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Kimberly-Clark adds $2 million prosecution warning to new coupons

Today's new SmartSource is filled with coupons for Kimberly-Clark brands: Scott, Huggies, Kotex, Depend and others. Each of the K-C coupons in the insert also has a new warning emphasized in red text:

"Reproduction, alteration, proliferation, or sale of this coupon or its contents is strictly prohibited. Civil and criminal penalties up to $2,000,000 and/or imprisonment may apply."

It seems Kimberly-Clark is stepping up its battle against coupon resellers and counterfeiters. My regular readers know that I am against coupon resale and clipping services for many reasons.

It will be very interesting to see if someone is prosecuted to this extent for selling K-C coupons -- or if this has a self-policing effect on the resale community. Is making a few dimes selling coupons worth this kind of risk?


Valassis put itself up for sale, files lawsuit against NewsAmerica

Valassis, publisher of the RedPlum coupon insert, recently put itself up for sale. It has also filed a lawsuit against NewsAmerica, publisher of the SmartSource coupon insert.

Crain's Detroit has the story:


The answers to why Livonia-based direct-marketing and newspaper coupon giant Valassis Communications Inc. — a profitable company with $2 billion in annual revenue — chose to put itself up for sale can be found buried in a labyrinth of public disclosure documents.

Valassis' earnings statements paint a picture of a company facing troubling financial questions about its core products, and management's answer last year was to find a buyer for the firm George Valassis started in 1970 in Oak Park.

Valassis is the 19th-largest public company based in Southeast Michigan, as ranked in the 2014 Crain's Book of Lists as ranked by 2012 revenue. If the sale goes through, it would become the 10th-largest privately held company by revenue in the region.

By the 1990s, Valassis came to own half the nation's coupon market, but saw its core business erode as the daily newspaper industry rapidly began to decline.

Valassis has battled with News America in courtrooms nearly as much as in store aisles, and that cropped up in the sales negotiations.

In 2009, Valassis won a $500 million legal settlement stemming from the end of several long-running court cases with News America, a marketing company owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The litigation over business practices isn't over.

Valassis in November filed another lawsuit in federal court in Detroit against News America, alleging unfair, unethical and anti-competitive practices under state and federal antitrust laws.

Valassis accuses News America of not playing fair in the in-store marketing and bundled newspaper coupon business. It's seeking $560 million.



Three in five Americans don't have $500 for an emergency expense

A new Bankrate survey notes that three our of five Americans do not have $500 in the bank to cover an emergency expense:


According to the latest Bankrate survey released today, more than three in five Americans don't have money in their savings accounts to cover any unexpected bills such as a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room visit.

In fact, only 38% of respondents said they have enough funds in their bank accounts to cover even the most mundane of spending emergencies. Most others would need to take on debt or cut back elsewhere.


I try not to get too preachy on my blog, but I can't stress enough how important having an emergency fund is. If you're couponing and saving money that way, it is worth setting a little of your savings aside for the unexpected things that happen in life.

Last night, my husband's car wouldn't start after work. We tried to jump it with my vehicle -- no go. Between the age of the battery and the cold spell we're experiencing, the battery's life was up, and after dinner we headed out to get a new battery. (Just what you want to change at night in a dark parking lot, right? We opted to change the battery this morning after the sun came up and it was "warmer!")

When we got to the store, our boys' eyes bulged out of their heads when they saw what a car battery cost. (In their world, Mom gets packs of Duracells around the $2 mark with coupon deals, and that was their former frame of reference for "battery.") Even though our new car battery was right around $100, we budget for things like this, and there wasn't an issue of not being able to afford a battery. Things happen. Life happens. It is sobering to me to read how many people aren't prepared for life's speedbumps though.

If you've never created a household emergency fund, make 2015 your year to do that. Even our 18-year-old daughter has started to think about starting an emergency fund to cover her car expenses. She found her car's tires low on the driveway yesterday from the change in air pressure. And, she was happy that all she had to do was add some air, but it was also a reminder that a flat can happen at any time too, and at some point in the future, she'll have to replace those tires.


My favorite after-Christmas clearance items

I've picked up gift wrap, holiday decorations, and Christmas cards over the past few weeks, but I found some really funny items at Meijer that I just love.

These are prank gift card holders to faux store locations -- you slip a real gift card (presumably to a better store) inside. They're kind of along the lines of those prank gift boxes you can wrap gifts in. (As an aside, I love those too -- I think the idea of Sizzl Bacon Scented Dryer Sheets or Extreme Chores for the Wii are hilarious..!)

Anyway, just wait until one of my loved ones receives a gift card for "Just Whisks" or "Yestertech, the Refurbished Tech Superstore!"

