Recently TLC came out with a new show called Extreme Couponing. And it’s a show that is true to its name. It shows you the extreme side of couponing where people buy thousands of coupons, clear shelves, climb into dumpsters and have stockpiles that need to be insured.
If you want some lessons in unhealthy living, I can point out what the show teaches right now.
1. Couponing only gets you junk food. This simply isn’t true, and I’m sad to see people filling nine carts with sodas and candy bars on this show.
2. Couponing takes hours and hours in order to save money. Again, this is a false notion. When I go on a coupon trip, my planning takes about an hour and I am in and out of the store in thirty minutes.
3. All couponers are extreme and they hoard. I’m most definitely not an extreme couponer, and I don’t think that the majority of couponers clear the shelves either. My family lives on a mostly organic diet, and I save anywhere from 50-75% on my grocery bill.
4. Couponers are selfish and don’t help anyone but themselves. This is another false message that comes across with this show. Many of us coupon not only to help our families, but also so that we can donate goods and help others.
Of course because of producers and network executives, I’m sure the show is only highlighting what will create good ratings. Unfortunately this places the cast of couponers in a bad light.
But I just wanted to add my voice to the mix and say that you can live healthy, eat organic foods and not overdo it when it comes to saving money.
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