Extreme Couponing has taken the world by storm, and given couponers a bad name. I watched one episode when it first premiered and I have to say that what I saw made me sick. I think the show would have been better named Greedy Coupon Hoarders. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this show needs to have a wow factor to get viewers, but I can’t believe some of the couponers have gone as far as breaking the law on the show. I have so many friends who do not coupon, and after seeing this show they have no desire to, but I want to say one thing. Don’t give up on saving your family money, because others abuse the system. You can coupon and save your family lots of money, without needing to add an extra pantry to your home.
Jeanette Pavini, household savings expert for Coupons.com, took to the grocery store to determine just how long it would take her to ‘real-world’ shop with coupons and how much she could save. She created a grocery list, which consisted of a 7-day meal plan for a family of four as well as typical household, personal care and pet items, scanned through the weekly circular and online coupons and went shopping. The savings are astounding – over 45%! And, you can complete your routine in under an hour each week. Proof that you can still get a bundle of savings without going to the extreme.
Here is what she bought:
Cheerios, Folgers Special Roast, Post Great Grains Cereal, Dozen Large AA Eggs, Lucerne Milk, Bacon (2), Mangos (4), Naval Oranges 8 lbs.
Chicken of the Sea Tuna (2), Skippy Extra Chunky Peanut Butter, Smuckers Raspberry Jam, Precious String Cheese, Wonderbread Smart Wheat, Armour Turkey Pepperoni, Oscar Mayer Deli Meat Variety Pack, Strawberries (3), Baby Carrots
Rice a Roni, Del Monte French Green Beans (2), Fold Corn, Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Campbell Chicken Noodle Soup (4), Barilla Angel Hair Pasta, Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (2), Red Baron Pepperoni Pizza, Pork Chops, Butcher Cut Ham Shank, Chicken Legs, Cucumber (1), White Corn (4), Potatoes, Fresh Express Green & Crisp Romaine, Fresh Express Lettuce Trip, Fresh Express Spinach (2)
Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake, Chocolate Frosting, Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips (2), Pop Secret Popcorn (2), Pom Wonderful Lite
Colgate Toothpaste, Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Head & Shoulders Conditioner, Olay Bar Soap, Loreal Vive Pro Shampoo, Nivea Daily Lotion, Reach Toothbrush, Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Children’s Toothbrush
- Total cost $261.30
- Amount paid $146.42
- Total savings $114.88
- Total savings w/Reward Card $88.14
- Total savings from digital
and newspaper coupons $26.74
$26.74 savings x 52 weeks in a year = $1,390.48/year
By spending 20 minutes browsing through the newspaper, scanning online and organizing coupons into a wallet organizer, the average consumer can save about $1.33/minute OR $80.20/hour.
$114.88 x 52 weeks in a year = $5,973.76/year
This includes sale items and coupons ($114.88) and takes a total of 40 minutes (20 mins to meal plan by looking through circular plus 20 mins to coupon). Total savings works out to be $2.87/min OR $172.32/hour.