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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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Back when Marsh stopped doubling coupons, I noticed all mention of double coupons also disappeared from Meijer’s Frequently Asked Questions. I figured we didn’t have much time and now it’s happened.

Signs like pictures above are appearing in Meijer stores in Michigan and Indiana. While there has been no official announcement, Meijer has confirmed on their Facebook page that they will stop double coupons in “select markets”.

What can you do?

  • Continue to coupon. Continue to use manufacturer coupons, Meijer Perks, and other coupons and rebates to maximize your savings and stack them with great sales to help you save!
  • Be kind! Remember, be kind to the cashiers and managers. They aren’t the ones who made this decision, so there’s no reason to take our frustration out on them.

If you’ve seen a sign like this in your store, let us know where here or on the Facebook discussion! And, do you think Kroger will follow soon?

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

Coupons procured by Savings.com

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If you check out the Marsh Coupon Policy, you’ll notice a few changes, including one HUGE change – no double coupons. When the new Marsh Coupon Policy goes into effect on January 31, 2013, Marsh will no longer offer double coupons.

Here’s a few changes you’ll notice:

  • Marsh Supermarket will no longer offer double coupons.
  • Internet coupons must scan at the checkout and must follow industry standard format.

While I understand that Marsh doesn’t want  riot of unhappy couponers on their hands, I’m kind of disappointed in them for quietly making this change without any sort of announcement. Unfortunately, I’ve had the information confirmed by multiple reliable sources and announcements will be posted at registers tomorrow. Personally, I’d be irate if I didn’t find out until checkout about this big change.

How will this change affect how you shop?

You can read the fully updated Marsh Coupon Policy online.

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

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

by Beth Montgomery on December 25, 2012

in Announcements, Holidays

I just wanted to take the time to wish all of my amazing readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In Good Cents will be In Good Cents Lite for the next few days, while I enjoy time with my family, but keep watch for great grocery deals and be ready for us to come back strong in 2013 with some great deals!

Enjoy your family and friends!

-Beth

 

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Don’t Miss Updates on Facebook from Anyone!

by Beth Montgomery on November 20, 2012 · 2 comments

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Facebook has been making changes once again and I was a bit in shock at how much my wall changed. Suddenly, I’m getting updates from people I don’t really talk to that often and I’m missing every update from my own Dad!

If you’re missing updates on your wall from In Good Cents, or any page or friend, here’s how to fix the problem.

1. Like” In Good Cents or the page you’d like to get updates from on Facebook or “Friend” any person.

2. Choose Get Notifications, Show in Newsfeed, and/or Add to Interests or any combination of the three. (Add to Interests is only available for pages. For friends, add to a Friend List, such as “Family”.)

Confused about the difference between the options? Continue on to find out how each option works.

[CLICK HERE for more...]

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Free Daily Deals: New Ways Subscribe to In Good Cents

by Beth Montgomery on October 30, 2012

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I recently updated my newsletters and RSS feed. This should not have effected your subscription at all, but if for some reason you’re no longer receiving your free daily deals, you may need to resubscribe.

Subscribe by Feed

Not sure what an RSS Feed is or how to use it? Read RSS for Feed Reader in Subscription Options.

Subscribe by eMail or Social Media

There are new options to subscribe by social media and you can sign up directly below. Can’t see the form? If you’re viewing this post in an RSS reader or email, you may need to visit the post to see these new options.

  • Daily Deals Newsletter:  The Daily e-Mail features all new deals listed in the past 24 hours.   Subscribers receive one e-mail per day from In Good Cents. e-Mails are distributed daily between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Any deals posted after 4:30 PM will be included in your e-mail on the following day.
  • Deals on Demand: If you prefer to get hot deals as more frequently, you may sign up for the On-Demand e-Mail. Every half hour, the system will check for new updates and if any are found, send on-demand subscribers an e-mail. You may receive numerous emails per day, depending on how how many new deals are available that day and how frequently they are posted.

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