Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 7:00 am
At the start of a new year, people tend to reassess their finances and decide if they need to make changes in their spending. Some people might think that extreme couponing is their best bet. Keep in mind that there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t start extreme couponing.
TLC’s show Extreme Couponing may have inspired people to try it themselves. The show stopped making more episodes in 2012. According to The List, people are still watching the re-runs. Doing so could give the person an unrealistic idea about what really happens when you attempt extreme couponing.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that those who participated in shows like Extreme Couponing frequently bypassed coupon restrictions – such as coupon doubling – during filming. People who aren’t on the show won’t be able to do that in the real world.
Stores have changed their couponing policies in response to the Extreme Couponing show. CBS News reported in 2011 that Rite Aid stopped allowing customers to combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons (because it enabled shoppers to get two free items). Rite Aid also limited the number of coupons a shopper can use to four (as long as there is enough stock).
Today, in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, shoppers may find that stores have limited the number of specific products people can buy at one time. This is likely due to prevent hoarding, which was a problem when the pandemic started.
Money Crashers reported that extreme couponing can lead to stockpiling and hoarding. This can lead to food going bad before you can use it. Some people who engage in extreme couponing end up using space in their garage – or living space – to store their hoard of products.