Not-So-Extreme Couponing

I plan on getting back in the game – the coupon game – the savings game! I switched stores along the way, and then found my filing system to be overwhelming. All coupon inserts jammed into one hanging file folder. Searching for inserts by date became a nightmare! (I need them by date because CouponMom tells me where to find specific coupons that match items on sale.) So I gave up a little on the extreme couponing and just searched my store’s site for electronic coupons to load to my store card. I’ve also been searching for printable coupons just for items I need.

No more! I want to get back to grabbing a few extras when I can. If I can save 50% or more, it’s totally worth it to me to make an extra trip to a different store or even double back to the same store later in the week. I don’t have enough room in my file cabinet for more hanging files, but I remembered that I have some empty file boxes in the house (the ones with lids and handles). I picked up some more Pendaflex files and started a new system this morning before work.

I just noticed that that top page on the stack in front of the box says “Resolve to save more”! :D I think I just might!

Extreme Couponing

There’s a new show on TLC called “Extreme Couponing“. I flipped it on last night thinking there would be interesting tips, but I was disappointed (almost disgusted) by what I saw. The show seems to be more about exploiting an obsession than offering any helpful tips.

I’m all for cutting costs if you can, and I know it is hard work to plan and organize such shopping adventures. I’ve experienced the excitement of hearing, “You saved 40% Mrs. Karner” (OK, I’m not fond of being called”Mrs. Karner” for the simple fact that it makes me feel old and I hate formality, but you know what I mean). But to see the homes of these people who stock pile without knowing when to stop stock piling made me think of the other TLC show … Hoarding! For heaven’s sake, share some of that with a local food pantry and help others!

Some of the people on the show started their obsessions when faced with economic hardship. OK. I get that. Once you have enough to last you for three years, I think it would be alright to share with those who are facing bigger hardships. One lady couldn’t walk into the grocery store without fixing hair and makeup and dressing up a bit, down to the shiny pleather hooker boots (sorry, but that’s what they looked like to me). Before getting out of the car, she touched up her lipstick again! Her body language at the checkout totally revealed that she was soaking up the attention, too. Once upon a time, in a land of abnormal psychosis … :D This lady just kept piling everything willy-nilly onto the conveyor belt, and the register locked up at about $1200. They had to stop there to ring up that much. How they figured out the coupons at that point is beyond me. It looked like they were forcing them through just to get the total down for the cameras. {See what this blogger and her readers have to say about similar possible fraudulent coupon use.}

The lady before her had totaled and planned her shopping trip ahead of time. She split her items into 18 different transactions! I’m not sure which one of them mentioned that it takes about six hours to plan a shopping trip like this. After working more than 40 hours per week at “the day job”, I can’t imagine working another full day just to plan, then shop and put everything away. I’m sure that the time spent planning technically pays far better per hour than that “day job”, but WOW!

I just don’t know. I might get back in the game, but I won’t go extreme!