Yes, I am a couponer and love that I can get items for free or for pennies. I have learned to shop smart and on average save at least 50% on my food bill and some weeks save more like 80%.
Will I watch this show? Yes. Will I love it? I'm not sure.
I felt like the first episode gave couponers a bad name, especially to those who don't do it at all. Most of the people the show featured came across a little crazed and like hoarders. I mean who needs 1500+ sticks of deodorant piled up in their garage? One lady even has a separate insurance policy for her massive grocery stockpile!
I've read a couple of blog posts about the two ladies being featured in tonight's episode. Both stated that they received special permission from the stores to do this and were given advanced copies of the store ad, had items special ordered in advance, etc. I have also read another story about a coupon blogger who was passed over for the show because she was more of a "normal" couponer and not extreme enough.
So go ahead and watch the show but know that these people were given special permission and had rules bent all for the sake of "reality" tv.
And if you want to learn how to get started shopping smarter and saving on your grocery bill I will be starting a series on Couponing Basics next Monday. Nothing too extreme, just basic coupon and shopping strategies to get you started on saving. I hope you'll join me!
*I just saw that the original first episode airs at 8pm EST tonight on TLC if you want to watch the first one I keep referring to. The new one starts at 9pm EST tonight.