Raise your hand if you remember S&H Green Stamps. For those of you without telepathy, my hand is high in the air. That’s because I certainly remember Green Stamps. Now, for those of you who don’t remember them, or aren’t old enough to know about them, let me give you a brief summary of what they were.
I guess the easiest way to explain them would be to say that they were like bonus points you get when you use your credit card, or frequent flyer miles that you can rack up with the airlines, but for everyday things. The most common place you would get them were at grocery stores. How much you spent on your grocery shopping trip determined how many green stamps you earned.
There was a little machine next to the register, and the cashier would dial-up how many stamps you had earned and it would spit them out. The actual green stamps themselves were about the size of a postage stamp, and worked in much the same way, as you had to lick the back of them to stick them in the green stamp books.
Now those books, once they were filled, could be used to buy all sorts of stuff from the Green Stamps Catalog. It was usually the type of merchandise you would find at a Dollar General store, but they also carried some nicer items as well. So for just doing what you normally would by doing your weekly grocery shopping, you earned some free shopping spree money! These things were so popular, that the grocery stores used them as a way to bring in folks. They would often run “double stamp day” promotions where you would earn double the amount of green stamps that you normally would. This was a big deal in my house, and shopping day always lined up with double stamp day.