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Whole Foods Revamped their Coupon App

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Whole Foods Revamped their Coupon App | FreeCoupons.comWhole Foods was once considered to be extremely expensive. The company has been working on their image and taking some steps to make things more affordable for their customers. Whole Foods has revamped their coupon app.

The Whole Foods Market app can be downloaded for free from either the App Store or Google Play. The app is focused on helping customers to get the most from shopping at Whole Foods. Use the app to find local store information, thousands of recipes, and to create your shopping list.

The update to the app added new, exclusive, digital coupons. The coupons can be used at a Whole Foods store (but not on their website). The coupons are regularly updated. People who use the app should frequently check the coupons it currently offers before putting together their shopping list.

These digital coupons are only available on the latest version of the Whole Foods Market app. (You can probably update the app if you aren’t using the most recent version). The coupons will be offered to consumers who use the app on iPhones (iOS 8.4.1 or later) or Android phones (Android 4.0.3 or later).

Some coupon apps allow users to pick and choose which coupons they want to use on their next shopping trip. There is no need to do this on the Whole Foods Market app. Everyone who uses the app is offered the exact same coupons as everyone else. It doesn’t matter which kind of phone you have or where in the United States you happen to live.

Whole Foods may be trying to catch up to it’s competitors by adding digital coupons to its app. Target has been offering coupons, and special deals, on its app for a long time. Kroger started offering digital coupons in 2010, and Safeway followed in 2012.

The digital coupons on the Whole Foods Market app are easy to use. Pick up the products that you have a coupon for. Show the cashier your smartphone with the in-app digital coupon bar code displayed. The cashier simply scans the barcode. All of the Whole Foods stores in the United States will accept the digital coupons that are on the Whole Foods Market app.

Just like regular paper coupons, the digital coupons on the Whole Foods Market app will have an expiration date. Use them before they expire. When one expires, it will no longer appear on the app. This ensures that all of the digital coupons you see are eligible for you to use.

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Why Your Coupon from the Tuna Lawsuit Hasn’t Arrived

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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StarKist TunaTuna is a staple in many people’s homes. One can has enough food for two sandwiches. There are many other recipes that include tuna. A while ago, StarKist was involved in a settlement that would require it to send coupons to some consumers. There are reasons why you haven’t gotten your coupon yet.

There was a lawsuit called Hendricks v StarKist Co.. The claim was that StarKist was under-filling certain 5 ounce canned tuna products (and that doing so was in violation of state law). The two parties agreed to a proposed settlement.

The settlement offered two potential options to people who were part of the class action lawsuit. A person could choose to get $25 in cash or a $50 voucher for StarKist tuna.

Haven’t gotten yours yet? There are many reasons why. The first thing to be aware of is that the settlement is only for people who have purchased one or more of the StarKist products from February 9, 2009, through October 31, 2014. Those people needed to file a claim before November 20, 2015. If you didn’t file a claim before that day – you won’t be getting anything from the settlement.

The next thing to realize is that even though the two parties agreed to a settlement, that doesn’t mean they are “done”. A judge needs to approve the settlement. In February of 2016, a judge struck down the original proposed settlement over legal issues. Those issues have since been addressed, and a hearing for a final approval is set for April 21, 2016.

People who filed a claim will not receive anything from StarKist until after that hearing. If the judge does not approve the settlement, it will take even longer to receive your voucher or cash from the settlement. A class action lawsuit, like the StarKist one, cannot begin sending things out to class members until after a judge approves the settlement.

It is possible that the judge will approve the settlement. If the judge does not approve it, there is a chance that a new settlement will be made. There is no way to know, for certain, what will happen or what a new settlement would consist of. People who are part of the class action lawsuit are going to have to wait and see what happens.

Those who are in the class action lawsuit might, or might not, be notified about the judge’s decision. In other words, you shouldn’t assume that you will actually receive your $50 StarKist tuna voucher. It is best to consider it a nice surprise, when and if it arrives in your mailbox.

