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Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning!


I was very happy with the selections of coupons in today’s paper, particularly the Raleigh News and Observer. My Raleigh paper had three inserts- 2 Smart Source and one Red Plum, while my Wilmington paper only had one Red Plum. As we’ve all seen, this can vary from store to store, even within a city, so let me know if you saw something different.


Raleigh Red Plum


Whiskas Cat Food, Right Guard Products, Various Loreal Hair and Skincare Products, Crave Cat Treats, Black Flag Products, Aquafresh for Kids, Dunkin Donuts, Maybelline Makeup, Superpretzel, Deer Park, Gain Detergent, Gain Fabric Enhancer, Gillette Disposables, Dermasilk, Ball Park Angus Franks, Ball Park Products, Zatarains Rice, Zatarians Frozen Entrees, Keebler Chips Deluxe, Nutrigrain Bars, Osteo Biflex, Sundown, Centrum, Pronutrients Supplements, Real Simple Magazine, Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster, Marcal Paper Products, Nivea Lotions, Face Care, Body Products, and Body Wash, Turkey Hill Ice Cream


Wilmington Red Plum (blue only)




Whiskas Cat Food, Right Guard Products, Various Loreal Hair and Skincare Products, Crave Cat Treats, Black Flag Products, Aquafresh for Kids, Dunkin Donuts, Maybelline Makeup, Superpretzel, Deer Park, Gain Detergent, Gain Fabric Enhancer, Gillette Disposables, Dermasilk, Ball Park Angus Franks, Ball Park Products, Zatarains Rice, Zatarians Frozen Entrees, Keebler Chips Deluxe, Nutrigrain Bars, Osteo Biflex, Sundown, Centrum, Pronutrients Supplements, Real Simple Magazine, Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster, Marcal Paper Products, Nivea Lotions, Face Care, Body Products, and Body Wash, Turkey Hill Ice Cream

Wow! As you can see, you would miss out on quite a few of the coupons if you only get the Wilmington paper. The Ball Park coupons are awesome, particularly if you use them with this week’s Meal Deal. It would bring the cost down to only $4.89 for the entire meal! Also, Nutrigrain Bars are on sale this week EVIC for $1.97, so if you use the coupon above you would get them for $1.47 each. 

Let’s move on to the Smart Source inserts, which for me were only in the Raleigh papers.

Smart Source #1

Oscar Meyer Selects Hot Dogs, Oscar Meyer Selects Cold Cuts, Oscar Meyer Select Bacon, Hersheys Drops,  Hershey’s Chocolates, Dole Real Fruit Bites, Dole Frozen Fruit Cups, Dole Frozen Fruit, BIC Razors, Ortega Products, Hershey’s Syrups, Lunchables, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete Filters, Scotch-Brite Pads, Filtrete Water Filters, Genteal for Eyes, Systane, I-Caps, Opti-Free, Assorted Air Wick Products, Keri, Gas X, Various Lysol Products, Harmony Dry Food for Dogs or Cats, Pert, Dole Fruit Shakers, Dole Canned Pineapple Juice, Resolve, Zaditor, Genteal, Claritin, Phillips Sonicare Products

Smart Source #2

Band Aids, Cortaid, Neosporin, Johnson and Johnson Red Cross, Benadryl, Silk, Fiber One, V8 Splash, Green Works Products, Aveeno Lotions, Body Wash, Hair Care, and Sun Care Products, Zyrtec, Johnson’s Baby Products, Colgate, Goodnites Bed Mats, Huggies, Visine, Pepcid, Poise Pads, Ge Lightbulbs, Scott Paper Products, Hormel Entrees, Depends, K-Cups, Valley Fresh Natural Chicken, Spot Shot, 2000 Flushes, Carpet Fresh, Neutrogena Naturals Facial Products, Pagoda Express, Smithfield Glazed Ham Steaks or Regular Steaks, Jollytime Popcorn, Sargento Natural Blends Cheese, Grande Chips, Schiff Move Free Products, Mrs. Pauls Parchment Bakes, Pain Bust R11, Ban, Clairol, Act Mouthwash, Science Diet Ideal Balance Dry Dog Food 

This week it will certainly pay if you can get up and grab that Raleigh paper!

Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning!

This week there are supposed to be two inserts in each newspaper- one Red Plum and one Smart Source. However, I looked through many papers and only found one Red Plum in my Raleigh News and Observer. I was disappointed, as the Smart Source in the bigger cities this week was supposed to be really good. I did find both a Smart Source and a Red Plum in my Wilmington paper.

Below is the list of what coupons were in each of my inserts:

Raleigh Red Plum:

Dove Mens Products, Axe Mens Products, Suave Mens Hair and Body Wash, Degree for Men, Vaseline Lotion, Country Crock Spread, Hellmans, Knorr Recipe/Sauce/Gravy Mix, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Angel Soft, Goodlife for Cats, Advil, Alavert, Quaker Stila Cookie Bars and Bits, Hillshire Farm Grilled Chicken Breast, Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies, Loreal Eye, Eyeliner, Excellence or to-Go Shade, Tennessee Pride and Hawaaiian Bread and Eggs, Folgers Coffee, Dove Products for Women, Ponds, Rhodes Bread or Rolls, Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, Hardees, McCormick Products, Perdue Oven Ready Products, HillshireFarm Rope Sausage, Sara Lee Creme Pie, Domino Agave Sugar, Bridgford Rolls or Monkey Bread, Purina Busy Chew Treats, Carbona Cleaning Products, Beggin Thick Cut Dog Treats, Wisk (nice $2 coupon)


I will say there were lots of coupons in the Red Plum Raleigh edition. Let’s check Wilmington!


Wilmington Red Plum: (blue only)

Dove Mens Products, Axe Mens Products, Suave Mens Hair and Body Wash, Degree for Men, Vaseline Lotion, Country Crock Spread, Hellmans, Knorr Recipe/Sauce/Gravy Mix, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Angel Soft, Goodlife for Cats, Advil, Alavert, Quaker Stila Cookie Bars and Bits, Hillshire Farm Grilled Chicken Breast, Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies, Loreal Eye, Eyeliner, Excellence or to-Go Shade, Tennessee Pride and Hawaaiian Bread and Eggs, Folgers Coffee, Dove Products for Women, Ponds, Rhodes Bread or Rolls, Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, Hardees, McCormick Products, Perdue Oven Ready Products, HillshireFarm Rope Sausage, Sara Lee Creme Pie, Domino Agave Sugar, Bridgford Rolls or Monkey Bread, Purina Busy Chew Treats, Carbona Cleaning Products, Beggin Thick Cut Dog Treats, Wisk (nice $2 coupon)


OK- the Wilmington Red Plum was extremely disappointing. Let’s see if the Wilmington Smart Source is any better:

Wilmington Smart Source:


Blue Natural Dog or Cat Foods, Dove Fruit Crisp, Halls, Palermos Pizza, Kotex products, Reynolds Wrap and Parchment Paper, Huggies Little Swimmers, Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Bread, French’s Onions, Dole Fruit Cans, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, French’s Worceshire Sauce, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Hydro Silk, White Cloud Bath Tissue, Neutrogena Face, Lip or Eye Makeup, Johnsonville Pork and Chicken Sausage, Mentos Gum, Betty Crocker Decorative Icing, NYM Haircare Products, Xenadrine Weight Loss, Pet Milk and Whipping Cream, Smithfield Bacon


I thought the Wilmington Smart Source was pretty good. In fact, I bought two copies of the Wilmington paper this week and only one Raleigh.


What did you find in your Sunday paper this morning?

Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning! Daylight savings time had me missing in action last week! I got up late and by the time I arrived to the store there were no Raleigh papers left! So I did not do a review last week.


This week I was up and at it again and I found two inserts in each newspaper- both had a Red Plum and a Smart Source. As usual, the Raleigh newspaper had more of a variety than the Wilmington paper but you can decide for yourself if it’s worth the extra hassle of going for the Raleigh paper today! Below are what coupons I saw in each.


