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Extreme Couponing or OCD?

April 6th, 2011 at 06:21 pm

I was/am watching the new TLC series "Extreme Couponing" and thinking to myself: "self, what in the world would you do with 300 toothbrushes?"

While I have been trying to use more coupons in my weekly shopping trips, I don't think I can use 400 deoderants in my lifetime.

Where does one draw the line between good smart shopping and becoming obssessed with the game to the tune of 500 rolls of toilet paper?

I do understand that food banks, pantries, churches and other various chairities should be the primary beneficianaries (sp?) of these "hunts", but wouldn't most phycologist' call this obsessive complusive disorder?

The next step for some of these "Extreme Couponers" is the show "Buried Alive".

6 Responses to “Extreme Couponing or OCD?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I have not seen the show, but that does sound extreme! I once had 6 air freshners and that's when I realized enough of those! It took me over two years to use them.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    We have six tubes of extra toothpaste now, and that's enough. If I have to roll the Walgreen's coupons over, I will, but I hate having all that stuff around!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I have done a shopping trip like that on a smaller scale...($199 in groceries that cost me under $5)...it was years ago and I can tell you the checker was PISSED ...making comments like it should be outlawed, this is ridiculous, huff, puff, rolled eyes....and no one clapped (except me!!) Although the customers Id warned behind me ahead of time stuck around to see what the bill came to. I was proud, inspite of the rude checker. It took alot of work and alot of planning - but it was a great accomplishment for me at the time! Memories....

  4. laura Says:


    I watched the show and got a bit bored after the first segment. It was interesting to learn WHY they started to coupon in the first place (big families, pay reductions for the only bread winner, surviving credit card debt payoff, etc). There was some freakiness though in seeing where it was all stored (1,300 rolls of TP under a toddler's bed? In a shower that is totally unusable?) I get that there need to be creative storage options, but the hoarding mentality was evident in some of the homes.

    I will get free things and donate them to my parish's food pantry. My latest contributions: two free Poligrip denture paste and some cat treats. No felines or denture wearers at my house. I can't pass up a FREE deal, but if I have no need for it, on the item goes.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Yeah, living in a condo, I can't even begin to do this kind of couponing. Occasionally we'll stock up if there's a great sale, or buy a big load of stuff at Costco, but it has to be something we use ALL the time. Like pasta or olive oil.

    It is sort of attractive to think about doing it for a foodshelf or shelter, but without a car I can't really do that either.

  6. Jerry Says:

    There is definitely a line between smart shopping and hoarding... my mom for many years would buy anything that seemed like a good deal, even if it was something she would never use. This leads to a ton of stress (and mess), and it's a lot of work to develop some insurance that people can break that habit.
    Jerry

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