Are you one of those people who is obsessed with saving as much money as you can at supermarkets and grocery stores by clipping coupons? If so, then you may not be too happy after hearing that some larger retailers such as Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Rite-Aid have wised up to the phenomenon know as "extreme couponing," and they are starting to implement stricter policies when it comes to using coupons.
I'm not gonna lie -- I'm not a couponer. I just don't have the discipline or time to clip and organize coupons at all, let alone come up with an entire strategy for shopping with them. And I'll even take it one step further -- I'm "that girl" standing behind coupon lovers in the check-out line rolling my eyes and sighing heavily. Shameful, but true. And from my perspective, stores cracking down on couponing is a huge relief.
Most hard core couponers are pretty passionate about their clipping habit, however, so much so that TLC even saw fit to create that reality show called Extreme Couponing. (They'll make a show out of anything these days.) It's quite astonishing to think that there are people out there who have figured out how to beat the system by using coupons and buying in bulk -- and oftentimes even walk out of stores without having to pay anything at all for their items. This practice, of course, hasn't exactly thrilled retailers. Here's a shocker -- apparently they want to make an actual profit off their items instead of having people wipe out their shelves without paying a cent. Huh. Imagine that.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that using coupons is bad or anything like that, and I honestly might even try it myself if I had a few extra hours built into my week. But for busy women like me who only have a limited amount of time at the grocery store, there just isn't any room for couponing, or for waiting for other people to have all of their coupons scanned. One or two is no big deal, but I absolutely cringe when I find myself behind someone who has an entire fistful of them. At least now, with more stores putting coupon policies in place, the supermarket check-out line will become a little more bearable for those of us who aren't coupon clippers.
You can see a clip from TLC's Extreme Couponing in the video below.
Do you use coupons when you shop?
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