I Had my first encounter with an EXTREME couponer today at Target...
I was at my local target today to get the Nivea body wash for FREE with the 3.00 off coupon from a couple weeks ago and the coupon from the Target beauty bag sample, and as I round the corner to that aisle I see another customer right in front of where I was headed. She is buying everything on the shelf from the Nivea section. The large bottle she got probably 30 of the those and then she got the smaller body washes priced at 2.54 and cleared the shelf on those which were probably about 24. So I think great now I lost out on that deal for today. So I ask an associate there if they have anymore in the backroom that the could fill to the shelf and he says "we did.... that customer just cleared out the backroom too." I turn around and there is the same customer with another three carts filled with cases of the bodywash!!!
Ok I get the tv show is catering to the extremes of couponing. But it is not fair that the hoarders or extreme couponers are taking all of the items from the shelfs and the stock room. And I know the coupon says the you can use it on the 8.9oz bottles to.. but come on... three carts full.
I understand that she for a great deal and in huge quantity but I had to go to another Target 30 minutes away to just get one of the bodywashes because I was out. And I am more frustated with the situation, and the fact that I had to waste all that gas which by the way is getting ridiculously priced. To get a good deal.
I only bought one because it was free with the stacked coupons.
The new extreme couponing show seems to be glorifying these practices and what a shame.. I watched the re-run of the twins from Chicago and when they say things like "we cleaned them out of floss and we dont feel bad about it" or when they were buying the maalox and said "we dont have heartburn but its free" other people see this and say well they do it..and on this show when they make most of these purchases they are buying things that net them free prodcuts e.g. the floss and maalox then people are left to wonder how this can be done but when you compile your shopping trips based on all freebies coupons it makes it seem like that is all we do and really shows couponers in a bad light..people know I coupon and have said things like I thought of you when I watched that show..I am in no way a hoarder, shelf clearer etc but we have now been put in the same category as these "extreme" people simply because we coupon..its a shame that so few can ruin a good thing for so many...ok off my soapbox now :)
I am sick of the hoarders out there!!! Talk about selfishness. Why on earth do the managers allow someone to shop like that? Thirty items is one thing -- clearing the shelf with three cart fuls is another. With my large family, we go through at least one body wash a week. I have been trying now for the past week 1/2 to get the Nivea and can't find it anywhere. I did end up buying it at Walgreens where it was 79 cents because I needed it. The stores need to limit the number of items (maybe 10 - 20) a person buys UNLESS they special order it. And I don't think they should limit it to one or two like CVS does. That really doesn't do me too much good.
If I were you, I would have asked that hoarder if I could have a few bottles. How disgusting!
I've started asking for rain checks that take into account either the RRs or in store coupons. So far they've given them to me. I limit the number I ask for to what I will be using in the next month or two.
What would that person have done if you would have asked for ONE bottle...???
I am not a very bold person when it comes to conflict or confrontation, but if I saw someone with 3 carts full and I was out AND it would be FREE, I probably would have worked up the courage to ask.
What a bummer, Sorry about that, it's always frustrating!!
You mark my words this show and this style of couponing will be the end of all of us.Soon the manufacturer's will stop giving out coupons or the stores will put a huge restriction on how many you may use. All it takes is a few ---holes to ruin it for the rest of us. when will people learn take what you need and leave the rest behind. All I need is enough in savings at the store to put gas in my car but that is a nother battle.
When the hoarders go to those extremes I think the stores should put their foot down and stand up for their other customers. There would be no reason that someone would need 50 some bottles of Neiva. I know a lot of the extreme couponers say thay they donate it but why is it not shown on the shows more? Nathan from last night was one that at least showed him donating items.
I too like a good deal and like to get free items from the store, but anything that I get free & is more than what my family would be used goes into a bin for a battered womens/childrens shelter and that is only one or two extra items not 50 extra items.
This type of extreme couponing is going to cause the manufactures to stop giving the good coupons and the stores to raise their prices.
Does a person who has no children need 50 packs of diapers or a family that doesn't like mustard need 40 bottles of it? I think some of them aren't couponing to save $$ on things their families need or want, but just for the adrenaline rush they get from finding a bargain. Instead of storing all the things they don't need or won't use, they should donate them to a shelter for abused woman and children or homeless people. I've also noticed you never see any of them buying meat, such as roasts or pork chops. Surely the family doesn't survive only on the 45 cans of ravioli they purchased that week!! The stores around me only allow 2 like coupons, so I guess I will never be an "extreme" couponer, but I'm okay with that...I don't have the extra storage space, anyways.
that have a psychological problem. There are plenty of others who buy things they don't need, won't use or in ridiculous quantities as well. Donating to shelters, etc does not lessen the severity of their problem.
I bet if you go to your local flee market you will see her selling that stuff.
I watched about 15 minutes of that show. I saw a couple with their basement with shelves lined up like a grocery store. The husband counted 52 bags of chips.
Now, removing the argument that a lot of the food items will pass their expiration date long before they can be consumed; has anyone else considered the cost of storing this booty? Take the square footage of the storage space you commit and divide it by the total square footage of your home and you come up with a percentage. Take this number and multiply your mortgage, utility bills, and home maintainence costs. This is the cost of storing the merchandise you 'saved' money on by extreme couponing. Add this to the final cost of the products and your savings aren't so great.
