So. Did you see TLC's new Extreme Couponing show last night?
Neither did I, but oh, everybody on my Facebook couponing sites was condemn--uh, chatting about it.
I did watch various preview clips yesterday of the show, saw the couponers-gone-wild, what with their whole bedrooms filled with groceries they'd gotten free (or nearly so). Shelf after shelf of mustard and toilet tissue and deodorant and -- well, you know. Stuff. And the way they tied up check stands for a long time and made cashiers, well, insane.
But I kept in mind that 'extreme' word in the title. It's one of those extreme shows, after all, I mean, who's going to watch a show called, The Occasional Coupon Clipper?
And now every one's throwing a fit and crying 'foul', 'organized hoarder' and prophesying that this will be The End Of Couponing As We Know It since, most likely, coupon makers as well as stores will change their policies after watching shows like these. After peoples' dirty little coupon secrets have been exposed.
And perhaps it will be the end of an era. Could be that God will need to help me save money in other, different ways someday.
But you know? You won't see me at Facebook casting stones. You won't see my little picture amongst all the flaming comments, making snide, prideful statements like, "I'm glad I'm not like those extreme couponers! My ways are better ways!"
What will I now do instead? I'll allow those Extreme Couponing clips to inspire me to fill my own pantry with nearly-free groceries. I'll get out my envelopes of coupons today and feel more cheered, more challenged to make a cool shopping list which will save me a few twenty dollar bills. I'll enjoy the hunt for coupons online, learn from others' couponing expertise and try some shopping hints I'd not considered before.
And I'll mind my own business and allow other people their freedom to do as they see best, to let the people they respect and know, personally, to speak into their lives--and to learn from their own mistakes.
It's incredibly easy to become all negative and critical. To feel the whole world wants to hear our opinions. Anybody can be like that, no special talent required. It's as easy as rolling down a mountain and any Jane Doe can roll down mountainsides.
But as for me and my house, we wish to become mountain climbers, instead. We wish to save our breath for only good, necessary words while we take the high road and climb toward Heaven.
And we'll pass on just becoming Anybodies With Opinions.
Here's a link to a few clips of Extreme Couponing. Keep letting it play for additional clips after the commercial inbetween, but please don't return back here with negative comments, ok? My other pet peeve is when people watch tiny snippets of a show and then give a long, 3-part sermon. :)
For those who would say, "I don't use coupons. They are only for processed, sugary foods," here's a partial list of groceries I've not paid full price for in weeks or months because of coupons(usually combined with sale prices making them either free or merely costing pennies, way lower than what I would pay at Aldi or Sam's Club-type stores. The "per unit price" becomes cheaper.):
Peanut butter (no hydrogenated oils)
Breakfast cereal(healthy types only)
And these things I most often (but not always) buy on sale and with coupons:
Bottled juice (no sugar added)
Canned fruit (no sugar added)
Boxed/packaged dried pasta
If I had people saving Sunday coupon inserts for me, I'd do better. But alas, we get just one copy of the newspaper each week--Sunday's.
Want to live free? Want to be happy? Try this (it works for me):
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands... " 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Odie wrote a fun post about coupons today, too! Check it out here.
Oh! This woman lives in a 90 square foot apartment and enjoys it. Watch the video here. (I loved watching it, but am not sure I could ever do that unless I absolutely had to. Then I could. I think. Maybe. ...heh...)