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6/6/11 11:02 A

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Kissfan,
What you said about the show did not surprise me. But I am surprised at the double and triple couponing,etc. Here, we have one store that will double coupons that are 49 cents and under - any day, any time. That same store had their first triple coupon event on Memorial Day. It was not publicized. I only found out because I am on their email list. The event was for coupons up to $1.00 and not to exceed the price of the item. We will see if they try this again. It is a chain that is only in two states. Their prices tend to be a little high, so I only go there on senior citizen day, because I can get a 5% discount.

Thanks for the response. This was interesting.

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6/6/11 7:39 A

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At my local Bi-Lo store, you can double up to 10 of the same coupon (say I have 10 coupons for Tide) but at Harris Teeter they only allow you to double, super double, or triple 3 of the same coupons. You can use 20 coupons a day for the coupon events, but only 3 of the same coupon.

Again, that is why I say I'm not a fan of that show because most stores have limitations and the show is not reality it is EXTREME, LOL.

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6/6/11 7:33 A

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I forgot to mention another comment I saw regarding free items. At my particular store, Harris Teeter, you can get items free but usually there is no overage. For instance if I bought a bag of rice that was on sale for $1.39 and I had a $1 coupon and and it was super doubles at my local HT (Harris Teeter) I would get $1.39 off that item ($1 off at face value and then it would NOT double to another $1 off because that would cause overage).

Some stores do allow you to have overage and I have had that happen before but usually not at Harris Teeter. They have programmed the computers to allow you to only get that item free if the coupon exceeds the cost of the item.

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6/6/11 7:28 A

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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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4/12/11 9:50 A

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As I recall, this TV show indicated that these super couponers had access to the store websites prior to the day the sales begin. Does anybody know if that was true?

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4/11/11 10:58 A

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I watched the 30" TV show about Extreme Couponing last night.
I am skeptical.
I have never seen an ad in newspapers or on TV for triple coupons.
One local store doubles 50 cent or smaller coupons - but the amount has to be less than the total cost of the item. For example. If yogurt is on sale for 49 cents & you have a coupon for 25 cents off, you might get it for free - but more likely, only get the 25 cents off.

Krogers is inconsistent about combining a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon. They have never had double coupons as were shown on the TV program.

As I have said before - I seldom use coupons that I have because the generic equivalents are usually cheaper than the brand name minus coupon. In December, the brand name Chex products were cheaper than the generic. So I can see that cereal coupons would have been valuable.

The women in the program had 50 or more of the same coupon. Mostly from buying multiple newspapers. Computer websites do not allow you to print more than one of the same coupon.
I thought these women were hoarders. Why would anybody need 60 squeeze bottles of mustard. They were keeping all these products in their homes. They should have been stocking food pantries.

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4/8/11 10:27 A

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Thank you friend, for fixing those links. You are wonderful, as usual! For anyone who has not seen the first (hour) program that aired again on Wed. night, or has not seen the two new half hour ones that also aired, I think that there is still a way to see it. They might rerun them on TLC or may have viewing on the website for EXTREME COUPONING or maybe on HULU. I may not have that website right, but as I understand, it is a site that has programs that have already been on TV. It's something like HULU or HULA. Help, someone! I don't have all the facts,however I believe that this program is a MUST for FRUGAL PEOPLE. I personally would not expect to do couponing on such a grand scale, but I have found it a way for me to be able to help my local food bank that serves so many families in need. It is amazing that in this day and age we can still get something for free even. I do regret not getting the info about this program on sooner. I am a SNAIL.
Blessings everyone!
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4/8/11 7:36 A

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Thank you for the links. I had wanted to watch this show, but wasn't home.
I have trouble believing it is possible to do what was advertised in the promo-ads.
Even with manufacturer coupons of $1 or more, it is usually cheaper to purchase another brand.

I fixed the links:
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thekrazycouponlady.com

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4/6/11 6:48 P

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Thanks for reminding me, my friend, not that we've only talked about it every day for two weeks, lol. I have a mind like a steel trap, if I could just remember how to get it open so I can store info in it, lol.
I hope you enjoy Addicted to Food. I thought it was really good. I will watch it again tonight at 11 when it comes on. So Extreme Couponing is on TLC, and Addicted to Food will be on the OWN network tonight.

HAPPY WATCHING !

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Thanks for the info !



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Hi, I'm new to the team so if you already discussed this some other place please forgive me. In January of this year I watched this program on TLC call Extreme Couponing. I was SO inspired. I have used coupons for years but was never really organized or educated about it. The program showed 4 stories. It will be on first tonight, Wednesday, April 6th. Check your listings for your time. Then after that there will be two half hour shows.
After I saw that show I got two books. The first is: How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love To Get Something For Nothing. It is by Kathy Spencer and Samantha Rose. Kathy Spencer was asked to be on Extreme Couponing but right now is concentrating on educating people on "not so extreme couponing". Her website is:
howtoshopforfree.net The second one is: Pick Another Checkout Lane Honey: Save Big Money + Make the Grocery Aisle Your Catwalk. It is by Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler. Joanie Demer is on the first Extreme Couponing. She and Heather have since been on The Nate Show twice. Joanie and Heather's website is: thekrazycouponlady.com. It is my hope that this will be of help to someone.
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