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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15120 on: May 31, 2012, 12:43:42 PM »
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"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15121 on: May 31, 2012, 01:04:46 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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Yup.

Plus the extreme couponer in our town (who calls the store ahead of time so the place is ready for her. From what I understand five carts is a small order for her.) is stocking a women's shelter in the area. Apparently they need a lot of stuff.

She also shows up at the Bealls (department store) on sale days with a herd of ladies to show them how to get lots of nice clothes for as little as possible.

I wish she gave lessons. She's actually very sweet. I got caught behind her once (one line open. On a Sunday afternoon.) and she let me and my two items ahead of her.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15122 on: May 31, 2012, 02:31:19 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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True, but I think, and could be wrong, many deny doing that and say it's for them.  I also think some of them are hoarders, and that satisfies their need for stuff.

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« Reply #15123 on: May 31, 2012, 02:42:55 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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True, but I think, and could be wrong, many deny doing that and say it's for them.  I also think some of them are hoarders, and that satisfies their need for stuff.

Yes, I agree about the "organized hoarder" thing.  I mean, I love finding that magic combination of sales + coupons that get me something for free or almost-free once in a while, but after a few months of that I had to recognize that there was REALLY no point in buying things I knew I wouldn't have a use for, even if they're free.  I do give things away to friends and charity sometimes, especially when my toiletries cupboard gets too full, but even "free" items cost me the time it takes to sort and deal with them.

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« Reply #15124 on: May 31, 2012, 03:00:51 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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True, but I think, and could be wrong, many deny doing that and say it's for them.  I also think some of them are hoarders, and that satisfies their need for stuff.

Yes, I agree about the "organized hoarder" thing.  I mean, I love finding that magic combination of sales + coupons that get me something for free or almost-free once in a while, but after a few months of that I had to recognize that there was REALLY no point in buying things I knew I wouldn't have a use for, even if they're free.  I do give things away to friends and charity sometimes, especially when my toiletries cupboard gets too full, but even "free" items cost me the time it takes to sort and deal with them.

I'm totally with you on that.  I tend to buy a lot of bath products, to the point I forget what and how many I have.  But at one point, i was able to clean out a bunch, and mail to (as part of a friend's son's school project) to the troops in Afghanistan.  They were much appreciated!  I've found by going through more often, and putting them where they are visible, rather than hidden, I keep my "stash" down.

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« Reply #15125 on: May 31, 2012, 03:24:38 PM »
I stock up nonperishable foods...canned beans and tomato products are my favorites, and I do use them frequently.  I have to guard against some mild hoarding tendencies, though...more than once I've caught myself planning a trip to the store to pick up an item that I have in stash, so I don't use up what o have   ::)

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« Reply #15126 on: May 31, 2012, 05:50:47 PM »
I stock up nonperishable foods...canned beans and tomato products are my favorites, and I do use them frequently.  I have to guard against some mild hoarding tendencies, though...more than once I've caught myself planning a trip to the store to pick up an item that I have in stash, so I don't use up what o have   ::)


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15127 on: May 31, 2012, 06:01:00 PM »
Some couponers give to local food pantries and womens' shelters, also... :)

SS I will drive in the fast lane but go so slow that even large trucks pass me--
Driving from one city to another, about 3 hours on the road, and every now and then you hit this s.l.o.w. snowflake with a trail of 10-12 vehicles behind them.  They are left lane, maybe 60 mph, with a speed limit of 75mph.  Yet you cannot pass because they are in the left lane, supposedly for passing only, and the right lane has a car-in-tow/large vehicle with flag car/another slow car.

Why not just schoosh over and let the train of vehicles pass you by? 

And when they finally get over to the slow right lane, you begin to move faster, only to realize that traffic is going down to one lane due to construction. 

Where you begin to count that in 3 miles of one lane only, you see a total of THREE workers.  One worker per mile. 

Yes, it was a rather long drive...
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« Reply #15128 on: May 31, 2012, 06:09:33 PM »
Some couponers give to local food pantries and womens' shelters, also... :)

SS I will drive in the fast lane but go so slow that even large trucks pass me--
Driving from one city to another, about 3 hours on the road, and every now and then you hit this s.l.o.w. snowflake with a trail of 10-12 vehicles behind them.  They are left lane, maybe 60 mph, with a speed limit of 75mph.  Yet you cannot pass because they are in the left lane, supposedly for passing only, and the right lane has a car-in-tow/large vehicle with flag car/another slow car.

Why not just schoosh over and let the train of vehicles pass you by? 

