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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 at SavvySugar 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 it.

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, Money Crashers 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 below.


For more (sane and crazy) ideas about how to save money, see what other personal finance bloggers are writing:

Are Mail-in Rebates Worth the Hassle? [The Digerati Life]
"When it comes to getting my money back, I want immediate gratification and I'm certainly not getting it this way."

Gift Card Granny Challenge [Gift Card Granny]
"Gift Card Granny wants to prove it's possible to live off discount gift cards, so she challenged stay-at-home mom of two Ashley Grimaldo to live off gift cards for an entire month. "

How to Get the Most Cable Channels for Free [Mint.com]
"If you are looking to save money without sacrificing the movies and shows you enjoy, there is an option to fit every budget. Here are three ways to optimize your cost-per-channel ratio."

Turn Your Home Into a Billboard & Pay Off Your Mortgage [Budgets Are Sexy]
Yes, a company actually is offering to pay homeowners' mortgages if they allow it to paint ads on their homes.

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