I had a realization when I was in the grocery store last week that I'm okay with Extreme Couponers. I was waiting to check out at the grocery store and it was about 5:30 so it was super busy. I got in line behind a woman. She had a bunch of groceries and a pack of lighters. She was paying with an EBT (food stamps) card and she had to pay for the lighters out of pocket. Apparently, her bag of onions didn't have a tag so the cashier had rang them up as the price but as an open food item. Because the system didn't know what the item was, it didn't qualify for food stamps. The woman wanted to know why her out of pocket was so high, it was around $5. The cashier looked and realized that it was due to the onions. She had to send a coworker back to get a bag of onions with a tag on them so she could scan it. This is taking quite a while so I have time to see what the woman bought with her EBT card. Besides the onions and potatoes, the woman had bought a lot of junk food and pre-packaged food. It was stuff that is more expensive than actually cooking ones own meals. It really annoyed me that she was on goverment assistance and was buying lighters. I could tell that she was a smoker (I smoke so I can totally pick out smokers and yes, I do judge people). The way that I figure is that if you have enough money to buy smokes, you should be able to pay for your own groceries, or at least onions.
Anyway, as I'm waiting, I thought of the Extreme Couponing Show. The common theme with all of the couponers on that show is that they started couponing when they had something bad happen financially. Some of them had a lot of credit card debt and some had lost a job. I have to say that I have respect for those who take the matter into their own hands and cut coupons, watch the deals, and take the time to plan their grocery trips to save money than those who live off the goverment. I think that as long as you follow your store and coupon rules, then it is fine.
The Extreme Couponers show has not been very well received in the PF blogosphere because of the way that they do it and most of them look like hoarders. However, isn't it much better to coupon than live off the goverment?
Sidenote: I think that food stamps are a wonderful thing in our society. I don't think anybody should have to go hungry. I just think the system is abused quite often.