Interesting Polling

Some interesting polling has been released in the past week, showing that the candidates crowned by the media as ‘shoo-ins’ are not always favorites of voters.

First, a very unscientific poll from Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Peter Bronson. If you aren’t familiar with Bronson, he’s the former editor of the op-ed section of the Enquirer, and a classic conservative. Cincinnati is a bastion of conservativism, a place where Bush still engenders great support. And as Bronson points out, Guiliani isn’t getting any play here. Neither is McCain or Thompson. A survey of his conservative roladex found that Huckabee and Romney are big favorites here. That’s big news. Cincinnati is a good snapshot of conservatives across the nation–and if Huckabee and Romney are favorites here, they are going to do well elsewhere.

Second, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll in Iowa shows Hillary losing ground, especially among second round voters. Forget the national polls, look at what’s happening in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, because that’s where much of the hype and steamroll for February’s voting will come from. One of the quirks of Iowa is the caucusing process. When you vote for say, Richardson, and he doesn’t reach 15% of the vote, you get to vote again, for someone else! And among second round voters, Hillary is not doing well. There appear to be two camps–those who will vote for Hillary, and those who will vote for anyone BUT Hillary. That’s not good news for her electability, if even within the Democrat party she has that high of a negative. If she can’t get second time voters in Iowa, will she carry them in November for us?

Other news in that poll shows Obama gaining strength, along with Edwards. If I can’t have Richardson (still my first choice), I like Edwards. I haven’t joined the Obama bandwagon–the man annoys me, for some reason I just can’t define. I’m sure he’s a great candidate, full of hope and promise, two things I usually appreciate. But for me, I just don’t like him. I can’t explain it.

Last, I know its the start of the holiday season, and Little Miss Know it All has a full bag of goodies to share with her readers!  Starting next week, I’ll have Politoclicks to give away every week until Christmas!  These are the newest, hippest way to show people just who you are supporting.  Forget bumper stickers and buttons, politoclicks aim to be the new form of political expression.  Check back next week for how you can win a pair for yourself!


Friday’s Freebies!

It’s been a rather slow week, as far as freebies are concerned. Stores have launched their Christmas barrage a couple of weeks early, due to the economic slowdown. We’re already seeing Black Friday type of prices in many stores. There have been a few excellent deals this week, so make sure to check out your local stores to see what you can find. And don’t forget to check Walmart, Target, Kmart and ToysRUs for their Toy Catalogs–there are usually great coupons inside!

As for coupons, don’t forget about the ones listed last week…Walgreens has a great deal on Wyeth products (Advil, Robitussin, etc) that includes free certificates to a local spa! And Target has Rold Gold pretzels on sale, which when combined with coupons brings them to FREE! And who doesn’t love free pretzels? If you missed last weeks Friday’s Freebies, go back and check it out!

  • Target’s pet coupons expire on the 17th, so don’t forget to grab your free pet items while you can! So make sure you stock up on Snausages, Tidy Cat, Sheba, Pedigree, Purina, and much more. Almost all of those are free with coupons, or pretty darned close. I know Snausages had a coupon in last weekend’s paper for $1 off. Combine with the target .50 off coupon and get your snausages for .09. You can find past deals, like the Sheba and Tidy Cat in the older blogs. If you need manufacturer coupons, check Ebay or The Coupon Clippers.
  • Free Post-Its. Post-Its had a free coupon pdf on their website, for $2 off any Super Sticky Post It Notes. You can find these in many stores for $1.25-$2.25.
  • Its not free but its still a really good deal! Kellogg’s cereals are on sale this week. If you have kids who like Corn Pops, Fruit Loops or Cocoa Krispies, grab your coupons and RUN to Target! Right now 17 oz boxes (those are the big ones, not the tiny ones) of Kellogg’s cereals are 3 for $7 at Target. With the $1 off coupon in
    last weekend’s paper, that brings those usually pricey Fruit Loops down to $1.33 a box! They also have some of the more expensive cereals on sale too…I found Raisin Bran Crunch at 3 for $7.95, with a $1 off peelie coupon on it. Fruit Loops and others are usually $3 or more a box! This is cheaper than even the store brands…so head over and stock up!  The deal gets even better if you combine it with one of the $5 off coupons I linked to last week…you could get up to 5 free!  Or at Kroger, they are $2 each this week, so that’s $1 a box after coupon!

And don’t forget about this oldies but goldies:

Polly Pocket $5 off

and

Tylenol $5 off.

Have a Great Weekend!


Go Vote!!

It’s election day…so get out and VOTE!!

If you live in Ky, may I strongly recommend a vote for Steve Beshear for Governor?

Let’s get out there and elect some Democrats!

Troops Dismissed!


