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How to Coupon Without Going to Extremes

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Android Smart PhoneThe extreme couponing fad may be over for most people. It takes a lot of time, effort, and organizational skills. If you don’t love doing it – it starts to feel like work. Fortunately, there are ways to get the most out of your couponing without going to extremes.

Extreme couponing became popular during the recession. People lost their jobs and suddenly had to find ways to keep their family fed on less income. This interest in extreme couponing led to television programs about extreme couponers (sometimes competing in contests). It gave people the impression that it was super easy to do, and some might have been disappointed to learn that extreme couponing requires a lot of work.

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer in order to get the most from the coupons that you use. Try some of these tips.

Be picky
You find a good coupon for a product that you just don’t see yourself using – or enjoying. Or, the coupon is for a product from a brand your family does not prefer. Don’t use that coupon! Instead, choose coupons for things that you, and your family, will actually use.

Use Coupon Apps
The coupon apps that connect to the store you shop at can save you both time and money. You won’t have to search the internet, and the newspapers, for coupons. The store has them all, right there, in the app. It takes seconds to select the coupons you want to use. These types of apps frequently offer special deals and coupons that are only found in the app.

Loyalty Cards
Get the loyalty card from your favorite grocery store. It doesn’t cost anything. Just like that, you have access to tons of deals all over the store. Those special discounts are only available to people who have the store’s loyalty card. The savings is automatically discounted at the register. You don’t have to spend any time hunting for coupons.

Some of the grocery store loyalty cards allow you to add digital coupons to it. Before you shop, take a minute to check the store’s website and load your loyalty card with coupons for products you were planning on buying.

Get Email from Brands
Some brands have switched from offering coupons on their website, to anyone who visits it, to limiting their coupon offers to customers who have signed up for the brand’s email. Sign up, and you can end up with coupons periodically emailed directly to you from the brand. Print out the coupon before you go shopping.

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Beware of Mother’s Day Coupon Scams

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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Scam sign from PixabayIn the United States, Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday in May. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. People are looking for great gifts that they can give to their moms. Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of this situation. Beware of Mother’s Day coupon scams!

Many of this year’s Mother’s Day coupon scams are appearing on Facebook. One of them is a fake Lowe’s coupon that supposedly gives the coupon holder $50 off their next purchase. It is aimed toward people who have mothers who like to DIY.

The scam involving a fake Lowe’s coupon is a phishing scam. People assume the coupon is real because someone they trust posted it on Facebook. When a person clicks on the link connected to the fake coupon, they are asked to fill out a survey.

The survey asks for personal information. People think that they are giving that information to Lowe’s – but they are really giving it to a scammer. Just clicking on the link to that survey is dangerous because it could enable a scammer to put malware on someone’s computer.

The scam requires people to fill out the survey before they can get the too-good-to-be-true coupon. They also have to share the fake Lowe’s coupon post on Facebook (or whatever social media website they saw it on). People assume they will receive the coupon after doing those things. In this case, it appears that absolutely no one is receiving the coupon.

Even if they did receive the coupon, they couldn’t use it. People who use fake coupons are engaging in coupon fraud and could face serious legal consequences. Being unaware that the coupon was fake does not excuse the crime.

There is also a fake Bed Bath & Beyond coupon that is being passed around on social media right now. This fake coupon says that it gives a person $75 off their purchase. Bed Bath & Beyond has made a statement that the too-good-to-be-true coupon that is going around Facebook did not come from them. They are working with Facebook to have that fake coupon removed from the social media site.

If you see a Mother’s Day coupon scam on Facebook, you should report it. Don’t click on the link of anything that seems fishy. Report the scam to Facebook so they become aware of it.

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Wegmans Glitch Resulted In Extra Coupon Emails

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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WegmansA serious couponer’s wildest dream might be to have tons of digital coupons sent to their email from their favorite grocery store. Imagine the savings if you could use all those coupons in one trip! This event actually happened to some customers of Wegmans. It wasn’t what they were expecting.

