Friday, April 15, 2011

Coupons

I love to save money and I love a good deal. I don't think I'm unique in that. Occasionally, we buy the Sunday paper just for the coupons. I look through all the pages and cut the ones I think we will need and then cut some just because they sound like a good deal. $3 off a box of Claritin--who could resist? Save 50 cents when you buy 18 yogurts? I'm all over it. Ok, so I don't go that far, but when I do cut coupons, I try to already have my list in hand so I don't wind with a cart full of Claritin and enough yogurt to feed an army.

So, the other night, my mom, who was in town this week, David and I watched "Extreme Couponing" on TLC. Y'all, it is the most amazing and fascinating show ever. There are people who literally spend 20 hours a week cutting coupons and organizing shopping lists to maximize savings at the grocery store. This one couple spent 5 hours at the grocery store just shopping and then another 1 hour checking out. They paid $6 for over $600 worth of food. They even called friends to come and help them check out because certain promotions and coupons applied to only 1 shopper. But, the most amazing part is where they store it. These people have food stashed and stored in every nook, cranny, and drawer. One couple stored cereal in their closet. They probably had 20 boxes of Captain Crunch in their closet and then another lady stored at least 12 bottles of BBQ sauce in her daughter's drawer underneath her bed. These people have more food stored away than grocery stores have stocked on the shelves. It is fascinating! So I highly recommend this show for anyone who is up for some mindless and mind blowing TV.

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