Parents' Guide to

Extreme Couponing

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Shopping reality show sends mixed messages about spending.

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The series highlights how coupons can help people save money, especially during a difficult economy. It also shows how they can be used to help others. But the series' real draw is the way most of these couponers manage to work the system in order to get thousands of dollars worth of product for free. The sophisticated spaces some of them dedicate to their massive stockpiles of merchandise also adds to the appeal.

It's fun, but many of these folks are using coupons as an extreme way of feeding their compulsive shopping habit. Also worrisome are some of their greedy behaviors, like frantically (and laughingly) clearing shelves of products they don't need before other patrons have a chance to buy them, simply because they have coupons for them. You learn about saving money, but are left wondering if some of these folks will be appearing on a future installment of Hoarders.

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