Raleigh Red Plum had coupons for the following:


Catherines plus size clothes, Loreal Paris Skincare, Loreal Paris Revitalift, Loreal Shade of Preference, Suave Body Lotion, Suave Naturals (Mens or Kids Body Wash), Suave Deoderant, Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Kit, Suave Professionals Styling Product, Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner, Suave Scalp Solutions, Starburst, Life Savers or Jellybeans, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Dipps or Smashbar, Mars Easter Products, Pringles Cans, Pringles Snack Stacks, Sundown Vitamins, Domino Sugar, Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar, Domino Agave Nectar, Alka Seltzer, Nivea, Purina Friskies Treats, Purina Friskies Plus or Indoor Wet Cat Food, Purina Friskies Canned or Pouches Cat Food, Purina Mighty  Dog Food, Covergirl Lip or Eye Product, Covergirl Tone Rehab Foundation, Gain Laundry Products, Scope, Season Skinless and Boneless Sardines, Jimmy Dean Bowls, Mardi Gras Napkins.


Wilmington Red Plum had coupons for the following: (Blue only)


Catherines plus size clothes, Loreal Paris Skincare, Loreal Paris Revitalift, Loreal Shade of Preference, Suave Body Lotion, Suave Naturals (Mens or Kids Body Wash), Suave Deoderant, Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Kit, Suave Professionals Styling Product, Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner, Suave Scalp Solutions, Starburst, Life Savers or Jellybeans, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Dipps or Smashbar, Mars Easter Products, Pringles Cans, Pringles Snack Stacks, Sundown Vitamins, Domino Sugar, Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar, Domino Agave Nectar, Alka Seltzer, Nivea, Purina Friskies Treats, Purina Friskies Plus or Indoor Wet Cat Food, Purina Friskies Canned or Pouches Cat Food, Purina Mighty  Dog Food, Covergirl Lip or Eye Product, Covergirl Tone Rehab Foundation, Gain Laundry Products, Scope, Season Skinless and Boneless Sardines, Jimmy Dean Bowls, Mardi Gras Napkins.

As you can see, the Wilmington Red Plum was pretty sparse; however, neither was too exciting for me this week as I noticed they were loaded with pet food coupons and hair and make up product coupons that I do not use. Maybe you do, though! On do the Smart Source!

Raleigh Smart Source Insert had coupons for the following:

Stouffer’s Farmer’s Harvest Steam Perfect Bag, Stouffer’s Farmer Harvest Meals, Bayer Asprin, Phillips products, One a Day Adult or Teen Multivitamins, NeoSynephrine, Aleve, Flinstones, Citracal, Aleve-D, Wonderful Pistachios, Beneful Baked Delights, Purina Chef Michael’s, Alexia Frozen Items, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, Land o Lakes Butter, Land o Lakes Half n Half, Pull-Ups, Luster 1- hour White, Big Cup Noodles, Tetley Tea, Purina Dog Food, Huggies Slip on Diapers, Huggies Regular Diapers, Alouette Cheesees, Duke’s Mayo, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, Gortons, Clean and Clear, Land o Lakes Spreadable Butter, Dannon Danimals Crunchers, Alpine Lace Deli Cheese, Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop, French’s Dijon Mustard, French’s Honey Dijon or Horseradish Mustard, International Delight Iced Coffee, Crystal Light, OB Products, Carefree Products, Stayfree Products, Playtex Tampons, Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, Kaboom cleaning products, Neosporin, Lysol No-Touch Kitchen Starter System, Bausch and Lomb Alaway, Opticon and Soothe products, Lysol FREE rebate, Woolite, Mitchum Deoderants, Clairol Hair Color, Tresemme, Air Wick Products (8 different coupons), Easy-Off Cooktop or BBQ Grill Cleaner, Lime a way, Glass Plus, Easy-off Oven Cleaner, Mop N Glo, Old English, Allegra, Goodnites, Barilla Pasta Sauce and Noodles, BIC Razors, Capri Sun, Sherwin Williams


Wilmington Smart Source Insert had coupons for the following: (blue only)


