Back from Brussels, Pittenger urges caution in Syria

Congressman Robert Pittenger of Charlotte was on FOX News Wedneday where he questioned the wisdom of military action in Syria. Pittenger had just returned from a meeting in Burssels where he met with the NATO ambassador and others.

"While the use of weapons of mass destruction by President Bashar Assad is ruthless and act of barbarism, there are outcomes even more horrific,'' Pittenger, a Republican said.

"The real threat before the west, Israel and other Arab states is: Who has the ultimate possession of weapons of mass destruction following the civil war? The fall of Assad could well result in those deadly chemical and biological weapons falling into the hands of Hams, Hezbolla, al Queda or Muslim Brotherhood.''

Chris Fitzsimon on voter ID and Wake redistricting

"Who cares about the rights of 130,000 people?'' asks Chris Fitzsimon on his blog which can be found at weekend Follies column at

Apparently it is ok to make it more difficult for 100,000 registered voters in North Carolina to cast their ballots. That was one of the interesting outcomes of the debate this week about the unnecessary voter ID bill making its way through the House.

Lawmakers heard from DMV officials that 318,000 of the state’s more than 6.4 million registered voters could not be matched with DMV records and that 171,000 of those people did not vote in the last two elections.

That information followed reports last year that more 600,000 people did not have a government-issued photo ID, though most people understood at the time that number was high because of confusion about name changes due to marriage and other factors.

Hamilton defends her fracking vote

Rep. Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from Wilmington, took a lot of flak this week for crossing party lines to vote to override the fracking bill veto on the last night of the session Monday. At the same time, the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved an extension of tax incentives for the movie industry, smack in her district.

Two coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper

This Sunday's newspaper will have two good-sized coupon inserts - one from Red Plum and the other from Smart Source. The coupons will have a face value of $150. But since we have such generous coupon policies at the stores in our area, with doubles, Super Doubles and triple coupon opportunities, the coupons are really worth far more.

And don't forget, all the coupons will be listed in our coupon database early Sunday morning so if you've got a Sunday morning shopping trip on your agenda, we've got you covered.

Friday freebies time

I've got a freebie for you today, one for Saturday and one to put on your calendar.

Centsible Saver blog to launch this Sunday

Change is coming to The N&O's coverage of the weekly grocery and drugstore sales, freebies and the Triangle deals scene.

Starting Sunday morning, I'll be launching a new blog called the Centsible Saver.

Deal alert: $2 tank tops at Old Navy

Old Navy will be offering tank tops for two bucks this weekend, a great deal for the summer.

The deal is on for Saturday and Sunday, but if you click here, you can print a coupon that will get you the $2 tanks on Friday.

That way you won't have to fight the weekend crowd and you'll get the best selection.

The $2 sale includes solid rib-knit tanks in the women's, girls' and toddler girls' departments. There's a limit of 10 per customer.

Help end the NFL lockout, score some free wings

Here's a fun freebie for football fans worried about the NFL lockout.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering six free wings if you sign the restaurant's "Save our Season" petition on Facebook and the lockout ends on or before July 20, the first date of training camp.

There are two Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the Triangle: 148 Shenstone Blvd.
in Garner and 6700 Knightdale Blvd. in Knightdale.


50-cent Redbox movies for the kids

Looking for things to keep your kids happy this summer?

Here's a cheap thrill:

Redbox is offering 50-cent movies on Wednesdays through July 27.

Reporting in from Harris Teeter Super Doubles: $75.71 in groceries for $5.33

I admit it. I was among the Super Double coupon shoppers at Harris Teeter roaming the aisles by 6:30 this morning. I saw lots of folks armed with coupon binders, studying shopping lists and filling their carts with free and insanely cheap groceries.

Wednesday deals (June 22-28)

The big news at the grocery stores this week is obviously the Super Doubles promotion happening at Harris Teeter. In case you missed it,  check out my good deals list here. In addition to Super Doubles, Harris Teeter has some outstanding BOGO sales.
The best of the rest:  Aldi has some pretty impressive deals on fresh fruit, including cantelope for 99 cents each and peaches, plums and nectarines for 69 cents per pound. Lowes Foods has got a good deal on toilet paper and a killer deal on Pantene hair products. And Food Lion is continuing its "Big Deal" promo, which includes 75-cent 2-liter Pepsi products again.

Keep reading for all the good deals.....and feel free to jump in and tell us what bargains you spotted this week.


Harris Teeter Super Doubles: A good deals list for the Triangle

In anticipation of Super Doubles at Harris Teeter this week, I did a little coupon reconnaissance mission at my local store today and came up with a list of good deals for shoppers in the Triangle.

Starting with the list compiled at, I verified sales dates and coupon values, which can vary from region to region, adding and subtracting deals as necessary for the Triangle area.

No deals list is perfect, but I'm hoping you'll find this one helpful as you make your Super Doubles plan of action.


New Chick-fil-A opening = free food for a year

Chick-fil-A fans take note.

The Georgia-based chain will open a new restaurant in Sanford on Thursday, which means you have the chance to score yourself a year's worth of Chick-fil-A for free.

But this is definitely not a freebie for the faint of heart.

Celebrate first day of summer with a couple of freebies

*Less than 24 hours until the first day of summer, which means less than 24 hours until you can get a coupon for a free Nestle Drumstick ice cream cone.

It's another one of those Facebook offers, but the company is promising to give away 100,000 cones so with any luck you should be able to get one without a problem.
Click here to get your free coupon and start your summer. The freebie begins at noon Tuesday. So be ready.

*Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Durham is also celebrating the first day of summer with a giveaway.

The restaurant at 4104 Surles Court (next to Walmart and Sam's Club ) is giving away free 12 oz. Strawberry Lemonade hand-dipped milkshakes. The free milkshakes will be free all day, while supplies last.

 The Strawberry Lemonade milkshake is new to the menu and will be available through the month of July.

Coupon database updated with today's coupons

I've updated the coupon database to include all the coupons from today's Smart Source and Red Plum inserts.
Many Sundays, the coupons are familiar, having been periodically released over and over again for years.
This Sunday, however, there were a few rarities, including the set of three coupons for Tom's of Maine deodorant, soap and toothpaste. You almost never see coupons for these products so if you're a lover of Tom's products, it may be worth it to you to buy a couple of extra newspapers for the coupons.

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