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Discouraged Over Extreme Couponing?

Discouraged over ‘Extreme Couponing’?

“I’ve been watching TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’ and I can’t help but feel discouraged when I don’t save 90% on every one of my shopping trips.”

The first and most important thing to remember is that the shopping trips you see on TV are NOT typical. As a past participant, I can vouch that these excursions are often the biggest and longest that most of us have ever done (before or since!). Hours and hours of planning go into them, and it just isn’t feasible to do on a regular basis. The great majority of my shopping trips are small runs to the grocery or drug store (but what cameraman wants to follow me to Walgreens to watch me get free floss, toothpaste, and a bottle of shampoo?).

Remember that this is a reality television show. You would never watch Survivor and say, “Hey! How come I’m not on an uncharted island every week with only a machete, a canteen of water, and a pound of rice?!?”. Same applies here. Just because you’re not filling 5 grocery carts full of stuff and paying under $20 weekly should NOT have an effect on your self-esteem as a couponer! The show wants to display what is possible with coupons, not typical.

Here at The Krazy Coupon Lady, we aim to save 50-90% on our overall bill of groceries and personal care items. The biggest cuts in our bill come from buying our personal care items at the drugstores. We will always need to go to the grocery store and buy bread, milk, eggs, produce and protein, many of which do not have regular coupons. But that’s okay– we save money where we can! We buy produce in season, freeze bread, cheese & meat when they go on sale, and stock up on items when the prices are rock bottom so we don’t have to pay full price when we run out.

Drugstores will help you cut your bill drastically. When you no longer pay over $0.50 for shampoo, deodorant, household cleaners, razors, or body wash, you’re saving a ton! And free toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more occur monthly at each of the national drugstores– CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.

To get amazing deals on anything, it’s all about timing. We collect coupons from our multiple Sunday newspaper inserts and wait for the items we have coupons for to go on sale. Sales run in cycles, so buy at the best times and stock up. Check out this post for the month-by-month run down of the sale cycles, and print out & refer to our extensive Stock Up Price List so you know when it’s a hot time to buy!

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233 thoughts on “Discouraged Over Extreme Couponing?”

  1. Norma says:

    What is ECB probably clear as the nose on my face. lol

  2. Norma says:

    What is ECB probably clear as the nose on my face. lol

  3. Lprem says:

    Thanks for this article. In reading the comments I noticed a common theme of cleared shelves. I have learned to get rainchecks for any items that are sold out, so I can get the same deals at a later date. Walgreens does not do rainchecks on sale items that offer RRs, but CVS will for any advertised sale item, unless the ad specifically states otherwise.

  4. Maggi says:

    This is very comforting since I’m new to the game. No more expecting an $8 grocery trip to feed my family of 5:) I’ll stay happy with my 50% savings.

  5. Maxine says:

    I would like to say that KCL is the best site that I have found for the newbie like me. I wasnt much of a shoppper before I found KCL which has helped alot on great matchups for stockpiling. I watched Extreme Couponing and I had all the same things to say…why are they buying junk food and whats up with all the microwaveable noodle things? Like I said I wasnt much of a shopper I mean I didnt like shopping PERIOD. My BF would go to the store to get groceries and then once a month or so to Walmart to get cat food and paper products. But now I am always on the look out for the best deal and I now go to the grocery store and drugstores with my BF so I make sure he uses coupons. LOL. I like shopping now and I love getting stuff for my daughter. I think I buy more for her than I do myself. My mom and my sister still dont get it but maybe with a little more help from me they will:)

  6. Kelliewellie81 says:

    Does anyone know of a great website where I can order whole coupon inserts? Preferably a site you have used before

  7. LA says:

    I think TLC is giving the average couponer a bad reputation, cashiers in my area think we are going to be doing some shady scams. They watch us like hawks at Wal Mart and question if we bought the item….I have had to pull items out of my cart to show them that yes I did buy that item. I think TLC needs to show more realistic couponing for educational purposes hence the name The LEARNING Channel

  8. Guest says:

    Appreciated. Your Survivor example made me laugh, thanks for that.

  9. My problem is I live in a small rural town and don’t have access to all the stores you offer coupons to.

  10. jandgmom says:

    After the show many stores have changed their policies and now our local Schnucks will not accept coupons for free items…buy a tube of toothpaste and get a free toothbrush…and has a limit on the number of coupons you can have per transaction. And Kroger doesn’t stack coupons anymore. :( I refuse to watch it!!

  11. Jewel N says:

    excellent post, thanks for posting it. Much appreciated.

  12. Eleisa says:

    I have been couponing for about 3 months and just recently had to get another shelf for my stock pile. Have 3 now…one for food, one for condiments and snacks and a big one for personal care. Even my husband has been telling people to start because it is my part time job. I am a stay at home mom of 5 kids so my goal is to try to save at least $600 a month. Whether it be on groceries or personal care. This month I was able to make that goal by the middle of the month. I never purchase over 4 of any item so Im not clearing the shelves. But it helps with us only having one income plus my boys love that they are getting the new “smell good” soaps and deodorant that I usually would not have purchased for them. I did want to find out where to send my expired coupons to in order for them to be sent over seas for the troops and families to use.

  13. Mamamaynard55 says:

    So glad you posted this. I made myself a spreadsheet and keep track of what I’m saving. I’m happy I’m saving about 50% at the grocery store and between 70 & 80% at the drug stores. Have to keep perspective! That is my problem with the show, people need to keep perspective and they aren’t.

  14. Mamamaynard55 says:

    So glad you posted this. I made myself a spreadsheet and keep track of what I’m saving. I’m happy I’m saving about 50% at the grocery store and between 70 & 80% at the drug stores. Have to keep perspective! That is my problem with the show, people need to keep perspective and they aren’t.

  15. Seabreeze says:

    I am not sure what is going on but today I went to CVS to get the Lumene small size for 3.99 due to I had a coupon for 4 off and when I went there due to I did it before and got them for no problem now today when I went the guy said that he cannot honor the coupon due to the Lumene was a sample which it was not it would of said sample the size is 15 ml or 0.5 fl oz I guess they are trying to crack down on everyone due to the extreme couponing going on due to last week I had no problem when I bought 2 and today I went to get 1 and could not get it

  16. Dinglaurie says:

    Thankyou!!!! I have saved about maybe 60% on the grocery trips that is about it, but I passed it off, because I was buying things we needed that weren’t on sale even though I had coupons for it. I also buy some things that we didn’t have coupons for like meats. So I feel good saving 60 % with buying meats and that…. I told my husband next time we go he will get all the non coupon stuff and I will get all the coupon stuff and see how well we do lol.

  17. Lisa Friesen says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I, too, sometimes feel discouraged at the register. But after my last trip to CVS, I’m feeling much better. I held onto to some coupons (4 each) for Dove products, razors, deodorant, and soap bars. Also my $1.00 off Scott paper towel coupons. In addition to a few other things I had coupons for that I wanted to try, I ended up paying $49 and got back $20 in ECB for over $100 worth of personal care items. I used the ECB to purchase the paper towels (which only costs me $3.72 for an 8 pack with my coupons) and toilet paper :) So I really only paid $29 for everything :) My boys are thrilled now that they each have their own razor and lots of manly, smell good soap and deodorant :) As for groceries, we only have a WalMart and a U-Save in my small town. Plus a Walgreens and a CVS. I do manage to save a little bit on groceries, but nothing like some are doing in bigger cities. BTW, the bigger cities are a hour and half away to the East and West of me. So, I’m very happy to save the majority of my money on the expensive personal care items!

  18. Lisa Friesen says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I, too, sometimes feel discouraged at the register. But after my last trip to CVS, I’m feeling much better. I held onto to some coupons (4 each) for Dove products, razors, deodorant, and soap bars. Also my $1.00 off Scott paper towel coupons. In addition to a few other things I had coupons for that I wanted to try, I ended up paying $49 and got back $20 in ECB for over $100 worth of personal care items. I used the ECB to purchase the paper towels (which only costs me $3.72 for an 8 pack with my coupons) and toilet paper :) So I really only paid $29 for everything :) My boys are thrilled now that they each have their own razor and lots of manly, smell good soap and deodorant :) As for groceries, we only have a WalMart and a U-Save in my small town. Plus a Walgreens and a CVS. I do manage to save a little bit on groceries, but nothing like some are doing in bigger cities. BTW, the bigger cities are a hour and half away to the East and West of me. So, I’m very happy to save the majority of my money on the expensive personal care items!

  19. Mels Photos says:

    It is not hording. My husband owns an electrical business. In the summer I have always stocked up to get us through the winter without it hitting our budget hard. I am able to stock a little more now using coupons, as well as help my son and daughtr in law who are struggling. The pet food is donated to the Humane Society in our local area. But I do get aggrivated that when I go to the store at times, the shelves are empty of an item. Walgreens is really bad about this…. but have found out their shipping dates so I generally hit the second run. I have got a rain check a few times on some items we “needed”. The penny sales at Staples was a big help with our local school needing supplies for the indigent.
    I love this site!!!

  20. Cali says:

    Thank you KCL even though i didnt get every deal i wanted this week i did amazing! while its easy to get angry/ frustrated when the scotch tape coupon isnt available anymore I just have to remember that i did great things like buy bread and milk (and chocolate) with the overages from the ones i did get. I had a 100% saved this week at target with scotch and bengay overages+ other coups. I saved $56 and paid nothing! thanks KCL!

  21. Cali says:

    Thank you KCL even though i didnt get every deal i wanted this week i did amazing! while its easy to get angry/ frustrated when the scotch tape coupon isnt available anymore I just have to remember that i did great things like buy bread and milk (and chocolate) with the overages from the ones i did get. I had a 100% saved this week at target with scotch and bengay overages+ other coups. I saved $56 and paid nothing! thanks KCL!

