I just now ran across this thread and wanted to make a few comments on the top posts (haven't read all the posts so this may have already been said).
There are indeed such as things as triple coupons and super doubles, etc.. We have super doubles (where they double a coupon up to $1.98) which means that a $1.50 coupon would get you $3 off instead.
We had triple coupons events at my same store (Harris Teeter) a year or so ago but they quit the triples and focused on super doubles instead approximately every other 3-4 weeks or so.
We had a triples event about 2-3 weeks ago (can't remember the exact date) and that meant than any coupon 99 cents or less was tripled. In other words a 75 cents coupon gave me $2.25 off vs. $1.50 off on super doubles or regular doubles days.
This particular store doubles (not super doubles) every day which means that any coupon 99 cents or less is doubled.
Now to the show that many of you are mentioning. This show is NOT one of my favorites because almost every store that offers double coupons (or super doubles/triples) has limitations on the amount of coupons they will allow you to double or triple.
Harris Teeter will only allow you 20 coupons to double or triple a day and any coupon after that is at face value.
The people on these shows are given special priviledges for that one event because tv show cameras are rolling and the store is getting free advertisement on that show.
Most couponers do not use coupons in this manner and most (if not all) stores don't allow you to buy that many products at once and double/triple them on the same trip.
Even Harris Teeter has tied in people's store cards (the card you use to get the discounted sale prices when you shop) with their addresses so that you couldn't get a card and get 20 coupons tripled or doubled and your husband could get a card and do the same thing if you are living at the same address.
This cuts down on people clearning the shelves and leaving little for other couponers and/or shoppers. This doesn't mean that certain items won't be out of stock temporarily because thanks to the popularity of that show, there are lots more couponers and everyone is usually buying the same great deals in the store since most people have the same coupons.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm a couponer, but I'm not a fan of that show because it doesn't show the reality of couponing and is really just what the name of the show says "Extreme". Most couponers are not like that show depicts and again there are limits on what you can buy with coupons and have them tripled or doubled each day.
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