3 On Your Side: Best Days To Find Coupons – CBS Local

By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Are you the type of shopper who’s always looking for a coupon to maximize your savings? Well if you think that coupons are just released at random, 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan says, think again.

Whether you’re shopping online, or in stores, having a strategy may help when searching for coupons. “We analyzed two years worth of coupons in our database to identify the best times to find coupons to save money and save time,” says Mark LoCastro of DealNews.com.

In that analysis a pattern emerged. LoCastro says, “Retailers always release a bunch of coupons at the first of the month and these things typically last through out that entire month however these may not be the best offers that the store or retailers are offering. The shorter period of time that they release a coupon for usually translates to better savings.”

While many retailers rotate offers on a weekly basis LoCastro says, “We’ve noticed that the start of the week, particularly on Sunday is the highest volume of when retailers release their coupons.”

Over the past two years Deal News also found that October and August had the highest number of active coupons.  LoCastro says, “In August that’s because a combination of back to school sales and also end of summer clearance offers.”

Many retailers offer coupons and coupon codes exclusively to customers on their mailing lists.  While it eliminates searching around, I suggest if you do sign up, use a separate email account so you don’t get swamped with junk email.

For more information about DealNews.com and to check out their list of the top 15 stores offering coupon codes online, including Kohl’s and Macy’s click the links below:

http://dealnews.com/features/15-Retailers-That-Offer-the-Most-Coupons/1026429.html

http://dealnews.com/features/How-to-Predict-Deals-From-the-7-Hottest-Stores-for-Coupons/1086916.html

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BBB warns consumers about fraudulent online coupons – The Wilton Bulletin

couponsThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about counterfeit online coupons, which have caused an estimated $6 million in annual losses, according to the BBB’s July 28 press release.

The Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) cites the internet as one reason why it has become difficult for manufacturers and retailers to build security measures to combat fraudulent coupons.

According to the CIC, the internet is the key reason for the growth in the use of fake coupons because they can easily be printed at home.

“Unfortunately, consumers can unwittingly get stuck int he middle between retailers and coupon sites with coupons that are phony or worthless, or require personal information to obtain them from the fraudulent sources,” according to the BBB.

The BBB offers the following advice for consumers who redeem online coupons:

  • Find out who is offering the coupon: Check to see if the coupon is being offered directly by the store or a third-party, such as a partner or affiliate. If it is via a third-party, take caution if the third-party asks for additional information or requires a sign-up for services in order to redeem the coupon.
  • Verify whether the coupon is legitimate: The CIC website posts Counterfeit Coupon Alerts that notify consumers about fake coupons making the rounds and how to identify them.
  • Be cautious of pop-up offers: The BBB advises coupon clickers to be wary of pop-up ad coupon offers that require immediate clicks to redeem. Clicking on the ad may automatically sign up the consumer for services they were not interested in receiving, resulting in repeated monthly credit card charges.
  • Read the fine print: Carefully read the terms and conditions for the use of the coupon. Check the expiration date, limitations on use and whether it is good only for online purchases or if it also can be redeemed at the physical store location. 
  • Make sure the coupon will be honored: Contact the store where you wish to use the coupon to find out whether a given coupon is being honored because some stores are concerned about fraud related to online coupons and not all businesses are eager to redeem them.
  • Be wary of required phone calls: Be extremely careful if a coupon requires you to call the company to redeem it and/or has any requirement to divulge personal information.
  • Don’t fall for phony coupons via email: Many fake coupons have been making the rounds via email. Just because it may come from a friends or family member, don’t assume the coupon is legitimate.

According the BBB’s press release, the CIC also advises consumers to never pay for a coupon from companies or individuals who “sell the service of clipping coupons” — reselling coupons is illegal.

The BBB warns consumers that “such websites deny that they are selling coupons, but rather selling a service, covering costs of clipping managing and mailing coupons.”

