Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Bending the Rules


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I have a very simple request this week … Please use coupons responsibly.  If everyone decided to follow the rules and not look for ways to bend them, couponing would be so much easier.  Just this week, I read an article about an extreme couponer who paid “just $36 for $800 worth of P&G products.”  The way she did it was by bending the rules.  Read the article and let us know if you agree.

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  1. Regardless of what she proclaims, what she did is coupon fraud. If Winn Dixie participated, that is fraud too. I sent the link to P&G and Winn Dixie corporate headquarters and wonder if I will get a reply! Illegal and irresponsible coupon use drives up prices for consumers. The financial loss that P&G would take would be passed on to honest consumers, not absorbed by them. This makes me sick and I refuse to watch that couponing show- I believe those individuals commit fraud as well, such a shame.

  2. Wow! I feel this is dishonest no matter what anyone at the store said. I can’t imagine any of the stores by me doing this, in my expierience they make sure the coupon is for the item it says it’s for. I wonder what the final outcome will be about this! I am hoping this won’t make it even harder to coupon for the rest of us. Thank you for sharing this w/us it was an interesting read.

  3. Really disturbed by this post and how she tries to legitimize it in the comments. This person should not be writing a blog and giving advice on anything with those ethics and morals. Appalling!

  4. This type of thing is why couponers have a bad name and why coupon values and store policies are changing. This person committed coupon fraud and had the nerve to write about it!

  5. I think it’s still dishonest even if there are people that tell them it’s ok. Just because a cop doesn’t give you a ticket every time you speed, doesn’t mean you weren’t breaking the law; same idea applies.

  6. I don’t agree with the above comments. Assuming the author is being truthful, and I’m assuming she/he is since there was so many tickets with such a high number of coupons and savings, then the store is at fault if they didn’t have permission from P&G to do this. One of the comments on the article summed it up perfectly, one doesn’t ask the grocery store if they have permission from Bordon milk company to give away free milk with a minimum purchase; one takes their free milk and goes home. So it makes sense that someone in the moment wouldn’t stop and call P&G to see if what Winn Dixie told her/him was okay. Just saying~ the shopper can’t be blamed for adhering to whatever the store’s rule are on coupons. The store, if anyone, is at fault here.