Ok, so by now, if you read PART 1 of this post HERE and if you actively keep a check on our facebook page posts, you know that I don’t just dislike the TLC Extreme Couponing Show, I LOATHE it to the depths of my soul! If I were to write a post just sharing my personal feelings and thoughts on the show, I’m sure I could fill pages. But I’ve chosen to stick to The FACTS on why this show aggrivates me.

We are receiving even more daily questions and complaints from New Couponers that are disappointed in their shopping trips with coupons. TLC Extreme Couponing is to blame without question. As I’ve said before, it’s a REALITY show that has NOTHING to do with the Reality of Smart Couponing to Shop for Free and to save money each week in the stores.

The #1 Reality Check – STORE COUPON POLICIES was posted HERE.

And now we’re on to #2…

Huh? What did I just say ? GANG CUT COUPONS Yes, it’s a foreign term to most. I’m going to try to make this couponing rule as simple as possible to understand.

What you saw on the show: Consumers buying coupons from clipping services, ebay., etc. to score 20, 40, 100 + of the same item for Free or extremely discounted.

Why you can’t do it: This also points back to REALITY CHECK #1 – Store Coupon Policies won’t allow this many identical coupons Reality Check #2 – GANG CUT COUPONS NOT ALLOWED and NOT Reimbursed by Manufacturers to the stores.

For instance: There is a $1.00 off X brand product coupon, which goes on sale for $1 so I can get it free. I order 100 of those coupons from a clipping service.

Here are the facts, as explained to me by my local Rite Aid Store Manager. This is an issue that stores and brand manufacturers are very aware of and are now cracking down on even more so.

Those 100 Coupons were cut with a “Paper Cutter” or even scissors or other device so that you have a nice neat stack of perfectly shaped coupons.

X Brand Manufacturer will not reimburse the store for these. If there are more than 5 coupons with the exact same “Cut” ( GANG CUT ) they are not allowed, not reimbursed. For this reason, the stores won’t allow it-even if you did find one that didn’t have a number limit set on identical coupons.

Can you still stockpile and use a larger quantity of the same coupon? Most grocery stores disallow identical coupons beyond a few- most drug stores however do not have limits currently.

Many of you remember my “Dumpster Dive” where I scored 48 of the $1 off Purex Laundry Detergent Coupons. So, how did I do this?
I called my store manager the week they had it on sale and told her I had 48 of those coupons and that I wanted to make sure they had enough InStock for me to stock up. She told me NOT to cut them-to tear them out or to at least cut them individually so they did not match. I wanted to make sure the store would get reimbursed for all 48 coupons. I made my trip and they tool all 48 of my coupons so I was able to stock up on detergent for less than $1 per bottle.

That’s a score and I didn’t have to break any rules or cause the store a LOSS for it.

She also informed me that the “In-Ad Coupons” in the circulars are at risk by couponers that are redeeming/attempting to redeem Gang Cut coupons.

If the store tries to submit a large number of gang cut coupons which are disallowed-that manufacturer/brand will be less likely to sponsor an in ad promotion or will reduce the coupon value of amount of future in ad coupons.

We all suffer for those that try to cheat the system. And there is NO NEED ! You CAN Coupon wisely and within the boundaries set to stockpile, shop for free and/or save your family a large amount of money each week.

If you’re new to couponing, don’t try to learn from the Reality show. It hurts us all in the end.

Print your store Coupon Policy, Have it with you when you shop and know it well
Learn the rules and educate yourself on Coupon Fraud – YES, using a coupon incorrectly IS Fraud

It’s really that simple! Yes, that’s the Real REALITY…you don’t have to break the rules to save just because you saw it on TV!

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    1. I would guess it depends on the store. Larger chain stores are required to match the coupon amounts to the receipts totallyed by the register. The register matches the coupon to the exact item purchased, also a way that stores can not get reimbursed if a consumer uses it for an item other than what the coupon states. It’s all tracked electronically in the register at most stores these days.


    2. @ Claudia-I know for a fact that stores send in coupons for reimbursement that were not used by consumers. That makes me very angry because I know that store is stealing from those companies, but nobody will do anything about it.

    3. Loathe the show. I’ve watched it twice. Well, more like 1 & a 1/4. Big difference between an extreme coupouner and a RESPONSIBLE COUPONER!! Proud to be the second but it’s getting harder to do thanks to the extremes. I find that so unfair. Responsible couponing has been around since coupons themselves.

