Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interview with Nathan from TLC's Extreme Couponing

We all watched in amazement when Nathan walked through the store with 9 grocery carts full of items, had employees of the store helping him push the carts, and then still purchase 1100 boxes of cereal!  TLC first aired "Extreme Couponing" on Dec 29th, and whether you are a coupon newbie or an extreme couponer yourself, I think we all would have to agree that we were in awe of the extreme couponers profiled on the show!

Although it was fun and exciting to see carts full of items for only a few dollars, I was surprised that the show didn't really show the true generousity of the couponeres highlighted.  To me that was the interesting part of the show, making a change in your community with the power of coupons!  Nathan donated over 800 boxes of cereal to his local food shelf, that to me is definately news worthy!  To read more about the donation that wasn't on the show go HERE.  I also know that the krazy Coupon Lady donated to the food shelf, and Joyce (the Coupon Diva) helps out her community as well with her coupons! 
Nathan runs a coupon forum called We Use Coupons, and this a wonderful place to share your deals and shopping experiences, learn about great deals, meet some new coupon buddies and also print coupons!

As an affiliate blogger for We Use Coupons, I was able to interview Nathan after the show aired!  Here are the questions and answers that were submitted for the interview

Do you cashier profile when you shop with coupons? if so what "types" of cashiers are your favorites?

Nathan: I don't anymore! I go to the same stores and the same cashiers every time I shop!!! I have literally been shopping and checking out with the same people for years! I know their names, how many kids they have sometimes even their kids birthdays!! You will be surprised at the friendships you build!

 How do you handle "bad" coupon experiences (such as coupons not scanning, cashier not accepting coupons, etc)?

Nathan: Always with a smile. Nothing ever goes perfectly all the time. When you run into a difficult experience, smile, ask for clarification and if you get none, either call corporate or post on a blog or forum like WeUseCoupons!

When you order coupons from a clipping service, on average how much do you usually spend on those coupons?

Nathan: It really depends on the coupon. Some coupons are expensive some aren't. But whenever you order coupons remember to figure that into your savings!

How many hours per week, on average do you spend getting ready for your coupon shopping? Does your wife help you collect coupons, shop, etc?

Nathan: I spend 5-10 hours a week coupon shopping depending on the week. I also own a large coupon site, so I'm online more than the average person for that! As for my wife, she does do some coupon shopping, but prefers that I do it because she (in her own words) "doesn't want to mess up my system!!" LOL

How much do you donate? Do you have a list of items that are enough for your family?

Nathan: My wife and I give extensively to multiple organizations in our community. I also have somewhat of a photographic memory with two things, street names and product expirations. I know it's weird, but I can remember almost every product I purchased and its expiration. For those that are not weird like me, a simple organization system will do the trick! Don't let food expire!! To learn more about the TLC donation that was not shown click here:

How often, if ever have you had to discard items that have expired in your stockpile? How do you rotate your stockpile?

Nathan: Refer to the question above!! :)

What are your tricks getting free/cheap toilet paper! Please share :-)

Nathan: Toilet paper is just like everything else! Wait for it to go cheap and stock up!! I was lucky enough to find the 4-packs of Cottonelle on sale for $1. There was a $.50 coupon years ago and I stocked up. Toilet paper doesn't expire, so I haven't paid for toilet paper in years!! It's all about stockpiling!

Do you think you have what it takes to be profiled on Extreme Couponing?  TLC is looking for new couponers to profile in upcoming episodes of the show.  If you have the expertise to get amazing deals and accumulate fantastic stockpiles of goodies, They'd love to hear from you! E-mail them at


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