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Excellent blog post about Extreme Couponing fraud!

Posted May 12, 2011
Updated May 17, 2011

Most of you know how I feel about the show Extreme Couponing on TLC and the craziness it has created because of the huge savings that couponers think they can get using the techniques shown on the show. I have been very concerned because a number of the couponers they have profiled are using rather questionable techniques. In at least one case, a couponer is clearly using coupons in a way that they are not intended to be used.  Here's a blog post from one of the site owners about the issue of fraud.  Her article is, "Extreme Couponing “Star” Admits To Committing Coupon Fraud!" and it's a very good read. I highly recommend you take a look!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 14, 2011

    Hillbillyspitfire - welcome to couponing! Loved your feedback! I'm so glad we met and that you are saving so much already. Way to go!

    Thanks to all of you for your level-headed comments about the show, the hoarding, the ethics, etc. I think that this blog is full of couponers with a healthy attitude toward couponing and not folks that need a hoarding intervention before their mustard and tp stockpile overtakes their entire houses! LOL

  • hillbillyspitfire May 13, 2011

    I watched this show and was all gun ho to go and get everything i wanted for for or just a few dollars,so I hit the stores and coupons in hand and WOW found out my stores wont let that happen.I was so upset I thought I had done it all wrong.I was ready to give up!!! Then by chance I seen Faye at the Southern Womens show, and let me tell you, THANK YOU Faye I have learned to cut my bill in half and have gotten some things free, I will learn to get better as time goes by.I dont dumpster dive, or steal them and God dont bring them to me. I buy 10 papers, trade and print off line.And thank you for this blog i learn so much from everyone on here, THANK YOU

  • pirategirl12 May 13, 2011

    I watched about 10 minutes of one show and was SO embarrassed! I have only went on one "couponing" shopping trip since I saw it! Those people aren't doing this to save money or to be able to make it on one income...they have a psychiatric disorder.

  • Nancy May 13, 2011

    As to the comments "who needs that much of anything", I guess it depends on what it is and storage capability and other factors.

    Some people would laugh to see my closet in my laundry room :)

    There are 30 containers of various sizes of Ziploc Food Containers - retail $3.49 each. But over two rounds of Super Doubles at Harris Teeter, I paid 24 cents each for those. I had room, great deal, I bought.

    The beauty of that is when I make applesauce and soup, I have containers to store/freeze with and when I give those items to family and friends, I don't have to get those containers back LOL

    Plus I'll be taking up a slew of them to our summer cottage and leaving them there.

    Stockpiling enough that you know it can be put to good use or donated or whatever, to me, is not an issue. Shelf clearing like some have described they saw on the show is another matter entirely.

  • Nancy May 13, 2011

    queene, that is WalMart's everyday price, so if they have it in stock, it will be $3 :)

  • queene01 May 13, 2011

    Does Walmart still have the Nivea for 3$?

  • ddm76 May 13, 2011

    "Some people get carried away with this whole couponing thing. Geez, who needs that much of a stockpile of anything. Seriously..."

    I have never seen the show but, using coupons to buy a larger than normal amount of product really works well if you have a group of families that can go in together and purchase the things. Then you don't have to worry about the amount of storage you need.

  • elibbybh May 12, 2011

    I've only watched snippets of this show and frankly, while I love a bargain and will use coupons, I HAVE A LIFE! I don't have any desire to clip coupons non-stop and figure out how to scam stores and hoard stuff! I think the overwhelming amount of stuff these people are stuck with is ridiculous! Then you have to have storage! Use your powers for good! Donate to food banks, churches, soup kitchens. And I agree with a previous post-karma does keep coming around.

  • tldavids May 12, 2011

    Well, I watch the show and knew it was 'off' from the beginning even though I wasn't a couponer. I'm one of those who said, 'wow, you can get stuff for free?' and bought Faye's book and organizer and got started. Found out real fast how hard it can be to have good coupons and no stock on the shelf but I finally scored my 3 free nivea for women and 3 free nivea for men body washes and some free ivory bar soap. It was the biggest thrill for me and I'm losing weight from all this shopping and hunting of the deals. Taking a bit of a break right now but will plan a shopping trip tomorrow to get some toilet paper at Food Lion cheap! I enjoy watching the people on the show who are not so extreme like the lady supporting herself, her mom and her young daughter with coupons. Her story was realistic and in proportion. There have been others also. I'll keep watching it and hope that they continue to spotlight more 'normal' ppl instead of the super extreme ones.

  • j3434 May 12, 2011

    what's funny to me about this whole thing is how talents are misused. people who can be this crafty should really turn their skills towards good rather than evil. i personally don't have the brainpower or energy to keep up the kinds of lies and deception that it would take to commit this kind of fraud and get away with it.