Reality television program ‘Extreme Couponing’ has unintentionally created some repercussions due to its popularity and the increasing incidents of coupon frauds that has been happening since the show starting airing.
For those who are unfamiliar with the term extreme couponing, it is the act of deploying and combining coupons strategically in order to pay little to no cash for loads of groceries. While it is undeniable that couponing does help families a lot in terms of savings, there have also been cases where this has been abused. Several couponing frauds have already been identified, some of which have resulted in lawsuits and strict coupon policies from both retailers and manufacturers.
Some identified coupon frauds include counterfeit coupons, decoding coupon barcodes, redeeming expired coupons and stealing coupons from Sunday newspapers. These fraudulent acts have caused stores and manufacturers to make significant changes in their coupons and coupon policies.
Some repercussions of extreme couponing are the following:
1. Target stopped allowing the stacking of BOGO coupons.
2. Schick stopped allowing overages.
3. Walgreens and some other retail grocery stores adopted a new and different system of barcodes.
4. Rite Aid made a number of changes to its coupon policy.
5. Some Kroger stores stopped accepting competitor Catalina coupons.
6. Wal-Mart released a broad and complete coupon policy.
Despite these repercussions it can still be possible to achieve huge savings on your grocery shopping. What the manufacturers and retailers are trying to accomplish by implementing these changes is to stop the couponing fraud that has been happening and not deprive its consumers of an opportunity to patronize their products and still save some money.