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Share your deals & questions 3/7

Posted March 7, 2016

Mini savings account

Found a deal today? Here's the place to share it.

Have a question that doesn't fit into any of the other threads? Here's the place to ask it.

I hope you have a fabulously frugal day! As I always say, it's your money, spend it wisely!


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  • katyshuler Mar 7, 2016

    Gorton's frozen fish is BOGO at HT, and I found lots of printables online for $1 off. That makes them roughly $4/bag.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2016

    QueMaster2 - that is a great question. Selling stockpiles has long been discouraged by retailers. CVS has put stickers on their products (usually beauty products) that indicate that the product should only be bought directly from a CVS.

    In the list of prohibited activities from the Coupon Information Corporation, you can see their thoughts on buying coupon deals from other people:

    "Reselling Stockpiles. Coupons are intended to give individual consumers a good deal, not provide a method for people to set up unauthorized grocery stores or flea markets in their garages, basements or backyards. Such sales usually violate the terms and conditions of the coupons themselves and may be in violation of local health codes. As a consumer, do you really want to buy a product that has been stored in a stranger’s basement for weeks, months or even years?"

    Here is the link to the list. I hope it helps!

  • QueMaster2 Mar 7, 2016

    Faye, I saw a thread on one of the FB groups. Someone was selling a collection of what appeared to be free items from couponing. A person wrote on the thread that it was illegal to sell items bought with coupons. She cited a "5 things couponers need to know" site. Is this true? I've never done this but I see it from time to time and certainly do not want to ever buy illegal items. I'd like to read your thoughts.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2016

    Dr D - I do have a roasted veggie addiction these days. We even chatted about it on the morning segment today.

    jdouglas13 - definitely good advice about snapping the asparagus. I am lazy so I just cut off about the last 1/3 of the stalks all at once. And thanks for the Krispy Kreme coupon info!

  • Dr D Mar 7, 2016

    JDouglas13, thanks for the tip on snapping the tough end from asparagus spears. I tend to leave too much of the tough end, then end up chewing and chewing and often just not consuming a portion that likely should never have been attempted in the first place. :-)

    Faye, thanks for your frequent posts about veggies you're roasting - YUM!

  • jdouglas13 Mar 7, 2016

    Faye, I had to LOL at the visual of cutting the tips off the asparagus rather than the ends. There have been a number of people in my life who would cut the tips off and only eat those, DW included.

    When cutting off the tough ends, if you are not sure where to cut, bend the asparagus spear gently and it will snap itself off at the exact place it should be cut. Each spear is different. Of course, you may lose some of what is tough, but still edible using this method.

    On another note, I forgot to mention yesterday that there were coupons in the flyers for Krispy Kreme in case anyone's interested.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2016

    trichardson0621 - by "cut off ends", I mean to cut off the thick hard part at the end, not the tender top, of course. I assume you already know that, but I thought I should clarify for anyone who might be new to asparagus.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2016

    trichardson0621 - I just bought 3 more lbs of asparagus. :-) Here's how I roast it:
    Rinse asparagus. Cut off ends. Pat dry on paper towels. Put in ziploc bag with a bit of olive oil or put on foil lined pan and spray with olive oil spray (which is what I do). Sprinkle with salt and garlic. Roast in 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes and then turn over and roast for another 5 - 10 minutes until they reach the level of done you prefer. If the asparagus are really thin, they will not take as long to roast. Enjoy! Let me know what you think. It's so simple and so delicious.

  • trichardson0621 Mar 7, 2016

    That reminds me Faye- I bought some over the weekend to hopefully try your recipe for roasting it- if you are willing to share.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2016

    Good morning everyone! I am getting ready to chat on the WRAL FOX 50 morning news at about 8:3 am. I hope you can tune in! Then I am headed to Harris Teeter to snag some $1.49 per lb. asparagus!