Extreme Couponers: The Long-Term Effects
Did you watch the show Extreme Couponing on TLC last week? I did. I also was watching my twitter time line and it exploded with talk of the show.
I am a "crazy couponer," but I am nowhere near extreme. One woman and her husband walked out with 218 boxes of pasta, 150 candy bars, 268 containers of noodles, and 100 bottles of sports drink, filling nine carts full. Estimated value was upwards of $1,000, all for $51.67!
Most of the story lines were similar. They showed the stockpiles of the extreme couponers, and in some cases, they have product to last for 150 years. Why?
People on twitter were all abuzz with "this is the same thing as hoarders, they're just more organized." After some thought, I tend to agree. The basic definition of hoarding is an excessive collection of "insert item here."
I get the high of finding a great deal, but this type of extreme behavior is unhealthy; both mentally and economically. The need to continue buying an item when one already has a stock that will last "forever" is beyond concerning.
Economically, times are tough and we are all looking for ways to cut expenses, pay down debt, make money, and save money. Many have chosen to turn to grocery coupons, which is actually a great way to save money. Extreme couponing, however, isn't healthy and will result in a negative effect on the cost of groceries.
Food manufacturers cannot afford extreme couponing. Manufacturers have a cost associated with producing an item that includes ingredients, overhead, labor.... In most cases, the manufacturer also pays for the fancy ads that you see from your local retailer in your newspaper each week. When an item is on sale, the manufacturer pays the retailer a set amount for each item sold at the discounted rate. The manufacturer reimburses the grocery store for the dollar amount stated on a manufacture coupon. And finally, the manufacturer also pays for that coupon in your Sunday paper to be printed.Continued on the next page