The premiere of TLC’s Extreme Couponing has people frantically searching the web for coupon deals. But “extreme couponing” can be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, as ABC News reported this week. ABC profiled shoppers featured on Extreme Couponing, like Amanda – who once used over 1,000 coupons to take her shopping total from $1100 to a meager $51. Is that savings impressive? Sure. But not if you stack it next to the $35,000 she and her husband pay to insure their stockpile of goods.
Extreme couponer Nathan had this to say about his obsession: “Shopping is like chess. You’re trying to beat the opponent, which is the store.” I can’t imagine walking into a store feeling like I was heading into battle. The shoppers examined on Extreme Couponing aren’t just average people trying to save on their grocery bill. They’re like gamblers addicted to the thrill of finding the next great sale.
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How far would you go to save a bargain? Do you shop at places like Sam’s Club or BJ’s and “stockpile” goods? Have you gotten thriftier since the recession hit?