The Fru-gal: No doubling of coupons is no reason to stop clipping

Contributing columnistSeptember 15, 2013 

The Fru-Gal Deborah Morris

I have been getting questions about what I think of Kroger and Meijer no longer doubling coupons. Kroger will stop doing it Sept. 22. Meijer already has.

For me, it will mean that I will be spending more money in other stores where I didn’t before. I won’t stop clipping coupons because I believe you can still save money using coupons. I will still follow my Sunday process of checking the sales fliers and matching my coupons to those sales.

Here are some tips to help you save without double coupons.

Kroger tips

Although it will no longer double coupons, Kroger has said it will be lowering prices plus putting higher value digital coupons on its website. Take the time to register your card online to be able to load the digital coupons to your Kroger Plus loyalty card. Kroger has also been doing a promotion called freebie Friday where it has been giving you a free product coupon to load on your card on Fridays only.

If you haven’t been receiving coupons in the mail make sure that Kroger has your correct address by going to the customer service desk and asking them to verify the address associated with your loyalty card.

Check the sales flier to see what promotions are taking place. Even without double coupons, when you match coupons with a mega sale (when you buy a certain quantity of products then you receive dollars off your final bill) you will save money. You can turn your smartphone into a money saver with the Kroger Mobile App. Load digital coupons, check fuel awards plus lots more on your phone.

If you are going to do clothes shopping, make home improvements or go to a restaurant, be proactive and purchase a specifically marked gift card from Kroger to receive two times gas fuel points. And often at this time of year Kroger offers four times the fuel points on its gift cards. Pay attention to Kroger ads for that information. Target tips

Target can be a great place to save money in several different ways. For starters, Target allows you to stack coupons. This means allowing the use of one manufacturer’s coupon and one Target store coupon.

Target coupons can be found in a variety of places. I usually do not encourage getting another credit card, but when you get a Target red credit card you receive 5 percent off your purchase and Target coupons will be sent to you in the mail.

Target’s website also allows you to print off store coupons. Sign up for Target mobile coupons sent to your phone. You can pull the coupons up on your phone’s screen and the cashier can scan the bar code. These coupons are meant to be used only once but can be stacked with manufacturer coupons.

There is a savings program called Cartwheel by Target which gives you more opportunities to get great deals. You can get as much as an additional 30 percent off on items at Target including groceries, health and beauty and baby products, and more. You will need to have a Facebook account to earn savings and a smartphone to redeem those savings in stores although you can bring a printed barcode with you in lieu of a smartphone.

For more information check out Cart  wheel.target.com   Text LUNCHBAG to 827438 (TARGET) to get additional deals on your mobile phone.

Kmart tips

Kmart doubles manufacturer’s coupons up to $1. You must reach $25 in grocery and drugstore merchandise before coupons will double. Only five double coupons per day can be redeemed. You must sign up for Shop Your Way rewards card to double coupons. You earn at least 10 points for every $1 purchase. When you reach 5,000 points redeem for $5 off your purchase. Register at Kmart Saving Center for emails and texts to be sent to you with additional saving deals.

Plink

Link your credit or debit card to Plink. You will earn plink points when you make purchases at their partner locations. Redeem points for cash and gift cards. Plink.com   Ibotta

Purchase qualifying items then take a picture of your receipt and barcode scan the products on your checklist. Ibotta will verify your purchases and send you cash to your PayPal account. Ibotta.com   Saving Star

Select the eCoupons you like and link them to store loyalty cards such as Kroger, CVS and RiteAid. When you buy the products, the coupons value is automatically added to your Saving Star account. The coupons do not come off your receipt, but can be taken as a bank deposit, Paypal or Amazon.  com   account. Check it out at Savingstar.com   There are many other store programs that have additional ways to save money. Rite Aid’s Up rewards, Walgreens wellness program, and CVS extracare card can all save you money. If you want to learn some more tricks to saving money, come to my class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Beaumont Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way . Sign up online at Lexpublib.org   Other savings

› On Thursday, participating Krispy Kreme shops are offering one free original glazed doughnut in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day whenever you talk like a pirate. Even sweeter, wear full pirate attire and score a free dozen original glazed doughnuts.

› Take the pledge to be a caring adult who is against bullying and receive a free poster and pin. Nea.org/home/neabullyfree.html   › You can get a free pepperoni calzone from Thorntons with this coupon. http://bit.  ly/1atDtAa   › There’s a free admission day on Sept. 28 to Smithsonian Museums. Check out local participating museums at Smithsonianmag.  com/museumday 

› If you need an after-school treat, head to Baskin Robbins every Wednesday through December and purchase a sundae and receive another sundae free.

› Purchase four bags of Starbucks coffee at your local grocery store and get Starbucks Rewards by entering the codes on specially marked bags. Once you have entered four codes, you will get a free $10 eGift card. Promotion is good through Oct. 19. Starbucks.  com/card/rewards   › Salvation Army is offering Zumba for Kids at their gym on 736 West Main Street from 6:15-7 p.m. Wednesday . The program is for children 7 and older along with parents/ guardians. The classes are free thanks to McDonald’s. For more information visit Salva  tionArmyLex.org   or call (859) 258-2582 .

Deborah Morris’ column, The Fru-Gal, can help you save money. Feel free to share tips on The Fru-Gal blog at Kentucky.com/living   and visit her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.

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