1) Okay, so the Sunday papers did not contain a bonus insert…they did contain 2 Smartsource, 2 Redplums (the one that says Unilever is put out by Valassis who is owned by Redplum) and 1 P&G insert. A great week for coupons!
**Keep in mind that next Sunday is a holiday and there will be no coupon inserts in the papers**
It also appears that Daily’s no longer has the $0.99 Sunday papers. Hopefully Walgreens or another store will start offering them at a discounted rate soon. If I find the papers anywhere for less than the typical $1.75, I will let you all know.
2) I went to Kroger yesterday (I was running behind on this week’s deals) and was VERY disappointed to learn that they are no longer taking any type of competitor’s coupon for money off total purchase…IE: $5 off $50, $3 off $20, etc. They will continue to accept comp. coups for individual items…but not for money off total. That is a real bummer! The manager I talked with stated that they never should have accepted them and tried to tell me that they never have, to which I politely explained that was not the case and they had been accepting them for 1 1/2 years with NO problem. She insisted that they should not have. Bottom line…no more money off total coupons!!! 😦
3) Spoke to the manager at Publix again today…he is such a great guy! He has been working with me really hard on fixing the out of stock problem that had been occurring over the last 6-8 weeks. After I talked with him about the class and the coupon/ad match ups, he immediately went to work on ordering more popular items. I have noticed a huge improvement. I have not left Publix with a rain check in 2 weeks! YEAH! Before that it was common to leave with 5-8 rain checks and that stinks. So hats off to Publix for teaming up with us to resolve this issue!!!
I also verified with him what competitor’s coupons he will accept at the Spring Hill store:
So don’t take CVS, Wags, Rite Aid, HG Hill or GFS coupons in there expecting that they will honor them…that would be cheating and that is just not right!
Knowing the coupon policy BEFORE you go in is key to getting the best deals.
4) As you know, I work very closely with the local store managers and they have been a great asset to Faithful & Frugal. However, I have gotten some reports from them lately that they have seen an increase in coupon shoppers breaking the rules…for example using expired coupons, coupons that are not for the specified item/size, improper stacking and customers using coups that they know aren’t accepted but they know that a paticular cashier will take them. Now, I do not think for one moment that any of these shoppers are Faithful & Frugal alum, however I felt it important to just post a reminder of my position on couponing since our readership is increasing. PLEASE remember that as F&F alum we are always representing God…especially during our shopping trips. There is always someone watching us to see if we are “one of those” coupon shoppers. The one thing I stress to store managers is that we are women of integrity and that while we DO take advantage of great deals, we DO NOT cheat the system. And that is why they are so willing to work with us, because they know that their store will not loose money on people like us. Because couponing has become so popular within the last few months, I am seeing blogs popping up everywhere…some of them even encourage the “take what you can get free, even if it’s wrong” mentality…that is certainly not our position! And keep in mind that it only takes a few rotten apples to spoil the whole bunch…so if we want great coupon deals to remain, we must continue to shop properly.
So, just as a reminder…please continue putting God first in your shopping experience and as a result you will always maintain integrity and honor in your frugal shopping!