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BBB: Avoid Getting Clipped by Fraudulent Online Coupons – The Ridgefield Press

bbb-logo125Call it the Coupon Generation: Consumers can save hundreds of dollars per year on household essentials and special products by using online coupons. Aside from printed coupons, online coupon clipping can save money on items ranging from food to toilet tissue and everything in between with the click of a mouse. However, Connecticut Better Business Bureau warns that the convenience comes with some risk.

Millions of product coupons are offered online but it’s imperative that consumers know the difference between what’s real and what’s not. Some estimates put annual losses due to bogus Internet coupons at $6 million.

 According to the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC), the Internet is the key reason for the growth in the use of fake coupons because they can easily be printed at home. Because of that, it is more difficult for manufacturers and retailers to build in security measures to combat counterfeits. Unfortunately, consumers can unwittingly get stuck in the middle between retailers and coupon sites with coupons that are phony  or worthless, or require personal information to obtain them from the fraudulent sources.

BBB offers the following advice on redeeming online coupons:

Check out who is offering the coupon — Check to see if the coupon is being offered directly by the store or a third-party such as a partner or affiliate. If it is via a third-party, they might ask for additional information or require the consumer to sign up for services to redeem the coupon. If so, BBB recommends using extreme caution before sharing any personal information. Check out the company, free of charge, at bbb.org.

Verify whether the coupon is legitimate — The CIC website posts Counterfeit Coupon Alerts that tell you about fake coupons making the rounds and how to identify them, at couponinformationcenter.com/.

Be cautious of pop-up offers — BBB advises coupon clickers to be wary of pop-up ad coupon offers that require you to immediately click to redeem. Clicking on the ad may automatically sign up the consumer for services they were not interested in receiving, resulting in repeated monthly credit card charges.

Read the fine print — Carefully read the terms and conditions for the use of the coupon. Check the expiration date, limitations on use and whether it is good only for online purchases or if it also can be redeemed at the physical store location.

Will the coupon be honored? — With some stores concerned about fraud related to online coupons, not all businesses are eager to redeem them. BBB recommends contacting the store where you wish to use the coupon to find out whether a given coupon is being honored.

Be wary of required phone calls — Be extremely cautious if a coupon requires you to call the company to redeem it, and/or has any requirement to divulge personal information.

Don’t fall for phony coupons via e-mail — Many fake coupons have been making the rounds via e-mail. Just because it may come from a friend or family member, don’t assume the coupon is legitimate.

The Coupon Information Corporation also advises consumers to never pay for a coupon from companies or individuals who “sell the service of clipping coupons.” Reselling coupons is illegal. Such websites deny they are selling coupons, but rather selling a service, covering costs of clipping, managing and mailing coupons.

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Target $5 meat coupon! – WRAL.com

 

There is a new $5 off $20 meat coupon in the Target ad this week! You’ll also find a good deal on Head & Shoulders.

The deals from the ad this week are valid July 27 – August 2, 2014.

 

Grocery coupons in the ad: $5 off $20 purchase of meat including fresh, frozen or deli. Coupon valid through 8/2/14. Valid in-store only.  Your Harris Teeter may accept this coupon as a competitor’s coupon. Can’t hurt to ask since they have such good deals on BOGO London Broil and Stew Beef sales this week.

 

Deals in the ad:

Strawberries, fresh, 1 lb., $2.50 – 5% off Target Cartwheel coupon

Fresh Express baby spinach, 6 oz, and select others, $2.50

Get a $5 gift card when you buy any 3 Head & Shoulders, 14.2 oz. for $4.99.
Coupon: $5/2 coupon from 7/27 PG
Total for 3 after gift card and coupon = 3 for $4.96 ($1.66 each)
Total for 4 after 2 coupons and gift card = 4 for $4.96 ($1.24 each)
 

For a full coupon match-up of the Target ad, see www.TotallyTarget.com.
 

Additional ways to save at Target:

Target.com printable coupons: You can find printable coupons at Target.com when you scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on Coupons. The store Target coupons can be combined with manufacturer’s coupons on the same item.  

