Well, yes, it does work…some of the time. Obviously, the show isn’t going to show you when they only save $10 on a $60 bill because they needed things like fresh produce, meats, dairy, etc… that go on sale less often and rarely have coupons compared to processed foods and sundries.
But if you’ve seen the show you know you’ll need to put a LOT of time into it and have a LOT of space to store 1-5 years worth of stuff…some are morons and seem to buy things JUST BECAUSE it’s a great deal and will only cost $0.25, so they get a hundred sticks of deodorant…nevermind if they will use that much deodorant in their whole lifetime…But others play smarter and don’t save as much as a percentage of the pre-coupon total, but are probably less likely to waste things.
I did like that the one gentlemen who got like a thousand boxes of free cereal donated them…I wish more of them would do that when they get things for free/get paid to get them (they claim that “oh, it’s on sale for $1, I have a $0.50 off coupon, and today is triple coupon day, so I get paid $0.50 to buy this!” but most stores have a policy that it can’t go negative, ie it will be free and that’s that.)
The first time I heard about this a few years ago I looked into it just for fun, and it really can’t be done in certain areas. You need the right grocery stores, and the ones around me (Price Chopper, Shaws, Hannaford) aren’t as good as other places. In fact, I think I saw a sign in Price Chopper the other day that said you’re limited to three coupons for the same item per trip.