"Extreme couponing" is a fad that is promoted by "reality" television exploits of people who use a lot of coupons to buy grocery items and pay a small amount. Now you can take classes to learn how to do it? Apparently, this is the current version of the "extreme refunders" who were operating 25 years ago.
The TV program has been accused of using underhanded practices--and persuading stores to permit practices for their shoppers that they won't permit for you--in order to increase the drama. See these stories:
Also, you can get free tips and trade secrets on line without having to get dressed and drive to a seminar:
The big issue I have with the kind of purchasing that's required to support "extreme couponing" is, do people actually eat that way? Do that much laundry? Wash their hair that often and apply that much body lotion? Use that many OTC pharmaceuticals?
If I go through two newspapers every week and clip the coupons I actually use and then give the rest to my daughter to clip the ones she actually uses and we both go to online sites for product coupons, I think I'm doing about the best I can. My goal is to keep my purchases at a level where I buy each week about what I consume (thus I don't have to devote huge amounts of storage space to products I won't use for a long time). Most of the coupons I pass up are for products I'd never buy or would not use within a reasonable period of time. I spend less than an hour a week perusing the coupon pages and (my store doubles coupons of 99 cents or less and sometimes has "no limit" or "triple coupon" weeks) because the store coordinates its "specials" with the manufacturer's coupons, I usually earn about $10 to $15 per hour for my time. How much time and effort would I have to devote--not to mention, what kinds of things would I have to buy--to get $200 worth of groceries for $6.42? "Too much" and "things I wouldn't use," to be sure. A much larger family with different tastes would have more motivation to search out coupons and opportunities for redeeming them.
Jun 21, 2012 - Saving money is great, but is cutting coupons really worth the time?.My mother-in-law was extreme couponing before there was a cable show about it.I am definitely searching Target's coupon hub before every trip.