Coupon Crazy (Paperback)

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

By Mary Potter Kenyon

Familius, 9781938301889, 250pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2013

List Price: 16.95*
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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 doesn't even know existed, author Mary Potter Kenyon manages to both fascinate and educate the reader. Readers will meet today's "Coupon Queens" (and Kings) and learn about an era when trash really was cash. Not just an observer of this ethnographic research, Mary lived it for over 30 years.

About the Author

It all started innocently enough in 1969, when ten-year-old Mary Potter Kenyon spied an offer for a free Super Ball on the back of a Cheerios cereal box. Before long, she was clipping the Sunday coupons and foraging in her mother's cabinets for labels to send in for cash. When she started her own family in 1980, Mary Potter Kenyon began honing her couponing skills to become a local Coupon Queen.

Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology. She lives in Manchester, Iowa, with three of her eight children. Mary currently writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque "Telegraph Herald, "where she is touted as the "Tri-State Area's Coupon Queen." She holds couponing and writing workshops for NICC and Hawkeye, area community colleges, writing workshops at the River Lights bookstore in Dubuque and does public speaking for women's groups, libraries and writing conferences.

In addition to her career as a couponer, Mary has worked as a freelance writer for 20 years and has had over 300 articles and essays about parenting, saving money, and homeschooling published in newspapers and magazines such as "Home Education," "The Sun," "Backwoods Home," "Back Home," "The Writer," "Woman's World" and the online magazine "" Her essays have been featured in seventeen anthologies, including five "Chicken Soup "books. An essay of hers was featured in the January/February issue of "Poet & Writer's "magazine.