So, did you watch 'Extreme Couponing' on TLC last night? I did. And I was not overly impressed with the show.
I was really optimistic about this show. I thought TLC would be be airing a program that would offer practical tips and tricks for using coupons to save, and even make, money. They didn't. There was no practical advice to be had. Instead, they aired a program that exploited the lives of four people. And they have portrayed couponing as a hobby for crazy people.
Exploited? Perhaps you think I am being too harsh? No, I say those people were exploited. They were portrayed as people with OCD, serious hoarding tendencies, and a true obsession with couponing at all costs. With the exception of the lady from Philly (she only buys what she needs and did not appear to have a huge stockpile), the others all have stockpiles that would sustain most families for years. No way can they use all that food before it goes bad!
Why would these people not donate their excess to charity? Jen posted on an earlier blog post that 'The Krazy Coupon Lady' does indeed use her talents to donate to shelters. Sadly, there was no mention of that on the show. There was a quick mention that 'Mr. Coupon' donates his excess, but I find that hard to believe after seeing the huge stockpile he bragged about on the show.
Personally, I would have much rather seen someone like Jeffrey from Eating Well on $1 a Day featured. He does not have a stockpile of food. And while he'll sometimes buy large quantities of items he doesn't need in order to take advantage of money makers, he also donates those items to the local food pantry - he doesn't hoard thousands of sticks of deodorant, jars of salad dressing, or toothbrushes!
Also, I wish TLC would have used some of the show to educate the public how combining coupons works, how to take advantage of money-makers, and how to get work with non-profits and charities to donate your excess purchases.
Sadly, TLC is not about education and charity. They are about exploitation, excess, and extreme drama. I should have expected no less from the network that has exploited the Gosselin kids (Jon and Kate Plus 8), not to mention the lady who eats toilet paper!
Did you watch? What do you think? Do you agree with my review?