Cartwheel discounts: There are also coupons available through their Cartwheel program HERE. With the Cartwheel discounts, you can load specific % off savings to your Cartwheel account and then print out a barcode that is scanned at the register at the store or show the barcode on your smartphone through the Cartwheel app (which is what I usually do to save money on ink and paper).  These Cartwheel savings can be combined with store and manufacturer’s coupons for even greater savings. No more than one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel offer can be combined per item.  Each Cartwheel offer may be used for up to a maximum of 4 qualifying items per offer per transaction. Limit of 1 Cartwheel barcode per transaction and 6 Cartwheel barcode transactions per day.

Mobile coupons: Target offers mobile coupons regularly (inlcuding some grocery coupons!). Sign up for them by texting OFFERS to 827438.  These coupons can be used with the other discounts.  See their website for more information.

Coupon Policy: You can see the full Target coupon policy on their website HERE. 

Red Card: If you have the Target Red Card credit card, you get another 5% off.

My thanks to totallytarget.com for some of the coupon match-ups above!

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Harris Teeter deals using Sunday coupons: FREEBIES! – WRAL.com

 

There are some super deals at Harris Teeter using the coupons from the Sunday paper including FREE Softsoap, FREE Vidal Sassoon shampoo, Suave body wash for 49 cents, Hershey’s spread, Fisher nuts, Country Crock and more! Please share any more you find!

To see a list of all the Harris Teeter deals valid through Tuesday, 7/29, click on the Harris Teeter link above.

 

Food

Fisher trail mix, $1.50 – $1 coupon from 7/27 SS for any fisher snack item 4 oz or larger = .50

Country Crock spread, 15 oz, $2.00 – .35/1 coupon from 7/27 RP AND .35/1 HT ZVR digital coupon = .95

Hershey’s spread, 13 oz, $3.00 – .75/1 coupon from 7/27 SS = $1.50

 

Non Food

Softsoap hand soap, 10 oz, $2.00
Coupon: .50/1 coupon from 7/27 SS
Instant savings: Get a $3 instant savings when you buy 3 (thanks to those who posted about this promo on the blog this weekend!)
Total after 3 coupons and instant savings = 3 for FREE!

Vidal Sassoon shampoo and conditioner, 12 oz, $2.49 – $3/2 coupon from 7/27 PG AND $3/2 HT ZVR digital coupon = 2 for FREE! (moneymaker!)

Suave Naturals body wash, 12 oz, $1.99 – .50/1 coupon from 7/27 RP AND .50/1 HT ZVR digital coupon = .49

Mitchum and Lady Mitchum deodorant, 2.25 oz, $3.99 – $2 coupon from 7/27 SS AND $1 HT ZVR digital coupon = .99

Palmolive dish liquid, 25 oz, $2.50 – .50/1 coupon from 7/27 SS = $1.50

Bic Razors, various, $5.99 – $3/1 coupon from 7/27 SS = $2.99

Purina Dog Chow, 16.5 lb, BOGO for $8.99 – $1 coupon from 7/27 RP = $7.99
 

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Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid coupon fraud – Darien Times

Call it the “coupon generation” — consumers can save hundreds of dollars per year on household essentials and special products by using online coupons. Aside from printed coupons, online coupon clipping can save money on items ranging from food to toilet tissue and everything in between with the click of a mouse. However, Connecticut Better Business Bureau warns that the convenience comes with some risk.

Millions of product coupons are offered online but it’s imperative that consumers know the difference between what’s real and what’s not. Some estimates put annual losses due to bogus internet coupons at $6 million.

According to the Coupon Information Corporation , the internet is the key reason for the growth in the use of fake coupons because they can easily be printed at home. Because of that, it is more difficult for manufacturers and retailers to build in security measures to combat counterfeits. Unfortunately, consumers can unwittingly get stuck in the middle between retailers and coupon sites with coupons that are phony or worthless, or require personal information to obtain them from the fraudulent sources.

BBB offers the following advice on redeeming online coupons:

Check out who is offering the coupon — Check to see if the coupon is being offered directly by the store or a third-party such as a partner or affiliate. If it is via a third-party, they might ask for additional information or require the consumer to sign up for services to redeem the coupon. If so, BBB recommends using extreme caution before sharing any personal information. Check out the company, free of charge, at bbb.org.

