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We all have power. How do you use yours? Via @InGoodCents

The Internet is so powerful. You can get answers, connect with loved ones, buy groceries, read news around the world, or plan a vacation. You can return a photo after a tornado carried it miles away. Return a lost credit card to a stranger.  Come together with millions for one family and support them while they never give up. Take away the financial burden for a family who just lost a child, when you can’t take away their pain. Blackout websites in the largest online protest to stop a bill that will censor our words. You can save a life. You can change the world.

Or you can complain. You can hurt others. You can cause tears. You can cast stones.

“Sometimes, the Internet can feel like a middle-school playground populated by brats in ski masks who name-call and taunt with the fake bravery of the anonymous. But sometimes – thank goodness – it’s nicer than real life.” (Susan Orlean)

As a blogger, I open myself up to criticism by putting my life online. I share my thoughts, photos of my kids, and a little bit about my family. I’ve learned quickly that those who have negative things to say will always be the most vocal and those who are happy, often remain quiet.

I’ve been lucky. The complaints I’ve received have always come in emails and comments on my own page where I can easily reply. But, I know I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I’ve made lots of them. The thought that one of these mistakes will be picked up and spread across the Internet to haunt me forever scares me. Maybe I could handle it, but what if it hurt my family too?

Last week a Philadelphia blogger sent out an email to local restaurants hoping to build a relationship. She offered to barter services – advertising on her site and social media outlets in exchange for a free meal for her family.

One of the restaurants she contacted sent her email to a local e-magazine, who published it online in a condescending article, along with her email and phone number. The article was picked up by other blogs and websites, calling her desperate and even the worst blogger in Philly. It was shared, tweeted, “liked”, and reblogged. These websites are rejecting supportive comments and publishing the hurtful ones. Now she is being showered with hateful comments and phone calls.

Why? Was her pitch worded poorly? Probably. Did she over estimate her worth? Maybe. We really don’t have enough information to know. Is her request out of line? No. It’s common to barter services, especially in the blogging industry. Is it because she promised positive promotion? She didn’t promise an honest review. She’s offering promotion (advertising), which should be positive or it’s not valuable. Is she a horrible person? Honestly, I don’t really care.

“No one deserves to be hurt, no one deserves to be betrayed. What comes around goes around, be careful with your ways.” (Tiffany Alvord)

It doesn’t matter why.

Behind that email is a real person. A person who is putting herself out there in the online world. Maybe she’s not perfect. Maybe she’s made huge mistakes. Maybe she’s made enemies. But there is nothing she could have done to deserve the hate that is coming at her and her family.

As a Christian, it always saddens me to see how quickly we are to judge and cast stones. We hide behind our computer and show the worst sides of ourselves online by hurting others. We scream fraud at companies who offer a free sample, just because it’s gone quickly. We attack  parents who lived through tragedy, because there’s no way to explain the horror. We mock a busy model who is taking time to breastfeed her infant, because we don’t understand her life. We make a group feel unwelcome, because we don’t know how to help them understand God and love.

Judgement, hate, and hurtful words never help. It’s only adds to the bad.

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:27-38)

Love will always be more powerful. You will change more lives and touch more people with kindness, than you ever will with hate. So don’t judge. Just live and bravely show others how to love by being the best you can be to those around you, even online. It’s hard. You will falter. You will make mistakes. But, Jesus never said it would easy. He said it would be worth it.

“You want to know how to change the world son? One act of random kindness at a time.” (Morgan Freeman as God in Evan Almighty)

Imagine if everyone left kind words on the sites and pages they visit each day. Imagine if we used the Internet to say thank you instead of complain. If we used it to pick others up and point out their achievements, instead of bringing others down. Imagine if we used it to change the world one random act of kindness at a time.

Wow. Now that would be real power.

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With so many frugal websites, In Good Cents wants to become more of resource for families in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the surrounding Midwest to help you save on everything from everyday necessities to luxuries and family fun.

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Indiana Grocery Deals
Have you noticed In Good Cent’s new coupon matchup and grocery list feature? Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of it!

All The Store’s Deals on One Page

Grocery Tabs

Each store now has it’s on coupon matchup page and the link will never change, so bookmark your favorites to check often. When a store has multiple ads or on-going ads, there will be separate tabs available. That way it’s easy to find all the deals including Mega Sales, Back-to-School Deals, Weekly Ads, and more on one page!

 

Easy to Follow Deals

Everything you need to grab a deal is in one place including:

  • Product Description & Size
  • Sale Price
  • Rewards & Special Deals
  • Limitations & Restrictions
  • Variety of Matching Coupons & Rebates

Top Deals Are Starred

Top Deals

Sick of searching through lists to find the best deals? Now you’ll find a bright yellow star next to the deals we think are the bests deals each week!

Out of Pocket & Final Price Listed

Coke Deal

Instead of listing the final price after coupons, rebates, rewards, and everything else, you’ll now see an out -of-pocket price, which is the price you’ll pay at the cash register, plus a final price which includes any rewards or rebates you’ll earn later.

Confusing Deals Explained

Confusing Deal

Wondering how we came up with the final price? If a deal uses multiple coupons and may be confusing, you’ll see an explanation of how we got that final price at the very end of the deal.

