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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 29 2011 / 27 Tamuz, 5771

Couponing: let's make a deal

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is a reason they call it extreme couponing. A few moments ago I found myself pondering the feasibility of having another baby because, as a new on-line couponer registered at five web sites, I am now awash in coupons for diapers, formula and teething biscuits.

Sure, we've been empty nesters for three years. And, sure, having another baby would require extensive surgery and be completely ridiculous -- but you wouldn't believe the money we could save.

Extreme couponing has awakened my inner shopper. Not that it took much.

I have long carried a separate wallet for in-store discounts and coupons. I can shuffle the Macy's discount cards with a speed and flair that makes clerks ask if I ever worked a blackjack table.

Other mothers always told their kids to wear nice underwear in case they found themselves in an accident, I always told mine to carry a Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off coupon in case they found themselves at a strip mall.

And it is true, I might have once told the family to engrave "Never paid full retail" on my tombstone.

But extreme couponing takes bargain shopping to a new level. The couponing websites read like spread sheets. They list the normal price of a product, the store's sale price, less the manufacturer's coupon, plus loyalty points earned, the final sale price with your combined discounts and the total percentage of savings. It's like tracking the stock market, only with immediate rewards. When did the Dow last give you $2 off a jar of spaghetti sauce?

One minor drawback to extreme couponing is that a lot of the coupons are for foods in the middle of the store -- the processed foods with a lot of salt, sugar and fat. Sure, we could find a way to live on mayonnaise, canned corn, Hamburger Helper and sweetened condensed milk, but is the savings really worth a high cholesterol count that would warrant going on statins? Ten boxes of mac 'n cheese versus coronary heart disease.

Still, I am mesmerized by the women who pose for pictures in their kitchens, surrounded by mountains of groceries, holding receipts 50 feet long, proclaiming something like, "I only paid $2.97 for all of this, earned enough loyalty points to get braces for Donnie and buy a new car!"

In one such picture the shopper was surrounded by juice boxes, cartons of Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Mug Root Beer, two-liter bottles of Orange Crush and big bottles of vegetable juice. There also tends to be a lot of dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and paper towels in these pictures. We can deduce that extreme couponers are very clean and well hydrated.

I spent Sunday evening surfing coupon websites and organizing circulars. Monday I found myself distracted by the constant email arrival of new coupons.

Tuesday I mailed two coupons for baby products to our daughter with twins. The coupons were for a buck. The stamp cost 44 cents.

On Wednesday I landed a 70-cent off coupon for peppers. Getting to, and back from, the store that the offer was good at would have burned a gallon in gasoline.

On Friday I found a 50 cent coupon for face wash that I used as a teenager. I'm hanging on to it as a definite maybe.

I only hope I can realize some decent savings without having to quit my day job.


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