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#961

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 5:21 AM

Stealing newspapers from foreclosed homes? Someone still paid for those subscriptions!

Someone who already has enough crap going on in their lives that they don't need yet another person figuratively kicking them in the shins. Maybe they'd like to use the coupons that came in their own paper, read about local news, use the paper as yet another resource (along w/ the internet) to look for a job, find local free activities they can do w/ their kids, etc.

that first chick spends sixty hours a week doing this? How can that can be?

Especially when they showed her w/ a husband and a young son. Does she pay to put him in daycare, or [ugh] ignore him all day while she clips coupons?

I was a little irritated that they didn't explain why the lady's ecoupons didn't end up working.

Do you think she went home, figured out which items she actually paid for and then returned them? Returned food gets thrown out because the store can't guarantee it wasn't tampered with.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 5:56 AM

I can't believe I did this but the things visible on the first one's list (she of the little girl with a severe adenoid problem voice and sparkly top paired with 'I stole my smaller sister's frilly jacket') when she held it up were -

10 Nabisco 100 calorie packs
10 Special K cereal
9 Jolly Time
10 Sunkist 2 ltr
30 Vitamin Water
6 Fuze (I think this is some other sugary drink crap, too lazy to Google)
9 Nesquik (I know this is some other sugary drink crap)
10 Diet Coke
20 Powerade (see above)
9 Brownie mix
9 Cookie mix
10 Sugar free cake mix (I can't even imagine the sewer of petrochemicals in boxed sugar-free cake mix. Honest to god for these three is fucking flour that expensive?)
10 Dole crisp (I Googled. I wish I hadn't. It's tinned fruit, in a little cup, less than 4 oz, with like, some sortof sugary faux fruit crisp topping on top. In the little plastic cup. With the plastic cover. On the shelf. I'm sure that's very crisp. Is fruit and some fucking oatmeal that expensive? 3.8 oz., btw, 160 calories, 3.5 g fat and TWENTY GRAMS of sugar [that's like 5 teaspoons, in less than a half cup])
10 Muellers (no idea)
3 Butterball bologna (this seems wrong somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it...)
8 Bulleye bbq [sic] (god only knows)
10 Worcestershire (because who doesn't need 10? I think there's one in my fridge, I think it came with the fridge.)

Even if it's free, lady....

Edited by beezer, Apr 28, 2011 @ 6:25 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 6:24 AM

Desirae has her son in preschool. She leaves him with her mom a lot. He's up all hours of the night. It's bad. He's the kid you don't want your kids to be in class with because he's so wild.
Also, Desirae is freaking out now because she swears she never actually dumpster dives, she just did that for TV. also she says she didn't clear the shelves because BILO was in on it and preordered everything.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 6:45 AM

*claps* beezer I am in awe. Thanks for taking one for the team.


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They said she pays $2000 a year for Sunday papers

Wait, wha? I did a quick estimate and for two adults we pay around $1700 a year for food (minus eating out but we don't do that often). She only had one stepson in addition. I'd lose money shopping like her.

O/T Atlantic Vamp

Yo, Dumbpants! Gotcha covered!

For a second there I was like "That's not like Atlantic Vamp to call another poster a name!?" Then I realized that was their screen name. And all was well in the world.

Stephanie has perma-stunned eyes. Probably from drinking all of those sugary/caffeinated beverages.

I made the error of trying to watch this show while also watching a documentary on the Vrba-Wetzler Report (two Slovakian Jews escaped from Auschwitz and helped made the world aware of the gas chambers). BAD idea. Don't cross the fluffy and serious streams. They just don't mix.

Edited by monty9, Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:40 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:50 AM

Both did not appear to have overages, so I guess they purchased that stuff because they will actually use it?
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:54 AM

that first chick spends sixty hours a week doing this? How can that can be?
Especially when they showed her w/ a husband and a young son. Does she pay to put him in daycare, or [ugh] ignore him all day while she clips coupons?


My ex used to go to the stationary store on Sundays and pick up all their unsold papers, he'd bring a car full home and spend the entire week going through them, clipping hundreds of coupons for all kinds of this and that including dog food (we didn't own a dog) baby formula (our son was 6 at the time) and so on. It consumed him; he'd offer the things to anyone who came by. He hasn't had a job in at least a dozen years; no surprise, right? I worked, did all the house work, everything with the kid and all the yard work.

