I am amazed at the following that TLC’s Extreme Couponing show has. People LOVE that show. And I get it! Regular people, stay at home moms, single parents and even college students spending pennies on hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. That’s the appeal of shows like this. It shows regular people doing extraordinary things. But I am here to tell you that it may be extraordinary, but it’s also out of the ordinary. It’s definitely not common and in a way I think it’s very unrealistic for coupon virgins to watch this show and expect these kinds of savings all the time.
If you know anything about the entertainment industry, you know that the point is purely entertainment. These people are these shows don’t buy like this often. Most of them spend months preparing for a haul like you see on the show. It’s not just your typical Sunday afternoon clipping, it’s days and countless hours of planning.
So why is “extreme couponing” unrealistic? Here are a few reasons.
1. Most people don’t have the time. Like I said, that kind of couponing takes times. As a mother of two young children and a wonderful husband that likes a home cooked meal, I DO NOT have hours to coupon. I just don’t. I would assume that you don’t either. Don’t try, it’s not worth it. Yes, those people get a lot of free groceries, but at what expense?
2. These people have been doing this for years. The people on this show know a thing or two or everything about couponing. I would say that most of the people watching this show don’t have near the experience. You wouldn’t go run a marathon without training right? Same goes for this. These people know store policies, they know where to find coupons, they know how to organize. I would even venture to say some of these people are career couponers. I however, am not.
3. These people are going back to the store tomorrow. Have you noticed on the show that you never see milk, cheese, yogurt, fresh produce or meat? It’s because they can’t get extreme deals on those items. So although that day they saved a ton of money, it may not have been on the right things. But it looked good once everything was scanned and the totals up. All of those other items would have marked up the price way more!
What do you think about Extreme Couponing? Do you watch it? Do you think it’s unrealistic?
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