Extreme couponer Amber Flores of Arizona featured in local newspaper
Imagine my surprise this morning as I glanced through my newspaper and saw and article about the extreme couponer Amber Flores in my Arizona Daily Star today. Evidently she and her husband Clavon gave a free couponing 101 seminar, which was hosted by the Arizona Daily Star, to an audience of 140 (sold out).
As I read the article my cynicism gave way to respect. She highlighted knowing your store policy and respecting it, using ad matchup sites (and how to find them), starting small, being flexible instead of brand loyal, not clearing shelves of products, and most importantly.. BEING HONEST in how you use your coupons.
Though she was on a show which we all have come to loathe due to the backlash associated with it, here is ONE person who has, in my eyes at least, redeemed herself. I now percieve her more as a victim of the show rather than a coupon obsessed maniac with 2 chest freezers and 4 fridges in what used to be her garage.
Good for you Amber, for passing on your knowledge and helping others learn to do it right!
I truely think that almost every person on that show has been the victim of sensationalization. They are expected to put on a dog and pony show and they all seem to jump through the hoops to do it. Its really a shame that the show decided to turn them into couponing "freaks" as opposed to being an educational show. The stores are equal participants in the deceptive practices as well, as they are allowing them to use coupons incorrectly as a publicity stunt.
Its really a shame. I keep running into people who ask me if I am an extreme couponer like on "that show" because they see my binder and coupon file (I carry them with me so I dont miss out on an unadvertised special!) I usually respond by giving them Jill's info and inviting them to call me if they want me to help them get set up. I also carry a few receipts to show them "realistic" savings that careful planning can net them. Not extreme but certainly rewarding!
I actually liked the missionary student who used his couponing power to give back in a big way... now THERE is something good to do with coupons! They don't highlight enough of THAT side of couponing on "that show".
his trip wasn't purely ethical either.