Nuts? Yes-in fact three different psychologists diagnosed him with severe OCD. He didn't believe them and insisted that they 'didn't understand'.

It's entirely possible. I'd classify the spouses as enablers and would suggest that they all need massive amounts of counseling.

I do wish this show put a crawl or something up at the end to say what happened to all the crap these twits collect. I recall one guy was going to donate a butt load of cereal to a food bank but the rest?

Edited by beden, Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:56 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:09 AM

I don't know anyone says 'cue-pon' in real life, and these loons live all over the country and they all say it.

Heh, I do and so do my family/friends. The first time I remember hearing coo-pon is from Larry the Cable Guy. I had no idea that was "the" way to say it and it sounds off to me *shrugs*. Probably the only thing that comforts me about this show.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:16 AM

That was such a load of Barbra Streissand. I also have to call "shenanigans" on her claiming she was printing up to 10 coupons on her five computers. That limitation is per IP adress, not computer, so for that to work she'd have to have five different Internet connections. Hmmm, maybe she's illegally stealing her neighbor's unsecured wireless connections?


I think it depends on your internet setup and provider. We have two computers, and printing the usual two max on each works.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

Then the fatass whining about having to pay for her groceries because she fucked up loading her store card (or, more likely, they were correctly rejected by the computer).


I agree, I think the computer caught something and she knew it. She could only stand there and play dumb about not knowing why the e-coupons were rejected.

This show is starting to get really repetitive. I could do up some Bingo cards and use squares such as "clears shelf of items she doesn't need" and "EC looks older than declared age" and "expresses anxiety while at checkout".
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:37 AM

I agree, I think the computer caught something and she knew it. She could only stand there and play dumb about not knowing why the e-coupons were rejected.

That explains why she was all sweaty and nervous at the checkout line.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:41 AM

From what I know about e-coupons, they have been made specifically to work with that store's system. Since they are loading it on your store card, they know exactly if you used them more then once (sometimes a no-no, sometimes not). You also can't "cheat" and buy different things with the e-coupons on the card because they match both the national sku and the store sku (which is not always available for the customer to check, double-check, and cheat), which regular coupons can't do. You can't even buy the wrong size without the coupon being rejected.

So yes, I do believe she was trying to cheat the system either with similarly sku'd products or buying the wrong size to get more savings.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 8:42 AM

It's not only couporn, it's also fascinating to see young women wasting their best years obsessed with store savings, piling crap food into their homes like hamsters, and thinking that the free "food" they cache is worth a damn. Cake mix? If it's free you're still paying too much. That's just one example.

I can guarantee you, 20something EC's, that in 20 years' time you're going to kick yourself for spending the decade--where you have the most energy, the most opportunities, and the best health -- running to Kroeger's to buy ramen and Mountain Dew. A shelf full of deodorant is not a legacy.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:02 AM

It is the obsessiveness of the behavior that fascinates rather than the shopping trip.

I actually don't doubt that it takes 60 hours a week to do the kind of EC these people do. They are not just casually clipping a few coupons. Shopping with coupons is much more time consuming even on the very small level I do - i.e. I spot a coupon for a product that I actually use and then have to match it the correct product.

It also takes time to unpack and sort. The woman who said that anyone who claims it takes 10 hours is lying said the one true thing.

I do have issues with the stores permitting their rules to be broken to be annoying though. I don't believe that any store would normally allow one to break up an order to circumvent whatever rule is in place that limits coupon use or provides a benefit per transaction.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

Sure those teen aged boys flocked to that woman's house for frozen pizza. It had nothing to do with that yard of cleavage she was flashing


Thank you! I yelled that out... with your "beautiful home" and "beautiful SUV" do you think you could buy a "beautiful properly fitted bra" to house those water balloons.

The first one, with the speech impediment or whatever the fuck weird glottal adenoidal swallowing her words thing that was driving me crazy, and the glitter shirt? Fuck off, bitch. God, so insufferable. "*glug* ah dun warnt to pay arnythang!' Well bully for you.


