Skip to comments.The Coupon Whisperer: The Strange Story of Coupon Mike
Posted on 01/01/2011 2:32:36 PM PST by PJ-Comix
I'm kicking off the New Year with a new blog. The main purpose of "The Coupon Whisperer" won't be to provide hot coupon tips, although I will be doing that. The primary purpose of this blog is to provide you with entertaining "war stories" from the field. Think of it as adventures in couponing. And so we start of with our first story...the strange story of Coupon Mike...
I met Coupon Mike earlier this year at his job when I was introduced to him by a mutual friend, who worked at the same place, because of our common interest in couponing. Upon meeting Coupon Mike, I must say I was very impressed by him. Rarely have I seen a more animated person. Coupon Mike had over the top enthusiasm about couponing which was highlighted by his wildly gesticulating arms, wide sparkling smile, and bright eyes as he happily related many of his couponing tips to me which I did my best to absorb as they tumbled out of his mouth at a furious pace. He was particularly enthusiastic about couponing at Walgreens and I have to credit Coupon Mike with sparking my interest in that store since I had mostly ignored it prior to meeting him. Since Coupon Mike proved to be a wealth of couponing information, I visited him several more times at this workplace and he always eagerly provided me the information that I sought which was much appreciated by me.
And then I met him out in the field... It was inside a grocery store where I spotted Coupon Mike filling up his shopping cart.
"HELLO, MIKE!" I happily chirped. "Doing some couponing today?"
He looked over at me but something about him seemed different. It was as if a balloon had been almost completely deflated. Gone was his previous enthusiasm and extroverted self-confidence to be replaced with with someone with a diffident hunched over posture. Instead of his normal booming voice, something like a frightened whisper said:
"Um...um...um... I can't talk now. Have to leave right away."
The change in Coupon Mike was shocking and I soon found out the reason when he introduced his wife. I can't remember her name but the impression she gave was the angry Eye of Sauron which is what I shall call her. She never said a word to me following that introduction. The only response she gave to me after I said hello to her was an angry death ray glare. The Eye of Sauron effect was accentuated by the fact that at nearly 6 and a half feet tall, she towered over both Coupon Mike and me. Anyway, no matter how much I tried to get Coupon Mike to talk shop, he persisted in timidly warning me away about how he had no time or that he had an appointment somewhere.
Okay, perhaps Coupon Mike was having a bad day. We all do. And, in fact, a couple of weeks later when I saw Coupon Mike back at work he was back to his old self again. Wildly gesticulating as he described the latest coupon deals he found.
Then a few weeks after that, I again spotted Coupon Mike at another store...accompanied by the Eye of Sauron. And again, Mike timidly begged me to leave him alone as I thought I was sure to get zapped by an angry ray from the Eye of Sauron. Either that or she would just flat out strangle me. That is how much rage was boiling inside of her.
This pattern repeated itself yet again. I met Coupon Mike at work where he was back to his old happy self only to be followed by a complete metamorphosis when I saw him at the store when he was towered over by the Eye of Sauron.
Finally I showed up at Mike's workplace but not to see him about more valuable coupon tips. My purpose was to question my friend what the deal was with the Eye of Sauron. I figured maybe it was something I did or said that so enraged her. Fortunately my friend assured me that it wasn't my fault. It turns out that the Eye of Sauron just hates EVERYONE. However, this makes me more curious. If someone hates everyone, how does that person even survive socially? In fact, how did the incredibly friendly Coupon Mike end up being married to the Eye of Sauron? How did they first meet? Also how do you get attracted to a woman who hates everyone and lets it be known with her perpetual Eye of Sauron death ray stare? Perhaps I'll never find out the answers to those questions but I must say that I do appreciate the friendly coupon advice that Coupon Mike has given me...when he is out of range of the Eye of Sauron.
And now for a hot coupon tip of the week. Starting on January 2, Walgreens has a $9 register rewards when you buy a 6-pack of Oscillococcinum Flu Medicine at $8.99. On top of that the January Walgreens coupon book is supposed to have a $5 coupon for that same item so when you pay $3.99 out of pocket, you get $9 back to spend on almost whatever you want. Since I have had a lingering on and off cold since Thanksgiving weekend, I think I'll give this medicine a try. You can't beat the price which amounts to FREE plus $5 net back.
PJ, please add me to the coupon ping list. Thanks.
Add me, please, PJ. And stay away from the scary lady. We need you here.
pls add me! ty!
I’d love a ping now and then, please! Thank you!
This is a family site. Watch yourself.
add me please. Thank you
add me please. Thank you
I’d like to be on the list too, please.
Welcome aboard, PINGEE #9. And enjoy the FREE flu medicine and the extra 5 bucks of register rewards that you can spend on almost whatever you want (but not dairy or liquor).
With this coupon I have I can get 2 pings for the price of one.
Please ping me
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Oscillococcinum won’t help his cold. But the $5 bill might make him feel better.
ping for me?
LOL! It would be FUnnie if The Coupon Whisperer Ping List ends up the #2 biggest Ping List on the FR next to guess which Ping List currently at #1.
If someone hates everyone, how does that person even survive socially? In fact, how did the incredibly friendly Coupon Mike end up being married to the Eye of Sauron?
The woman I know had marginal friends through high school, and her boyfriends didn't last long due to her perpetual and ever-present jealousy -- not only directed toward other females, but also toward any "guy time" he would spend with his buddies. I think at some point she took some sage advice, such as "catch more flies with honey than vinegar," and was able to turn off the rage machine long enough to last through the nuptials.
Once ensnared, the captive male acted much like Coupon Mike -- a decent and personable guy when the warden isn't around.
Please add me to the Coupon List. Thank you!
ping me, thanks
It's like the other day. I bought 4 boxes of Vick's Sinex. I didn't really need them but I had $4 coupons for them. They are on sale at $5 each so after applying coupons just $4 total and when you buy $20 worth of Vicks you get $10 in register rewards. Actually I only paid $2 since I used a $2 register rewards from a tube of Colgate. Then used the $10 which cost me just $2 OOP (Out Of Pocket) to buy what I really wanted...2 Red Baron's Delux Pizzas (on sale at 2 for $5), a 24 pack of bottled water, and another tube of Colgate (which yielded me another $2 register rewards). Total cost OOP for all the latter was under 2 bucks.
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On the list, please. Please add “Slip18,” too. She’s my beloved wife. And she shops. Therefore, I eat.
I’d like to be a pingee, please!
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I’ve always found these interesting, but exactly when does simple information about cool coupons become advertising for Walgreens, which would be a problem for this web site?
Any groupon.com users here?
Because it is NOT advertising for just Walgreens. Whatever store has good coupon deals, I will list it...Including a Walgreens competitor, CVS. My only loyalty is to the deals, NOT the stores.
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You get to be my first Ping, please be gentle.
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