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….