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Click 'n' clip: A coupon quiz

Coupon quiz

You do clip grocery coupons, don't you? Approximately 80 percent of us do. We certainly want you to continue this fine and frugal habit, but stop clipping for a moment and start clicking to see if you're up to snuff on the cents-off stuff.

  1. Beginning at the beginning: The very first cents-off grocery coupon issued in the U.S. was for:

    Ho Hos.
  2. Rolling right along -- you are most likely to clip coupons if you fall into which of the following age ranges?

    18- to 24-year-olds, because they're first starting out and struggling a bit.
    65- to 85-year-olds, because many are scraping by on fixed incomes.
    35- to 44-year-olds, because ...well, we don't rightly know why they snip 'n' save more than others, but they just do.
  3. A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money. Just how many billions would you say our collective clipping has saved this nation's proud and cents-ible snippers?

    About $4 billion.
    Just under $3 billion.
    $2.5 billion, practically on the nose.
  4. Who do you think is more likely to use coupons -- rich folks? Poor folks? Middlin' ones? Let's get a little more precise here -- those earning:

    Under $25,000.
    $25,000 to $50,000.
    $50,000 to $75,000.
  5. September 1998 marked the debut of National Coupon Month. Are we lying or what?

    It's the truth, Ruth.
    Another bold-faced trick question -- and not even a very good one! I am so not falling for this.
  6. The name Nielsen has a prominent place in the annals of couponing. Who or what does Nielsen refer to?

    Ozzie and Harriet's son, and Ricky's brother, David. After going through a rough spell when his family's hit sitcom ended, he famously praised grocery coupons as a ''godsend.''
    The first clearinghouse devoted to coupon redemption.
    The ''boy band'' that preceded Hanson. Their cherubic faces graced coupons for peanut butter from Hawaii to Maine, contributing to a 15 percent spike in sales for one famous manufacturer.
  7. Say, which grocery category's coups are we most blanketed with, distributionally speaking?

    Those durn bran cereals. Forget the heartbreak of psoriasis -- the overarching national heartbreak appears to be that of irregularity.
    Those scrubbing, sudsing, foaming, doing the cha-cha household cleaners.
    Extruded meat-like products.
  8. What percent of manufacturers send coupons to consumers only upon request?

    10 percent.
    25 percent.
    35 percent.
  9. Let's say you use a manufacturer's coupon toward the purchase of a sale-priced product -- then take advantage of said manufacturer's rebate offer for said product. Whoopee, you just scored a:

    Triple lutz.
    Triple Lebowksi.
    Triple play.
  10. While we're all on the Internet right now -- do you remember when coupons made their debut here? (No fair sneaking off for a Google search!)


-- Posted: Feb. 26, 2002

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