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The Coupon Whisperer: "Extreme Couponing"---Episodes 1 & 2
The Coupon Whisperer ^ | April 6, 2011 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 04/06/2011 8:09:41 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

The first two episodes of "Extreme Couponing" aired this evening on TLC. Many similarities with the original show which aired in December although I noticed some new bits of interesting information. Specifically "money maker" deals or "making money" was alluded to. For those of you new to couponing that means when you have a coupon so good that it is worth more than the product you are buying. The amount of "overage" aka "moneymaker" aka "mm" is applied toward your other products. That is why you saw the people on today's show able to buy meat, milk, etc. and end up owing hardly anything.

One criticism I do have of the show is that for dramatic purposes the people bought HUGE amounts of items on each shopping trip. The Coupon Whisperer prefers not to do that for two reasons:

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Don't be shy. What were YOUR thoughts on tonights episodes of "Extreme Couponing?"

BTW, my Ken's Marinade coupons are hot to trot and starting tomorrow The Coupon Whisperer will score several dozen FREE bottles. I had just run out of my marinade stockpile so this is like the cavalry arriving in the nick of time. Hopefully I can build up a 6 month stockpile.

1 posted on 04/06/2011 8:09:46 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: netmilsmom; mykdsmom; mplsconservative; melissa_in_ga; MissDairyGoodnessVT; SoftballMominVA; ...
PING!

Keep up to date on the LATEST in the world of couponing by asking to be placed on The Coupon Whisperer PING List.

2 posted on 04/06/2011 8:12:11 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: PJ-Comix

Ping list request...if you please?

Thanks


3 posted on 04/06/2011 8:24:43 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: PJ-Comix

What stores let you do this? I’ve had cashiers throw coupons back at me when I’ve only had 2 of them.


4 posted on 04/06/2011 8:37:27 PM PDT by RockinRight ([insert tagline here])
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To: PJ-Comix

I’d like to be on the list, please.


5 posted on 04/06/2011 8:38:38 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: 3D-JOY

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #267.


6 posted on 04/06/2011 8:42:54 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’ve taped the show and will watch it later tonight. It looks interesting and I’d like to know how they were able to do that.


7 posted on 04/06/2011 8:43:33 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: RockinRight
What stores let you do this?

Overage? Publix and many other stores including WAGS.

8 posted on 04/06/2011 8:44:25 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: basil

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #268.


9 posted on 04/06/2011 8:46:31 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: PJ-Comix

The first couple were very strange. I’m a couponer and I’m a stockpiler, so I get the idea behind stockpiling. But just what the heck are they doing with all that mustard? I could see clearing the shelf if it was a MM, but just because it’s $.39? Like it’ll never be on sale again? They’d have to pay ME to take that much. Then, she was complaining about being over what she wanted to pay. Well, how’s about putting back some of the $30 you just spent on ‘cheap’ mustard! Sheesh...

Paul and Tiffany are great. I know their websites well. They did a real shopping trip and made things work for them.

What was with the chick PAYING $.69 a piece for all that Maalox (You know, the stuff that they were paying people to take out of stores by the truckload the entire time that $5/1 coupon was valid!) and thinking that was a good deal? Every real couponer in the world now knows that she’s a sucker.

I think the actual show is going to have the opposite effect from the pilot: I think it’s going to keep people away from couponing rather than make them more curious. I also noted the lack of any real information to help people. There was much more info in the pilot.

I’ll still watch it, but I found most of them to be pretty amateurish couponers.

Strangely, I actually kind of get what that slimy liberal reviewer wrote about it now that I’ve watched it. Much of the show showed the darker side of couponing where people are just being gluttonous. Meanwhile, in the real world, the overwhelming majority of REAL couponers are just about the most generous people you could ever hope to meet.


10 posted on 04/06/2011 9:02:49 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: RockinRight

Walmart does it. I got a $77 tab down to $9 today with price matching and coupons. If you’re organized and polite, they’re very nice about it and always in awe of the savings.


11 posted on 04/06/2011 9:05:13 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I got $110 down to $40 at CVS the other day, and got back $25 EBs. Thanks to all for the great links you’ve provided me.

My big score last week was Arrowhead sparkling water for 9 cents a bottle. We drink gallons of the stuff in the summer. :)


12 posted on 04/06/2011 9:09:08 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Yeah, that was a lot of mustard. I usually never have more than a couple on hand. OTOH, I am definitely planning on stocking up bigtime this coming week on Ken's Marinade. I go thru a couple bottles per week. So a stockpile of 50 would last me about 6 months until their next sale.

Tomorrow we are visiting the in-laws so taking several large Air Wick Freshmatic Kits as gift items.

