Even if you haven't watched TLC's "Extreme Couponing," you've
probably heard about the reality show because it's all over the
news. The people on the show spend hours clipping coupons that let
them walk away with hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars'
worth of groceries for just a fraction of the retail cost. Emily Co
questions whether the couponers on the show have gone too far (see
4 Signs You May Be Addicted to Extreme Couponing
I do not use coupons when I shop at the grocery store. I do
always search for coupon codes when I shop online because it's an
easy way to save money. But I just don't have the time it takes to
hunt down, clip and organize coupons for grocery shopping. The few
times I actually made an effort to collect coupons resulted in
meager results because I only found a couple for items I would
normally buy. And I see no reason to purchase, say, 20 packages of
bacon (which I rarely eat) just because there's a coupon for
However, clipping coupons can be a great way to save money as
long as you're using them for things you usually purchase. If
you're not already an extreme couponer,
has a great resource for those who want to learn more about
gathering, organizing and shopping with coupons:
How to Extreme Coupon and Save 84% on Groceries
. After you read the guide, I would like to hear your thoughts
about extreme couponing. Share them in the reader comments box
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