Smart, Rich & Hip People Use More Coupons!

A new study from Deals.com indicates that people who are more educated, make more money, and are more socially responsible are more likely to use coupons.  On the other hand – angry, insecure procrastinators who make less than $50k a year are less likely to use coupons.  I’m certainly not rich but I don’t mind being called smart or hip 🙂  The pollsters questioned 8,500 people in August and say they were surprised because “we expected to find more online coupon lovers in low-income households and more abstainers in high-income households. We were astonished to discover that the exact opposite is true.”

Some of the key points reported by the survey include:

  • People with household incomes in excess of $100,000 per year are roughly two times more likely to be coupon lovers.  
  • Women are 67% more likely than men to be coupon lovers.
  • College-educated people are 78% more likely than the non-college educated to be coupon lovers.
  • Parents are 48% more likely than non-parents to be coupon lovers.
  • Northeasterners are 66% more likely than West Coasters to be coupon lovers.  
  • The middle-aged are more likely than younger generations to have a strong opinion about online coupons.  
  • People who identify social responsibility as the most important element of a good work culture stand out as 151% more likely to be coupon lovers than abstainers.  

Click here to find out more about the coupon study and its results.

 

Recall Alert: Wright County Eggs Sold Under Many Brand Names

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling some of its eggs out of concern they may be tainted with salmonella bacteria.

According to a CNN report, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration traced the source of an uptick in salmonella infections and determined it was most likely eggs from Wright County Egg.  The company says it is working to determine how the shell eggs are being contaminated.

Wright County Egg packages shell egg products under the following brand names:

  • Lucerne
  • Albertson
  • Mountain Dairy
  • Ralph’s
  • Boomsma’s
  • Sunshine
  • Hillandale
  • Trafficanda
  • Farm Fresh
  • Shoreland
  • Lund
  • Dutch Farms
  • Kemps

The brands are distributed nationwide. The recall affects eggs packed in several different sized cartons, from a half-dozen to 18-eggs.

The Egg Safety Center says recalled eggs are in cartons with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946.  The numbers are on one end of the egg carton.

Consumers are encouraged to return the eggs in their original packaging  to where they were purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella bacteria can be found inside and outside of eggs that appear to be normal.  For more information from the CDC on ways to reduce the risk of Salmonella poisoning from eggs click here.

 

Announcing the New Mobile Version of ShopperStrategy.com

I’m super excited to announce that we now have a brand spanking new mobile version of the ShopperStrategy.com website.  If you access the site from your phone’s browser you will be automatically taken to the mobile friendly site.  It’s a clean and simple design that is easy to use on the small screen – check out the image of what it looks like above.

 

‘Grillin’ for the Gulf’ July 23 in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Masterbuilt Manufacturing will host “Grillin’ for the Gulf,” a barbecue event free to all residents, business owners and employees along the Alabama Gulf Coast in an effort to provide relief to residents that have been impacted by the oil spill.

The event  will be held at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores on July 23rd from noon to 2 p.m. and is open to the public.  Masterbuilt will bring a variety of their products to Gulf Shores and prepare Butterball deep fried turkey and smoked Smithfield BBQ ribs. Along with the main dishes, they will also have all the fixins’, including green beans, corn on the cob, and Bud’s Best Cookies.

To find out more about ‘Grillin’ for the Gulf,” go to Masterbuilt’s Facebook or call Masterbuilt at (800) 491-1581.

 

Growing Pains = We’re Moving!

Hey guys – thanks to all of you lovely readers we’re growing just a little too big for the shared server that the website is on now, so we’re moving today to a dedicated server.  While I’m excited about the move and what it means for the site, I am a little anxious about how much time it might be down. Soooooooo – if you’re experiencing any difficulty accessing the site today or tomorrow, please bear with me – the site will be back and stable ASAP!  Thanks so much for your patience!

 

Update on Lower Alabama/Northwest Florida Publix Policies

I just had a nice conversation with the manager at my fave Publix and I wanted to update you guys with a big change in the local coupon policy for the Lower Alabama / Northwest Florida Publix stores.  Since my trip in last week the District Manager has handed down a new policy of only accepting one Walgreens Register Reward per customer per day where in the past customers were allowed to use multiple Register Rewards in a transaction.  For example, today I had $21 RR that I had planned to use – a $10, 2-$5s, and a $1 – so I chose to use the $10 RR today, but last week I would have been able to use them all.  The store does get reimbursed by the manufacturer for the Register Rewards, plus an 8 cent handling fee for each one, because they are manufacturer’s coupons so I had some questions about why the store was changing the policy.  I was told that although they have not yet experienced any issues with chargebacks or other problems with Register Rewards, it is a concern because they say “Redeemable At Walgreens” on them.

I can certainly appreciate their concern from a business standpoint, they obviously don’t want to get stuck holding the bag if all of a sudden the manufacturers decided to stop reimbursing Publix for Register Rewards because they say Walgreens on them.  I would argue though that they don’t say “Redeemable ONLY at Walgreens” and it is highly unlikely that a multitude of manufacturers would all stop paying after years of reimbursing for them, AND if it is really that big of a worry – why take them at all?  Not wanting to bite the hand that feeds my family, but really – it’s either a problem or it isn’t.  I love Publix.  Hands down they’ve got the best people around, it’s actually a joy to shop there!  Unfortunately for me and my family of seven, they also have the highest prices in town and it’s their BOGO sales and acceptance of Register Rewards that has made it possible for me to shop there.  I actually pass three Winn Dixies on my 40 minute drive to get there every week. 

I’m hoping that since it’s a recent change on a mostly local level that the district manager might reconsider these changes to the policy.  The second I hit publish on this post I plan to write a polite letter to the district manager and ask him to please reconsider.  If you’d like to do the same, please send your letter to:

Mr. Ed Betts
Publix
8244 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566-6943
Phone:  (850) 515-0999

 

Recall: Children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin & Zyrtec

Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling Children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin and Zyrtec not because of any adverse medical reactions, but because some of them “may have an ingredient that may not meet FDA testing guidelines”.  Consumers are invited to call 1-888-222-6036 with any questions Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM EST and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM EST, or they may visit the website at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.  We stock up on lots of these things for the children so I’m off to check the stockpile for any NDC numbers listed on their website as being part of the recall.

 

Dollar General Will Now Accept Internet Coupons

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This is hot news ya’ll!  Dollar General stores have announced today that they will now accept coupons printed from the Internet at all of their stores 🙂  This is in addition to manufacturer coupons and their own store qs, so now you’ll be able to save more than ever at the Dollar General.

 

$250 Million Coupon Fraud Case

I used to think the only thing worse than people who commit coupon fraud is the lady that clears all the shelves in town of the good deals so she can sell her ‘free’ stuff on ebay – then I read this article about a national coupon redemption company that allegedly defrauded grocery stores of more than $250 million by redeeming coupons that were never used by customers.  That really is a new low, but I guess it is just one more example of corporate greed 🙁

 

Will Digital Coupons Kill Newspaper Inserts?

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According to an article in Media Buyer Planner entitled “Newspaper Inserts Face Increased Challenges in Coming Years” the use of digital coupons and specials on company websites is putting pressure on newspaper inserts, which account for half of all newspaper advertising.  Few younger readers and widespread circulation losses have also caused some large advertisers to question whether newspaper inserts will continue to be profitable.

Coupons.com reports that the use of digital coupons grew 170% last year compared to an average growth rate of 8 to 16% per year for newspaper insert coupons.  Other factors influencing the growth of digital coupons include the use of mobile coupons on cell phones and save-to-store loyalty card programs.  For more details, click here to read the article.