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Chipotle Started Mailing Coupons for a Free Burrito

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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chipotleChipotle was once a very popular place to eat. Every since the chain had problems that caused customers to get sick, it has been struggling to convince people to come back. To help encourage people to give the restaurant chain another try, Chipotle has started mailing out coupons for a free burrito.

Chipotle’s first attempt to lure customers back was with a mobile coupon that offered a free burrito. The coupon contained a code that a person needed to present at the register. Chipotle says that 5.3 million people tried to download that mobile coupon. This shows that there are many people who are ready to give Chipotle another try.

In March of 2016, Chipotle started the next phase of its plan to encourage customers to return. Chipotle started mailing out millions of coupons for a free entree. The company plans to mail out a total of 21 million of these coupons. If you haven’t received one yet, there is a chance that one could appear in your mailbox soon.

Did you get one of those coupons? Make sure you check the expiration date on the coupon. That series of coupons expires on May 15, 2016. Chipotle put an expiration date on the coupons for a reason. The goal was to nudge customers to return to Chipotle sooner rather than later. People who get a coupon that offers a “freebie” are likely to be motivated to use it before the coupon expires.

Why would a restaurant that has gone through a period of time where it was struggling to get customers start offering coupons for free food? It seems counter-intuitive at first, when you realize that Chipotle is going to lose profit by giving away free entrees. The point is to make Chipotle’s 2,000 restaurants “look like Chipotle again” – packed with customers.

Chipotle is planning on giving out more coupons this summer. It is difficult to predict exactly what those offers will look like. They might shift from coupons that offer free entrees to coupons that offer a “Buy One, Get One” deal. Or, Chipotle could decide to send targeted mobile offers to people who live in areas where the Chipotle restaurants are lagging in sales.

Overall, this is a smart move on Chipotle’s part. Everyone loves a “freebie”! The coupons for free food could help change the restaurant chain’s reputation from “the place people got sick from” to “the place that I can get free food from”. People will eventually forget about the bad news if they are giving extremely positive news in its place.

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“Couponing Isn’t Fair!”

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Fake Coupons with US CoinsThe reason that couponing is popular is because it saves people money. It’s nice to be able to use coupons and make your dollars stretch a little bit farther. Not everyone has access to all of the coupons that are in existence. This fact of life is one that makes some shoppers declare “Couponing isn’t fair!”

Coupons are useful. They give shoppers a quick and easy way to save a little money on products that they were going to purchase anyway. Or, a coupon might lower the cost of an item that is new to the consumer just enough to tempt them to give it a try.

Ultimately, it is the food manufacturers that make the decision about when, and where, to offer a coupon. They get to choose everything from the expiration date to the amount of discount the coupon offers. The manufacturers can be as generous, or as stingy, as they choose when deciding the total number of coupons they will offer.

Couponers need to realize that no one is entitled to receive a coupon. People should view coupons as an extra treat (that helps them save money). Be happy that you have access to some useful coupons. Keep things positive. If you find yourself getting really upset about coupons – it may be time to take a break from couponing.

Reasons why some people think couponing is unfair:

Fear of missing out (FOMO): A person has found some coupons that they can print out or digitally add to their store’s loyalty card. In the back of their mind, they worry that somewhere out there are better coupons that they haven’t been able to find.

Lack of mobile device: Today, there are a lot of coupons that are only offered to mobile customers. The people who have a store’s app on their smartphone, or who have downloaded a specialized coupon app, are able to get exclusive coupons. A person who doesn’t have a smartphone might feel it is unfair that they cannot access those coupons from their desktop computer.

Policy changes: Coupons.com recently changed their policy and removed the zip code selection tool from their website. People who were using that tool in a way that it was not intended to be used complained that this change wasn’t fair.

Some people felt that manufacturers were not offering the best coupons to the people that lived in their zip code. Others discovered that consumers in different zip codes were being offered additional coupons. These couponers felt it was unfair for Coupons.com limit them to only the coupons that were for their zip code.