Stouffer’s Farmer’s Harvest Steam Perfect Bag, Stouffer’s Farmer Harvest Meals, Bayer Asprin, Phillips products, One a Day Adult or Teen Multivitamins, NeoSynephrine, Aleve, Flinstones, Citracal, Aleve-D, Wonderful Pistachios, Beneful Baked Delights, Purina Chef Michael’s, Alexia Frozen Items, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, Land o Lakes Butter, Land o Lakes Half n Half, Pull-Ups, Luster 1- hour White, Big Cup Noodles, Tetley Tea, Purina Dog Food, Huggies Slip on Diapers, Huggies Regular Diapers, Alouette Cheesees, Duke’s Mayo, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, Gortons, Clean and Clear, Land o Lakes Spreadable Butter, Dannon Danimals Crunchers, Alpine Lace Deli Cheese, Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop, French’s Dijon Mustard, French’s Honey Dijon or Horseradish Mustard, International Delight Iced Coffee, Crystal Light, OB Products, Carefree Products, Stayfree Products, Playtex Tampons, Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, Kaboom cleaning products, Neosporin, Lysol No-Touch Kitchen Starter System, Bausch and Lomb Alaway, Opticon and Soothe products, Lysol FREE rebate, Woolite, Mitchum Deoderants, Clairol Hair Color, Tresemme, Air Wick Products (8 different coupons), Easy-Off Cooktop or BBQ Grill Cleaner, Lime a way, Glass Plus, Easy-off Oven Cleaner, Mop N Glo, Old English, Allegra, Goodnites, Barilla Pasta Sauce and Noodles, BIC Razors, Capri Sun, Sherwin Williams, Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts (green= Wilmington only)


The Wilmington paper did have two coupons that were not included in the Raleigh paper- Shredded Wheat and Grape Nuts! So if you want those coupons be sure to get the Wilmington paper. Otherwise, Raleigh definitely has more coupons.


Until next week……!

Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning! It’s the first of the month and that means one thing- lots of coupons in the Sunday paper. People were up and out early, too. By the time I got there (7:45) most of the Raleigh papers were gone. I checked another gas station and they were already sold out. 


Raleigh was supposed to have all three inserts- Red Plum, P&G and Smart Source. Mine, however, did not have the Smart Source and I checked many papers. My Wilmington Star News had all three inserts in it, albeit thinner versions.


Below is a list of what coupons came in my inserts this week!


Wilmington Star News


Smart Source Insert


Dr. Scholls, Campbells Soups, Mean Green Cleaner, Freschetta Pizzas, Jergens, Curel, Ban, John Freida, Biore, John Freida Precision Foam, Tyson Anytizers, Science Diet Pet Food, Smart Balance Milk, Bailey’s Creamers, Chuck E Cheese


Red Plum Insert


Paseo Bath Tissue and Facial Tissue, Emerald Nuts, Osteo-Bi Flex, Loreal Cosmetics, Loreal Paris Skincare, Zyrtec, Dole, On0Core Family Entrees, Rosina Meatballs, El Monterrey, Birds Eye, Jimmy Dean Delights, Jose Ole Taquitos, Zatarain’s, Goody’s, BC, All Laundry Detergent, 


Raleigh News and Observer 


Red Plum Insert


Paseo Bath Tissue and Facial Tissue, Emerald Nuts, Osteo-Bi Flex, Loreal Cosmetics, Loreal Paris Skincare, Zyrtec, Dole, OnCore Family Entrees, Rosina Meatballs, El Monterrey, Birds Eye, Jimmy Dean Delights, Jose Ole Taquitos, Zatarain’s, Goody’s, BC, All Laundry Detergent, Whiskas Dry Food for Cats and Whiskas Trays, Cesar Treats for Dogs, Pedigree, Maybelline Mascara, Listerine, Reach Toothbrush, Reach Floss, Bnegay, Brawny, Ball Park Angus Products, Ball ark Products, Mars Easter Candies, McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning Blend, Pop Tarts Mini Crisps, Pop Tarts, Ester-C, Kelloggs Cereals (any), Snuggle, Colace, Marvel Vitamins, Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Baskin Robbins


There was also a P&G insert in each paper that was the same.


Overall, the coupons this week were average. I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse, but they were still worth getting. If you can’t find the Raleigh paper, the Wilmington wasn’t too bad. 


Until next week…..

Star News vs. News and Observer

This morning I found two inserts in both cities’ newspapers. Both papers had the Pepsico Moments to Save inserts and they also had a Smart Source Insert. Let’s take a look at what each insert contained.


