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(Boston Globe)   Old and busted: crazy cat lady. New hotness: crazy coupon lady   (boston.com) divider line 97
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2011-03-01 03:54:35 AM  
I did the grocery game for a few months but it's mostly prepackaged food and very little fresh stuff. I still do my own couponing for paper products and the occasional shampoo..but not much for food. How many hamburger helpers can you eat anyways....
 
2011-03-01 03:59:20 AM  

AllShelleyAllTheTime: I did the grocery game for a few months but it's mostly prepackaged food and very little fresh stuff. I still do my own couponing for paper products and the occasional shampoo..but not much for food. How many hamburger helpers can you eat anyways....


That sounds like a challenge.
/haven't eaten in 2 days
 
2011-03-01 04:00:47 AM  
OK, I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that Rite-Aid toilet paper is worth free.
 
2011-03-01 04:15:12 AM  
The big downside, at least in my opinion, of couponing to that extreme is the amount of time and effort that needs to go into it to make it "free". I've read other stores about people that drive for HOURS to go to all the separate stores to use those coupons. How "free" is it when you're spending $3.20 a gallon on gas?

Also, it isn't very free is it is something that you either don't need or use.
 
2011-03-01 04:15:56 AM  
SpaceyCat: I've read other stores

Durrr.... that should be stories.

\need more caffeine
 
2011-03-01 04:19:52 AM  
Also some outfits don't take coupons. Notice the fine print on the coupons: "At participating locations."

There's always one crazy coupon lady that doesn't understand that when I'm out shopping. The shrieking outrage would be funny if it weren't so annoying.
 
2011-03-01 04:20:13 AM  
No doubt her name is Indira Kaplan.
 
2011-03-01 04:29:41 AM  
I hate coupon horders sometimes. Especially when they try to get me to STACK them. I like being a dick to these people because some of them want me to break the rules for them.
 
2011-03-01 04:38:20 AM  
I suppose you could combine the two and use coupons to buy cat food.

A friend of mine was trying to get me to do this but the coupons are all for crap I don't use or eat. Well I use TP but I live in a small apartment and can't stockpile it. Plus I'd probably do it wrong and end up paying.
 
2011-03-01 04:38:27 AM  
My mother has been doing this or as long as I can remember. she's completely batshiat about it. She has an entire room of her house for this stuff, even has her own cash register for forging receipts to do mail-in rebates. She'll buy a hundred bucks worth of groceries, pay twenty bucks for it all, then do forty bucks worth of mail-in rebates.

It probably explains my extreme aversion to coupons.
 
2011-03-01 05:40:43 AM  
www.zap2it.com

/I do believe I want some candy.
 
2011-03-01 05:42:27 AM  

Bonobo62: My mother has been doing this or as long as I can remember. she's completely batshiat about it. She has an entire room of her house for this stuff, even has her own cash register for forging receipts to do mail-in rebates. She'll buy a hundred bucks worth of groceries, pay twenty bucks for it all, then do forty bucks worth of mail-in rebates.

It probably explains my extreme aversion to coupons.


I've heard of people being sued or arrested for forging receipts for mail-in rebates, but almost exclusively for technology and car rebates. Now that they're spreading like mad into every other sector of retail, enforcement probably will, so you'd better tell her to watch out.

Of course, you don't see many stores with old-timey receipts anymore anyway, I doubt that would pass muster now.
 
2011-03-01 06:09:37 AM  
When I worked retail, we just put up a sign that said "LIMIT 4".

//Because if you're trying to buy more than 4 of any one item, you're just an asshole.
///Or you run a convenience store where you buy our cheap groceries on sale then mark them up 500% in your store. And your an asshole.
 
2011-03-01 06:11:56 AM  

viscount02: I hate coupon horders sometimes. Especially when they try to get me to STACK them. I like being a dick to these people because some of them want me to break the rules for them.


You sound like one of the hostile cashiers mentioned in TFA.
 
2011-03-01 06:16:16 AM  
"Hey. They made the rules"

Lazlow. 1985
 
2011-03-01 06:25:40 AM  
Our household's tip: the coupons we get from the Sunday paper inserts more than pays for the newspaper. We save around 20% of our bill by using coupons, and shopping in a small supermarket that doubles the face value of coupons up to $1. We have a grand a year that we otherwise wouldn't have. I wouldn't call that crazy.
 
2011-03-01 06:38:51 AM  
"On that seminal Sunday last month...."


What? Is that what all the toilet paper is for?
 
2011-03-01 06:40:17 AM  
thats some business model you got there rite-aid.
 