Take a closer look:


Kidstuff coupon books settle lawsuit with SnipSnap coupon app

Remember the coupon app SnipSnap? This app allows people to take photographs of your coupons, converting the photos into scannable bar codes. Users can then share the uploaded coupon images and codes with each other. SnipSnap came under fire in 2013 for violating copyright and transferability clauses on coupons. Retailers and manufacturers alike were against this app that allows photos of coupons to be scanned at the register, as this process is unauthorized by many of the companies whose coupons appear in the app. Companies who issue a finite number of paper coupons suddenly found themselves facing the possibility of redeeming thousands more than they planned to offer.

KidStuff, a coupon book publisher that offers coupon books for sale as school fundraisers, sued SnipSnap in the fall of 2013 for distributing digital images and copies of the coupons contained in its books.

On December 23rd, 2014, KidStuff and SnipSnap settled their lawsuit with a filed Consent Order in Pennsylvania. Here are some of the details from the settlement:

  • SnipSnap and all its officers, agents, servants, and employees are permanently enjoined from sharing, causing to be shared, or facilitating the sharing of or otherwise participating in the sharing of any KidStuff coupons which contain KidStuff copyrights or trademarks, or any copy or colorable imitation of any such trademark, or any confusingly similar mark, on SnipSnap's mobile application, or related applications, websites or software programs.
     
  • Each year, SnipSnap shall have the opportunity to purchase a set of KidStuff Coupon Books at the retail price established for the books, in order to allow SnipSnap to enhance its filters.

The Consent Order also states that the settlement "shall not in any way be construed as, or deemed to be evidence of any admission or concession on the part of any Party of any liability or wrongdoing whatsoever, and any liability or wrongdoing is hereby expressly denied and disclaimed by each of the Parties."


Deals of the Week for January 4, 2015 are live!

Deals of the Week are live! Hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's celebration.

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has FOUR inserts: Two SmartSource (SS1 and SS2), two RedPlum (RP1 and RP2.) The Parade magazine has some coupons in it too.

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Happy New Year 2015!


Signs, signs, everywhere the signs!

As 2014 winds down, I thought I'd share some of the funny signs I spotted over the past month or so while shopping around the area...

Click to see all the signs!


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 2015 Release Schedule

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Disney lovers, I'm sure you'll be as excited as I was to read this schedule of upcoming 2015 movies from the Walt Disney Studios! There's something for everyone coming up, whether you're a Pixar fan or (like my husband and children!) Star Wars devotees.


January 23, 2015 - Strange Magic (Touchstone Pictures / Lucasfilm)
Hashtag: #StrangeMagic
Trailer: http://youtu.be/3wv7Li2V7S8


February 20, 2015 - McFarland, USA (Walt Disney Studios)
Hashtag: #McFarlandUSA
Trailer: http://youtu.be/j-VAOlHGE6Q


March 13, 2015 – Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios)
Hashtag: #Cinderella
Trailer: http://youtu.be/20DF6U1HcGQ


Stocking up on not-quite-Christmas gift wrap at Walgreens

Need some any-occasion gift wrap?

I stopped into Walgreens tonight to scope out post-Christmas sales, and while I didn't find anything crazy-good, I did find some really nice neutral gift wrap designs priced at 50% off -- $1.50 per roll.

I really like buying gift wrap this time of year for the rest of the year -- for birthdays, baby gifts, weddings, you name it. I thought all of these styles could be used any time of the year... not just in December. All of these are 50-foot rolls too, so that's a lot of paper for the price.

I've posted about this before, but Walgreens is one of my favorite places to buy wrapping paper, because theirs is made by Hallmark and seems thicker than other brands.


Deals of the Week for December 28, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live! (Can you believe 2014 is almost over?)

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has one insert: Procter & Gamble (PG.) Also, GRAB your Menards calendars from this week's paper - they're filled with high-value coupons for you to use all year long!

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2015 Coupon Insert Schedule

Which weeks in 2014 will we have coupon inserts in the newspaper, and which weeks won't we? Here's a guide compiled from the insert schedules released by NewsAmerica (SmartSource,) Valassis (RedPlum) and Procter & Gamble:

January 4, 2015 - RP1, RP2, SS1, SS2, SS3
January 11, 2015 - RP, SS
January 18, 2015 - SS
January 25, 2015 - RP, SS, PG

February 1, 2015 - RP, SS
February 8, 2015 - RP, SS
February 15, 2015 - RP
February 22, 2015 - SS

March 1, 2015 - RP, SS, PG
March 8, 2015 - RP, SS
March 15, 2015 - RP, SS
March 22, 2015 - RP, SS
March 29, 2015 - RP, PG


After-Christmas deal-hunting at Walmart

Have you been out after-Christmas shopping? I went to CVS yesterday (found a few ornaments and bargain gift tags) but I found more deals this evening at Walmart. Here's what I picked up at 50% off:

  • 70-bulb LED icicle lights: $3.49 per box
  • Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, Cheese, Crackers, Mustard and Candy samplers: $4.49 each
  • Three large popcorn tins: $2.50 each
  • Two boxes of Christmas cards: $2.48 each
  • Two 2-packs of infinity scarves: $4.00 each (while a deal, I usually buy my scarves at the dollar store, so this was still twice the price I usually pay for scarves -- ha!)

