Is a Coupon Class Worth The Price of Admission?

Classes run by “coupon experts” that promise to teach you how to maximize your coupon savings have been around for a while.

With the recent popularity of couponing thanks to the TLC show, “Extreme Couponing,” I’ve noticed a surge in the number of these classes being offered in my area. Always curious about things like this, I recently signed up for a class.

The class was taught by a woman who appears regularly on the consumer segment of our local news. The cost was $15 for two and a half hours which was a bargain by comparison. Many of the classes I’ve seen cost upwards of $50 and run for less time. I chose this class because the teacher is well known in t


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4 Responses to Is a Coupon Class Worth The Price of Admission?

  1. Eve Baker says:

    I teach coupon classes in my area for free. I really feel that the hundreds of dollars I save monthly off my food bill is a blessing that should be passed on to others. I don’t have any product I sell and am not interested in monetary gain for my time. There are people who teach for free to help families in these tough economic times, and I truly hope your audience will find them and gain this wonderful knowledge of cutting hundreds of dollars off their grocery bill. It was a pleasant read, thank you.

  2. wally says:

    You are very biased and rude. Yes some extreme couponers go a little overboard but it doesn’t require people like you to make stereotypical accusations and call all extreme couponers loony! It is people like you with your train of thought that ruin this country.

  3. Karin says:

    I thought your article was insightful and fair. Unfortunately some posters like ‘wally’ don’t see the need to leave products for others at the store and don’t see the rudeness of that! I have been frustrated many times by the insanity of the extreme couponers who don’t leave product for others. I always leave product for others and even if I could get a product for free-I DON’T GET WHAT I WONT USE JUST BECAUSE IT IS FREE. It is not a competition, people! In response to “It is people like you with your train of thought that ruin this country” from poster wally, you are not only ignorant, rude, and self-absorbed but clearly an uneducated and unenlightened individual. I hope most people don’t act like he does, or yes, our country could be heading down the tubes…

    Thanks for the great article. I wouldn’t want people to waste their hard-earned money on a class that really doesn’t teach them anything they already know.

  4. Gayle says:

    I have gone to one coupon class and though I already used my womanly nature and common sense to get the most out of shopping with coupons, I learned lots that would help me even more.The instructor charged 10.00 and gave us a couponing handbook with knowledgable and helpful info.It was helpful to go bc she let us knowwhat is legal and not legal as there are a lot of couponers out there learning on their own who make it hard on honest couponers bc they make illegal mistakes. For one, I learned innmy coupin class that clearing a shelf makes it hard on stores bc when someone has to get a raincheck, the store losses money. I find this info very helpful.and I do get free items I dont use with my coupons b/c I know people who dont coupon who are disabled or for other reasons and I donate to them. Everyone has different preference, and I learned a long time ago not to let the opinion of someone else stop me from enjoying a blessing or be able to bless someone else.I enjoy couponing and I am an honest one. I enjoy sharing my blessings and knowledge with others.

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