Archive for March, 2013

The Original Gallon Smashing Kids Are in Hot Water

The Original Gallon Smashing Kids Are in Hot Water

Why should the originators have all the fun, while the copycats take the heat? More than a month after “gallon smashing” first hit the internet, spawning dozens of imitators and almost as many arrests, the three teenagers who started it all are now facing criminal charges. It’s all fun and games until someone goes to prison, kids. If you’re not[Read More…]

March 24, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Price Chopper Revises Coupon Policy

Price Chopper Revises Coupon Policy

Dollar stores and drug stores aren’t considered “competitors” anymore, but one of the country’s more arcane double coupon rules has been set aside. Those are the highlights from a new Price Chopper coupon policy that goes into effect tomorrow and was revealed today. In what was either an odd, or a savvy, PR move, the New York-based store announced in[Read More…]

March 24, 2013 Coupons In The News
Changes Coming to Albertsons, Acme, Jewel, Shaw’s and Star Market

Changes Coming to Albertsons, Acme, Jewel, Shaw’s and Star Market

You may not have noticed that there were big changes overnight at the Albertsons, Acme, Jewel, Shaw’s and Star Market grocery chains. But you’ll notice the bigger changes that are still to come. Changes like new coupon policies and a potential phasing out of store loyalty programs – if your store even survives that long. New owners officially took over[Read More…]

March 22, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Cooking for Couponers: Coupons.com Launches Recipe Site

Cooking for Couponers: Coupons.com Launches Recipe Site

You can use coupons, buy things when they’re on sale, but the key to regularly saving money at the grocery store is meal planning. By setting a menu for the week based on what’s on sale, you can avoid busting your budget just because you have a hankering for a particular recipe. Now, Coupons.com wants to help. The printable coupon[Read More…]

March 21, 2013 Coupons In The News
Sunday Coupons – 3/24/13

Sunday Coupons – 3/24/13

You should find two coupon inserts this weekend, one each from SmartSource and RedPlum. Here’s a preview of the coupons you can expect. The following Sunday is Easter, so there will be no SmartSource or RedPlum inserts, but there will be a P&G insert, on March 31st. You can check the complete schedule of 2013 coupon schedules here. A reminder,[Read More…]

March 21, 2013 Coupons You Can Use
Can Lower Prices Help Beat the Low-Price Leader?

Can Lower Prices Help Beat the Low-Price Leader?

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before – a grocery chain is announcing “new lower prices on thousands of items” to help its customers save. Somewhere, a Walmart ad executive is chuckling. This time, it’s Giant Eagle. The Pittsburgh-based chain unveiled its new price campaign today, lowering prices an average of 15% on more than 3,000 items. By its[Read More…]

March 20, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Twinkies Set to Return (Did You Ever Really Think They Wouldn’t?)

Twinkies Set to Return (Did You Ever Really Think They Wouldn’t?)

Many people who hadn’t had a Twinkie in decades suddenly developed a craving for them last fall. When Hostess announced it was going out of business, there was a run on Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and the like (read: “Twinkies Sell Like Hotcakes”). But will those cravings return, now that the Twinkie itself is coming back? A bankruptcy judge[Read More…]

March 20, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
What’s Next, A Ban on Coupons? Well, Yes.

What’s Next, A Ban on Coupons? Well, Yes.

With food labeling laws, proposed bans on large sugary drinks and now, new plans to restrict the sale of tobacco products, you might wonder – what’s next? Banning coupons for products that aren’t good for you? Why yes, that’s exactly what New York City is proposing. In announcing a plan to help reduce the smoking rate yesterday, New York Mayor[Read More…]

March 19, 2013 Coupons In The News
Walmart: Loyalty Cards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Loyalty Cards!

Walmart: Loyalty Cards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Loyalty Cards!

Why doesn’t Walmart have a loyalty program? It’s a question many have asked – either because they wish Walmart did, or they’re glad it doesn’t. Walmart’s official answer is that “we want to offer everyday low prices to all of our customers.” But the real truth may be a little more complicated. The question was most recently asked and answered[Read More…]

March 19, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Never Mind Extreme Couponers – Are Casual Couponers Ruining Everything?

Never Mind Extreme Couponers – Are Casual Couponers Ruining Everything?

Many coupon users believe that extreme couponers ruined everything. Their over-the-top exploits, celebrated on TV, caused retailers and manufacturers to crack down. Coupon policies got stricter, coupon redemption requirements got more complicated and coupon values went down. But if things don’t get better soon, it may not be extreme couponers’ fault anymore. You can blame casual couponers, who just want[Read More…]

March 18, 2013 Coupons In The News
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