Extreme couponing has become a popular topic in recent years. With the boom of coupon and deals blogs and the production of TV shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing, coupon clipping is more popular than ever. But is it realistic to expect to buy $300 worth of groceries for $1.89? Is it ethical? Is it practical?
There are pros and cons to extreme couponing, and whether it’s worth it will depend on your lifestyle.
Extreme couponing is not for me. I don’t have the time, nor do I want to eat the foods I could buy with the coupons I get in my area. I also don’t have enough space to store a year’s supply of groceries. In my situation, the time I’d have to spend and the way I’d have to eat are a price I’m not willing to pay for saving that much money on food and household items.
Couponing does have it’s place, though. You can find some great bargains on toiletries, detergents, and other household items when you combine coupons and sales. I have several friends who do quite well with the bargains they find from couponing. However, I don’t think any of them take it to the level of what you see on television.
My conclusion is that extreme couponing, the kind you see on television, is usually unrealistic and unhealthy. Extreme couponing gets a big “Nay” from me. Do you agree or disagree?
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