And when they finally get over to the slow right lane, you begin to move faster, only to realize that traffic is going down to one lane due to construction. 

Where you begin to count that in 3 miles of one lane only, you see a total of THREE workers.  One worker per mile. 

Yes, it was a rather long drive...

I was that snowflake, once *blush*

In my defense, I was a teen, my parents taught me on rural roads, NOT interstates (which have a much higher MPH posted), and I honestly thought my car would go faster...could NOT figure out why it kept slowing down on uphill inclines...stupid gears.

My friends were with me and I told them that if they were complaining, they could drive. They didn't take me up on it, but I begged my now-DH for a few extra driving lessons later, out of others' ear range.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15129 on: May 31, 2012, 06:21:56 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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True, but I think, and could be wrong, many deny doing that and say it's for them.  I also think some of them are hoarders, and that satisfies their need for stuff.

You're right. Reselling is viewed very poorly in the couponing world, but more common then anyone admits, as is shelf clearing and taking all of a tearpad.

The line that separates it from hoarding for me is that I know exactly what is in my stockpile, where it is and approximately how long the supply I have on hand will last for. I think the hoarders stereotype comes into play when people buy something they don't need or use (which happens all the time if you can get an overage on it), and the products sit unused in their homes.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15130 on: May 31, 2012, 06:29:26 PM »
I was at Goodwill today and saw a SS. Goodwill, for anyone not familiar, is a thrift store. They run 100% on donations. As in, they only sell things that people donate. Most people realize that, as a result, the merchandise is kind of hit or miss. Heck, DS and I call it "the treasure hunt store"  because you never know what you're going to find.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15131 on: May 31, 2012, 07:49:36 PM »
siamesecat2965 wrote:

"Then you have some like some of the ones profiled on tv shows, who buy 25 bottles of shampoo becuase its free, and add that to the 150 they already have in their stockpile.  I don't get that."

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that many extreme couponers also resell or trade their overstock.  If you can get 25 bottles of shampoo for free and sell it online for a buck a bottle or barter it for something else you need, it's pretty obvious why you'd want to do it.

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True, but I think, and could be wrong, many deny doing that and say it's for them.  I also think some of them are hoarders, and that satisfies their need for stuff.

Yeah, I watched one time and it was a single mom and her teenaged daughter. All their "extras" were shelved neatly, her storage room looked like a mini grocery store. Among all their toiletry items, she had half a dozen different Axe and Old Spice deodorants, soaps, and shampoos, 4-5 of each at least. I kept thinking how little that made sense...

I hate people who try to use coupons for the wrong things. When I use coupons, I look carefully for the details (how many I have to buy, what the minimum size is, if there are flavor limitations, etc.) and write them on my grocery list. I also clip the coupons to the list so I can easily flip through and double check. It takes like 5 extra seconds...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15132 on: May 31, 2012, 08:44:42 PM »
A potential cross post with the Conversations thread.

Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o

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« Reply #15133 on: May 31, 2012, 09:12:29 PM »
My maternal grandmother was of Italian heritage and when she went to Italy she tried to speak the language and was told "Speak English, we understand you better."

Wow I find that incredibly rude.  My DH and I came across this when we were visiting Other Country.  I mean at least your grandmother was trying to make an effort!  How can people become more fluent in their second language if opportunities to use it are taken away from them?

It is not my job to be your learning opportunity.

I agree, wolfie, and also, if the interaction will go easier in one tongue rather than the other, why force the time and brain power of the person trying to understand you (general)?

Well Gigi actually wasn't offended. On the contrary she thought it was pretty funny.  I guess because she acknowledged that her Italian wasn't all that great.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15134 on: May 31, 2012, 09:30:13 PM »
A potential cross post with the Conversations thread.

Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o
I've heard that numerous times. The argument goes the 1st admin prohibits the government from interfering with religious or political speech, so local anti soliciting laws don't apply.


The same logic is used to exempt certain groups from the do not call lists.


One summer a cult that was harrassing my neighborhood - just after one of my cousins escaped from the cult (her wackoloon mother had taken the kids to hid them there from their father, my uncle). I never liked the group - but after cousin told us somethings that happened to her and her sister I really don't like them. I printed up a flier that said -


Consider this written notice that people proselytizing for X are not allowed on the property at (My address). If you return, the police will be called to remove you and charge you with trespassing. 


I handed them out to three different groups of people three days in a row - they have not returned since. It has been about 5 years. (Cousin posted recently that she had been free for 5 years).


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