Coupons in the News This Week

by Beth Montgomery on January 25, 2013

in Coupons & Rebates,

Wow! It’s been a big week for coupons, which many great offers not quite going the way the companies imagined. Here’s a look back and some interesting coupon news happening around the world wide web!

  • Best Buy’s Coupon Debacle : I skipped posting Best Buy’s coupon that was suppose to be good through January 27, 2013 and gave you $50 off your purchase of $100 or more. My gut just said this deal was going to go south quickly and it did. Best Buy has stopped accepting the coupon, but instead of notifying the many customers they sent the promotion to via email, they posted the notice in their forum. Now managers are left dealing with many unhappy customers. (via The Consumerist)
  • Don’t confuse cereal bars with snack bars! South Beach released a hot high-value coupon for $3 off select South Beach Diet products including snack bars. Many coupons rejoiced as they planned to pick up the South Beach Cereal Bars, only to find out that according to South Beach, cereal bars are not snack bars, regardless of the fact that their website that their cereal bars are “a tasty way to make better snack choices”. (via Coupons in the News)
  • No deals for (or safety classes): With the recent controversy on control, many coupon sites have decided avoid the political chaos by suspending all deals on guns, including shooting ranges and more. You’ll no longer be able to grab a deal on and even safety classes on sites like Groupon and Living Social. (via CBS DFW and ABC News)
  • Out with Extreme Couponing. In with Extreme Contesting? TLC, the creator of Extreme Couponing, may be looking at at the past time of extreme contesting as a new hot trend. No, Extreme Couponing hasn’t been cancelled yet, but us couponers who have seen the backlash can only hope! (via U.S. News & World Report)
  • Looking back at coupons in 2012: It’s not really news to us, since we’ve seen it, but the 2012 NCH Annual Coupon Facts Report has been released and here’s a few insights it provided:
    • While companies released the same number of coupons as they did in 2011, the average face value has declined and the purchase requirements have increased.
    • It’s not surprising with the lower value and greater requirements in mind, coupon redemption has slightly declined since 2011.
    • Insert coupons are still by far the number one source of coupons.

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