What deals have you spotted?


Grocery sticker shock from down under

Some friends of ours are spending their Christmas vacation in Australia. My friend Jen shared these photos today from a Queensland supermarket. She writes, "Some interesting differences in Australia!"

Keep in mind that the current exchange rate is this: $1 Australian = .81 in US dollars.

A 3-pack of Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese is $5.20.

A package of Huggies nappies (!) is $15, and that's 20% off.

A 30-pack of Coca-Cola is a whopping $32.79!

WOW. I thought grocery sticker shock was bad when we went to Hawaii. Kind of makes this week's $2.77 12-pack sale at Jewel-Osco look even better, doesn't it?

Special thanks to Jen T. for sharing these photos! View them larger below.


To all a good night.

Merry Christmas.


Need last-minute gifts? ALL of these ship FREE from Amazon!

We've all been there. If you're down to the wire and still shopping for Christmas gifts, Amazon has a selection of gifts that ship with FREE one-day shipping, but you've got to buy today! Browse all one-day-Free-Shipping Amazon deals here.

Some quick ideas for you:

There are more gift ideas in Toys, Video Games, Sports, Apparel and Electronics!

Browse all one-day-Free-Shipping Amazon deals here.


New Super-Couponing Tips column: The Digital Divide - Coupon apps for the deviceless

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "The Digital Divide - Coupon apps for the deviceless." Here's an excerpt:

In regards to this new trend of having stores coupons on your phone: This is a very aggravating situation to me as I am sure it is to others. I don't have access to a cellphone to do this with, so therefore I cannot take advantage of the coupons. I think this is unfair to customers who regularly shop in stores. I would appreciate your considering this topic in one of your couponing columns...

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.



Deals of the Week for December 21, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has NO inserts due to the Christmas holiday.
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Is this really the best text for this offer?

I was browsing Coupons.com and spotted this ad for Always Discreet.

Honestly, is this really the best text for this offer? I'm not trying to make light of this product or what it's for, but I get the feeling Walgreens kind of is.

I mean, to me, a runny nose would never "feel like no big deal," let alone this..!


Kmart cancels layaways, won't refund money until after Christmas

In the "More bad news for Kmart" department, Consumerist.com has the story of a situation brewing with Kmart shoppers who utilized Kmart's layaway to pay for Christmas gifts.

From the story:


There’s an unhappy wind blowing toward Kmart right now, and it’s coming from the direction of disgruntled customers who say that after the retailer notified them of a Dec. 14 deadline to pay off layaway balances in order to have their items delivered by Christmas, the retailer has been canceling orders left and right, saying items are “out of stock.” Not only that, but some shoppers say they’ve been told their refunds won’t arrive until after it’s too late to buy new Christmas presents to replace the canceled layaway items.

...check out Kmart’s Facebook page, where indeed, the rage over canceled Christmas layaway items is in full effect.


Customers want to know, among other things, why items weren’t placed on hold when they they were put on layaway? And how does Kmart expect people to pull the money out of thin air — money they already paid to Kmart’s layaway program — to replace those gifts that won’t be coming?

Indeed, Kmart's Facebook page is blowing up with comments from shoppers who paid their layaways off on time, only to find that there are no gifts to pick up. What an awful time of year for shoppers to go through this.


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$5 off $50 Jewel-Osco coupon on Retale app

Have you tried the Retale app? You can search and browse your area stores' circulars within the app. You can also create a custom shopping list and select, print or email in-ad coupons too.

Reader Tom writes that there's a surprise at the end of this week's Jewel-Osco ad if you browse it within the Retale app -- a $5-off-$50 coupon!

Here's how to get it:


Exclusive coupons + free samples and recipes from Betty Crocker!

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Sign up with Betty Crocker for access to exclusive coupons (up to $250 per year in savings), free samples and popular recipes throughout the year! As I'm writing this, I'm looking at the free 2015 Betty Crocker wall calenda in my kitchen -- a December gift I got for being a member of their free mailing list.

Want to join too? Sign up here!


Wen winter seasonals 3-pack special at QVC: $21.66 per bottle!

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QVC is having a Wen event today with some pretty good prices for you Wen lovers!

For fans of the seasonal formulas, they're offering a three-pack of winter Wen cleansing conditioners. For $64.88, you get three 16-ounce Wens:

- Wen Winter White Citrus
- Wen Winter Cranberry Mint
- Wen Winter Vanilla Mint

Head over to QVC.com and search for product A264821.