  22. Cali says:

    Thank you KCL even though i didnt get every deal i wanted this week i did amazing! while its easy to get angry/ frustrated when the scotch tape coupon isnt available anymore I just have to remember that i did great things like buy bread and milk (and chocolate) with the overages from the ones i did get. I had a 100% saved this week at target with scotch and bengay overages+ other coups. I saved $56 and paid nothing! thanks KCL!

  23. NorCalKCL says:

    PS – I LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to give away so many of my products to folks who need them – that is the best part of couponing!!!!

  24. lianna says:

    Dear KCL,
    thank you SO SO much for this site! it brought me so far as a couponer and im only 12! Im the couponer in my house:) your deals have gotten me alot of things for free! thank you! i even made a little website (i would tell you it but i dont know if im aloud to advertise it.. can i? i understand if i cant) i just started it so it only has 2 posts haha. It would be SO cool if you saw it.Thank you for having this website
    ~lianna

  25. NorCalKCL says:

    Thanks for this – yall do an AWESOME job and I thank you!!! I see couponing as a hobby that saves my family lots of money, and if I get products cheaper than WalMart then I’m happy!!!

    • Mamabear6969 says:

      when i go ,i go for the hole day and i tell the person behind me i will be here for a while bc i have two shopping carts filled and over 300 coupons , crazy uh, well most of the time my bills are close to 500.00 but after coupons i pay ;like 2.00, then i have ppl watching me and wondering if im nuts or some thing , if its free i buy it anyway and the put in a miltary box to be sent away , but i love this

    • Mamabear6969 says:

      when i go ,i go for the hole day and i tell the person behind me i will be here for a while bc i have two shopping carts filled and over 300 coupons , crazy uh, well most of the time my bills are close to 500.00 but after coupons i pay ;like 2.00, then i have ppl watching me and wondering if im nuts or some thing , if its free i buy it anyway and the put in a miltary box to be sent away , but i love this

  26. Sonia says:

    the one thing I like about the show is that it made me wonder what couponing was all about and if saving a lot of money on my grocery bill was truly possible. I started to reasearch couponing and came across the kcl site. I have been saving 50 – 80% on a regular basis for the last 6 months. I don’t aim to to be an extreme couponer, I call myself a moderate couponer. I buy on sale and use coupons when I have them. I have plenty in my stock pile to meet my family needs and am able to give out blessing baskets. In fact today, I was able to give a nice basket of goodies to the guy that does our pest control spraying. :-)

  27. Borgen says:

    Great post. I’d like to see another post/discussion/guidelines on shelf clearing. A few months ago, I actually left a grocery store after finding item after item cleared from the shelf. Sure enough, two aisles down were 2 friends with their overloaded carts and coupon binders. I got up extra super early on a Saturday, drove to the store to get a few deals and ended up leaving. So frustrating…

  28. Stevecoupons says:

    The show is a joke. If you see one episode you have seen them all, and you don’t really pick up anything new as far as couponing tips that you didn’t already know.

    Typical show:
    -Introduce couponer:
    -Show “outrageous” way they get coupons.
    -Tell “Hardluck story” —- have couponer cry on camera.
    -Show big trip. Be sure to include the kids causing a ruckus, the multiple shopping carts and the clearing of the shelves. Show one example of something that will make the viewers say to themselves “No one needs that many (fill in the blank)
    - Time for the checkout drama. Make sure there are camera shots of the couponer exhibiting stress as the total goes higher and higher. Also every show must have lots of onlookers with pensive looks on their faces. AND HAS THERE EVER BEEN A SHOW WHERE THE CASH REGISTER DIDN’T “FREEZE UP”

    - Finally, the big reveal on the total. Couponer dances, onlookers clap. Cashier watches in admiration as couponer leaves.

    Every show is exactly the same. It was interesting the first couple of times I watched it, but change the story line a little bit. A very unrealistic reality show.

  29. Stevecoupons says:

    The show is a joke. If you see one episode you have seen them all, and you don’t really pick up anything new as far as couponing tips that you didn’t already know.

    Typical show:
    -Introduce couponer:
    -Show “outrageous” way they get coupons.
    -Tell “Hardluck story” —- have couponer cry on camera.
    -Show big trip. Be sure to include the kids causing a ruckus, the multiple shopping carts and the clearing of the shelves. Show one example of something that will make the viewers say to themselves “No one needs that many (fill in the blank)
    - Time for the checkout drama. Make sure there are camera shots of the couponer exhibiting stress as the total goes higher and higher. Also every show must have lots of onlookers with pensive looks on their faces. AND HAS THERE EVER BEEN A SHOW WHERE THE CASH REGISTER DIDN’T “FREEZE UP”

    - Finally, the big reveal on the total. Couponer dances, onlookers clap. Cashier watches in admiration as couponer leaves.

    Every show is exactly the same. It was interesting the first couple of times I watched it, but change the story line a little bit. A very unrealistic reality show.

  30. Stevecoupons says:

    The show is a joke. If you see one episode you have seen them all, and you don’t really pick up anything new as far as couponing tips that you didn’t already know.

    Typical show:
    -Introduce couponer:
    -Show “outrageous” way they get coupons.
    -Tell “Hardluck story” —- have couponer cry on camera.
    -Show big trip. Be sure to include the kids causing a ruckus, the multiple shopping carts and the clearing of the shelves. Show one example of something that will make the viewers say to themselves “No one needs that many (fill in the blank)
    - Time for the checkout drama. Make sure there are camera shots of the couponer exhibiting stress as the total goes higher and higher. Also every show must have lots of onlookers with pensive looks on their faces. AND HAS THERE EVER BEEN A SHOW WHERE THE CASH REGISTER DIDN’T “FREEZE UP”

    - Finally, the big reveal on the total. Couponer dances, onlookers clap. Cashier watches in admiration as couponer leaves.

    Every show is exactly the same. It was interesting the first couple of times I watched it, but change the story line a little bit. A very unrealistic reality show.

    • Miranda says:

      So Funny! =) You got it exactly right! I haven’t seen Joanie’s episode yet but I bet she is the BEST! They keep showing re-runs of every other episode except the one I really want to see.

    • Miranda says:

      So Funny! =) You got it exactly right! I haven’t seen Joanie’s episode yet but I bet she is the BEST! They keep showing re-runs of every other episode except the one I really want to see.

  31. Grace says:

    growing up my family, fortunately, hasn’t struggled much … we’ve always had what we needed … however, i’ll be graduating college in december with an early childhood degree …. teaching younger kids—minimal salary–i’m so glad i found out about extreme couponing before moving out of my house… i think it’s going to help me greatly in just saving so i can put a decent down payment on a home and start my own life — all while being on a minimal budget — it helped me find an answer to a problem before i really had the problem –thanks so much for everything you do ! you’re helping a whole new generation of couponers !

  32. Jamily9394 says:

    It seems to me that the show “Extreme Couponers” has hurt people wanting to coupon. I get such a negative feeling from people when they see me couponing. They will say, “you’re one of those”. I never have more than one buggy of groceries and am a single mom with two children, one having serious heart problems. I just want to make my dollar go as far as possible. The stores I shop at now limit what you can buy, really scrutinize every thing I do, role their eyes when I hand them coupons and takes away the joy of saving. It seems that coupons are really being cut back now as well and sales are not as good as they were a few months ago. I wish the show had never come along!

  33. Jamily9394 says:

    It seems to me that the show “Extreme Couponers” has hurt people wanting to coupon. I get such a negative feeling from people when they see me couponing. They will say, “you’re one of those”. I never have more than one buggy of groceries and am a single mom with two children, one having serious heart problems. I just want to make my dollar go as far as possible. The stores I shop at now limit what you can buy, really scrutinize every thing I do, role their eyes when I hand them coupons and takes away the joy of saving. It seems that coupons are really being cut back now as well and sales are not as good as they were a few months ago. I wish the show had never come along!

  34. Jamily9394 says:

    It seems to me that the show “Extreme Couponers” has hurt people wanting to coupon. I get such a negative feeling from people when they see me couponing. They will say, “you’re one of those”. I never have more than one buggy of groceries and am a single mom with two children, one having serious heart problems. I just want to make my dollar go as far as possible. The stores I shop at now limit what you can buy, really scrutinize every thing I do, role their eyes when I hand them coupons and takes away the joy of saving. It seems that coupons are really being cut back now as well and sales are not as good as they were a few months ago. I wish the show had never come along!

  35. NE OH Newbie says:

    What is the “ethical” amount to leave on the shelf? I’m still relatively new (2 mths) and purchaed from the grocery store 8 Busy Bones (2 pk) as they were on sale 2 for $5 and had $7 coupons making a $24 tranaction to $13. I left 6 (2 pks) behind and the last thing I want to be doing is shelf cleaning and being this is only dog treats (not food or baby stuff I thought it was ok. Also it is day one of the sale and BC (before couponing) I saw 2 for $5 sales all the time. If this shelf clearing I am deeply sorry

  36. NE OH Newbie says:

    What is the “ethical” amount to leave on the shelf? I’m still relatively new (2 mths) and purchaed from the grocery store 8 Busy Bones (2 pk) as they were on sale 2 for $5 and had $7 coupons making a $24 tranaction to $13. I left 6 (2 pks) behind and the last thing I want to be doing is shelf cleaning and being this is only dog treats (not food or baby stuff I thought it was ok. Also it is day one of the sale and BC (before couponing) I saw 2 for $5 sales all the time. If this shelf clearing I am deeply sorry

    • Miranda says:

      I think people are getting a little crazy about the shelf clearing thing. If there are only 10 dog treats left and you want them, take them. You have every right to buy the amount you NEED. If you are really going to stock pile something and you want, I don’t know 20 or more, special order it. It’s not shelf clearing if you take the last 5 of something on a shelf. Although, I do think you should respect limits when you go to a drug store. They never have a big supply so I never do more then 2 transactions. I got behind a lady who did 10 transactions so she could get 10 free toothbrushes. I thought that was a little ridiculous.

