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New Extreme Couponing All Stars show starts 12/27

Posted December 26, 2011

TLC is premiering a new Extreme Couponing spin-off on Tuesday evening: Extreme Couponing All Stars. The contestants on the show go head to head in shopping challenges. Each episode pits 2 couponers against each other to see who can save the highest percentage. You can catch the show on TLC at 10 pm on 12/27.  Click HERE for more details.

Please remember that much of what you see on the show cannot be done here in our area (or most parts of the country). Our stores all limit the number of coupons you can use so you will not be able to buy 60 dog treats and use 60 coupons for the same products, like you would see on the show. Often, the stores you see on the show have amended their coupon policy for the taping of the show and the couponers are allowed to use far more coupons than any of us would be allowed to use. It's a terrible practice and many stores have regretted allowing the show to film at their locations.

The previews look much like the regular Extreme Couponing show with the added stress of a timer and another contestant to beat. One preview shows a husband yelling at his wife to hurry up from across the store. Not sure I can handle the suspense. I may watch one episode to get a feel for the show (it's a sacrifice I make for you all), but not so sure I'll tune in for the rest. We all get free stuff every week so it's really not an amazing concept to those of us who do this (on a more reasonable level) all the time.

I will be interested to see if they have put a stop to the questionable couponing tactics they have shown many times on the original Extreme Couponing series. After all the allegations of coupon fraud, we'll see if they have cleaned up their act and required a more ethical standard for the contestants.

If you watch the show, please share your thoughts here.


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  • HappyGirl08 Dec 28, 2011

    LOL Coupon fairy. I love that. Find them yeah! Give them yeah! Its nice. People look at me like I'm crazy sometimes but I tell them take this...saving $$ is good. haha

  • HappyGirl08 Dec 28, 2011

    Missed it. Darn! Oh well, I'll check the DVR. I know it will be on a zillion more times so I can catch it.

  • claytonsaver Dec 28, 2011

    Ok, I did watch it. Nothing there to show you how to be a "smart shopper." If that is what anyone wants, just keep your eyes here.

    Just how does someone get 76 or so Free product coupons?
    The stores in the shows were in ND, MI, PA and MO, I think.
    I thought it was wrong that the food banks had to accept soda, cleanser and cat food treats. Seems like just more work for those folks.
    Seems like the producers do not even get it as the time clock aspect did not play a role at all. What the contestants had to struggle with was getting 15 different items. What makes a difference is the amount of coupons you have access to (i.e. buy) and store policies (perhaps contrived for the show). One had to do 3 transactions so I assume she was skirting a store policy with that store's permission of course. I also was bothered by the woman who distributes newspaper so has access to all the coupons she wants?
    Am assuming that the participants were compensated somehow.
    No need to watch again.

  • CouponLadyCoupon Dec 28, 2011

    I totally agree with you Faye! The one redeeming factor was the donation all the purchases to the local food banks and other charities. I probably won't watch it again.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 28, 2011

    You must have seen a repeat Nancy. The stores in the new version were not Lowes Foods stores (at least they didn't look like it).

    The new version was all that we expected. A copy of the original show with the added hype of a 30 minute time limit and some other rules. On the positive side, they did have to donate everything they bought. On the not so upfront side, they did not disclose how much the couponers spent on procuring the coupons (ordering from clipping websites and buying newspapers). They also had people shipping at different stores with different coupon policies so some gave overage on coupons and some did not, which does not make for a level playing field. They also allowed these shoppers to get ridiculous amounts of multiples for this competition including hundreds of the same products that were pre-ordered by the case. So not going to happen in the real world. Will I watch it again - probably not. Did I learn any new tricks - no.If you watched it-what are your thoughts?

  • Nancy Dec 27, 2011

    ugh! Over at my daughters taking care of her puppy, turned on her TV and it was on TLC - guess what? EC was on AND it was a Lowes Foods - didn't they personally state in news and in their response to me that they would "never" do that show again?

    Ya, right.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 27, 2011

    Amen Linda and heremeaj! I am right there with ya!

    Packy - I don't know if you have ever heard the term "Coupon Fairy" but that's what we call folks like the one who left the coupon for another shopper. You can be a "coupon fairy" to people in line at the store, in the aisles or just by leaving coupons on the shelf for the next person who comes by and uses that brand. It's a great way to share and folks are usually so excited when you help them save a buck by giving them a coupon!

    Nancy - I so agree that 40+ does have wonderful benefits!

    I read a review of the new TLC coupon show in a magazine yesterday and it was panned. Basically said it was the same thing as the regular show and questioned why we needed another one. LOL

  • Nancy Dec 27, 2011

    LOL, Middle Age - I still recall turning 40 (sooooo long ago now) and calling my Mom and telling her I Love Turning 40!! She laughed and asked why and I told her "I finally realize I've been around every block at least twice, have opinions about everything, am happy with who I am and just don't care if everyone agrees with me anymore" LOL

    Yup, middle age has it's benefits :)

  • heremeaj Dec 27, 2011

    I think we sure could be...I love saving money but have also learned to vote with my feet,my wallet and my remote control. Middle age has made me fiesty!!!

  • Nancy Dec 27, 2011

    heremeaj - are you a long lost sister of mine LOL We line up on a lot of views here :)