Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 24, 2013

MELINDA HESTER: Coupon inserts often correlate to store sales

Melinda Hester
The Independent

ASHLAND — We have discussed in couponing class how coupon inserts directly correlate to the store sales. For instance, Kroger ran a sale on Dole pineapple, and at the same time there was a coupon insert for 50 cents off Dole pineapple with a recipe you might want to make: Pineapple and Cream Cheese Upside Down Cake.

Dole also teamed with Tyson Chicken to run a $2 special using another great recipe called Chinatown Chicken Simmer. And in All You Magazine there was a recipe for Brown Sugar-Pineapple Sundaes.

All of this is timed to come out together at your store as a special, a coupon to make it even lower and more tempting, and a recipe to try out the product. All these are ways to save big. How? If we buy the product, it’s on sale and we use a coupon, it’s either free or nearly free this week.

The recipes are great, and if we make a meal for our families instead of eating out, we have saved again. What is left can be frozen for a great meal again within the next three months.



4 Tbsp. butter

2 8 oz. cans of pineapple chunks packed in juice, drained

1⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add pineapple, brown sugar and ginger. Cook, stirring until sugar has dissolved and pineapple begins to brown. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in lemon juice.

Divide ice cream among four bowls and spoon pineapple mixture on top.

Serve immediately.

What is the shelf life for frozen foods?

We know popsicles and ice cream become gooey after awhile, so even frozen food has a time limit. Nothing should be saved more than 12 months. Most things are better used within three months. Sometimes when you make a meal, there are leftovers. Eating leftovers is something most of us don’t like to do, so good food often gets thrown away. That means big bucks are also being thrown away.

If you put leftovers in a freezer bag to be used as a meal next week or the week after, you have a practically free meal that can be heated in minutes. With most restaurant meals at a cost of $8 or more per person, eating at home adds up fast as your biggest way to save. If we wasted no food, imagine how much money we would save. Every food item that expires in your cabinets should set off alarm bells of wasted money.

With spring there’s a new buying season. Don’t buy things you don’t need. Simple is better. If you were selling your home, the first thing the real estate agent would tell you is to get rid of the junk. No “what nots,” mountains of clothing or shoes. Tidy and neat sell best.


One of my favorite things to do is to put my phone by the counter on the stove. I can call up YouTube and type in any recipe I need. I can stand there and watch exactly how to make it. Raid your kitchen cabinets, and type in what you have. A recipe will pop up and you can watch a talented person make the food. Most of us have weeks worth of food that needs to be used or donated.


Have you ever balked at the price of a good magazine? I picked up one the other day, and the price was $7.95. I put it back down. Someone at the store told me how to get cheaper magazines. Goodwill in Greenup has them for 99 cents each. This is where  magazines go to die. If they aren’t purchased, they go to Greenup Goodwill. Good to know.


Gillette Disposable Razors: buy one, get one for 50 percent off; use BOGO free coupon and a $2 coupon on the free one.

Vaseline Spray and Glo Intensive Care Lotion: two for $12; $2 coupon on each in today’s Independent; $5 ExtraBucks if you spend $15.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish: $5 EB if you spend $10; use $2 coupon on each bottle; limit one deal; pays you $1 to buy these.

Purex Detergent: Get coupon from Extra Care Center $2.88 minus $1 store coupon minus stacks with $1 manufacturer’s coupon equals 88 cents; limit one.

Tide Stain Release: $4.49 minus $2 manufacturer’s coupon equals $2.49.

Procter and Gamble: $10 EB if you spend $30; limit one.

Easter gift sale of 25 percent off is in progress.

You could use your EB for the movie “Lincoln” at $19.99, with $5 EB.