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This week includes a Smart Source and a Red Plum insert for a value of $75 in coupons.

This week’s coupon lesson is about adapting to changes in the coupon world. Let’s face it: We just get used to something, and it changes. This can be very frustrating, especially if you are already living on a tight budget and don’t have a whole lot of time to learn all of these new changes. Keep in mind, the more stressed you get, the more likely it will fail. Also remember that we don’t need to get every deal we go after. Walking away is better than the stress it brings when a deal falls through. This happens to all of us, whether you’re new to couponing or you have been doing it for years.

I decided on this topic this week because there is a huge coupon change coming to our area very soon that is going to affect many people who use coupons. I will do my best to help everyone ease into this transition and offer any tips I can so you can keep saving money.

A few weeks ago, Meijer announced on its Facebook page that they will stop doubling coupons in all stores nationwide starting about the end of August. This has many people frustrated because their biggest reason for shopping at Meijer is because of the doubling of coupons. Meijer released this statement: “It’s true that we no longer double coupons, effective Aug. 25. We are shifting our resources to mPerks digital coupons. Less than five percent of Meijer customers used double coupons, but nearly 1.5 million have signed up for mPerks, with as many as 25,000 joining each week. We are also expanding mPerks to include rewards for our pharmacy. Of course, in addition to mPerks, we will still accept coupons at face value, and still offer our everyday low prices and weekly specials.” This statement can be found on the Meijer Facebook page, and it was confirmed with the Lima store.

Their reasoning came as quite a shocker to most people who use coupons at Meijer. Many stores including Kroger have also stopped doubling coupons. Other stores, such as drugstores, put more limits on their items and made it harder to “stack” coupons for extra savings and so on. All of this, in part, is to believed to be because of the hit couponing show on TLC, "Extreme Couponing." This show showed shoppers saving significant amounts of money at the stores and having endless stockpiles in their homes. This became a popular thing to do and unfortunately it was abused. Stores make changes, but these changes are usually necessary so the store and the customers don’t get ripped off.

Even though Meijer is not going to double coupons, they are still accepting paper coupons. Meijer has other advantages to saving over other stores in the area even without doubling coupons. You will still be able to get double discounts some of the time. There are a few ways. You can use competitor coupons with your manufacturer coupons. For example, if you have a manufacturer’s coupon to save $3 off three bottles of Tide and a Target coupon to save $3 off three bottles of Tide, you will get $6 off three bottles of Tide by combining the coupons. You can use mPerk coupons that say “store coupon” on them with your paper manufacturer coupons. There is also a savings app that pays you when you shop. You can find details of these methods, tips on the changes, and deals at www.StephanieSavings.net (click on Meijer). You can also find information for contacting Meijer Corp. with any concerns you have about these changes.

Deals this week:

CVS has several great deals this week including dental, hair products, body wash and more. You can get Huggies diapers this week for as low as $3.36 per pack! Be sure to scan your rewards card at the coupon center this week. You’ll get a coupon valid for $5 off a $15 purchase. Keep in mind that the $15 is the pre-coupon price. So, you can get $15 worth of items, use the $5-off coupon, and all of your other coupons after that!

Tip of the week:

Do you have extra rewards left over that are going to expire soon and you’re not sure what to use them on? You can always consider spending them on school supplies that are super cheap right now and donate the extra to needy families.

All deals mentioned in this article can change at any time. Stores reserve the right to limit sales. Please visit www.StephanieSavings.net to view this week’s top deals at different stores, print coupons, grab free samples and save.

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