Thursday, April 7, 2011

My two new obsessions

Did anybody catch the new show on TLC Extreme Couponing? I got sucked into this last night and it was fascinating. Even Kristian couldn't resist watching this insanity and he normally hates all of my reality shows.


The show follows various women and their families as they take part in these monster grocery shopping expeditions (that last for HOURS) where the bills will total into the hundreds, even the thousands but thanks to their coupons and in store deals that they have obsessively researched they end up spending only a few bucks for everything.

I have to give these women credit, the amount of time, energy and organizational skills is quite impressive. It's not something I could or would want to do.  From what I can tell most of these women are stay at home moms who spend several hours everyday working on this. It's essentially their job and they talk about saving $40K a year from doing this.  I personally would rather have an office job that gives me a paycheck and be able to shop like a normal person.

The thing that gets me is that these women are essentially hoarders. They have stock piles of food and household items filling every room of their house. The amount of items they have would last them for years and with the exception of one family that has 7 children (the mother referred to them as her litter!!) there isn't any apparent need for all of this stuff. It's honestly become more of an obsession and OCD issue than about saving money. They even talk about the anxiety they feel at the register and the high they get from it when they are done. It's kind of sad. But I guess I shouldn't knock it, after all I'm lucky if I'm able to save $5 off my grocery bill each week.

My second new obsession is Pregnant in Heels on Bravo.


I watched the first episode the other night and I'm hooked.  I've gone from watching crazy brides on Bridezillas to now watching crazy pregnant chicks on this show.  Guess that's the direction my life is headed in (and NO I'm not pregnant). This show follows Rosie Pope who is a self proclaimed "maternity conceierge".  Basically she works with uber rich pregnant New York women with whatever they need, from decorating a nursery to baby proofing their house to helping them NAME THEIR CHILD!!! Yes in the first episode she was tasked with helping a couple pick the "perfect" baby name for their unborn son. **Spoiler alert, they ended up picking the name they liked all along that all the focus groups and their friends hated. And yes I said focus groups! They had freaking focus groups discussing their baby's name. Does it get any better?! I think not!

Has anyone else seen these shows? Thoughts? Please tell me I'm not alone in my love of mindless reality shows.

*images via Google Images

9 comments:

Laura @ Wine and Cheese, Please said...

Oooh I want to watch Pregnant in Heels but haven't gotten a chance to yet. My husband was like "Really? You're going to watch that?". Hell yeah I am!!! :)

KLaw said...

Caught that extreme couponing last night. Bananas. These women are nuts. I'm with you. I'd rather shop like a normal person. Just not worth my energy.

Teenage Bride said...

hahaha Pregnant in heels cracks me up .... probably because my mom laughs at me for refusing to give up mine despite swollen feet. That and it is a super fun show

Saying I do said...

I completely agree with you about the extreme couponing. Why keep shopping for food if you don't need it? I would rather shop like a normal person too...

and I really want to watch pregnant in heels!!

PattyAnn said...

Love pregnant in heels! And uh, the couponing thing...yeah, nuts. I mean I'm a stay at home mom, and I have no desire to sit around and clip coupons at all.

Lexilooo said...

Steve and I watched Extreme Couponing too, and he was totally into it too!

Laura said...

I totally agree about the extreme couponing! It's kind of intriguing, but I'd prefer not to become a hoarder and start buying food just because I can get it for practically nothing. My mom and I actually just had that discussion a couple days ago!

Meg said...

Wow, I haven't seen either of these shoes, but I'm wishing I did.

As far as extreme couponing...I use a few coupons each time a go, but the difference is that I am not going to stock pile food in my house and buy food just because it's on sale and I have coupons. I guess I'd loose if extreme couponing was a game--oh well.

Nicole-Lynn said...

I haven't had much time to watch t.v. but I have caught an episode of the Pregnant in Heels.. very cute show.