And what about your time? Does it have value? I spend 3 hours a week reading the blog, cutting the coupons, and creating lists. If I save $60, my time is worth $20 per hour spent. Not bad considering this economy. One of my jobs requires me to drive around the suburban area. I combine my trips with my shopping so there is no gas cost to factor in driving from store to store.
There is a reason stores put things on sale. On any given item they recoup their investment on the total lot they purchased in a certain number sold; the rest is profit. When the cost to store the remaining items is greater than the expected sales... they go on sale to entice savy shoppers to get them out of the store.
Retail stores are very sophisticated in how they control their merchandise to maximize profits.
Extreme couponing can be counter productive. Jill has the right idea. Combine coupons and sales to stock up on items. Don't go overboard. Whatever it is, it will go on sale again soon.
Your storage numbers are a bit skewed.
has anyone else considered the cost of storing this booty? Take the square footage of the storage space you commit and divide it by the total square footage of your home and you come up with a percentage. Take this number and multiply your mortgage, utility bills, and home maintenance costs. This is the cost of storing the merchandise you 'saved' money on by extreme couponing. Add this to the final cost of the products and your savings aren't so great.
Your mortgage, utility bills and home maintenance costs will be the same whether you store items or if there is nothing there.
now if you added an addition onto your home for just your stockpile...then that would be another story. I would then include the cost to build that addition
I'm challenged by this one. I honestly belive that no one needs 3 carts of body wash or 50 jars of mustard but where do you draw the line? I know that when triscuits go on sale that I buy 12 - 15 boxes. For us this is about a 3 month supply. For pasta sauce I stop at 24. We eat tons of pasta. On the other hand, I don't care how many times you put mayo or wesson on sale, I really only need a stock of 2.
I do think that stores are going to have to start putting some limits in place and I'd like to see the police crack down on the grocery resaling that takes place at flea markets, but I'm curious to see how it is going to affect some of us more normal shoppers.
BTW, for anyone who is wondering, a dozen boxes of crackers or 2 dozen pasta sauces were my pantry levels before couponing too.
i wonder if you had asked her would she have shared a couple with you?
I agree that there should be limits. Lets consider this...if a store is out of something I went there to get...i'm heading to another store. and that's where I'll buy the rest of the items on my list. I live in an area that is packed with people and many many many stores. I have 2 or 3 of everything within 10 minutes...walmart (although i refuse to shop there)8 of them under 30 minutes... 8 of them... and target (have 4 of them)CVS?? 3 in my town alone...Competition a plenty. I shop in ShopRite; they are super strict on limits...and they don't fool around. I also have never seen a freak who needs 60 of anything...although w/ that show on i'm sure they will surface sooner or later.
its the "all about me" and "I'm entitled" attitudes that destroy what we have. new mantra; If I die with 55 bottle of nivea on the shelf I win...
the response to this message is different than one not too long ago - almost exactly the same - by a new couponer who mentioned seeing a hoarder. She was attacked by a lot of people here telling her to mind her business and keep her eyes on her own cart. Search the archives you will see what I mean.
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Well I was in store over weekend and I only wanted to by 6 bottles and they told me I could only have 4. I did not even bother arguing the point. So where do they allow cartfulls?
I read your post before heading to my TARGET with trepidation in hopes to get in on the free Nivea body wash.I was there last week and they were all gone. I was there over the weekend. Zilch. I got there this afternoon and there was ONE left, and I grabbed it! I felt a little guilty about it... I just want to thank whoever was courteous enough to make sure at least one more person was able to get in on the savings!
Yes it is frustrating when the stores are out of our items, but "the early bird catches the worm".
Years ago, there was rationing during the depression, etc. Don't wish that on us again! If you are out of soap or body wash, there are other brands on the shelf to buy rather than drive 30 minutes.
Yes I know...
It was more a matter of frustration, principle, and lack of care for any other shoppers until that product is reordered and restocked... and no I wouldn't which rationing on us again.
Like I said earlier it was just something that happened that I don't agree with and I needed to vent.
I really wish the stores would limit people, or make them special-order. I will never understand why managers want to let someone clear out dozens of products, leaving nothing for all the other customers who might want some.
Good news neither the coupon or the price cut expire for a while.
Once you hit a certain number of items the register could stop the cashier and have them tell the customer, "excuse me but you have already purchased 30 body washes, how many more would you like to purchase? Thank you, your order wil bee here on ________."
That is an awesome idea!
I know what you mean. I've been trying since last Monday to get some and we have two Wal-mart's and two Target's in town and ALL of them were out. Finally, I was at Target this morning and happened to catch the stockers and they had three bottles for me. I still have more coupons but I'm not going to keep going out specifically to check for it. If I happen to see it while I'm already out- great. Frustrating! I wish stores would put a reasonable limit on how many can be purchased.
glad you guys see my frustration... really needed to vent on that one.
There are a lot of selfish people out there...very frustrating.
I agree and it's terrible that the manager of the Target didn't do anything about it. I mean enough is enough. The rest of us reasonable couponers need to let the managers know of these issues more and perhaps they will then do something about it. It is extremely frustrating.
I don't think the managers can make that call. They go by what the policy of the store is which is written by coporate office. We as "normal" couponers need to write to the coporate offices of these stores and let them know the frustration and how we are tempted to take our business else where then they may do something about it.