Elleda Wilson: Coupon Queen rules

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May 26—Cost-conscious rerun: The Coupon Queen, Jill Cataldo, whose column appears in The Daily Astorian, was also featured on ABC's "Nightline" recently in a segment called "The Super Couponers." Both she and Nathan Engels, aka Mr. Coupon, participated in a contest to see who could buy the most groceries with $50.

Technically, Nathan won by buying $526.56 worth of groceries for $30.63, but he bought a lot of duplicates, like eight boxes of cereal. Jill's cart total was $118.84 pre-coupons, and $30.61 afterward, but her cart was full of a large variety of everyday useful food items. So, for practical purposes, she's the real winner. (Photo: "Nightline" screen shot) (In One Ear, 4/2/2010)

Update: During these trying times at the checkout counter, the Coupon Queen is still going strong at jillcataldo.com