The premiere of TLC’s Extreme Couponing has people fascinated as well as searching the web for coupon deals and coupon clipping services!
Imagine buying hundreds of dollars worth of goods for next to nothing. This new show features people who go to great lengths for a deal.
Is this normal? Extreme couponing can be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, as ABC News reported this week. But from the trends, it definitely seems that people are very interested in saving some money. Especially in these tough times, if you can save a few bucks, it’s a smart thing, no?
In the season premiere, extreme coupon “expert” Joanie shows off her saving skills buying $638.64 worth of just for just $2.64! She has massive stocks of supplies, probably to last her a lifetime, as does Amanda, another ‘extreme couponer’ featured who shows off her toilet paper reserves.
“I’ve been stockpiling for about three and a half years,” she says. “When I look at my toilet paper the feeling it brings to me is absolute joy!” She and her partner have over 3000 rolls of toilet paper, enough to last the couple around 40 years.
Another super saver, Nathan, bought 60 bottles of hand soap, 40 bottles of water and 1100 boxes of cereal – a nearly $6000 value at just $241. Nathan also has over 10,000 items stocked at home.
“Shopping is like chess. You’re trying to beat the opponent, which is the store,” he said.
What do you think are these people obsessed/addicted or just smart?