Mr. G began watching the show with me and kept asking, "why?" and "what's the point?" He also asked why stores haven't put a maximum on purchases. In several cases they have, and I'm positive more stores will now due to the show's unrealistic and irresponsible portrayal of couponing. Mr. G retired to our bedroom after about 10 minutes because he "couldn't take the crazies anymore."
And now the blogworld is buzzing about one of the couponers, J'amie, who appears to have fraudulently used coupons on the show. She's the one who kept applying her hideous makeup throughout the show. Allegedly J'amie used UPC decoding to make her outrageous purchase. UPC decoding is basically (very basically) using a coupon for an item that the coupon wasn't intended for, which is illegal.
I first learned about UPC decoding when I used a B1G1 Free coupon for Men's Body Wash and when I looked at the receipt later that day I noticed that the coupon was applied to the toilet paper I purchased instead. It occurred to me that because the body wash and toilet paper was from the same family company that the register must have taken off the toilet paper.
You can read all about the Extreme Couponing drama HERE.
I'll continue to watch Extreme Couponing because, well, it's interesting. But I'm fearful of how the show will affect us normal couponers. It would be a shame if stacking and doubling was no longer allowed because people begin to abuse the system.