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  1. Changes could be in store for Walmart's BOGO matching policy

    Retail

    Something seems to be going on with Walmart's policy of matching BOGO deals at Publix. In the past few weeks, I've received a bunch of calls and emails from shoppers who heard Walmart is either ditching the buy-one-get-one-free deal or tightening the rules. …

  2. Photo storage by personality (yours)

    Travel

    Laptop littered with vacation photos? And dare I mention your smartphone? There are dozens of solutions for storing and organizing your snapshots. But how to choose? • That depends on your particular habits and desires. Do you do a lot of photo editing? Are you the family videographer? Can't resist posting vacation selfies on social media? Here we match some of the best storage and organization solutions with the kind of travel photographer they're most likely to suit. These services all have complementary apps but, because travel photos are often best viewed on a large screen, we discuss the full desktop versions. Find your photo personality below, and you'll be one step closer to at least cleaning out that laptop. …

  3. New walking tour shows off St. Petersburg's many murals

    Visual Arts

    Anyone passing through the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg can't help but notice that as much seems to happen on the outside of its buildings as on the inside, thanks to an aggressive mural program washing the exteriors in vibrant images by many artists in many styles.  …

  4. Hernando County night life, week of Aug. 8

    Events

    Nightlife Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802. Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008. …

  5. Stores offer back-to-school deals during tax-free holiday

    Retail

    Shoppers head to the stores today through Sunday to take advantage of Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price. …

  6. How to care for your pet without breaking the bank

    Pets

    Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won't stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to cut down on costs. …

  7. Florida expands back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

    Retail

    Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday with savings on more items this year. …

  8. Plan your weekend July 18-20

    Events

    Plan your weekend Concert …

  9. Perspective: This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

    Perspective

    HARTFORD, Conn. …

  10. Coupon insert RedPlum pulls out of Tampa Bay area newspapers

    Business

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

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

    Consumer

    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: …

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

    Human Interest

    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.  …

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

    Health

    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.  …

  14. Customers camp out for 52 free-meal coupons from Chick-fil-A

    Food & Dining

    TEMPLE TERRACE Richard Coley eats at Chick-fil-A six days a week. He loves the food, obviously. But, even more, he loves the restaurant and everything it stands for. "I like the fact that they believe in God and Christian principles and they don't compromise," he said. …

  15. Confusion over Walmart's matching BOGO policy doesn't win over shoppers

    Retail

    Imagine trying a new restaurant and your server spills your drink and your chicken arrives pink in the middle. You probably won't go back. Same goes for grocery stores. Have a bad experience and you'll quickly move on to the store down the street. …

  16. Courting with coupons

    Personal Finance

    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: …

  17. Let your voice be heard when products get smaller

    Consumer

    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. …

  18. JCPenney struggles go back to the human drive to get a deal

    Retail

    Gary Allenbaugh, manager of the JCPenney at Westfield Citrus Park, says all this hand wringing over the struggles of the department store chain really boils down to basic human nature. JCPenney shoppers want a deal or at least the perception of one. …

  19. Want to know when to find coupons? Check the schedule

    General

    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. …

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

    Consumer

    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. …

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