Friday’s Freebies!

First, for those of you who’ve been following the Nestle/Juicy Juice saga, here’s the latest news: Nestle has now posted on their website that they are not going to be honoring the counterfeit coupons. Here’s what happened: Juicy Juice had a promotion with Scholastic that had flyers and promotional materials for parents and teachers before a Parent-Teacher conference. In that pamphlet was a coupon for a Free Juicy Juice product, up to $3.50. They put the pamphlet in a pdf, and posted it on their website, where it was easily found through a web search. The opening page clearly displayed that there was a free coupon inside, and encouraged parents to download the pdf and print it out.

The problem came when we did. Lots of us. Hundreds of thousands of us did. And we redeemed the coupons. For a week after the pdf was found, Juicy Juice affirmed its legitimacy and encouraged us to use it. (See my previous post on Nestle fraud for emails from Juicy Juice.) Then, some enterprising savers decided to make it easier to print, by moving it to a 6 coupons per page format. Others posted the pdf on message boards. Neither was authorized by Juicy Juice or Nestle. Links to the Juicy Juice website were fine, but sharing, or altering the file, was not. Thousands of websites linked to Juicy Juice, legitimately, and those coupons printed directly from Juicy Juice are not fraudulent or counterfeit.

In the end, Juicy Juice has flown off the shelves. Hundreds of thousands of people have redeemed coupons for free juice. It was five days after Juicy Juice began confirming the validity of the coupon before they removed it from their website. On Wednesday, when you called Juicy Juice, their customer service agents were telling people that it was never on their website. That’s a lie. I have a screenshot and the google cache of it. It was on their site. That was just the beginning.

In the end, the original coupon is real, it is valid, and if Juicy Juice doesn’t honor it, they’ll have a few lawsuits from retailers to deal with. Of course, Nestle, Juicy Juice’s parent company, is used to lawsuits for fraudulent practices, so we’ll see if much comes of it. What Nestle is really doing is sabre rattling, in the hopes of scaring people from using the original coupon any further.

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Now, on to Friday Freebies!

For anyone who wants more details or information on coupon basics, you may subscribe to my coupon newsletter for free, at Little Miss Know it All’s Crazy Coupon Deals. That will come out every Tuesday, while I’ll continue to post Friday Freebies every Friday.

Walgreens Spa Rebates. Buy any 2 Wyeth products (Advil, Centrum, Robitussin, etc) at Walgreens and get a $50 Spa Reward Certificate. Buy an 4 Wyeth products and get a $100 certificate. There are many rules to this promotion–it expires November 24th, and certificates must be used by March 1, 2008. The submission forms are in the Walgreens Easy Saver Catalog.

Now, to make this an excellent deal, look at these links for coupons on these products. And remember to always check if sample packs will work–if it says any size, or has no size specified on the coupon, that should work.

Wyeth Coupons ,

Wyeth Special Offers,

Dimetapp Coupons

Advil Coupon


3. Free Tacos November 6th! Taco Bell ran a promotion during the World Series. If a base was stolen, they’d give away free tacos. Between 2-5, visit your local Taco Bell and ask for your free taco. Its one per person. T http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fan_forum/tacobell/

4. $ off a purchase coupons. CVS and Target continue to increase their coupons to draw customers into their stores. Its the start of the holiday shopping season, and the competition will be fierce. Take advantage of their offers to get some great deals!

CVS offers $4 off a $20 purchase
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CVS sometimes carries both Polly Pockets and Juicy Juice, so a combination of those free coupons to a total of $20, means you can get something worth $4 for free. Or, pick up a CVS gift card for $5, pay the extra $1 OOP, and save that $5 gift card for your next visit. Rinse and Repeat, and you’ve got quite the deal! 😉

Target offers several $5 off $25 opportunities. These can be stacked, meaning, in your $25 purchase there is pet food and groceries, you should be able to use all three. Here are some links I know about, all from a generator:

$5 off $25 pet purchase
$5 off $25 purchase

There are other coupons on the web for Target. Always check Target.com, at the bottom look at Supertarget/Groceries for coupons. There’s one for M&M’s that should be very nice with after Halloween clearance! Also, they are putting out their Toy Book on Sunday–watch it and their website for toy coupons. Last, the Pet section of their website also has coupons.

Last, there’s a deal this week at Target on Rold Gold pretzels. Clip the manufacturer coupon, add the Target coupon for Lays Products, and you’ve got FREE pretzels!


Free Juicy Juice–Fraud by Nestle?

I’ll write in more detail later, but for those of you now hearing that Juicy Juice is claiming their coupon for free Juicy Juice is fraudulent, here’s a few facts to remember.

