Your Surplus Deal Items Can Help Those In Need

September 19, 2017

In a recent column, I shared an email from a shopper who said she couldn’t stop buying deal-priced items and wondered how much was “too much.” This column generated quite a few respo... (more)

Pricing Benchmarks for Household Items

September 12, 2017

Last week, I shared some benchmarks of prices I like to pay for common grocery items. These prices represent the most I want to pay for a product, regardless of brand. These often are post-sale, post-... (more)

Price Benchmarks for Your Most-Purchased Groceries

September 5, 2017

“Dear Jill, Would you happen to have a list of stock-up prices for different products? I am new at this and would love to know my benchmarks. Is this something you could share for different pro... (more)

Using Multiple Cash-Back Apps? You May Be In for a Surprise

August 29, 2017

“Dear Jill, I use a couple different cash-back apps where you scan your receipt and get money put back in an account. You always used to be able to scan the same receipt and use it on multiple ... (more)

How Much Is Too Much?

August 22, 2017

“Dear Jill, I love couponing and I can't stop getting the deals. For example, a national drugstore chain had gummy candies on sale for $1. When you buy a bag, you get $1 back in a reward coupon... (more)

Are Grocery and Meal Delivery Services Worth It?

August 15, 2017

"I've been thinking about using a grocery delivery service instead of going to the store. The one I'm looking at charges $15 to deliver the groceries. Do you think it's worth it?” Kim D. Depen... (more)

I Know When My Coupon Expires, But When Does It Begin?

August 8, 2017

“Dear Jill, I get coupons in papers delivered on Friday and Saturday in my area. Twice in the last three months I have cut out a coupon to use that day and the coupons have been refused, though... (more)

Weighing the Cost of Fitness

August 1, 2017

“Dear Jill, How much do you think is reasonable to spend on staying fit? My teenage son wants to join a gym that is $39 per month. I think this is too much to spend, and I'm not sure how much h... (more)

Prepping and Couponing

July 25, 2017

“Dear Jill, I've read your column for a long while, and I think you should consider how your methods cross over with people like me, who are often called 'preppers.' We believe that a cataclysm... (more)

Readers Question Ambiguous Coupon Wording

July 18, 2017

My eagle-eyed readers have been poring over the fine print on their coupons again. Here are some recent emails detailing how they’re interpreting questionable coupon wording: “Dear Jill, ... (more)

Coupon Restrictions Curb Shoppers’ Brand Loyalty

July 11, 2017

“Hi Jill, I am a long time couponing customer. One thing that has me irked about a major manufacturer is their lack of issuing coupons for a well-known brand of laundry detergent in the Sunday ... (more)

Same Product, New Name

July 4, 2017

“Dear Jill, I have used liquid fabric softener for as long as I can remember, but now I can't even tell what the coupons are for. They say things like 'fabric conditioner' and 'fabric wrinkle r... (more)

Clearance Shoppers Are Important to Stores

June 27, 2017

In a recent column, I shared some of my clearance-shopping tips and discussed a memorable sale where I purchased out-of-season clearance shirts for my sons for $2each. While some readers wrote to sha... (more)

Readers Share Coupon Complaints and Concerns

June 20, 2017

My readers are never shy about sharing their thoughts and opinions about coupons. Here’s a sampling of reader email from my inbox that covers a variety of topics – everything from expirati... (more)

Rainchecks and Shopping Estimates

June 13, 2017

“Dear Jill, I read your article about rainchecks and I have a question. You wrote, ‘While law requires stores to issue rainchecks when an advertised sale item is unavailable, the law does... (more)

Shop Clothing Clearance Sales Like a Pro

June 6, 2017

Last week I discussed some of my strategies for saving money on clothing, and I have even more tips to share on this topic. Whether I’m shopping for my spouse, my children or me, I get such a th... (more)

Save-Big Strategies for Children’s Clothing

May 30, 2017

“I have read your column for several years. You advise to stock up before you need something, but please tell me what you do when you actually need something right now. For example, my daughter ... (more)

‘Secret’ for OTC Medications?

May 23, 2017

“Dear Jill, I saw a graphic going around social media about store-brand over-the-counter medications. Apparently there is a code on the package of store brand products like aspirin, ibuprofen a... (more)

Don’t Get Fooled By Slack-Fill

May 16, 2017

In last week’s column, I discussed the ongoing issue of package shrink, where companies downsize a product while keeping the same price. Whenever I notice a product I buy regularly has been down... (more)

Can Smaller Sizes Work In Your Favor?

May 9, 2017

Recently, a popular brand of dish detergent downsized its smallest-sized bottles. My eagle-eyed blog readers at noticed that over the past three years, this brand has downsized these s... (more)

My Thoughts On Saving and Frugality

May 2, 2017

“Dear Jill, I have some questions about how far you will go to save money. I know from those TV shows some people are just obsessed with it. Will you refuse to buy something if you don't have a... (more)

Good Mail-In Rebate Practices

April 25, 2017

I’m often asked if I participate in mail-in rebates. I’m not a huge fan of them simply because I’ve personally been burned by rebates in the past. I’ve grown frustrated with re... (more)

Store’s New Raincheck Policy Casts Gloomy Forecast for Shoppers

April 18, 2017

“Dear Jill, I shop at a large supermarket chain on the East Coast. It’s a great store to shop as they double coupons and have been generally a coupon-friendly place to go. However, last m... (more)

New Statistics on Coupon Shoppers

April 11, 2017

Whenever new statistics are released about coupon usage, shoppers’ habits and the state of the coupon industry, I eagerly pore over them. I love seeing how couponing changes year-to-year, and co... (more)

Coupons Worth Carrying

April 4, 2017

Last week I reviewed the “clipless” couponing method. When my coupon inserts arrive in the paper each week, I save them, intact. When I’m ready to plan my shopping trips, I use a co... (more)

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)

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