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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

Travel savings tips

Are you traveling this summer? Whether you’re taking a local trip or headed to another state (or another country!), there are many tips to save on your summer vacation of which you may want to take advantage.

July 20, 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

Rebranding the stockpile

“Stockpiling” is the term couponers have long used for shopping ahead of sales cycles, then storing groceries and supplies until the next sale. It’s a great strategy for shelf-stable, non-perishable or freezer-stable items because prices fluctuate. Buying at a low sale price, with coupons, e…

May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Readers save to win

Dear Jill,

May 12, 2013 12:00 am

Meaty savings

A recent column about saving money on meat struck a chord with many readers. Admittedly, getting coupon deals on meats is a little more difficult, as meat coupons aren’t always easy to find. If you’re purchasing brand-name meats, such as Hormel, Perdue or Butterball, you’ll find coupons avai…

April 21, 2013 12:00 am

Dig these digital savings tools

Dear Jill,

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

Getting credit for all of your coupons

Hi Jill,

March 24, 2013 12:00 am

Come shopping with me

Hi Jill,

March 15, 2013 12:00 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

A senior discount moment

Are senior discounts a right or a privilege? This week, readers share their concerns about shrinking, changing and vanishing discounts. Also, a creative reader offers her save-smart tip for cheaper meats. Take a peek inside my email inbox.

February 17, 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

You be the judge: Fraud or unethical?

Have you ever seen another shopper using a coupon in a questionable manner? Decide for yourself: Are the scenarios below fraud, or simply unethical?

December 28, 2012 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

Couponer asks 'Where's the beef?'

Dear Jill,

December 09, 2012 12:00 am

Readers ponder taxing coupon conundrum

Last week, I featured an assortment of emails from readers who shared some of their coupon frustrations. There’s more where that came from! Claudia has a question on coupons and sales tax.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am

Readers share coupon complaints

My readers continue to share many coupon tips, stories and complaints via email. Here’s a sampling of what has landed in my inbox lately. First, Rick offers a strategy for dealing with coupons that a cashier incorrectly refuses to honor at the register:

November 18, 2012 12:00 am

Is that 'free' sample really free?

Dear Jill,

November 11, 2012 12:00 am

E-asy does it: The E-coupon debate revisited

Recently, I shared an email from a reader who believes there is a conspiracy going on with electronic coupons. My reader feels that companies offering coupons online and via phone apps are deliberately excluding discounts from the people who need them the most. I offered some budget-friendly…

November 04, 2012 12:00 am

Coupons: Knowing right from wrong

Last week, I shared an email from a couponer anxious to determine if it was OK to photocopy coupons. It isn’t. Photocopying coupons violates the “Coupon may not be reproduced” clause in coupon redemption policies. It’s also the most common form of coupon fraud. The reader said she learned th…

October 21, 2012 12:00 am

Attention shoppers: Stop bending the rules

I’d like to believe that the vast majority of shoppers are ethical and that they follow the rules and terms stated plainly on coupons.

October 14, 2012 12:00 am

Couponing success stories

Dear Jill,

October 07, 2012 12:00 am

Stores wary of printable coupons

Dear Jill,

September 30, 2012 12:00 am

The case of the phantom coupon

Dear Jill,

September 23, 2012 12:00 am

When pictures on coupons pose a problem

When a coupon carries a declaration that it’s good on any variety of a product, you’d think that explanation would be sufficient.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Getting a deal at the world's biggest store

I receive more questions by far about coupon policies at Wal-Mart than I do for any other store. So, last week and in today’s column, I set aside my “no names” policy to answer the most-asked questions about the big retailer.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am

Couponing at the world's biggest grocer

Since I began writing “Super-Couponing Tips,” I have avoided naming names. My column runs nationally, and my readers patronize many different stores, from Piggly Wiggly in Alabama to Price Chopper in Massachusetts, from Red Apple on the West Coast to Giant Eagle in the East.

September 02, 2012 12:00 am

E-e-e coupons: What shoppers need to know

Shoppers face an array of coupons in electronic form these days: print-at-home coupons, e-coupons that can be loaded to a store’s loyalty card and coupon apps for smartphones and tablets. Technology can make it easy to access discounts. But some shoppers feel that the rise of digital couponi…

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

SUPER COUPONING: Saving on ‘Back To School’

It’s back-to-school time again. Each year around this time I like to share some of my favorite tips for saving on school supplies. This year, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend more than $688 per child on back-to-school supplies, up more than 10 percent from last year…

August 19, 2012 12:00 am

Sale shopping without coupons

I’ve seen this phenomenon many times: New coupon shoppers are gung-ho about getting started and saving money. But a few weeks into their coupon adventure, they start trying to use coupons for every purchase, and I receive emails like these:

July 29, 2012 12:00 am

Counterfeit coupons in the news

A big counterfeit coupon bust grabbed headlines last week, and authorities have called it the largest counterfeit ring to operate in the United States.

July 22, 2012 12:00 am
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