Coupons in the News This Week

by Beth Montgomery on February 1, 2013

in Coupons & Rebates, Indiana, Kroger, Marsh, Store Deals

If you thought last week was a crazy week for coupons in the news, this week even more happened! Double coupons are starting to look like they may become a thing of the past.

  • Marsh ends double coupons: Oh yes, it’s true. Marsh Supermarkets, without any announcement to it’s customers, simply removed any mention of double coupons from their coupon policy and circulars. Finally, after many irate customers commented on Facebook, Marsh released a statement on their Facebook page confirming they will no longer offer double coupons!
  • Kroger ends double coupons (in Ohio): The day after Marsh ended their double coupon program, Kroger followed suit… in Ohio. Anyone else feel like it’s only a matter of time before they also end the program in Indiana? (via WLWT News 5)
  • Coupons.com Reveals the Most Frugal Cities: After reviewing their statistics for 2012, Coupons.com revealed the top 25 frugal cities including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, but not any cities in Indiana. I guess we need to step it up! (via Market Watch)
  • The Vitamin Shoppe uses Jedi Mind Tricks: The Vitamin Shoppe released a 20% off coupon, which was mailed to their newsletter subscribers. However, when customers tried to use coupon, The Vitamin Shoppe claimed it never existed! Later, they explained it was a “draft” coupon that was mistakenly included in their email. While they admitted fault, they are still refusing to honor it. (via Coupons in the News)
  • Smart Source goes to war with it’s own advertisers: After being sued by many of their advertisers and competitors, News America Marketing, the owners of Smart Source, decided to start suing back. Maybe I’m missing something, but suing some of your largest customers doesn’t seem like a smart business move. (via Business Insider)
  • Credit Cards fees may be in our future: Many stores, including Kroger and Payless Shoe Source, won a huge law suit allowing them to now charge additional fees to anyone who pays with a credit card. Fees could range from 1.4-4% of your total purchase price. While no one is jumping up to be the first one to upset their customers, it looks like credit card fees may be in our future. However, stores like Target and Walmart have already stated there will be no fees for their loyal customers. (via ABC  News)

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