1. They posted the coupon on their site, in pdf form, for parents. It was a parent teacher booklet that was addressed to parents, and had a free coupon inside of it. The coupon has an expiration date of 12/31/07.

2. They are now claiming that it was never on their site, and that its a coupon from 2006 that’s been altered. That’s a lie. They had it posted on their website, easily found through three searches in their own search box.

1. Parent Teacher conference

2. Scholastic

3. Free Juicy Juice
3. Using copied coupons is fraud. If you are using this coupon in any other format than the original pdf, that is fraud. If you are using one that’s been cut and paste into 6 or 8 per printable page, according to the coupon industry, that is fraud. However, if you are using the coupon as originally intended, as originally distributed by the manufacturer, that is NOT fraud. I spoke with Juicy Juice at length yesterday about it, and they said the same thing.

If you are fighting them and would like a screen shot, check out Google’s cache of the page.

Yesterday they admitted to me and others that it was their mistake–that they intended to have the coupon removed. But they didn’t. And now they are crying fraud to try to cover their rears. But it wasn’t fraud. It was their mistake. Nestle is famous around the world for poor business practices. Let’s not let them do it again!

Here are a couple of email responses people got when they contacted Nestle or Juicy Juice directly earlier in the week to verify its validity:

Two different responses from Juicy Juice in the past 24 hours:

“Thank you for taking the time to contact Nestl® Juicy Juice® Website regarding our internet coupons. We welcome questions and comments from loyal consumers such as yourself and appreciate this opportunity to assist you.

We have read your email and researched your inquiry. This coupon is valid and you should be able to redeem it at your local grocery store.

At Nestl, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your feedback is valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services.

We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

Sincerely,

Stacey Neville
Consumer Response Representative”
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October 29, 2007

Dear Ms. Smith,

Thank you for taking the time to contact Nestl® Juicy Juice® Website regarding the coupon offer. We welcome questions and comments from loyal consumers such as yourself and appreciate this opportunity to assist you.

The coupon you inquired about is not a legitimate coupon. It was offered through the website for a very limited time and we are aware that they are being printed out and fraudulently offered through different website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
At Nestl, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your feedback is valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services.

We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

Sincerely,
Kelly Henry
Consumer Response Representative
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yet another answer….

October 29, 2007
Dear Ms. xyz,

Thank you for taking the time to contact Nestl® Juicy Juice® regarding online coupon. We welcome questions and comments from loyal consumers such as yourself and appreciate this opportunity to assist you.

The coupon offered on the Juicy Juice® website is legitimate and you should be able to redeem it at your local retailer. At Nestl, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your feedback is valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services.

We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.
Sincerely,
Kelly Henry
Consumer Response Representative

Ref: N15380098


Everybody Loves Free!

Everybody loves FREE!!

Its not Friday but this definitely deserves a post. There are three deals here.

First, for free candy, head over to Kmart and use the coupon for a free bag of candy.

While at Kmart, use this coupon for a free Polly Pocket!

Then, drive to Target, and get free diapers after free gift card. (This is a post on how to do it, search that site for the coupons, or go to ebay and buy 20 $2 off pampers coupons for about $2. Note that some users are using two different manufacturer coupons with success–$2 off the diapers, and a buy one pampers get one kandoo free, to get the wipes for free too.) Then use another Polly Pocket coupon.

While you’re getting all these freebies, why don’t you pick up some extras, and donate them to your local church, shelter, toy drive, etc.

If you like these deals and want more, I’ve got a newsletter going now.  What I’ve posted here is just the tip of the iceberg.  It costs $5 a month, and you’ll get a newsletter every week by email listing all the deals I currently use.  Including–links to printable coupons, freebies, and deal matching so you know where the hottest free (or super dirt cheap) deals are!  Email me at LittleMissKnowitAll at majorshopaholic dot com if you want to sign up!

Have fun!


Bill Richardson

I am starting a new series today. Mondays on Truth in Politics are now designated to Comparing the Campaigns. This new category will see posts each Monday that contain campaign ads for each of the Democrat candidates for President. Since most of us do not live in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, we are not seeing the ads that the campaigns are running.
Today, we begin with Bill Richardson. I have always been impressed by Richardson–his experience sets him apart from the pack, his leadership has always impressed me. He has a sense of humor, and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. I especially like his diplomatic approach to world issues–issues he worked on as UN Ambassador. I’m not sure about his position on Iraq, but I do admire his forthright nature in presenting his ideas. He also has great ideas, and experience in environmental cleanup, and energy policy change.