    • Miranda says:

      I think people are getting a little crazy about the shelf clearing thing. If there are only 10 dog treats left and you want them, take them. You have every right to buy the amount you NEED. If you are really going to stock pile something and you want, I don’t know 20 or more, special order it. It’s not shelf clearing if you take the last 5 of something on a shelf. Although, I do think you should respect limits when you go to a drug store. They never have a big supply so I never do more then 2 transactions. I got behind a lady who did 10 transactions so she could get 10 free toothbrushes. I thought that was a little ridiculous.

  37. asweetliferocks says:

    Wow! Great post. Thank you for taking time to write those encouraging thoughts. Live is all about Balance, even in our couponing, right?

  38. Jo says:

    Another thing to keep in mind with the ‘Extreme Couponing’ show is that TLC is all about the extreme, the exception. Families with 8 or 12 or 20 and counting kids; little people; hoarders; ‘big’ brides; etc. It’s their thing and what they’re showing with the extreme couponers is the exception to the rule.

    I’ve gotten some uber fantastic deals that thrilled me (two Schick Hydro razors and a box of Revlon hair color for .52 whoo hoo!) but am I stocked for years? Nah. I’ve got 4 bottles of dishwashing soap that I got on great sales + coupons and 6 months worth of t.p. that was a GREAT deal but .. . . nothing at all like the people on E.C. have. I have neither the time nor the inclination (or the space!) to do that. I’m happy to see my weekly grocery bill down $50-$75 per week because I did my homework and stocked up on staples when the sales and coupons were in sync. I figure ANY money saved is great!

  39. Chris Arnini says:

    We do a decent job here of getting some good discounts but a lot of the tips on the show just don’t work here. Most places where I live in New England have a coupon policy PER VISIT not per transaction, and limits on same coupons. With that being said I could not even think about clearing a shelf of something even if I could like it is shown on the show. What is sad is some people took the show not as a reality TV show but something to follow and imitate. So the backlash is new policies which make things a lot more difficult. Amazing how many stores are so much stricker with everything.

  40. Kmshalimar says:

    Very said… Thank you for all your hard work. I have ben couponing for 2 months and am very happy with my growing stock pile, almost all free. I am sharing with family here and there but mot importantly shoing them how I do it. Referrering them to your Blog, of course .lol

  41. Carol says:

    I started shopping in the States about a year and a half ago (not using coupons), I am Canadian and live close to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, I started cross border shopping because I am a struggling single mom and most of the prices are much less then what I pay here at home without coupons, the first time I went into Tops and Wegmans and saved $2.00 on a gallon of milk (no coupons and compared to the Canadian price) it blew my mind and I was hooked on buying my groceries in the States.

    Thanks to the extreme couponing show I have now discovered couponing and thanks to KCL I have discovered where to go and when. It has been a month since I used my first coupons and that day I saved 40% over what I already thought that I was saving and I was floating so high. I plan 1 trip every week and I make sure to go prepared with what I need and at what store, I buy only what I need that will last me up to a month maybe 2, and never clear shelves (as if I could even manage that). Yes it is very disheartening to find shelves cleared especially when you get to Walgreens an hour after it opens, but I go with a back up plan and I have been saving around 50% every trip. I go to 5 stores each trip and thanks to KCL I know how to get the most for my money. Thanks so much for helping me save!!

  42. Teri says:

    Thank you – needed to be reminded because some days I feel like I am just spending money to buy things I do not need to say “hey I saved some money”. Need to re-focus I guess. Thank you again.

  43. Teri says:

    Thank you – needed to be reminded because some days I feel like I am just spending money to buy things I do not need to say “hey I saved some money”. Need to re-focus I guess. Thank you again.

  44. Teri says:

    Thank you – needed to be reminded because some days I feel like I am just spending money to buy things I do not need to say “hey I saved some money”. Need to re-focus I guess. Thank you again.

  45. Kristin M says:

    I’m not discouraged in my shopping ability from this show – as this show is just for show (Please, tell me which stores double unlimited coupons and allow overage) – HOWEVER…..this shows is discouraging for the FUTURE of me being able to use my couponing ability. Since this show, there are more and more couponers – there is not sufficient amount of stock to satisfy all the new couponers. Several stores have changed their coupon policies. Companies are releasing lower value coupons. Coupon language is changing for the worse. These things are why I am really discouraged by this show, and I know I’m not alone! I love teaching friends to fish – but this show in encouraging everyone to clean out the ocean.

    • oceanluv918 says:

      I agree. I love helping others I know save $ but when I have to be at the store when they open on the first day of the sale to get no more than 4 items I get annoyed. This is changing the future of couponing for the worse and it will be no better if people don’t stop being greedy. I have 4 kids and donate a lot but I also go all over town to get a few products at each store and my local safeway will order for me and have it before the sale is over. Please be ethical and think of others especially those who dont use coupons.

      • Cali says:

        yeah could you just imagine some kid who wanted a wonka bar at target or a milka bar at walgreens this week. =[ he would be so sad. even though we have enough coupons to clear the poorly stocked shelves doesnt mean we shouldnt be curtious to fellow couponers and the people who havent yet seen the coupon light!

    • bellawoo says:

      FYI…walmart allows unlimited doubles ( from albertsons) and pays you the cash overage in actual cash…just made 42.00 there last time there was doublers!!

  46. Kristin M says:

    I’m not discouraged in my shopping ability from this show – as this show is just for show (Please, tell me which stores double unlimited coupons and allow overage) – HOWEVER…..this shows is discouraging for the FUTURE of me being able to use my couponing ability. Since this show, there are more and more couponers – there is not sufficient amount of stock to satisfy all the new couponers. Several stores have changed their coupon policies. Companies are releasing lower value coupons. Coupon language is changing for the worse. These things are why I am really discouraged by this show, and I know I’m not alone! I love teaching friends to fish – but this show in encouraging everyone to clean out the ocean.

  47. sara says:

    I actually enjoy stocking up with small quantities. I consider myself a couponer not and EXTREME couponer and i prefer it that way. I’m fairly new so it helps with impulse control, that being said my stockpile is still pretty healthy and varied.

  48. jmartcougar says:

    I don’t understand why people need 10 newspapers that’s a little loopy and why do people use the excuse “oh its for donations” yeah right

    • Legolasgreenleaf1992 says:

      i have been retired for about two years and have felt..well…. pretty useless.. since i have been couponing, i have been able to donate over $3,500. worth of products to various churches and food banks in our depressed community.. it makes me feel like i am contributing to society and having fun.

  49. boo2u says:

    I usually save between 30 – 50% when I shop. Since our local paper does not do the Sunday coupon bit, I rely on the internet (Thank you ladies!!) for the majority of my coupons. While it may not be extreme, I love the looks I get from the people behind me in line, when they see a $250.00 grocery bill drop down to $130.00. It may not be extreme, but it sure helps the wallet!!

  50. Legolasgreenleaf1992 says:

    i agree. not all the halls are huge every time i go shopping. i have found just doing little ones here and there still adds up fast to fill my stock pile.. when i first started, i felt like i had to buy everything that i had a coupon for. now, i just get the free things, and stuff i can get for under a dollar that i need.. i am having so much fun doing the coupon thing.. thank you, for so many ideas, and hours of fun shopping!!! joyce

  51. Mommysavingmoney says:

    I just started a month ago n the second week I was so depress but my friend cheer me up n I start again I m glad I did cuz this week was an awesome week free razor , free chocolate I would never had try, toe and finger nail s never look better . Although I am still learning this site has been the best resource . I have to learn to follow the instruction more carefully or else I ending up paying lol I also refer 7 ppl into couponing

  52. Ahmed Jamie says:

    I am so thankful for both the show AND this site! When my husband and I first watched the show we saw it for what it was… RIDICULOUS! who needs 100 bottles of hot sauce? But it didn’t take long to jump from our first opinion into our second of “We could do this!” Saving money could help anyone. So I did my research found this site and got started. It was easy, fun and addictive! :)
    I have seen the stores get picky about the coupons too. and I don’t blaim the show I blame the People that have abused it. Copying coupons and clearing shelves. I, like all of you spend a lot of time planning a trip, matching my coupons, cutting and organizing them. And I do run into empty shelves. but I do not get upset nor is my first thought that one person came by and took it all for them selves. I think “Well, I took too long to get out and that was a great by of course its gone!” lol but another will be by next week.
    But what does Upset me is when i get my cart full of all the great buys i found get to the check out and am questioned about every single coupon I have. I am not clearing shelves. i buy at the most 6 of an item. I am following all of the rules. and I am not trying to rob the store just get a great deal. the line behind me gets long and the people waiting in it are in no mood to watch me fight to get my coupons to work. They need to have the cashiers take a CLASS!
    WHY DO I KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR POLICY THEN YOU? Ugh.
    BTW I go out early hit the sales and get my goodies. only getting an amount that is good for my family then on the last day of the sale I go back. what ever is left is MINE! lol you had all week to snag that deal.

    • Nikita says:

      I’m the same way! My boyfriend and I watched the show and got inspired to save money, now we’re saving $100′s a month, which for us is a lot! Yes the show is ridiculous, but any realistic person can see that. However, it does inspire people to open their eyes about how much they are spending. If it wasn’t for the show I would have never started couponing, and NOW without sites like KCL I couldn’t keep going. I constantly hear the negative comments that people think we’re all “hoarders” or “greedy people with nothing better to do than clip coupons” many of these stereotypes are dervived from the show. However, I try to educate them and not get angry, and most people who I speak to end up couponing! So keep your head up and know your smarter than the rest (including the cashiers) and try to spread the wealth!

