So, Extreme couponing, the series, premiered on Wednesday and I’d have to say, the entertainment factor was off the charts. Seeing someone get 5 carts of grocery stuffs for 6 bucks, is nothing but astounding. How could you not love the drama of bringing a 600 dollar tab down to nothing?
I did watch the 1 hour series last time it aired and thought it also was entertaining, but as a couponer I knew better. I know that the stores don’t let you order 1000 boxes just so you can take them away from their store for free. That’s ridiculous and silly. Now, with couponers like the Krazy Coupon Lady and Miss Coupon Diva, they did it right. No pre-ordering, no crazy deals, just the deals that they knew would fly at their store. And THIS is why I see them all over the news now, like on the Nate Berkus Show, Good Morning America and the other national morning shows. They keep it real, and show you how it is attainable for you without being a psycho.
The best thing about realizing that this is real life and coupons are not a “get it all free and stick it to the man” card, is you’re prepared for the unexpected. Today, I had the unexpected happen to me at one of my favorite stores.
I went in to do a standard deal: buy 8 boxes of cereal, get 8.00 catalina back for a future purchase. Now, this store’s coupon policy has always been a limitless amount of coupons used in your order, but the amount of coupons can’t be more than the numbers of items you are purchasing. Ok, cool, easy enough. Now, today, all of a sudden, I was told that I could only use 4 coupons per TRANSACTION. That means if I have 30 items, I can only use 4 coupons. Uh, yeah, that wasn’t the policy last week when I shopped, or even Monday when I did the deal the first time. Turns out, the cashier was making that policy up, but there was a new policy implemented: only 2 of the same printable coupons in an order. Wow. It seemed as if, say, this “new” policy has just sprouted up overnight. That’s because it DID sprout overnight. I’m guessing the powers that be watched the show last night, and decided to change things up immediately.
Last time the special aired, they did the same thing. Also, the other grocery stores in my area altered their coupon policies. A constant yo-yo effect just to throw off those crazy couponers that are getting all those deals, and to deter any new shoppers from couponing. Usually, the policies change back with in 6 to 8 weeks, but you have to be prepared for it. The sad thing about these changes is that the new couponers that are inspired by the show will be turned off by all the hoops they will have to jump through.
These coupon policies are mirroring the fluctuating gases prices. Oh, we’ll get them good when they need it most, and then loosen the reins a bit. THEN! Right when they are back in the groove and have a set budget, we’ll stick them where it hurts. But I don’t mind; I’ll be rubber and they can be glue. Or better yet, I’ll be a cooler Duncan yo-yo and just learn some new coupon tricks that will blow their mind. Yeah, that’s the ticket.