The ‘Clipless’ Way to Organize Coupons

March 27, 2017

“Dear Jill, I just started trying to use coupons last month, and I have some questions. I feel like I’m spending too much time cutting coupons out, and then so many of them expire before ... (more)

Outdated Phone Can’t Take Advantage of Apps

March 21, 2017

“Dear Jill, I have had a smartphone for four years. I really like my phone and do not want to upgrade it. Anyway, apparently four years old is ancient in smartphone terms, because I use an app ... (more)

Why ‘Balanced Couponing’ is Fraud

March 14, 2017

“Dear Jill, A friend of mine told me she learned a new way to use coupons called ‘Balanced Couponing.’ She said she spends much less time planning coupon trips and is taking home mo... (more)

Can’t They Give Us Coupons with Longer Expiration Dates?

February 28, 2017

“Dear Jill, I like getting my newspaper for my coupons, yet I will say the coupons haven’t been very good for a while. The worst part is they expire so quickly – why? You can’... (more)

Combine Offers for the Best Deals

February 21, 2017

“Dear Jill, I love to use coupons. The problem is that I don’t know where to find them other that the ones that we get weekly. I use digital coupons and manufacturer coupons that come wit... (more)

Coupon Confusion Surrounds Brand Partnerships

February 14, 2017

“Dear Jill, I have noticed that a lot of products now have two brands on them. For example, Scope mouthwash now says ‘Crest Scope’ on the label. If I have a coupon for any Crest ite... (more)

Readers Respond to DIY Laundry Soap

February 7, 2017

A few weeks ago, a reader asked me to compare the costs of making laundry soap and purchasing detergent on sale at the store. As a coupon shopper, when I purchase laundry detergent, my goal is to stay... (more)

Ambiguous Coupon Wording

January 31, 2017

“Dear Jill, I am writing to complain about wording I saw on a coupon recently for a bag of frozen vegetables. It says $1off any 'new product' from this brand. How am I supposed to know which ve... (more)

Use Shopping Cart “Remarketing” To Your Advantage

January 24, 2017

“Dear Jill, I’m on mailing lists for a bunch of companies that I’ve occasionally bought stuff from. Last week I was looking at their site to buy something. I did click on a couple o... (more)

Publishers Work to Thwart Coupon Resellers

January 17, 2017

Did you happen to notice the fine print on the cover of your RedPlum inserts? Since the beginning of 2017, there’s been a new warning printed at the top: “AVOID COUPON FRAUD: The coupons ... (more)

Is It Better To Make or Buy Laundry Detergent?

January 10, 2017

“Do you think it's worth making your own laundry detergent. A friend of mine swears by doing this, and there are quite a few recipes online to do so. I have a hard time believing she is saving m... (more)

All About Catalina Checkout Coupons

January 3, 2017

“Dear Jill, Could you explain some tips about checkout coupons? I am trying to get into couponing more this year and my supermarket has a sale that says ‘Buy $30 and get $10 for your next... (more)

Tales From the Checkout Lane: Shoppers Sound Off

December 27, 2016

As always, my readers continue to send stories of their observations while shopping and couponing at their local stores. I enjoy hearing from shoppers from around the country, whether the stories they... (more)

Why Coupon Misuse Matters

December 20, 2016

I’ve tackled the topic of coupon misuse in my column before, and it always seems to generate heated discussion on both the consumer side and the industry side. Here are some recent emails from m... (more)

Bargains to Buy After the Holidays

December 13, 2016

The holiday season is here again, and as soon as the bustle of shopping, gift exchanges, family gatherings and celebrations calms down, a different kind of “season” begins: The post-holida... (more)

Using Credit Cards Responsibly

December 6, 2016

“Dear Jill, I would like to know your thoughts on using credit responsibly. I know there are some financial experts out there who say you should never use a credit card – ever. Now, I thi... (more)

Why Don’t More Stores Double Coupons?