  53. It seems to be that many people feel the same way after watching the show, I myself actually felt the same way at first…but then I realized that TV shows are often times exaggerated. On a good note I have learned alot about couponing and save about 40% to 50% on my overall shopping trip, its a great satisfaction. I am now amazed of how many people have no idea how much they can save!

  54. Esmeralda Elliott says:

    thanks for this post!! Helps out alot!!! At times I just stop and thing is this really worth my time! then I see the show, and feel like I’m doing it all wrong. This post just helps me feel better :)

  55. Kim says:

    Hi everyone! The show is not on anymore. :( Unless they have off for the summer and restart in the fall.???

    Kim

    • bellawoo says:

      millions of viewers tons of media exposure and thousand of blogs and sites about couponing….they are coming back for sure!! I i heard TLC has already started filming and is running all reruns through the summer and then another channel is going to have a couponing show…boo!!

  56. Jeannie Rush says:

    My fave sale is when one of the coupon inserts has 75/3 hamburger helper and if i can find a local store selling those for 99c/box. i can get them for 74ct final price per box. they are regularly 1.68/box.

    • grace says:

      I loved that deal on the hamburger helper. Our local store doubles up to .99 and then for every 6 boxes of hamburger helper you bought in one transaction you got a 2.00 off cat! That made your next set of 6 boxes a grand total of ONE DOLLAR after your 2 coupons and your cat from the first trans! .17 a box for hamburger helper! Amazing….and totally within the rules of couponing! They were so ready for a mad rush in the store….they had loads of these on the shelves and end caps!

  57. Bobbi Sharp says:

    Being from the midwest, we can’t double coupons, but we can still score the same awesome deals at the drugstores. I got discouraged at first but then realized that even if I’m saving 40% on a trip that’s still money back in my pocket. That’s money I can put towards fresh produce to keep feeding my family healthy. I have to admit, I have to track my savings because I’m anal like that. It also makes me feel amazing that I started my journey in March, and thru June have saved nearly $3,200.00 all by couponing. I will never return to not using coupons if it means that we can successfully live on one salary and still save money like that, double coupons or not. Thank you KCL for all you do. You are truly an asset to the couponing community and had it not been for you, I’d still be in the dark. :)

  58. Hanny says:

    Whether you save $5 or $50, is good as long as you save money that’s more money in your pocket for you to spend on all the other things in life that you don’t have coupons for.

  59. oodles says:

    I’m already noticing more and more restrictions on coupons. Please people, don’t buy more than a couple of an item…there will come a day when you have NO coupons to use because of all the restrictions. The companies don’t care that you are donating stuff…they just see it as abuse.

  60. oodles says:

    I’m already noticing more and more restrictions on coupons. Please people, don’t buy more than a couple of an item…there will come a day when you have NO coupons to use because of all the restrictions. The companies don’t care that you are donating stuff…they just see it as abuse.

  61. Sproout_42 says:

    I too would like to know how do you get free paper towel’s….any help with this would be apprecitated.

    • Wagnercoupon says:

      i only buy paper towels with overage and a coupon. thats where my overage money always goes is on paper products.

  62. Frugallysuly111 says:

    You are awesome!

  63. Thebiggestmarkmartinfan says:

    Thanks so much for stating the obvious. I think I really knew some of these folks had a real OCD/hoarding problem was the show where one guy went down to his basement to stop and just stare at his enormous stockpile and the other person who regularly “dusted’ hers!

  64. Rytifgates says:

    #1…..are we REALLY still addressing this? Blech! #2 ITS FOR TV GUYS!!! No one would watch a show where I go strolling into Rite Aid, grab 3 toothpastes, some muscle rub, vitamins, and candy, separate transactions, pay for each individually, roll Up+ Rewards, pay again, separate, roll, pay, separate, roll pay, blah blah blah….bet you fell asleep a little just reading that huh?! LOL!!!! Its a SHOW for SHOW for FUN, for ENTERTAINMENT. I think the reason people don’t see it as a show for entertainment value is because its on The Leaning Channel….giving people the idea they will LEARN something!!

    I will tell you this: REALISTICALLY it takes between 5-10 separate shopping trips spending an average of $50 minimum to get a transaction that saves 90%. It also takes a lot of things (perfect storm) to go right in order to do that. For example:

    Albertsons this week: I bought 4 boxes of Cheerios, 1 Franks Red Hot Sauce, used coupons and doubles, paid around $5 out of pocket, then got a free milk and $4 in Cats. So, the next transaction I do will either be free or 90% savings depending on what I buy. But you see, to get that 90% transaction, I had to have the “perfect storm” (sale, coupon, doubles, cat) and I had to pay out of pocket. Now, do that transaction 10 times and you’ve got yourself $40 in Cats and 10 Gallons of milk right? It would cost me $50 out of pocket, and my next transaction is going to be free. What they aren’t showing is ALL of the transactions that these people did before. Its basically what I just explained but on a much larger scale. Probably WEEKS of shopping. Don’t get discouraged. Every transaction will not be 90% off…..and sometimes you WILL find yourself out of everything because the stuff you need wasn’t on sale for a few weeks, and you WILL find yourself at Costco doing a BIG shopping trip.

    Sorry this is so long, but I, like the KCL’s want to help people not get discouraged. I went in to Albies the other day, all planned out and ready for those brownies….but they had none :( So I got something else! Don’t get discouraged. Even if you get 1, 2, 3 or 30 things for free or cheap, you’re still NOT paying for something that would have cost you $$$$$. The reality of this is that you CANNOT expect to get it ALL free. I know those shows show people saying free free free, this was all free…..but its a tiny bit unrealistic. Do what you can, practice, get a few things, be clever, stay calm and do what you can. And if you can’t find what you want or need for free….you might just have to GASP PAY FOR IT!!! Hey, it happens…..

    • bellawoo says:

      also when they are saying free free free they dont tell you that it took them 6 months to get all the free stuff not one trip to the store every week there is something for free if you shopped every week and got the free things only you would have a bunch of free stuff too:-)

  65. Kylee0278 says:

    First of all i have to say how much i love this website! I’ve alwats used coupons in order to try and save money, but it wasn’t until i found you that i really started to rack in the 80-90% savings:) I never shopped at target before, but after scoring free pillows, markers, and 8 pairs of jeans for my kids for only around $9.00..I’m hooked! The one thing that i’ve been craving since I’ve started “exteme couponing” is building a stockpile of toilet paper and paper towels. Does anyone know when the stores have “rock bottom” prices on these items?

    • Erin says:

      I almost fell out of my chair because you have never shopped at Target…lol!

      • Wagnercoupon says:

        i never went to target either, there prices to me always seemed so high, until the sharpie coupon, now im a targoholic!!

      • Kylee0278 says:

        I know sounds ridiculous huh? I live in a very small town and the closest target is a half an hour away. Luckily my kids doctor is that direction, so now that i know the deals i will be sure go to go more often;)

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘rock bottom’ varies by the week. for example, the week ending today stop & shop (giant, martins) had viva for $1.89/big roll, there was an 85c/1 coupon in sunday’s SS which doubled at my store, and for every 4, you get a $2.50 OYNO catalina. i made 36c on every roll i purchased.

      • Kylee0278 says:

        That sounds fantaskic! The stoe avalible to me are Krogers, meijers, walmart and the usual drug stores. Since I live out of town from these places, I can only go once a week, so hopefully I’ll see some great sales soon.

  66. Hatteras Magik says:

    One thing I can’t figure out is how all these people on the show seem to get such great deals on toilet paper! I can’t seem to find more than a .25 coupon (I usually use Charmin), but they always have tons of T.P., if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it!
    Thanks in adavance!
    Tina

  67. Pjfain says:

    walgreens where i shop is always out of stock,and employees are not all that helpful, went to walmart yesterday and they had everything but just a couple of items and still saved. like walgreens ,but only have one closeby, 15 miles away and it is an inconvience to go and then shelf be empty

  68. Shannon says:

    I love it! Bravo for putting it perfectly. I save 40-60% regularly and am pleased as punch with that. My husband is still waiting for the $1000 shopping trip for free (keep waiting my love I don’t have enough time to spend the day with 5 carts) and I applaud those who have accomplished this. Good for you and those who coupon. You are taking care of your families AND your pocketbooks! :)

  69. I do get discouraged by the show as well. We all have our moments. This article was encouraging. I admit since I have started couponing the past few weeks, I have been hoarding a little. I have found awesome deals on laundry detergent lately and have at least 9 hanging out in my cabinet at the moment. I also have enough deoderent to last for 6 months or so. Yes, it can become an obsession. I can tell you my reason for hoarding it is because a year ago I ended up in a diabetic coma and my husband ran out of detergent, diapers for 3 of our 5 kids, had no toilet paper, and didnt know if i was going to wake up. Because of my diabetes and the complications I experience from it, I want to leave him with a little back up if anything would ever happen to me. I also want to add, that many of my free samples I get for free I donate to our local food bank and friends and family that are in need.

  70. TnJ says:

    This was a great post! I’ve been cautious as I follow this blog simply because I want to stay wary of stockpiling. We moved recently and had to downsize from 2000 sq feet to 800. So, space is a huge issue for the 2 of us, and stockpiling in large amounts is not possible with the stuff we currently have. Knowing that even the Krazy Coupon Lady doesn’t have 2 carts of groceries on each trip and may only save 50% one week is reassuring to my hesitations. Thank you for taking the time to post this!

  71. Kfalco2359 says:

    Thank you for this! I, too, was feeling a little discouraged because I Was only averaging a savings of about 35-50% now I feel a million times better about the way I shop and save!

  72. Kfalco2359 says:

    Thank you for this! I, too, was feeling a little discouraged because I Was only averaging a savings of about 35-50% now I feel a million times better about the way I shop and save!

