TLC’s show Extreme Couponing has generated controversy since the first episode. The Charlotte Observer recently ran this article “When Coupon Clipping Goes Wild.” It’s focus is on Lowe’s Foods debut on ‘Extreme Couponing’ and their regret in doing so.
One good thing which has come out of the show is an increased interest in saving money through the use of coupons. However, the couponers featured on the show are truly “extreme” couponers.
The first few episodes generated much controversy in the blog world over shelf clearing, multi-thousand dollar stockpiles in people’s homes, and illegal use of coupons. The last few episodes seem to have changed their focus a bit and have featured couponers buying for themselves and their relatives, a college student trying to make ends meet on a $100 a month grocery budget, and a mom couponing to purchase sports drinks and energy bars for her son’s football team.
The last few episodes have been much more realistic but still very “extreme.” What would you like to see on the show? Realistic couponing or over-the-top extreme couponing?
What have you learned from the show? After all, TLC used to stand for The Learning Channel.