Coupons and Books

As an avid coupon user I have always been interested in reading about the subject of coupons. I have picked up any and every book that I have come across in the last 25 years of couponing. Of course it helps that I also love to read :).

Years  ago when I had my first child, I had ordered a coupon organizer and a little sample of a refund magazine was included with it. I had read it and immediately sent in my check for a one years subscription. I became hooked on saving money with coupons and refunds. Refunds aren’t as plentiful as they use to be so I am more into saving with coupons now. The magazine was written by one lady and she also had reader written stories included in each issue. After receiving several issues I had noticed one lady that seemed to write regularly for the magazine. Her writings held my interest and always went into such great detail on how she used coupons. She has a way with bringing you in with her as she writes. It was her writings that inspired me to save more with coupons and refunds back then. I still save with coupons today, I probably save even more now due to the stores around me doubling coupons. Years ago Mary Potter Kenyon wrote articles in refund magazines on how to save with coupons. She has now written a book called Coupon Crazy: The Science, the savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession. I ordered it as soon as it came out and I have to say that it is something that every shopper should read. It delves into how we shop, marketing and the basics of using coupons. There are stories from those of us that shop with coupons and Mary even shares some of her own coupon stories from years past.


Her book sells on and it is worth every penny. It is a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in how coupons originated and learning how to save money.




10 thoughts on “Coupons and Books

      • I’ll look for it! Love the book so far. If I am at a Panera or Starbucks on a Sunday evening, I have been known to take some coupon sections from all the newspapers people have left behind. I don’t know if that is bad taste, but I just know the employees are going to pitch all of it at the close…

  1. I had to buy the whole book (Kindle). Really enjoying it. I feel I missed out on all those good deals in the 1980s! I still enjoy a good rebate but they don’t come along too often. I can’t find you in my book because it doesn’t have pages. I’d love a clue if you wish to reveal yourself!

    • I have a little blurb on a vintage looking coupon. It is in the section that talks about refund premiums like the Energizer Bunny, Del Monte Yumkins, etc. There are coupons like this scattered throughout the book.

      • Found it! Very neat. Did you know that I am married to “The Dynamo Clean Little Kid”?! He got a savings bond of $500 or 1000. for winning back in the mid 70s. My husband’s family was into contests. Sis in Law has won a car, Father in Law a trip to Colorado, and much more!

  2. That is so cool! I started doing refunds in 1991 so I missed the 80’s and all of the really neat refunds. Have you ever seen the movie or read the book called The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio? It is a true story of a woman who was into contesting. She helped support her large family by winning contests and either receiving money or gifts. If I remember correctly I think it took place in the 60’s. Neat movie and a good read.

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