Sunday, May 29, 2011

Extreme Couponing

I've been meaning to blog about this for a while and by now everyone has heard of this show about "Extreme" Couponing.  The title itself kind of gives you a summarization of what it all entails but there is more to this than meets the eye.  I've seen others become obsessed about couponing to the point its all they talk about.  I wonder to myself - is God so limited to them that he can't provide them with what they need that they must eat, sleep and breathe couponing?

I watched a few episodes of this show on youtube and the whole "spirit" of it is very disturbing.  My husband, only seeing the register clips - also commented on the "spirit" of it all.  Somehow it doesn't seem right to take advantage of a store like that.  It seems greedy, selfish (no regard for others) and obsessive to where it becomes an addiction.  Then, you have those that try and quench the conscience of doing this by "giving" it to those in need or for charity, as if that somehow makes it all ok.  Is it ok?  Do you honestly mean to tell me that stores expected people to come in and clear out their shelves without paying anything?  No!  They were probably thinking a few coupon deals could help out the Average Joe and then they are taken advantage of in such a way that now many stores have to place "limits" on how many per family and placing more rules on coupon use.  YET, you have those that will even work around this by going out of the store and coming back in - that's stealing!  They said 2 per family, not visit!

I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the store for needs of ours and they are completely cleared out.  I may not have known about the "gotta-have-it" sale.  Sally May bought enough toothpaste for the entire town, however, she was only thinking of herself, definitely not anyone in town - because they are flat out of luck if they needed any!

Just what is greed?

Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.

What is an addiction?

Addiction: the state of being devoted and surrendered to something habitually and obsessively.

What is an obsession?

Obsession: a persistent disturbing occupation with an often unreasonable idea of feeling; broadly: compelling motivation

What is selfishness?

Selfishness: : concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others

Really thinking on those definitions above, you have to search yourself; your intents; motivations.  Are you regarding others; being considerate; displaying courtesy by having it all for yourself?  Is this Christian behavior?

In summary, I'm all for preparation and storing up for your family by having a stockpile of goods, that is pure wisdom.  However, when it becomes the be all, end all of your life and you are literally CONSUMED by couponing and it gives you a "high" - this isn't the "spirit" of Christ.  The mind of Christ that we should share is servant-oriented.  Christ looks on the things of others more than Himself.

Greed, selfishness, obsession and addiction can take a hold of anyone that is highly consumed about money - don't let it destroy you.  You can coupon wisely, pray before you go to the grocery store!  I do this almost every time and God just blesses all over the place and I didn't have to spend 20 hours clipping coupons and scrounging garbage bins!  My God is more powerful than that and he has never failed us yet!  We are still able to make it on $120 a month and even times I wasn't sure what to do (when I tried to do it in my own ability).......I stopped and prayed and God gave me wisdom on how to make it all work and that much more efficiently.  He even filled up our maple syrup jar when I was worried about it running out too quick!  Is the God that fed the 5,000 not able to feed you and your family that you have to use "Extreme" measures?  Our God is able and willing but are you willing to have that faith?

Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Joh 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

How about some EXTREME FAITH for a change!?  Hallelujah!?

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HendersonClan said...

A lady I know even digs in her apartment's trash for coupons people throw away then she goes to her mom's apartment. It's gross.

I read an article in our local paper that said the stores special order products and break their own rules for the show.


Anonymous said...

Sad but true 'eh? Thanks for the comment Marie-Anne.


DeNiece Barnes said...

Bev, You told the amen truth...thank you for posting this I just wrote a small blog post about this last week wanting to see what everyone thought of extreme couponing....I do think it is selfish to clean out an entire shelf just because you have the coupons to do it.....I too like to use coupons but not to the extreme because like you said and like my hubby says God prepares for us and we do not have to spend time using all this coupons to make such a huge stockpile that just may expire before you use it all...

Anonymous said...

Thanks DeNiece for the comment! Yes, seeing your post triggered my mind about writing this. I was going to do it a couple of weeks ago but got busy and today finally got it.


Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I have tried the couponing thing. I even spent good money (not thinking clearly) for a coupon binder. I spent ridiculous hours cutting and organizing. Yes, I saved some. But it was not worth it. I had two buggies, binder, and all that jazz. Every step I took I felt convicted. This was just my first trip with couponing. I felt I was drawing attention to myself. That is not what I wanted. I also found that most of the coupons are for things I would not normally buy. It is also for a lot of prepackaged snack type foods= JUNK!

I prayed afterwards and I didn't feel this was the direction for my family. I think everything in moderation. It is ok to coupon to save a buck or two but to have an entire stock of shampoo and chips. I mean really?!

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your experience as well Chrissy! :) You are right, most coupons are for junk/processed foods. Occasionally I get a coupon at the checkout for something I actually buy - like last week I got a coupon for eggs! Then toiletries is where you can really use coupons too but I'm not making a life out of couponing because I would have to sacrifice in another area and God and my family need me too much lol!


Anonymous said...

I like to save a dollar here and there, but these ladies go to extremes... I read where one lady spends 30 hours a week on couponing... imagine what good things for the Lord she could be doing in that time instead? And you are right - it is greedy to clear the shelves so nobody else can get the items they need.

Anonymous said...

Very true Trios, thanks for the comment! Yes, I read also they spend 20-40 hours a week, it is a full-time job for some.


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