ANYWAY: Last week after shopping he came home in prime George fashion, beaming and quasi-dancing at the deal he'd scored. It's a good example of his couponing strategy, so I'll suck it up and share, once again, of his grocery glory.
Let me cut to the chase: He brought home two boxes of Post cereal (retailing at about 4.29 each) and a can of Chock Full o' Nuts coffee (retailing at about $4.59, and which he enjoys because, you see, of his alternate life as a 1940s radio comedy writer - I mean, what? How old IS this guy?) for, wait for it ... $0.50. Here's how he makes this sort of thing happen:
The Sale: Our grocery store was having an in-house deal - Buy two boxes of cereal on sale for $2.00 and get the can of coffee free. No brainer. Great deal, regardless of coupons.
Stackin' 1: On top of this, George used a manufacturer's coupon for $2.50 off of any brand of coffee when you bought two boxes of Post cereal.
Stackin' 2: Adding one more layer of couponing, G tossed in a manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off of Chock Full o' Nuts. (This is one of the keys to "stackin'" -- vague coupons mixed with specific. Because the first coupon didn't specify the brand of coffee, our store let's you throw another, this time more specific, coupon on top of it. Every market's different, though, so check with yours about their coupon policy. )
And bingo. This brought down the price of his three items, which would have been about $10.00 regularly, to $0.50. He claims there was a round of applause. I'm not so sure. He's also, however, been repeatedly bemoaning the fact that he didn't have a specific Post cereal coupon on him as " I coulda made money on the deal. I was so close." Then he shuffles away, shaking his head dejectedly.
Step back, ladies, he's taken.