Sometime last year I watched the greatest show ever. It was called Extreme Couponing. It followed four or five peoples as they went on these 8 hour marathon grocery shopping trips, bought $1,000 worth of stuff and ended up spending like $10.00. It was really addictive and for once I wanted more. I remember telling everyone about it and even got my mom to sit down and watch the show. Unfortunately it never returned. Until now. Last week, TLC introduced the world to new extreme couponers and it was worth the wait. Now, I am sure I will eventually get bored with the premise much like I am already bored with My Strange Addiction, but for now I am glad to have it back. The thing is the show is kind of like hoarders because all of the people featured seem to have way too much stuff and when you already have 100 boxes of pasta, it seems kind of ridiculous to go out and buy another 100 boxes just because you can get them for free. In the original pilot, one guy bought 1000 boxes of Total and spent like $50. At least he gave all of his to his local food bank. I applaud that but he also bought 200 things of deodorant and already had 100, so that seems a bit overkill to me.
Most of the people started couponing because someone lost a job and they did it to save money. The thing is, it seems to take over their life. Some people coupon for 70 hours a week and go shopping several times each week. The newspapers probably love it because there are people out there right now who are probably all hoping to do the same things they saw on tv, but much like the buy real estate for no money down infomercials, it probably won't ever happen.