2011-03-01 06:47:55 AM  
FTA: "It was the day that sent a seismic wave through coupondom"

It's time for a "Lame" tag.

viscount02: I hate coupon horders sometimes. Especially when they try to get me to STACK them. I like being a dick to these people because some of them want me to break the rules for them.


Well done! There's good reason coupons carry that "cannot be combined" caveat.
 
2011-03-01 06:50:07 AM  
I got stuck behind a lady at CVS, she had a three ring binder full of coupons. It was huge and filled with page after page of coupons. I gave her a dollar to get the fark out of the way , while she fiddle farked with her farking book. You have coupons , good for you, but they are like cats, a couple are okay but hundreds is sign of mental illness.
 
2011-03-01 06:54:39 AM  
This is how vendors in Canada stop the "coupons on top of coupons" nonsense. A simple wording added to every coupon. "Not Valid with any other offer."

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Of course, we all end up paying one way or another. The vendor will eventually jack up prices on other products to cover the cost of the coupons.

But there may be some consumer law that stops US vendors from doing this. Anyone can explain to us Canadians?
 
2011-03-01 06:57:37 AM  
Her husband, Brian, a gravedigger in Peabody, refers to weekly sale circulars as his "dinner menu.''


I can think of an easier way he can get dinner for nothing.

 
2011-03-01 07:02:09 AM  

trev29: I got stuck behind a lady at CVS, she had a three ring binder full of coupons. It was huge and filled with page after page of coupons. I gave her a dollar to get the fark out of the way , while she fiddle farked with her farking book. You have coupons , good for you, but they are like cats, a couple are okay but hundreds is sign of mental illness.


There needs to be a Coupon Idiot lane at the checkouts now. I got caught behind an idiot in the grocery store with her huge binder of coupons. If she spent the amount of time buying fresh produce and cooking instead of hoarding coupons for processed crap, maybe she's have a more enjoyable life.
 
2011-03-01 07:08:03 AM  
I bet she'll be on "Hoarders" one of these days. As someone who regularly uses coupons, I can understand the want to get groceries for free, but going through the Sunday paper I get maaaaaybe 5 coupons for things I actually NEED. Buying stuff you don't need just because it's on sale isn't saving money in the long run. And pretty much every "extreme couponer" is one of those people that buys mass quantities of everything just because it's on sale.
 
2011-03-01 07:12:08 AM  

trev29: I got stuck behind a lady at CVS, she had a three ring binder full of coupons. It was huge and filled with page after page of coupons. I gave her a dollar to get the fark out of the way , while she fiddle farked with her farking book. You have coupons , good for you, but they are like cats, a couple are okay but hundreds is sign of mental illness.


I'm one of those ladies with a binder full of coupons, but I already have my list printed, and my coupons pulled out and ready to go. I bring my binder in just in case I see something I might want to double check my stash of coupons for, but I do NOT do it at the register with a line of people behind me.

I do not wipe out stores of their stock, I do not argue with cashiers over expired coupons, and I also do not make cashiers do multiple transactions during the same visit. I also agree that the stuff you could get for free/nearly free tends to be crap food, so I pass up the deals for Hamburger Helper. I'll spend some of the money I save on good meats and veggies instead.

Some of the extreme couponers are just scary hoarders.
 
2011-03-01 07:17:48 AM  
I did this for about a year. Then I realized I'd rather be creating things than acquiring things. I still have enough toothbrushes to last a few years.

I don't bother with it anymore, but occasionally I'll pop into one of the websites to see if there's an online coupon for something I actually need, and you have never seen a group of more selfish, sanctimonious (mostly) women outside of a mommy blog. I actually remember a great deal of biatching over the Rite Aid TP thing.

My sister still does it, and she'll post her great deals on Faceboook for all of us to fawn over, but now instead of thinking what a great deal it is, I think of what a hassle it would be vs. if I actually need it. Usually I don't, and I think it helps that there are only 2 people in my household. A lot of these coupon ladies have 5, 6, 7 or 8 kids, so there's a lot of indignation about "well I'm just trying to provide for my family!" as if they just woke up one day and had half a dozen offspring and they're doing the best they can to cope.

The lady in TFA is an idiot if a) she thinks the reason her shelves were empty is because someone was reading her blog specifically (there are tons of coupon sites and forums) and b) she didn't stop for a moment to consider that putting out a book and going on television would let people in on her "secret."

ModernLuddite: When I worked retail, we just put up a sign that said "LIMIT 4".

//Because if you're trying to buy more than 4 of any one item, you're just an asshole.
///Or you run a convenience store where you buy our cheap groceries on sale then mark them up 500% in your store. And your an asshole.


A lot of these folks either sell off their stockpiles by having yard sales or selling at flea markets, or they donate them to women's shelters and food pantries. Oftentimes they'll claim the full value of the merchandise as charitable giving on their taxes.

