I was switching back and forth between the Packers game and My Strange Addiction on TLC this weekend (which, let me tell you, is really strange!), and one of the episodes featured something that just completely blew my mind — Extreme Couponing! Wow.
You should have seen the look on Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy and I’s face. Utter amazement. Mouths wide open and everything – I’ve never seen anything like it. Some of these rock stars were literally saving HUNDREDS of DOLLARS! Hundreds – no joke. They’d come in with like 1,000 coupons (also no joke! haha…) and leave 4 hours later with truck-loads of stuff. They couldn’t even fit it all in one car, it was crazy.
My favorite part was at the end when they were done bagging all the items and started scanning in the coupons. The original total would be around $800, but after all was said and done they’d pan to the screen again and you’d see a grand total of somewhere like $35 left! And the receipts that flowed after that was hilarious, haha… longest thing ever. (that’s what she said!)
We were so inspired/amazed that we actually stopped watching the Packers and hopped online to see what kind of coupons we could find before we lost our motivation ;) Unfortunately it only lasted about 20 mins, BUT we found out that Safeway (and I’m sure others too) allows you to store all your coupons right online and have them xfered to your Safeway Card!!! How easy/cool/sexy is that? VERY!!! That means no sorting through newspapers and no clipping whatsoever — you just log in and click away. In LOVE.
And then it reminded me of all those bloggers out there (maybe you?) who double up on CVS rewards and what not to get things for mere pennies – if not free. They even have forums out there where you can pay someone to clip your coupons for you for a small fee – it’s crazy. It’s like this whole underground world of super couponers just workin’ the system and calculating the *best* times to get in there and do their thing. I want to be like that!!! But at the same time I also don’t want to spend the time ;) After watching these people go at it on TV, it REALLY does eat up the day.
One of the coupon-obsessed has made it her full-time job spending 6-8 hours a day researching for the perfect combination of savings. It comes across as an art form, and one that you better be passionate about if you want to reap the rewards (I feel like a reporter here?).
I like my money, but I don’t like it that much. I just can’t spend any number of hours finding coupons and organizing for the big plan of attack. Plus, I don’t have any room to STORE all of that extra stuff! The professionals build racks and racks of storage – they’re hardcore. I don’t think my minimalism can take it ;)
And with that, I have convinced myself I am just fine with the way things are. It may seem like I’m coming up with excuses here, but no kinds of extremeness is good for you. These couponers were on that show to begin with – they’re addicted. I want a happy medium, not 1,000 extra cases of deodorant.
If you have any tricks on couponing, let us know!
(Victory photo by Tammra McCauley)