The first one is not a presidential campaign ad, but from his last gubernatorial campaign. I included it because it shows his humor and personality. See his Iraq ads below. Love the line “Because being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy.” Love it!
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His Energy Policy…

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Deals Days

First, let me congratulate Al Gore on his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Global Climate change. I am enjoying watching others recognize the gifts he possesses, realizing what a jewel we lost. Realizing what kind of president we could have had, instead of voting for someone who entertained us. Our loss, his gain! As disappointed as I am in our president, I have to be honest and realize that Al Gore could never have made the movie he did, or have the influence he does if he was President, chained to a political system that requires a daily tightrope walk. The freedom from that system has allowed him to be a bigger long term influence on world culture than he would have been as President.

Now, on to the deals.

This week, I began a love affair–with Target. I’ve discovered that they not only have grocery coupons on their website, but they allow you to combine their coupons with manufacturer coupons, meaning that many products this week were either free or at least greatly reduced. Some examples–Toaster Strudels for $1.59, after coupons, for 2 cents. Goldfish crackers $1.33, after coupons, for 35 cents. Betty Crocker boxed potatoes $1.29, after coupons, for 25 cents. Those are just some examples. . As always, you can find lots of discussion about this at Slickdeals on their Target board.   There are lovely men and women there ready to share all their tricks of the trade–and the latest free deal!

While you’re printing out coupons, why not head over to ToysRUs and pick up a free toy? With this coupon you can get a free Hot Wheels car or Littlest Pet Shop Animal–no purchase necessary. Valid until 10/13.

Fan of Satellite Radio? Try XM for three months free and free activation, with code XMSCION03. There are no obligations, no credit card on file. You will not be billed after that. If you like it and want to stay, or already have XM for $12.95 a month, call and ask for the $77 a year deal, using code ZWINBACK. You may have to threaten to cancel, but the deal exists and they are authorized to give it out.

If you buy a lot of diapers, head over to your local Walgreens, armed with Pampers coupons, and look for the clearance on Feel N Learn diapers. They are clearanced for $5.50 a pack–with the standard $2 off coupon, you can get a pack of diapers for $3.50, a $5 savings off normal price. Sure, Feel N Learns and Easy Ups aren’t as convenient as Pull Ups (they don’t have the resealable sides) but they are decent and a great price! Target has Luvs coupons on their website and Luvs had a coupon in last week’s paper–meaning you could get $3 off a package of Luvs too.

If I find anymore, I’ll add them to the list. All in all I’ve come home this week with $200 of food and other household needs for $40. Enjoy the savings!


Bill Clinton

Guess who got the most out of this photo op?

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Deals R Us

Earlier this week I posted on a deals website called Slickdeals. Its a great resource for discounts and freebies. Another similar site would be Fatwallet, but it doesn’t seem to be as extensive as Slickdeals.

I have gotten a number of great deals lately using these two websites. I thought that instead of being stingy, I would begin to share the legitimate deals with you. So I’ve added a new category–Deals R Us. Check there weekly to see any deals I’ve spotted. I’ll have just one post per week, which I will update as new deals become available.

To start us off, here’s a couple of great ones:

Amazon.com is offering three classic family board games for $15, including shipping. Purchase Monopoly Here and Now, Trouble and Life. Here and Now will be free, and Amazon will give you free shipping. There are also rebates available on these games, totalling $8, so after rebates your cost is only $8. These make great Christmas gifts!

Purchase anything at Buy.com and use Google checkout for the first time to receive a $10 credit. The item must be at least $10 before shipping to qualify. They have a great deal on 2 gb micro-SD cards right now, $22 before google credit, making it $11, including shipping.

Music fans can get free Itunes for signing up for Ticketmaster’s Facebook site. They’ll give you 5 credits, and you can immediately unroll from the Ticketmaster group.

AT&T is offering free ringtones. Enter your telephone number and get your free code. I’ve found that I can enter any number, not just my cell number and get multiple codes.

Domino’s Pizza has a deal in some areas for a free medium 1 topping pizza. Enter the code ‘click’ under promotions to see if its available in your area.

Parents of preschoolers will appreciate the Letter Factory DVD from Leapfrog being on sale for $3 using code 5LD78 to get $5 off.

The Discovery Channel Store is offering $10 off a $10 or more purchase if you use Paypal when you check out.  Checkout their gel based ant farm–the gel is their habitat and food.  Its very cool and a show and tell favorite!

Cellhut is offering a $15 discount if you use Google Checkout.  Get a Razr phone pak (usb cord, earphone and case) for $3 with code D2BCEL

Last, I learned about Angel Food Ministries, a wonderful organization that sells boxes of food for $25. This is a week’s worth of food, worth about $50-$75 in groceries. There are meats, sides, breakfasts, lunches, the works. Everything is fresh or frozen, these are not cast offs, expired foods or low-quality. AFM seeks to increase the nutrition of families everywhere. Visit their site to see the dropoff location near you!


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