Did you catch the new TLC show “Extreme Couponing” this week? That is one crazy obsession some people have, isn’t it? I’ll have more to say on the extreme couponing craze soon, including (hopefully) an interview with a moderate couponer, but I thought this weekend I’d point you to what some others are saying about the show and the phenomenon of hoarding more deodorant than you can use in your lifetime just because you had coupons for it.
- The New York Daily News asks if extreme couponing is going too far and gives tips on how to save big without obsessing.
- Wallet Pop discusses the perils of extreme couponing, like the time cutting coupons for a 40-year stockpile of toilet paper can take away from relationships with people.
- Deal Seeking Mom explains why she won’t be watching “Extreme Couponing.” I like her reasoning.
- NPR does the math on how long it would take the mom with three kids to eat the 70 bottles of mustard she got for $.39 a bottle and asks several good questions about the sense of all of this.
- The Washington Post calls the people featured in the TV show “little piggies” and says it “stirs up unsettling and complex thoughts, not only about the sins of gluttony and pride, but also about the production and consumption of cheap, processed food.”
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