I am not adverse to people wanting to save money and adequately provide for their families, however there are positives and negatives in the practice of extreme couponing. I see good in the fact that many of these people, such as Nathan Engels, aka, Mr. Coupon, purchases massive amounts of food with coupons and then donates most of the food to charity and the troops serving in the military overseas.
I really admire the charity, however, I don’t see the purpose of stockpiling thousands of packages of items that an extreme couponer’s family will likely never use. It is a waste of space and waste of time. One of the extreme couponers has an inventory of thousands of coupons, which occupies space in a whole room. Still, there are other extreme couponers who have the audacity to clear the shelves in the grocery stores, so that there is nothing left for other shoppers looking for a particular product. Another couponer, dumpster dives with her family to find coupons. I am no psychiatrist, but this pretty much sounds like hoarding or some other form of OCD. Endorphins are probably released from the extreme couponer's brains at the site of their stockpiles and their 10 pound coupons binders. They probably get high on every occasion that they get groceries for 70% off.
I am not knocking couponing as a whole. I have experienced the benefits of using coupons, and the Lord knows it has done wonders for my wallet and budget. It is good to realize that there are folks out there willing to share their success stories and helpful tips with others. At the same time, I doubt that I would ever take it to this extreme. There is no need for me to store up 1000 rolls of paper products or food or personal care products that I will never use. When I shop, I buy enough to last until the next sale of the products. I only buy what I need and what I can use before the expiration dates.
If you are not familiar with the show and would like to get a glimpse of it, you can visit TLC's website here. Also, Extreme Couponing airs on TLC network, on Wednesdays at 9/8 PM Central.
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