Star News vs. News and Observer


Well, I hope you have your scissors ready because it’s going to be one of THOSE mornings!

Both the Raleigh and the Wilmington newspapers contained four inserts for me- 1 Proctor and Gamble, 1 Smart Source, and 2 Red Plum, inserts. The Proctor and Gamble inserts are both the same. At first glance, the Wilmington inserts definitely felt thinner than the Raleigh inserts, especially the Red Plums. Let’s take a closer look.

The Wilmington Smart Source has coupons for: Everybody’s Nuts Pistachios, Vlassic Pickles, Texas Toast Croutons, Revlon, RidX, Efferdent, Kraft Homestyle Mac n Cheese, Smithfield Bacon, Nexium, Heinz, Air Wick, and Eggland’s Best Eggs, plus ChuckECheese. 

The Raleigh Smart Source has coupons for all of the above minus the Nexium and Vlassic Pickles. It also had additional coupons: El Monterrery Snacks, Biz, Blue Diamond Nuts, Marzetti Dressings and Dips, Kleenex Hand Towels, Dannon Yogurt, Totinos Pizza, Pizza Rolls and Pizza Stuffers, Pillsbury, Chex Mix, Fiber One, Spot Shot, 2000 Flushes, Prevacid, Carpet Fresh, and X14 Stain Eliminator for Mold and Mildew, Speed Stick, Irish Springs, Palmolive, Softsoaps, Colgate, Colgate Toothbrushes, Dole Fruit Cups, Bayer, Revlon, Land O Lakes Deli Cheese, Kraft Mac n Cheese, Opti Free, Genteal, I Caps, Planters Peanuts, Hebrew National, Alka Seltzer, Mira Lax, Qnol and Scotch-Brite Wipes. There was also a neat Colgate rebate, too.

Clearly the Raleigh Smart Source wins as far as sheer number of coupons.

On to the Red Plum. Both papers had two Red Plum inserts. Let’s look at each one.

Wilmington Red Plum number one had coupons for: Hardees, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Riceworks, Furmanos Tomatoes, and lots of ads!

Raleigh Red Plum number one had coupons for: I Can’t Beleive it’s not butter, Lipton, Hellman’s Wishbone, Ragu, Bertolli Frozen Meals, Dove, Caress, QTips, Dove Deoderants, Dove Soaps and Body Wash, Degree Deoderants, Vaseline, Knorr Rice Sides, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Lipton Cup o Soup, Hillshire Farm, Smoked Sausage, M&Ms, Cheeze-Its, Goodlife Cat Treats, Furmanos, Pedigree Dog Treats, Estracell Sponges and Brillo Pads, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Vitamins, Tums, Porcelana, Riceworks, and Hardees.

The Raleigh Red Plum #1 is the winner again!

Finally, let’s look at the second Red Plum.

The Wilmington Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Marcal Paper Towels, Napkins or Bath Tissue, Digiorno, Loreal, and Cici’s Pizza.

The Raleigh Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Fancy Feast, Purina, Tidy Cats, Whisker Lickins, Mighty Dog, Tiny Bonz, Purina, Chef Michaels for Pets, Digiornos, CoffeeMate Natural Bliss, Stouffers Lasagne, Carnation, Boost, Loreal, Minute Rice, Dole Pineapple Cans, Kettle Brand Chips, Emerald Nuts, Pop Secret Products, Centrum, Advil, Robistussin, Dimetapp, Thermacare, plus a $10 Rebate on those Pfizer products, Marcal Paper Products, Pringles, Eucerin, and Cicis Pizza.

Again, the Raleigh paper wins for most coupons.

So, obviously, if you can get a Raleigh paper today, it will be well worth your while! So many awesome coupons are available, for pets and people!

Star News vs. News and Observer


This week there were two inserts in both newspapers for me. I had a Red Plum and a Smart Source in each paper. At first glance, the Wilmington Star News inserts feel thinner; let’s take a look and see which actually had more coupons.

The Wilmington Red Plum had coupons for: Loreal Paris eye products, Loreal Paris hair styling products, shampoo, and treatments, and Loreal Paris Skincare, Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, Superpretzels, Renuzit Adjustables, and LandOfrost wrap kits or sub sandwich kits.

The Raleigh Red Plum had all of the above PLUS Whiskas cat food, Uncle Ben’s products, Soft Scrub, Right Guard, Dry Idea Sticks Deoderant, Pupperoni, ERASE Face Lift, Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats, a ton of vitamin and supplement coupons, Special K Bars, Newman’s Own Salad Dressing, Salsa and Pizza, Vanity Fair Napkins and some Target-specific coupons for Charmin, Bounty, Bounty Basic. 

The Raleigh Red Plum is the clear winner!