13 posted on 04/06/2011 9:19:42 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I noted the Maalox deal as well. She could’ve gone to Target and been paid to take it out of the store...or CVS....or Wags, and on and on. I cannot imagine why she was actually PAYING for it!

I can’t remember which couple it was that was purchasing Cereal and the narrator was saying that they’d get back a full rebate on each box. I’m not sure how that’s possible since I’ve rarely seen a rebate that’s allowed to be done more than once per household. There ARE a few that I’ve seen, but I don’t recall any for cereal.

The deal with the mustard I found odd as well...lol! I NEVER actually PAY for mustard.

I think it’s an interesting show, but I also see how it could make people not familiar with couponing have a negative opinion of those of us who use them.


14 posted on 04/06/2011 9:21:29 PM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: Politicalmom

That’s awesome! Congrats!

It’ll taste even better this summer knowing how little you paid!


15 posted on 04/06/2011 9:24:05 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: VirginiaMom

Speaking of rebates, have you seen the $10 gift card for 10 Kellogg’s UPCs offer? Limit of FIVE per household!


16 posted on 04/06/2011 9:26:12 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: Politicalmom

WOW, no I haven’t seen that! What’s the deal with that one? I have been a bit out of touch in the past few weeks. I am recently disabled and dealing with pain has had me missing out on quite a few deals. Starting tomorrow I’m getting back in the “coupon saddle” and forcing myself to get organized and get out there!


17 posted on 04/06/2011 9:29:05 PM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I like your take on this show. My wife and I watched it and we both were thinking the same things you just stated - WHY do you need to take that much mustard and Malox (I guess after you eat all that mustard, you will need the Malox)?!? LOL!

Really though, my first thought was these people are HOARDERS! I understand buying in bulk when it is on sale, and I understand having plenty for when times are tough, but these seemed a little “over-the-top” for me.

And then lastly, like you stated, very few real “useable” information/tips were given out in these shows. We will keep watching to see if it gets better.


18 posted on 04/06/2011 9:56:34 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: VirginiaMom

http://coupondivas.com/hop/kelloggs/

http://coupondivas.com/kellogg%E2%80%99s-cereal-rebate-offer-get-a-10-gift-card-for-gas


19 posted on 04/06/2011 9:56:51 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: PJ-Comix

Please add me to your list!


20 posted on 04/06/2011 10:15:47 PM PDT by joesjane ((The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling))
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To: PJ-Comix

I don’t think I’m on your list. Ping pretty please? :)


21 posted on 04/06/2011 10:31:07 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: PJ-Comix

“Extreme Couponing” — isn’t that an oxymoron?


22 posted on 04/07/2011 12:29:45 AM PDT by Cronos (Nuke Mecca and Medina now!)
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To: PJ-Comix

Can you please add me to your list?


23 posted on 04/07/2011 2:36:18 AM PDT by hiasm (Isaiah 6:8)
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To: PJ-Comix

Please add us to your list please. Thank you.


24 posted on 04/07/2011 2:54:43 AM PDT by Ferndina
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To: PJ-Comix

Please add me to your list.


25 posted on 04/07/2011 3:02:35 AM PDT by spitter
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To: ExTxMarine
And then lastly, like you stated, very few real “useable” information/tips were given out in these shows.

The show did take quick note of the mm in a couple of deals but only briefly. Hopefully more detail on later shows. Also would like to see some couponeer/manager conflicts which DO happen.

26 posted on 04/07/2011 4:14:03 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: joesjane

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #269.


27 posted on 04/07/2011 4:17:30 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: machogirl

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #270.


28 posted on 04/07/2011 4:19:13 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: hiasm

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #271.


29 posted on 04/07/2011 4:21:31 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: Ferndina

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #272.


30 posted on 04/07/2011 4:23:22 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: spitter

Welcome aboard, PINGEE #273.


31 posted on 04/07/2011 4:24:53 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: ExTxMarine
The true beauty of couponing is represented in the breakfast I am about to cook up. Instead of stockpiling knicknacks that I won't finish using for years into the future (like mustard), I am about to enjoy steak and eggs breakfast. Both FREE. Even the Lea & Perrins Worcester sauce is free. I got those just after I drove into a Winn Dixie supermarket last July just as Rush Limbaugh began reading an article I wrote and mentioned my name three times on national radio. Buying the FREE Worcester sauce was sort of anticlimactic after that.

p.s. Among future projects for The Coupon Whisperer is cheap travel obtained via couponing. Already got a good tip yesterday in that regard.

32 posted on 04/07/2011 4:42:18 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: PJ-Comix

This is interesting about the mustard lady:

http://jillcataldo.com/node/16170

The woman may as well be a shoplifter. She also had all the manu codes on her shopping list. Someone on SD did a screenshot of it.