This made spit my coffee out! I notice this too, but I'm just so damn mean.. buy the way I bought that coffee, with a kewpon(ugh) it was Duncan..1.50 off and it was on sale for 7.49 too.(jumping up and down) So, I really got the deal.*rollseyes*

Edited by rosepetal1065, Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:23 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

I find saving 80% to be mind-boggling.


Yes, here on our planet, where we are all normal. But not necessarily in Extreme Coupon "I get it for free and save 101% or else we don't buy it" Land.

10 Sugar free cake mix (I can't even imagine the sewer of petrochemicals in boxed sugar-free cake mix. Honest to god for these three is fucking flour that expensive?)
10 Dole crisp (I Googled. I wish I hadn't. It's tinned fruit, in a little cup, less than 4 oz, with like, some sortof sugary faux fruit crisp topping on top. In the little plastic cup. With the plastic cover. On the shelf. I'm sure that's very crisp. Is fruit and some fucking oatmeal that expensive? 3.8 oz., btw, 160 calories, 3.5 g fat and TWENTY GRAMS of sugar [that's like 5 teaspoons, in less than a half cup])
10 Muellers (no idea)
3 Butterball bologna (this seems wrong somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it...)
8 Bulleye bbq [sic] (god only knows)


See, I can't fault the items on the list, but the quanitity is ridiculous. Bullseye is (delicious) barbecue sauce--why they need EIGHT of them, I cannot fathom. Lots of kids grew up on canned fruit and bologna and survived (and some of grown-up kids have those two things in our lunches for today!) I am surprised there's only 3 packages of bologna on the list. Maybe because it's eventually perishable? Muellers is pasta--when she gets up to 100 boxes, it would be surprising. Sadly, 10 boxes just seems to be the norm for this group.

Fresh fruit may not be so expensive but I know I rarely buy it because it goes bad before our little family eats it all. I just can't hate too too much on these people's eating habits because we all have different tastes. I'm sure if someone looked in my pantry, they might freak out by the amount of soda, Chef Boyardee and cereal two adults with no children keep on hand. Yes, fresh is always better (shop the perimeter of the store, they say) but people also buy what they like to eat, and what their kids like to eat. It's the quantity that just kills me...
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:31 AM

This show is starting to get really repetitive. I could do up some Bingo cards and use squares such as "clears shelf of items she doesn't need" and "EC looks older than declared age" and "expresses anxiety while at checkout".

And, "Oh, God. Not the Yakosoba noodles again."

it's also fascinating to see young women wasting their best years obsessed with store savings, piling crap food into their homes like hamsters, and thinking that the free "food" they cache is worth a damn. Cake mix? If it's free you're still paying too much.

This. It's been said before about other Extreme Couponers, but the 60 hour per week couponer is only getting paid whatever groceries her family consumes during the week for those 60 hours she worked. The fact that she brings home additional crap that goes unused just takes up space in the house but doesn't benefit her family. How much can 1 couple plus 1 pre school boy consume during 1 week? $200 maximum, but probably much less. She's working for a lousy $3 per hour.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:58 AM

I yelled that out... with your "beautiful home" and "beautiful SUV" do you think you could buy a "beautiful properly fitted bra" to house those water balloons.

Hee! Maybe she claimed those were bought with the "savings" from couponing - but that was left on the cutting room floor.

Stephanie's narrative about her coupon use (by the way I've always said cue-pon, as do most people I know out here in the Wild West), kind of wandered off point. She said she started with coupons when she had a back problem and couldn't work, I think mumbled something about feeding her family, then mentioned her "beautiful SUV" and "beautiful home" - without explaining just how those things relate to her couponing.

I think it's because she profits by reselling a lot of that shit. Or maybe she's managed to make money with her website (if she's the one cited above as having one) somehow.

