Public Misconceptions About Extreme Couponers

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Extreme Couponing Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions about extreme couponers out there (big thanks to Extreme Couponing and their shady practices) and I think it’s about time to clear them up, don’t you?

Since when is saving money a crime? Why do people feel the need to criticize others when they shop with an “extreme” amount of coupons? Is it jealousy? Or do people simply not understand what extreme couponing is all about?

Here are a few public misconceptions about extreme couponers:

Extreme couponers only buy junk food

Do I get a lot of junk food for free after coupons? Yes. Do I get much healthy stuff for free after coupons? No. Does that mean I only eat the junk, just because it was free? Absolutely not.

Although the majority of food coupons are for unhealthy food items, that does not mean that us extreme couponers only buy those items. Most of us eat a balanced diet – even if that means buying fresh, healthy food, without a coupon.

Extreme couponers are poor

Research has shown that Canadians making more than $150k a year are just as likely to use coupons as those making $50k or less.

If you see someone using coupons, don’t automatically assume that they are using them because they’re poor. You may be surprised to learn just how much money the average coupon user makes each year!

Extreme couponers buy items they don’t need

Who really needs 77 bottles of mustard or 1,500 sticks of deodorant? Who actually needs to stockpile dozens of packages of diapers when they don’t have a baby?

The answer? No one. Obviously.

So why are extreme couponers buying these items? That’s simple – because they’re usually free (after coupons are applied). Many extreme couponers donate their excess to local food banks, shelters and friends & family.

Extreme couponers are hoarders

What’s the difference between stockpiling and hoarding? Hoarders hold on to everything, even if they know that they don’t need it. Extreme couponers stockpile, and stockpiling is when you buy something for future use.

Stockpiling groceries may seem strange to some, but it is one of the best ways to save money on your grocery bills. Don’t assume that just because someone purchases large quantities of items with coupons, it means they are hoarding them. They may be keeping what they can use, and donating the rest.

Extreme couponers spend all of their time on couponing

Although extreme couponing is hard work, and in the beginning, it may seem like a full time job – but I honestly don’t know anyone that spends all of their time on couponing.

The amount of time spent couponing varies greatly on the amount of deals you want to purchase, how many coupons you accumulate and how much time you really do have available.

I consider myself to be an extreme couponer, and only spend an average of an hour a day on couponing (sometimes less).

Remember the important rule of never judging a book by it’s cover. If you see someone buying dozens of chocolate bars, or cases full of dish soap – don’t assume that they are poor or hoarders.

We all know what assume stands for right? When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. Don’t do it!

What other misconceptions would you add to this list?

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  1. alisha says:

    hello my name is alisha kincaid and i live in north bay ontario and im trying to start couponing 🙂 i need your help thank you

  2. Julie says:

    While shopping around the grocery store today, some guy with his wife / girlfriend sneered at me and said, “There goes another f&^%ing crazy stupid coupon lady. What a loser!” Wish I had seen him after checkout to let him know that I saved $12.00 in coupons and $25.00 dollars off getting sale items and price matching. Yep! I’m a loser alright! Losing money off my grocery bill.

  3. PM says:

    Hats off for couponing – great job
    keep it up.

  4. Landon says:

    I absolutely love doing this and I am very honest with people when they come behind me and I tell them I might take some extra time because I have coupons and price matching and I also scan the cart to see what I can help them save. I don’t know how many times other shoppers or staff at the store ask me where I get my coupons. I send them directly to your site. It helped me so much. I have been couponing in Alberta for over a year and never been so happy to have such a fun hobbie!!! I love the thrill of saving money and the challenges us couponers face when shopping. I have so many things I do now like I always go as soon as the store opens in order to get my meat at the best price. I LOVE COUPONING!!!

  5. amanda says:

    this is one of my favorite things to do in a store. i often do a quick eye scan of what is in some peoples carts and if i know i have a coupon i wont use i pass it on to them.

  6. aLaNa says:

    The wheezing problem I have too and is caused by the preservatives in the processed foods. Ingredients like BHT in cereals, sulphites in dried fruit, cereal, lunch meat, wines, even Cheemo perogies!

  7. Cassie Howard says:

    I’m glad to hear you removed those people from your life. No one needs that kind of negativity.

  8. Cassie Howard says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Cassie Howard says:

    Yes! I agree, that is another misconception. A cashier at Zellers called me a scammer one time. I spoke to her manager and also called head office. I heard that she got a good talking to about speaking to a customer that way!

  10. Cassie Howard says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Nicole! As saddened as I am to hear about your friends divorce, I can’t help but laugh when you said dividing her stockpile was a difficult thing to do. I’d feel the same way.

  11. Cassie Howard says:

    I agree, who cares what other people think!

  12. Cassie Howard says:

    I would email the companies that you are able to buy from and see if they offer coupons to their customers. I’m sure many of them do.

  13. Cassie Howard says:

    Good for you, Annie! 🙂

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