Wegmans Food Markets introduced digital coupons last year. The program was designed to be easy to use, to help people save money, and to give people a better shopping experience.

The Wegmans digital coupon program did not require customers to have a smartphone. Customers could use their mobile device or their desktop computer to clip coupons digitally directly to their Shoppers Club account. Customers could browse coupons online. It appears that Wegmans sent out email to Shoppers Club account holders to alert them when new coupons were available.

Recently, a glitch in the Wegmans’ system sent duplicate emails to Wegmans Shoppers Club members. It wasn’t just a few emails, either. Some customers found that their inboxes had been filled with email from Wegmans. One customer posted on Twitter that she got 13 duplicate emails from Wegmans.

At first glance, this situation might sound like a couponer’s dream come true. Who doesn’t want lots and lots of easily accessible coupons? Unfortunately, the reality of what happened wasn’t quite what some people may have thought it would be. People wouldn’t actually be able to receive, and use, all those multiple digital coupons.

The verified Twitter account of Wegmans Food Markets apologized for the mistake. Their tweet said: “We’re excited about digital coupons, but that’s not why we sent so many emails to some customers. It was a system glitch and we apologize.” It was nice of them to let customers know what happened and to explain why the customers may have gotten way too many emails from Wegmans in their inboxes.

This strange situation is a good example of why couponers need to pay attention to things. If a coupon offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. Wegmans didn’t intend to send out so many emails about their digital coupons. It was an honest mistake.

It is important to use critical thinking when you are emailed an offer about coupons. If something looks “off” – be wary. Don’t click on any links in emails that seem questionable. When in doubt, check the Twitter account of the store that sent the email. There could be some useful information there about what happened!

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“Coupon Fairy” Can Never Use Coupons .com Again

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Find out why the "Coupon Fairy" can never use Coupons .com again.Couponers love Coupons.com because it provides plenty of coupons for their favorite brands. It is a safe, legitimate, source of coupons. What would you do without Coupons.com? One woman is finding that out after being banned for life from the popular coupon website.

Coupons in the News reported about a lawsuit that was filed by Quotient Technology (owner of Coupons.com) against a “Coupon Fairy” who was not using Coupons.com in the way it was intended. That lawsuit has come to a settlement. The name of the “Coupon Fairy” has not been fully released, but Quotient Technology has that information.

A “Coupon Fairy” is a person who engages in coupon fraud. The person prints out more coupons than they are allowed to and attempts to sell them to other couponers. In short, the “Coupon Fairies” are making money off of coupons that people are generally able to get for free.

This particular “Coupon Fairy” got caught because of a post she made on Facebook. She used her Facebook account, with her real name on it, to post about where people could find her on Instagram. She was using her Instagram account to sell coupons. It appears that this is how Quotient Technology was able to put a name with the IP address that was using Coupons.com incorrectly.

The settlement between Quotient Technology requires the “Coupon Fairy” to destroy all Coupons.com coupons that were still in her possession. She also has to “perpetually cease and desist from selling, giving away, or otherwise transferring coupons obtained through any site in the Quotient Promotions Network for her own commercial purposes and/or personal gain.”

The “Coupon Fairy” provided Quotient Technology with a copy of the computer program that she used to get around Coupon.com’s print limits. She also had to tell Quotient Technology where she got that computer program from.

A little over a year ago, Coupons.com disabled the zip code changing function on their website. This change irritated some couponers who liked to put in different zip codes in order to obtain coupons that were not for the area that they lived in.

It is impossible to say if that change was what caused the “Coupon Fairy” to use Coupons.com in a way that it was not intended to be used. Sadly, her actions, (and those of other “Coupon Fairies) are going to cause coupons to become more scarce. A manufacturer stops accepting coupons after the print limit has been hit. This means people who legitimately obtained the coupons might not be able to use them because the scammers brought multiple copies of the coupon to the grocery store first!

