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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Get Paid to Exercise!

There's a company called Switch2Health who offers a product that rewards you for exercising. Now that sounds like an exercise plan everyone could benefit from! I would love to get paid to exercise. How about you? You can read more about it here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Extreme Couponing - Are They Ruining It For The Rest of Us?

Extreme Couponing is controversial. The new TLC program has many people jumping in and relay racing to the checkout for not just their own piece of the pie, but the whole entire pie! It's left others asking, "WHERE are these extreme couponing people shopping?! How come the store doesn't limit their purchases? I wonder if advertisers paying for those newspaper inserts are happy to see them being used  abused?"  
Looking back, nearly 30 years ago when my kids were very small, my mother in law and I spent maybe an hour a week together clipping coupons, planning meals and shopping trips. Back then one of the attractions besides redeeming coupons for immediate savings was to cut bar codes from these same products and mail them in for free gifts and samples. Occasionally these might result in items such as a small stuffed animal, or perhaps a package of diapers, etc.

We even paid a very small fee for a Coupon Exchange Newsletter which enabled us to trade coupons with subscribers all over the United States via snail mail. Hey, it worked! We saved money on our groceries, sampled new products and received "free gifts" via redemption. I think our biggest week we may have saved $20 on our grocery bill (a big deal back then and this in a location where I've NEVER seen double coupons offered anywhere). However, we actually purchased items we needed, we didn't wipe out entire shelves and hoard 93 boxes of croutons or 142 bottles of cough medicine like some consumers recently showcased on TLC's  Extreme Couponing.

This overzealous practice by some people shown on Extreme Couponing, makes me question whether coupons themselves will become extinct? To be fair, I applaud a couple of good Samaritans represented that have donated to food banks and charities, but on the show it appears they are vastly outnumbered by  greedy basement-shelving-hoarders. (Which of course, makes for what is considered "good entertainment" in the cheap reality show genre.)

One things for sure, extreme couponing has got people talking. Don't take my word for it though. You may be interested to read a few comments on extreme couponing to see what others have to say. And just to stir the pot a little more, let me leave you with a few words attributed to the infamous, Donald Trump....."The point is that you can't be too greedy."

And my response to that is......................."huh?!"

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