean, who wouldn't want to walk into Ingles or Kroger and walk out with $1,000.00 worth of groceries for $0.19. It seems easy enough. Get some newspapers, clip some coupons and next thing ya know, you're on easy street. NOT.
I'm a pretty good couponer. I carry a binder and check the sales papers. I make lists and check several stores. I haven't paid for laundry detergent in over 2 years and have enough in my shed to last another year. However, doing this, takes me several hours a week. I'm not talking 1 or 2, but at least 6-8 hours a week to get prepared. Most of the time I do pretty well. On average I save 50-70%. Not too shabby.
The folks that are featured on Extreme Couponer; however, spend 30-40 and even 60 hours a week perfecting their couponing skills. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't have that kind of time. I work an average of 50 hours a week at my job. Most of these couponers don't have full time jobs and have plenty of time to obsess. But I wonder, if it weren't for the show, would they really be buying 60 bottles of mustard or 400 bottles of sports drinks? I mean for real..who needs that much.
My thing is this. If it's free, it doesn't mean you have to buy it. The show showcases people who sock pile cat food but don't have cats. Or, buying diapers but don't have kids. Where is the sense in that?
Space is another issue. One extremer has a grocery store shelf in her own bedroom and toilet paper stashed under her sons bed.
So, what do you guys think about it? Tell me your best coupon finds.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sorry about the poor picture quality. I'm having a bad photo day..but I think you'll get the ideal on this awesome deal. Right now Rite Aid is having some great hair deals. I needed hair color, so I really lucked out.Makes this Product Free
However..I also bought..
Loreal Excellence Creme Color Regular $8.99 less $2.00 in ad coupon and less $2.00 printable making this deal $4.99
So, here's what I did. I bought the shampoo and conditioner and paid $10.75 (incl tax) and received 2 $4.99 UP's total..$9.98
Then in 2 separate transactions I bought the hair color which was $4.99 after coupons and paid with my UP's from the shampoo deal..All I paid was tax..so, my OOp for this deal was $0.70 which I did twice.
Total OOP was $12.15 for $31.98 worth of merchandise..
That doesn't suck
PS. I also received an additonal $3.00 off my next purchase of $15.00 or more by answering a few questions from a survey that was on my receipt. It only took 2 minutes, so if you get one of these, I highly recommend that you participate.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Gillette Fusion razors on sale for $9.89
get back $5.00RR
use $4.00 manufacture coupon
Final Price after coupons and RR=$0.89 each
Softsoap by 2/$6.00
get back $4.00 RR
Final price $1.00 each
Quilted Northern Bath Tissue (9 roll): $3.99 Walgreens coupon in sales paper
Dial Body Wash:BOGO free $5.99
Final Price: $3.00 each
Not too bad when you consider that I saved approximately $55.00 and paid out of pocket about $14. 00. And I still have $5.00 RR to spend which puts me down to $9.00.
I can live with that.
If any of you know how these extreme couponers are getting free paper towels and toilet tissue, I would appreciate a heads up. For some reason, those deals never work out for me.