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Don’t Get Into a Fight Over Coupons

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 7:01 am
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Burger KingPeople use coupons because it can help them save money. Ideally, people will take the time to review the store’s coupons policy before trying to use multiple coupons in one transaction. It is understandable that a person may feel frustrated when a cashier refuses some of the customer’s coupons. It is not acceptable to take out that frustration on the cashier.

Burger King is a well known fast food restaurant that frequently offers coupons. Many fast food places offer coupons in an effort to attract customers to their restaurant (instead of one of their competitor’s restaurants). The fast food restaurant wants people to come in and use the coupon – and then buy some additional food and beverages as well.

A woman in the Milwaukee area decided to use multiple coupons to pay for her order at Burger King. The teenager behind the register informed the woman that the company’s policy only allowed for one coupon to be used per transaction. The woman was trying to use a dozen coupons.

Most people would sort through the pile of coupons they brought with them, pick out the one that would provide the most discount on its own, and hand that one coupon to the cashier. If the customer happened to be a frequent Burger King customer, he or she might save the rest of those coupons to use on another day.

Unfortunately, the woman who wanted to use multiple coupons on one transaction at Burger King decided that the situation was worth getting into a fight over. The woman (who was in her 40’s) allegedly left and returned with her daughter (who was an adult in her 20’s). The two women allegedly started shouting at the sixteen-year-old cashier. Things escalated, and the woman’s daughter allegedly punched the teenage cashier in the face.

Don’t get into a fight over coupons. It is not worth it. The teenage cashier was taken to the hospital with a mild concussion. The two women face felony charges of physical abuse of a child with intention to cause bodily harm. The two women could face up to six years in jail and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

What should you do if you want to use multiple coupons at a fast food restaurant? First, you should call the restaurant. Ask what their coupon policy is. Ask how many coupons they allow customers to use in one transaction. If you do not like the answer you are given, you can choose to make a purchase from the store’s competitor.

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How Do Coupons Work?

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 1:21 pm
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How Do Coupons Work? | FreeCoupons.comWe all love using coupons because they can save us some money. Extreme couponers excel at using coupons in ways that give them the most savings. Have you ever wondered how coupons work? Where do they come from? Who is paying for the discount that the coupon gives to you?

Coupons come from companies that are food manufacturers. The company decides when it wants to offer a coupon and how much of a discount that coupon will give a consumer. The company also decides when the coupon’s expiration date will be.

A company that offers a coupon on one of their products gets to choose who to offer that coupon to. They might limit it to only the people who have signed up to get emails from the company. Some coupons are only available to people who live in a certain state (or a particular zip code). Many coupons are offered nationally.

Once all these details have been worked out, the food manufacturer needs to connect with a retailer (like a grocery store). Together, the two work out what could be called an implied contract. The contract is a promise made by the food manufacturer to the retailer.

The food manufacturer promises to reimburse the retailer for the discount that is offered on their coupons – if the retailer sends those used coupons back to the food manufacturer. The postage fee is paid for by the food manufacturer, not the retailer.

This is a key point to understand. A grocery store (or other retailer) loses money when a customer uses a coupon. The retailer is ok with this because they know they can be reimbursed for that loss by the manufacturer that created the coupon.

How does the retailer let the food manufacturer know how many coupons were used in their store? First, the cashier scans the coupon when the customer makes a purchase. Doing so automatically enters the coupon into the store’s computer. The coupon goes into the drawer of the register.

When the cashier’s shift is over, his or her drawer is tallied up to make sure the amount of money and coupons that are in the drawer match what the computer counted. The coupons get sent back to the food manufacturer, and the retailer receives a reimbursement.

The food manufacturer can choose not to reimburse the retailer if the coupon was used after it had expired. They do not reimburse the store for fake coupons. This is why many stores are very picky about what coupons they will accept from customers. The retailer needs to make sure they will be reimbursed for the discount that a coupon gives to a consumer.

