Americana: Coupon Mad

Sharon Otten, 40, an apparel saleswoman in Anaheim, Calif, knows a good deal when she sees one. When she discovered an automobile dealer's coupon in the Orange County Yellow Pages offering $100 off the price of a new or used car, she was not content to let her fingers do the walking. Instead, Otten went from door to door, besieging relatives, friends and strangers to give her the coupons from their phone books. She even got one from her mother-in-law. When she had collected 91, she offered them to Dealer Scott Nowling after bargaining with him for a 1982 Oldsmobile Firenza,...

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