posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 11:07 AM
I don't think the chart rise is due to extreme couponing shows. Those shows have been on television since 2009-2010 and I am sure everybody did not
start watching them suddenly at the end of 2012 for no apparent reason. Takes a little logic. Also, extreme coupon savings have been represented on
shows like 20/20 all the way back since the early 2000's and maybe late 90's, so it isn't some kind of new trend that is on the upswing, it has
been around for a long time.
Now, as for the couponing itself - I just don't get it. I have attempted it myself but I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I experimented with
it for a good 6 months, finding all possible coupons I could and came up with the following results:
1. The coupons I received were never for products I actually needed or used. There were numerous times I could have got like 10 packs of dental floss
and other hygiene items for free, but hell, what is the point? I went in to save money on food an necessary living supplies.
2. How these people get "double" and "triple" coupons is beyond me. Out of probably 50 checked grocery stores in my area within a 50 mile radius,
only 1 - count it- ONE offered double coupons. No triple, just double. To make up for it, the prices in the store are probably 15%-20% higher than all
the other stores. And that also depending on the coupon and whether it says-
3. "No doubling or tripling this coupon." I have received countless coupons that says this or something like this in the fine print and the store
that doubles coupons won't even double them. Either that or the coupon is only "Good for one item only." and the most common "Limit one coupon per
4. Lastly, there are lots of stores that do not accept "printed coupons" from the Internet. This is where a lot of the good deals actually come from
and *poof* it is out of the _
I watch these coupon shows and I see these people pick up 200 bottles of Gatorade and they offer the cashier one "super coupon" or a handful of the
same coupons - and in the real world it doesn't exist. I'd like to know one actually person that has done it to the level of the people on these
shows and until I have some kind of testimonial I will consider it a scam. The reality of it doesn't even make sense.