November 29, 2016

“Hi Jill. I read your articles every week. I would like to know if the supermarkets will ever go back to double and triple coupon days of old. It seems to me it would boost sales for stores and ... (more)

When Does a Coupon Actually Expire?

November 22, 2016

“Dear Jill I wonder if you could explain: when does a coupon expire? I recently tried to use a coupon on September 5 at a local pizza restaurant. The coupon noted the expiration date as ‘... (more)

Readers React to Fundraising Woes

November 15, 2016

“Dear Jill, I enjoyed your column, which was a response to a question about the methods schools use to raise money. I too felt that asking parents and grandparents to buy a ticket to hear their... (more)

Readers Question the Fine Print Again

November 8, 2016

Using coupons should be simple and straightforward: Read the text on the coupon to see on which product or products the coupon is valid. Then, purchase that product … right? Not so fast. Whethe... (more)

Product Size Woes Irk Price-Matching Shopper

November 1, 2016

“Dear Jill, I have noticed something strange at the supercenter store near me. They seem to have different size products than my local supermarkets do. Last week the supermarket had 46.5-ounce ... (more)

Cellphone Needed to Unlock Printable Coupons

October 25, 2016

If you’re a fan of printing coupons from your computer, here’s a new development that you need to know about., the largest printable coupon site on the web, has made changes to... (more)

Soap Sizes & Dollar Store Shopping

October 18, 2016

“Dear Jill, I got a 50-cent coupon in the paper recently for a brand of soap. The coupon reads ‘one liquid hand soap premium pump 8 to 10 ounces.’ I went to two different stores to ... (more)

‘Mandatory’ Fundraising Concert Irks Parent

October 11, 2016

Last week I shared an email from a parent asking how to support his children’s fundraising causes without, in his words, “buying overpriced junk.” Reader Amanda also wrote to share t... (more)

Children’s Fundraisers Tapping Out Parents’ Budget

October 4, 2016

“Dear Jill, I would like to hear your opinion on children’s fundraisers. I honestly feel like we are just being tapped out as parents. Everything our children do has a fee it seems and th... (more)

Sale-Price Sabotage

September 27, 2016

“Dear Jill, Something interesting happened to me recently at the store. A major chain drugstore had bottles of name-brand laundry detergent on sale for $3.99 the same week that there was a $3 c... (more)

A Reader’s Shopping Challenge

September 20, 2016

“Dear Jill, My wife gave me a challenge this evening to find the best deal using two 50-cent coupons to purchase two containers of a popular laundry soap. At my local box store, I found that a ... (more)

Banking Fees and Rebates

September 13, 2016

“Dear Jill, For years we have banked at a large chain bank. When we got our last bank statement, I opened it and was shocked to see that we now have a $25 per month ‘checking account main... (more)

Readers Share ‘Fixed it Myself!’ Savings

September 6, 2016

For me, a large part of living a super-couponing lifestyle is about applying a frugal mindset to everything on which I spend money. It’s not simply about using coupons whenever possible – ... (more)

Help! My Coupon Isn’t Valid … Yet

August 30, 2016

“Dear Jill, I’m able to buy Sunday’s paper on Saturday as an early edition. I bought Sunday’s paper early, and it has a coupon for $3 off a protein shake. My drugstore has it ... (more)

Ghost Coupons: Do They Exist?

August 23, 2016

“Dear Jill, I’m a big fan of your articles. I’m retired and use and need coupons to help balance my budget. In Sunday’s paper I went through the ad for a national chain pharma... (more)

College Choices and Costs

August 16, 2016

“Dear Jill, Have you shared any tips from shopping for colleges with your oldest daughter? If not, will you be?” Greg D. I’ve been receiving a few emails and messages asking about... (more)

Word Confusion Strikes Again

August 9, 2016

Most of the time, using coupons is easy – simply read the wording on a coupon to find out for what product the coupon is valid. However, my readers have been adept at spotting unusual or questio... (more)

Go Back to School with Coupons

August 2, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school time is right around the corner. As our family prepares, I’m also enjoying some of my favorite stock-up sales of the year on school supplies. It&rs... (more)

The Upsides of HOAs

July 26, 2016

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared some email from readers regarding homeowner’s associations. While many readers were quick to point out what they didn’t like about HOAs, others w... (more)

Are Unlimited Printable Coupons Too Good to Be True?

