So if you haven’t yet seen TLC’s new hit show, Extreme Couponing, you are missing out on some crazy entertainment. Mr. Coupon from WeUseCoupons.com has now been featured on the show twice.
During his first appearance on the show he bought 1100 boxes of Total cereal for just about $150. (a $4000 value.)
In his second appearance he used his coupons to create care packages for the troops. Putting together just over 1000 care packages.
Watching Extreme Couponing has shed light into a world of couponing I didn’t even realize existed. To me using coupons was a way to just save a bit of money on a grocery bill.
Clearly Mr. Coupon and others live in a different world. A world in which planning, strategy, and organization are a must in order to walk away with a huge haul.
When I first watched the show, I was taken aback. I couldn’t understand why anyone would need that much stuff. The “stockpiles” really seemed like sad to me, as I know there are so many hungry families out there that struggle to feed their children. Food backs are poorly funded. Why does one person need this massive amount of food.
So when Nathan from WeUseCoupons.com approached me to do an interview, I immediately agreed, as I was hoping to better understand the methods, and the reasoning behind the stockpiles.
I always say I have pieces of advice TWO. It’s the two O’s: Online and Organization. Get online and get organized. Sites likes WeUseCoupons and your blog are fantastic resources for newbies. BUT if you’re not organized those resources are meaningless.
2) Most coupons are for processed foods. My family tries to stay away from those. How could we use couponing to help save on fresh produce and dairy.
Farmer’s market, growing a garden if you have space those are helpful tips!! I’m starting my garden seriously for the first time this year and am excited about it!!
3) I believe in saving money, and having food on hand for emergencies, but when you have enough deodorant to cover more than one lifetime, why do you continue to buy more? It seems to me, that actions like this make couponing seem like an addiction as opposed to a money saving property. Thoughts?
Great question. There is absolutely no point to buy more, unless…..you are doing something productive with it. I would never spend my hard earned money on something unless it was for a great cause! Donating to organizations is something we love to do, unfortunately the cameras don’t often capture that. To check out some behind the scenes pictures click here:
4) I know you have mentioned your donations to local food banks (For those who missed it.) Other than doing donations – do you use your couponing to give back in other ways?
Well if my college age brothers count, when they visit me they RAID my stockpile LOL.
5) To your mother. Thank you for this opportunity to ask you a question. Do you pay full price for anything? Or is there a way to get a deal on everything?
I do pay full price for some items, but by using coupons, shopping the sales, and waiting for a great deal, I always try to get the best deal possible.
Check out Nathan at WeUseCoupons.com
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