I happened to catch ‘extreme couponing’ on TLC the other day while on the elliptical at my gym. It was so bad I couldn’t look away! Needless to say, I had a great hour long cardio workout.
There are so many things wrong with the idea of extreme couponing! I’m all for frugal living and saving money (obviously), but this is not the way to do it. I approach money and shopping in the same way I approach anything else- with efficiency. I like to do things without wasting time or money, whilst using all of the resources available to me.
The problems with extreme couponing:
Notice how these couponistas fill their shopping carts with sugary drinks, and ready made noodles? That’s because there are no coupons for kale, broccoli or apples. Good for you, you have 500 bottles of Gatorade. Unless you are the coach of an Olympic swim team, why in the world would you need that?? Every single person that is ever featured on the show is overweight, and that’s precisely why. I would rather spend money on healthy food now, then on medical bills to deal with the consequences of obesity later.
Last time I checked a house and a warehouse are two different terms. I don’t have a clue as to why you would convert usable living space in your home to store piles of crap you don’t actually need. “Look at my 73 bottles of shampoo, and 690 cans of corn!” Congratulations?
The time spent clipping coupons to avoid paying the retail price, can be spent on adding value to our economy by having a job. If these people had jobs, they would undoubtedly make at least the same amount of money they save clipping coupons. Bad economy and no jobs you say? Ok, how about working for a charity that will pay you to clip coupons and you can put your skills to use by donating all of the free merchandise you acquired to people that actually need it, and getting paid for your time to do so.
As I just mentioned, these people acquire crap no one person or household can possibly make use of. If it is in fact possible to get your hands on SO MUCH free product, these people should seriously consider making a meaningful donation to others who can really use it.