Extreme Couponing. Been there. Done that. Loved It. There was a time when you could score some supremely awesome deals with coupons. Then they made a TV show about it and everyone started extreme couponing. Next thing you know, the coupons weren’t as good, stores were limiting the number of coupons you could use and the deals were just harder and harder to come by.
But I have been dumpster diving for coupons (the paper recycling dumpsters, not regular trash).
I have known the endorphin rush of watching that grocery total go from $200 to $30.
I have had a years’ worth of toilet paper stockpiled that cost me $27 total.
I have known the disdain of a cashier that didn’t want to deal with my pile of coupons.
I have not, however, been sent to federal prison for fraud because of my nefarious deeds when it comes to coupons.
And that brings me to the subject of my movie review today, Queenpins.
Queenpins is the story of two Arizona women that want to make a better life for themselves. They want to spread the joy of couponing. They want to help other struggling families that just want a win every once in a while. When life is beating you down, sometimes you need to see a W in your column.
They just happen to commit mail fraud in the process of spreading the coupon love.
Queenpins is based on a true story and while I knew the ultimate end of the true story, I found myself rooting for the main characters anyway. Do they break the law? Well, yeah. But the movie was funny and some parts of it definitely resonated with me.
Not the “breaking the law” parts, other parts.
It’s worth it. See the movie. And until then, watch our interview with Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Disclaimer: I was provided access to a prerelease screening of the movie in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.