Wilmington Star News


Pepsico Moments to Save. 

Brisk Tea, SOBE Lifewater, Tostitos Chips and Dip, Ruffles, Pepsi 18, 20, 24 packs, Doritos, Cheetos or Fritos, Crush 2 liters, Starbucks Frapucchino, Pepsi Mini-cans, Lays Kettle Cooked Chips, Sun Chips, Monopoly Electronic Edition, Scrabble, SIMON or Yahtzee Games, Quaker Oatmeal or Cereals, Tropicana Orange Juices.


Raleigh News and Observer


The Pepsico Moments to Save had the exact coupons as listed above!


Wilmington Star News 

Smart Source Insert (Wilmington only had the Blue Items where as Raleigh had the blue plus more)

Planters Peanut Butter, Prego, General Mills Cereal Bars, Fiber One, Nature Valley, Fiber One Bars, Progresso Soups, Chex Mix, Cuties Oranges, Snyders, Krunchers Chips, Almond Accents, Mio Energy Liquid Water Enhancer, Kraft Fresh Take Cheese and Breadcrumb Mix, Philly Cooking Creme, Philly Indulgence Spreads, Kraft Milk Bite Granola Bars, Ensure, Glucerna, Gas X, Kerasal Nail Fungal Treatment, Pantene, Nice n Easy, Clairol, Belvita, GEvalia, Purina One Cat and Dog Food, Schick Mens Products, Soothe Lubricant, Hershey’s Candies, Cadbury or Resse’s, Honey Bunches of Oats, Zegerid, Beggin Strips, Neosporin, Bandaids, Air Wick, Louana Oil, Allegra, Aveeno, Snapple, Colgate Toothpaste, Colgate Toothbrushes, Splenda, Red Lobster


Wilmington also had Speed Stick, Zegerid, and Schick Hydro Silk for Women that I did not see in the Raleigh paper.



Raleigh News and Observer

Smart Source Insert

Planters Peanut Butter, Prego, General Mills Cereal Bars, Fiber One, Nature Valley, Fiber One Bars, Progresso Soups, Chex Mix, Cuties Oranges, Snyders, Krunchers Chips, Almond Accents, Mio Energy Liquid Water Enhancer, Kraft Fresh Take Cheese and Breadcrumb Mix, Philly Cooking Creme, Philly Indulgence Spreads, Kraft Milk Bite Granola Bars, Ensure, Glucerna, Gas X, Kerasal Nail Fungal Treatment, Pantene, Nice n Easy, Clairol, Belvita, GEvalia, Purina One Cat and Dog Food, Schick Mens Products, Soothe Lubricant, Hershey’s Candies, Cadbury or Resse’s, Honey Bunches of Oats, Zegerid, Beggin Strips, Neosporin, Bandaids, Air Wick, Louana Oil, Allegra, Aveeno, Snapple, Colgate Toothpaste, Colgate Toothbrushes, Splenda, Red Lobster

Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning! There was an arctic blast that came through last night so at the time I normally get my newspapers, around 6 a.m., the temperature outside was around 24 degrees! Brrrr! I was enjoying being snuggled up in my bed.


Today my Raleigh News and Observer had two different coupon inserts- one Red Plum and one Smart Source. My Wilmington Star News only had a Smart Source insert. I thought it would have both, so I was a bit surprised to see that.


Let’s compare the two Smart Source inserts from each newspaper. 


The Wilmington Smart Source insert had coupons for the following items:

SeaPak, Schiff, Hershey’s, Jolly Ranchers, Campbells Soups, Arm and Hammer, Bissell Carpet Cleaner, Science Diet Dog and Cat Food, Pet Trumoo Chocolate Milk, Schick Hydro Razor, Target Huggies Coupons, Pull-ups, Celestial Seasonings Tea, Huggies Diapers, Huggies Wipes, Kraft Parmesean Cheese, Johnsonville Sausage, John Frieda, Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Sorrento Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheeses, French’s Onions, Loreal Color, John Frieda Root Awakening, Axe Deoderant.


