I’m a little obsessed–as well as perplexed–by TLC’s show, Extreme Couponing. On the one hand, hats off to the gal who buys three carts of groceries for $9. On the other hand, what in God’s name is she going to do with 87 bags of croutons?

I, personally, have never made effective use of coupon clipping. Either: The coupons I clip end up marinating in my wallet. Or: I pull one out only to discover that it has expired or doesn’t apply to the products in my cart. What’s more, I don’t generally buy Pop Tarts or Spam…and rarely seem to find coupons for the unprocessed foods I do like to purchase. It seems to me that being a tried-and-true coupon-clipper means you buy the groceries you get deals on…rather than buying the brands and foods you like.

So could someone–perhaps a moderately successful coupon-er–please explain to me how it’s done? Like Couponing For Dummies? From one Bargain Hunter to another, I’d be ever so grateful….

  • I’m with you. Coupons, while great in concept, never seem to work for me. I don’t buy typically buy name brands, and that’s what the coupons promote.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Karen Ishinaru

    I saw the end of that show! I too was trying to figure out what someone would do with that many bags of croutons. Also, how did she get so many coupons for one thing?

    April 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm