Clevelanders and people around the nation have finally discovered the benefits to coupons and how much money we can save on our grocery bills. This is widely due to the popularity of TLC’s Extreme Couponing show. Unfortunately, much of what we see on there is being taken the wrong way.
The show spotlights couponers that have been building up stockpiles of products for their families and donations over a period of 6 months to upwards of several years. These were NOT weekly shopping trips. The trips we see on the show specifically state the cast member has been preparing for sometime to “have the biggest trip ever.”
We, as everyday couponers, must take this into consideration. Most avid couponers belong to a couponing community to keep up with sales, coupon matchups and special deals. We Use Coupons has a fantastic forum for this purpose.
The Make A Difference In Cleveland Facebook page and Daily blog will also help you highlight where you can find the best deals BUT PLEASE DO NOT CLEAR THE SHELVES.
Many people who are just starting out are being spotted around the country clearing shelves in the middle of the night. We as couponers know that there are others who want to purchase the same as us and as a general rule – if you are going to purchase more than half the stock PLEASE ask the store to special order it for you.
Due to the greediness of some people many stores are now changing coupon policies greatly. We knew it would come to this and hope it will eventually die down and go back to the way it was. Many of the couponing forums I frequent have had posts just today about Walgreen’s across the country with new signs that state they are now limiting the amount of coupons accepted, the amount of Register Rewards and the amount of BOGO FREE coupons you can use.
Let’s all remember we live in tough times and coupons are a resource that we should be appreciative of and remember there are others who are using this same resource. A little consideration is all that is needed. Here are a few tips:
- If you are buying more than one newspaper, DO NOT clear out all of them. Please go to multiple places
- DO NOT take inserts out of other newpapers (yes, this is happening)
- DO NOT clear the shelf – if there is only 2 or 3 of something, please ask the management to special order it for you. They will appreciate your respect for others and be more than willing to help you in the future