Coupon Winner is a coupon utopia

It may seem like a stereotype that belongs solely to women, especially stay-at-home moms, but guys clip coupons, too. In fact, I do it all the time.

I'm very methodical about it, too. Every Sunday, almost without fail, I clip out the newspaper coupons and think very carefully whether we actually buy the item, need the item now, might need the item later, would never buy this product in a million years and would buy the product but only because I have a coupon. I go through the whole process, usually in a comfortable spot in the house while watching TV. It may only take 10 minutes, but it's a very elaborate saving money strategy that I've come to enjoy. I finish this weekly ritual by stacking the coupons in neat little piles and placing them in a very safe, special drawer in my office.Then later, either my wife or I go to the grocery, and generally when it's too late, like when I'm checking out my food at the register, I'll remember that I left all of those coupons in my very safe, special drawer.

Hey, I didn't say my strategy was foolproof.

But now I've been alerted to, and I have to admit, it looks like a fascinating place for anyone who enjoys coupons. A coupon utopia, I dare say. You can find coupons at this web site for almost anything you can imagine shopping for, from what I can tell. There are coupons for people who are hungry, who want to adorn themselves with jewelry, feed their cat or dog, stock up on office supplies, and even for those who need auto parts.

Now, I've never used the service -- I've just wandered through it, so I'm not endorsing it, just informing you about it -- but the web site does look as if it has a good deal of good deals, and something that I'd benefit from, if I can only remember to use the opportunity to save money. And, of course, there's another huge negative. I've really scratched up my computer screen trying to cut out the coupons.

Geoff Williams is a business journalist who asks that you give him an E for effort, even if he gets a C- for ending this with a lame joke. He's also the author of the nonfiction narrative, C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).
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