TLC has a series of shows called Extreme Couponing. I have mixed emotions about this. I use coupons that get sent to me in the mail or in my Sunday paper. I even ask friends from time to time for coupons if there are coupons that I know I can really benefit from that they are not using. I even do what the extreme couponers do which is matching coupons with the sale ads. I respect people using coupons and digging themselves out of debt as well as respecting people giving their surplus to the food bank and other charities.
Here is where I get hesitant because I know what I'm about to say may offend some, but I think it needs to be said. These people who do extreme couponing say they are not hoarders, they just have a stock supply for emergencies. I even get that. But how much is enough? Do they not trust in the Lord to provide? What about the sin of gluttony? or greed?
My issue is that these extreme couponers clear off the shelf so there is none left for other shoppers. Some people live out in the country and drive for an hour or more to do their shopping and then when they can't get everything on their list because it has been cleared out is not right. I know shoppers can get rainchecks but still.
So what is enough food for a stockpile in our homes? 6 months? 1 year? 2 years? What about the lady in the show who had 2 large rooms, I think one was an entire attic, full of food and paper products and was then moving her husband out of his office just so she could store more food? Is that giving our husbands the respect they deserve? I mean, this is to the point of idolatry with these coupons.
My personal thoughts about how much is enough is this. If you want to have a year of food, health and beauty, and paper products stockpiled, then how many times are you going to make spaghetti in a year? For my family I make it about once a month. That means we would only need 12 jars of sauce in our stockpile at any given time. I understand the cycles of coupons and sales. If you watch closely, certain foods go on sale every 4 weeks. Other foods it's every 6, 8 or 12 weeks. Coupons also appear on cycles. By understanding this, there is no need to make such insanely large, clear off the shelf purchases.
I have to wonder how much food these people throw away because it goes bad. The couple with all those potato chips...Oil goes rancid and tastes terrible. Have you ever eaten potato chips that have expired? They can taste really bad because the oil they've been fried in has gone south. I wonder if any of them have had mice get into their food supply.
Finally...You know throughout life, laws and rules get changed for the stricter because of just one person. It only takes one person to spoil it for all of us. I'm thinking that couponing and sales may change for all of us because of the actions of a few.
I've ranted long enough about this. Please friends, trust in the Lord to provide. Give Him thanks for your bounty. Listen to your heart regarding greed and glutony and use common courtesy to your fellow shoppers who may want the same products as you.
What do you think about this? Have you seen the shows? Am I wrong in my thinking? Do you use coupons? I'd love to hear from you and your thoughts.
Happy Homemaking and Blessings,