Everything I Need to Know about Extreme Couponing I Learned in Kindergarten

by ThePrudentPatron on September 27, 2011


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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Julie May Peterson via Facebook September 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Some people in stores (seeing me with my binder) say, with a sneer, “Oh, you’re en extreme couponer?” I blink and blankly ask, “What’s an extreme couponer?” That throws them off guard, and when they recover they say “You know, like from that show on TLC.” I simply reply, “Oh, I don’t have cable. I can’t afford it. Are you buying that? (point to item in their hand) I have a coupon I can give you.”


kimberly attiidge September 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Very nice way of dealing with it!


Denise Kasbohm via Facebook September 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

HAha Julie I love it…I never know what to say cuz I am just trying to make it work with 5 kids..(4 teens). Thx now I do! I work in Kindergarten and I can`t tell you how many times we teach them to–share and wait your turn! LOL


Jessica Combs via Facebook September 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I agree, shelf clearing is never a good thing, it just leads to hoarding. And if you want that much to donate, then call ahead. . great post!


Amanda McCandliss via Facebook September 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I wish I could like this a million times. This is a great post!!!! Thank you.


Karina Alvarez September 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM



kimberly attiidge September 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I really like this! Couponing should not only be saving- it should be fun. And it will be if we remember your kindergarten rules.


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