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Supercouponing Tips

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

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

Tales from the rebate front

Readers continue to weigh in on the pitfalls of mail-in rebates. The anti-rebate emails I receive far outnumber those singing their praises. Here’s a sampling.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am

Whatever becomes of a coupon?

You recently wrote about stores getting reimbursed by the manufacturer. As a long-time couponer, it's interesting to learn about couponing from the store and manufacturer's ends. I am very interested in how this reimbursement works. Do the stores hire people to submit coupons to each manufac…

March 03, 2013 12:00 am

Help! My groceries are shrinking!

Has this happened to you? You’re walking down an aisle at the supermarket and you pick up a product you’ve purchased many times before. Dish detergent, deodorant, a cake mix – it looks the same as it always has, but something just isn’t right.

February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Save money, no scissors required

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too. Here’s how.

February 07, 2013 12:00 am

A walk on couponing’s wild side

Judging by my inbox, there are far more coupon complaints than coupon cheer from shoppers these days. I always aim to promote couponing best practices in my column, my blog and my couponing classes. It’s clear, though, that the ill-advised actions of a few shoppers have an outsized impact on…

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

Give and take in the grocery aisle

I receive a lot of testy email from readers reporting on coupon usage and shopping habits of fellow shoppers. One topic that continues to burn up my inbox involves people perceived to take more than “their share” of coupons.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

How good is your good deal?

One of the questions I hear most often is, How do I know I’m getting the best price? Here’s my standard. Whether I buy a bottle of barbecue sauce or a winter coat, my goal is always to cut the price by half or more. While I love to get “crazy” deals (such as matching a $1 coupon to that barb…

January 20, 2013 12:00 am

Many unhappy returns

Oh, the woe of the shopper who must return a purchase. Most of the time it goes smoothly, but occasionally some of my readers hit snags when returning an item they decided they didn’t want or need.

January 11, 2013 12:00 am

Are all shoppers entitled to the same coupons?

Recently, we heard from readers who feel it’s unfair that manufacturers and retailers use electronic coupons. They argue that consumers without computers or smartphones are unfairly excluded from these discounts. This week, readers continue to weigh in on so-called coupon entitlement.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am

Couponers weigh in on ‘battle of the brands’

Last week, readers frustrated with the increasing number of low-value coupons shared their views. One said that if a coupon doesn’t make a large enough dent in the price of a national name-brand item, she doesn’t use it. She buys the retailer’s store brand instead. Will this emerging “boycot…

December 23, 2012 12:00 am

Readers rant: Are coupon values going down?

Last week, I featured an email from a reader who felt there weren’t enough coupons for fresh meat and produce. He also had a comment on coupons’ values:

December 16, 2012 12:00 am
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