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Podcast 118: Consequences of Extreme Couponing

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Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. Andrew frequently appears on television to speak about retail trends and provide advice for shoppers to break bad buying habits. Visit her website for more information.

Andrea talks with Consumerism Commentary Podcast host and produce Bryan J Busch about the negative effects and deceptive production of the “Extreme Couponing” TV show and how stores have been compelled to change their policies to stop aspiring extreme couponers from clearing shelves and causing a ruckus in the checkout aisles.

They also discuss year-round coupon tips and other ways to save in the supermarket.

Consumerism Commentary Podcast #118
Extreme Couponing Part II: S05E14 / 142


Table of contents

[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch
[00:34] Interview with Andrea Woroch
[00:50] Is the “Extreme Couponing” TV show giving normal coupons a bad name?
[04:22] How are stores changing their policies as a result, especially with stacking?
[06:45] What if I can’t find the coupon policy on the store website?
[07:28] Is the “extreme couponing party” over?
[09:34] People are stealing newspapers more often just for coupons
[10:14] Andrea’s advice for finding and dealing with coupons responsibly (e.g. Cellfire and Coupon Sherpa)
[14:18] What is up to the store manager’s discretion? Always read the fine print and check for expiration dates.
[16:42] Tactics for saving in addition to coupons
[19:47] End

We always welcome feedback from listeners. If you have any comments for this episode or for any other, or if you have suggestions for future episodes, please leave us comments here or email us at podcast at this domain name.

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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published July 24, 2011.

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avatar 1 lynn

Why is it ok for the stores to have a stratagy, but the consumer is chastised for having an offense? That show on TLC ruined things for the serious couponers. The greed is offensive, whether for ratings or real. Many people are trying to be like the people on the show, but the important fine points of saving money are not taught. The newbies are loosing money and they don’t know it.

If you have a good thing, keep it close to you. Telling a TV show your secrets is the sure way to ruin a good thing.

Also cut up veggies are taken from the good part of rotting veggies and fruit. Rotisserie chicken is chosen from the stock ready to expire. Then they are marked up.

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avatar 2 shellye

I couldn’t agree more, Lynn. Extreme Couponing has ruined true bargain-hunting for serious couponers.

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avatar 3 lynn

But SHELLYE, the network made money. So it’s OK. We’ll find another way. Couponers are flexible.

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avatar 4 skylog

i agree with you shellye. this show give those who are simply looking for some help a bad name. i feel this will only hurt the coupon game going forward.

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avatar 5 wylerassociate

Good podcast although I’ve never seen the show on TLC. I don’t see the extreme couponing craze going away anytime soon.

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avatar 6 lynn

What has happened is corporations now see what we do as serious couponers and are changing the rules.
Rite Aid use to take a buy one get one free coupon with their bogo free price. They stopped doing that. Among other things.

Also the people who picked up on couponing from this show will slow down. They are the same people who follow fad diets and such. By that time though, corporations will have reined in the policies.

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avatar 7 qixx

I just hope you are wrong and it goes away quickly. Too bad it is making TLC the money it is or TLC would not be leading people to extreme coupon for the wrong reasons. I do think there is one good reason to extreme coupon – You are a food bank.

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