Clip2Save Couponing Class
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Map to Eulaton First Baptist Church
Map to Eulaton First Baptist Church
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Euleton Baptist Church, located at 1835 Gate 8 Road, Anniston, will host a Clip2Save Couponing 101 class tonight, Thurs., Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The class if FREE but please bring a canned food donation for Interfaith Ministries food pantry.

Don't trust just anyone to teach you how to coupon. Learn the basics of couponing, get expert tips and gain an understanding of the world of couponing from Theresa Shadrix, Clip2Save columnist for Consolidated Publishing newspapers.  Theresa is an experienced couponer with many years of experience in smart and practical couponing. Theresa does not teach extreme couponing. She is a trusted source for education on couponing and is an advocate for preventing coupon fraud. You will learn the differences in couponing at drugstores like CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens, price matching at stores like Walmart and Target, how to find coupons, how NOT to use coupons and much more!

Eulaton First Baptist Church is located on Gate 8 Road, just minutes from Bynum Leatherwood Road, Highway 202 and Highway 431. 



Schick BOGO Razor Coupon Question
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Nov 09, 2011 | 2364 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Question: Can I use the B1G1 Schick disposable razor, max $13.99, excl 2 ct, (SS 11/06) and the $2 off Schick disposable razor pk, excl 2 ct, (SS 10/09) coupons together?

Great question! The answer is no and it's all in the barcode. While I do not condone "matching barcodes" in coupons, you do have to understand the basics of barcodes to make sure you are using them correctly. The BOGO Schick razor coupon ends with a "14," which is the industry code for Buy 1 Get 1. Which in essence means you may only use this coupon for the purchase of the two packages of razors. However, if the code ended with a "1" it could be used with another cents-off manufacturer coupon.

See the picture illustration for further explanation.

Got a question? Email me at tshadrix@annistonstar.com.
The $2 off any Tide coupon saga
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Nov 08, 2011 | 1689 views |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I've had a lot of questions about the use of the $2 off any Tide coupon for the travel size at Wal-Mart. The confusion came about because various coupon blogs posted the match-up and then later apologized because the Tide travel packs were distributed by Cotton Bud, not Procter & Gamble (P&G), and so Wal-Mart would not get reimbursed for the use of this coupon. One of the main issues is that since Cotton Bud distributes the coupon, it beeps, and therefore is not valid.

It didn't help matters that P&G/Tide had a typo on its Facebook page about reimbursement, stating, ""Unfortunately I just realized my original comment included a typo and it should have read that stores would be reimbursed. Please accept my apologies for the confusion this has created."

The Facebook post also stated, ""I’m sorry for any confusion surrounding our coupon policy. Most stores scan the bar code on the coupon which recognizes when the correct product is purchased. Since the one use packets aren’t distributed by P&G, the store may choose not to redeem the coupon. We can’t force stores to accept our coupons. Store reimbursement is then made for coupons those stores redeem."

So, basically, Wal-Mart can refuse the coupon, as with any coupon, but it will get reimbursed for any coupons it does accept. Of course these should only be used four per transaction as the coupon states.

This is an issue that didn't need to be clouded in any confusion. For one, it didn't help that hundreds of coupon blogs didn't really research the issue. But, it only made matters worse that P&G had typos on its own Facebook page.

Using a Tide coupon on the travel size for overage is not new. Cotton Bud is a sub-contractor of P&G and has been distributing Tide travel sizes for P&G since 2006. (Click here to read press release) There has never been an issue with reimbursement of the $1 off any Tide P&G coupon on the trial sizes. The popular blog, www.iheartthemart.com posted the $1 off any Tide match-up on July 31, 2011 and in the comments one can read that this coupon also beeped because it was distributed by Cotton Bud for P&G. Wal-Mart has not released any information to dispute it was not reimbursed for the $1 Tide coupon.

It is also important to note that Couponmom.com has the match-up of the Tide $2 with the travel size on her website. She is the official P&G spokesperson.

For clarification sake, I have sent a request to P&G and Wal-Mart Media Relations. 

In the meantime, Wal-Mart has the right to refuse this coupon, but it will get reimbursed the full $2, plus eight cents, should the store accept it.

If you have any questions, please email me at tshadrix@annistonstar.com.


Walmart Clarifies Price Matching
by TheresaShadrix
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Nov 04, 2011 | 3683 views |  0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This was originally published on June 30, 2011.

When Walmart released an updated coupon policy and price match guarantee in March 2011, couponers breathed a sigh of relief. However, it wasn’t long before specific questions were asked if price matching at a Walmart store was before, or after, coupon reward programs like Walgreen’s Register Rewards (RRs) and CVS’ Extra Care Bucks (ECBs).

The answer wasn’t always very clear. Consumers received varied answers from Walmart Customer Service representatives and store personnel. Adding to the confusion is the fact that many times Walmart managers didn’t seem to agree and the answer varied from store to store.

So, I asked Walmart Media Relations to clarify if their price match guarantee was before or after printable rewards which are only received after an item is purchased.

The example I presented was in the Walgreen’s 6/19-6/25 ad, which offered a $5 Register Reward for one Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor System, sale priced at $9.89. I asked to clarify if the price match would be for $9.89 or would it deduct the Register Reward, bringing the total to $4.89. (There was a $4 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor from the P&G, which would make the razor $.89 if the price match was after Register Rewards.)

According to Walmart spokesperson, Tara Raddohl, “Walmart will match a competitor’s sale price, the $9.89 sale price in your example. Register rewards are not coupons, so the amount of the register reward would not be deducted from the price.”

Raddohl also stated, "Walmart’s policy states that we will honor preferred shopping card prices for specific items at a specific price that are in a printed ad."

I hope this clears up the confusion and answers the question once and for all that the price match is not after Register Rewards or Extra Care Bucks.

To view the Walmart Coupon Policy and Price Match Guarantee click here.

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FREE Clip2Save coupon class tonight at Oxford library!
by TheresaShadrix
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Couponing 101 class, tonight, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oxford Library.

The class is FREE! There's no catch. You are asked to please bring a canned food item for the Baptist Service Center food pantry ministry.

The couponing 101 class is taught by Theresa Shadrix, Clip2Save columnist for Consolidated Publishing newspapers. Theresa is an experienced couponer with many years of experience in smart and practical couponing. Theresa does not teach extreme couponing. She is a trusted source for education on couponing and is an advocate for preventing coupon fraud.

Learn the basics of couponing, get expert tips and gain an understanding of ...the world of couponing. You will learn the differences in couponing at drugstores like CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens, price matching at stores like Walmart and Target, how to find coupons, how NOT to use coupons and much more! Plus, Theresa will provide notes, coupon policies and coupon category pages for your binder via email after you attend the class!


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