April 09, 2011

Extreme Insanity

Since my dear friend Farmwife has posted this, I am, instead going to rant about the INSANE CRAZY GREEDY FREAKS featured on TLC's Extreme Couponing...

I just watched the premier and am appalled at these people...

I don't have issues with saving money, being good stewards of that with which we've been blessed, or using our resources to bless others.

I do have issues with people who spend money on 1000's of toothbrushes, sticks of deodorant, and rolls of toilet paper and then keep them in their garage, basement, attic, garret, shed, barn, car, bed, and HOARD them.

It sickens me to think of the fact that they are so proud of saving money on thousands and thousands of dollars of merchandise that they will never be able to use in their lifetime.

I realize that there are those out there who do not do this - that instead, use coupons and sales to purchase that which they need, and save as much money as they can.

I do realize that there are those who take the massive amounts of items they have purchased and donate them to a food bank, or shelters...

But...of the 4 couponers profiled on the premier, only ONE of them made mention of impacting their community with donations of items they'd bought. And, of the 2000 items he purchased, only the boxes of cereal were being donated, rather than the 1500 sticks of deodorant, 5000 bottles of lotion, body wash and shave gel being given to a shelter, or sent overseas to our troops, or put in the Operation: Christmas Child boxes (or something similar).

The first lady who said she'd dumped plans with her husband to go shopping and admitted she is a shopaholic sickened me.

I am heartbroken to think of the families and individuals who could be fed and cared for with the bounty these families are hoarding.

I know one family was in a situation where their stockpile kept them from going hungry or into debt when the husband was out of work, and their daughter had a medical emergency - they were able to eat from their storehouse. The retired nurse who has been debt free and raised a family with her frugality is great...

But to sacrifice relationships to hoard stuff makes me ill...

I am blessed beyond measure, more than I can ever say, and I try so hard to be wise with how I handle that which I've been given.

Lord, if you ever present me with an opportunity to store up tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise and foodstuffs, please allow me a way to share it with those in need. Amen.

3 comments:

sarah said...

Hi. I didn't know people did this sort of thing. How sad and greedy. I can't see any point in it and I totally agree with you that hoarding all that stuff is just wrong when there are people out there who could use it.Well written! x Sarah at Secret Housewife

Layla said...

It's INSANE.

The guy that turned his garage into storage/his own store? CRAZY. They are all basically shopping addicts that get a high off of couponing and they are hoarders. It makes me so sad that they just keep it all. I would be on board if they were doing this as a mission to help others...no, they're just feeding their own weird addiction. I feel ya on this. It's just weird.

FarmWife said...

Amen, girl!! I love that this type of saving can be accomplished. And I love people who can help others with it (like my Aunt Silverbelle). But what good is that amount of stuff going to do anyone when hidden away in a garage?