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  1. Winn-Dixie launches app for personalized digital coupons


    Winn-Dixie, the venerable Florida-based grocery chain, may not be able to keep up with the fancy foodie movement being embraced by such Tampa Bay competitors as Publix and Whole Foods Market. But that doesn't mean the 90-year-old Sunshine State institution isn't trying to keep up with the times.  …

  2. Ex-Dolphins lineman Keith Sims shares coupon secrets


    FORT LAUDERDALE Keith Sims knows how to protect and block. The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, who also played for the Washington Redskins, is a three-time Pro Bowler who guarded Dan Marino's blind side. Sims retired from the NFL in 2000. …

    Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Keith Sims saved $144.83 during a shopping trip to a Publix in Weston in February 2014.
  3. Publix restricts coupon use to discourage extreme couponing


    Calling all extreme couponers. Publix is on to you. Florida's largest grocery chain tightened its coupon policy Wednesday to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. …

    Publix on Wednesday tightened its coupon policy to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. [Times files (2010)]
  4. Catalina adds digital coupon business


    Catalina, the St. Petersburg-based global retail marketing company, is expanding its digital coupons business. Catalina has bought Cellfire, a top provider of online coupons redeemed through grocery store loyalty cards. …

  5. Think beyond regular coupons to save more money


    Ever hear this piece of investment advice, "You've got to spend money to make money"? It's usually said by someone trying to sell you something. I have, and it goes against my every tight-fisted instinct. How can I be sure that I will make back the initial outlay? …

  6. Coupons? Cords? Giving your makeup bag a second life

    Deal Divas

    Recently I was chatting with Times managing editor Jennifer Orsi about the plight of the makeup bag. If you're a makeup-wearing human, you probably also have an abundance of these lying around your house, whether from free Clinique or Estee Lauder gifts with purchase, or from a subscription service like Ipsy. They always seem fun to get when they arrive, but then, it's like, what do you DO with them?  …

    One of my ipsy bags, not the designated purse coupon holder.
  7. Report: We're going to restaurants more this year


    Consulting firm AlixPartners' just-released State of the Restaurant Industry report paints a rosy picture for the restaurant business for 2015. Dining frequency has increased 16 percent over the past year, with fewer consumers dining out on coupons, discounts or other dining deals.  …

  8. Courting with coupons


    A survey by Coupon Cabin found that 26 percent of adults have used a coupon on a first date. The question: Would you walk out on a date if the guy or woman used a coupon? Here are two of the responses: …

  9. Five easy steps to start lowering grocery bills through couponing


    Recently I introduced couponing to a friend. She was hesitant to start because she assumed couponing meant time and hassle. Not so! Here are five small steps to get into couponing using just an hour a week: …

  10. 'Cops on Doughnut Shops' fundraiser offers Krispy Kreme coupons


    The sight of law enforcement officers swarming local Krispy Kreme rooftops through Saturday shouldn't be cause for alarm. Police in Tampa and St. Petersburg took over the doughnut chain's local rooftops Thursday in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics charities.  …

    St. Petersburg police Sgt. Ed Borrelli takes a photo of Officer Ron Try sitting atop his horse, Brooklyn, as the Percheron-thoroughbred noses around in vain for more doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme drive-through window during the Cops on Doughnut Shops fundraiser for the Special Olympics on Thursday. Officers on the roof of the Krispy Kreme lowered a bucket with coupons into the drive-through lane so that customers could put in their donations. 
  11. Coupon insert RedPlum pulls out of Tampa Bay area newspapers


    Coupon insert RedPlum will no longer be included in Sunday editions of the Tampa Bay Times and other local newspapers starting Sunday. …

  12. Make healthy choices when using coupons at the grocery store


    With cases of obesity in the United States at record numbers, it's important to look at all the ways that we, not only as individuals, but as a society, can have an impact on helping to correct the problem.  …

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  13. Online consignment: The easy (lazy) way to thin out your closet and fatten your wallet

    Deal Divas

    Spring is here, and you know what that means: Out with the old and in with the new!   …

  14. Retailers tailoring websites, promotions for you


    WASHINGTON — After years of using customer data to fine-tune their marketing efforts to smaller and smaller groups, retailers are now making a complex and expensive effort to tailor their websites and promotions for an even narrower target: an audience of one. …

  15. Operation Clean Closet: Four rules to live by

    Deal Divas

    I have a closet problem. Specifically, it’s too small for the amount of clothes I have.   Okay, okay, so I actually have a clothes problem. Tale as old as time, really: I buy too much, too often, and am bad at wading through my stock every few months to get rid of ill-fitting or barely worn items.   …

    Look, I bought a bunch of hangers! I'm serious about this closet re-organization.
  16. Coupon Queen: Shrinking coupon values push shoppers to store brands


    Recently readers frustrated with the increasing number of low-value coupons have shared their views. One said that if a coupon doesn't make a large enough dent in the price of a national name-brand item, she doesn't use it. She buys the retailer's store brand instead. Will this emerging "boycott the 25-cent coupon" approach encourage marketers to offer better coupon values? …

  17. Discounts and wine flow at Nouvelle spa/bar

    Deal Divas

      After months of saying we should go to Nouvelle Beauty Bar a friend of mine and I finally booked a pedicure recently. While looking up their number on the website I registered to receive e-mails. Within minutes I got a coupon for a manicure, pedicure and complimentary cocktail for $36. …

    Nouvelle Beauty Bar's sleek, luxurious interior.
  18. Want to know when to find coupons? Check the schedule


    Dear Jill: I was wondering which websites are best to check out the coupon inserts before they appear in the newspaper. The past two weeks the paper has been coupon-free. I would like any tips that you are willing to share. Stephanie A. …

  19. How to convince a store cashier that your coupons are legitimate


    Dear Jill: I have a question about ethical couponing. I downloaded a PDF file of a coupon from a company's website and printed multiple copies. I went to the store to stock up but the cashier would only accept one of each kind of coupon with a unique code. This is not stated in the store's coupon policy. I was not intending to redeem fraudulent coupons. With the tight coupon printing restriction at most sites, I assumed if the company wanted to restrict prints it would, instead of offering them in the PDF format. It seems to me that a company that offers a PDF should redeem multiple coupons with the same code. What should I learn from this? — Rita L. …

  20. Digital coupons at Publix offer pros, cons


    I tried the new digital coupons at Publix the other day. The grocery chain is introducing paperless coupons at its 1,068 stores and began rolling them out at some Tampa locations last week.  …

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