Our local stores limit how many of the same type of coupon you can use in each transaction. So they just do back-to-back-to-back transactions, or have their kids do some.

/CSB
 
2011-03-01 07:30:53 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

The Original "Crazy Cat Lady"™ is quoted as saying, "we'll see about that ..."
 
2011-03-01 07:40:23 AM  
I am one of those people with a binder full of coupons. I spend about 2 hours a week clipping coupons and making a list. I am a stay at home mother so I like to help our finances out by saving money. I recently got $400 worth of groceries for $180.

I stear clear of packaged foods except for rice, pasta, and fruit snacks for the crotchfruit. No Hamburger Helper for us. Being a SAHM I have time to prepare meals from scratch and whole ingredients.

I mostly save money on cleaners, health and beauty, and chicken.
 
2011-03-01 07:47:41 AM  
I once got 60 bottles of shampoo for free + $75 in gift cards from Target. It can be fun to play the coupon game.
 
2011-03-01 08:00:54 AM  
My girlfriend is good at the coupon game, but we don't do it to the extreme. Generally we shop once a week and save between $50 - $90 and generally end up spending $120-$150 per trip. We do eat a lot of fresh produce but we easily save $200 per month and feel that if we save an average of a dollar per item we did a good job.
 
2011-03-01 08:01:29 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: This is how vendors in Canada stop the "coupons on top of coupons" nonsense. A simple wording added to every coupon. "Not Valid with any other offer."



Of course, we all end up paying one way or another. The vendor will eventually jack up prices on other products to cover the cost of the coupons.

But there may be some consumer law that stops US vendors from doing this. Anyone can explain to us Canadians?


Oh snap! This pita is fresh to the extreme! TO THE EXTREME!!!
 
2011-03-01 08:05:52 AM  
Times are tough, people are doing what they can to save money. I'm all for that. Just try to be polite about it in the store, and stop acting like you perfected cold fusion when you talk about it at parties. You know what? Forget that part, just don't talk about it at parties.
 
2011-03-01 08:07:52 AM  

nopokerface: Times are tough, people are doing what they can to save money. I'm all for that. Just try to be polite about it in the store, and stop acting like you perfected cold fusion when you talk about it at parties. You know what? Forget that part, just don't talk about it at parties.


You have her blog bookmarked, don't you?
 
2011-03-01 08:09:37 AM  

buttcat: Day_Old_Dutchie: This is how vendors in Canada stop the "coupons on top of coupons" nonsense. A simple wording added to every coupon. "Not Valid with any other offer."



Of course, we all end up paying one way or another. The vendor will eventually jack up prices on other products to cover the cost of the coupons.

But there may be some consumer law that stops US vendors from doing this. Anyone can explain to us Canadians?

Oh snap! This pita is fresh to the extreme! TO THE EXTREME!!!


But does it rock a mike like a vandal?
 
2011-03-01 08:12:23 AM  

AbbeySomeone: You have her blog bookmarked, don't you


I have a buddy whose wife talks about this incessantly. My wife is a stay at home mom. She couldn't pick a coupon out of a line up that consisted of one coupon and 5 different kinds of fish.
 
2011-03-01 08:27:30 AM  
Some of my friends post their "catches" on Facebook. Most of the time I sit there and scratch my head and think "did you really NEED 6 King Size Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, or did you buy them because you had an OMG coupon?"

If I use coupons, it's usually on stuff we need (usually bath stuff like deodorant when I have a BOGO). Otherwise, I don't have the time to find coupons beyound the little books I get weekly in the paper.

CSB: My mom and I went shopping last week and she was going on and on about how I needed to check out this website for coupons to print. I looked at her and asked when I was going to have time to do that, to which I got the response of "On your lunch break?" My snappy remark back was "What lunch break? It's sort of hard to step away when you're in meetings for 8-10 hours a day and still needing to get actual WORK done." She stopped harping on coupon finding after that...

I also don't get the whole "I get food at CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens!" I'd think that food in places like that would have a craptacular rate of turnover thus giving you a really old selection of stuff in boxes...only thing I could think of going to CVS for is when I need a prescription, and I don't go any further in than the drive through window...

/People I know have Coupon Clipping Parties...
//Yes, they all have kids (minus one chick, and she's the one who bought the King Size Reeses)
 
2011-03-01 08:30:26 AM  

WoWgirl: Some of my friends post their "catches" on Facebook. Most of the time I sit there and scratch my head and think "did you really NEED 6 King Size Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, or did you buy them because you had an OMG coupon?"

