Does one show define you as a couponer?
If you don’t like it, don’t watch. Don’t give them any attention.
It’s just entertainment. No one takes it seriously.
I’ve heard these in regards to “Extreme Couponing”, but I thought I’d break them down a little more.
Does one show define me as a couponer? Of course not. I would never appear on this type of show. It’s just not my thing. Could I duplicate these transactions? No, of course not. Stores have admitted that they broke their own policies for this show. Plus, I would never commit coupon fraud, much less on national TV. I have much stronger ethics than that. Aside from Paul and Tiffany, and Nathan Engels, I had never heard of any of these couponers, and I know a lot, a lot of bloggers. Sorry, but most of these people are newbies trying to cash in.
I hate fraud. It really is one of the things that pushes my buttons. So, when I see the egregious fraud committed by several of the EC’ers, I want to point it out. I want to point out that this is not how you do it. That it’s possible to save money and still be able to sleep at night. People make mistakes, true enough, but most of these weren’t mistakes. You can’t tell me that someone went on national TV without checking their coupons and list versus the sales several times. I don’t believe it.
So should I be watching the show if it bothers me that much? Probably not. But until they get the news that it’s not okay to rip off the stores, then I’ll keep writing.
Fraud is not entertainment. And judging from the number of hits that I get for terms relating to “Extreme Couponing”, there are lots of someones is taking it very seriously.
So, “live” blogging for the next two episodes is up for later this evening. Sorry, my 2 year old was just way too helpful last night.