Expired Coupons Are Marked Out

Gatorade Deal

Hate wading through coupons to see which ones are expired? Now expired coupons and  coupons that are no longer available will be crossed out to make it easy to quickly spot them.

Easily Build Multi-Store Shopping Lists & Add Your Own Items

Shopping List

Add deals from multiple stores to one shopping list, plus easily add your own items to your list.

Deals Grouped by Grocery Department

Deals Grouped by Aisle

Deals in each store’s matchups and on your grocery list will be grouped together by department to make shopping quicker.

Email or Print Your List Or Share on Social Media

Email List

Once you create your list, you can email it to yourself or another friend or family member or you can click the printer button to instantly print it at home.

Click the social media links at the top of each store’s coupon matchup page to easily share a list with friends on Facebook or Twitter! 

Tell Us What YOU Think!

After you check out all the features make sure to take my Survey on New Grocery Deals to help me decide which stores to add in the future.

Have feedback or ideas to improve the Printable Lists Feature?  We’d love if you’d leave feedback for the designer of this wonderful feature!

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In Good Cents has made some changes recently in our grocery matchups. We’ll be adding a few new stores, so please let us know which stores you’d most like to see appear on the site by taking this quick survey.

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Bad news coupon fans. Kroger’s Central Division will end the Double Coupon Program at the end of this month.

Kroger made this announcement on their Facebook page this morning:

In an effort to provide all of our customers with the most value for their dollar, we’re implementing a New Lower Prices program. Effective July 11, we’re reducing prices on thousands of everyday items that you and your family rely on. To make this possible, on July 31 we’re discontinuing our practice of doubling (up to 50 cents) manufacturer coupons in the Central region. We will continue to accept manufacturer coupons and other coupons at face value, including digital coupons, e-coupons, Catalina coupons and printable coupons.

We truly believe these changes reflect our efforts in providing the best shopping experience to all of our customers. We hope that you’ll come in and see our new low prices as well as the many other ways to save.

  • Downloadable, clip-free coupons daily on www.kroger.com/digitalcoupons
  • Weekly sales and special sales events, such as Mega Event and Cart Busters
  • Fuel savings program that offers up to $1 off per gallon when you redeem up to 1,000 fuel points at Kroger Fuel Centers
  • 10 cents off per gallon at participating Shell stations
  • Loyal customer mailings containing customized coupons
  • $4/$10 generic drug pricing (see pharmacy for details)
  • Faster checkouts

Kroger’s Central division includes:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Peoria, Indiana

In addition to surrounding areas.

What can you do?

  • Give feedback to Kroger on their Facebook page or call their Customer Service. Remember, be kind!
  • Shop lower-price stores like Aldi.
  • Continue to use coupons and, when possible, stack those coupons with store coupons and rebates.
  • Keep in mind, at this time, Meijer still doubles coupons up to $0.50 in the Indianapolis area.

You can find more Kroger coupons in the Coupon Database.

While making your grocery list, make sure you haven’t missed any recently added Kroger deals, plus check out all the deals for grocery shopping.

Some of the links within this post are sponsored links. Please read our disclosure policy for details.

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If you haven’t heard, there is a coupon in this weekend’s Proctor and Gamble insert that’s causing quite a stir in the coupon community.

This weekend Clairol released a coupon for $5 off 2 Clairol Products. Unlike past Clairol coupons, this coupon didn’t specify that it was for hair color only. While multiple boxes of Clairol hair color were pictured on the coupon, it was the change in wording that caused the wheels in couponers minds to start turning.

As couponers we know that it’s the text on the coupon that matters, not the image.

While some understood this coupon was intended for Clairol hair color, which is the only product you’ll find if you visit Clairol.com, others started looking for less expensive Clairol products and found them.

Clairol Herbal Essences

Many don’t realize, but in addition to hair color, Clairol has their name on many other less expensive products like Herbal Essences and Aussie, which is often on sale for $2.50 each. In fact, it’s on sale this week at CVS for that price.

And that’s where the debate began. Some couponers and bloggers started promoting free shampoo, while others said that with Herbal Essences coupons on the next page, it was obvious Clairol’s intentions and we shouldn’t take advantage of their mistake.

Clairol’s Official Response

Clairol Official Response

While they do state that they made a mistake and will honor the coupon as worded, they did add a note that I think it’s important we all see and understand:

However, we hope that our original intent of offering $5 off of any 2 Clairol hair color products is recognized, so that we can continue to provide value offers in the future.

Basically in this very polite sentence, Clairol is warning us that if we promote and use this coupon other than how it was intended, we may see the effects later in lower value coupons or high-priced products.

Keep in mind both Clairol and Herbal Essence have their own budget for promotions such as coupons and when Clairol’s

I ask that you keep that in mind when deciding how you plan to use this coupon.

While I do firmly teach reading the coupon’s text and fine print to understand how to use a coupon correctly and know that using this coupon on Clairol Herbal Essence and similar products is within the fine print in this case, please understand that I will not be promoting it as such. I’ve seen how much damage the misuse of coupons can do to coupon values, store policies, and product pricing and don’t believe that a couple bottles of free shampoo are worth that price.

You can find more Clairol coupons and ways to save while grocery shopping in the coupon database.

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