I wanted to take a few minutes out to share with you what I’ve been thinking and feeling lately, and the decision that I made yesterday regarding coupon matchups here at The Coupon Project. I hope you’ll find the changes to be positive ones.
Now: a confession (in case you missed it). I’ve been personally shopping less and less at the drugstores. I’ve found with my busy life, I don’t have many brain cells left for rolling Register Rewards, coming up with complicated Rite Aid scenarios, or messing with multiple transactions. (As a matter of fact, the first Register Reward I’ve earned in months is sitting in the bottom of my coupon bag….expired. SIGH.) What I’ve also noticed is a lack of comments/shares/traffic on the drugstore matchups that Lori has been faithfully posting here for the past year. That’s a lot of time and money for a feature that’s not really getting used. On another level, I feel the complexity of drugstore shopping often runs contrary to the message I try to share: that couponing can be simple and sustainable for the long term.
A few months ago, I had to stop posting weekly Safeway deals as the gal that was contributing needed to step back to spend more time with her family. (Which by the way, I 100% respect.) I’ve not posted them since, but now the Just4U program has launched and many of you have expressed an interest in seeing more Safeway deals. Many of you have also expressed an interest in more QFC deals. I want you to be able to feel like The Coupon Project is a great resource for you to find what truly matters to you.
After some hard reflection, email exchanges with Lori, and including you in the process on Facebook, I’ve decided it’s time to make some changes. Effective immediately, here is the schedule you can expect on The Coupon Project:
Regular Coupon Matchups:
Fred Meyer: Saturday (no change)
Albertsons: Tuesday (no change)
Safeway: Tuesday (NEW)
QFC: Tuesday (NEW)
WinCo: Twice Monthly, 1st & 3rd Weeks, Tuesday or Wednesday (no change)
Grocery Outlet: Once Monthly, 2nd Week (NEW)
Rite Aid & Walgreens: Highlights/”Best of” deals only, Saturday (NEW)
Of course, there are many, many other stores I talk about here on the blog when I find a deal, but just don’t have a weekly matchup for. These include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Top Food & Drug, Target, the Office Stores (like Staples, Office Depot), local grocers (like Tacoma Boys, farmers markets), and the Asian Markets (like H Mart). At other points, I’ll more regularly report on some of these stores (for instance, during back to school season, you’ll see a lot more Target.) Each matchup takes considerable time (and in some instances, money) to make happen. Therefore, I’ve done my best to choose carefully which stores I want to highlight here.
Lori and I are discussing the best way to present a condensed version of the drugstore deals. If you have any suggestions, we’re all ears! We’re thinking of a “Top 10″ list or “Best of” list with links back to blogs that have provided more robust lists. Other thoughts/ideas are welcome.
I’m in the process of revamping the blog to reflect these changes (such as the sidebar button), so until then, hang tight, or just visit the “Archives” tab up at the Navigation Bar and locate the store you wish to find the most recent deals on.
Thank you for sharing your candid comments and thoughts. I do listen, and appreciate your input.