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Wednesday 16 January 2013

The Truth Behind Extreme Couponing

Chances are you have heard of Extreme Couponing. There are lots of opinions and misconceptions floating around the practice of Extreme Couponing and Extreme Couponers; how have these men and women really been able to reduce their grocery spend by such epic proportions? This article will help to clear up some of the misconceptions that exist about those of us who make it daily practice to use coupons.


People Who Use Coupons ONLY Buy Junk

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Granted, there are a lot of free product coupons available for junk food products, and the number of free product coupons available for healthy foods is extremely low by comparison. However, this does not mean that couponers resort to living off junk food because it is available at little or no cost.


Despite the imbalance in availability of junk food and healthy food coupons, a lot of couponers coupon to be able to provide their families with healthy, well balanced meals – for many this means using the money they saved with coupons to purchase fruits, veggies, and healthy meats.


People Who Use Coupons are Living Below the Poverty Line

Just because someone has a desire to save money does not mean they are poor – in fact, it means that they are smart! Recent studies have proven that Canadian households with incomes exceeding $150K/annum are just as likely to use coupons as Canadian’s with an average $40K/annum income.


People Use Coupons to Buy Items that They Don’t Need

While this is true for the folks on the hit television show, most realistic couponers buy things that they know their families will use (or that they can donate later).


You might have witnessed a couponer in the checkout line purchasing 55 tubes of toothpaste and 80 cans of soup and thought to yourself, “is she crazy?” A great number of couponers purchase items in large quantities when they are free or at very low cost and then donate the excess to people who they know can use them, such as shelters, friends, family, and food banks. No one should be penalized for doing a good deed.


Couponing is the Gateway to Hoarding

There is a major difference between stockpiling and hoarding. Whereas hoarders refuse to throw anything out, stockpilers hang on to things that they will need (and will use) in the next 3-6 months.


For those not familiar with the lifestyle of a couponer, stockpiling groceries may seem outrageous. However, it is one of the best ways to reduce you average grocery spend. Just because someone purchases large quantities of an item with coupons, it doesn’t mean that they are hoarders. They are likely storing what their family will use in a realistic time frame and then donating the remainder to those in need. 

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