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  1. This coffee controversy is not about Starbucks

    The Gradebook

    Our story this week about Idlewild Baptist Church's evolving relationship with the Hillsborough County school district generated a lot of reaction on both sides of the issue. It is, after all, November. …

  2. $100 Publix coupon sounds too good to be true — and is


    Don't believe everything you see on Facebook. A photo of a $100 off Publix coupon made the rounds on social media this weekend, but the grocery store chain says the coupon is fake. The counterfeit coupon was for $100 off a purchase of $120 or more.  …

    A scam Publix coupon
  3. Jewish group expresses concern over Hillsborough schools' partnership with Idlewild Baptist Church


    TAMPA — The relationship between Idlewild Baptist Church and the Hillsborough County School District crosses church-state boundaries and makes some employees uncomfortable, a Jewish organization said Friday in a letter to superintendent Jeff Eakins. …

    This T-shirt advertising Idlewild Baptist Church was given to more than 2,000 public school teachers in Hillsborough County.
  4. Just for you: 80 Memorial Day sales — with coupon codes to boot

    Deal Divas

    It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice fallen military members have made for our country, from the Revolutionary War to present day.   …

  5. 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.  …

  6. 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)]
  7. More about the Idlewild controversy

    The Gradebook

    Our coverage of Idlewild Baptist Church's work in the Hillsborough County schools struck a nerve among some district employees who want more details. In particular, they want to know more about Friday's letter from the Jewish Community Relations Council. …

    The Hillsborough school district says that many churches, not just Idlewild Baptist Church, support the schools. Here are volunteers from Relevant Church washing teachers' cars at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in 2013.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. …

  10. 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? …

  11. 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.
  12. 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: …

  13. Dog clothes and accessories are furry fashions for weddings


    When a bride walks down the aisle in her carefully chosen wedding gown, these days she may be accompanied by the family dog wearing matching attire. …

    Trixie, a 15-week-old Yorkie, is fitted with a gray party dress made by owner Suzanne Crosier. She and her husband, Dean Crosier, runs a business to create clothes and accessories for dogs.
  14. 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: …

  15. '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. 
  16. 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
  17. Something new in store for holidays


    Before the hysteria of Black Friday hits and the inventory levels of your favorite commodities dwindle, we want to give savvy shoppers the opportunity to plan ahead. Many area malls have added stores and services to their lineups since last year's holiday shopping frenzy.  …

     Symphony of Trees at the Shops of Wiregrass
  18. 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. …

  19. 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? …

  20. Wayback Burgers offers free meal to law enforcement


    All Wayback Burgers restaurants in Florida, including locations in Lithia and Plant City, are offering law enforcement officials a free meal through Saturday, Sept. 19, which is National Thank A Police Officer Day. Law enforcement officers can receive any sandwich or burger, a side and a drink. …

    Lithia general manager Chris Scigliano says all the Wayback restaurants in Florida are offering free meals to law enforcement officers through Saturday, which is National Thank A Police Officer Day. Photo by Eric Vician.

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