SmartSource & Checkout 51 for sale

The owner of the SmartSource coupon inserts, the Checkout 51 rebate app and more, may not be their owner for long. And if the company proceeds with a potential sale, there’s no telling what a new owner might do with them.

News Corp has announced that it is “actively evaluating strategic options for its News America Marketing business,” which “includes exploring a potential sale”.  Full Coupons in the News article here.

Coming soon: five ABOVE

First, Dollar Tree started selling items for more than just a dollar – and many shoppers didn’t take kindly to the news, saying there are already plenty of stores where they can buy things for a few dollars more, like Dollar General, Walmart and Five Below.

So how will they react when Five Below itself – named after its promise to sell everything at $5 or less – starts selling things for $5.25, $5.50, or even $10?

It seems we’ll soon find out. Internal and external forces alike have prompted the retailer to rethink the maximum price point that’s right there in its name.  Here’s the Coupons in the News article.

The Day Target Died – again

By now I’m sure you’ve all read about the massive shutdown of Target registers on Saturday.

There must be something about June 15th that makes Target’s computers want to take the day off.

Exactly five years after a massive outage caused Target’s checkout systems to go down across the country, leaving customers waiting in long lines trying to pay for their purchases, it happened again on Saturday. And shoppers who stuck it out were richly rewarded with snacks, free gift cards, and war stories to tell their grandchildren someday. Read the Coupons in the News article here.

2 Sunday inserts: SS & RMN

Most areas will find two inserts in their papers this Sunday the 16th (actually, some areas get them on Saturday or even Friday!).  Here’s the list, for your perusal:

Aunt Jemima $1/1 Syrup AND 1 Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix exc. cups (8/16)
Clairol $6/2 Nice’n Easy Permanent Root Touch-Up or Natural Instincts Hair Color exc. Natural Instincts Crema Keratina Hair Color (6/29)
Clairol $2/1 Temporary Root Touch-Up Concealing Powder or Root Touch-Up Color Blending Gel (6/29)
Clairol $2/1 Nice n’ Easy Permanent Root Touch- Up or Natural Instincts Hair Color exc. Natural Instincts Crema Keratina Hair Color (6/29)
Clairol $6/2 Color Crave or Specialty Blonding Collection (6/29)
Cortizone 10 $1/1 1oz product (9/15)
Cortizone 10 $2/1 2oz product (6/15)
Domino .75/1 Golden Sugar Product (9/30)
Java House B1G1 Free Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods 6ct or 12ct (9/14)
Luigis .75/1 box of real Italian ice (7/18)
Texas Pete $1/1 wing sauce (9/14)
TheraTears $3/1 product (9/15)
Veet $1/1 product (6/30)

ALL $2/2 or Snuggle products ETS (7/14)
All $1/1 product ETS (7/20)
Benefiber $3/1 product (7/13)
Citrucel $2/1 product (7/7)
Crest $2/1 Gum & Sensitivity, Gum & Enamel repair OR Gum Detoxify 3.0oz+ ETS (6/29)
Crest $1/1 Toothpaste OR Liquid Gel 3.0 oz or more (excludes 4.6 oz crest cavity, baking soda, tartar control/protection & kids ETS (6/29)
Ex-Lax $1/1 per diem product (7/7)
Excedrin $2/1 20ct+ (6/30)
Excedrin $1.50/1 80ct+ (8/4)
Garnier $2/1 Nutrissee or Express Retouch Hair Color product (7/13)
Garnier $4/2 Whole Blends Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment products exc. 3oz & 68oz Care Creams mask ETS (6/29)
Gas-x $1/1 18ct+ (7/7)
L’Oreal $2/1 Paris Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor product (7/13)
L’Oreal $4/2 Paris Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor products (7/13)
L’Oreal $1/1 Paris Root Precision or Magic Root Cover up product (7/13)
M&M’s $1/2 Brand Chocolate Candies 8oz+ (8/11)
Persil $3/1 ProClean Laundry Detergent 38ct Discs or 100oz Power -Liquid or larger exc. all sizes below 38ct/100ct (7/13)
Persil $1/1 Pro-Clean Laundry Detergent exc. 6 loads or less ETS (7/13)
Quilted Northern .50/1 Bath Tissue, 6 double roll or larger (7/6)

Celebrate the Upside-Down Whopper

New York (CNN Business)Burger King has figured out how to serve Whoppers upside-down in 1980s-era packaging and turn that into a marketing opportunity.

In a partnership with Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” the hamburger chain announced it will soon sell an “Upside-Down Whopper” sandwich, which is just a regular Whopper served with the bottom of the bun on the top of the burger and the top of the bun on the bottom. It’s just like a normal Whopper, but upside-down.  Here’s the entire story.

Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age Returns

You would think that Build-A-Bear Workshop – and thousands of frazzled, disappointed customers – would never want to hear the words “Pay Your Age” again. But believe it or not, the event that caused chaos last summer in malls across the country and even overseas is making a comeback.

So you’d better grab the kids, jump in the car and get in line right now!

Actually, the stuffed animal store has taken steps to make the promotion much more manageable this year. At least that’s their hope. Here’s the whole enchilada from Coupons in the News here.

Colon Care Co-Op & other custom bags

Some communities have banned them. Some retailers are phasing them out. But one grocery store has a novel idea on how to encourage you to give up plastic bags – making you cringe with embarrassment any time you use one, so you’ll decide to give them up on your own.

And how can a simple grocery bag be that embarrassing? Well, if they look like the ones pictured above, you just might think twice about using them. Would you like to display to the world your purchase from “Dr. Toews’ Wart Ointment Wholesale” store? How about “The Colon Care Co-op”? Or the “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium”? Read the article from Coupons in the News here.

Other countries for better bargains?

When it comes to couponing to save money on your groceries, nobody does it quite like Americans. Couponing as we know it isn’t anywhere near as prevalent – and in many cases, is downright nonexistent – in most other countries. But when it comes to offering deals and coupon-free savings, there are some countries that do it even better than we do in the bargain-loving United States.

At least for now.  Read more from Coupons in the News here.