The Learning Channel (TLC) aired a new show tonight called Extreme Couponing. This show is all about the extreme side of couponing. While I have called myself an extreme couponer to others at times, I am nothing near what these people on this show are. I think this show, like most reality shows, are showing those who are the extreme of extreme.
My theory isn’t anything near to where these people are. They are all about the deals and the savings. They would buy anything just to get the free item or the deal. My theory is that less is more. I am going to be trying in this next year to really focus in on this and live my life with that moto. I will be working to have less int he house so we have more time to do things other then clean. It will also be the rule for food and couponing and everything. We are only going to have the food we really need and the coupons we really need. Less is more
Here are a few things I saw in the show that I wanted to mention:
Couponing isn’t always extreme – I have never been that extreme in my couponing. We have what we need then we stop buying. When we need more, we start buying again.
Relationships are always more important – If something is causing you to neglect a relationship that is an important one ( ie. Marriage) you need to forget whatever is causing the problem, refocus and then see if you can fit in the other things. Mom or wife always comes before saving.
Dumpster diving for coupons is not a gross thing – After that part of the show, I saw comment after comment on facebook about how gross it was that she did that. I want to point out that she was not in any old dumpster, she was in a recycling dumpster for newspapers. These are the type of dumpsters we find our coupons in. If you can find one or 2 of these in your city, you will have more coupons then you could dream of, just don’t tell to many people or you may have a bit of competition!
Less is More – very few of them had this motto. I am all for getting good deals, but less is really more when it comes to couponing. You save money when you are shopping less. When you shop less you have more money for you and other things in your life. This is important to remember as you see these people.
If you are new to couponing, start small and work your way up – couponing isn’t competition, although those who were on the show probably feel it is. It is about saving money and any amount of money you save is a good thing. I recommend you start small and work up. You can do as little or much as you want. Don’t look at the show and think that is reality for all of us, because it isn’t.
If you are new to couponing and wanting some tips and tricks be sure to check out Becoming an expert saver. This series of posts includes how to coupon, where to find coupons, how coupons are used, and what happens when a store gets a coupon. Check it out and learn what you can and then just try it. remember that sales cycle so you don’t need to run all over town to 10 different stores, just stick with one until you want to add another. You will still get all the deals just in a longer time frame.