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Promote your Business this Holiday Season

by Beth Montgomery on October 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Announcements, Holidays

While many of you are thinking about Halloween, I’m gearing up for the Holiday Season here on In Good Cents. This year, I plan to offer many ways for you to promote your business including:

Plus, if you have a small and/or home-based business, such as Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One, or Mary Kay, you can offer exclusive savings or a special discount to In Good Cents readers on the Special Holiday Discounts Wall.

Readers, you can vote on your favorite special discounts! I’ll be sharing the top discounts with readers throughout the season, so encourage your fans and customers to vote!

Join In Good Cents for the holidays to promote your business. Contact me for more details!

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We often find some of the best holiday prices online, but this holiday season Target and Best Buy will be giving Amazon and other online competitors a run for their money by matching online prices in store.

Target plans to match online prices from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys ‘R Us, Babies ‘R Us, other online competitors from November 1-December 16, 2012. Show your cashier the online price on your smartphone or ask customer service to look it up for confirmation. They’ll also be rolling out FREE Wi-Fi for the holidays, making it even easier to look up those online prices.

To make holiday shopping even easier, Target is adding QR codes to popular toys, so parents can secretly buy them online with their smartphone. This is kind of neat, since you can take your kids shopping and not have to attempt to hide things in the cart if you’re shopping for them. You can just buy it quickly and secretly on your smartphone.

Best Buy will be matching online prices from November 4-17, 2012 and November 27-December 24, 2012, excluding Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They also plan to offer FREE shipping on any product out of stock in store.

More Holiday Savings

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Best Deals from the Week of September 2, 2012

With so many deals shared each week, it’s easy to miss one in the mix. While many deals are only available for a short time, a few of the deals shared this week are still available.

Here’s the list of hot deals you can still get today!

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Books for Less

Coupons for You

Hundreds of new coupons were added to the Coupon Database including:

What to Do in Indiana

Over 25 new events were added to the What to Do in Indiana calendar including:

Freebies

There are over 690 freebies in the Freebie Database including:

Grocery Shopping & Coupon Matchups

CVS Pharmacy Deals

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With so many deals shared each week, it’s easy to miss one in the mix. While many deals are only available for a short time, a few of the deals shared this week are still available.

Here’s the list of hot deals you can still get today!

Subscribe to the FREE daily In Good Cents newsletter, so you don’t miss a hot deal!

Announcements & News

Books for Less

Coupons for You

Hundreds of new coupons were added to the Coupon Database including:

Deals for Dining Out

Over 50 new Restaurant Coupons were added to the Restaurant Coupon Database this week including:

Family Fun & Events

Over 40 new events were added to the Frugal Events calendar including:

Freebies

Over 20 freebies were added to the Free Stuff & Samples Database including:

Grocery Shopping & Coupon Matchups

CVS Pharmacy Deals

Continue on to get all the best deals from this week!

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If you’ve followed In Good Cents for a while, you’re probably well aware of the fact that I love rules. I’m far from perfect, so, of course, I don’t judge those to break the rules. I do, however, strongly believe that you should know and understand the rules, so you can make an informed decision.

It’s possible I let my sarcastic side shine yesterday when sharing some of the new fine print on coupons, but I skipped over the best coupon I found. I mainly skipped it, because it gives me the perfect opportunity to answer a question many of you have asked me.

Is buying coupons illegal? Is selling coupons illegal?

While long ago, I would have told you it’s a “no, no”, a recent conversation with my husband made me realize that I don’t really feel that way.

“Reproduction, alteration, transfer, or sale of this coupon or it’s contents is prohibited and is a criminal offense.” – Kraft

Kraft sold me this coupon.  Well, not exactly, but essentially.

Actually, Kraft placed this coupon in the 8/19/12 Smart Source insert, which in my area is only available in the the Indianapolis Star. Everyone in my area had to pay at least $0.50 to get it without stealing a newspaper from the stands.

If I’m honest, I can get news and store ads online for free, so the only reason I buy the Indianapolis Star is to get the coupons. Did the Indianapolis Star commit a criminal offense by selling it to me or is the Smart Source insert considered “FREE with purchase”?

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As couponers looking to save money for our families, we already have to memorize complicated store coupon policies that not only vary by grocery store chain, but sometimes from store to store within that chain. We all remember the Kroger Coupon Policy changes and the mass confusion that created not only for couponers, but also for the media attempting to cover and explain the changes.

Then, for those of us who practice ethical couponing, there’s the unwritten rules of couponing that we uphold out of respect for other couponers and the stores and manufacturers who provide us with those savings.

The rules of couponing are changing daily, it’s already become so complicated that new couponers struggle to learn and they can’t help but make mistakes. In fact, many manufacturers don’t even understand coupons and how they work completely, nor do store managers or cashiers. The result embarrassing and frustrating, because couponers are treated like criminals when trying to save money for their family.


(Photo Credit: Rachel, Mashup Mom)

When Rachel at Mashup Mom pointed out the restrictive wording on the newest POM Wonderful coupon and POM Wonderful’s Facebook page blew up, I got out my recent Sunday coupons. Because the fine print on coupons is so standard, I rarely read more than the expiration date, restrictions, and description. This time I looked closer and what I saw shocked me!

Now manufactures have added new fine print that further restricts the use of their coupons and adds a whole new level of complication for couponers and cashiers who will have to read each coupon to make sure it’s being used in compliance.

Standard Fine Print on Coupons

First, let’s look take a quick peek at standard fine print on coupons just to refresh our memories.

One coupon per purchase. Good only on product indicated. Consumer pays any sales tax. Void of sold, exchanged, transferred, or reproduced (including electronic, photographic, digital, or other means in any media.” – Prego

Got it? It’s straight forward and makes complete sense. Plus, it’s possible for couponers and cashiers to easily comply. Thank you Cambell’s Soup Company!

Now, let’s take a look at some of the new fine print on coupons.

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