The Wilmington Smart Source insert had coupons for: Reynold’s Wrap Pam Liner, Luden’s Cough Drops, Kibble Select, People Magazine, Chock Full o Nuts, Blistex, French’s Mustards, Pepsi, Lays Dips and Chips, ershey’s and Reece’s Candies, Johnsonville Sausages, Reynold’s Wrap Foil, Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners, and the Olive Garden.

The Raleigh Smart Source had coupons for all of the above except the Luden’s Cough Drops, Kibble Select, Blistex.

The Raleigh Smart Source ALSO had coupons for the following products that were not included in the Wilmington paper:

Kraft Dressings, Zone Perfect Bar or Multipack, Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Frosting, Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals, Pace Picante Sauce, Nathan’s Fries, Potatoe Pancakes and Onion Rings, Swanson Canned Chicken, Orville Reddenbacher’s Popcorn, Hunts Canned Tomatoes, Game Ball Icecream Cake, Franks Red Hot Sauce, Red Baron, Tony’s or Freschetta Pizzas, White Castle Burgers, Sargento Cheese, A1 Steak Sauce, Mt. Olive Pickles, Tyson Anytizers, Bissell Carpet Cleaning Powder or Foam, Bissel Stomp and Go Pads, Theraflu Products, Triaminic, Fleishchmann’s Yeast, Budweiser Sauce, Real California Cheese, Finish Products, French’s Worceshire Sauce, Neosporin Essentials, Oscar Meyer Carving Board or Cold Cuts, Lunchables with Fruit, Velveeta Cheese, Heluva Good Dips, Whonu Nutrition Rich Cookies, and Soothie Eye Products.

Well, the obvious conclusion for this week is to get the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper if you can get your hands on it! It DEFINITELY has more coupons this week!

Star News vs. News and Observer!


 Today there were two inserts in each newspaper- both had a Smart Source insert and both had a Red Plum insert. I personally thought the coupons were kind of “blah” this week, but there were still some good ones worth getting, particularly a few that will triple for Harris Teeter Triple coupon week through Tuesday night.

The Red Plum inserts were somewhat thin in both papers, but there were still some good coupons. I liked the $1.00 off of two Cheez-It coupons (Raleigh paper only), $.55 off of one Keebler Cookies coupons (Raleigh paper only and these will triple) and the Rhodes Rolls $.75 off coupons (these will triple and they were in both newspapers).

Both papers also had a lot of L’Oreal coupons and both papers also had the $.35 off of Born Free Natural Eggs coupons, which should triple this week, too. I’m also intrigued by the Sprayaway Glass cleaner ad and coupon in both papers- it claims to be the world’s best glass cleaner. They told me that if I try it once I’ll never use anything else! I guess I’m an easy sell because I’m going to give it a shot. The $.50 off coupons they offered should triple, so that makes it attractive as well.

For those of you with dogs, you will like the many dog food coupons that came in the Raleigh Red Plum insert. These were not included in the Wilmington paper, so keep that in mind. I also noticed a few cat food coupons in the Raleigh Red Plum, too. The pet food coupons are: $1 off 1 bag of Pedigree, Buy three cans of Pedigree, get one free, $1 off two Pedigree treats for dogs, $4 off Ultra Food for Dogs at PetSmart (may be able to use elsewhere). Also, there were $1.00 off Whiskas Dry Catfood and Buy two get one free Wiskas tray cat foods.

Now on to the Smart Source insert. It was also thinner than past weeks but still had some great coupons that were worth it. The Raleigh Smart Source was significantly thicker and had pretty much all the coupons that the Wilmington paper had plus more. I particularly liked the $.50 off Johnsonville Italian Sausage coupons (in both papers and will triple), the $.75 off Tombstone pizza (Raleigh paper only) and the $.45 off Archway cookies coupons (Raleigh paper only). I also will use the $1.00 off of Fruitables 8 pack juice coupons (Raleigh paper only) and I’m interested in the $.60 off Goldfish Sandwich bread coupon (will triple), which should make it a really good deal, Raleigh paper only. 

Both papers had the $.25 off 4 Campbell’s soup coupons (will triple) and the Dole Fruit Crisp coupons ($.50 off 1, which triples).

One nice bonus that I saw in the Raleigh Red Plum insert is the IHOP coupons on the front page of it! There were three Buy one Get one free meal coupons, valid M-F, no holidays, and then three 20% off your entire check, valid everyday except holidays. Those are certainly a bonus, since my husband loves to go to IHOP every now and then.

In conclusion, if I were you and I could get the Raleigh paper, I would definitely buy two copies of it and not bother with the Star News today. The Raleigh paper has pretty much the same coupons that are in the Wilmington paper plus more.

Until next week…….happy shopping!