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Raleigh ranked No. 5 among best cities for cheapskates

Raleigh has once again made it onto a top-ten list -- this time ranking among the 10 best U.S. cities for cheapskates.

The City of Oaks comes in at No. 5 on Kiplinger's list for 2013.

Looking for cities with below-average living costs and higher-than-average incomes, the magazine gave Raleigh highest marks for having the lowest average housing costs -- nearly 31 percent below the national average.

One reader wins stash of coupons

One lucky reader has won an envelope of coupons from my private stash as part of last week's series of giveaways celebrating Centsible Saver's second anniversary.

Chosen at random, the winner is:

Grab a free sample of Garnier Triple Nutrition

Head over to the Garnier USA Facebook page to get a free sample of the company's new Triple Nutrition conditioner.

Your free sample should arrive in eight to 10 weeks.

Enjoy last few days of 25-cent refills at Kangaroo

If you've got a refillable RooCup from Kangaroo, your days of 25-cent soda and slushie refills are numbered.

Sept. 4 will be the final day to refill your cup for a quarter as part of the chain's summer soda promotion.

But don't recycle your RooCup just yet.

Kroger recalls cookie dough

Kroger stores in 26 states, including stores in the Triangle, are recalling 16 oz. packages of Kroger Break ‘N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough.

The cookie dough, with a UPC of 11110 87530 and a “use by” date of Nov. 24, 2013, may contain peanut butter cup cookie dough, potentially causing a serious or life-threatening reaction to anyone allergic to peanuts.

Customers may return opened or unopened products included in the recall for a full refund.

Kroger has removed the product from store shelves and begun to notify customers.

Customers who have questions about the recall may contact ConAgra Foods consumer relations toll free at 800-252-0634.

School supplies deals, Aug. 25-31

Here's this week's cheat sheet of the best deals on school supplies.

New Sunday coupons = new deals at Lowes Foods Super Doubles

The new coupons in Sunday's paper offer up a new chance to score some deals during Lowes Foods' Super Double coupon promotion, which runs through Tuesday, Aug. 27.

There are a few freebies and lots of nice deals -- well worth another trip to the store.

Please add any great bargains you've found so we can all save more. Thanks!

Drugstore deals, Aug. 25-31

Triangle drugstores are offering several good deals this week. Among the highlights:

At CVS, be sure to stop in to pick up your two free rolls of Charmin toilet paper and a free trial pack of training pants for toddlers. Additionally, look for nice deals on Herbal Essences, Chex Mix, 2 liter Pepsi products, and Huggies diapers.

At Rite Aid, score free Werther's Original sugar-free candy and a free 3M Command hook, along with nice deals on Coke 12 packs and BOGO deals on store-brand pain medicines and oral-care products.

At Walgreens, look for good deals on Purex laundry detergent, Cottonelle toilet paper, Kleenex tissue, Nice! flour and sugar, and a variety of school supplies.

Keep reading for the very best of the deals offered at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens this week -- with coupons and without.

Kroger deals, Aug. 25-31

Kroger is offering lots of 99-cent deals on produce this week, along with an excellent deal on frozen entrees after digital coupon and a great deal on butter, especially if you want to stock up for holiday cooking and baking.

Also, don't forget about the bonus fuel rewards program. Though Sept. 1, you'll earn double points on qualifying grocery purchases and through Sept. 14 you'll earn quadruple points on gift card purchases.

Keep reading for all of this week's top deals at Triangle-area Kroger stores.

Database updated with Sunday's new coupons

The News & Observer's  coupon database has been updated.

This Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer contains two inserts -- one Smart Source and one Red Plum -- for a total of 121 coupons with a face value of about $134. On top of that, there's a coupon for Tylenol in Parade magazine and a $6 mail-in rebate on Pfizer products in the Red Plum.

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, giving you the most timely and detailed list of coupons in the Triangle.
For a detailed how-to post on the database, read my Coupons 101 post HERE.