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December 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

We are having a blizzard here and the roads are a mess, so I had to cancel a dr's appt. That means I'll have to pay full price next month when I got since my health care deductions will start from 0. I went to Walmart to walk this morning and it was cloudy but no snow. By the time we got out it was just starting to flake. Walmart was a zoo with people shopping. It wasn't even that bad before xmas. I went to King Soopers to get my prescriptions and bananas, potatoes, onions, eggs and soap. It was even worse. By the time I got out the snow was sticking. I was almost out of gas so stopped to get that. Again, everyone and his brother was there. Finally got gas and by then the roads were icy. It took me an half hour to drive 3 miles to get home. That's when I decided to cancel the appt.

I watched the Extreme Couponing show on TLC last night. The only one who has thier priorities straight seems to be Joyce the retired nurse. She shops for several families and while she stockpiles, she doesn't hoard, like some of the others. No one needs 150 years of toilet paper. The first family, where the wife says she misses dates with her husband for good deals said she spends 6 hours a day couponing. i think she bought about $1000 of stuff for $50. That's great, but who needs 260 boxes of pasta? Even at 1 box/week that's more than 5 years worth. She spent $50 and bought $70 worth of coupons to do the deals. That's $120. More than enough for 2 people for one week. I would think she could do a lot better in a lot less time just buying enough and not buying more than you can possibly use.

I am a couponer and I like the good deals. It's hard to turn down free stuff. I agree with several of the people that it's a game. But I don't let it take over my life.

I just think the show gave normal couponers a bad name. It's getting a lot of buzz on the coupon web sites, most people don't seem to care for the portrayal.

I finished reading the library book Dark Peril by Christine Feehan. Paranormal - very good.

4 Responses to “blizzard”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I haven't seen the show, but it does sound like they are trying to emphasize craziness.

  2. M E 2 Says:

    I agree that there is a HUGE difference between stockpiling and hoarding. 15 tubes of toothpaste is stockpiling, 150 tubes of it is hoarding.

    I also agree that shows like this try to make it seem that anything done to any kind of extreme makes one crazy.

  3. marvholly Says:

    I actually hope this show turns TONS of people off couponing. Then there will be stock available for us 'normal' couponers who buy 1-2 (or whatever our families can/will use in 3-6 months)of the specials at really cheap/free prices.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    A show about normal couponing wouldn't sell - I didn't get to see this, but it sounds like it would've been interesting.

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