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Your Kohl’s Account May Have Been Hacked

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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Kohl's LogoHave you noticed something strange happening with your Kohl’s account? Did a large box from Kohl’s, that you did not order, arrive at your door? There is a chance that the reason for this mysterious delivery is because your Kohl’s account has been hacked.

Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of having someone steal our credit card information, and then use it to go on an expensive shopping spree. It can be frustrating to have to call your credit card company, dispute the charge, and wait for things to get resolved.

When a thief steals someone else’s credit card number, they are doing it so they can get free stuff. They use your credit card (instead of their own) in the hopes that they will not get caught. Some of them will get caught, and some will not. Either way, the innocent credit card holder is stuck trying to clean up the mess.

Strangely, the thieves who are hacking Kohl’s accounts are not trying to immediately get free stuff (that is paid for by an unfortunate stranger). Instead, the thief hacks into someone else’s Kohl’s account and uses it to order products from the Kohl’s website with that person’s Kohl’s credit card number. The thief doesn’t keep the products, though. He or she has the products shipped to the home of the person whose Kohl’s account he hacked.

The person doesn’t know that their Kohl’s account has been hacked until after those products arrive at their door. The thieves are selecting big, bulky, items. In some cases, the thief orders things like strollers, car seats and multiple baby cribs that are sent to one address. Or, the thief might order an entire box filled with dozens of men’s shirts.

Why would someone hack a Kohl’s account and then use it to send random bulky items to a stranger? The answer is an unexpected one. The thieves are trying to obtain Kohl’s Cash. The thief is “gaming the system” for their own advantage.

Kohl’s Cash is earned when a person makes a purchase at a Kohl’s store or kiosk, or online, during special events. The amount of money a person spends is what determines the amount of Kohl’s Cash they will get. They have to use it soon, because Kohl’s Cash has an expiration date.

The scammers buy expensive bulky items so that the account they hacked into will earn Kohl’s Cash. The size of the items makes it difficult for a person to return them to a Kohl’s store. This gives the thief time to use the Kohl’s Cash on things for themselves.

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Why You Shouldn’t Post Photos of a Coupon Online

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 7:00 am
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chipotle (1)You just saw an amazingly good coupon that somebody else posted online. Or, maybe you were lucky today and got an email with a special coupon code that you cannot wait to use. Don’t post a photo of it on your social media accounts!

It wasn’t too long ago that Chipotle started having problems that caused customers to become sick. They closed all their stores at the same time, and on the same day, to retrain staff about food safety. Some customers came to the closed stores and were surprised to find them temporarily closed.

In order to make things better for disappointed customers, Chipotle offered a limited time special offer. Chipotle offered a free entree to anyone who sent a text to a specific phone number. Obviously, the customer would have to get the freebie on a day when the store was open.

Those who sent a text to the specific phone number received a text from Chipotle that contained a QR code. It also had a photo of a Chipotle burrito bowl, an expiration date, and the first and last name of the person it was intended for.

Some people were so excited by this special freebie offer that they immediately posted the offer on their social media. They probably wanted to show off to their friends, or to simply express their happiness. Plenty of people are post stuff on social media for those two reasons.

What happened next should come as no surprise. People who did not get the special offer took advantage of the situation by using the QR code that someone else posted online. In short, the people who were supposed to get free food from Chipotle went to the restaurant and learned that their code had already been used. The person who got the special offer had it stolen from them – and nothing can be done about it.

This situation serves as an example of why you should never post a photo of a coupon online – especially if it has a special code on it. Someone else could easily use up that code before you get the opportunity to do so. There are some things you just should not share on social media.

Around the same time that Chipotle was texting out codes for a free entree, another Chipotle coupon appeared online. At first glance, it looked legitimate. The offer said “Repost, tag us, and follow for a free meal for one person, that’s right, FREE”. It said to show the ad to the cashier for “100% free food”.

