its all cultural

I have talked some of “Preppers” which is a term for people who prepare for disaster events. So I wanted to look at another similar lifestyle that is based in the mainstream. That is “Extreme Couponing”. From Wiki, Extreme couponing is an activity that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries.[2] The concept of “extreme couponers” was first mentioned by The Wall Street Journal on March 8, 2010 in an article entitled “Hard Times Turn Coupon Clipping Into the Newest Extreme Sport”.[3] On March 25, 2010, ABC Nightline followed up with its Season 3 premiere with a segment entitled “Extreme Couponing Competition: How Far Can $50 Go?”
In our current society saving money is looked upon favorably. So is getting free stuff. Extreme couponing results in having more of one type of item than you may need for a while. Some people complain it is encouraging compulsive hoarding. However, when a couponer creates a storage area to store their bargains it is view one way. When an Doomsday prepper creates a storage area to store food and supplies it is viewed another way. The way the two are viewed is based on culture. One is seen as acceptable and may even be admired based on cultural values of being frugal. Another is seen unfavorably because it is outside the culture norms. Both can have thousands of dollars of products in their storage areas. Both will have to develop a plan to cycle the perishable products. Both believe that there is some benefit to themselves in accumulating items. And neither one of them see themselves as hoarders.  For both groups it is all about lifestyle choices. Every person in a society has to decide how they will live their lives. Most of us adapt to common norms of the culture we are a part of. Then you have those who go outside of these norms because of a number of factors. Society will always judge these people who live outside the norms. However, society will not always judge them the same. Some become more acceptable over time. And if enough people adapt those behaviors then the norms of society itself can change.


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