I’ve been watching that show Extreme Couponing on AMC and have to admit I am fascinated. The show is somewhat critical of the habits of the extreme couponers, almost akin to Hoarders, but I’ve been talking to several people who have become interested in adapting some of those habits to save money or to start a stockpile. I think many people are taking notes instead of turning their nose up at these techniques.
I know some of these measures go the “extreme” and thus the title, but if done in moderation, and never to the point of obsession, I can see how using coupons, combining deals and taking advantage of store sales could really help. Of course I do not advocate dishonest measures, missing out on important family events or rude treatment of cashiers as occasionally shown on the show. We all know reality shows are built around various cut scenes so one never knows the full extent of the truth.
All in all I think if it helps people get in the habit of stockpiling, whether to save money, prepare for emergencies, donate to charity of all of the above, if kept within reason, then I see nothing wrong with it.