Saturday, January 21, 2012

Food King in Texas City - Changes coupon rules

So by now if you use coupons and hang around the Internet you know there are TONS of fake coupons out there.  A lot of stores are starting to fight back.  And that really hurts the people who use coupons correctly.  Texas City's own Food King has recently changes their coupon rules to reflect what has been going on with coupon fraud out there.  They are now tripling up to 39 cents, doubling from 40 to 50 cents, and face value over 50 cents.  You can now only use one multiple coupon on identical items.  And they will not accept Internet printed coupons.  Just a heads up if you shop there with coupons.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Coupon savings, to the maxxx!

Here's a fun coupon history fact.  The first coupon came out in 1887.  I was a handwritten note for a free glass of Coca-Cola.  Boy have times changes.  But one thing hasn't, the want to save money.  As the economy becomes more unstable more people are looking to coupons to save money.  And most of them want to maximize their saving.  One of the top ways to do that, is to match your coupons to sales at your local stores.  Each week I like to go through my new store ads and flip through my coupons and match them.  Another good tip is to use your coupons at local dollar stores.  I'm not talking about the dollar stores where everything is one dollar, but stores like Family Dollar and Dollar General.  Both happily take manufacturers coupons and have great prices on many everyday items.  If you haven't looked into using coupons at a local dollar store, you should.  It can be well worth the effort!

Cheap is good, free is better.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Is that a fake coupon in your pocket or are you happy to see me?

As any good couponer knows, there are bad couponers that make it harder for those who do the right thing.  One of the hardest for the stores and manufacturers is fake coupons.  Now, I can only imagine fake coupons have been around as long as coupons.  Manufacturers have made it harder than ever, but the bad guys are always one step ahead.  But not all of them are real smart.  I heard about someone trying to pass a counterfeit coupon for $200 off an iPad2.  I was thinking "REALLY??".  There are so many fake coupons out there.  Fake coupons hurt everyone!  Stores have to eat that money, and they pass the cost on to everyone else.  But I think the biggest problem is that people don't see it as a crime.  It is!  Counterfeiters are stealing from stores and from everyone around them.  They tend to think it's no big deal, nothing will happen to them if they get caught.  Wrong.  Coupon fraud (using fake, or expired coupons), even without knowing it's a bad coupon, can get you arrested.  Something to think about...

Cheap is good, free is better.