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‘Extreme Couponing’ Star

13-person, All-Nighter

Black Friday Shopping Spree

11/24/2011 12:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joni Meyer-Crothers
Forget waking up at the crack of dawn to beat the Black Friday crowds -- Joni Meyer-Crothers from TLC's "Extreme Couponing" plans to kick things off the night before with an 11-hour shopping spree ... and an entire team of expert bargain hunters.

Joni tells TMZ, her plan goes into effect nearly immediately after her 25-person Thanksgiving dinner today -- starting at midnight ... her husband Jamie, armed with shopping list spreadsheets, will hit Game Stop with 2 friends. While they're there, 2 other friends will hit Toys 'R Us, and 5 will go to Walmart.

While they're all busy, Joni and her 2 daughters will head to Kohl's. The entire team will then rendezvous at J.C. Penney's, and march through Target, Meijer, Learning Express, Costco, and then ... the mall.

If all goes to plan, Team Joni will have all its shopping completed by 11am.

But Joni’s not going on a shopping bender for her health -- she tells us, all the items she buys will be wrapped and donated to 4 needy Toledo families in the name of her charity, Miracle Christmas.


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all you snobs who think you're too good for coupons can learn a thing or two from this family in these tough economic times!

970 days ago


I did start a stockpile and I was glad I did. Because I recently had a baby and my husband had open heart surgery, it made the weeks of reduced pay easy to get through. Coupons are great if used properly. I also donate excess to charity as well. If you don't like coupons, then don't use them. But don't get upset because somebody has the savvy to use coupons to benefit themselves and others.

970 days ago


Don't let them fool you. I am a couponer and I regularly get things at a very much discounted price, but there are rules to be followed. I go late at night so as not to interrupt shopping for others. That is just plain rude. Also, the TLC people set this up for the WOW factor. The regularly evade the rules (most stores have a limit of 5 coupons on an item per visit). No store is going to allow you to purchase 200 of the same item and use a coupon for them. There is NO WAY your couponing experience can be like that on television. And the hoarding that goes on in these shows. Why would someone want 300 tubes of toothpaste. That is plain stupid. Yes I do stockpile (I never have more than 5 of something at a time) and I use coupons regularly to save money for my son's college education. These television shows give those of us who do this with etiquette a bad name! Thanks reality TV and America for supporting such a stupid show!

969 days ago
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