Tonight’s “Kim & Kourtney Take New York” episode addressed a growing phenomenon and the effects of EXTREME COUPONING. Yes, I watch Kim & Kourtney Take New York and couponing isn’t an official word. The activity of collecting coupons, looking for discounts, and capitalizing on the discounts isn’t a new fad but its recently popularity is due to TLC’s hit show; Extreme Couponing. In all honesty, it’s not a bad show. This article will address my main issue with extreme couponing and that is over-consumption.
As highlighted by Kourtney’s long-term partner Scott Disick (she still won’t marry him), extreme couponing can have psychological effects because it takes time and effort to master this craft. In the process of mastering extreme couponing other things can play second fiddle to priorities. The amount of time devoted to such a sport can takes hours and require many days of sitting down, while watching Ellen or one of those judge shows. Is the baby not crying in the other room? She is hungry…durrr…feed your infant!
Kourt and Scott
Most importantly, extreme couponing is another term for buying a bunch of items you don’t need. That is the only method in which you can save a bunch of money. Buying 15 tubes of toothpaste and five ketchup bottles ISN’T saving, it’s actually spending and when the discounts roll in you’re stuck with a bunch of products that are often times rendered useless. Many of them just sit on shelves for months or until the Mayans predict our demise; 2012. It’s obvious that buying a thousand dollars worth of groceries and only paying $36 has its benefits but these couponers are not seeing the big picture.
Our world, especially in American, is full of people who over consume and don’t realize they generate a massive amount of waste. Having 30+ jars full of pickles isn’t a good deal, it’s dumb. If you like pickles then….whatever I’m no valedictorian. My point is more evident on a global scale when people own and store things they don’t need. On Kim & Kourtney Take New York, Scott Disick (she still won’t marry him), may an excellent suggestion to donate Kourtney’s rolls of toilet paper to people who may need it. So, instead of hoarding troves of deodorant and baby formula; DONATE IT to your local charity. These extreme couponers would be out-of-business if they actually bought things they needed on a monthly basis. Trust me the story would be different because coupons don’t exist, with a 99% discount for normal requirements, therefore couponers are forced to buy random, trivial store items or in bulk.
Lastly, my point isn’t to demonize the practice because it has its benefits but this new sport is not practical for the mainstream individual who wants to save 90+% on the things he or she needs. Also, it has unintended consequences which aren’t realized by the average consumer. I would like to see a manufacturers study on how extreme couponing affects the local grocer and/or the economy in a mid-sized town. That’s another article. Either way, thanks for your attention and share your comments.
Sidenote: If you’re wondering “What Is Scott Disick’s Job?” or “What Does Scott Discick Do For His Occupation?” Scott is affiliated with companies that make supplement products for GNC. He is from a privileged family and chances are he makes more money than the average American.
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