Thoughts on Extreme Couponing
Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 08, 2011
Emily Achenbaum Harris
Hi, I'm Emily and this is my blog about career-questioning, minimalism-seeking, gardening, earth-saving, pregnancy, parenthood, and my pathological ability to make the same mistakes over and over again. See more at littlehousesouthernprairie. wordpress.com.
I was watching an episode last week and S.O.meone, after catching about 30 seconds of it, said Oh no, youre not going to start doing that, right?Right.But Im still kind of riveted.On one hand, these people are buying piles and piles of total shit. Soda, pseudo-sports drinks, etc. And a lot of the rest seems to be stuff I wouldnt buy brands that have excessive plastic packaging or are full of chemicals; Im not a perfect-all-the-time green consumer, but I have yet to see a product we regularly use on the show or something Id be tempted to try because the deal is so amazing.Amy Dacyczyn (author of The Tightwad Gazette and my favorite frugality expert) says that coupons are almost always for things you dont truly need and are designed to get you to pay more overall. (Which doesnt mean I dont use coupons. Theres nothing I truly need at Michaels, but that aint keeping me and my coupon away from a little fall decor).But heres where the riveted part comes in. These people are saving so much money. So much that when I watch I start to forget theyre saving money on shit I dont want; I just see the savings. The time they put in is a full-time job and I would never do that, but I also know that being frugal and getting deals often takes a time investment, and Im not put off by that time investment. And so I keep watching, feeling like there must be some part of that show that I can apply to my own life.What do you think? Are there lessons for the frugal-but-eco-minded in Extreme Couponing?Comment on Emily's blog post: Little House on the Southern Prairie
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