I stumbled upon a marathon of Extreme Couponing-have you seen this yet? I have one question that none of the episodes addressed. Do these people use expired coupons?? They must, because they roll up there with a binder full of coupons and completely organized, there's no way they are going through them and getting rid of the expired ones. And as much as they are saving precious money, think of the time they are spending in there! This one woman was checking out-checking out-for 2 hours. Oh my flipping goodness, how much time did she spend shopping, then, to require a 2 hour checking out time? Another woman had to make 18 different transactions just to use the coupons-how much time and organization does that take?!
It actually seemed pretty selfish, too-they require a cashier to open a lane specifically for them (because you don't want to get behind that, but why should they not have to wait in any line) they had clerks pushing their carts around the store (one lady had 4 carts) they are depleting the shelves of stock (62 mustards, really?!) making the employees do more work to restock quicker than should be needed, and robbing other customers of the items they came to buy (good thing i hate mustard).
I am all for saving money and being thrifty, you know that. But i really think there's reasonable time spent on couponing and unreasonable time. They are for sure saving more money than i am, and good for them. For all that work they should be. But that's exactly what it is-work. They are doing it like a full time job, with spreadsheets, and 4 shopping trips per week that take 2 hour check out times each. I don't envy them that aspect at all. It isn't laziness that people don't extreme coupon, it's knowing that saving a reasonable amount of money and putting a practical amount of time into clipping/searching for coupons needs to be balanced with other aspects of one's day. I began feeling bad about myself that i don't coupon with the intensity that these people do, but in my opinion it is completely unrealistic. I save lots of money with coupons, and if i do that while checking out for 10 minutes-well, that's an hour and 50 minutes spent doing something more enjoyable. Like cat snuggling.
And the cost for that? Yep, that's free. No coupons necessary!
What about you-coupon clipper? Extreme couponor? Can't be bothered?