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Buy Local

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

“Let’s support Local Businesses” – In today’s world, there are so many different options to buy everything from clothes, shoes and jewelry to household appliances, cars, and even food. Many local businesses have more competition than ever and IowaCouponNetwork.com is helping them get the exposure they need by encouraging residents to buy local and save money.

“Why should residents buy local?” For many people, the benefit is the personal satisfaction gained from financially supported businesses in their own neighborhoods. Beyond those feelings, the New Economics Foundation “compared what happens when people buy produce at a supermarket vs. a local farmer’s market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program and found that twice the money stayed in the community when folks bought locally.”

With more money staying in the community, local jobs and wages are strengthened and the local economy is stabilized. According to United States Small Business Administration, “there are over 27 million small businesses in the United States and between 60% – 80% of all new jobs created in the country can be attributed to small businesses.”


Thursday, April 5th, 2012

This is a great article that I found from the Center of Media Research by .

“A soon to be released study from Coupons.com, in conjunction with GfK Knowledge Networks, to identify the shopping behavior of the digital coupon user, shows that digital coupon users shop more frequently and spend significantly more during each trip than the average U.S. consumer.

The study, based on more than 200,000 households using digital coupons, and compared to 2.3 million shoppers, tell us that “…brands wanting to reach heavy grocery spenders… (should) strongly consider digital coupon sites as an important piece of their coupon and brand advertising market mix…” says Neal Heffernan, SVP/GM, Behavioral Insights Group at GfK Knowledge Networks

Heffernan continued by noting that “… the findings are unique from other studies… (in that) the research measures actual purchase behavior, not purchase intent… “

Higlights of the 52 week study included these digital coupon user facts:

  • Digital coupon users make 22% more shopping trips per year than the average shopper. The digital coupon user and the average shopper make 69 and 57 trips, respectively, per year
  • Digital coupon users spend 23% more per shopping trip than the average shopper. The digital coupon user and the average shopper spend $55.05 and $44.87, respectively, per trip
  • Digital coupon users spend 49% more per year than the average shopper. The digital coupon user and the average shopper spend $3,803 and $2,545 per year, respectively.
  • Digital coupon users make 48% more “stock up” trips than the average shopper, with 18.6 and 12.6 stock up trips, respectively, per year.

In addition, Coupons.com also released the results of a second research project designed to measure timing of the next anticipated shopping trip, showing that 62% of visitors to Coupons.com planned to visit a grocery store within 2 days of printing coupons, or saving them to a loyalty card, and in fact 43% planned to shop within the next 24 hours.

The study asked Coupons.com users in January, 2012, “When is your next grocery shopping trip?” and found that:

  • 18% expected to shop that day
  • 25% expected to shop the next day
  • 19% expect to shop in two days
  • 22% expected to shop in 3-7 days
  • 11% expected to shop in more than 7 days

Some more interesting “coupon” facts include:

  • More than 55.7 million American consumers are now using online coupons, representing 25% of the U.S. population
  • Users of digital coupons have higher household incomes and are better educated than users of newspaper coupons and the general population overall
  • The consumer who uses digital coupons has an average household income of $96,900, a 20% higher income level than the U.S average and 20% higher than average household income of users of newspaper coupons
  • 38% of those who use digital coupons have a college degree, compared to 30% of those who use newspaper coupons and 27% of the general populace

For the slide show and additional information from Coupons.inc, please visit here.”



Grocery Deals Round Up – Feb 29 through March 6

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

After a couple of our grocery bloggers taking a small break, our grocery deal round up is back!

Thank you to Sara at The Millennial Housewife and Julia at Confessions of a Frugal Mind for contributing their favorite deals this week.

Sara’s favorite Fareway Deals:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.88/lb

7UP Products (2liter) – Buy two 2 liters and get one FREE with Fareway Coupon.

Hunt’s Manwich – $0.99 each

John Morrell Hot Dogs – $0.88 each


Julia’s favorite Fareway Deals

Julia’s favorite Dahl’s Deals

Julia’s favorite Hy-Vee Deals

Grocery Deal Round Up – January 25 through January 31

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Here is the grocery deal round up for this week.  Thank you to Sara at The Millennial Housewife and Julia at Confessions of a Frugal Mind for contributing their favorite deals!


Sara’s favorite deals at Fareway:

Green Giant Vegetables – 3/$2
Ragu Pasta Sauce – 3/$5

Ortega Seasoning Mix – 2/$1
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon
from the 1/15 Smartsource insert
FREE after coupon!!

