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Supercouponing

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

‘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

I’ve got a coupon - where’s the product?

“Dear Jill,

February 23, 2014 3:30 am

Checkout lane rituals

Do you have a special ritual or method for getting through the checkout lane in a speedy manner? Some of my readers do, and I found many of their tips so thoughtful and clever that I’m going to share some this week.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am

Solving the multiples conundrum

Coupons that require the purchase of multiple items seem to be the bane of many of my readers’ shopping experiences. As a mother of three, multiple purchases are part of my stock-up strategy each week, but some shoppers are less than thrilled with having to buy more than one of something.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am

Rural couponing

Is couponing easier in the city, the suburbs or rural areas? As a suburbanite who lives in Chicagoland, I have to argue that couponing usually is easiest in the suburbs, particularly if you live within a radius of a major city. Why? Shopping options tend to be plentiful, with several superma…

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

Clearance etiquette

Recently, a supermarket chain in my area announced that it was closing its doors, and the stores would reduce everything to 50 percent off. As you can imagine, my blog readers at JillCataldo.com were pretty excited about the opportunity to pick up groceries at great prices, busily discussing…

January 26, 2014 12:00 am

Attack of the coupon fairies

What’s a “coupon fairy?” Coupon fairies are people who leave unneeded coupons in the store for others to find. Do you do this? As it turns out, some of my readers do.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Marketers and the shrinking product

I’ve devoted many columns to the topic of product shrinkage – where a product’s price stays the same, but the contents of the package are downsized. I continue to receive many more emails than I have the space to share each week, but a common theme runs through many of these letters: “Just c…

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

New year, smaller products

As price-conscious consumers, we always aim to maximize the value of whatever we’re buying – whether it’s a box of cereal, a carton of orange juice or a roll of aluminum foil. Product shrinkage – when companies downsize a product and don’t lower the retail price – continues to be an extremel…

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Dealing with rude customers

Are you worried about what other shoppers think of your coupon usage in the checkout lane? My blog readers at JillCataldo.com recently shared words of wisdom for a new couponer. She posted that she’d had a bad experience in the checkout lane on her first coupon-shopping trip and wondered if …

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Brave new couponing world

As technology continues to evolve, the way we receive coupons does too. If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, did you know that you might be able to use these devices to print coupons? One of my readers has been wondering just how to do this.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
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