I have watched this show for the past month or so that it has been on - I have figured it all out, sm Posted: May 19th, 2011 - 5:51 pm In Reply to: I just caught the first episode of Extreme Couponing, - Backwards Typist
First of all, they usually all start out with a life changing event, i.e. loss of job, addition to the family that is hard to afford, etc. There are forced into a situation where buying groceries because hard to do and they do have an OCD component that forces them to stock pile food/hoard. They buy so many of one item at a time because the coupon will expire and they look at those coupons as money. You would not throw away money that you are not using, so they feel as though they need to use it before it expires, thus buying 50 bottles of mustard. Then this stock pile of food, etc. is like a security blanket to them. Once the situation does not call for them to need such a 'security blanket' anymore, they can not stop because they are getting a 'high' doing it. Listen to their descriptions of how they feel at check out. The adrenaline starts flowing and they get nervous and anxious and then a high feeling when they pay nearly nothing. Their bodies are releasing endorphines. It is just like people who are addicted to gambling, sex, etc.
I also saw a story on the news the other day about the show. They said that this is the exception to the rule. It is really pretty rare that this actually happens. Also, these few people out here doing this are driving up prices and forcing less coupons, as stores and manufactors are losing money when they do this, which in turns makes it worse for the rest of us who use coupons in an appopriate fashion.
Finally, yes, I agree and have told my husband that these people are not buying fresh food and vegtables, rarely any meat, etc. which make up the majority of my shopping list. I do occasionally cook prepackaged foods and frozen food, as there are days that I am too tired or pressed for time, but the majority of the time, I do cook from scratch and make recipes with lots of fresh vetables, herbs, etc. In fact my kids are spoiled in the fact that their mom cooks everything from scratch, makes fresh pasta, breads, etc. But on the other hand, my kids know how to cook and make a well balanced meal.
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