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The Reality Behind 'Extreme Couponing'




"Extreme Couponing” is back.

The second season of the TLC cable TV show with its over-the-top coupon shopping trips and shoppers with enormous, house-filling stockpiles premiered last month. Almost immediately, shoppers from around the country filled my inbox with questions.

"Have you seen ‘Extreme Couponing?’ Is it real?”

"Why haven’t you taught readers how to do extreme couponing like on that show?”

While "Extreme Couponing” is considered a reality TV show, it’s important to understand that what you see on the show is entertainment, not reality. You and I will never easily duplicate the level of savings shoppers achieve on the show for a simple reason. Some of the stores where the extreme shopping trips are filmed don’t play by the same rules they enforce for the rest of their customers.

In the season premiere, a shopper told of her goal to feed a bargain-priced lunch to her church’s parishioners ...
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