The Raleigh Smart Source insert had coupons for all of the above (except the Celestial Seasonings) PLUS:

Mrs. Dash, Mazola oil or spray, Hormel Compleats, Hormel Refrigerated Entrees, Lloyds BBQ, Hormel Country Crock, Hormel Always Tender, Activia, Boston Market, Pedia Sure, Kleenex, Newman’s Own Organic K-Cup or bag Coffee, Ocuvite, Planters Nut-trition, Shake n Bake, Ge Bulbs, Enfamil, Poise Hourglass Pads, Poise Products, Colgate, Glade Products (6 different coupons) Bissell Stomp n Go, Gold Bond, Cortizone Lotion, Cortizone 10, John Frieda (additional coupons), Chinet Comfort Cups, Waggin Train Dog Treats, Zantac, Arm  n Hammer Laundry Detergent.


Clearly, the Raleigh Smart Source was LOADED today and is the better option!


Since my Star News did not have a Red Plum (let me know if yours did), I will only list what was included in the Raleigh Red Plum:


IHOP, Centrum, Plus White, Sundown, Osteo Bi-Flex, MnMs, Got2B Product, Welch’s Grape Juice, Refrigerated Cocktail Juice and Jam or Jelly, Vitamin World Store Vitamins, Nivea Lotions, Body Wash for Women and Men, Face Care, Lip Care, Skin Firming, Clairol Hair Color, Nature’s Bounty, Fixodent, Secret, Olay Moisturizers, Sherman Williams.


Unless you can find a Wilmington paper with the Red Plum insert, I would definitely try to get the Raleigh paper. Even if your Wilmington paper does have a Red Plum, the Raleigh paper had more coupons in the Smart Source insert, too, so it’s the better bet this week!

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

This morning both my Raleigh Newspaper and my Wilmington newspaper had one Smart Source Insert. At first glance they appear to be very similar but the Raleigh feels thicker. Both papers had a nice selection of useful coupons, too!


The Raleigh paper had coupons for New York Brand Toast Products, Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks, Butterball Turkey Products, Tabasco Sauce, Campbells Soups, Kraft Cheese products (these are rare so I’m excited), Jose Ole, Wolfgang Puck Pasta Sauce, Pediasure, Starbucks, Ziploc bags and containers, Tylenol, Kotex Products, Dole Fruit Crisps, Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System, Scott paper products, Hormel and Lloyds Products, Cottonnelle, Pagoda Express, Goodnites Underwear, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Quattro, Naturelief, Colgate Toothpaste, Brita Pitchers, Pullups, Revlon, Welch’s Fruit n Yogurts, Dreamfields Pasta, Jergens, Dean’s Dips, Jolly Time Popcorn, Depend Products, Purina One Dog Food, Digiorno Pizzas, Friskies, Ortega Products, Pet Milk, Viva Paper Towels, Huggies Diapers and Wipes, Longhorn Steakhouse, Fruity Pebbles, Activia Yogurt, Scrubbin Bubbles, Pledge, Shout, Windex, Glade, Cape Cod, Eat Think Smile Bars, Revlon, Wisk, Sorrento Cheese, Act, Brisk Fusion Drinks.


The Wilmington paper was much thinner. It did not contain the New York Products coupons, Tabasco, Glade, Kraft Cheese, Lysol no-touch, Colgate, Dreamfields Pasta, Dean’s Dips, Purina, Friskies, Ortega, Fruity Pebbles, Scrubbin Bubbles, and possibly a few others that I may have missed. It is definitely thinner with more ads.


Overall, I would say to definitely get the Raleigh paper this week if you can! The Wilmington isn’t bad and still offers some great coupons but you will get more for your money with the Raleigh paper!


Until next week…….

Star News vs News and Observer: No Coupons til January!

You know Christmas and New Years is near when there are no more coupons! 


According to Southern Savers, there should not be any more coupons until January. I know this is disappointing to some of you, but take the time to clean out and organize your binders and oh, yes, RELAX and enjoy the holidays!


The good news is that when the coupons return in January, there are supposed to be lots of inserts filled with coupons!


Until 2012……..I’ll be doing posts here and there and also don’t forget the Delly’s Deals Coupon Binder drawing that’s coming up on Wednesday evening! “Like” Dellys Deals on Facebook for your chance to win a Deluxe Couponing Binder of your choice, with all the accessories!