The All-Consuming Pleasures of 'Extreme Couponing'

The all-consuming pleasures of TLC’s Extreme Couponing
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The women (and very few men) featured on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, a reality show about bargain-obsessed shoppers, have their own vocabulary. The groceries they purchase en masse at steep discount are “hauls”; once those hauls are stacked neatly in the basement, they become “stockpiles”; the word coupon is always pronounced “kew-pon”; the children being fed from the stockpiles built with these kew-pons are “litters.” For these people, couponing is not a hobby, it’s a 60-hour-a-week commitment, even a way of life.

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