Tomorrow is the first, season two episode of TLC’s Extreme Couponing, and in true form the season 2 sneak peek shows a woman proudly proclaiming that she is shelf clearer! Watching this trailer makes my blood boil, but rather than writing one more in a sea of “Why I Hate Extreme Couponing” articles, I took a little inspiration from Robert Fulghum’s brilliant essay “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” Here’s my twist:
Most of what I really need to know about how to extreme coupon, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not on an episode of TLC, but there in my kindergarten classroom.
These are the things I learned:
Share everything. You don’t need to clear the shelves. It will go sale again. Leave some for others.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours. This includes taking every coupon from the tearpad, the blinkie or off the products on the shelves. And don’t even get me started on coupon fraud.
Be aware of wonder. The wonder of unexpected clearance sales, make sure you have your coupon binder with you.
Live a balanced life. Saving money with extreme couponing is a blessing, but don’t let it take over your life. Make time for all your blessings.
Play fair. Use coupons for how they were intended. Don’t try to sneak one by the cashier. It only hurts all couponers in the end.
When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Extreme couponing is not a competition; it is simply a way for all of us to save money in a tough economy. Let’s stick together and help one another find the best deals.
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