Extreme Couponing – Love it or Hate it

Couponing is an Extreme Sport (WSJ)

We’re not talking about the people who come out of the grocery story having saved 75% or the Walgreens shoppings doing 3 purchases to roll their rewards. We’re talking about the guy with 1,142 packages of Jello or the woman who freezes months and months worth of eggs.

It scares me when I read about people using their bedroom closets and coffee tables as food storage, because that’s when I think it  starts to switch from being a savvy shopper and stockpiling food when it’s at its lowest price to hoarding. What the heck are you going to do with that much Jello? And these people don’t stop with massive amounts of one just one item.

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I am a stockpiler, so it’s not like I don’t understand the purpose or impulse of buying when things are low. I also think that my house is a home and not a warehouse and I should be able to open my bedroom closet and find clothes, not canned peas or be able to store my video games controllers in the living room instead of pasta. Fortunately, I know that Mr  wouldn’t put up with that much stuff (he already gets antsy when I buy a single box of tomato sauce)  no matter how much money we’re saving.

A lot of people defend the practice by saying that they donate items to food pantries and shelters, which is well and good,  but they’re also preventing normal shoppers from getting good deals on products. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to get a rain check on 80% of the items on my list because someone else cleared the shelf already. (If I show up 20 minutes after opening on stock day and the shelf is already empty, I can almost guarantee it was hit by one of these shoppers.)

So what do you think? Are extreme couponers hoarders, savvy shoppers, something else?

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