  73. Kfalco2359 says:

    Thank you for this! I, too, was feeling a little discouraged because I Was only averaging a savings of about 35-50% now I feel a million times better about the way I shop and save!

  74. Arabianhorses4me says:

    Im discouraged for another reason bc of that extreme couponing show. I clip coupons only to provide for my husband, my recent widowed mother, and myself. I don’t by any means extreme coupon and I usually only take what will keep us going for the next couple of months. My husband came back from a year long deployment to find his job had been terminated bc the company folded, my dad had passed away after 17 months in the hospital/MICU due to a very rare disease so we save where we can. We moved in with my mom to help save their house they had worked the last 14 years to buy. I went to walmart with my little fold-out receipt book that I organiEd to keep the coupons and was approached by security. Now I don’t believe in stealing, I’d go without before I stole. I keep my purse zipped and my coupons on top. The undercover security told me that I wasn’t allowed to bring my little coupon folder in and clear the shelves. Its the size of a wallet for goodness sakes!!!!! What shelves can I possibly clear with that I told him. I had to show him that I only keep maybe 10 of each coupon and he just gave me the worst look. I then told him my husband is military and since the base is less than 5mins away if I wanted to clear shelves I go on base since they are much cheaper on many many items. After our conversation I went to customer service and asked for the store managers name and info. Ive since made a complaint but really people that clear the shelves are killing chances for others to try and save money!! I now shop only at the base and the drugstores. I even send out care packages to some of our guys/women overseas since many cannot shop on their post/bases. I don’t clear out shelves why can’t others be respectful enough to do the same.

    • Erin says:

      As crazy as it is you aren’t the first person to post on this site saying security at WM has done that to them.

    • Erin says:

      As crazy as it is you aren’t the first person to post on this site saying security at WM has done that to them.

    • Lynn says:

      Wow. That’s horrible. I can’t believe they would do that. They shouldn’t be complaining because their stuff is selling faster. They should have more stock when they know sales are coming. But, no one person should clear a whole shelf, that’s overboard. I hope they fired that person.

    • Coloradocouponer says:

      Their treatment of customers is hideous consistently. Why don’t the retailers turn the increase in couponing into a marketing opportunity. Retailers could coordinate with manufacturers to find out in advance what coupons are out there. If I was a retailer, I would want to know and use that as an opportunity to increase sales. I always thought selling product was a good thing for a retailer. They should be marketing…”We love couponers, We have lots of stock of the products you want – pay with coupons here!”

      • Maria says:

        well said…. If I had a company that manufactured food and I sold to a grocery store who them LIMITED how much of MY product could be sold,….. I would pull my products out of that chain store and move to another grocery store who WANTS to make money. Geez, w/the economy as it is, Food/Product vendors NEED to make money to ensure jobs,…. Grocery stores NEED business to make money & ensure jobs,…. everyday folks like us Need to be able to buy products we want and need without being restricted…. it’s insane !!!! and for those who WANT 1,000 jars of jelly, all they have to do is pre-order with the darn grocery store to ensure they get the product from the vendor & have it ready for THAT person when they arrive at the grocery store. This would stop the insane clearing the shelf quantities. I feel if you want to buy more than a dozen of an item, you need to pre-order through the grocery store.

    • Coloradocouponer says:

      Their treatment of customers is hideous consistently. Why don’t the retailers turn the increase in couponing into a marketing opportunity. Retailers could coordinate with manufacturers to find out in advance what coupons are out there. If I was a retailer, I would want to know and use that as an opportunity to increase sales. I always thought selling product was a good thing for a retailer. They should be marketing…”We love couponers, We have lots of stock of the products you want – pay with coupons here!”

    • Coloradocouponer says:

      Their treatment of customers is hideous consistently. Why don’t the retailers turn the increase in couponing into a marketing opportunity. Retailers could coordinate with manufacturers to find out in advance what coupons are out there. If I was a retailer, I would want to know and use that as an opportunity to increase sales. I always thought selling product was a good thing for a retailer. They should be marketing…”We love couponers, We have lots of stock of the products you want – pay with coupons here!”

  75. Lynn says:

    Thanks a lot. I have been feeling discouraged lately. It seems like every time I try to go get something, all my stores are sold out. I work 6 to 7 days a week and have four kids. It’s hard to beat everyone else to the good deals. Also, I feel pressured to try to get every deal at every store, which ends up causing unnecessary stress. As if my life would just end if I missed out on a free toothbrush!

  76. Amber says:

    I am in no way a health nut vegan but look at what they buy on that show. 100 sugary sports drinks, frozen meals, sugary cereal, cheesey crackers, cake mixes, and pre-packaged pastries. No wonder they need 50 mylanta bottles. I’ve found that no matter how great the deal is if I don’t buy it my family doesn’t eat it. A win win for our health and waist lines. So I am pleased with my 57% savings at safeway when my cart is full of chicken, real cheese, whole wheat bread, and produce.

  77. Sylvia says:

    Thank you! Since I started couponing, I’ve been saving an average of 50% at the grocery store, according to the receipt. However, I choose to look at the total $ amount I have spent in a pay period (2wks) to see how much I have spent. If I were to base my savings on what Safeway tells me on its receipt well, duh, Safeway is way overpriced to start with. Of course, it would look like I’ve saved a lot.

  78. Michelle says:

    Thank You, Great Post!!!!

  79. Michelle says:

    Thank You, Great Post!!!!

  80. Michelle says:

    Thank You, Great Post!!!!

  81. Amy Vowles says:

    This is a great post! Thank you! :)

  82. Amy Vowles says:

    This is a great post! Thank you! :)

  83. Amy Vowles says:

    This is a great post! Thank you! :)

  84. Jillian says:

    I have been couponing a little over 3 months and although I can see why the show has some negative affects I am grateful for it because before I saw the show I never knew any of this existed. I am a pretty rational person so I knew when I started couponing it would be nothing like the show so I am actually very please with my success. I have over a years supply of pantiliners that I paid almost nothing for, I did it little by little each week through Target catalinas and printing coupons from every computer I came in contact with and I did all this without ever clearing a shelf! I have noticed that I actually have been speding a little more than usual but I am getting things for my family that we normally wouldn’t be able to have, curing my shopping itch, and providing myself with the peace of mind that if we do hit a really hard place finacially I have many of the bases already covered. So thank you KCL!

  85. Jillian says:

    I have been couponing a little over 3 months and although I can see why the show has some negative affects I am grateful for it because before I saw the show I never knew any of this existed. I am a pretty rational person so I knew when I started couponing it would be nothing like the show so I am actually very please with my success. I have over a years supply of pantiliners that I paid almost nothing for, I did it little by little each week through Target catalinas and printing coupons from every computer I came in contact with and I did all this without ever clearing a shelf! I have noticed that I actually have been speding a little more than usual but I am getting things for my family that we normally wouldn’t be able to have, curing my shopping itch, and providing myself with the peace of mind that if we do hit a really hard place finacially I have many of the bases already covered. So thank you KCL!

    • Coloradocouponer says:

      Great point. Since I have been couponing, I have been able to have products that I would not normally have purchased because they are expensive. Since I save on so much, I have more variety of those products and have money to spend on other things.

  86. Kim says:

    I agree completely, I watch the show and say how do they do that. I know its not typical and here my grocery stores dont give you the overage on coupons towards the remainder of the bill so I still have to pay for my meat, produce, etc. However when I am saving so much money on other things its fine with me. I have 7 kids 5 of which are teenagers and before couponing my grocery bill would run between 300 to 400 dollars a week, thats with toiletries and going back for milk etc. Last week though I got $357.00 worth of groceries for $150.00 a savings of 58%, yippee for me thats 58% more money I have in my pocket for other things and to feed a family of 9 all healthy foods by the way on $150.00 is a feat in itself I think. Not to mention most of that cost was meat, produce and deli foods, So no it may not be possible to save 90% all the time, but a savings is a savings! The other thing is that I am not a hoarder by any means and even if I was I dont have the space in my house for a bunch of extra stuff, my family takes up enough space. But I do have quite the supply of laundry and dishwasher detergent I bought for next to no money and since my washing machine and dishwasher run 24/7 not having to buy that stuff on a weekly basis is a huge savings!

  87. Kim says:

    I agree completely, I watch the show and say how do they do that. I know its not typical and here my grocery stores dont give you the overage on coupons towards the remainder of the bill so I still have to pay for my meat, produce, etc. However when I am saving so much money on other things its fine with me. I have 7 kids 5 of which are teenagers and before couponing my grocery bill would run between 300 to 400 dollars a week, thats with toiletries and going back for milk etc. Last week though I got $357.00 worth of groceries for $150.00 a savings of 58%, yippee for me thats 58% more money I have in my pocket for other things and to feed a family of 9 all healthy foods by the way on $150.00 is a feat in itself I think. Not to mention most of that cost was meat, produce and deli foods, So no it may not be possible to save 90% all the time, but a savings is a savings! The other thing is that I am not a hoarder by any means and even if I was I dont have the space in my house for a bunch of extra stuff, my family takes up enough space. But I do have quite the supply of laundry and dishwasher detergent I bought for next to no money and since my washing machine and dishwasher run 24/7 not having to buy that stuff on a weekly basis is a huge savings!

  88. Pieabrosmama says:

    Thanks! I was just talking with my BFF about this today, I really want to be saving but have yet to break past 70% savings. I do think my stock is growing for household items, but we eat pretty healthy and there is not that many coupons for the items my family eats regularly!

  89. Jewel says:

    Thanks. I know I did the same thing, I first thought I’m not saving that much. But I soon dismissed that thought. I only started couponing June 1st but I’ve saved over $1,000 and have a surplus of items (3 months or more). So instead of comparing myself to what someone else is saving, I began to rejoice in what I am doing as well as teach my daughters (how also will not buy anything without a coupon or looking for deals) and others that need help.