July 19, 2016

“What do you think of these IP [internet printable coupon] fairies on Instagram? What they do is store copies of all the printable coupons available. When a hot IP has hit its printing limit and... (more)

Unicorns in the Wild

July 12, 2016

“I love your website and I want to show you what I got from a Facebook group for unicorns. I love unicorns, but in this case I have learned that it is a nickname for counterfeit coupons – ... (more)

All That ‘Glitters’ Isn’t Good

July 5, 2016

“Dear Jill, I learned of a way to save even more with coupons that I’ve never seen you talk about. On Facebook, I have joined several groups for ‘glitter’ couponing. Did you k... (more)

Privacy Concerns In the Digital Coupon Age

June 28, 2016

A few weeks ago, I shared some innovative ways that brands and retailers are using regular people as social media influencers. A brand recently contacted Instagram users, offering to put a favorite ph... (more)

The Value of HOA Fees

June 21, 2016

Is there value in paying a monthly fee to ensure a predefined quality of life at home? Homeowners’ associations exist to define and enforce a code of regulations for the appearance, maintenance ... (more)

Television Antenna Angst

June 14, 2016

Several weeks ago, I shared an email from a reader who believed that consumers should pay for cable to avoid the visibility of a television antenna mounted on the home. She felt that paying membership... (more)

Social Media Marketing: All That and a Bag of Chips

June 7, 2016

Are you active on social media? If so, it’s probably no surprise to you that brands and retailers are using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advertise to shoppers. ... (more)

Different Prices at Different Stores

May 31, 2016

As a shopper, I always want to get the best prices possible for the groceries I’m buying. I also know that different locations of the same chain often charge different prices for the same item. ... (more)

Better to Save Money or Please the Neighbors?

May 24, 2016

In a recent column, I discussed using a television antenna to receive free over-the-air television channels. I heard from numerous readers who appreciated this idea, including readers who didn’t... (more)

Coupon Fine Print Continues to Confuse

May 17, 2016

My readers continue to ponder the fine print on coupons. Whether it’s confusing wording, terms that can be interpreted multiple ways or attempts to maximize the discount (legitimately or otherwi... (more)

All Coupons, Every Time

May 10, 2016

“Hi Jill, I would like some advice on redeeming coupons. No matter what store I go to, if I redeem more than a few coupons, the cashier doesn't give me credit for all of them. It has happened s... (more)

6 ‘Bleasure’ Vacation Savings Ideas

May 3, 2016

“Dear Jill, I always enjoy your articles about saving on travel. Here’s something I haven’t seen you write about yet: Destinations that offer add-on rates for family members when a ... (more)

The Ethics of Buying Coupons and Inserts

April 26, 2016

“Dear Jill, I have followed you for years, but you and I disagree on whether it’s right or wrong to buy coupons online. It is cheaper to buy a bunch of coupon inserts than it is to buy a ... (more)

Readers Share Ideas for Saving on Television

April 19, 2016

Last week, I explored some ideas for saving money on your cable or satellite television bill. Using a television antenna to receive the free, over-the-air broadcast signals is the best tip – our... (more)

Cutting the Cord

April 12, 2016

“Dear Jill, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on cable or satellite television. I feel like our cable service is not worth what we are paying for it, but I don’t know what other... (more)

Data Mining and Shopping

April 5, 2016

If you shop online, use a store’s loyalty program, print a coupon or even pay with a credit card, your personal data is being mined. It’s not necessary to be alarmed, though – market... (more)

The Metrics of Coupons

March 29, 2016

“Dear Jill, Here’s a question I’ve never seen asked in your column: Why do coupons for mouthwash list the bottle’s size in metric, but stores’ ads list them in ounces? T... (more)

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