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Taking Couponing Too Far? Coupon Katie Talks to Fox 43

A few stories were published this week regarding extreme couponing and store policy changes.  There was on in The Baltimore Sun and one in  The Consummerist.

WBIR and Fox 43 stopped by Tuesday to ask me my thought on the TLC Extreme Couponing Show and how it is affecting local shoppers.

I really believe what I said, for right now I think the changes in some store policies will not have much of an impact on those of us shopping for our families (and for charity when your are not buying 100’s of the same item).

On a positive note, some policies may start preventing people from clearing the shelves of good deals so everyone can get in on them. That would be a great thing! Also, it is encouraging more stores to make their policies available online. Having clear guidelines makes using coupons ethically at stores easier.

You can check out the changes to the Target Coupon Policy here and the Kroger Internet Printable Coupon Policy here. Rite Aid has tightened policies on Buy One Get One Free coupons and limiting the number of same coupons you can use to four. Publix, which will be in Knoxville soon, has limited the number of coupons you can use per product.

So watch the video and let me know what you think!

 

Rue La La:Free $10 Credit

RueLaLa is offering a $10 credit for taking a 3 minute survey about Rue La La.

To get this  credit:

Register or Login to your with RueLaLa account

Complete the survey.

You will be asked to enter the email address associated with your account at the end of the survey.

Wait for 72 hrs for your credit and save it for a great deal!

Recyclebank:"Green Your Vacation" Earn 150 Points

I admit I am a little behind on earning my Recyclebank points. I caught up this morning while playing their “Green Your Vacation” contest.
There are currently three suitcases open, you can earn 50 points in each. To get your points, just sign up for a new account or login to your account and play the game by clicking on the moving objects in the travel link category. You’ll be able to take the pledges and your free points will be added to your account when you hit the “Get my Points” button.

Haven’t signed up for Recyclebank? It is free to sign up and you can earn points through their household recycling program (not available everywhere) or through other activities, like short quizzes and games.

Once you earn points they can be redeemed for free products or some great high value coupons.

My Target Trip:A New Blender and a Few Freebies

THE HUSBAND makes everyone a protein shake every morning. Yesterday, our blender died. And by died I mean sparks were flying out the back and from underneath it and it smelled horrible.  The first of our wedding present appliances to bite the dust. (It has been 10 years, I would say that is a pretty good blender).

Anyway I went to Target this morning with $5/1 Oster Blender TARGET coupon in hand to replace it.  While there I picked up a few more freebies and good deals:

Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide-$.62
-$.75/1 Up & Up First Aid Item TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free after coupon

Papermate Crystal pens (10-pack)-$1.02
-$1/1 Papermate Writing Utensil Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=$0.02 after coupon

Scotch Magic Tape-$1
Stack with $1/1 Scotch tape printable coupon
Final cost=Free after coupon

Market Pantry Bread-$1 & Market Pantry Eggs (126ct)-$1.49
$1 off sandwich bread and eggs Target coupon
Final cost=$1.49 for both after coupon

I took my $3 off denim Target coupon. There were a lot of jeans on the 75% clearance rack so it is definitely worth looking through! There were not any maternity jeans, and though I was tempted, I did not buy any.

 

Locally Grown Organic Blueberries for $1.25/lb (Maryville)

If you are looking for a great deal on locally grown, organic blueberries here it is. Thanks to a reader, Rochelle for letting me know the farm is open and the blueberries are “sweet and plentiful”.
I am hoping to get by there some time this week, probably early in the morning with this hot weather! The boys will love it. Here are the details:

Maxine and Bob Falls Blueberry Farm
111 Harmon Rd.
Maryville, Tn 37804
(865) 982-3457
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 6:30am-8:30pm
1.25/lb when you pick them yourself and 2.50/lb if you just stop in to purchase them.

Coupon Katie’s Best Deals of the Week-Fox 43 Morning Show 7/12/11

Here are the deals I share this morning with Moira Kaye on the Fox 43 Morning Show.

INGLES

Stonyfield Farm Yogurt (6oz)-$.60
-$.50/3 Stonyfield organic yogurt printable coupon
Final cost=$.27

Turkey Hill Tea (64oz)-$1.25
-$1/2 Turkey Hill Tea from the 5/15 RP
Final cost=$.75

Smart Balance Omega-3 Eggs (12ct)-$1.98
-$.50/1 Smart Balance Omega-3 Eggs coupon from 7/10 SS
Final cost=$.98

Bakery French Bread-on sale Buy One Get One Free, $.94

Suave Shampoo or Conditioner-$.78

KROGER

Pop Secret Pop Corn-$.85
-$1/2 coupon from the 6/19 RP
Final cost=$.35 each

French’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce-$1.26
-$.75/1 coupon from the 6/19 SS
Final cost=$.51

Kroger Tomatoes (28 oz cans)-$.59

Wisk Laundry Detergent (50 oz)-$3.49
-$2/1 Wisk coupon from 6/26 RP
Final cost=$1.49

TARGET

Digital 4×6 Photo Prints-$.10 each
-$2/20 Digital Prints 4×6″, TARGET coupon
Final cost=20 free prints

Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide-$.62
-$.75/1 Up & Up First Aid Item TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free

Gerber Graduates Lil’ Meals-$.87
$.55/1 Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups Raviolis or Lil’ Meals coupon
Final cost=$.32

Market Pantry Bread-$1 & Market Pantry Eggs (6ct)-$.79
$1 off sandwich bread and eggs Target coupon
Final cost=$.79 for both

OTHER DEALS

Quzinos Buy One Sub Get One Free Coupon

9 Free Blockbuster Express Rental Codes

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies: Our Trip & Homeschool Discount

We kicked off  the Van Dyke Homeschool Adventure with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

I took the boys yesterday to celebrate a friend’s birthday, to try out the homeschool discount they offer and, I am counting it as our first day of school.

Yep, I have officially registered my oldest son for homeschool Kindergarten. I have a large box of books, papers, art supplies and manuals sitting on my dining room table.  I am excited, I am a little nervous, I am ready, I cannot believe we have to start so soon.  Back to the Aquarium.

All Gatlinburg Ripley’s Attractions offer a home school rate. To receive the home school rate you must present a home school group membership card or an attendance record for each student. The home school rate is valid for the home school student(s) and accompanying parent(s).
Rates
Children (grades K-8) – $9 plus tax ($10.02)
Children (pre K) – $4.99 plus tax ($5.58)
Children (under 2) – free
Adults – $7.00 plus tax ($7.82)

We had a great time! The boys were just amazed by all the exhibits. The hardest part was keeping them from running to the next thing to jump and point and yell. They loved the underwater tunnel, I think the Sawfish was the overwhelming favorite.

Has anyone else ever been? What did you think? I am excited to go back again on a fall weekday when it my be a little less crowded.