Season 2 of Extreme Couponing begins September 28th. And the trailers have me angry already. The show hasn’t even started yet and I am angry.
The woman in the first episode prides herself on being a “shelf clearer.” She walks into a store and clears out the entire stock of the item she wants. In one of the scenes she takes several dozen energy type bars off a shelf and throws them in her cart. As she is turning to search for her next item a guy walks up and asks her if she is taking all of them. She answers “yep, sorry” and walks off. She probably has 30 of them! She couldn’t spare one for the guy and maybe even give him a coupon- teach him how to get a discount?
Shelf clearing is incredibly rude- if there is 30 of something in the store there is no need to take all of it. But to be proud of something that makes people people think so poorly of couponers just upsets me (so you know that did not start as the words ‘upsets me’. It was just the nicest thought I could come up with.)
As a couponer I really don’t like the show. It’s a poor representation of how an average couponer lives. I don’t have a spare room in my house filled with laundry detergent, body wash and toothpaste. If you want to do that it’s completely fine but it is EXTREME. The way these people are portrayed the show makes them seem normal. The couponer in me doesn’t want to watch it.
However I have a business to run and bills to pay. And as much as I hate to admit it, the show is good for business. Some of you reading this right now may be doing that because last year you watched an episode and wanted to learn more. And I need to be able to converse intelligently about the show to stay current in my chosen field.
So here is my deal with you- I will watch the show until my head explodes (which may happen this season). In return you promise to keep reading my site so we can journey together to a better life through couponing instead of letting couponing run our life. And we can make changes so you can do the things that are important to you- being better with your finances and spending more time doing the things you truly love doing.