Whether you have been couponing for years are you area newbie, chances are you have heard about TLC’s newest show, Extreme Couponing.
This show has glamorized the art of clearing shelves, stockpiles that are towers high, and a lifestyle that cannot be kept up by the average individual. In fact, there has even been talk of coupon fraud on the show.
Since this show aired, there has been a lot of coupon activity. Many individuals are coming into couponing looking to save 95% on their grocery bill. While I do not claim you will never walk out of a store paying nothing, to do this weekly with your groceries is not accurate. Depending on your area (different prices of meat, regions that double, those that can use competitor coupons) you should be saving 50% to 80% on your grocery bill.
With this recent explosion of “extreme couponing“, some stores are tightening their belt…one rumor being Publix. It is said that TLC will air some “extreme couponers” at Publix in an upcoming episode. Just yesterday, Publix’s Fan Facebook page announced that they are indeed changing their coupon policy and will release it in one month’s time.
There is chat about one type of competitor coupon per transaction, competitor coupons being limited to competitor stores that house a deli, bakery, and meat department, as well as use of competitor coupons that are only in a five mile radius.*
If you are a Publix Shopper, check out this recent article posted by the Tampa Tribune – Publix May Change It’s Coupon Policy. There is good conversation going on, so leave your thoughts here, on Facebook, or on The Tribune’s Website.
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