Extreme Couponing

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Extreme Couponing
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GenreReality
Created byGomez Eli
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes41 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerMatt Sharp
ProducerSharp Entertainment
Running timeapprox. 22 minutes
Release
Original networkTLC
Original releaseDecember 29, 2010 (2010-12-29)[1] –
December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)

Extreme Couponing (renamed Extreme Couponing: All-Stars for its third season) is an American reality television entertainment series produced by Sharp Entertainment and aired on cable network TLC in the United States and Canada.

History[edit]

Extreme couponing is an activity that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries. The concept of "extreme couponers" was first mentioned by The Wall Street Journal on March 8, 2010, in an article entitled "Hard Times Turn Coupon Clipping Into the Newest Extreme Sport".[2] On March 25, 2010, ABC Nightline followed up with its Season 3 premiere with a segment entitled "Extreme Couponing Competition: How Far Can $50 Go?"[3]

TLC's Extreme Couponing is a show about shoppers who make extensive and focused use of coupons to save money while accumulating large quantities of goods.[4] It was previewed in December 2010; after surpassing network expectations with more than 2 million viewers, it received a series order[5][6] and began regular airings in April 2011.[7]

On June 6, 2011, TLC announced it ordered a second season of Extreme Couponing.[8] It premiered on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.[9]

The third season debuted on May 28, 2012.

On November 20, 2015, the show returned to Discovery Family, a sister network to TLC, and was renamed Greatest Givers: Extreme Couponing for its run during the Thanksgiving season. It now runs regularly on Thursday nights on Discovery Family.

Reception[edit]

New York Times columnist Virginia Heffernan described the show as "a deceptively simple look at the complex drama of American spending and the paradoxes of parsimony."[10] E! Online's critic Jennifer Arrow called it a "recessionista series" marked by "a lot of tawdry, exploitative 'reality'" and participants "just doing their crazy best to stretch dollars and provide a little more for their families."[11] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly noted that the show "has elicited some extreme reactions", and called it "a canny example of two elements floating through the country right now," citing "a fascination with extreme behavior as it's filtered through reality TV" and "the fact that a lot of people don't have as much money as they used to."[12]

The show has come under fire by consumer bloggers and experts such as Jill Cataldo about potential coupon misuse on the show. Actions such as the use of coupons for incorrect items,[13][14][15][16] using counterfeit coupons,[17][18][19] and encouraging compulsive hoarding[18] have been cited as reasons to question the show's authenticity.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113December 26, 2010 (2010-12-26)June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)
212September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)
36December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27)January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)
48May 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)
58November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12)December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)

Season 1 (2010–2011)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"Pilot"December 29, 2010 (2010-12-29)100-60
22"J'aime & Tiffany"March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23)101
33"Rebecca & Jessica"March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30)102
44"Tai and Tarin & Nathan"April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)103
55"Missy & Amy"April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20)104
66"Desirae & Stephanie"April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27)105
77"Chris & Antoinette"May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04)106
88"Amber & Tammilee"May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)107
99"Chrystie & Treasure"May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)108
1010"Amber & Amanda"May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)109
1111"Kelly & Rebecca"June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)110
1212"Joni & Angelique"June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08)112
1313"Scott & Jen"June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)111

Season 2 (2011)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
141"Judy & Faatima"September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12)201
152"April & Carla"September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)202
163"Erin & Shavon"September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28)203
174"Michelle & Kelly"October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)204
185"Michelle & Tyler"October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)205
196"Callie & Kelly"October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19)206
207"Perry & Melissa"October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)207
218"Katherine & Joel"November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)208
229"Heather & Bree"November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)209
2310"Missy & Nicole"November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)210
2411"KT & Erin"November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)211
2512"Chris & Joni"November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)212

Season 3: All-Stars (2011–2012)[edit]

Shoppers compete in a reality series that features 12 of the best "Extreme Couponing" savers in 30-minute challenges to see who can save the most on $500 worth of merchandise, which is then donated to charity.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
261"Carla vs. Faatima"December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27)301
272"Chris vs. Michelle"January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)302
283"Jen vs. Joni"January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)303
294"Antoniette vs. Judy"February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)304
305"Jessica vs. Perry"February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)305
316"Callie vs. Melissa"February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)306

Season 4 (2012)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
321"Erin & Dominique"May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)401
332"Cole & Angelique"June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04)402
343"Jeff & Kelly"June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)403
354"Joyce & Aprille"July 2, 2012 (2012-07-02)404
365"Adrienne & Sarah"July 9, 2012 (2012-07-09)405
376"Lisa & April"July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16)406
387"Jane & Judy"July 23, 2012 (2012-07-23)407
398"Krista & Amanda"July 30, 2012 (2012-07-30)408

Season 5 (2012)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
401"Rudy & Gia"October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)501
412"Julie & Faatima"October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)502
423"April & Chastity"October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)503
434"Pam & Broderick"November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)504
445"Susan & Cole"November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)505
456"Maryann & Haley"November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)506
467"Amanda & Jess"December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)507
478"Zadia & Briana"December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)508

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shows A-Z - extreme couping
  2. ^ TIMOTHY W. MARTIN, ", March 8, 2010.
  3. ^ JOHN DONVAN and MAGGIE BURBANK, ", March 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Laura T. Coffee, "Extreme couponing! How to get $1,100 of merchandise for $40." msnbc.com, April 6, 2011.
  5. ^ James Hibbard, "'Extreme Couponing' exclusive: TLC special gets series order", Entertainment Weekly, January 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Cable's oddball agenda", Associated Press at LaSalle (Ill.) NewsTribune, May 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Susan Salisbury, "Retailers fret over coupon craze", The Palm Beach Post, May 14, 2011.
  8. ^ TLC, "'TLC ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF EXTREME COUPONING" TLC, June 6, 2011.
  9. ^ TLC, "'TLC UNVEILS FALL 2011 SCHEDULE" TLC, August 2, 2011.
  10. ^ Virginia Heffernan, "O Thou Great Redeemer(s)", The New York Times, May 1, 2011.
  11. ^ Jennifer Arrow, "Extreme Couponing Sneak Peek: Awww, Coupon Baby!", E! Online, May 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Ken Tucker, "'Extreme Couponing' review: Weird, selfish people, or thrifty smarties?" Entertainment Weekly, April 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Jill Cataldo, "Was coupon fraud shown on TLC's Extreme Couponing?", April 8, 2011.
  14. ^ Jill Cataldo, "The Darker Side of Extreme Couponing", Las Vegas Review-Journal Archived 2011-06-01 at the Wayback Machine, May 25, 2011.
  15. ^ Valerie Hoff, "Bloggers take issue with 'Extreme Couponing'" Archived 2012-07-17 at archive.today, WXIA-TV, May 25, 2011.
  16. ^ Quentin Fottrell, "Extreme Couponing Star: I Was a Scapegoat" , SmartMoney, May 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "Clash of the Coupon-Clipping Titans". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  18. ^ a b "Are the Money-Saving Strategies on 'Extreme Couponing' Bogus?". Time. February 20, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  19. ^ "Confirmed: 200 more counterfeit coupons used on Extreme Couponing". Retrieved September 20, 2012.

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