Like it or hate it, Extreme Couponing is a common household word
And I receive quite a few questions about the differences between Extreme Couponing and True Couponing, which is what I also call “Reasonable” Couponing. I figured it might be easier to see a side-by-side handy dandy comparison chart to make it easy to see the differences!
Welcome to the world of True Couponing…
|Goal is to show off a one-time shopping trip on national TV||Goal is to purchase items your family will use at the lowest prices possible|
|Full time job IS couponing||You have a life beyond couponing|
|Purchase hundreds of items to keep in storage||Purchase what your family will use within 3 months|
|Spend 30+ hours per week couponing||Spend 1-4 hours per week coupon shopping
|Hidden cost of purchasing coupons not shown or figured into the cost||
No hidden costs with detailed notes on each shopping list
|Get many items for FREE||
Get many items for FREE
|Score overage on some items (This is when the store pays you!)||Score overage on items (Hey, another match!)|
|Spend 5 hours or more in the grocery store||Spend about 1 hour or less in the grocery store|
|Spend hours matching coupons to sale items||Use TrueCouponing.com to do all the matchups for you saving hours of work each week for multiple stores|
|Spend hours looking for coupons||Use the True Couponing coupon database to find coupons|
|Only show shoppers in areas that double coupons||Show you how to save even if your stores don’t double coupons|
|Obsessed that you can never miss a single deal||We know if we miss a deal, it will likely roll around again in a few weeks|
|Encourages questionable means of couponing strategies||Only promotes ethical use of coupons|
|Needs an entire garage to store their stockpile and even stores items in their children’s rooms||Needs a little extra storage (like an extra closet or shelf) but NOT an entire room|
|Clears the shelves of stores||Always leaves some behind, encouraging pre-ordering or use of rainchecks|
|Couponing is an addiction||Couponing is an enjoyable tool to save money for our families|
|Sometimes encourages illegal means of acquiring coupons||Only promotes legal methods of obtaining coupons|
If you’re not an Extreme Couponer, you might just be a True Couponer!
Let’s save some money together!
Comment below if you can think of another difference!
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