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Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)

 
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06/29/2011 02:21 PM
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Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)
I am sure several of you have seen the widely popular TV shows called " Extreme Couponing. I think it airs on TLC. I have notice that even in my small town that several people are jumping on this bandwagon. Now think about this...

Maybe it is to get the smarter people that will take the time and effort to do this kind of thing to stockpile food and supplies even though they are doing it in their minds to only save a lot of money they are actually preparing for SHTF.

Or on the other hand it is a ploy to get people to do this so that when SHTF there will be several more homes to go locate large stockpiles of food and other essentials.

I think either could really be what is actually going on here. Just visit your local grocery store and I am sure you will see at least one or two people with their coupon collection binders and a couple carts full of goods.

Hmmmmmhiding
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06/29/2011 02:27 PM
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Re: Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)
Anyone else think this is what is happening?
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06/29/2011 02:29 PM
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Re: Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)
I think that the time and effort to amass coupons is equal to a job and whatever you save with coupons, you could have earned in money at some other job.
SO, it's pretty much a wash.
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06/29/2011 02:42 PM
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Re: Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)
I knew people who were doing this YEARS ago...its getting harder today bc of the popularity due to shows like that one. It used to be easier bc of double, triple coupons, etc which a lot of stores are doing away with...Here however, is where your local grocery store will beat the pants of "Super Walmart" bc they never have those kinds of offers...and who wants to go to Walmart anyway?!

On the food front, I think its kind-of annoying seeing as how much of the GLP crowd tries not to eat so much of the 'center aisles' crap, but in the case of TSHTF, I'm sure we'd be happy to have that canned Tuna or 1000 boxes of mac n cheese, evaporated milk, hearty soup, etc...in a case where we'd be unable to purchase ANY food!

Younger people, like myself, who don't see the point in 'extreme couponing'--if you have a charitable side, you should remember that since you're getting so much food for free, you can donate it to a foodbank...then there are a lot of 'junk' items you might not care for that our troops abroad would LOVE to remind them of home & put a smile on their faces...

Also, my cousin is an extreme couponer as well as a school teacher--she gets CRAZY amazing deals on school supplies! Like a carload full of paper, pencils, pens, crayons, etc. for like $15--it was insane, she posted it to FB before the school year started last year for all of her teaching friends to see and then told them EXACTLY how to do the same thing. She works in a public school and was really able to help some of the underpriveleged students have plenty of school supplies.

It takes some extra effort, but if you're the kind of person who regularly watches a certain show on TV or something, you can easily spread out mailers on the coffee table and start doing it during a time when you're not being productive.

That extreme couponer show usually focuses on stay at home Moms who have extra time to look online for deals and most of us don't have that luxury, but if you can be disciplined about it, you could probably set aside 8 hours over the course of the week to get into the couponing period, if not "extreme," at least save some money...I know 90% of consumers don't use coupons at all, and that's what the companies count on. If there's a way for you to get this stuff for free, why not take them up on the offer?
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06/29/2011 03:04 PM
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Re: Extreme Couponing ( A ploy for smart survivors?)
If you wait for something to go on BOGO sale, you dont need coupons.

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