Grocery shopping can take a big chunk out of any family’s budget, so people are always searching for new ways to save money — from choosing the best day of the week to shop to couponing.
But one thrifty shopper in Long Island, New York, really took their sweet time to save a few cents.
On Tuesday, Anatoly Shashkin, who has worked in grocery stores for 13 years (and currently manages North Shore Farms supermarket in Mineola, New York), was presented with a surprising — some might even say vintage — voucher.
Shashkin was handed a coupon from 1983 — which, if you're not too fond of math, was 36 years ago — to redeem 20 cents off a bottle of Crisco oil.
Many coupons come with very specific requirements, for example, you have to buy multiple items, or restrictive expiration dates. But coupons without expiration dates are apparently good for decades — as this manufacturer's coupon clearly stated, "No expiration date."Someone just redeemed a THIRTY SIX year old coupon at my store 😯 pic.twitter.com/ij01j9cj9w— Anatoly Shashkin💾 (@dosnostalgic) March 19, 2019
After Shashkin took a photo of the coupon (which he confirmed to TODAY Food that he did accept) and shared it on Twitter, people started having a field day.
Did you tell them it was only good on a 36-year-old bottle of Crisco Oil?— Jim Lawless (@lawlessGuy) March 19, 2019
Some on social media pointed out that, due to inflation, the coupon was technically worth less than 20 cents in 1983 dollars. If it had been for 20 percent off (or more), the shopper would have saved the same amount on a standard bottle of oil.Well, it *does* say no expiration date...— doing that thing (@Supreme_Dalek) March 19, 2019
Others even shared their old coupons.did you properly adjust for inflation? pic.twitter.com/wM6mrinSRd— David Byrne's Long Hair Period (@ShigBit) March 19, 2019
I can relate. I have a coupon from 1991 with no expiration date that I’ve been carrying around in my wallet for 12 years. If I’m ever in Montana or Wyoming, I intend to use it pic.twitter.com/4lT4cMBhKq— Blake © ™ ® (@NeilNevins) March 20, 2019
Many simply marveled at the coupon's vintage look and admired the shopper (who wishes to remain anonymous) for holding on to such a small, flimsy piece of paper for so long.I never knew I wanted to collect vintage coupons until today. Look at that beauty! 😍— Not Jenelle Evans (@HaveAHeartx3) March 20, 2019
However, most people can agree that a modest deal on a household staple is probably better than no deal at all.