Verify whether the coupon is legitimate – The CIC website posts Counterfeit Coupon Alerts that tell you about fake coupons making the rounds and how to identify them, at couponinformationcenter.com.

Be cautious of pop-up offers — BBB advises coupon clickers to be wary of pop-up ad coupon offers that require you to immediately click to redeem. Clicking on the ad may automatically sign up the consumer for services they were not interested in receiving, resulting in repeated monthly credit card charges .

Read the fine print — Carefully read the terms and conditions for the use of the coupon. Check the expiration date, limitations on use and whether it is good only for online purchases or if it also can be redeemed at the physical store location.

Will the coupon be honored? — With some stores concerned about fraud related to online coupons, not all businesses are eager to redeem them. BBB recommends contacting the store where you wish to use the coupon to find out whether a given coupon is being honored.

Be wary of required phone calls — Be extremely cautious if a coupon requires you to call the company to redeem it, and/or has any requirement to divulge personal information.

Don’t fall for phony coupons via e-mail — Many fake coupons have been making the rounds via e-mail. Just because it may come from a friend or family member, don’t assume the coupon is legitimate.

The Coupon Information Corporation also advises consumers to never pay for a coupon from companies or individuals who “sell the service of clipping coupons.” Reselling coupons is illegal. Such websites deny they are selling coupons, but rather selling a service, covering costs of clipping, managing and mailing coupons.

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Want to know how a cheapskate’s mind works? Step into my head for a minute.


 I want a couple of chairs and ottomans at Crate & Barrel, but they’re not on sale. I will not pay full-price on something that will probably go on sale in the next 6 months. But there’s gotta be a way to save 10 to 15 percent now.


“Ten to 15 percent?! You can squeeze a nickel a lot harder than that! What about Target or furniture consignment shops? You call yourself a cheapskate. You’re an embarrassment to penny pinchers everywhere!”


Get out of my !*&%!! head. I’m in charge here!


Where was I? Oh yeah,  I’ll look for the 15 percent off coupon that C&B sent late last year when I moved.


“Really? You can’t even find the Target circular from last Sunday. How do you expect to find a coupon from last year?”


Agreed. Time for plan B. I ask a salesperson at C&B–will these items be going on sale soon? Salesperson tells me about a custom goods sales starting Aug. 8, which may or may not include the items I want.


Time for Plan C. I go to Craigslist and eBay to look for discounted gift cards and coupons. This little trick has been around for years and there are even sites such as



that sell them. Discounts are usually 5 to 20 percent. I try Craigslist first because that’s the easiest. I try to buy a gift card with $346.47 on it for $310. Guy agrees to meet me in the Galleria to verify the balance but never seems to be available to meet. I give up and head to eBay for a coupon. (Crate & Barrel periodically mails out coupons for 10 to 15% off regularly-priced merchandise when people have moved to a new home etc.)


On eBay, there were about 50 coupons for sale for Crate & Barrel last week from 10 to 20 percent off with the bidding starting at 99 cents. Why did I never think of selling them on eBay before? Duh. The “Buy it Now” prices range from $5.99 (10%) and up. I have no patience to join in a nickel and dime bidding war over a coupon. I choose “Buy it Now” and purchase a 15% off coupon for $7.


Earlier last week my coupon arrived in the mail. (Some sellers just email you the promocode number.) I went to C&B on Sunday and decided on two ottomans and a couple of accessories totalling about $400. I got nervous as the salesman started to punch in the discount code, worried that the code would no longer be valid.


But the transaction went through flawlessly WITH the discount of about $60. Not bad for a $7 investment.


I could have saved even more purchasing a discounted gift card, but I’m still nervous about purchasing those on eBay. Maybe I’ll use one of the discounted gift card websites and report back.









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Smooth Sailin’: Cutting coupons, a way of life, not just an adventure – St. Augustine Record

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