    • Teri says:

      Looks like you are doing great, but may I ask, are you only saving on razors, deodorant, shampoo, etc., my kids can’t eat that…..just wondering

  90. Thank you for saying it. Shopping like they do on the show is not even possible for most of us. I know none of my local stores will allow that type of behavior, and I think because of the show, it has forced the stores into changing their policies that, overall, hurts us all, regardless. I’m thrilled if I save 50% on groceries. That is an excellent week for me!

  91. Duvalls says:

    thank you! I have been feeling discouraged. I am doing everything I can and still feel like I am failing!

  92. Nancy114cpd says:

    thanks for the words of wisdom I try but sometimes it just does not go my way and get discouraged.

  93. Nancy114cpd says:

    thanks for the words of wisdom I try but sometimes it just does not go my way and get discouraged.

  94. Willowsedgefarm says:

    I am feeling discouraged as I have moved across the country and dont know where to go yet to find all the info I need to rebuild my stockpile. Anyone in the Concord, NC area want a protege? :-)

  95. Willowsedgefarm says:

    I am feeling discouraged as I have moved across the country and dont know where to go yet to find all the info I need to rebuild my stockpile. Anyone in the Concord, NC area want a protege? :-)

    • Mike Kristi says:

      Funny!! Was reading comments, saw concord andobviously thought of u!! Then looked and saw it was you!!! Hope u get some help! :)

  96. Kayce O Carey says:

    I think the key here is to remember that we are trying to SAVE money…so any amount of savings is great! I am thrilled to save 50% and I will admit I average between 63% and 75%. I see no need to clear a shelf or buy 60 bottles of mustard! I have a modest stockpile of items that my family will use and I am at the point that I only add to certain items IF the sale is outstanding or free! I admit I didn’t start couponing until I saw the show, but I also knew this was not the norm (if it wasn’t outrageous, it wouldn’t be on TV) and I try to use the common sense God gave me! I started when my hubby was out of work and it literally saved us and now that he is working, I still use that limited budget and as soon as we are able…we are putting the money we save couponing into a savings account so we never have to worry about being jobless again!

  97. J. says:

    Thanks for this… it was a little cofidence builder to a newb only saving an average of 55%. I’m within your target goal! Yay!

  98. CouponcCrazy says:

    Thank you for this article, this is what I explain to the ladies in my coupon class. I let them know if you look at the backstory, and you listen to what is said… it’s always either the biggest or almost, the exception not the rule, but that when they gain experience a 40-60% savings in our area is possible.

  99. CouponcCrazy says:

    Thank you for this article, this is what I explain to the ladies in my coupon class. I let them know if you look at the backstory, and you listen to what is said… it’s always either the biggest or almost, the exception not the rule, but that when they gain experience a 40-60% savings in our area is possible.

  100. Marileelamberty says:

    Ok, so now I do not feel so bad about only saving 57% at Kroger yesterday. I am grateful for saving money, but I would like to save more.

    • Kim says:

      Today my savings was 81%! I’ve never done that well but only bought about 20 things, had coupons for all and caught an awesome sale! Yea me! And I Did Not wipe anything out. I purchased 9 different items, just got lucky this time!

    • Kim says:

      Today my savings was 81%! I’ve never done that well but only bought about 20 things, had coupons for all and caught an awesome sale! Yea me! And I Did Not wipe anything out. I purchased 9 different items, just got lucky this time!

  101. BrandiUT says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was completely discouraged today when I went into the drugstore to buy my three…yes, you read that right..three boxes of detergent, only to have to pick my jaw up off the floor when the entire display was cleaned out. I can understand wanting to save money, but come on…who needs that much detergent? I won’t be surprised when the coupon policies become more stringent or the coupon offerings less, because of this kind of stuff going on.

  102. Karmah60 says:

    I’m not much into percentages anyway. When I see at the bottom of the receipt “your savings today is…” more than what I spent, it makes me giddy.

    • Sassy says:

      I agree…I went to my grocery store and spent 50.00 but at the bottom it said I saved 68.00 so I saved more than I spent..that is a good thing right??

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, that’s over 57% savings! That’s great for groceries!
        And to calculate your savings from a trip:
        1. Subtract your Total out of pocket cost from the before savings cost (original price). This equals the $ amount saved.
        2. Divide the amount saved by the original price. Move the decimal over two spaces= your savings percentage!

  103. Amanda H says:

    Love the encouraging words. When I first started my kids would say – why don’t we have 9 carts ? Or, your not doing it right like the ladies on TV – Made me feel bad. Then I asked them to pay attention to the person shopping in front of us. They are in shock at how much people will swipe their debit cards for and what purchases they make. We saw a woman pay $80 for 7 smelly candles. Now when my daughters go for a snack they actually have choices and I can only smile !!

  104. Christina Morris says:

    Thanks for the post! It’s nice to know that we don’t have to save 98% off our bill to be successful. I’m really, really new to couponing, but I saw the show and in this economy, I figured why not try it. I’m having a lot of fun. I saved about 50% on a trip to Walgreens that would have retailed about $100. I got my husband a Gilette Pro Glide Fusion razor for $0.89 in that trip. I was a little disappointed that my final bill wasn’t like $20 at first, but then I realized that I saved 50% on my first try!

    To anniejayne: a lot of people that stock up like that give away a TON of stuff. They either let their families go through the items when they need them, or donate to food banks or homeless shelters. If you think about it that way, it’s really a good thing.

    • Ladyluck091 says:

      be aware that items at walgreens are sometimes alot higher than at say …walmart–sometimes u are putting urself to the time and trouble to buy something bogo that is the same price or less at walmart without the bogo tag

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s great for a first trip to a drugstore! Usually because you’ll have Register Rewards (or EBs for CVS or UP+ for Rite Aid), that you can roll each week and save even more! Keep up the good work :)

      • jen says:

        Yes I agree!!! When you pair the EBs you get at CVS it is alot cheaper than shopping at Walmart. Just a few weeks ago I bought what would have cost me $82 for just $6.12 OOP!!! You can’t do that at Walmart ;) I love CVS!! We have enough toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, bodywash, shampoo, conditioner, razors, & deodorant to last us for a year!!! No I didn’t get it over night. It took maybe 3-4 months. I personally refuse to shop at Walmart unless I absolutely have to.

  105. The thing that frustrates me most about the show is not just that it’s not realistic ( I get that, its tv, lol). But moreso the aftermath from the tv show. My local stores and drugstores are massively cracking down on even those of us who coupon ethically. My grocery store has now placed limits of 3 on any one coupon, and they aren’t letting us do multiple transactions anymore. Drug stores aren’t letting us use certain types of coupons, and limiting how you can use “free” and “b1g1″ coupons. They are making it really hard to save much at all. It seems like it is taking 2 or 3x as much planning to save a little bit. And more gas because I’m having to stop by the store each time I go to use 3 coupons. I don’t so much blame everyone on the show, but people see the show, see the shock value of it, and want to just be able to jump in, save 75% without knowing any of the rules or using common sense (like not photocopying coupons!). Those are the people ruining it for everyone. It drives me NUTS!!

    • Kim says:

      on my trip to wags last weekend i handed the cashier my coupons, he’s an older man who enjoys muttering under his bread whenever i’m at the counter, and he said i thought we were done with all this couponing …. perhaps the “extreme couponers” have died down a little bit since the hype from the shows worn off ….

    • Maria says:

      WELLSAID !!… “The Aftermath of the show”…. shortly after the airing of the last shows (2011) Grocery Stores in my area immediately changed their coupon policy. Where we have always been able to stack a specific competitor, this was stopped. New competitors were put in their place that rarely put out coupons, some which never put out coupons. Grocery limits were set, which is insane. Limits of 4 item !, geez,… Again, I agree, I enjoyed watching the show for shock factor, however, people who know nothing about couponing think what’s done on the show can be done all the time. It’s now set in their heads & they continue to steal inserts from Newspapers, Hoard in-store coupons when no one is watching, etc. The drug stores have even imposed limits. I’m happy with 50% saving, however, now it takes 3 times as long to research & prepare for just a 50% savings. The manufacturers even cut back on their .50 coupons to reduce the “doubling” amout. So the “Aftermath of the show” set into motion changes made by grocery stores, drug stores, & manufacturer coupons. Heck, I haven’t seen much in food coupons in the past month. I didn’t want to write this, because I do enjoy the show because I “Know it’s a show & not everyday reality”, however, I needed to get this off my chest because it has really affected all aspects of couponing. I still Love “KCL”, & I send newbies to your website, but for me, over the past few months, it’s been extremely frustrating to coupon. Hopefully I will feel better now that I’ve written this. Being part of the 9 – 10% unemployed, couponing was really helping with food needs, now, …. oh well, I’ve said enough. Happy Couponing folks, I will continue to do what I can with couponing.

  106. Chickenman says:

    What is too sad is all this “hoarding” and “eco-friendly” and “who really needs” and “us true couponers” chatter….quite a bummer to read. 300 toothbrushes…think of how many people you can bless….yes with great oral hygiene. Free is Free. We love this coupining for not only how cheap we can get “stuff” but how many friends/family we can give it to. Makes for a great feeling to have someone over and say…”go shopping”.

    • Tracyellison45 says:

      I think what people are also missing is that it takes time to create a “stockpile” You can’t just magically make coupons appear and go buy 1000 of an item, life isn’t like that. It has taken me 3 months to get into the swing of couponing and being able to save 40-60%. overall. I do have enough beauty products to last a good long time and I’ve given quite a few things away to friends and family and yes it does make me feel good to do that also.

  107. Fxvega says:

    well said, I find i save on each trip between 40 to 30 dollars and i never spend any more than 40dollars out of pocket for everything.

    • Carrie Key says:

      This is how it is for me. I think my biggest savings was at CVS a few weeks ago with 73% savings. I’ve managed to go from spending waaaayyy too much on everything to saving on average between 30 to 60 dollars each trip. And I learn something new each time :).

