Extreme Couponing?

I can’t help but think I am missing a trick with this extreme couponing lark. I regularly read articles about how people get their entire week’s shop for £3 and plan to pay off their mortgage and buy a yacht (OK, maybe not the yacht). My daughter likes to visit the on-line coupon sites and gives me lots of them, but I rarely use them unless they are for something I was planning to buy anyway. It seems pointless buying stuff just because it is cheap.

It took me a while to fathom how extreme couponing works and how you could end up paying nothing at all for some items. For those not already in the know, you need to use the on-line vouchers alongside the supermarket offers on the same product. For example, if there is a product priced at £1 on BOGOF, effectively making it 50p per item, and you print off two 50p off vouchers, you get both products for nothing. Sounds easy? Maybe not!

There are three things that put me off becoming an extreme couponer. Firstly, I don’t have time to spend hours each day researching where there are offers and finding vouchers. Secondly, I don’t want to end up eating loads of rubbish just because it is cheap – I want to feed my family cheap but nutritious meals. Finally, I don’t want to be the mad coupon lady at the till, making everybody wait whilst the cashier checks all my vouchers.

There! I seem to have talked myself out of it. I will start actively looking for coupons for products that I want to buy though to save a few pennies where I can. In case you want to give it a try, this seems like a good article that I found in the Telegraph:


0 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing?

  1. Ali

    Coincidently I watched that programme on Channel 4 On Demand the other day as I was looking for inspiration!!! There are aspects of their couponing that I’m not comfortable with. They say they’re not breaking the law but picking up other people’s receipts in the car park (so called wombling) and then using them to get refunds is fraud, surely? And lots of coupons say they cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers so how can a BOGOF deal work with a coupon? They might think they’re getting one over on the big supermarkets but in the end it’s us the customers who end up paying higher prices. Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now!!

    I’m with you. I don’t want to eat rubbish just because it’s free or cheap. But I will use coupons on stuff I actually buy 🙂

  2. Tracy Moss

    Hello, I’m a new follower of your blog and I’m loving it already! I’d watched those ‘Extreme Couponning’ American-style shows (strangely, with a Welsh voice-over?) and my first thoughts were; “Wow, that’s amazing”. My second thought was; “But that would never work here in the UK”, and my third thought was; “I can now understand why most of these people are overweight!”. If you could fill your larder with free chocolate bars… well, you’d have to eat them! 🙂

  3. thedomesticstoryteller

    I like to use the coupons that give you extra points, but only if it’s on something I like and will actually eat. I’m the same, I would rather get food that I want, not just because it’s cheap.

  4. frugalinsuffolksimple@gmail.com

    Life is definitely too short to spend hours on the net looking for coupons! It doesn’t work if you live in the country and have to travel 25 miles to use the vouchers either.

  5. Anon

    Hi. I just came across your blog last week and have been reading it each day now. I live in America and don’t understand those extreme couponers. A) they are obese bc they don’t care what they eat as long as it is free. B) someone does pay. No company can sell for free it doesn’t make sense so guess who is paying – everyone else.
    I am going to try your daughters curry as soon as I have finished all the leftovers from my freezer. We were away for 3 nights this week so still have some Christmas food to get through.
    Also, I spend a fortune on food. All very healthy but we are just 2 adults and two little boys aged 5 & 6. I am going to spend January shopping my cupboards to try to bring our bills done for a while.
    Really like you blog. We moved here from England 6 yrs ago and miss the English sensibility.

  6. Broke Vermont Girl

    I have done a bit of couponing. When I first started, I was very interested in it, but that has petered out a bit as I’ve gotten into from-scratch cooking, which winds up cheaper than coupon reduced box meals half the time, and better tasting. There are quite a few organic coupon collections out there, though, on all natural, healthy food, like Earthbound Farm products. Now, couponing is mostly useful to me for health and beauty products and household items, though I do check for coupons regularly on food still, because I still find several for items I do already use. They tend to cycle in and out of availability a few times a year, so you can almost predict when you can find an online savings.