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Extreme couponing on TLC

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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Who has been watching this show? What do you think of it so far?
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pamom24
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

i so wish i had better cable so i could watch this but we only have basic....i tried to find a full length episode online but couldn't. I have to see if its on demand...doubt it though.

etxmom42
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM
Wasn't exactly what I had hoped it would be.
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pamom24
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yeah i have heard about the one lady who commited coupon fraud on the show. Thats crazy. Why would TLC air an episode with a couponer misusing coupons. That just gives coupon users a bad reputation.

etxmom42
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Yea and they are also embellishing quite a bit about the couponers. I mean just be truthful. All reality shows don't have to be so "out there"
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corbysmom531
by on Apr. 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM

What was the fraud?  And how are they exaggerating?

I'm just asking, because I am so new to couponing, I have no idea.  lol  I have seen two of the episodes I think, and they seemed normal to me.  I used to be a checker at a grocery store, and every now and then someone would come in and reduce their $200 bill down to $10-$20.  One time, I actually had to give the person money back. 

pamom24
by on Apr. 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

 

Quoting corbysmom531:

What was the fraud?  And how are they exaggerating?

I'm just asking, because I am so new to couponing, I have no idea.  lol  I have seen two of the episodes I think, and they seemed normal to me.  I used to be a checker at a grocery store, and every now and then someone would come in and reduce their $200 bill down to $10-$20.  One time, I actually had to give the person money back. 

 The info below i copied from another group i am a member of it has links to the sites about the possible fraud. I haven't watched any of the shows. I am hoping htey put some online soon.

Their are several blogs our there saying that one of the ladies committed coupon fraud on Extreme Couponing. What do you think?

 

http://jillcataldo.com/node/16258

J'aime's website is already getting bashed.

http://www.extremecoupondiva.com/extreme-couponing-101

etxmom42
by on Apr. 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

 I tried to find the link to her page but couldn't but it was Tiffany I believe. It was first episode and they said she spent like 70 hours couponing and on her website she said it was more like 15-20 hours, they also kind of portrayed her as a hoarder and she said that she donates most of it. Also gave her husband a bad rap as well. I just feel like they should be honest, reality show or not..I feel like this will eventually filter down to us "normal" couponers and not in a good way. If I find the link I will pass it on to you...

 

Quoting corbysmom531:

What was the fraud?  And how are they exaggerating?

I'm just asking, because I am so new to couponing, I have no idea.  lol  I have seen two of the episodes I think, and they seemed normal to me.  I used to be a checker at a grocery store, and every now and then someone would come in and reduce their $200 bill down to $10-$20.  One time, I actually had to give the person money back. 

 

pamom24
by on May. 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

 I was looking thru another group and found this post about the lady who commited coupon fruad. It has what she says about that she did.

http://www.cafemom.com/group/112383/forums/read/14054260/TLC_s_Extreme_Couponing_J_aime_Kirlew_admits_barcode_matching_fraud?email_id=576836842

http://blogs.smartmoney.com/paydirt/2011/05/11/extreme-couponing-star-i-was-a-scapegoat/

Extreme Couponing Star: I Was a Scapegoat

Talking Shop: Remember J’aime Kirlew? She appeared on the first episode of TLC’s 12-part series Extreme Couponing and cut nearly $14,000 off her grocery bill last year by clipping coupons. She stockpiled over 100 cleaning wipes, 450 rolls of toilet paper and 250 paper towels at her Montgomery Village, Md., home.

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Last month, Pay Dirt spoke to Kirlew about the show in an interview entitled, “Confessions of an Extreme Couponer.” It turned out to be a portentous headline. Her TV appearance was followed by allegations of fraudulent coupon use online and in magazines and newspapers, a practice where a shopper can use one coupon on another product that matches the barcode, but not the product specified on the coupon.

Bud Miller, the executive director, of the Alexandria, Va.-based Coupon Information Corporation, which represents the manufacturers of coupons issued in the U.S., says it’s not a gray area: “Coupons are a contract and the controlling barcodes are merely a method of processing coupons, so any use of a coupon to produce a product other than stated in the plain language of the coupon is considered fraudulent.”

Manufacturers are now changing their barcode system to prevent coupons being used for other products that work with the same barcode. But Kirlew says she has done nothing wrong and will continue to match coupon codes until the barcode system changes.

Pay Dirt spoke exclusively to Kirlew.

How have you been since the show aired?

Kirlew: My episode still airs and I still have a crazy amount of cruelness online. I have received anonymous emails. The attack was just relentless. The national response has been so incredibly cruel with some people saying, “Please remove J’aime from your show.” People have purchased ads with my name online. Everyone else is profiting off this, and used this story to direct people to their websites and to buy their e-book and DVD. But I’ve had a lot of positive comments and emails.

How has TLC been with the media backlash?

TLC didn’t prepare me whatsoever. I felt like a fish thrown amongst the sharks. The channel was the publicity liaison to hook me up with the various media outlets that want to speak to me. In no way shape or form do I feel like they have helped me in how to respond.

(TLC declined to comment, but told Pay Dirt last month: “Any of the cast’s strategies are unique and their own to comment on.”)

You matched barcodes, as long as they worked, rather than products, right?

Yes.

Do you believe that was the right thing to do?

Yes, I believe that I have done nothing wrong. I’ve even had managers take my purchase and check me out. They’ve told me, “If the coupon goes through at my register, I’m getting reimbursed for it.” I have never been approached by anyone in authority telling me to do something different.

Will you change your methods now that manufacturers are changing the barcode system?

I do not intend to change my shopping habits unless or until the code changes. If it is in fact a problem, the new GS1 barcode should resolve all of these issues.

And what about the comments from the Coupon Information Corporation?

Regarding those individuals that Mr. Miller is looking for, I don’t fall into that category. I’ve never copied coupons, I’ve never created my own coupons, I’ve never redeemed any other coupon other than what comes in the coupon inserts from the newspapers or legitimate online, printable manufacturer coupons.

How did you get started clipping coupons?

I knew nothing about couponing until my husband took a pay cut. I saw BeCentsAble on Good Morning America. I contacted them and purchased their DVD and got started.

Is this where you learned to match codes as well as products?

The DVD had one step called “Coupon Strategies: Reading Coupons,” which specifies that you must match the first five numbers on the bar code on the product and the bar code on the coupon and that, if these numbers match, your coupon will scan.

(BeCentsAble founder Chrissy Pate told Pay Dirt that their code matching strategy was designed to match products not pictured on the coupon, but ones that were still specified for use by the coupon: Pate says, “We had no idea people were misinterpreting what we were saying. Some coupons put the most expensive Tylenol picture on coupon, but the coupon was designed to be used for other Tylenol bottles too. We changed our DVD and sent out lots of correspondence not to talk about barcodes because this was being misunderstood.”)

What do you want from this interview?

I want to stop being the Scapegoat. I used a Buddig Deli cut for a 12/16 ounce packet for a 2 ounce packet because the numbers matched. The coupons went through at the register and I did not have any problem.

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