“Extreme Couponing”: Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?

Posted on October 13th, 2011 by Coupon Cathy

Do you watch TLC’s Extreme Couponing show? It is the one show on television that makes me feel a little bit like Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched (I know that dates me!). I feel like I want to see exactly what they have stockpiled, what’s in their shopping carts and how many coupon inserts they have. Here are just a few thoughts on the show.

Junk Food/Soda

In general, it seems that much of what’s thrown into all the shopping carts of extreme couponers is cookies, cereal, candy and soda or some other sugary drink. Seeing that comforts me in a strange way. I still aim for as close to free as possible when I shop but not at the expense of eating as fresh and as organic as is financially feasible.

Fresh Food

I think I’ve seen fresh, non packaged food twice on the Extreme Couponing show. I know that show and the shopping trips are set up to be the most dramatic savings. However, we buy much more fresh food than packaged food on any given week.


Some of the couponers have great stories, as they help support their families or support multiple families. Others seem to just enjoy the game. One woman bragged about clearing the shelves. She was happy to call herself a shelf-cleaner. I think that’s what separates the hoarders from the rest of us.


What makes me jealous and inspires me at the same time is seeing things our family would use: toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, all kinds of soap, razors and DIAPERS! As I grow in my couponing and stockpiling, I aspire to have a nice stockpile of these items so that we can channel the money we spend on that elsewhere. We have two small children who will need to go to college and pay for weddings one day. Since that’s not free, I’m inspired to aim for free for other things.

What do you think of the Extreme Couponing show? Does it help you? Inspire you? Or, make you sick?


  1. beverly October 13, 2011

    To be honest I have been wondering the same thing as you…do they only feed their families junk food? What about meat, milk, and produce? I feel the show is very unrealistic. I keep wondering how they have all these different coupons that haven’t expired so that they can go shopping once a month. I actually paused the show and looked up the coupon policy at one of the stores and found that the store would only double coupons to $1 on 4 coupons so how do they do it with hundreds on the show? I would also like to find a store in Lebanon, Kentucky that offers such great sales.

  2. Morgan October 13, 2011

    As I was watching the show, I was waiting to see anything that was semi-healthy….but I only saw protein bars that I happen to purchase myself ( which are fairly decent) but that is about it.

    I’m not interested in feeding my daughter large quantities of over processed& sodium filled meats, frozen pizzas, sodas & high fat/high sodium foods. Extreme couponing seems to get great for everyday household products that aren’t edible…but I refuse to feed my daughter most of what I saw these women stockpiling.

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