If I use coupons, it's usually on stuff we need (usually bath stuff like deodorant when I have a BOGO). Otherwise, I don't have the time to find coupons beyound the little books I get weekly in the paper.

CSB: My mom and I went shopping last week and she was going on and on about how I needed to check out this website for coupons to print. I looked at her and asked when I was going to have time to do that, to which I got the response of "On your lunch break?" My snappy remark back was "What lunch break? It's sort of hard to step away when you're in meetings for 8-10 hours a day and still needing to get actual WORK done." She stopped harping on coupon finding after that...

I also don't get the whole "I get food at CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens!" I'd think that food in places like that would have a craptacular rate of turnover thus giving you a really old selection of stuff in boxes...only thing I could think of going to CVS for is when I need a prescription, and I don't go any further in than the drive through window...

/People I know have Coupon Clipping Parties...
//Yes, they all have kids (minus one chick, and she's the one who bought the King Size Reeses)


Your friend sounds fat, stoned and single.
/NTTAWWT
 
2011-03-01 09:03:29 AM  
"When a newbie couponer is birthed they are very much like baby vampires,'' Feehan wrote on her popular blog, The Coupon Goddess. "They go on a couponing rampage that wreaks havoc at every store they descend upon . . . Carnage.''

so not only is she an extreme couponer, she's also one of these:

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/a double-dose of crazy
 
2011-03-01 09:08:42 AM  
Star Scientific Just Announced They Cured Alzheimer's Disease and Nobody Cares
 
2011-03-01 09:13:39 AM  
Who needs coupons? With OBAMABUCKS, everything's free!
 
2011-03-01 09:21:24 AM  

Bonobo62: My mother ... even has her own cash register for forging receipts...


If your description is accurate, then what your mother does isn't so much extreme couponing as it is committing fraud.
 
2011-03-01 09:23:01 AM  
I hoard my valentines love coupons and stack them on to my birthday sex coupons. It's the only way I get to do anal.

I just wish she'd use a slicker lube on me.
 
2011-03-01 09:34:52 AM  

Spartan Dave: Who needs coupons? With OBAMABUCKS, everything's free!


Politics tab is way over there---------------------------->
 
2011-03-01 09:35:54 AM  

Spartan Dave: Who needs coupons? With OBAMABUCKS, everything's free!


-1/10
 
2011-03-01 09:37:20 AM  

picturescrazy: OK, I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that Rite-Aid toilet paper is worth free.


Actually it happens in a blue moon. A coupon for free toilet paper has a value of up to $X. so if it's $X.01 at the Rite Aid store, you have to pay the extra. Or the new catch words for free when it isn't is "is almost like free". Which means if the toilet paper is worth $X you pay the $X and they churn up a receipt coupon for $X off on your next purchase.
 
2011-03-01 09:39:01 AM  
That poor husband probably hasn't had a decent meal in years. Oh boy oh boy, generic brand tuna helper without the tuna and generic brand mac & cheese again! hurray! You say a can of pumpkin pie filler for desert!? woohoo!
 
2011-03-01 10:01:52 AM  

picturescrazy: OK, I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that Rite-Aid toilet paper is worth free.

Tee hee.

News reporter dude narrates like he's doing children's educational programming for PBS.
 
2011-03-01 10:05:50 AM  

SpaceyCat: The big downside, at least in my opinion, of couponing to that extreme is the amount of time and effort that needs to go into it to make it "free". I've read other stores about people that drive for HOURS to go to all the separate stores to use those coupons. How "free" is it when you're spending $3.20 a gallon on gas?

Also, it isn't very free is it is something that you either don't need or use.


I had a roommate in college that obsessively clipped coupons and then he and his girlfriend would drive to 5 different grocery stores to get the benefits. It took all Saturday. I can't imagine he saved so much that he was worth either the time or gas to do that. To each their own though.
 
2011-03-01 10:08:22 AM  

Bonobo62: My mother has been doing this or as long as I can remember. she's completely batshiat about it. She has an entire room of her house for this stuff, even has her own cash register for forging receipts to do mail-in rebates. She'll buy a hundred bucks worth of groceries, pay twenty bucks for it all, then do forty bucks worth of mail-in rebates.


Yeah, I like saving money via coupons, but I always try to think of what my salary per hour is with them. If I'm being paid less than minimum wage then it isn't worth my time.

And thus, my family only uses a few coupons per trip.
 
2011-03-01 10:11:53 AM  

Tenchiro: My girlfriend is good at the coupon game, but we don't do it to the extreme. Generally we shop once a week and save between $50 - $90 and generally end up spending $120-$150 per trip.


So assuming you were paying full retail, for two people you're buying $200-250 worth of groceries PER WEEK?

Do you two ride your matching custom bikes to the store too?

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