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1,500 Deodorant Sticks: When Couponers. Go to Extremes




Extreme coupon shopping is much in the news. After the first installment of the new TLC series "Extreme Couponing" aired early this month, my in box quickly filled. Here's a sample:

"I saw a television show about extreme couponing recently and everyone was saving a lot of money. But I told my husband that I would never go in someone's trash looking for coupons. Have you seen this? Is it right for one person to buy 1,000 boxes of cereal at one time?"

And from another reader:

"We watched the show "Extreme Couponing" the other day and half expected to see you on it! A lot of what they showed looked like hoarding. Who needs 1,500 deodorant sticks? We were really turned off by some of the things we saw, especially women climbing into dumpsters with a small child to look for coupons. What did you think of the show?"

Some of the shoppers profiled on the show definitely push their couponing and stockpiling skills to the limit, stocking up on several decades' worth of toilet paper and buyin ...
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