Extreme Couponing… how much of this stuff ends up at food banks?

Saturday, April 16, 2011 6:29
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So I have seen the first few episodes of Extreme Couponing.  Never mind the sheer time commitment required (8 hours of clipping coupons a week?  EEK!) but have you noticed these people are showing off their wall of toothpaste or the 63 bottles of mustard they are buying, but we always see people showing off their storage spaces for their coupon haul.  But other than a few vague references to donating to food banks – and one guy, Nathan, who had a bit focused on a charity helping troop’s families, we never actually see any of this food being donated.  But we definitely see people proudly showing off their cases of toothpaste or the woman who bought out all the mustard, I don’t think even a mustard-loving family could use all that in the next 5 years! 

Not only that, stuff expires.  Cereal has a shelf life of 1-2 years.  Now, maybe this guy is going to eat those 700 boxes of cereal before it is dated, but I’d be shocked.  Same goes with a ton of other items I saw in what people had in their garages – deodorant, soup, mayo, sauces, etc. 

Now, I really hope a lot of this excess food does end up at food banks… and maybe there have been other interviews where they say this, but I wish TLC would focus more on this aspect of it and maybe convince some people to use coupons for free goods they get for the sole purpose of donating to charity, or even focus on episode on those who do it mainly for charity.

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New Extreme Couponing show on TLC

Friday, March 11, 2011 18:23
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You have to give TLC credit for coming up with reality shows that we can’t help but watch, and they probably will have another winner with their new one, Extreme Couponing.  I imagine it will be one of those spend 33 cents on $1000 worth of groceries, the ones you need to commit full time hours to in order to pull it off, or taking over an hour just at the cash register.  But to each their own. 

They did a special couponing show late last year, so I am guessing a ton of us must have been watching in awe.  But I am kind of wondering how many of these people could also be featured on Hoarders…. because don’t we all need to have 150 jars of jumbo sized peanut butter taking up space in our garages?

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Craft Supplies – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 30

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 14:47
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #30 – Craft Supplies

Yes, even moms have their own “toys” we need to sort through.

  • Sort crafty items and toss anything you will not use.
  • If you are missing anything to finish a project, add it to a list to get from the craft store.
  • Organize into projects or craft areas (ie. all scrapbooking items together). 
  • Sell any excess supplies you don’t need, whether it is yarn, fabric, jewelcrafting pieces, etc.  eBay is a great place.
  • Any completed crafts with no place to go or no one to give it to? Consider selling them on esty.

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Playroom & Toy Closets – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 29

Monday, September 27, 2010 11:20
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #29 – Playroom and Toy Closets

Ah, the task that will send your kids into a panic! 

  • First, ask your kids to pull out any toys they decide they no longer wish to keep.  You could be surprised that they no longer want something that you might have held onto (if you are worried they might regret a particular toy being given away, store it out of sight for a few weeks to be sure).
  • Sort outgrown toys, or those your kids do not play with, and either consign them or donate them. 
  • Count pieces for games etc. Separate those with missing pieces, and keep them until next play room cleaning day. If the pieces haven’t surfaced, toss the game/toy. 
  • Toss broken toys 
  • Organize toys by category 
  • Plan new storage if the space is outgrown

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Garage Weekend Project – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 27/28

Saturday, September 25, 2010 6:18
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #27/28 – Garage Weekend Project

Ah, the clutter queen area of the garage is the task this weekend!

  • Toss any accumulated junk 
  • Check sports equipment and toss anything broken or unusable.
  • Sort into areas, such as tools or gardening items. 
  • Check for rodent or bug infestations 
  • Check for mold/mildew and any areas of dampness. Often times stacking boxes 1″ away form wall instead of against it will really help.
  • Sweep or ShopVac floor 
  • Do tool maintenance 
  • Check for possible water damage problems, and be sure to keep the area clear of anything that could be damaged by water.

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Front Entrance Area – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 26

Friday, September 24, 2010 22:01
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #26 – Front Entrance Area

Let’s tidy up the front closet, mudroom and hallway area that always makes the front entranceway look cluttered and messy.

  • Declutter and put away any stray shoes, coats, mittens, etc. 
  • Check and see if all the shoes still fit their owners.  Donate any that are still in good wearable condition that no longer fit.
  • Put lesser worn pairs of shoes in bedroom closets instead of the hallway closet.
  • Check to make sure all coats still fit, and donate the ones that are in good condition (many towns have a winter coat drive for less fortunate kids)
  • Consider using individual hooks or baskets for each family member for organization
  • Store out of season items (ie. store sunhats in the winter; store mittens and toques in the summer)

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Windows – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 25

Thursday, September 23, 2010 19:27
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #25 – Windows

We decided to leave this one for later in the challenge because we knew it was one you all weren’t looking forward to!

  • Use your vacuum to clean ledges, sills and window tracks. 
  • Wash mildew or gunk from the window tracks
  • Wash your windows using a commercial cleaner or make your own Sparkle Spray Window Cleaner:
    http://www.momsbudget.com/cleaners/sparklewindow.html 
  • Wipe any remaining smudges or spots with a clean cloth

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Laundry Room – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 24

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:12
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #24 – Laundry Room

  • Clear clutter from tops of washer and dryer. 
  • Use your vacuum to clear the entire lint trap area of any lint that as accumulated outside of the lint trap. 
  • Go outside and check the external vent to make sure nothing is blocking it, and that there is not a build up of lint. 
  • Check all filters and hoses for signs of aging. Replace or repair any as needed. 
  • Mop the floor
  • Wash the shelves you keep detergent on, these often have drips and drops of detergent. 
  • Check your inventory of detergent and cleaners.
  • If you have a front loading washing machine, clean it if neccessary

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Blinds & Curtains – Squeaky Clean Challenge Day 23

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 23:17
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #23 – Blinds & Curtains

  • Clean venetian blinds. If you don’t have a special cleaner for doing these kinds of blinds, put on a pair of woolen gloves, and use your fingers between the slats to dust them. 
  • Clean vertical blinds using the dust brush vacuum attachment.
  • Use a damp cloth to spot clean
  • Wash any curtains that are washable (ones that match bedding sets can often be washed, simply check the tag for washing instructions)
  • Evaluate any cloth drapes to decide whether they are due for cleaning. Shop around for prices for cleaning them.

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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #22- Kid’s Rooms

Monday, September 20, 2010 14:06
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Squeaky Clean Challenge Day #22- Kid’s Rooms

Ah, another one of those ones you loathe to do! 

  • Assist your kids in tidying their room. If you have teenagers, usually the threat of you cleaning up is enough to make them do it themselves! Help teach your kids the best ways to tidy up. 
  • Have two cardboard boxes or plastic bags – one bag for outgrown clothes that are good enough for the consignment store or eBay, and another bag for donating. 
  • Clean windows, mirrors, door handles. 
  • Dust shelves and dressers 
  • Plan storage areas if there is not enough space. 
  • If you find a lot of old food or half-full glasses, start a rule of no food and water only in the bedrooms, or consequences for doing so (unloading or loading the dishwasher for a week!)

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