This is a repost, with an update.
Or at least they shouldn’t.
Here’s some more details about J’aime Kirlew’s coupon fraud during her stint on Extreme Couponing – or should that be stunt? I’m leaning towards stunt, with the whole jig, stilettos and purple eyeshadow. But you don’t ever know, I guess.
What I do know is that real couponers know what coupons are out, generally. I may not be able to detail what coupons are in my stash, even though I don’t receive 2500 inserts per week, but I have a good idea of what’s available. And I’m not the only one with this ability.
The other ability most real couponers have is to do basic addition. If the only coupon available for a specific product is for $1/4, and an “extreme” couponer bought 63, something ain’t right. I am not the smartest woman in the world, but 63 is not divisible by 4. There are screenshots showing J’aime using a completely incorrect coupon on the lunchmeat that she bought. This is not a rookie mistake. This is not something an ethical couponer does. This was done on purpose.
Cereal is a great stockpile item. Shelf price is usually near $4, and any time I can get it for less than $1, I get excited. I like cereal. My teenagers like cereal. My husband likes cereal. Unfortunately, I never seem to be able to find more than a $1/2 or a $1/3 coupon for the cereal we like. J’aime made her own sale by using a Fiber One coupon on Kix and Honey Nut Cheerios. In no view, in no frame of the show, did I see a box of Fiber One.
There are more instances, more items, more red flags. I am so disgusted by this. I am disappointed in TLC. I would like to see a retraction. I want to see a disclaimer. I do NOT want to see J’aime Kirlew teach another coupon class. Especially not at $35/per. As my granny would say (and does, often), “You oughta be ashamed yourself”.
Shame seems to be missing from the whole production.
Ms. Kirlew has admitted to coupon matching in a Wall Street interview. No shame. No shame at all. She also said she will not stop her unethical practices till register changes force her into changing. Again I say it. For shame.