The Coupon Lady: Coupon swap begins at Chick-fil-A; February sales

I have been overwhelmed with e-mails requesting my attendance at events and to schedule future coupon classes.


I know that several readers are anxiously awaiting for the next coupon class announcement, and I hope to have classes starting shortly. I would like to thank all my readers for all the prayers, e-mails, messages and calls regarding my father and husband. Words cannot express the gratitude that my family has felt.

Now, I am excited to share some coupon news with you: On Jan. 24, I was invited to attend the first coupon swap event at the Chick-fil-A at Mullins Crossing. I am excited to help Chick-fil-A kick off its newest community event and encourage all my readers to attend a future meeting. The Chick-fil-A coupon swap will meet from 10-11 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. The second coupon swap will be Feb. 28.

I plan on also attending the February meeting and will once again be sharing couponing tips, answering questions and sharing my organization skills with guests. Attendees are encouraged to bring coupons and binders and to chat with me and the other local couponers.

On Jan. 31, I will attend the Aldi’s grand opening on Bobby Jones Expressway. I will be there to talk with the managers. I will share Aldi’s coupon policy with you along with any tips on how to make the most of this new shopping choice.

In just a few short days, we will be beginning a new month. For a couponer, a new month brings new sales and clearance finds. Here’s what to expect in February:

February is National Hot Breakfast Month, so look for savings on frozen pancakes and waffles, syrup and grits. Look for savings from brand names including Post, Quaker, Kelloggs, General Mills and Eggo.

It is also National Heart Health Month. Look for sales on low-dose and regular aspirin, vitamins and supplements, along with manufacturer-brand products that promote a low cholesterol lifestyle.

Another promotion in February is Canned Food Month, so look for great deals on canned items such as tuna, chicken, vegetables, beans and fruits. In addition to finding coupons in The Augusta Chronicle, you might want to check out product Web sites for exclusive high-value coupons for your favorite canned food brands.

Pet owners should be on the lookout for deals on pet foods and supplies. Pet food sales will be found on brands such as Pedigree, Eukanuba, Purina and Iams. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you register at Petco and PetSmart for your store savings cards. If you register your card on its Web site, you will receive both e-mails and mailings that contain exclusive coupons and sales offers.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Look for deals in drugstore and grocery store ads on items such as candy, chocolates, flowers and gifts.

Feb. 10 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Some Asian product brands will have promotions on items such as soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, canned water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, noodles, stir fry packages and kits, and frozen dinner items.

Other promotions this month are the National Children’s Dental Health Month, Great American Pies Month, National Cherry Month, National Snack Food Month, National Fiber Focus Month and National Grapefruit Month.

According to All You magazine, February is the best month to buy fragrances, electronics and humidifiers. Fragrances are often featured with Valentine’s Day sales as a waistline-friendly alternative to chocolates and are a popular gift. New models of MP3 players, DVD players and digital cameras are announced at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Vegetables in season this month include artichokes, broccoli, celery, fennel, collard greens, chard, celery root, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, leeks, kale, radish, carrots, Haas avocados, red potatoes, russet potatoes and spinach. Fruits in season this month are grapefruits, kiwis, lemons, Navel oranges, raspberries and some varieties of strawberries.