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Bad peelie coupon at Target

Posted in Businesson Nov 7, 2011

I was buying diapers at Target the other day, and I found a peelie coupon on the box of diapers. I peeled the coupon of the box of diapers to reveal that it said, “Save $1 off this box of diapers.” Great! I proceeded to the checkout lanes.

Upon checking out, the cashier told me that the coupon had expired in September and that they wouldn’t be giving me the discount. Dumb. Don’t put coupons on your merchandise that are going to expire before the merchandise sells.

Online deals

Posted in Businesson Jan 19, 2011

You may have heard of the recent popularity boom of online deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial that offer one day deals good.  Typically they offer a deal for a local merchant where you buy a gift certificate to that merchant for something like half of the price.

These are often temptingly good deals.  This is good for the business because they get a bunch of customers that they wouldn’t normally get.  This is good for some customers because they get a good deal.  It is bad for people who are suckers for a bargain because they will spend a whole bunch on “deals” that they wouldn’t normally consider.

So normally I ignore these deals, but today (Wednesday) I found a deal that I couldn’t pass up.  It is a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com for only $10.  I was just telling Sandy this morning that we buy a lot from Amazon.com, so when I saw this deal, I went ahead and did it.

At the end of the day, it looks like they sold 1.3 million of these gift cards. I’m sure that cost someone a pretty penny, but it did end up getting a lot of publicity.

Target printable coupons changing

Posted in Businesson Nov 16, 2009

I’ve recently become a bigger fan of using coupons at SuperTarget for one major reason: you can use both a target coupon and a manufacturers coupon at the same time.  For example, about a month ago, I was using both a $1-off Chex Mix target coupon with a $0.50-off Chex Mix manufacturers coupon to get a combined savings of $1.50 per bag of Chex Mix.  Considering that Chex Mix was selling at about that price, I was getting some very cheap or even free Chex Mix.

I’ve had about 8 bags of Chex Mix in my cupboards, mostly because the Target website allowed me to print as many coupons as I wanted.  I could go to the web site, and select the coupons I wanted, and Target would simply display the image of the coupon allowing me to print as many copies of the image that I wanted.

This allowed for lots of Target coupon abuse.  There are even Target coupon generators out there which allow a person to indicate any number of current and prior (non-expired) coupons to print all at once.

However, today I notice major indicators that this all is changing.

It seems that Target will be teaming with E-centives for more controlled coupon printing.  With this new system, Target has more control over how many coupons get printed.   I’m guessing that it will also only allow a coupon to be printed only twice on a particular computer.  Users will have to install a special coupon printer in order to print the new coupons.

Target has just loaded up some new coupons, and there are some pretty good deals:

  • $1 off 6 cans of vegetables, which are currently on sale this week.  Final price when you buy 6: $0.29/can
  • $1 off 2 bottles of cranberry juice, which is also on sale this week.  Final price when you buy 2: $1.59/each

My reaction is that the new coupon system will probably be a little less convenient, especially for Linux users like myself (Linux is not supported by their printing software).  However, if it allows Target to provide more deals because they won’t be as abused as they were before, then I think it is a fair solution.

Couponing

Posted in Adventureson Nov 3, 2009

Recently, Sandy and I have been doing a little bit of couponing.  We’re not aiming at taking 80% off our monthly grocery bill, or to get all sorts of random products for free.  It is more like a game that we like winning.  It is kind of a thrill to get products for free or to see “You Saved 85% Off Your Order Today!” printed on the bottom of the receipt.  We are getting kind of good at finding coupons on the Internet to print or combining coupons we find with sales we find in stores.

One of our favorite stores to shop at is King Soopers, which is a Kroger store.  King Soopers generally has reasonable prices on products, and they will often have some good sales.  Additionally, they will double coupons up to 50 cents, and coupons between 50 cents  and a dollar they will increase to a dollar.  They also accept eCoupons from shortcuts.com or CellFire, which are loaded onto the King Sooper loyalty card and applied automatically when checking out.

One of my favorite King Soopers promotions is $5 off 10 qualifying items.  I think they choose a couple of items on each aisle of the store that quality, causing you to walk up and down all the aisles searching out 10 items which qualify.  This promotion is currently underway at our King Soopers, and when you combine the promotion with coupons, we’ve found some good deals.  For example, our 10 items might be:
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