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Texas Applebee’s Locations Will Take All Coupons in March

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Some Applebee's locations in Texas are participating in a wild promotional offer during the month of March. They are accepting all kinds of coupons.Some Applebee’s locations in Texas are participating in a wild promotional offer during the month of March. They are accepting all kinds of coupons at certain locations. Will that offer influence you to take your family to Applebee’s in March of 2017?

Applebee’s locations in Texas are participating in a unique offer.  They are allowing customers to redeem any and all gift cards, gift certificates and coupons at their restaurants.

It appears that this unique offer is only good at the Texas Applebee’s locations – not in any other states. You can benefit from this promotion in 67 Applebee’s locations in Texas, including DFW, Houston, Austin, Waco, East Texas, and surrounding locations.

Apple Texas franchises 67 Applebee’s locations in Texas. It announced that it will honor all gift cards, expired or not, from any business through March 31, 2017. In addition, it will also accept coupons (including expired ones), and gift certificates, from any store. The promotion is not limited to coupons and gift cards from other restaurants, such as Olive Garden. They are have accepted coupons from Lowe’s and Kohl’s Cash.

To be more specific, the Applebee’s offer is for up to 50% off of food purchases with any paper/plastic/printed coupon or gift card. The offer may not be combined with any other Applebee’s discounted offers and may not be applied to alcohol. Guests are encouraged to call their local Applebee’s with any questions they may have.

If you happen to live near one of the Applebee’s locations that are participating in this unique offer, it may be worth it to dine there sometime in March. It is an opportunity to use up a great coupon that expired before you could take it to the grocery store. Did you get a gift card for Christmas from a store you never shop at? Take that gift card to Applebee’s and turn it into a meal.

CBS Austin compiled the following list of Austin-area Applebee’s that are participating:

  • 6315 S Interstate Highway 35, Austin
  • 5010 West Highway 290, Austin
  • 7522 N I-35 Service Rd S, Austin
  • 501 US Hwy. 290 West, Brenham
  • 11013 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park
  • 350 S Interstate Highway 35, Georgetown
  • 2700 Parker Rd Ste A, Round Rock
  • 103 Carlos G Parker Blvd NW, Taylor

Why would the Applebee’s locations in Texas make this offer? The reason is because it might generate sales. People who have never been to Applebee’s before may decide to give it a try – now that they can get a nice discount on their food. Other people, who used to dine at Applebee’s, and have since stopped, might come in again.

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Kroger Ends “Senior Day” and “Double Coupons”

Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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The Kroger store near you will stop offering the "Senior Day" discount and will not longer double coupons.Kroger is about to end two of their discount programs. This decision will probably make some customers very disappointed. It appears that Kroger is making changes that it believes will enable more customers to benefit from lower prices.

Kroger used to have a discount program for seniors that many called “Senior Day”. It was a grocery discount that had been given for generations.

Originally, Kroger offered seniors a 10 percent discount one day a month. In 2014, Kroger cut that discount to 5 percent. The “Senior Day” program was available to anyone 59 years old and up. The discount could only be used on private label Kroger brands.

Some Kroger stores have already stopped offering the “Senior Day” discount. Others will stop offering it soon. The change effects 96 stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana.

All Kroger stores will cease to offer the “Senior Day” discount on March 15, 2017. In addition, Kroger will stop allowing coupon doubling. This change is likely to annoy some extreme couponers.

Coupon Doubling is when a store takes your coupon and matches the value of it (up to a certain amount). For example, let’s say you have a coupon for $1 off a certain product. The store takes your coupon, gives you the $1 dollar discount – and gives you an additional $1 off that product. This will no longer be happening at Kroger stores.

