Remember when TLC stood for “The Learning Channel”, now, I have no idea what it stands for, because all I learn from it is that there are some real crazy people out there.
One of my main reasons against using coupons, is that you can easily end up with tons of stuff you don’t need, and can never use before it all expires. Like I’ve said before, I will use coupons when I have them for products that we do use, and I will try to use that coupon when the item is on sale. It feels great getting an item for much less than regular price, but that doesn’t mean it is going to take over my life. Sure, we have a stock pile in our basement of things like pasta and sauce, toilet paper, and tissues, bought on sale, sometimes with coupons, but not always. And the small amount of stuff that is down there, I feel like it is going to take forever to get through (and it isn’t even that much stuff!).
Watching these people on the new TLC show “Extreme Couponing”; they are just sad. You are driving your family crazy, and even your neighbours too. Making pregnant friends and your child dig through dumpsters for coupons? That’s just disgusting. Buying 40 jars of pasta sauce to get you through the next three months until they are on sale again, are you eating nothing but pasta and sauce for those three months? They need to do a cross over show, these people need to be on the TLC show for hoarders. There was one woman on the show, and she was smart about her coupons, going around and collecting them from neighbours, using them to buy products she needed, and only buy groceries for a week or two at a time. She would even give advice to other shoppers when in the store. Her back story was one of poverty, where she had to use coupons to feed her family, and how she has no debt because she is very smart with her money. THIS. This is the type of story I want to hear about, not some guy buying every stick of deodorant in the store just because he has the coupons for them.
We try to live a frugal life style, meaning we buy what we need. I buy groceries to get through that week, planning out my meals and using what we already have in the house. Even if I am capable of hoarding coupons, waiting for a good sale, and then filling my basement with thousands of items I might eventually use; that’s not frugal. It is a waste of my time, and a waste of my space. Besides, what are you going to do with case upon case upon case of Gatorade? No seriously, I really
want to need to know. You aren’t a professional athlete, so why do you buy so much Gatorade! I really think it is an addiction, and those of us that don’t have addictive personalities will never understand it.