Extreme Couponing: Teri Gault of The Grocery Game Discusses How Much is "Too Much"

Apr 21, 2011, 06:00 ET from The Grocery Game

LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the success of TLC's "Extreme Couponing" TV series has come a lot of criticism of this practice, with many viewers taking to the Internet with questions of when extreme couponing turns into hoarding? Teri Gault, founder and CEO of TheGroceryGame.com, the largest grocery savings website in the world, recently took to her blog in a three-part series discussing TLC's Extreme Couponing and how much is "too much" when it comes to extreme couponing.

"I think the root of hoarding or stocking up applies to all of us and goes back to the beginning of mankind…we all have something in us that should compel us to store up food," said Teri on the Grocery Game blog. "This is healthy and normal, and fine when it's kept in check."

One of the main concepts of saving money with The Grocery Game is the idea of "investing" in products when they are at their lowest sales point in order to stay stocked up until the next time they hit their rock-bottom low price (the sales cycle is about twelve weeks).

"'Investing' is not 'hoarding,' but rather, just smart shopping," sums up Terry. "However, finding something you often use on a regular basis at a savings of 70% off or more may cause you to buy it even though you've invested enough already. If you have enough of one product to last for at least twelve weeks, you probably don't need to buy more of it, even though it's a killer deal."

Despite the controversy surrounding TLC's Extreme Couponing, people from all walks of life are now intrigued with the idea of saving money on groceries using coupons.  The Grocery Game tracks coupons and grocery sales cycles to tell its members the best time to use coupons.  Members save an average savings of 67% for a family of four with about 30 minutes of time investment a week. That translates into over $6,000 a year in grocery savings.

For more information, visit http://www.thegrocerygame.com.

About The Grocery Game:

The Grocery Game was founded by Teri Gault, whose hobby of collecting clipped and printable grocery coupons and matching them to grocery store sales became a passion. The Grocery Game offers the Grocery Game, "Teri's List," and printable grocery coupons online to all 50 states and internationally.

SOURCE The Grocery Game