You can go back to school to take classes in Sacramento in extreme couponing. See sites such as, No Clip Couponing in Sacramento | Fabulessly Frugal – Extreme Couponing, and Deals & Steals : Discussions : Extreme Couponing Class. Some people are setting up their own classes teaching extreme couponing in Sacramento because it has become so popular and continues to be a favorite of many families who watch the TV show, “Extreme Couponing.”Extreme couponing is growing popular in Sacramento.
It’s great for families with small children or with college students and women or men in college whose spouse earns under $35,000 annually or with parents of babies. But there’s a problem with the health quality of the processed packages of food offered by many coupons, particularly if a family is sensitive to certain grains or sweeteners. It works with the young and healthy. But do people gain weight on the food or have other symptoms? Or does couponing get people to come back for more of the same because they’re on tight food budgets for an entire family? See, Extreme Couponing – A Very Disturbing TV Show.
On the other hand, for one or two senior citizens, it may not be that realistic since most of the coupons are for processed foods rather than the so-called healthier faire such as fresh organic produce or organic meats and wild-caught fish, various raw products such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, gluten-free flours and fresh tree nuts, herbal teas, or black beans and black rice.
Check out the October 5, 2011 Sacramento Bee article by Kimberly Morales, “Extreme Couponing’ features Elk Grove mom.” Some extreme couponers load up on soda pop or packaged processed potatoes rather than fresh sweet potatoes or kale and other so-called “healthier foods.” You’ll find most of the coupons for bread feature wheat-based bread rather than gluten-free breads or the meals and flours to bake your own. The coupons often feature convenience-type, ready-to-eat foods.
Extreme couponing also is not for raw food enthusiasts, people on sugar-free or no-salt added diets, vegans, or those who don’t buy milk and soda beverages. That leaves a lot of Sacramento women and men doing extreme couponing for items from over-the counter allergy medicines to anyone who is frugal with food purchases, such as people with smaller incomes and young parents.
In the Sacramento Bee article, the 24 year old wife, student, and mother of a one-year old clips coupons for her family. She sets aside roughly 20 hours a week to research, clip coupons and shop. And the extreme savings are well worth the effort. You can also check out Sacramento Connect, a network of local bloggers and see the site, Poor Girl Eats Well blog.
Check out the TV program “Extreme Couponing” where the woman mentioned in the Sacramento Bee article, an Elk Grove resident will appear. According to the Sacramento Bee article, the woman on the”Extreme Couponing” TV show tonight lives with her husband and baby on his $25,000 annual salary and a strict $50 a month food budget. You can see how extreme couponing helps this family.
Besides couponing for her immediate family, she also coupons to help her older brother who is blind and deaf, and her father who is on permanent disability because of renal failure.
The deals the woman has been able to obtain through her extreme-couponing measures have helped her relatives get through difficult times, according to the Sacramento Bee article. Check out the episode at 10 p.m today. The show follows deal-conscious shoppers from across the country as they use their couponing skills to maximize their savings from store to store.
The cameras follow the woman through an Elk Grove supermarket where she buys food and over-the-counter allergy medicine using coupons. In fact, she tries to save at least 80 percent each time she shops. According to the Sacramento Bee, she sometimes doesn’t have to pay anything for a couple hundred dollars worth of food.
As cameras followed her for the show (she appears in the second half), she bought 21 boxes of Zyrtec, a popular allergy medication used by family members. By using coupons from the Zyrtec website and combining them with printable coupons, she received $5 off each box. After also applying a store coupon, she paid nothing.
She also bought stocking stuffers–candy, actually 260 boxes of Tic Tacs, which become winter holiday presents. The candy sold for $1.29 but was on sale at 10 for $10. Using coupons for $1 off per box, she was able to get all 260 boxes for free. This works fine when you buy Christmas present stocking stuffers for lots of people. But would it work for one senior citizen on a vegan diet?
The reality is that most coupons are for processed foods. Once in a while a store may offer a coupon for produce, but it’s not everyday. When someone has to focus on food for special diets such as no-salt added diets, or food that isn’t processed, it’s harder because few coupons exist for foods that are not packaged and processed or ready-to-eat.
You may get a coupon for various spreads or breads, but it’s rarer to find a coupon for extra-virgin olive oil in a dark glass bottle, leafy green vegetables, avocadoes, a pound of unprocessed tree nuts from a bulk bin, or coconut flour.
Check out the coupons for processed foods, frozen foods, soda, and bread, for example. You won’t find many coupons for wild-caught canned no-salt-added salmon, for example, or some of the ‘healthier’ varieties of food such as organic sauerkraut in glass jars…or fresh fruit. But you’ll find plenty of coupons for packaged cereals, candy, soda, and baking mixes for convenience. It’s assumed most people don’t have time to cook from scratch. Some people use coupons to buy candy and soda to hand out on Halloween.