6 Signs Your Extreme Couponing Has Gotten Too Extreme

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Are you about to head to the supermarket—for the fifth time this week? Do you have 82 jars of mustard in your pantry? Do you spend eight hours on the weekend looking through store circulars? Chances are, you’re an extreme couponer. Unless you’re a member of the Duggar family (of reality television’s 19 Kids and Counting fame), put the scissors down and listen up. Using coupons to get deals is great, but there comes a point where your behavior can become obsessive. Here are six signs that it’s time to take a break. —Sheiresa Ngo

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