Thursday, December 13, 2012
I'm jealous of extreme couponers...
The reason for my sudden attack of the green-eyed monster, you ask? There's a new reality TV show that I've been watching lately. I know, I know, I told you all that I'm not a fan of reality TV, and that's definitely the truth! I hate shows like Big Brother, Survivor, and other monstrosities that only seem to exist to see how far you have to push a person before they become the worst version of themselves.
But I'm a bit more open to those shows like How Clean Is Your House or Escape To The Country. For some reason, that particular style appeals to my inner voyeur without setting off all those second hand embarrassment alarms. Give me a glass of wine, a Thai chicken curry, and half an hour of two middle aged British women teaching people how to get lime scale off sink fittings, and I'm as happy as a clam!
I thought I knew about most of those shows, but the other day I found one I'd never seen before. I was strolling around in YouTube, as I'm known to do, and I stumbled across an American show called Extreme Couponing. How on earth did I let this gem slip me by?
For those of you who've never seen it before, each episode follows two different "extreme couponers" as they try to buy ridiculously large quantities of groceries without having to spend any money. It's full of people planning their grocery shop with a military precision that would make an Admiral faint. Coupons collected, collated and filed into categories an cross referenced by location in the store and expiration date. Stockpiles of tinned, dried and cleaning goods that would put a 1950's nuclear fallout shelter to shame.
It's absolutely breathtaking!
Take the episode I watched the other night. In that one, a woman took over $1,800 worth of groceries, and at the end of it the supermarket actually gave her $150!!! What sort of supermarkets do you guys have over there? There isn't a shop in this country that would give you money to take stuff out of it! I want shops that do that!
Unfortunately Australia doesn't do the whole coupons thing, so I'm left watching those shows, growing more and more envious. Where are my 50 bottles of tomato sauce for five cents each? Where are my 120 bags of rice that the shop gave me twenty cents a piece to take home because they were discounted to fifty cents and I had a coupon for seventy cents off? I want to be able to stand at the cash register and watch my grocery bill total go down until it's in the single digits!
Alas, unless I choose to move to another country I'm not likely to be able to do that.
But a girl can still dream.