Monday, January 17, 2011

Extreme Couponing - I'm not sure . . . is this a heritage skill?

A week or two ago, GSSH saw a show on TLC, called "Extreme Couponing," and when it came on again this weekend, he made sure i saw it too.

This one hour special, showed the lives of four different persons/families, all of whom have learned the skill of getting something for nothing (or at least a whole lot less), to the extreme.  If you watch this show, please don't let the first extreme couponer deter you.  Keep watching.  That young lady appears to need therapy have gone a little over the edge, but the other three have some really interesting experiences, that will at least be fun to watch, if not educational.

All of the subjects of the show went on huge shopping trips, for the cameras, and paid very little cash, and mounds of coupons, for their very large piles of groceries.

One of the sane three on the show has been ironically dubbed the Krazy Coupon Lady (KCL).  She is a young wife and mother, and we were both impressed by how sensible and organized she was, as well as being level headed (she appears to not actually be crazy, which is nice).  We have since discovered that she has a web site (and a book), all about couponing.  KCL, on the TLC program, went on a shopping trip to (i think) Albertson's and paid $2.64 (and a LOT of coupons) for $632.34 worth of groceries.  And whether or not Albertson's is overpriced, $2.64 is a really good deal.

This post wasn't meant to be a review of the TLC program.  I mean to be giving you some insight into why i have spent nearly the entirety of this day reading all about extreme couponing, as done by the Krazy Coupon Lady.

For folks like us, who are looking to spend less money and get more value out of life - not to mention, would like to have some storage of food, just because that's a sensible thing to do - it seems like a worthwhile endeavor to see if we can learn how to get food for free.

My day of reading about how to make coupons count for their very mostest, may also account for why this blog post may or may not make a LOT of sense.  Sorry about that.

If extreme couponing interests you, check out the link below.  KCL has an incredible amount of couponing resources in one central location, and like i said, she's appears to be not crazy at all.  She has a printable table of contents and cover pages so you can start your own coupon binder, AND she has some incredible databases of available coupons, printable and otherwise.  Check her out if you wanna.

Anyway, my GSSH and i are looking for one really great deal to capitalize on, like 5 free bottles of laundry detergent, or some such wonderfulness.  And we're hoping we can build on our understanding and learning from there.  I'll letchya know if i get to be as awesome as the Krazy Coupon Lady.

I'll probably also letchya know if i get any free groceries at all - just 'cause that's crazy cool.


  1. I really enjoy MoneySavingMom - She's got a blog and Facebook. She was the reason I got into couponing. She posts deals she finds at chain stores (like CVS or RiteAid, WalMart, Walgreens, and others) as well as posts great deals and coupons of other sorts. She had posted a coupon for a buy one get one free Minute Maid orange juice today. Perhaps you will find her site helpful as well. Hope being a good steward of God's money goes well!

  2. Thanks, Ani! I'll check it out.

  3. now if only we had coupons in foreign countries... *sigh* more vicarious living... :D

    ~ Kerri

  4. I love this. When I had more time, I use to do some serious couponing when stores used to do double and triple more. There were times I would get items for free. And that feels awesome! My hard thing is to not buy something that I won't use.

  5. Beth, this is interesting. My friend Angela at WV Treasures is a coupon lady and very organized with cool ideas that I didn’t even know about at all. I think you would enjoy her post on it from last week. Check her out if you get a chance :) You go girl-coupon away!!

  6. I started couponing 2 years ago, wile I don't get the deals like they showed on TLC we have been able to save around 70% on our grocreies and do even better at CVS. I haven't paid full price for anything in over a year 1/2, couponing is so worth it if you stick to buying only what you eat and eat only what you buy! Being orginized is huge but once you get the hang of it this is a GREAT way to build up your food storage


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