During the program Then they would casually cut piles (and I mean piles!
For many, it is more than a 40 hour work week just collecting, organizing and strategizing the best scenarios for redeeming the coupons, but also many die-hard couponers will get up before dawn to be the first customers at the stores so that they do not risk losing out on items advertised as being on sale.
There were several examples shown where the profiled couponers received massive savings with their coupons, but in reality, the coupons that they used did not match up with the products advertised on the coupon.
Also, in one particularly poorly scripted shopping spree, the store doubled all the coupons the shopper redeemed, however, the store's normal policy at that time for all other shoppers was that they only doubled the first three coupons per shopper.
The store, Fry's Supermarket in Sahuarita, Arizona, received such a huge outcry from couponers across the country that within 24 hours that the show aired, they posted a statement on Fry's Facebook page (see below)."We appreciate your comments regarding the recent airing of TLC’s Extreme Couponing that was filmed at our Fry’s Marketplace in Sahuarita.
Fry’s was flattered to be asked to participate in the national show and showcase one of our stores.
In addition, we also had the opportunity to show that we are running one of the hottest coupon promotions out there by making all manufacturer coupons up to a dollar and gladly accepting all grocery competitor coupons.
We understand that some customers may have questions regarding the coupon policy after viewing the show and we welcome your comments.
was aired and it motivated a lot of people to try their hand at scoring hundreds of dollars in food for next to nothing, but was the show based on facts or fiction?
After the show first aired my email inbox filled up with questions about becoming an "extreme" couponer.
The thought of spending close to nothing for rooms full of grocery and personal products would appeal to anyone who is concerned about saving money.
But unfortunately the scenarios that we saw by some of the profiled couponers were scripted, stores' coupon policies were adjusted just for the program and unethical coupon practices were used in order to create the concept of what can be achieved by extreme couponing.