Print now for .66 Barilla pasta at Meijer!

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$1.00 off Three
Barilla Whole Grain,
Veggie, or White Fiber pasta
Print Coupon

Beginning 1/22 in Chicagoland, Meijer's "Buy 10 for $10, Get the 11th FREE" sale returns, and 12-16oz. Barilla pasta is part of it too! Print and hold this coupon until the sale. Buy three, and you'll enjoy Barilla for just .66 per box!

The 1/4 RP2 has a $1-off-2 coupon for .50 Barilla too!


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Nutella To Go

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Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offer!

Purchase through Sunday night and receive 100% of the purchase price back on your SavingStar account.

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Print a $5 coupon for Slimquick Pure Gummies

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If you resolved to lose weight in 2015, you might be interested in this high-value coupon! Print a $5 coupon for Slimquick Pure Gummies!

Slimquick Gummies are available at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and other retailers.


New Checkout 51 offers for January 15, 2015

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Checkout 51 Offers

Checkout 51, the ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) has new ecoupon offers to load. Most Checkout 51 ecoupon offers are valid at all stores. (If an offer is store-specific, the site or app will tell you so.)

Offers are valid until 11:59PM EST next Wednesday evening.

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off oranges, squashes, lettuce, bell peppers, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off tomatoes
- $1 off Fabuloso cleaners
- $1 Nature Valley Protein Granola bags
- $1 off Cafe Bustelo
- $1 off Pledge
- $1 off glade jar candles
- $3 off Bioterra herbs
- $1 off GoGargle
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates
- $1 off Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- $1 off Urban Accents spice blends

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Gymboree free shipping 1/15: Redeem your Gymbucks!

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Gymboree is offering FREE shipping for online orders placed 1/14-1/15! Their 75% off clearance sale continues, so why not see if you can find some bargains?

GYMBUCKS NOTE! If you earned Gymbucks in December during their many great deals, you can redeem them today and get $50 worth of clothes for $25 - again with FREE shipping!


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SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off fresh tomatoes

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This week's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off fresh tomatoes!

Click to load this offer to your store card!

Chicagoland shoppers can use SavingStar at Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Peapod and more.

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Print now for $3.99 Charmin 12-pack bath tissue at Jewel-Osco

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$1.00 off One
Charmin
12-pack
Print Coupon

Jewel's having a special two-day sale 1/17-1/18 ONLY. Charmin 12 double roll bath tissue will be on sale for $4.99, limit 4. Use this $1 printable and pay $3.99. That's just .33 per double roll, a great price!

I recommend printing this coupon now, as it may disappear before the sale rolls around...


$2.88 kids' tees and tops at Crazy 8 - two days online only!

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Crazy 8 is having a great two-day sale today and tomorrow. Kids' tees and tops are just $2.88 each!

Their annual clearance is also going on, with up to 70% off clearanced styles!

Shipping is a flat rate of $5 every day at Crazy 8.

Browse these crazy-wonderful sales at Crazy 8!


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Sparkling Ice

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Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offers!

Purchase through Sunday night and receive 100% of the purchase price back on your SavingStar account.

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


You need one this winter: Neoprene winter ski masks just $1.86 shipped from Amazon!

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Back in November, I blogged about this deal, but with the sub-zero temperatures today in the Midwest, it's still relevant...

Black neoprene winter face masks are only $1.86, including FREE shipping, at Amazon!

Features:

- Black neoprene face mask warms neck and ears
- Fitted vent with Velcro closure
- Thermal cotton fleece long neck warmer and raised ear warmers
- Great for winter sports, hunters, snowmobilers, snowboarders

When I originally posted this deal, I ordered some of these face masks for our family. The price can't be beat, and my husband loves his. Here he is dressed to replace our car battery that fell victim to the cold weather today:

But he wasn't alone -- I went to help bring our stranded vehicle home... and show off my lovely "winter style!" What I do like about this mask is that it's vented -- moisture doesn't build up under it while it keeps you warm. Plus, it's quite a head-turner when you pair it with a purple fleece hat and an oversized orange scarf.

Oder your winter face mask for $1.86, shipped, from Amazon!


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off pears

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This week's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off pears!

Click to load this offer to your store card!

Chicagoland shoppers can use SavingStar at Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Peapod and more.

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Print now for $1 V8 new fruit/vegetable juices at Jewel-Osco!

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$1.00 off One
V8 NEW
juice varieties
Print Coupon

Beginning 1/7, Jewel-Osco will have the new varieties of V8 46oz. vegetable juices (Carrot Mango, Purple Power or Healthy Greens) on sale for $2. Use this $1 printable or the $1 coupon in the 1/4 SS2. You'll pay $1!


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