The TLC show “Extreme Couponing” has created an overwhelming interest in couponing and thousands of people are now clipping coupons for the first time ever. While TLC could be using the show as a tool for teaching others about the benefits of couponing, they have instead portrayed the absolute worst examples of couponing.
On the show we’ve seen everything from shelf-clearing to coupon fraud. It’s not only put a bad light on couponers, but has misled viewers into thinking that these tactics are okay. Let me be clear – just because you see someone do it on television, does not mean it’s right.
In my ongoing attempt to educate beginner couponers on the ins and outs of couponing, I’ve decided to write a “Coupon Etiquette” series. This series will not only teach you the unspoken rules of couponing (which will keep you from being disliked in the coupon community), but will also help you learn which couponing tricks are legitimate and which are illegal (which will keep you out of jail).
In addition to using the show “Extreme Couponing” as a “How NOT to Coupon” guide, I hope you will follow these coupon etiquette lessons on the unspoken rules of couponing.
- Coupon Etiquette Tip #1: Don’t Clear the Shelves + 10 Tips for Dealing with Empty Shelves
- Coupon Etiquette Tip #2: Don’t Be a Peelie Thief
- Coupon Etiquette Tip #3: Don’t Steal Newspapers or Coupon Inserts + 10 Free Ways to Get More Coupons