I've been watching that new show on TLC, "Extreme Couponing," and I'm disgusted and intrigued at the same time.
On one hand, I think those people need psychiatric help. It isn't normal or healthy to spend 40 hours a week pouring over newspaper inserts and internet sites looking for coupons and sales. Sitting your child in a dumpster and then praising them for finding discarded coupons is contemptible. She should be ashamed.
I was disturbed by the woman who bought 60 bottles of calcium supplements because between the in-store sale and her coupons, they actually had to pay her $1 per bottle. Getting $1 back for every bottle you purchase is great and I can see how that would obviously help reduce her total grocery bill. But what did she do with all those bottles of calcium supplements when she got home?
On the other hand- I'm astounded and impressed. I'm evidently not trying hard enough. I clip the coupons that come in the Sunday newspaper. But coupons for 25 cents off something that will cost me $12.99 seem like they're not even worth the effort to go get the scissors. I don't seem to find the in-store deals to coincide with my coupons often enough, and when I do, I don't have 40 of those coupons so I can't buy their entire stock.
Besides, don't stores have limits on what they'll let you do with coupons? Don't most coupons say things like "limit 4 per customer" or "do not double?" Are there any stores in Burnsville, or anywhere in the south metro for that matter, where this kind of shopping is possible?