Sunday, July 17, 2011

Extreme couponing or Savvy shopping?

It seems like TLC’s Extreme Couponing show is creating a whole new idea of how to be a savvy shopper.   Do I coupon?  Yes, I do.

Are the results on the show realistic?  I don’t really think so.  Do I get the 90-95% savings that just about all of their shopper get?  No.  Am I disappointed if I don’t save that much.  Absolutely not.  The results on the show are, well, very extreme.  

I like to coupon.  I love to see the savings.  Just today I watched my grocery bill go from $46.78 before coupons to $17.43 after store and double manufactures coupons.  Ten manufactures coupons were doubled which accounted for $7.50 of my savings. 

Where I live I usually can’t get double coupons but a local grocery store just started having double coupons on Saturday’s for the next couple months.  They don’t do it all the time but I think it is a smart move on their part with all the hype that Extreme Couponing is getting. 

What did I get?


Four boxes of cereal, four boxes of fruit snacks, five single servings of ice cream, lunch meat, drink mix, watermelon, toothpaste and body wash.

Do I see results like this all the time?  No but I’m happy to take a 63% savings today at one store.  Considering that the watermelon was $4.99 I was very happy with my shopping trip. 

Do I really think I actually saved that much?  No.  I mean technically I did but I know I would never buy four boxes of cereal for $4.53 and $3.37 a box.  I mean, who usually pays regular price for cereal?  Not me.  My store had a store coupon for 4 boxes of cereal for $7.  Now that I would pay but luckily the sale included a few kinds of cereal that I had $.75 off one and $1.00 off two boxes. 

I’m happy to say that I paid only $2 for four boxes of cereal.  The Trix I know we will eat, the Fiber One I’m not sure but at that price I’ll try it and if we don’t like it the other box will get donated the the local food shelf. 

I also have a good shopping day at Target.


I forgot to include a 12 pack of Sierra Mist in the picture. 

I got it all for $8.07.

Target is usually my go to store for groceries but since I went to Aldi this week as well as double coupons at a grocery store I didn’t have a lot of grocery needs on this trip.

Am I an extreme shopper?

No, but I like to think of myself as a savvy shopper.

Do you coupon and if so are you an extreme couponer or a savvy shopper?



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1 comment:

  1. I wish I was organized enough to be an extreme coupon shopper! There are so many good causes that could use the food and personal items that the few extreme couponing people hoard!


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