The ad sounds too good to be true. It turned out to be a fake coupon. People who saw the fake ad shared it on their social media anyway. They ended up looking rather foolish (and they did not get “100% free food”).

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Macy’s Changed its Coupon Policy

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 11:16 pm
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Macy'sIt is always a good idea to check over a store’s coupon policy before you go shopping. Coupon policies are always subject to change. In general, stores change their coupon policy in an effort to prevent people from taking advantage of it in ways the store did not anticipate. Macy’s, however, changed its coupon policy in an effort to make things better for customers.

Macy’s will no longer accept coupons for clearance-priced items. At first glance, this does not sound very good for the consumer. People look for the items that are on clearance because they can get them for a lower price than usual. Using a coupon on a clearance item gives the customer an even better deal.

Macy’s is going to continue to accept coupons for it’s regular priced and reduced-price sale items. They are going to more deeply reduce the price of the clearance items. The purpose was to make things simpler for the customer.

It makes it easier for customers to see what price they will pay on a clearance item. There is no more need to “do the math” and figure out the clearance price minus what the coupon subtracts from it.

In addition, Macy’s is going to make it easier for consumers to locate the clearance items. In the past, Macy’s had several clearance racks located all over the store. Customers had to hunt for them, and ran the risk of missing some.

From now on, there will be two locations where customers can consistently find the clearance racks. One will be for men’s apparel, and it will be located in the men’s section. The other will be for women’s apparel, and it will be located in the women’s section. The purpose for this change is to encourage customers to buy the clearance items.

What do these changes mean for consumers? It means that you won’t have to bring coupons to Macy’s anymore (if all you want to do is shop the clearance items). It means that you can get clearance items for less money than you could in the past – no coupon required. It also means you will have an easier time finding the items that are on clearance.

One thing that may have influenced Macy’s to make these changes is social media. It has become very common for frustrated consumers to use their social media accounts to complain about problems they encountered while shopping. Making it easier to find the clearance items, and making those items cost less than before, should result in happy customers.

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Is it Bad to Skip Breakfast?

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Breakfast cereal from StockSnapCouponers know that there are a whole lot of coupons out there for cereal. Each cereal maker has several different brands that it hopes you will buy. The coupons help you to save money on breakfast, which many people believe the most important meal of the day. But, is it really?

Many of us have been taught that skipping breakfast is a bad idea. It has been suggested (in commercials) that eating cereal for breakfast can help keep adults lean.

One thing to keep in mind is that some of the studies that found that eating cereal for breakfast is the best way to stay fit and healthy were sponsored by companies that just so happen to make breakfast cereal. In addition, there are other studies that concluded that skipping breakfast caused people to gain weight. Those studies were also sponsored by companies that make breakfast cereal.

Several years ago, researchers at New York City hospital conducted a study to test the belief that skipping breakfast could make a person gain weight. The study lasted four weeks.

At 8:30 in the morning, one group in the study got oatmeal. Another group got frosted corn flakes. The third group got nothing at all. The only group that lost weight after four weeks was the group that skipped breakfast. In other words, this study found that skipping breakfast did not cause people to gain weight.

It appears that skipping breakfast is not necessarily harmful for healthy adults. It might not be ideal for children to skip breakfast before school. No Kid Hungry notes that children who participated in the School Breakfast Program did better in school than kids who are hungry. Kids who qualify for School Breakfast Programs are frequently offered breakfast cereal.

In short, there isn’t any conclusive, unbiased, scientific data that proves that adults who skip breakfast are going to have severe health consequences as a result of doing so. It is ok to skip breakfast. It is also ok to eat breakfast.

If you are among the adults who prefer to eat breakfast than to get through the morning on coffee along, that’s fine. Take advantage of the many coupons offered for breakfast cereals, find one you like, and save some money on your purchase.

Cereal is one of the quickest and easiest breakfasts to prepare. Coupons make that breakfast less expensive. That being said, it isn’t bad for adults to skip breakfast if they want to.

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