Extreme Savers Stealing Coupons From Newspapers

Extreme Savers Stealing Coupons From Newspapers

For some people, coupons are those annoying things in newspapers you toss out on your way to the funny pages. For others, they’re like crack. There’s been a big uptick in Boise of people stealing the coupons from newspapers they haven’t paid for. People buy just pay for one paper from the newspaper box, then reach in and grab the coupons from the rest. The local newspaper has even gotten complaints about coupons being taken from newspapers in front of houses. [More]

Great Moments In Targeted Advertising

Great Moments In Targeted Advertising

Theoretically, the coupons that print out for you at the grocery checkout are carefully targeted to you based on your buying habits over time, or on the products in your cart on that particular day. Which is why one reader of Passive-Aggressive Notes was just a bit insulted when she purchased a single pint of Ben & Jerry’s and some chocolate chips (for a baking project, she swears) and the machine spat out this Slim-Fast coupon. [More]

Before You Shop, Check Out The Best Printable Coupon Sites

Before You Shop, Check Out The Best Printable Coupon Sites

Whether you’re into saving a little money or a whole lot (have you seen extreme couponers at work? It is nuts!) it’s helpful when collecting printable coupons to make sure you’re getting the real deal. For all the various sites out there offering a deal, many offer counterfeit coupons or are otherwise hard to redeem. [More]

What Can This Babies R Us Coupon Actually Be Used For?

What Can This Babies R Us Coupon Actually Be Used For?

In the comments of yesterday’s Lane Bryant post, reader DeadPlasmaCell shared this terrible coupon for Babies R Us. The list of excluded items includes, essentially, the entire inventory of a Babies R Us store. What’s left? Clothes? It would be a nice coupon if it said “20% off any clothing item” instead (except for the excepted clothing lines) but that would be too simple and much, much too easy. [More]

P&G Coupon Book Full Of Delightfully Stereotypical "Mom" Imagery, And Savings!

P&G Coupon Book Full Of Delightfully Stereotypical "Mom" Imagery, And Savings!

A packet of “mom”-centered P&G coupons landed in Post Punk Kitchen forum member raspberrycomplaint’s mailbox and she found the ad copy and images pretty amusing. She posted several of the pages along with her commentary, like the one of a wife feeding her husband snacks. “At the end of the day, I get supper on the table. My husband refuses to use utensils. He says that’s what I’m here for, and makes me hand feed him his supper, one bite at a time. I just feel so proud that I can be useful to him. That’s a woman’s job.” It’s all very facetious and snarky and worth a good chuckle, but it makes you wonder who comes up with this stuff. [More]

False Alarm: There Is No 50% Off Everything Sale At Michaels

False Alarm: There Is No 50% Off Everything Sale At Michaels

Customers (myself included) on the email list of craft retailer Michaels received a message this morning with the subject line of “50% off your entire purchase – Friday only.” thought that perhaps the stakes had been raised in the ongoing coupon arms race between the big-box craft retailers. Alas, no. [More]

Extreme Couponing: Fraud Edition

Extreme Couponing: Fraud Edition

A lot of people find TLC’s new reality show “Extreme Couponing” horrifying due to the at times obnoxious behavior and extremely organized hoarding of the show’s subjects. But fellow (less extreme) couponers are upset for a different reason: they think that one woman featured on the show got some of her fantastic deals by using coupons fraudulently. [More]

Kroger To Stop Doubling, Tripling Coupons In Houston

Kroger To Stop Doubling, Tripling Coupons In Houston

Houston coupon clippers have only a week to bask in double and triple coupon glory at Kroger, which announced it’s doing away with the discount multipliers April 13. [More]

Beware The Many Pitfalls Of Daily Deal Sites

Beware The Many Pitfalls Of Daily Deal Sites

In the latest craze of daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, we’re already learning pretty darn fast that not all is what it seems when it comes to the offered discounts. Caveat emptor and all that, right? Let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider before you plunk down $17 for $34 worth of bacon-flavored lollipops at that place you never would’ve gone to otherwise, shall we? [More]

CVS Doubles Down, Surpasses Rite Aid With 41" Receipt

CVS Doubles Down, Surpasses Rite Aid With 41" Receipt

A mere twenty-one inch long receipt? CVS isn’t about to sit back and let competitor Rite Aid soak up all of the ridicule from the Internet for comically long receipts. No way. The retailer brought its A game when reader Chris stopped by recently to pick up some things for his upset stomach, showering him with a 41-inch long receipt consisting mostly of coupons for junk food, cosmetics, and vitamins. [More]

Man Buys 1 Powerade At Rite Aid, Gets 21 Inch Receipt

Man Buys 1 Powerade At Rite Aid, Gets 21 Inch Receipt

Josh bought a singular Powerade from his local Rite Aid. He handed over one dollar and thirty-six cents. In return, he received not only his Powerade, but a 21 inch-long receipt. [More]

Gap Wants You To Haggle Over Some Khaki Pants

Gap Wants You To Haggle Over Some Khaki Pants

In what we can only assume is a desperate attempt to make shopping for the world’s most boring item fun, the Gap is running a one-day-only promotion where you, the internet-savvy shopper, can haggle over khaki pants while potentially not even wearing any. [More]

Connecticut Governor Wants Coupon Users To Pay Tax On Full Price Of Purchase

Connecticut Governor Wants Coupon Users To Pay Tax On Full Price Of Purchase

Got a coupon for 30% a Blu-Ray player? If the Connecticut governor gets his way, you’d still be paying sales tax on that player’s full price. [More]

How To Shop For Free, Extreme Couponer Shares Her Secrets

How To Shop For Free, Extreme Couponer Shares Her Secrets

Uber-couponer Kathy Spencer isn’t satisfied with just having a low grocery bill. She only considers it a success if she gets everything for almost free, or even make money off the transaction. She does this by looking for loopholes in the system, like “rolling.” This is where say toilet paper is on sale for $1 but buying it generates a $1 store credit coupon. Use that to buy another roll, get another coupon, buy another roll and pretty soon, you’ve got yourself a year’s supply of toilet paper and you’re handing it out to strangers in the parking lot. [More]

When Couponers Don't Know Math, Hilarity Ensues

When Couponers Don't Know Math, Hilarity Ensues

You would think we might be enemies with a site called “The Customer Is Not Always Right” but we are not. Especially when we find among their collection of reader-submitted anecdotes from the frontlines of retail a little gem like the rude customer who insists on bad math and losing money. [More]

Shopper Sues Department Store Over 80 Cents

Shopper Sues Department Store Over 80 Cents

A woman in New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against Century 21 (the department store; not the real estate agents) because she claims she was short-changed by 80 cents. [More]

Groupon CEO Responds To Super Bowl Ad Fracas

Groupon CEO Responds To Super Bowl Ad Fracas

In a blog post responding to the furor over their Super Bowl ads, Groupon’s CEO Andrew Mason says that “the last thing we wanted was to offend our customers.” Hm, maybe you should have showed the ads to a few of them first. [More]

Were Groupon's Super Bowl Ads Tasteless?

Were Groupon's Super Bowl Ads Tasteless?

Groupon spent several million dollars offending a lot of people last night with a series of Super Bowl ads that started off as philanthropic pitches, then quickly segued into how you could get a great deal on the endangered entity with a Groupon. The online backlash was immediate and left many viewers wondering if Kenneth Cole was moonlighting as a Groupon ad copywriter. [More]