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12 gallons of milk???

12 gallons of milk???

I am overwhelmed. I started by reading this New York Times article: Honey, I Got a Year’s Worth of Tuna Fish: Coupon Clipping as the Key to Economic Rebirth. The article took me to FabuLESSly Frugal website where I took the video tour and learned that the only way to truly understand couponing is to by their $20.00 instructional DVD.

Next I decided I would be remiss if I didn’t check out the popular Discovery Channel television show: Extreme Couponing where I was bombarded with video after video of compulsive shopping.

Correct me if I’m missing something, but it seems to me all of this researching, printing, cutting, ordering and schlepping takes lots and lots of time, energy and money. What is missing through out all of these shenanigans is a common sense set of checks and balances.

Is everything on sale worth buying? Maybe it’s not even a bargain? Maybe it’s highly processed and not healthy? Maybe gas and storage space cost more than the savings? Maybe time spent on other activities is more valuable? Maybe we end up buying way more than we need or can use? Maybe this is another retailing ploy on vulnerable consumers?

Where is Ralph Nader when we need him?



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