    • Carrie Key says:

      This is how it is for me. I think my biggest savings was at CVS a few weeks ago with 73% savings. I’ve managed to go from spending waaaayyy too much on everything to saving on average between 30 to 60 dollars each trip. And I learn something new each time :).

  108. This is a great encouragement for me and I know for others! I have been keeping track of my savings since I started ‘extreme couponing’ in late April, and at first I was saving about 20%. Now I am saving 53% this month so far! The sales have not been great lately, but I am using that as some down time. I am sure that when summer vacation is over, the sales will pick up again! So by the criteria you mentioned above, I am an extreme couponer! YEAH!!!
    (Oh, and that 53% DOES include anything that would be considered a staple that doesn’t go on sale much like eggs, bread, milk, meat and such! Thanks again!
    †Kelly
    Mom of 10, 6 still at home!

    • Beth says:

      Congratulations on having your quiver full (Psalm 127:5). Wish I had had more, but when each one is bigger than the previous one and my last one was 11 lb, 23″ long, it was time to quit. But we have been blessed with many grandkids who love to eat. They are coming over tomorrow to help us clean out the fridge.

  109. Deanna Rio says:

    I have felt down if I don’t hit that golden 80% until today. I did a spread sheet for the last 3 months. Since May I’ve bought $2862.75 worth of groceries and out my pocket was $741.09 which comes out to $247.03 a month for the last 3 months. My average savings over the past 3 months is 76.25% combined. I’ve noticed that my percentage is going higher so maybe I can maintain that 90-95% : ) **NOTE – pre-coupons we spent $900.00 a MONTH on groceries. So, anytime I start to feel down, I can look at my spread sheet and know I’m doing something right : ) I’m not trying to shoot for an appearance on some reality show. My reality lives in my home.

    • phalloeun says:

      Hi Deanna, could you tell me how you are doing the spreadsheet? I would love to have something like this also.

      • Anonymous says:

        i have made a template that works in excel that i use. if i could figure out how to save it to the office network and not just on my computer i would love to share it!!!

    • Sassy says:

      Yeah….would love to have a spread sheet to do that on.

    • kristin M says:

      900!?! Did ya’ll eat prime rib every night?

      • Kim says:

        $900 is very plausible … i’m in a family of 4 grown ups, plus a boyfriend who eats every time he walks in the door and an older brother and sister-in-law who are always stopping by … between toiletries, cleaners, food, meat and produce … $900 is very easy when not using coupons or stacking up on a even a few items when they go on sale …. now that i use coupons i can’t beleive how much we used to spend!

  110. Tracyellison45 says:

    I know I’m thrilled and excited to save any money at all, whether it’s with coupons, extra bucks or simply by shopping good store sales. I don’t believe in wiping out the store shelves just because I can, I only take off the shelves what I will actually use. I only have about 6 months worth of beauty products on hand at any one time since products will degrade over time and no one needs 300 bottles of shampoo. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Ha, ha– agreed! I almost never buy more than 2 or 3 of any scent/ flavor at a time because not only do they expire, preferences change and I like trying new products :)

  111. Roberta May says:

    AMEN! I am proud to say I average 65-70% on my weekly shopping trips. Yes I do go to 3-5 stores and people say “well all your savings is going to gas.” No its not because all 5 of those stores are LESS than 1 mile from each other and less than 4 miles from my home. 5 different major grocery stores, 4 walgreens, 2 rite aid and 1 walmart. I have no problems store hopping for a deal!

    • Jenn says:

      Same here. I had a relative say that I am spending all my money on gas. However, I have tons of CVS, Walgreens, etc in my area. I do have a lot of couponers out here as well

    • Jenn says:

      Same here. I had a relative say that I am spending all my money on gas. However, I have tons of CVS, Walgreens, etc in my area. I do have a lot of couponers out here as well

    • Erin says:

      I agree, I have friends who complain about spending so much money on groceries and toiletries and say the same thing once you drive around you spent the savings in gas….They don’t get it!

      • Butterhead16 says:

        They just say that because they are jealous of you saving so much but they don’t have the self discipline to get out there and do it themselves. It is easier to make fun of you or downgrade what you are accomplishing than it is to go and do it themselves! People used to tell me that back 10 years ago, when I didn’t even “coupon”. I only shopped the BOGO sales. Even on BOGO sales only, when the stores are so close to your house, you are still saving wayyyyyyyy more than you put out in gas! And by using coups, you really rack up the savings. They are just trying to make themselves feel justified in their decision not to coupon.

  112. Opus says:

    well stated

  113. TM says:

    I needed to hear this today, I was discouraged when I spent $60 today but I had a 60% savings. Didnt seem like a lot on paper especially when I got 80% last week (ofcourse on less items). But when I got home and saw what all I got for $60 it made me feel better! Those shows show 100% savings on 3 or so items purchased by the 50′s….they still have to get normal grocery items too!

    • Evabmarcum says:

      I bet u they are buying their coupons from coupon clipping services as well to get so many coupons at once. Their is no way one person can collect that many coupons. I saw one woman purchase a whole pallet full of canned dog food on one of those shows. Nobody can raid that many dumpsters lol! Now lets minus off the price they paid for their coupons and see what their overall cost was :O)

  114. Myrtlemama4 says:

    Besides, has anyone noticed that now the coupon say a limit of 4 per visit or transaction (I cant remember which)..bummer

  115. Myrtlemama4 says:

    Besides, has anyone noticed that now the coupon say a limit of 4 per visit or transaction (I cant remember which)..bummer

    • Jpapic4 says:

      I believe it is the P&G coupons that have the limits now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, Procter & Gamble coupons have stated that for a little while and now some more companies are getting on the boat. But the upside to this (and stores that are putting limits on transactions a day or number of coupons) is that hopefully shelves don’t get cleared as quickly.
      But 4 is still a good number– remember that here at KCL, we build our stockpile slowly– often 1 to 2 items at a time. For more on stockpiling with limits, check out http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2011/07/14/extreme-couponing-tip-stockpiling-with-limits/

      • Jorkamsam says:

        I have to say I love this site so much more than some others! There are sites that make me sad. I love my coupons and have a tiny stokpile that is only health and beauty it has taken a couple months. I do not like for employees to assume I am ther with my binder to clear shelves, I like to get 3 or 4 if I can, but never more at once. I enjoy it so much it is like a grown up treasure hunt to me! Thanks for keeping a site for couponers who want to do it right and not find every loop hole to jump through!

    • Jorkamsam says:

      I feel that is good to limit like coupons, the problem is that some people expect to do 5 transactions at once, that is not cool to me. I have been known to go to the store 3 times a week for deals. I just hate when people look at me and my binder and shake their head like I have done something wrong. I use coupons ad love them, but never do I want or need 20 of anything in one trip!

  116. Myrtlemama4 says:

    Besides, has anyone noticed that now the coupon say a limit of 4 per visit or transaction (I cant remember which)..bummer

  117. Amy Mann says:

    Very well said….. This show is a disgrace to us couponers who do it to actually save money and not hoard the goods. I mean really who needs 500 toothbrushes. I refuse to watch the show and refuse to show support! I honestly wish the show would disappear of the network! I am happy to save $20 bucks a week.

    • Karmah60 says:

      500 toothbrushes, LOL. That reminds me of that one lady on Extreme Couponing who said she had enough dental care items to last until her kids graduate from high school. Seriously? Jeez. I guess if she ever survives an apocalypse she’ll have really clean teeth. Yay.

    • Karmah60 says:

      500 toothbrushes, LOL. That reminds me of that one lady on Extreme Couponing who said she had enough dental care items to last until her kids graduate from high school. Seriously? Jeez. I guess if she ever survives an apocalypse she’ll have really clean teeth. Yay.

  118. Amy Mann says:

    Very well said….. This show is a disgrace to us couponers who do it to actually save money and not hoard the goods. I mean really who needs 500 toothbrushes. I refuse to watch the show and refuse to show support! I honestly wish the show would disappear of the network! I am happy to save $20 bucks a week.

  119. Tuppermmmie10 says:

    After watching two shows with ladies from Chicago, doing extreme shopping. I emailed some groups there, no store in Chicago doubles! Also a lady in Fla, Can’t find any there either.??????? Fake. I know it can be done, I did it many years ago, unlimited to $1 in Utah. Bught $875.00 for the sales tax, $29 something. But not today.How papers get stolen, and they might stop putting coupons in the store papers, only in deliverly. It really has hurt couponing in my oponion.

  120. Tuppermmmie10 says:

    After watching two shows with ladies from Chicago, doing extreme shopping. I emailed some groups there, no store in Chicago doubles! Also a lady in Fla, Can’t find any there either.??????? Fake. I know it can be done, I did it many years ago, unlimited to $1 in Utah. Bught $875.00 for the sales tax, $29 something. But not today.How papers get stolen, and they might stop putting coupons in the store papers, only in deliverly. It really has hurt couponing in my oponion.

  121. Serena205 says:

    At least i wont feel so stupid now when i realized that what we saw on the TV show is just that a show. On real life you are not saving that much. On Drugstores you can get items fro free but not the whole grocery cart, nor $1000, or $2700. Unless people misue coupns. BUt thanks for your comments i now know there were for the show as I suspected. Anyways i will keep coupoining because is funa and you can save a lot

  122. Serena205 says:

    At least i wont feel so stupid now when i realized that what we saw on the TV show is just that a show. On real life you are not saving that much. On Drugstores you can get items fro free but not the whole grocery cart, nor $1000, or $2700. Unless people misue coupns. BUt thanks for your comments i now know there were for the show as I suspected. Anyways i will keep coupoining because is funa and you can save a lot

  123. Emilie says:

    Something else to consider – is that a lot of these people shop at Kroger. Today I went into Kroger and I picked up a few odds and ends I needed. All were on all. I saved 56%. Almost anything you need to buy is on sale but you have to have a store loyalty card to get the sale price. I know in other chains – that the loyalty card would not factor into that %.

