It is not that often that Old Mamasan is watching the «stupid-box», as I am more of a streaming-service fan. But there is one show that has caught my eye for some time now: Extreme Couponing. This whole concept is quite foreign to me, the fine art of couponing is not possible in Norway or Denmark to the same extent as it is showcased in the TV-show from the USA.
In the episode I saw today, three expert couponers were flown to Las Vegas to participate in a contest. I do realize that what the contenders did there is not normal practice for couponers in general – as the winner walked out of the store with 14 carts full of products. The retail value was 6358 USD, and he got it all for free. Say what? Yes, FOR FREE! This is absolutely nuts!
I see that the couponers get products that they don’t need/like/use, because the coupon will give an “overage” (is that even a word?) – meaning that an item on sale might cost less than the value of the coupon, and the prize difference will somehow be payd out to the customer, often in the form of store credit. This money can then go towards items that you do not have a coupon for, so the coupons actually pay for your apples. The products that they don’t need/want/use can then be donated to charity. I am all for that! Actually it sounds like a sweet melody in my ears!
I also notice that some of these extreme couponers have to add on to their house, kick the hubby out of the garage, build sheds in the garden etc. to store all their free and/or dirt cheap products. Now, to me that is taking it a tad far. Why would you want to store 3000 bars of soap? “Stock up when it’s free”, they say – and I get that. But that does not explain the excess. Give it away! Give the excess to friends, neighbors, homeless shelters, whatever!
I am so intrigued by the concept of couponing that given the chance, I am sure I would hit the floor running and it would definitely turn into a sport for me (mind you – I do draw the line at dumpster-diving). I would learn this in a jiffy! I now have to convince Sir Nerdalot that we need to move to the states for a couple of years, to a state that allows doubling of coupons. I just have to do my research and find the most coupon-friendly states. (And I do hope Alaska, Hawaii, and the New England states are coupon-friendly)
How’s that for a life goal for ya – relocate to a different continent to coupon? That’s a good a reason as any, don’t you think? (Unless Trump wins the election, then he can keep both the country and the coupons!)
Clip ya later!