HOT NEWS: TLC ‘looking into’ allegations of coupon fraud on ‘Extreme Couponing’

Sharing is caring!

I have AWESOME news about the whole Coupon Fraud saw on TLC’s Extreme Couponing a few weeks ago. Here at Budget Savvy Diva we feel strongly about exposing this as much as possible – because what she did effects all of us – making it harder to use coupons in the future.

To find about the whole controversity read some of these articles.

Extreme Couponers: J’Aime’s coupon fraud ON TV


In the most simple terms this couponer Jamie as shown below on National T.V committed coupon fraud which she was caught for a year before. She also teaches couponers in a coupon class all about it — for a pretty penny — $35.00 !!!!!!

What she does wrong:

– There is a way to figure out coupon codes.

You see the bar code ?

There are numbers under the bar code – well you take the first set of numbers and you look for UPC on products from the same company and if they match up the coupon CAN be used on that other product. So people will take a high value coupon for one product and use it on a low cost product – sometimes being from completely different products. Like using a toothpaste coupon on detergent.

This is what she does – and she is proud of it.

The Couponer Under Fire Jamie

The repercussions of such couponing are large… such as lower value coupons and more extreme restrictions at store like Krogers

Well Budget Savvy Diva along with other upset couponers let TLC know how they felt – and TLC has FINALLY responded.


TLC said in an  statement to EW: “We have received a strong response to the premiere and are listening to and reading the various comments around the show — as with all programs, we appreciate the feedback. While the series documents extreme couponing strategies, we take any concerns about specific tactics seriously and are looking into the situation.”


Do you think anything will happen??


You'll Also Love

Add a Comment


  • Gayle

    Whenever a corporation says “we’re looking into it”, it means “we know a lot of people are complaining, so we’ll say something that sounds like we’re doing something while turning a blind eye”. I’d be surprised to see them change anything, except maybe their editing.

  • Theresa

    I am very new to couponing (5 months into it)…It’s been a great way for me to save money and become more savings/budget conscious. I have done my research, followed blogs such as Budget Savvy Diva, and read many articles to learn about the system and my individual store policies on coupons. I am starting to understand the full concept and rules to couponing and I am already seeing the benefits to it! By having “one bad egg” publicized for her fraudulent antics and ruining a way for honest families to keep food on the table would be a shame! I hope TLC turns this around to show that not all couponers are cheats, liars and camera hungry!!!

  • Judy

    I have watched TLC’s Extreme Couponing show. It is very interesting to see how these people can “buy” such large amounts of groceries, but pay very little. I called my local grocery to see if they will accept a store coupon and combine it with a manufacturer coupon (for the same item) and they do not. PLEASE make sure you do this before heading out, every store has a different policy. I worked as a cashier and the store would not allow a coupon for an item that you didn’t purchase. Again, Please check with your store policy on using coupons, etc., so you can get the most for your shopping experience. You can save money, no doubt. Be mindful of the cashiers when you are checking out, they can only abide by the rules, etc. that are set by the store/managers. If you haven’t purchased an item, don’t present a coupon for it, or try to use the coupon for another item. We want to save money, but to do it honestly and respectful of fellow shoppers.

  • Joni

    Gayle, I agree. That statement is just ‘corporate’ for “we hear you talking and we are THRILLED about all the publicity this brings us.” At this point the buzz is still positive about the show: people are watching, (lots of them!) and that makes advertisers money. TLC makes their money off the advertisers, so as long as people are watching they show they aren’t going to do anything. It’s not the goal of the show to educate people on how to be an extreme couponer any more than it’s their goal to teach hoarders how to not hoard. As a business, they are out to make money. Does Jaime’s coupon fraud put them at any kind of risk? Probably not. They didn’t make her do it, she just did it on her own.

  • Heather

    Couponing is nothing new to me. My Aunt used to have a cassette tape box full of envelopes, named and stuffed with coupons. So, I learned at a young age. However, NEVER have I saved what these people are. I understand how they are doing it; but, not only do my family and I live check to check, there is no extra money to indulge in these sprees. Also, where we live, we don’t have a Sams or CVS and such….The main choice – Wal-Mart. It’s really upsetting to not be able to save money with 4 kids. But it’s a fact of life and most of the online coupons I find, we don’t use and don’t need. I think this woman needs to be investigated for fraud. It’s saddening that she’s done this!