Even allowing for a generous sprinkling of OCD among this crowd leading to hoarded stockpiles, I'm convinced many of them are quietly turning those bargains into cash. Which may account for some of those loonng hours they claim to devote to their coupon activities. They probably keep it low key and under the radar (especially under the IRS radar).
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 9:59 AM

I like how they make the check outs all dramatic, to seem as if the person is receiving a diagnosis as to whether she has cancer or not. And, then, when she finds out she has to pay 30 whole dollars (!) for her $600 worth of food, it's as if she was just told she only has six months to live. However, I can't seem to make myself care.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:17 AM

I don't buy for a second that Stephanie was stealing "only" from foreclosed homes. (I put "only" in quotes because Lord knows that would be heinous enough.) She was running to her car pretty damned fast considering that the house was supposed to be empty. (Either that or she was trying to not let neighbours see her.)

Color me surprised that the first chick was 24 and the second was 28.


Me too! I thought that Stephanie was in her mid-30's at least.

Did anyone else notice her saying that her 18-year-old stepson "sometimes has to eat cereal he doesn't like because it was free"? I have teenagers, and let me tell you, they don't eat ANYTHING they don't like. I'm betting that she ends up throwing out a lot of cereal because no-one wanted to eat it.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

I don't know anyone says 'cue-pon' in real life,

Metro-Orlando Clear Channel talk radio personalities here pronounce it that way.

I tried couponing a bit when I first got married. My husband and I had a business together and things had slowed down at that time. Our quality of life improved greatly when I actually went out and got another job. No time to coupon, but we were able to buy whatever we wanted to consume and shopping was a breeze.

Edited by cjane, Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:50 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

I don't buy for a second that Stephanie was stealing "only" from foreclosed homes. (I put "only" in quotes because Lord knows that would be heinous enough.) She was running to her car pretty damned fast considering that the house was supposed to be empty. (Either that or she was trying to not let neighbours see her.)


That seemed very odd because it's unlikely that someone is continuing to pay for newspaper delivery when they have moved out - and those bundles looked like a paper rather than a Supersaver.

Spending $2000 a year on coupons seems to negate any real economic savings. Admitted I live in an area which doesn't double coupons or pay overages but still - the coupons I see are almost exclusively for the highest price stuff when generics are acceptable or highly processed food.

Until someone shows me where they are getting coupons for foods I actually buy in significant quantity every week - fresh fruit and vegetables; fresh meat and fish in qualities cuts and staples I remain unconvinced. I've done the math and the coupon for Quaker's Oatmeal is still less of a deal than the generic oatmeal (just as an example).
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:24 AM

I just can't hate too too much on these people's eating habits because we all have different tastes. I'm sure if someone looked in my pantry, they might freak out by the amount of soda, Chef Boyardee and cereal two adults with no children keep on hand. Yes, fresh is always better (shop the perimeter of the store, they say) but people also buy what they like to eat, and what their kids like to eat


It might also be what you developed a taste for while growing up. I'm 51. We never ate processed food or drank soft drinks. We did have Kool-Aid and I still love it - see- indoctrinated at an early age.

I'll have a McDonalds burger twice a year - maybe. There are only two in our household but we always have at least bananas in the house. We don't buy a "bunch", just what we think we will consume in a week.

My niece in law was shocked when she found out how chicken nuggets were made. Her kids love them. I don't know if she will stop feeding them that stuff, but they are on their way to salt and sugar addictions.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

I don't buy for a second that Stephanie was stealing "only" from foreclosed homes.


We only saw 1 newspaper on each driveway. Had there been a stack of 8 or 12 on each driveway, THEN I would have said that those were abandoned homes (but, how easy is it to cancel the subscription, especially when money is that tight?). Instead, she is stealing newspapers from homes where someone is still paying for the subscription. For all she knows, the homeowner is swinging by on Sunday afternoon to pick up the paper, or a neighbor is collecting the paper for the homeowner.

Did anyone else notice her saying that her 18-year-old stepson "sometimes has to eat cereal he doesn't like because it was free"?

That would make her the proverbial evil step mom. Her son was a pretty nice kid, as were his friends.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:40 AM

Ah, Stephanie. The cleavage "tramp stamp" was soooo distracting.

Here's a news flash, sweetie. If you spend $2000 per year on newspapers, you are spending $40 a week on coupons, so subtract that from your "savings".

I think she was stealing newspapers from occupied homes too, and how much gas does she waste trolling around for "free" papers?

