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Jun 27 2011
7 years ago
8:51 PM MST

Extreme Couponing = Extreme Backlash?

Jun 27, 2011 @ 8:51 PM MST
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Extreme Couponing… has it turned in to a broken record?

Well, all I can say is that it’s definitely a very hot topic. One that even Yahoo Finance highlighted today in this article, which discusses how the show Extreme Couponing is causing Extreme Backlash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you feel the stores in your area are being affected.

As I hope all of you Hip2Saver readers know, Extreme Couponing is not realistic. And really, why the heck would you want it to be? Just think if Extreme Couponing was your life…

You go to bed at night dreaming about the mustard and BBQ sauce that is neatly stacked in your 2 car garage along with 500 packages of toilet paper, 60 bottles of detergent, 500 boxes of cereal and list goes on. When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, you slowly wake up to your hands moving in a cutting motion… and it remind you to get to printin’ and clippin’ those coupons. You run down the stairs not having brushed your hair or teeth… and start the long and tedious process of clipping your piles and piles of coupon inserts thrown all over the house. At about noon, you make your way to the computer to print coupons and order coupons… you don’t ever think about the amount spent to purchase these coupons. They are coupons, they are gold! And finally, after searching the Internet for the plethora of in-store deals to be had, you are off! Fast forward 6 hours and there you are – in the driveway. Your car is packed with bags and bags of…

Now I hope my little message above isn’t coming across that I don’t want you to use coupons. In fact, quite the opposite. Couponing is such an amazing skill to learn. One that has changed my life in such a positive way. That’s why I started this blog – as a way to share just how “Hip” those pieces of paper are. I also hope that I have and continue to emphasis just how important it is that you use coupons correctly. I want you to know how to properly use coupons the way the manufacturer’s intended, how to feel confident and empowered when you get to the register, how to stockpile in an un-extreme way, how to use your couponing talent to give back in a BIG WAY and most of all to just have fun with it and laugh at yourself occasionally! 😉

Life is too short to be so focused on these pieces of paper that you forget the whole reason you started clipping them in the first place. And, as I said in this video, if you save 90% on your grocery bill and you are spending the additional 10% on items you don’t need than you really aren’t saving money at all.

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Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply move the post to your Hip List and access it at your convenience.

How Does the Hip List Work?

It's easy! To use this feature, first head on over here and register and log into your account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back to later at a later time, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account. To remove a post from your HIP List, just click on the HIP List icon and it will be removed.

When logged into your account, you will see the HIP List icon at the bottom of every post if you are viewing in classic view.

If you prefer to view in river view, you will see the HIP List icon located on every post above the post title and to the right.

If you're wanting to print a certain deal, blog post, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. This will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include when printing from your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you! If there are deals (or portions of deals) that you are not interested in printing, just click on the red x button to remove them. To restore a section, click on the green arrow icon in the upper right hand corner.