  124. Emilie says:

    Something else to consider – is that a lot of these people shop at Kroger. Today I went into Kroger and I picked up a few odds and ends I needed. All were on all. I saved 56%. Almost anything you need to buy is on sale but you have to have a store loyalty card to get the sale price. I know in other chains – that the loyalty card would not factor into that %.

    • Evabmarcum says:

      I agree! Just because Krogers puts it on Sale for .99 cents and says it regularly cost 2.00 making it a 50% savings doesnt mean it is a deal when in fact I can down the street to the dolloar general and it is regularly 1.50 all the time. You really have to watch for these kind of scams as well. I find most of Krogers regularly priced items to be high in comparison to Wal Mart, Dollar General, etc.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, most grocery store chains (Albertsons, Safeway, Kroger, etc) have higher every day prices on many items than stores like Walmart or Target where their profit window is smaller. This is a big way they make money– get you into the store with a few great sales & promos and hopefully get you to impulse buy on a lot of other regularly priced items. This is where we differ from regular shoppers– we shop *just* the sales and don’t even consider a product if it isn’t on sale or with a coupon. That helps saves a lot of money right there!

      • NRG says:

        I agree. When people say that they just “saved” $1000 on their grocery budget I just laugh because no one has a $1000 budget in the first place. If your monthly grocery budget is $400, and with sales/couponing you spend $250 on your groceries for the month, your savings are $150. Still worth doing, but not quite the thousand-dollar savings purported. You can’t save money that isn’t there in the first place! And most couponers in my area shop at Albertson’s, which is much more expensive than other stores, so I only compare my savings against what I would have spent at WinCo since I never would have bought stuff at Albertson’s in the first place.

    • Gkennett1 says:

      what is a Kroger store? I keep seeing it but not sure – is it Fred Meyer or somethng or is it really just calld Kroger?

  125. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for this! People just don’t get it when I’m excited because I saved 62% on a small purchase. They ask how come I didn’t get it free grrrrr! Like I’m a magic wizard or something. Frankly I think when I manage to pull out 7 $2 off wisk coupons and my store puts it on sale for $3.49 I am a magic wizard!

    • TexaNick says:

      I started talking about ‘extreme couponing’ at work after my first big trip with massive savings and now everyone knows about my “second job.” They may make fun and say they don’t have that kind of time, but when you can get free razors, soap, cereal or pay $1.00 for detergent you can laugh right back.

  126. Jennymckibben says:

    I got upset when you go in with one or two coupons for an item and the extreme couponer in front of you sees you coming and will wipe the whole aisle out of an item. instead of leaving a few.

  127. after watching the show, I went to the grocery store and was a little upset that I had saved “only” 57% off my bill…then I snapped out of it. 57% is really, really good for a beginner! my highest so far has been 63%, but I only buy things that I need or that my family can use in a 3 month time frame…no hording of things that will never get used in my lifetime!

    • Anonymous says:

      57% is great at the grocery store! Keep up the good work!

    • Anonymous says:

      57% is great at the grocery store! Keep up the good work!

    • Anonymous says:

      57% is great at the grocery store! Keep up the good work!

    • Jeanettefernandez73 says:

      On my first couponing trip I saved 35% and was upset, but my husband said, “Are you crazy?! Look at our past spending habits, we saved!” I also snapped out of it. I now save anywhere from 50-70% and I am pleased. Love this site!

  128. Chickenman says:

    Excellent! My first couple of times out were in the 40-70% range. With time (time to get coupons build up for one) and experience (how to read the add and read your website and then match it into deals), I am sitting on one of those great weeks 98%+ on $460+ retail value (not including all the tax that was saved). I would love every week to be that, but that just isn’t reality…that’s TV. Anyone need a razor or some tape? =-)

    • Talk2dee18 says:

      I love free tape!!!! Got mine last week AND this week…I’m ready for Christmas wrapping!

      • Thebiggestmarkmartinfan says:

        Same here!! I went to Target 3 or 4 times and scored almost free tape , free sharpies and 2 packs of papermate pens for 4 cents!

      • Anonymous says:

        Tape is a great thing to build up on! My family donates little boxes of personal care items & school supplies to each of our relatives that is in college and they are always so grateful!

        • Beth says:

          It’a also a cheap and harmless toy for the grandkids to play with. Give a kid a roll of tape and keep him busy for hours.lol

        • Beth says:

          It’a also a cheap and harmless toy for the grandkids to play with. Give a kid a roll of tape and keep him busy for hours.lol

      • Anonymous says:

        Tape is a great thing to build up on! My family donates little boxes of personal care items & school supplies to each of our relatives that is in college and they are always so grateful!

    • Karen says:

      LOL sure, I’ll trade you some toothbrushes! But hey, we will never be extra hairy or have bad oral hygiene right?

      • Bobbie14243 says:

        We have a saying at my house, “If I stink, it’s because I WANT to!” We shall never be short of bath & body products.

      • Bobbie14243 says:

        We have a saying at my house, “If I stink, it’s because I WANT to!” We shall never be short of bath & body products.

    • Karen says:

      LOL sure, I’ll trade you some toothbrushes! But hey, we will never be extra hairy or have bad oral hygiene right?

    • Lizifrogs says:

      Lol @ razor &tape :))

    • Gkennett1 says:

      I wish I could could do that in Washington – can’t seem to get the price too low here – no double couponing so on something 2.69 I still pay 1.69

  129. anniejayne says:

    I must add to this. I find that show mildly disturbing. It looks to me like hoarding and OCD in the name of frugality. I understand some people started using coupons out of desperation, but NO ONE needs 65 boxes of cereal and 150 toothbrushes in their garage or basement. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not using natural resources!

    • Tamara Curry says:

      A lot (not all, sure) of people who “hoard” so much end up giving away or donating a lot of stuff. That’s definitely the message of the ladies of KCL. You should have seen this place and their Facebook when the last major disaster hit! My sister does so much better at the couponing thing than me, and she is constantly giving me free detergent, baby wipes, razors, body wash, etc.–things that on our budget even when couponing is difficult for us. Don’t just assume that because they don’t mention giving it away that they are not. You never know how quickly that 150 toothbrushes becomes 10.

    • Tamara Curry says:

      A lot (not all, sure) of people who “hoard” so much end up giving away or donating a lot of stuff. That’s definitely the message of the ladies of KCL. You should have seen this place and their Facebook when the last major disaster hit! My sister does so much better at the couponing thing than me, and she is constantly giving me free detergent, baby wipes, razors, body wash, etc.–things that on our budget even when couponing is difficult for us. Don’t just assume that because they don’t mention giving it away that they are not. You never know how quickly that 150 toothbrushes becomes 10.

    • Camalbin says:

      i agree save some for others I hate going to the store and them being out. then the cashier says someone just bought 50 of those

      • Jenn says:

        I agree. Empty shelves are so discouraging. 150 toothbrushes are ok to have but to have cleared every shelf in town in one big shopping spree leaves the rest of the couponers out of luck. I only shop a little bit each week and I have begun to stockpile. If everyone took only a little each week we all could benefit.

      • If the deal doesn’t have to do with a register reward then most Walmart will match prices…

      • cheesehead4ever says:

        My biggest problem with extreme couponing show is that it is leading to all of these new people who are couponing and they are clearing the shelves. Most of the time, I never take more than 4 of an item, usually only 2. Please leave some for the rest of us!
        Plus please don’t say, “but I donate it!”. There are many of us who make ends meet by couponing and we are not going to qualify to receive charitable donations!

    • Mimilundgren says:

      When Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina in 1989 I had a lot of stuff. My neighbors didn’t. They had maybe 3 days of food, no candles, no bandaids, no extra bug repellant…ect. In 24 hours my extra stuff was gone and my neighbors survived almost 3 weeks without electricity with my canned goods…The mosquitoes were unbelievable. They looked like little black clouds and they were everywhere. No AC so windows were open. Many break-in’s by those taking ugly advantage of the situation. Those with candles were safer and survived intense black nights (no ambient light) with candles. It isn’t hoarding…it’s insurance against an event. It’s about being smart. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the years paying for car/home/medical insurance and rarely gotten anything for the investment (but peace of mind). This is pretty much the same thing. Peace of mind feels good …it’s insurance you can eat anytime you want.

    • Cali says:

      agreed. the guy who had a THOUSAND tubes of toothpaste and was bragging about that. i dont even think my family of five could go through that in 20 years! i just dont understand how people buy so much and keep it when the troops and homeless need it! a year or two stockpile is fine but why so much? its not like there isnt a deal for free toothpaste every other week!

    • Great8 says:

      With a family of 8 I can easily use 65 boxes of cereal in a reasonable time. I never buy that much in one trip or from one store though.:O)

    • Great8 says:

      With a family of 8 I can easily use 65 boxes of cereal in a reasonable time. I never buy that much in one trip or from one store though.:O)

    • Butterhead16 says:

      Lets also keep in mind that each family has different needs. The 65 boxes of cereal would only last my family 2 and a half months. That’s not that long and if I find a great stockup price on cereal, I will grab it because I know my family will use it in no time. Also, the amazing deal we got with the $5 on any Enfamil coupons, people looked at me as if I was nuts when I would get them. I brought my 7 yr old, 6 yr old and 4 yr old with me when shopping and because I didn’t have an infant with me they assumed I had OCD or something. Remember, that each family has different needs. Little did they know that my 7 yr old has a rare disease and that the DOCTOR has placed him on baby formula to suppliment his diet!

  130. Dkclark10 says:

    Totally agree. Thank you for caring enough to say something .You both are obviously very genuinely nice people.