TLC has launched a new program centered around people who take the word couponing to the next level. Extreme Couponing shows the couponers walk away with hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of groceries and products for free or near free.
How is it possible? It takes dedication and for some hours or days of planning. Just clipping coupons, going to the store and finding that item isn’t going to net you mass free products or grocery. More is required.
These dedicated couponers clip thousands of coupons, even purchasing coupons from coupon companies so they’ll have as many of a certain coupon as they desire. Then time is spent finding the right sales to match the coupons, so whatever is purchased will be free or near free. This means most will shop at groceries stores where they allow doubles or even triples of the coupons.
Next, time is spent scouring the sales of the week. For some this means looking on-line or through circular ads to find the sales. Some will actually walk the aisles of the grocery store the day the sales start. This way they’re familiar with what is and isn’t on sale and can arrange their coupons accordingly. They have mastered the art of saving and that is why so much time is spent on preparing for that shopping day.
Once all the prep is done, it’s time for shopping. Loaded with mass amounts of coupons, it’s off to the grocery store where the EXTREME begins. Baskets upon baskets are filled with groceries and products. Not just one of each, there’s 10, 20, or more of that particular item being sought. Macaroni, toothpaste, tissue, laundry products, can goods, cereals, candy, meats are all piled into shopping carts.
I’m sure the check out clerks are all praying their aisle isn’t chosen for the checking out process either. These hawk like couponers watch as each item is rung up. Did the item ring up according to the sale price? If it didn’t the coupon wont work like it’s supposed to: bringing the cost for that item down to very little or nothing.
After the tally is wrung up and $600.00 to $3000.00 is showing, the magic of the sales and coupons happen. The clerk starts typing in all those discounts the coupons bring. Double and tripling down the cost goes until what is left is the cost of tax or nothing at all.
Proud and satisfied couponers make their way to their vehicles, loading the goods and groceries with the smile of a Cheshire Cat spread across their face. They’ve made the best cop of all and they’ll go home and celebrate by adding these purchases to their well stocked pantries and freezers.
If there are any drawbacks to this sort of shopping it’s the amount of time and energy it takes to do it. Also some have had to take insurance out on their goods because the loss would be horrendous if something like a flood or fire destroyed it all.
Extreme couponing isn’t for the lame of heart. To make it work as a couponer you’ll need to devote yourself to the whole concept of couponing. That means everything from the gathering of the coupons, finding the stores who offer to double and triple coupons, and then watching for the sales that will work good with the coupons. Not to be overlooked is the shopping trip itself, where hours can be spent first gathering the goods and then on the check out process.
While this can be mentally and physically draining, the perk is that couponers have quite the surplus of goods. They’re able to have the satisfaction of knowing they have on hand what is needed to care for their family. These couponers even have enough surplus to share with the community or give as donations, which many of the extreme couponers do.