I've tried to avoid posting about TLC's Extreme Couponing show because I get so aggrivated and worked up when I try to explain to people that it is a REALITY SHOW but it is NOT REALITY - what they are doing cannot be done 95% of the time.
I could write a huge lengthy post on all the reasons that I have come to loathe the Extreme Couponing TV Show, but rather than fill this post with my opinions, I decided to post a few FACTS for you.
This is POST #1 on Why You Can't Do It (Wow-I'm usually such an optimist!)
Forget the fact that the shopping trips viewed on the show are all prearranged, approved by stores in advance, edited, clipped and made to get a reaction from viewers.
Forget that I myself, and thousands of other readers of this blog do shop for Free on a regular basis, Legitimately, by stacking coupons and matching up to store sales.
The number one reason I loathe TLC's Extreme Couponing Show? Because it is deceiving viewers. Misleading the unknowing. People that have never couponed in their life and those that are new to couponing are not made aware of the REALITY that you face when couponing.
The #1 Reality Check - STORE COUPON POLICIES
Those Huge "Hauls" that you see acheived on the show are not the norm. Nor are they allowed in the majority of grocery stores. There are restrictions in most stores as to how many identical coupons are accepted and/or how many coupons or the dollar amount limit for doubling coupons. But don't take my word for it....Here's what the stores have to say. These are exerpts taken directly from each Stores Coupon Acceptance Policy
redeemed in one shopping visit.
Only allowed to purchase 1 of a BOGO sale
Six (6) with each $20 order
Nine (9) with each $30 order
Twelve (12) with each $40 order
Fifteen (15) with each $50 order...etc
Stop & Shop:
I decided not to continue the list with statements that cover most all other stores like this that haven't specified a limit:
I tell my kids all the time not to believe everything they see on TV. And now I'm here to tell all of you. TLC's Extreme Couponing show is a production that was created-it is NOT the Reality for couponers.
New Couponers, Please don't be deceived into thinking you're gonna buy 100 Coupon Inserts (Part 2 of this series is going to tell you another reason that won't work-as told to us by our local store managers!) and go to the store for a huge haul like you see on the show that you only pay sales tax on.
More to come...
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