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Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession

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Coupon Crazy examines the phenomena of avid coupon use and the socio-cultural and socioeconomic factors that construct it. By delving into the history of couponing, refunding, the science of shopping, and the dark underbelly of a coupon world the average American didn’t even know existed, author Mary Potter Kenyon manages to both fascinate and educate the reader. Readers w ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Familius (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Coupon crazy" is almost as addicting as the use of coupons! Once I started reading it, I had a difficult time setting it down. It not only elaborates on the strategy of using coupons to get the most product for your money, Mrs. Kenyon also delves into the psychology behind marketing and consumerism. If you have ever used a coupon, this is a must-read!
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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What a surprise! Coupon Crazy is well researched, absorbing and insightful. Numerous times during my reading I found myself with my head nodding in agreement with what the author was saying.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot of books I read for research are a bit of a pain, but this one was a pleasure. Ms. Kenyon's book has a homespun plainspoken charm backed up by exhaustive research. I picked this up mainly so that I could read her history of coupons, rebates, and free premiums, which is comprehensive and comprehensible - much better than anything I could find on the Internet about the topic. But I also enjoyed reading her insight into the mores and habits of the coupon community as a dedicated member. She b ...more
Debra Oehlberg
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a blast to the past for me. It also made me miss the many deals that my mother, sister and I did especially back in the 80's when those who tried to save money were more of the minority. I never did the fraudulent or extreme things mentioned in the book, but as a newlywed, I was able to stockpile cleaning supplies, food, and paper items that greatly saved us on our tight budget. Our family was never stingy. We would share our extras with friends. It made our hobby sociable and prof ...more
Peggy Clayton
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as both my son and daughter can verify I have been couponing for about 45 years. I love rebating and couponing,this book was wonderful as it is the science, the savings and the stories behind America's extreme obsession just like the title of the book says. Mary tells you everything from the date and who put out the first coupon, when and why blue /green chip stamps dissolved and why we love to save using coupons.
Holly Booms Walsh
A well researched look into the history of couponing from the heyday of 1980's refund craze through Extreme Couponing today. The author is likeable and her memoir is interspersed with lots of good facts and research statistics. She does a good job of looking at the trends and ramifications of couponing, including fraudulent use and the way retailers use psychlogical studies of consumer buying habits to try to control what you buy.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a handy-dandy guide to getting started in the world of couponing...and who doesn't need to save money these days? Nothing can replace hands on experience, but research and preparation is essential. Reading Mary Potter Kenyon's book is a good start before tackling the confusing world of extreme couponing.
Kimberly Harms
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who knew the coupon world was so complex and, well…crazy? The book is titled appropriately.

Kenyon is a frugal consumer, and a 30+ year veteran of using coupons to stretch a dollar. She figured out what worked for her when her children were young and really made couponing her part-time job. In her book, she delves into the history of couponing, the variety of ways of couponing/refunding/rebating…, the science behind it, the evolution of it and even as she calls it – “the underbelly of the couponi
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Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology was recently certified as a grief counselor. She works as a Program Coordinator for a spirituality center and is an author, widely published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. An essay of hers was featured in the January/February issue of "Poets & Writers" magazine. She teaches writing workshops for area commu ...more
“I was not above filching empty candy bar wrappers from
trash bins at the park or picking up the back cards of batteries from
store parking lots. My children all sported Hershey shirts but ate
very few of the required candy bars themselves to get them. Trips
to the pool were the most rewarding, where candy was sold at the
concession stand and the trash receptacles were overflowing with
wrappers. On neighborhood trash day, the children and I walked
up and down the alleys, where we confiscated extra Pampers points
to send in for savings bonds and toys. Even the tennis shoes my
children wore on these jaunts were obtained free from the Huggies
diaper company.”
“For thirty-two years I went shopping with my coupon box in tow
without ever seeing another consumer with either a coupon box or
binder. Not once. I spotted small coupon wallets that fit in a purse
or envelopes of coupons, but never a box or binder. By early 2011,
I was beginning to see women with coupon binders everywhere I
went. All of a sudden, couponing was hot. It was as if couponing
was a totally new concept, and yet coupons had been around for
over 125 years.”
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