Here are my thoughts on extreme couponing:
In a nutshell - it's TV.
Yes, there are a few people that keep 15 years of toilet paper stockpiled in their house, but the majority of the "extreme couponers" take their excess items they "purchase" and donate them, sell them at garage sales, share with families, and do not hoard them. Hoarding is not the same as stockpiling. Stockpiling is storing items you regularly use when they are at rock bottoms prices.
The shopping trips themselves are planned specifically for the show. Couponers hardly EVER buy $1000 worth of groceries for $10. The highest one I ever did was $350 down to $2. (and it was only the one time) But each trip usually runs $50-$80, and goes down to whatever it goes down to. Doesn't it seem strange that the majority of the shoppers don't know about a scanning limit on the computers? If they shop such large quantities all the time - they would know these issues. Trust me. We all know the coupon policy of each store and if the coupon code starts with a 5 it will double even if it says "do not double" at the top. (If it starts with a 9, it will not double)
The cashiers and managers. SO. NOT. REAL. They are acting nice because they are on TV. I've had cashiers roll their eyes, managers limit me on the amount of items I could buy, and ONCE, I saw a manager rip down a blinkie machine after I used 20 of the blinkie coupons on 38 boxes of fruit snacks once. He didn't like that I hardly paid anything and got angry. Normally if a coupon beeps or doesn't work - too bad for you. And the other shoppers get irritated waiting in line behind you.
Cleaning the shelves. Couponing etiquette deems that you not be greedy. I've been accused of clearing shelves before but the only time that happens is when there are only 3-4 left, OR if it's the last day of a deal. To be fair, if you want to pick up 120 bottles of aspirin, that's your prerogative, but do everyone else a favor and go to a couple different stores or special order them.
The Houston area of Kroger has stopped doubling and tripling coupons after the release of this new show. I believe the corporate offices have been alerted to the "super couponers" and the deals will slowly come to a halt. Another change is that we can no longer stack an ecoupon with a paper coupon. Even though it was on last night's show - it is no longer allowed!
Can you think of something that I forgot?? What do YOU think of the show?