A few weeks ago, I had just finished up some shopping at a local Target here in Humbleville and headed to the checkout. There was no line, just the couple who was paying at the register.
I happened to glance into their cart and noticed it was loaded with barbecue sauce, just one brand, and well over 4 dozen bottles of it. When the cashier finished ringing up all their coupons, the coupon left with their barbecue sauce for only $2.14.
Now I know compared to some people featured on “Extreme Couponing,” this shopping trip wasn’t very extreme, still paying $2.14 rather than getting money back, but to me, it seemed pretty awesome getting so much finger licking goodness for only $2 and some change!
Do You Have What it Takes?
The thing is, I’ve never seen an episode of “Extreme Couponing”, no cable remember, but I have watched a few clips of the show and have learned a few key facts about extreme couponers.
- Extreme couponing requires a lot of dedication!
The first and best known fact about extreme couponing is that it takes a lot, and I mean a lot, of time to find the best deals! Couponers spend hours a week matching up store deals with various coupon offers to maximize savings. Some couponers are so dedicated to the art of couponing that they take vacation time from work just to do preliminary scouting, coupon filing, and grocery shopping.
- Extreme couponers need tons of organization and storage space!
When you’re buying so much at one time, you learn that organization is your best friend! Keeping organized allows the shopper to browse through their coupon books, or briefcases in some cases, with ease. Organization isn’t my best quality, so this area would also make extreme couponing difficult for me.
Extreme couponing also requires a good amount of storage space because when you’re buying 4 dozen bottles of barbecue sauce, you better have a plan in mind for storing it all.
- Extreme couponers think long term, not short term.
This is a hard concept for some people to understand, but thinking long term allows extreme couponers to save on things they don’t necessarily need now, but figure they’ll be buying down the road.
For good example of this is toilet paper. Although it takes up a lot of space, you know that the purchase is useful to you. More examples would be shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, and medicine.
There are also bad examples of people thinking too far into the future. For instance, if you are buying cart fulls of diapers and you have no children and are not expecting, you probably shouldn’t use up your storage space. Just because you can find a coupon, doesn’t mean it’s worth your effort to.
All in all, I think extreme couponing is beneficial for those who have the time, space, and determination to do it properly.
Have you ever seen the show “Extreme Couponing?” What do you think of their lifestyles? Or are you an extreme couponer yourself? Let us know!