Yesterday while I was setting and doing some research on the computer - I happened upon some old Extreme Couponing shows on TV. (Yes, I multi-task!!)
I used to be really intrigued by these shows, but yesterday it kind of disgusted me. Such greed, hoarding and gluttony! So many of these people had no regard for the fact that others may come to shop for product too - they just wiped the shelves clean.
Rooms just brimming with products - that could not possibly be used before it became stale or flat (not to mention rodents or bugs in garages and sheds).
I remember watching a women once that had thousands of dollars worth of groceries she had paid next to zero for - but she was going to move from the mainland to Hawaii and MOVE IT ALL! WHAT?????? It costs me a small fortune to mail a small package across the country - let alone moving hundreds or thousands of pounds of groceries either by plane or ship!!!!! I also wondered if many items would even be allowed. CRAZY!!
I used to be a great couponer myself. I got super deals when stores doubled coupons. I would match with sales and get lots of stuff for pennies or free. Most of what I got was health and beauty, pet products, soups, and canned veggies and fruit.
Very seldom do we have coupons in this area for meat - and then it is hotdogs, sausage or bacon.
NO STORES here double any longer at all!
I rarely use a coupon now, except for certain pet food and maybe hair dye. That's about it. Most coupons we get are for highly processed items.
My personal best checkout was a local grocery who had a 2 day triple coupon event. You could triple 5 like coupons with a face value up to .75. There was no limit to how many coupons. I cleaned up that weekend. I got so much cat food and canned goods and soap, dish and laundry soup and shampoo. I think my best checkout was something like $146 for a total of $8 and change OOP.
I was a good shopper and didn't wipe out shelves, and I did visit different stores. I think I did 3 different orders over 2 days got several hundred dollars worth of goods for about $40 or less.
I was a happy shopper.
That was probably one of my last Hoorahs in couponing!!!!!
I read on FB about people saying they still do this. I just don't get it. No stores double ANY coupons here. I guess there must be places that still do.
I also don't consider mail in rebates or gas points as money off my groceries. I have to spend the money - mail in a rebate - then get money back at a later date. It will save me in the future - but it saved NOTHING today. Gas is gas - not groceries.
Instant rebates happen once in a while and those are nice. I get them most often at Sam's. That is a discount at the time of purchase.
Today, my logic is different than it was several years ago. I look for clearance, mark-downs, and sales that I use a coupon with. No trying to extreme coupon here - it just can't happen.
I guess we can all reminisce about those great couponing days of old.
Do you have any stores that double coupons still? Do you use many coupons?