Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: "Extreme Couponing"

If you haven't already, definitely check out the TLC show "Extreme Couponing," it may just change your perspective on shopping altogether.  In case you haven't heard, the 30 minute (well, more like 20 or less) show features so-called 'extreme' shoppers who are able to walk into a grocery store armed with coupons and walk out with carts of groceries--at about 90-100% off.  Yes, 100%.

Although the show is a little short on specifics, presumably to preserve the ability to continue facilitating the habits of  the shoppers, basically, these couponers spend hours at home clipping coupons and building their "stock."  Depending on the store, they employ strategies such as 'double coupons,' coupled with manufacturer's coupons, and other store sales.  Occasionally, the prices are so low that the store actually refunds them the difference because the shopper's coupons went over the price of the item. 

It's somewhat humorous, somewhat disturbing, and impressive all at once.  Finally, last night's show brought some sanity to the mix because the guy featured, the only one so far to have some benevolence for others, was going to donate his wares to troops overseas.

I am interested in how long this show can last.  They have had a couple of episodes, which were basically the same.  It may be giving the impression that eating bad food is ok, which is kind of irresponsible.  Several scenes showed piles of candy, highly sugary cereals, and tons of pizza, only to be followed by a woman buying 40 or so bottles of antacid.  One wonders if the diet has something to do with that.  I would like the show to take on CVS and see what magic can be performed with ExtraBucks.
Check out the show on Wednesdays at 9pm EDT.