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I received the following email from reader, Nicole, and want to share it with all of you…

Hi!

I just wanted to write to you and tell you of an experience I had the other day. I love couponing and follow your blog and try to jump on the deals as much as possible. It has helped my family tremendously and I am thankful to have this wonderful site to guide me!

I am all for using coupons as much as possible and would prefer not to pay full price if I can avoid it however, the other day my little boy who is in love with the Cars movie spotted a bag of pretzels shaped as cars characters. This bag, of course, was way overpriced but he was so excited that I got them for him. I didn’t think twice about not having a coupon. When another woman in the store saw this in my bag she commented on how she is an “extreme couponer” and would never pay full price for anything. I was somewhat stunned by her comment and saddened by the fact that her little boy, who is about 5, will not be eating those overpriced but special pretzels because his momma is a bit too engrossed in her coupons. I just wanted to thank you for reminding us to keep balanced and not go crazy. I think you posted one time as a challenge to miss a deal because it wont kill you 🙂 Just wanted to mention this and say that although I love my savings, I love my little guys smile a whole lot more!

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  1. Robin

    The bottom line here (before we get mad or on our soapboxes about how “extreme” we all are) is that personal finanace is personal. It is true for groceries to investments.

  2. Nancy

    I totally agree with her! Extreme couponer’s make it hard for us who just want to save money on our every day needs. Not stockpile in our garage!

  3. April

    I agree I love to save indeed but I love the smiles that I put on my kids faces even more!

  4. Emily

    Collin, I love your website!! It has saved my family so much money. I feel like you are one of the original coupon guru’s. They say that copycat is the best form of flattery so I just wanted to make you aware of a website called “freebies2deals.com” that blatently steals your commentary and posts it as her own. The only differences are that she replaces the 5-year old son wanting Cars 2 pretzels with her HUSBAND wanting Cars 2 cereal. This was posted 24 hours after your story. Coincidence??

    This plagiarism seems to be a pattern from this website. I just hate to see when others steal peoples honest work. Keep up the great work you are doing. We all know who the real honest expert in couponing is!!

    • justine

      can u please help me to get started on extreme couponing , i would like to find coupons that make items free. thank you

  5. justine

    can someone please help me on how to start couponing to get free items , i dont know any websites to go to. please im really interested in getting myself into extreme couponing. thank you

  6. monicac220

    On the contrary, the reason I coupon is so that I can afford such luxuries for my family.

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