Two Triangle pharmacies have issued two new prescription deals that will earn you a little extra spending money at their stores.
Big news for coupon clippers this weekend.
Look for four regular coupon inserts -- one Smart Source, one Red Plum, the May P&G BrandSaver and the Pepsi Moments to Save -- in this Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer.
Also be on the look out for a bonus Target insert containing 21 coupons good only at Target.
After a few one-insert weeks, it's a bit of a thrill to have a plethora of coupons from which to pick and choose.
With Easter just a few days away, all the supermarkets are offering big savings on ham -- some as low as 99 cents per pound on the cheaper cuts. You can also pick up some outstanding deals on produce this week, including 99-cent cantaloupe at Harris Teeter, 99-cent pineapple at Aldi and extremely low prices on North Carolina sweet potatoes at just about every store.
Take note of several stellar coupon deals this week:
- 39-cent Stove Top Stuffing Mix at Lowes Foods
- 49-cent Cool Whip at Lowes Foods
- FREE Colgate Toothpaste at Harris Teeter
But my absolutely favorite deal of the week is milk for just $2.69 per gallon at Aldi.
Read on for all the very best deals I spotted at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion and Aldi. Please add your own good deals in the comments section.
If you want to maximize your savings with coupons, it's important to know the rules of the road at the supermarkets and drugstores you frequent.
Unfortunately, the rules are different everywhere you shop, which can make bargain hunting a challenge.
At some stores, a 75-cent coupon is routinely worth $1.50 and can be valued as high as $2.25 during a special coupon event. At other stores, that same 75-cent coupon is worth just 75 cents.
Some supermarket chains will accept coupons issued by competitors. Don't like Store X? No problem. Store Y and Z will happily redeem a Store X coupon for you.
And at one major national retailer, the store will pay you if your coupon value exceeds the price of the item you're buying. You read that correctly. If the item you're buying is $1.50 and your coupon is for $2, the cashier will hand you the difference in cash. There's nothing shady or extreme about it. I promise. It's all spelled out in the retailer's official coupon policy.
Why all the coupon fine print? A lot of retailers have tightened up their policies in recent years to keep in check those couponers who have adopted the extreme methods depicted on the controversial TLC show "Extreme Couponing."
At the same time, other retailers have actually loosened their coupon policies, hoping to lure customers looking for ways to trim their budgets during tough economic times.
In the Triangle, coupon shoppers enjoy coupon policies among the most generous in the country, thanks to lots of supermarket competition. Those little slips of paper can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the course of a year so it's well worth the effort to study up a bit.
For coupon newbies -- and those who need a refresher course - here's a roundup of the basic coupon guidelines at the major retailers in the Triangle, including all the information on the store that will pay you to shop with coupons.
As I reported here Friday evening, Food Lion will offer a double coupon promotion in the Triangle and Fayetteville.
The promotion will start Wednesday and will last for two weeks.
Here are the details on how the promotion will work and a list of stores, according to company spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown: