[quote="Art321, post:1, topic:235242"]
I watched a preview of a new show that aired on TLC called Extreme Couponing. Overall it shows people who use coupons to the extreme. For example, I saw on how a woman went to buy a LOT of groceries that would have cost around 2,000 dollars. But she only had to pay around 100 something dollars.
Doesn't this seem wrong? I !
I didn't see the show but used to coupon and follow those clubs (pre-internet era) when it made sense (doesn't now). If she and the stores are adhering to the rules of those who issued the coupons, no there is no moral issue. In some places stores have put rules in place against double couponing and other practices, but if the store accepts the coupon they are the ones who have to deal with the manufacturers and show they purchased enough product to be covered by coupons, or comply with all other rules of the offer.
It is only in very competetive grocery markets that this practice becomes as beneficial. Ours is not, except a couple of private very localized chains the only competition are HEB and a few, not all, Walmarts. HEB has their own instore coupon deals aimed at families, and many piggy back on manufacturer offers, but the "extreme" couponing probably won't work here because of store policies.
there also used to be a lot more "premiums" gifts you got at point of sale or by sending in proof of purchase, that bolstered net gain from couponing, that is rarer now.
bottom line it is not stealing to use coupons as intended according the rules, the store and the manufacture consider it a cost of doing business and advertising.
my favorite coupon success was at Kmart, they had a special at Thanksgiving, buy a turkey, get a free ham. Both my brother and I had a coupon so we each bought 10 turkeys (the limit) and after consultation with the manager, also the 20 free hams, for a neighborhood food bank that had recently been robbed of all its holiday stores. We actually got on the evening news who happened to be there when we dropped off the meat. cool.