Kroger issued a statement about why they made these changes:

“We are constantly working to bring every customer the most value for their grocery shopping dollar. We recognize some seniors have a limited budget to fulfill their personal grocery shopping needs. In recent years, we have introduced more ways than ever before to save at Kroger and on Kroger.com. We’ve committed to lowering thousands of prices on the items that our customers purchase most often, including Kroger (corporate) brand products. We continue to accept print coupons and we also offer 100s of digital coupons that are available to download at Kroger.com and on the free Kroger app. We encourage customers to view our weekly circular to find special pricing, promotions, and events.”

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Target Stopped Making Printable Target Brand Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Visit Target's printable coupons portion of its website today and you will only find manufacturers' coupons for brands that do not belong to Target. In the past, couponers used to be able to visit Target’s website and print out great coupons for some of Target’s private label brands. That has changed! Visit Target’s printable coupons portion of its website today and you will only find manufacturers’ coupons for brands that do not belong to Target.

According to Coupons In The News, Target has confirmed that it will no longer offer printable store coupons on their website at all. Target spokesperson Kristy Welker said “The online portal will be dedicated to solely to manufacturers’ coupons moving forward.”

This news will probably be a disappointment for those who liked to stack the printable coupons for Target’s brands with manufacturer coupons. The good news is that Target will continue to offer printable manufacturers coupons on their website. In other words, Target did not get rid of all the printable coupons.

Target has a wide range of brands including: Archer Farms, Market Pantry, Simply Balanced, and Sutton & Dodge (all of which are Target brands of grocery items). Target’s Boots & Barkley is a pet food and supply line. Merona is one of Target’s clothing brand (which it purchased in 1991). The other Target clothing brand is Mossimo Supply Co. The up & up brand is also Target’s brand. It includes household, healthcare, beauty, baby, and personal care products.

There are still some ways save money on Target brands. Customers who download, and use, Target’s Cartwheel app can still find some digital coupons for Target’s brands. Those coupons are not printable. To use those coupons, a customer opens the app and scans their phone at the register. Cartwheel also offers special deals on products from all over Target’s stores.

It is also possible that you might find coupons for Target branded products in your mailbox. Look through the paper ads that the mail carrier brings you. There could be some from Target!

In short, Target is moving away from printable coupons for their brands. This does not mean you can no longer use coupons at Target, though. You can print out manufacturers coupons from the Target website, bring in the paper Target coupon you found in your mailbox, or use the digital coupons in the Cartwheel app.

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Check the Store’s Coupon Policy Before You Shop

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Stores are allowed to change their coupon policies whenever they want to. Here's a quick look at some grocery store's coupon policies.When was the last time you took a close look at your favorite store’s coupon policy? Stores are allowed to change their coupon policies whenever they want to – and they do not have to directly inform customers of the changes. Here’s a quick look at some grocery store’s coupon policies.

Store Coupon Policies

Safeway operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs. Albertsons operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaws, Star Market, and Super Saver. Safeway and Albertsons merged in 2015.

The last time Safeway updated its coupon acceptance policy was in July of 2015. The coupon policy applies to all of Safeway and Albertsons stores. You should take the time to read it over. Here are just a few things in it:

* Safeway does not allow a customer to redeem two or more manufacturer coupons against the same item in a single transaction.

* Coupon stacking policies for manufacturer coupons apply to paper and electronic coupons that have been loaded to a club card.

* Check with your local store regarding “double coupon” promotions where customer will receive the manufacturer coupon face value off the regular or club card price up to the identified limit. Not all locations offer double coupon promotions and the terms of such promotions may differ by time and store.

* Paper coupons must be presented at the time of the purchase transaction. We will only accept coupons issued by Safeway or the manufacturer of the relevant product. We do not accept reproductions of coupons.

* Safeway will not accept manufacture coupons (including, but not limited to, coupons issued through a Catalina or other in-store coupon dispenser) that display another retailer’s logo or name unless that coupon is for a specific item with the same product identifiers as the product included in our customer’s purchase transaction is is sold and available at the store.

