Another kind of coupon fraud

May 29, 2013

Dear Jill, I worked for a grocery store chain for several years. One of the things they did was purchase several extra newspapers for the coupons. They would hire a person at minimum wage to cut out these coupons which averaged around $500 extra money for the store plus handling fees for the coupons. The Read More

Almond-crusted pork with mango relish delivers

May 22, 2013

Invite your guests for a melt-in-your-mouth almond-crusted pork with mango relish. Serve with rice tossed with fresh chopped parsley, fresh sugar snap peas and baguettes. For dessert, top cake with sliced peaches and light whipped cream. ALMOND-CRUSTED PORK WITH MANGO RELISH Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes: standing Read More

Food for thought

FYI For the first time, the Global Burden of Disease report — involving 500 scientists in 50 countries — found that obesity has become more of a health problem than lack of food. In contrast, its last report in 1990 ranked malnutrition as the No. 1 health risk around the globe and being overweight as Read More

Does your store have a uniform coupon policy?

Have you taken a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your favorite stores’ coupon policies? Most stores have a written coupon policy, which you usually can find on the store’s website or at the customer service counter inside the store. Coupon policies are invaluable tools for coupon shoppers as they contain the answers to many Read More

Taking the sting out of the word stockpile

May 15, 2013

“Stockpiling” is the term couponers have long used for shopping ahead of sales cycles, then storing groceries and supplies until the next sale. It’s a great strategy for shelf-stable, non-perishable or freezer-stable items because prices fluctuate. Buying at a low sale price, with coupons, ensures that we never have to pay full price. Need another Read More

The new pasta salad

Pasta salads are in all of our repertoires. We all love them and we all make them just a little different. Traditional recipes though, are often high in calories and at the same time skimp on the good stuff like veggies and proteins. The new thinking on pasta salads has a five step approach: 1. Read More

Make a perfect picnic with a berry trifle

Planning a picnic will be easy with a dessert like this Very Berry Trifle. Shopping list: blueberries, raspberries, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream, pure orange extract, reduced-fat sour cream, angel food cake. VERY BERRY TRIFLE Makes 12 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Chilling time: 2 hours 2 cups strawberries, sliced 2 cups blueberries 1 Read More

Sweet onions

May 8, 2013

I came off the plane into Sheridan the other day and immediately went to the store for essentials for breakfast the next morning. As I was moving through the produce I happened to notice that the Vidalias had arrived and stopped to snag a bag. If you’ve never explored the difference Vidalia or Walla Walla Read More

Readers share stories of couponing success

I recently received some great emails from readers filled with stories of their money-saving couponing successes. Dear Jill,  In your recent column there was a letter from a reader who thinks couponing is all smoke and mirrors and you outlined another shopper’s recent savings. I was that shopper! It takes hard work and attention to Read More

Pesto, the promise of summer

You’ll be glad you made spaghetti with arugula pesto for dinner tonight. Cook 12 ounces whole-grain spaghetti according to directions; reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, with the motor running, drop two medium peeled cloves garlic in a food processor fitted with the metal blade; process until minced. Stop the machine and add 1/2 cup Read More

As seen on a television infomercial

May 1, 2013

Dear Jill, Your column is the first thing I read in the morning. I love couponing and your answers are so informative. I have a question for you about the ads on TV that sell an item for $20. I can buy it locally for that price, too, but if I “order now” they will Read More

Spring’s first fling

Some of the best grilling time starts with the first of spring’s vegetables. Add a little feta cheese and you’ve got a sure winner of a sandwich. Here are a list of the top four great grilling tips. 1. Let meat stand 10 minutes at room temperature to take the chill off before grilling. Salt Read More

Spring’s freshest berries

STRAWBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC SYRUP Makes 4 servings Preparation time: about 10 minutes Cooking time: about 5 minutes 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black peppercorns 4 cups sliced strawberries In a small saucepan, mix sugar, vinegar and cornstarch. Bring to boil on medium, stirring Read More

Red velvet brownies

April 24, 2013

Line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of foil for easy removal and cleanup. 1 (4-oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped 3/4 cup butter 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 (1-oz) bottle red liquid food coloring 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. salt Read More

Gather ’round the table for pot roast

Gather the family for smoky chipotle pot roast. Accompany the flavorful dish with chili beans and sliced yellow squash, along with cornbread muffins (from a mix). For dessert, top pineapple sorbet with toasted coconut. Shopping list: chipotle chili powder, canola oil, beef chuck shoulder, arm or blade pot roast, canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, Read More

Readers respond passionately to product ‘shrink’

The price stays the same, but the product gets smaller and smaller and smaller. It’s called product “shrink” and it’s the result of rising manufacturing costs. As costs rise, companies must make a decision –— raise the price of the product accordingly, or keep the price the same while reducing the size of the product. Read More

Salads for strength

April 17, 2013

Besides losing weight there is another good reason for eating green salads everyday: Lettuce and other green vegetables are good sources of Vitamin K, and women who eat plenty of them are less likely to develop osteoporosis. Nutritionists studied the diets of 70,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study at Harvard Medical School and Read More

Meaty coupon savings are hard to find

A recent column about saving money on meat struck a chord with many readers. Admittedly, getting coupon deals on meats is a little more difficult, as meat coupons aren’t always easy to find. If you’re purchasing brand-name meats, such as Hormel, Perdue or Butterball, you’ll find coupons available for these products fairly often. But what Read More

Serve lamb chops with a white bean salad

Prepare rosemary marinated lamb chops and serve with white bean salad with mint and red onion. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup small diced red onion with 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar; let stand for 15 minutes. In medium bowl, mix the vinegar and onion with 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed white beans, 1/2 cup coarse Read More

Quick and easy vegetable soup

April 10, 2013

Meatball and vegetable soup with pasta is colorful and easy to prepare. Serve it with a red-tip lettuce salad and cornbread (from a mix) on the side. Pineapple chunks make a good dessert. Shopping list: 50 percent lower-sodium beef broth, canned cannellini beans, canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, packaged frozen cooked meatballs, Read More

The start of rhubarb season

Welcome to spring and the start of the rhubarb season. I admit that rhubarb is one of those foods that may take some warming up to. Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine. 2 1/2 cups whole milk 3/4 cup half-and-half 1 Read More

Seniors sound off on their couponing experiences

Last week we discussed some shoppers’ feelings of entitlement to coupon discounts, and the topic of senior citizen discounts deserves a follow-up. I recently devoted a column to this topic, featuring readers’ questions on whether or not an establishment has to offer discounts to seniors and whether stores and restaurants have the right to change Read More


April 3, 2013


Salt to the rescue

In addition to being nature’s most adept flavor enhancer, salt plays a few other key roles in cooking.Salt in bread and pizza dough helps control the action of yeast and improves the dough’s ability to rise. If salt is left out, the finished product will be coarser and taste bland. Salting slices of eggplant removes Read More

Are you entitled to receive coupon discounts?

Do you feel entitled to receive coupon discounts? I’ve always considered coupons a privilege — a bonus that allows us to save money on products we already plan to buy or an incentive to try a new product at a lower price. But an increasing number of emails I receive indicate that some shoppers feel Read More

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