Extreme Couponing Equals Extreme Blessings

TLC’s Extreme Couponing is back tonight.

We often get emails from our readers about amazing shopping trips. We love seeing your couponing success stories and wish we could share them all. The following email though was too great not to share.

Reader Stacy exemplifies one of the greatest aspects of Extreme Couponing: Giving back!

“The organization I work for had a friendly departmental contest to see which department could donate the most items for the Food Bank. Being a couponer, I became the department’s “secret weapon.” Your site was the other secret weapon. I’m thrilled to report that we were able to donate 1,508 items (1,267 lbs) from the generous $585 contributed by the department.


The best part was that we were able to donate some really useful groceries such as cream of chicken, mushroom soup, chicken noodle, tomato, and various Progresso soups, chili, corn, green beans, canned salmon, Annie’s mac & cheese, cereal, BBQ sauces, marinades, a turkey and so much more. The icing on the cake was that we won the surprisingly very competitive competition.

Being a couponer, I wasn’t satisfied with the results and know we could have done better. But given our 2-week window, I am very proud of my co-workers and was happy to put my coupon skills to work for such a good cause.

This Thanksgiving I’m grateful to you FAB Gals.”

So much to say about that email!

1. How awesome is that?!! OVER ONE THOUSAND LBS OF FOOD DONATED!! I have a hunch there will be a lot of grateful people on the receiving end of that donation. You. Are. Amazing.

2. Those are the stories of Extreme Couponing we LOVE to hear! We love that couponing allows many to give a little or a lot when they would often not be in a financial position to help otherwise.

3. Makes me giggle that after all of that food was donated, she still thought she could have done better. Now there’s a true couponer!

4. Stacy, while we are so glad you are grateful for us, it is readers like you that make us so dang proud. You motivate us to keep doing what we do. We HEART our readers!!

Now a challenge:

We want more emails like the one above. We want to see examples of charitable couponing, whether great or small. Did you gather a basket of couponed items for a neighbor? Did you donate items to a homeless shelter? Email us with a story and a picture.

We’ll post some of them over the next few weeks to give everyone a glimpse of the amazing side of Extreme Couponing!


Need help getting started on your journey to Extreme Couponing (done right!).

Our 90-minute coupon class on DVD will teach you step by step the correct and ethical way to implement extreme couponing. Use code EXTREME for a 55% discount at check out.


  • Sophie

    If you are going to do the Albies Gift Card Promo (buy $100 worth, get $20 for groceries) you might consider taking that $20 coupon and buying groceries and donating to the Food Bank as well this time around. I know that everyone gives in their own ways and for some families that $20 will help them get through the week or month and they really need it, but for those of us that are fortunate enough to not be in need of that extra $20 (or $40 or $100 depending on how many times you do the promo) it is an idea to consider since the $20 coupon expires within 7 days of getting it!! Just a suggestion.

  • Monica

    I have been telling friends that I want to donate my couponing skills (since we don’t have a lot of money right now) to use for charities in my town. I think that even teaching people at shelters how to also coupon to help bring in supplies for the shelter and then as life skills would be awesome. 🙂 LOVE THIS STORY!!!

    • D'Anna

      This morning, on my drive to work, i was listening to a radio report that 1 in 4 children live with food insecurity (uncertainty about where the next meal will come from). I believe that most people would love to take the opportunity to overcome that by learning how to get the maximum amount of food for the least amount of money via coupons. On Monday I am planning to call a few of the food banks and see if they would be receptive to some sort of shopping tutorial for their patrons….anyone currently involved in such a program in their area? I have 20 years of coupon knowledge I’d like to pass on to people who could truly use it.

  • shabangu

    I love your idea!!! I am really big on “teaching them how to fish” vs. fishing for them. I think this is a great life skill. I have only been couponing for about 6 months. It seemed rather overwhelming and intimidating to me so I was kind of chicken to start. I took some great classes and it really helped me understand the process and how I can feed my family for less. I think a shopping tutorial will be a great asset for the food banks!

    You guys are awesome!!!

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