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Vino!! Wine Shop opening soon in downtown Pittsboro

Vino!! Wine Shop may be open by the end of June in downtown Pittsboro, according to owner Anna Kizer.

The 1,000-square-foot space will be above The City Tap bar. The shop's address is 89 Hillsboro St., Suite D, Pittsboro.

Kizer says she plans to offer wines from all over the globe and focus on affordable bottles in the $10 to $25 range.

Kizer, 30, grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated from Orange High School. After attending   Rhodes College in Memphis, she enrolled in law school at Campbell University. After four years of commercial litigation, Kizer discovered: "It turns out I liked law school way better than I liked practicing law." So she decided to open this wine shop in Pittsboro with her mother, Carolyn, and brother-in-law, Ascary Arias.

Registration now open for my next coupon class

Interested in learning how to save money at the grocery store? Or do you feel like you need a refresher course in couponing?

Registration is now open for my next coupon workshop, a half-day class on Saturday, June 16.

Unlike my previous classes, which were held at The N&O's offices, I'll be teaching this class at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex, which happens to be my hometown for the last 19 years.

It's a much bigger venue, which means more folks can take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the class, which will cover basic and advanced coupon techniques, teaching you to save at least 50 percent, if not more, on your grocery bill.

The half-day session will include information on:

Sunday deals are up (April 22-28)

This week's Sunday circulars contain some stellar deals: milk for under $3 a gallon at Kroger and Walgreens, a steal of a deal on olive oil at CVS, good produce prices at Kroger and bargain prices on Kellogg's cereals at Rite Aid.
But my favorite deal of the week is at CVS, where the store will actually pay YOU to buy greeting cards.
Read on for all the very best deals at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Kroger.  And, as always, please post any great deals you spot so we can all save more.

Food Lion teams up with SavingStar to offer digital coupons

                             

Attention Food Lion shoppers.

Here's a great way to shave a little extra off your weekly grocery bill.

Food Lion has teamed up with the digital coupon site SavingStar to offer digital discounts on several of its store-brand items.

Coupons 101: Links to official coupon policies

Updated: June 2013.

If you're serious about saving money at the supermarket and drugstores, you have to get serious about couponing.

And that means getting familiar with retailers' coupon policies.

For coupon novices, or those who just need a little refresher course, you can read my post on coupon rules of the road here, which includes summaries of those coupon policies.

But if you're ready to take your couponing to the next level or you just like going straight to the source, here are links to the offical coupon acceptance policies at all the major supermarkets and drugstores doing business in the Triangle.

You may want to print out these policies and keep them in your coupon organizer because, unfortunately, you will encounter cashiers and store managers unfamiliar with their own store policies.

Instead of arguing, or losing your deal, you can politely refer to the coupon policy.

Grocery stores:

Food Lion coupon policy

Harris Teeter coupon policy

Harris Teeter digital coupon policy

Kroger coupon policy

Kroger digital coupon policy

Lowes Foods coupon policy

Big box stores:

Target coupon policy

WalMart coupon policy

Drugstores:

CVS coupon policy

Rite Aid coupon policy

Walgreens coupon policy

Deal alert: 10% off produce, meat, deli coupons printing at Lowes Foods

Be on the look out for some rare coupons at Lowes Foods right now.

The coupons, which are printing at the registers, are good for 10 percent off certain types of groceries.

Michaels craft stores giving away gift cards Friday

You might want to plan on making a stop at a Michaels craft store tomorrow. There could be a $25 gift card in it for you.

Michaels craft stores will be celebrating "Random Acts of Kindness" day tomorrow, Feb. 17, by randomly giving away thousands of gift cards to customers.

CVS tweaks coupon policy

In just the last few days, CVS has made changes to its official coupon policy.

But not to worry, coupon lovers.

All of the changes actually make it easier to shop with coupons at CVS to snag all those free and nearly free items.

Database updated with Sunday's new coupons

The News & Observer's  coupon database has been updated with Sunday's new coupons.
This Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer contains one good-sized Smart Source insert containing 85 coupons with a face value of about $95.
Not familiar with the coupon database? You can access it on the right-hand side of the blog. There's a button at the bottom right to view it as a full-size page.
Or, you can download it as an Excel spreadsheet by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of this post.
It's a handy tool, listing every coupon we receive in the Triangle in the Sunday N&O.
 

New Aldi store opening in Durham on Wednesday

A new Aldi is opening in Durham on Wednesday with free samples for customers.

The store, located at 7906 N.C. Highway 751 South in Durham, will open at 11 a.m.

The Durham store is part of a recent expansion in the Triangle. Last November, Aldi opened a third Raleigh location. And a Wake Forest store is scheduled to open later this year. Cary and Fuquay-Varina also have Aldi stores.

The new Triangle stores are among 80 new Aldi stores to open in the past year in the United States. The chain has more than 1,100 stores in 31 states.

The discount German grocery with U.S. headquarters in Batavia, Ill., is one of my favorite places to buy produce and items that rarely have coupons.

Among the ways Aldi keeps its prices low:

The stores are smaller than most supermarkets and offer mostly Aldi-brand products. Customers bring their own bags and pay 25-cents for a cart, which is refunded when you return it. Customers bag their own groceries. Stores accept cash and debit cards but no credit cards.

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