* We will not accept coupons unless they have an expiration date. Expired coupons will not be accepted.

* We will not accept coupons that, in the determination of Safeway personnel, appear distorted or blurry or are altered in any way.

* Safeway reserves the right to refuse any coupons at its discretion.

* We accept internet printed coupons. The same manufacturer and store coupon rules above apply to all internet printed coupons.

* Internet printed coupons must be capable of scanning at checkout.

* We will not accept “free product” internet printed manufacture coupons.

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An Insider Tip for Finding the Best Coupon Deals

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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Use our insider tip for taking the headache away of figuring out the best deals at your favorite stores and knowing exactly which coupons to use.Do you have a pile of coupons laying around but you’re just not sure how to use them? Do you print out the hot coupons we tell you about but aren’t sure what deals to use them on? The best deals can be made when you pair up a great sale price with a manufacturer’s coupon. The deals can be even better when you “double” stack that sale and coupon with a digital coupon or a cash-back offer from an app.

We have a source that will save you the headache of figuring out the deals yourself and will tell you exactly what the best deals are at your favorite stores this week, and which coupons to use to score that deal. No matter where you love to shop, the deals posted here will be the best deals you can find around!

Find Deals by Store:

CVS Coupons
Publix Coupons
Target Coupons
Walgreens Coupons
Walmart Coupons

Freebies:

And while you’re in the mood for a great deal, pick up these freebies happening now for a limited time only!

Free Sample of Huggies Little Snugglers
Free Sample of Allegra Allergy 24-Hour Relief
Free Sample of Airborne Everyday Chewable Tablets

What’s your favorite store for shopping coupon deals? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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KFC Honored a Coupon from 1986

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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One lucky man got KFC to honor his coupon that expired in 1986.  There’s not much you can do with an expired coupon. Most stores and restaurants will refuse to take a coupon that has expired. The older the coupon, the less likely it will be accepted. It is usually best to recycle expired coupons. Once in a while, though, an expired coupon will be accepted. KFC honored a coupon from 1986.

You might be wondering how you can get a fast food restaurant to honor an extremely old coupon. It is unlikely you will be able to recreate the circumstances that allowed one man to have his KFC coupon from 1986 honored.

Paul Boyd got a coupon at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Rutherford Road in Marion, North Carolina, in 1986. Today, that location is no longer a KFC. It has become an Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta.

Paul Boyd, for whatever reason, decided to hang onto that KFC coupon. He put the coupon in his wallet, and carried it around with him for years. He knew that the coupon had passed its expiration date, but decided to keep it anyway.

This was not a typical KFC coupon. It was something special that you probably won’t see offered ever again. That 1986 KFC coupon made Paul Boyd a member of the Tuesday Special Club. It has a likeness of Col. Harland Sanders, the chain’s founder, on it.

The coupon was good for any three-piece-meal on any Tuesday for the low price of $2.59. The coupon couldn’t be used on any other day of the week. In addition, the coupon had to be used at a KFC restaurant in Maron, Boone, West Jefferson, North Wilkesboro, Morganton, and Albemarle, North Carolina.

Paul Boyd’s KFC coupon had an expiration date of December 31, 1986. That’s 30 years ago!

There just so happened to be a KFC near Paul Boyd that was undergoing a renovation. Paul Boyd decided to take his 30-year-old KFC coupon to that restaurant to see if they would honor it. Surprisingly – the KFC accepted the coupon.

Paul Platt, the assistant manager at that particular KFC restaurant, said that they will honor any KFC coupon that comes across their path. He also said that a similar meal today as the one that was offered on Paul Boyd’s coupon would cost about $8.53.

It is extremely unlikely that another fast food restaurant, even a KFC, would decide to honor a coupon that expired 30 years ago. There’s a chance that a fast food restaurant might accept a coupon like that if it made the coupon holder a member of a special club. But, it’s more likely that the restaurant will refuse to honor expired coupons.

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