Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 19, 2013

Many changes coming soon for couponers

ASHLAND — Couponing is experiencing some pretty heavy changes. CVS has new rules. The company will no longer accept an expired coupon. You may use a coupon on a buy-one-get-one-free item, but it cannot exceed the price. CVS is watching to make sure the store coupons you use are from your card.

ExtraBucks must be from your card. I keep different family members’ coupons and bucks in separate envelopes. I have a list on the outside of the envelope and tuck the bucks and store coupons inside.

There are also new rules on stacking. CVS will not take more than one coupon per item other than a CVS coupon. You can still stack a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon. No phone app coupons are being accepted. Watch for more couponing news at CVS.

Yes, there are many changes coming in the couponing world. I would suggest stocking up while you still can.

Celebrity couponers

We’re not the only ones couponing and living modestly. Many celebrities have hopped on the frugal bandwagon. They are clipping coupons and shopping sales, and their children are wearing hand-me-downs. Some are riding public transit. Jennie Garth, a single mother of three, has a new column in the online magazine The Real Deal. Other couponers include Carrie Underwood, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lady Gaga.

Best beauty deals

Most all of us love department-store brands, but there are great knock-offs at Walmart, Target, Walgreens and CVS. Using coupons and store coupons you can get the newest trends in makeup for up to 80 percent off.

CVS sent me a coupon to try its new version of Oil of Olay. I loved it, and got a free large bottle. There are new trends in fingernail polish for spring and summer, including bright shades.

Maybelline has a new glow-in-the-dark fingernail polish that costs nearly nothing to try. Sally Hansen has offered free polish for three weeks. There are high-end look-alikes that compare favorably with celebrity lines.

Look great for less this week. Use coupons to try new makeup and other products. More than 56 percent of women do not use coupons for cosmetics.

How does your

garden grow?

I hope your gardens are well under way. One problem we have in Ashland is deer eating tomato plants. Deer eat more than 600 kinds of plants, so make sure yours aren’t on their menu. Try this concoction to keep deer at bay in the garden: Puree 2 raw eggs, 2 cups water, 1 to 4 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce in a blender. Cover and leave it alone for several days. Pour or spray the mixture over plants. Deer will turn up their noses and feast in someones else’s yard. Reapply after a rain.

CVS

Coca Cola 2 liter: limit one; 74 cents with coupon at ExtraCare Center

Spend $20 and get $5 EB on items such as Wisk, Angel Soft, Sparkle Paper Towels and Palmolive Dish Liquid. All of these have coupons, such as $1 on Wisk, $1 off Sparkle, 45 cents off Angel Soft and 50 cents off Palmolive Dish Liquid.

M&Ms: two for $5; $1.50 coupon and $1 EB equal $3.50 with $1 EB

Almay: $4 EB when you spend $10; $2 coupon on each product

Sally Hansen: $5 EB; $4 coupon

Revlon Hair Color: $4.49; $2 EB; $2 coupon; limit one

Colgate Total Mouth Rinse (new product): $2.99; $1 EB; $1 coupon; limit two

Purex: two for $5; $1 coupon

Garage sale tips

Garage sales are great money-makers, but your clutter may not be worth as much as you think. Sometimes it’s better to donate items and get a tax write-off.

Our family already has a stack of receipts for donated items. Always ask for receipts and keep them in a folder for next year’s tax-return preparation.

 

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