I love this TLC show Extreme Couponing! It’s relevant, smart, funny, clever, and puts family first. Most of the time, it shows Mom in a positive light and is a clear example of why a woman should be America’s Secretary of the Treasury. America’s “recession” and “economic downturn” would be shortened if the President, Vice-President, and all of Congress did a better job budgeting and spending money like the people on Extreme Couponing do.
Alas, major retailer are beginning to feel the loss of $$$. Or maybe their stock holders are complaining. Perhaps, company accountants are worrying about a perceived negative impact on the bottom line of their gross income. Whatever the reason, retailers are beginning to limit what you as a consumer can do with your coupon. Target says “no stacking”; no more combining coupons of the same item to make it free. At Rite Aid, shoppers can no longer combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons or promotions. To read more follow this link:
Couponing, stockpiling, budgeting and rationing are logical in times of war, depression and recession. But middle class and poor Americans are caught between a rock and a hard place. We’ve seen our government and the wealthy, who do not live within their means or balance a budget, but it took Oprah and Suze Orman to host an financial intervention for everyone else? We watched as banks and Wall Street got bailed out because they were,”too big to fail”. Why didn’t they have to live with the consequences of failure when you and I do every day? Now when Moms try to do something logical and beneficial for the American family to get out of debt and save money, companies cut back on discounts and coupons, to prevent copy cat behavior from other Americans. These are the same companies that brag about donating $ to pro-educational oraganizations. They do not want you or your children to engage in copy cat coupon behavior, even if it is pro-family and economically beneifcial to do so.
Seriously, I’d rather my children coupon and live debt free, drive paid for used cars, with $$$ in the bank for college, wedding, etc. If couponing their way through life makes them look cheap, so what? Who wants you to have designer clothes, expensive cars, furniture and a house you can’t afford, no money in the bank and maxed out credit cards? Shallow fair weather friends, money hungry businesses, soul-less advertisers and a pro-capitalistic goverment without fear of the wrath of God, yes. Not this mother, who has a coupon in one hand and the Bible in the other.