Who needs 1000 tubes of toothpaste? I go through 4 a year, max. And yes, I do brush my teeth 2-3 times a day. I just don't get it.

Edited by 3 is enough, Apr 28, 2011 @ 1:09 PM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:21 AM

Someone needs to tell Sheila, the second woman who steals newspapers, that's not where a tramp stamp is sppsd to go.


You read my mind. I can't believe she was 28; I'm 30 and she looks 10 years older than me.

I don't get it. They show their stacks of stuff at home. Why, in the name of all that's holy, are they out shopping again?


To get on TV. That's why every trip they show is the largest the featured shopper has ever done, EVER! Nathan supposedly pre-ordered everything he bought large quantities of, but they "made" him clear the shelves for the show. I don't get the draw; I would not want to look like a lunatic on television.

The first one, with the speech impediment or whatever the fuck weird glottal adenoidal swallowing her words thing that was driving me crazy, and the glitter shirt? Fuck off, bitch. God, so insufferable. "*glug* ah dun warnt to pay arnythang!' Well bully for you.


Bwahaha! It sounded almost as if there was voice distortion/disguise involved, but it was her actual voice - so strange! Nobody is buying that you get decked out in your best sequined tank and flats to dumpster dive, lady. Put your sweatpants with the elastic ankle bands back on.

I think if this show continues to film, they will bring more and more of the crazies on. I know of a woman in my area (acquaintance of a friend) who has been kicked out of several stores for abusing coupons. It's her "job" and she re-sells in her front yard to support a pretty serious drug habit.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:31 AM

Did I hear Stephanie correctly when she said she loaded "e-coupons" on to her store card and therefore could use two coupons for 1 item? How is this not fraudulent? I've never even heard of this practice. Does anyone else load e-coupons on their store card?

It sounded like maybe the store was able to recognize that she had already used a coupon for a given item and did not "honor" the e-coupon, though.

And I was also confused as to the practice of using 5 computers to print out online coupons. Does the website check the computer's MAC address in order to determine if that computer already accessed the site to print coupons? Maybe it looks at the cookies? If that's the case, how dumb is Stephanie to not know that she just needs to clear the cache and then should be able to print more coupons? Does she also have 5 printers? How much did all of that hardware cost? And how is that saving money??

Between basically admitting to fraud and spending all the money on her computer farm, she didn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed. She did seem to bask in the adoration of her son's teenage friends which was just...weird.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

First, when my son was a teen, I fed him what he wanted to eat (healthy, but the healthy things he enjoyed). What is the point of forcing people to eat what they dislike? Why not get coupons for the cereal he does like and get a bunch when they go on sale? Too much like normal?

Second, the family friend who said he knew where to come if there was a nuclear accident made me smile. This is why you STFU about your hoard. If there is a real disaster or political upheaval, people will be coming for you and your food. I hope girlfriend is well-armed so she can protect her stash. You don't tell people what you have. If the friends come over and you want to feed them, fine, but you don't show them the hoard. /survivalist rant

Third, $2000 a year for newspapers? For coupons for mostly junk foods? Huh? Again, wouldn't it make more sense to just go out and get a job?

eta - COOPON people, coopon. Not KEWPON. I wanted to shoot my TV every time I heard it pronounced that way. Maybe it's a pet peeve, but how do you get that pronunciation from COUpon?

Edited by aliyameadow, Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:38 AM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:34 AM

"it her "job" and she re-sales in her front yard to support a pretty serious drug habit" Hearsay.

I wish the interviewer has asked Nathan why he buying toothpaste to send to the troops if he already had 1000 tubes in his garage.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:40 AM

Regardless, two things are absolutely true about this last show. Those ladies don't need to eat or drink what they're buying and most of what they're so called saving on is junk!
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:40 AM

Desirae is freaking out now because she swears she never actually dumpster dives, she just did that for TV.

That was pretty obvious to me thanks to the shiny, brand-new ladder she had and the sight of her nearly killing herself attempting to get into the thing. There was no way she had done that before and I found it interesting that she just so happened to land in a dumpster conveniently filled with discarded Sunday coupon inserts instead of piles of hobo poop or a nest of rats.
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