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September is National Coupon Month

Submitted by on September 24, 2009 – 8:54 am | 1,417 views
  • SumoMe

Well you learn something new every day. I did not know it was National Month but it is. The Daily Commercial has some great trivia on coupons. And who doesn’t like trivia?

As my mother used to say as me, my sister, brother and father would call out the correct answer to some obscure Jeopardy question, “Why do you people know this?” Because it is out there and we just love to know useless facts.

If you like trivia here is more at the Daily Commercial.

Here’ are a few interesting facts on how coupons became coupons:

— In 1894, Atlanta businessman and co-owner of Coca Cola, Asa Candler, used handwritten tickets for a free glass of Coca Cola to help market his new soft drink. Within one decade Coca Cola was in every state and within two decades one in every nine Americans had received a free Coca Cola soft drink.

— One year later, grocer C.W. Post began using coupons to help sell groceries. His coupon gave people a one cent discount on his new breakfast cereal, Grape Nuts.

— By the 1940s chain supermarkets, which were popping up all over the country, continued the tradition of using coupons that the smaller neighborhood grocery stores had developed.

— In 1957, The Nielson Coupon Clearing House was established devoted entirely to coupon redemption.

— Half of all American households were clipping coupons by 1965.

— The first National Coupon Month was in 1998. In 2000, the program expanded to help parents teach children about the importance of saving money.

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