I’m a big believer that every couponer should know how to read coupon barcodes. It puts the couponer in control of what happens at the register, by being able to point out what coupons will beep and why. But using the info to fraudulently obtain items is way over the line. This is why all of the Goody Two Shoes coupon sites are so annoying about censoring this information.


33 posted on 04/07/2011 5:42:34 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Politicalmom

Thank you very much!!


34 posted on 04/07/2011 5:56:10 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

OMG!!! You know, I THOUGHT she looked familiar! I hang out at SD and remember that she caused quite a stir! What she was doing in her videos that were filmed at Target was blatantly illegal coupon usage. I can’t believe that was her last night....that she has the nerve! I am amazed that she wasn’t arrested by Target after they became aware of what she was doing.

The wasy she was using coupons makes it difficult for those of us who use coupons the proper way.


35 posted on 04/07/2011 6:02:27 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: VirginiaMom

Yeah, she’s really a piece of work. On SD, they’re uncovering a bunch of suspect things she did on the show as well. Apparently, she used FiberOne coupons to buy Cheerios and Kix among other things.

Everything about that woman represents all that is rotten in the couponing world. People like her make it way harder for us to make honest deals.

She should be handcuffed and her mustard should be redistributed amongst the good couponers of the world! Couponers of the world unite!!


36 posted on 04/07/2011 6:17:22 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: PJ-Comix

BUMPING


37 posted on 04/07/2011 6:50:57 AM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: PJ-Comix

I watched both shows. My first reaction was envy at the liberal coupon policies that apparently exist elsewhere in the country. For instance one gal did 18 separate transactions in order to get $10 off every $50 she spent. I dont know of any store in my area that would allow that.

We often shop at Bloom. It has a coupon limit of 20/day. We had a Shoppers Food Warehouse for a while (now closed); you could not use more than four of the same coupon in one trip. The idea of cash back if a coupon doubles for more than a product is priced is totally foreign to me. All the stores in our part of Virginia will allow not allow deduction of more than the product price due to coupons. Nor take more than one coupon per item.

My second reaction was concern that the show will cause merchants to tighten their policies further so that the kind of tactics being devised to circumvent coupon limits won’t fly. It would take a computer programmer a few minutes to program the system so that you cant use your store “VIP” customer card more than once every 24 hours.


38 posted on 04/07/2011 7:09:40 AM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

What is REALLY scary and of great concern is that she is actually teaching unsuspecting people how to coupon. That should be a crime. People like her are the ones that make stores leery of coupon users and it makes it that much harder for honest people to use coupons. Given today’s economy, I couldn’t imagine shopping without coupons, so this is of great concern.


39 posted on 04/07/2011 7:18:01 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: VirginiaMom

:)


40 posted on 04/07/2011 7:22:21 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: VirginiaMom

BTW Target cannot “arrest” anyone. They can only file a complaint.


41 posted on 04/07/2011 7:23:51 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: mad_as_he$$

“BTW Target cannot “arrest” anyone. They can only file a complaint”


That’s what I meant to say, but I clearly didn’t type it that way. Thanks for correcting me. :)


42 posted on 04/07/2011 7:29:47 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: PJ-Comix

I felt it was rather odd. The people seemed obsessed and frankly, a little crazy.
Really disliked the mustard woman.
Really disliked the constant use of “super mom” for the other lady.
FWIW.


43 posted on 04/07/2011 7:54:11 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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To: Politicalmom

“Speaking of rebates, have you seen...”

Speaking of rebates, Staples has multi-purpose print/copy paper for 5.99 with a 5.00 rebate.


44 posted on 04/07/2011 8:06:06 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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To: Holen1

Thanks. Do you know the limit? :)


45 posted on 04/07/2011 9:33:48 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: PJ-Comix

I think it pretty cool my father and I go separate shopping aisle get same deal he pay for 4 for 10 for Cokes I pay mine we shop separately go separate aisle then meet each other outside the store LOL!


46 posted on 04/07/2011 9:54:14 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: PJ-Comix

I think it pretty cool my father and I go separate shopping aisle get same deal he pay for 4 for 10 for Cokes I pay mine we shop separately go separate aisle then meet each other outside the store LOL!


47 posted on 04/07/2011 9:54:23 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Politicalmom

I think it’s two per household, but I won’t swear to that. :-)


48 posted on 04/07/2011 9:59:29 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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To: Holen1

Thanks! It’s probably worth a Staples visit. Is this just through Saturday?


49 posted on 04/07/2011 10:05:57 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("We are an 'entitlement' society and we need to move towards being an 'empowerment' society"-H. Cain)
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To: Politicalmom

You’re welcome.

Yes, the 9th.


50 posted on 04/07/2011 10:07:39 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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