I admit... I watched one episode of Extreme Couponing. It shocked me that you can save so much money. This lady purchased $400 worth of groceries and only paid $35.
But let's break that down a bit...
She had to split her purchase over 12 transactions, to adhere to coupon rules. The amount of time clipping and organizing coupons, as well as shopping in the store and checking out easily exceeded 30-35 hours. If you're conservative and say 30 hours to save $365, it equates to $12.17 an hour. I wanted to break it down, to show you this truly is a full-time job.
The only difference is these women piss off everyone at the grocery store (shoppers and workers alike). A job that pays $12 an hour is decent, but a job that pays $12/hr plus turns you into the neighborhood asshole? Not worth it.
So how does this relate to the LDS Church, you ask?
"As members of the Church we have been counseled for many many years to prepare and keep on hand at least a one-year supply of food. In the early days of our church the Saints were admonished to have a 7 year food supply. Then, for many years there was a time when a two-year supply was recommended, (and it undoubtedly would be a good idea for each of us to still keep a two-year supply if at all possible as this will allow us to share with others). But in the meantime it is imperative that we heed the current counsel to obtain and maintain at least a one-year minimum emergency food supply."
If you read what they recommend in a 72 or 96-hour kit, I can't even fathom what 1-2 years of supplies would look like.
Yet, local stores like "The Prepared Pantry," "The Preparedness Store" and even Walmart capitalize on this paranoia. In both Idaho and Utah, you see occasional billboards asking if you are prepared, you know... "Just in case..."
It only makes sense that super-shoppers and mormons share a common bond.
16 cases of Mac and Cheese?
44 bottles of mustard?
Enough Crisco to keep the entire porn industry lubricated until 2025?
It's a bit much.
But then again, if the zombie apocalypse hits next week, I'm more or less screwed. Mormons and extreme couponers will be alive and thriving for months to come. But think about it... a world full of zombies, super-shoppers and missionaries?? Maybe death is the better option...