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Jill Cataldo

Newspaper personnel discuss coupon theft

Each week when I peek into my email inbox, I’ll see reader questions like these:

July 27, 2014 1:00 am

Vacation savings: To drive or to fly?

With summer vacation season in full swing, I’d like to devote some column space to talking about travel and vacation savings. One of the benefits of my being so devoted to couponing is being able to save or spend the money we’ve saved in other areas of life. We love to travel, and our family…

July 13, 2014 1:00 am

Readers share shopping and savings tips

My readers have been busy sending in their favorite tips for shopping, couponing, saving money and more. Here’s a roundup of some of the best emails I’ve received lately.

July 06, 2014 1:00 am

Coupons and loyalty cash at department stores

We think about coupons in relation to groceries quite often, but do you use coupons when shopping for clothing? Clothing coupons are out there, and I use them as often as I can find them. Major department stores, such as Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s, often send out high-value coupons to th…

June 29, 2014 1:00 am

Talking toilet paper

Last week, I featured emails from readers who professed to be in favor of food and beverage product shrinkage for various reasons. While many of us are dismayed when we see less ounces in a package of frequently purchased foods, others felt it helped them maintain portion control or consume …

June 22, 2014 1:00 am

Tales of shrinkage from the other side

The topic of product shrinkage has long been popular with my readers, and it’s still the topic I receive the most mail about. Overwhelmingly, people state that they’d rather see the price of an item increase a bit versus seeing the product’s size decrease. And, most recently, I’ve received a…

June 15, 2014 1:00 am

Words of caution about gift cards

Gift cards are enormously popular with consumers, as they’re an easy way to give another person a memorable night out at a restaurant or theater, or perhaps a shopping spree at a favorite store. It’s been a long time since I saw a paper gift certificate, that’s for sure, though I know some s…

June 08, 2014 1:00 am

When I’m wrong and right

I always enjoy hearing from my column readers, and they’re very vocal about letting me know when they feel I’ve given a less-than-adequate piece of advice – or a good tip. Here are a few emails that appeared in my inbox recently:

May 30, 2014 1:00 am

Double coupons on the decline

When I travel around the United States to teach my Super Couponing workshops, I rarely teach coupon doubling as a method that’s essential to saving with coupons. In my experience, the market areas that don’t offer coupon doubling outnumber the areas that do.

May 25, 2014 1:00 am

To print or not to print?

For many couponers, using a computer to print coupons has become second nature. Click, print and you’re on your way to savings, right? Almost … most coupon printing sites will ask you to install a software plugin to your browser. This plugin is easy to install. It simply prompts the user to …

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

The price of influence

Do low-value coupons, such as 25 cents off an item, irk you? Do you use them anyway? Why might a company offer such a low-value coupon? Imagine you are the person responsible for issuing coupons for your favorite product: would you offer higher dollar-value discounts or not? The answer might…

May 11, 2014 2:00 am

‘Glitches’ – another term for coupon fraud

In last week’s column, I discussed the value of following an online coupon blog. Coupon blogs help make the coupon shopping preparation process easier, as you can rely on the expertise of others to help match coupons to sales and create your shopping lists.

April 27, 2014 6:00 am

How do you plan your shopping trips?

When it’s time to head to the grocery store, how do you plan your shopping trips? Do you go through your store’s circulars? Do you go online to look for coupons for items you plan to buy? Or do you rely on someone else to help plan your shopping trip?

April 20, 2014 12:00 am

Multiples Madness

Coupons that require the purchase of two or more items continue to plague or delight my readers, depending on a person’s perspective. When readers complain about having to buy two or more of an item, others have responded with ideas – everything from, “It’s good to have one extra on hand,” t…

April 13, 2014 3:30 am

Cashiers speak

The majority of my reader mail comes from consumers, but I always enjoy hearing from people who work on the “front lines” of where we consumers spend a lot of our time – the supermarket. This week, I’ve got two emails to share with stories from the checkout lanes:

April 06, 2014 3:30 am

Return of the ridiculous shrinkage stories

No topic that I’ve written about in this column has generated more reader responses than the topic of product shrinkage. While I primarily focus on coupon savings, product shrinkage is also of concern to any shopper that wants to maximize her dollars. So, if you’ll indulge me for yet another…

March 30, 2014 3:30 am

Navigating errors at the checkout

As a frugal shopper, I’m always closely watching my grocery budget. When I plan a shopping trip, I know roughly what my pre-tax, post-coupon total should be before I get anywhere near the checkout lane. This is helpful when coupons don’t scan correctly or worse, when an item I buy scans at a…

March 23, 2014 3:30 am

Longer Shelf Life

I’ve long advocated stocking up on the products we consume most often in order to save money. When you have a reserve on hand, you’re never forced to pay full price for a bottle of laundry detergent, can of vegetables or box of cereal.

March 16, 2014 3:30 am

How to Handle Unused Coupons

My recent column on “coupon fairies” – people who leave unwanted coupons on store shelves for others to pick up ¬– generated a lot of comments from readers and retailers alike. Not surprisingly, the store employees that wrote in were grateful that the issue of unwanted coupons littering shel…

March 09, 2014 3:30 am

Large city, less coupons

“Dear Jill,

March 02, 2014 3:30 am
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