January 09, 2011
I recently watched and taped TLC's "Extreme Couponing." I have watched it three times while doing housework. First of all it makes me want to search the internet more to get better coupon deals. Second, I enjoy hunting and getting a good deal on the items I buy for me family. Third, I would never spend hours or days looking for coupons and deals, cancel plans with my family, collect a stockpile that fills my house so much that I have to take out insurance on it and go out and buy a considerable sum of candy bars and sports drinks just because I can get them for free or near free. That is what Amanda was doing.
But in saying all of this, I am not living Amanda's life and her husband seems to be okay with it as he says he is doing it all for her.
There were two other women profiled, one being the Krazy Coupon Lady, and a man. All of these people have one thing in common and that is they spend a considerable amount of time collecting and organizing their coupons and researching store sales and deals. When I say a considerable amount of time, it is like a full time job for them. But, they save hundreds and thousands of dollars doing this. Also, the man that was profiled did use his couponing skills in order to make big donations of food to his church's food pantry.
So, where do I stand on extreme couponing? I'm intrigued by it and would love to save more on couponing but since we don't have a store in town that doubles coupons, it isn't going to happen. I stayed home to be with my family to bless them with a home and I cannot fathom spending my days only on couponing and finding deals. But I do believe that if we did have such a store in our community, I would find a happy medium with couponing and taking care of my home and family.
I will not judge these people as I am not living their life. They are doing what it is good for them and their families. It's just too extreme for me. What do you think? How much do you coupon?
Oh I almost forgot. I did go on the Krazy Coupon Lady's website and found a great coupon - $1.00 off Xtra laundry detergent. Our local grocery store had this detergent on sale for only $2.00 for a 48 load size. I was able to get this detergent for only $1.00. While I didn't get it free, it was a great deal and I would say my deal of the week.