One thing you may not know about me is that I LOVE to read. I love to learn what makes things happen, why things happen, how they happen. So when Mary Potter Kenyon asked me to read her newest book, “Coupon Crazy: The Science, The Savings & The Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession“, I was excited.
This isn’t another How-To-Coupon book but rather a look behind the coupons- at how they came about, how America’s gotten crazy about them. It’s about it’s Extreme predecessor, “Refunding” and the demise of Refunding. It’s about fraud and fraudsters.
When we drove to Great Wolf Lodge Last weekend I read the first half and finished it on the way home- I was enthralled. (Told you I love reading!)
Refunding (or rebates as we know them now) was a little before my time so I was intrigued about the stories of people buying multiple PO Boxes to get hundreds and hundreds of dollars in refunds for items they never even purchased! Or digging through the trash to get a code off a box of diapers (Reminds me of certain Extreme Couponers diving into dumpsters in their heels and children waiting outside the dumpster for them). Refunding conventions filled with people with their own registers counterfeiting receipts!
I shook my head of the story about P&G and their 1969 Goldfish Fiasco. Poor Goldfish! (You’ll have to read the book to see what I’m talking about!)
In all these stories- there is a great deal of knowledge shared about the origins of coupons, refunds, and so much more!
Mary has generously offered to give TWO MoolaSavingMom readers a copy of this book! I think you will find it intriguing, thought provoking and provide a lot of insight into the Couponing Phenomenon.
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