Saturday, September 03, 2011

I don’t understand the big draw of this “Extreme Couponing.” I’m watching a show on TLC, the shopper’s overjoyed at how much she saved. What did she buy? Dozens of bags of Cheetos, packages of Poligrip, containers of yogurt with M&Ms, cases of pop, dozens of deodorants. Another one, 134 boxes of couscous, 93 bottles of hot sauce. What’s the sense of it?

It certainly doesn’t promote healthy eating. Yogurt with M&Ms?!? Boxes of Snicker Bars and Snicker Eggs? Nice and healthy! Instead of buying 10 packs of Snapple Ice Tea, even if it’s free, they’d be better off buying a box of tea bags and some cans of frozen juice.

Watching this show, and the time and effort these people put into it, dumpster diving, spending all night organizing coupons, it seems to be a form of obsessive behavior, like hoarding. One woman spends up to 70 hours a week couponing! Gosh!

I think it’s a shame that the television executives take advantage of people like this.