Julia’s favorite deals at Fareway:  Bear Naked Granola

Julia’s favorite deals at Hy-Vee:  Weight Watchers Yogurt and Nabisco Crackers

Julia’s favorite deals at Dahl’s:



Grocery Deal Round Up – 1/18/12 through 1/24/12

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Here are this week’s grocery deals.  Thank you to Sara at The Millennial Housewife and Julia at Confessions of a Frugal Mind for contributing!

Sara’s Favorite Fareway Deals:

Fareway White Bread – $0.98 each

Frito Lay Doritos – 2/$5 

Totino’s Pizza – 5/$5 with Fareway Coupon
Buy 5 and use $1/5 coupon from the 1/8 GM insert
$0.80 each after coupons

 Julia’s Favorite Fareway  Deals:

Avocados, Honey Bunches of Oats and Smuckers Sugar Free

Julia’s Favorite Hy-Vee Deals:

Hy-Vee Macaroni & Cheese and Pebbles Treats and Cereals

Julia’s Favorite Dahl’s Deals:

Offer on Flu Vaccine

Grocery Deal Round Up – 1/11 through 1/17

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Here are the grocery deals round up for 1/11 through 1/17.  Thank you to Julia from Confessions of a Frugal Mind and Sara from The Millennial Housewife for sharing their favorite deals.  Don’t forget to visit their blogs for their full list of deals.

Fareway and Hy-Vee are having Friday the 13th sales this week – check out all of their great deals!!

Sara’s favorite deals at Fareway:

Purex Laundry Detergent (50oz) – $1.99 with Fareway Super Coupon

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.69/lb

Bananas – $0.39/lb

Folgers Coffee (10.3-11.3 oz)- $3.99 each
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 12/4 Redplum insert
$3.49 each after coupon


Large Eggs (one dz) – $0.49 each with Fareway Coupon

Russett Potatoes (15lb bag) – $3.88 each

Julia’s favorite Fareway Deals:  AE Yogurt

Julia’s favorite Hy-Vee Deals:   $0.99 Wonder Bread during their 13 hour sale on Friday!

Julia’s full list of Dahl’s Deals

Grocery Deal Round Up – January 4 through January 10

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Happy 2012 Everyone!  Here are some fantastic deals from our local grocery stores for the start of the new year.

Thank you to Julia from Confessions of a Frugal Mind and Sara from The Millennial Housewife for sharing their favorite deals.  Visit their blogs for their full lists of deals!

Sara’s Favorite Fareway Deals:

Boneless Rump Roast – $1.99/lb

Pillsbury Cake Mix – $0.97 each

Pillsbury Frosting – $1.48 each

Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent – $11.88 each
Use $2/1 coupon from the 1/1 PG insert
$9.88 each after coupon

Julia’s Favorite Fareway Deals:

Baby Carrots $0.88 each

Dole Celery – $0.77 each

Frosted Toast Crunch Cereal – $1.88 each

Julia’s Favorite Hy-Vee Deals are part of the 2 day sale!  Read her full list for details!

Julia’s Favorite Dahl’s Deals - Check out her Dahl’s post for the awesome savings going on there this week.

Winter Driving

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

by Jiffy Lube Lady

It’s that time of year again, time to prepare for winter driving.  What can you do to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter and prepared for the holiday trips?

First of all, you want to check your owner’s manual for all your maintenance requirements.  We recommend you follow the severe driving recommendations as we do have extreme colds during our winters.  At Jiffy Lube, we will show you your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommendations for all your maintenance needs, including the oil change.  Besides changing the oil, you want to check all the other critical components of your vehicle.  Make sure all your fluids are full, the filters (including air filter, cabin air filter and fuel filter if equipped) are clean, the tire pressure is set to the recommended pressure and the spare tire is properly inflated as well.  Be sure to use the manufacturer’s recommended weight of oil.

Keeping the oil clean, the filters clean and the tires rotated and properly inflated will help you maximize your fuel efficiency.  Jiffy Lube also provides many other services to help you get the most from your fuel economy.  We have TX7, which is an additive installed once a year that will improve your engine’s performance.  Please visit this website to read more about Polydyn’s TX7.  http://www.polydyn.com/tx7.htm Jiffy Lube also offers Fuel System services that will improve the economy of your fuel purchases.  Visit our site at:  http://www.jiffylube.com/autoservices/fuelsystemservices.aspx to read more information.

And lastly, you want to make sure you have emergency essentials in your vehicle to be prepared.  Some of those items include:  flashlight and extra batteries, flares, shovel, ice scraper, blankets, bottled water and snacks