    4. You know my husband and I watched this a few times and would sit there in complete shock! How are these people doing this?!? It is NOT humanly possible to be paid EVERY time you walk out of the store! I only had ONE incident where I was paid to take items and it was a whole $.02! I was proud of that one, but on average I save my family and I around 60%, that’s not 97%, 100%, or, being paid to walk out of the store for their merchandise…I am sick of all this extreme couponing crap, it has made all of us who are just using coupons to create a stockpile of necessities for our family and save money look horrible! I love what I do and I would stop doing it, but watching all these “set-up” extreme hauls is just plain ridiculous! Thank you for posting this so everyone can see what really EXTREME COUPONING is 🙂

    5. This show is the reason that Real Couponers that do it the right way get “those looks” and are treated not so nice sometimes. It makes me so upset to and it is sooo misleading to beginners like myself. I have to admit that the show is the reason I started couponing, however, I do not expect to accomplish the things on this show. I am just a Mom who wants to save as much money as I can on the things I would buy anyway using matchups, sales, coupons, and extrabucks or whichever you get 🙂 Thank you for your aritcles about this. I think they should start a show “Real Life Couponers, in the Real World”.

    6. I’ve never heard a rule about stores not being reimbursed for “gang cut” coupons. Is there a clearinghouse we can confirm this with as opposed to a random store manager?

    7. In 5 months of couponing I have gotten 4 free toothbrushes, 4 free tic tacs and 2 free flashlights…I have learned to save as much as 70% but most of the time its more like 45%-50%. : )

    8. I totally agree to everything you have said re this show! I said the same things the very first time I saw this show. I have also contacted TLC re how this show is misleading the beginner. In my classes I make sure I emphasis that this show is not reality as you said. I hate that it is sooo misleading for the beginner.

      Loved the article and your blog.

    9. THANK YOU! This show basically ruins my life. I’m a couponer, who like you, does things correctly. If I get asked one more time how to get someone 1,000 boxes of Cheerios for a quarter I’m going to scream.

    10. I understand what u wrote. My husband has been saying the same thing everytime I sit down and watch. It is impossiable to be able to do this…. he says… He wants me to write to them and tell them to make the show here in Imperial Valley California. I need to inform u about something. The stores are to blame too cause the big stores hire people to cut coupons “GANG CUT” someone has to punch in the numbers in a computer sit there for hours and count every single one… That job goes to Mexico, to the poor people that need to work hard in order to make a dollar for the whole day.. I have a good friend that lived in Ensenada n comes from a poor family.. She used to work for a company from the United States. She had to count n punch in numbers in a computer. They got paid for every coupon they punch in. So these BIG COMPANIES like Safeway, Kroger, and others did what they say we are not allowed to do “GANG CUT”… so these companies get paid at the end of the day… They commit fraud.. with manufacture coupons.. so i believe that if they can do it,,,, so can we… They blame the consumer… but reality is that, Big companies do it more often than we think….

    11. Please write a part 3…. 😉

    12. THanks for posting this. I started couponing after watching this show and got a rude awakening to the reality of couponing. I have gotten a few things free. I have found though that majority of grocery stores in my area do not pay overages. Therefore, I do not and will not get my entire load for free. I average about 50-65% savings everytime I go. Plus, after research I have found out that some of the people on TLC are being investigated for fraud.

    13. Hi Lin, Sorry I just now saw your reply! No – the Eversave Coupon Signup is the first email submit that you do on that link – you can close out the window after that. Every “offer” or “ad” you see after that is just that – like many sites these days that show you other offers when you are signing up for something free. You’ll get coupon links in email from Eversave and don’t have to do any of those other ads/offers. 😀


    14. The Eversave coupon link above is confusing. I signed up, then had to go through a bunch of ads, and finally got a a page that I had to give my email address for something I really didn’t want to participate in. I closed the page, went through all that again, thinking I missed something, only to end up on a Relic Watches ad. Am I missing the free coupons somehow?

    15. I’m new-ish to all of this. I had no clue what a gang-cut was. What the heck are these people thinking?! What gets me is some of them tout how “Christian” they are all while basically stealing from the stores. UGH

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