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by Freebies4Mom on May 5, 2008 2:01 pm

This is the place to leave a comment on the Grocery Gathering. Please provide any suggestions you have for improving the Grocery Gathering (new stores to add, format changes, etc.) by posting a comment here. Please only leave one comment per person. You can also email me your comment.

I will be drawing 5 names at random on Friday evening to forward to BeCentsAble as entries in the Great Gathering Giveaway for $100 cash. Read more about the Great Gathering Giveaway and how you can get additional entries in this great big giveaway by leaving comments on other blogs!

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Laura in Texas May 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I was going to suggest adding HEB to the Thursday list, but I found HEB on the list today! Now if HEB would only double coupons….

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ajm11 May 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I think it is a great resource. Extremely useful. One weakness – for lack of a better word – I found was that the first time I went on it I sat there clicking on “Monday gathering” like 20 times assuming it was doing nothing. It had of course gone to the Monday page but you would not realize this without scrolling down. I’m sure very few people find this problem – but there has to be at least a handful whom are un-computer savvy like myself.

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Angela May 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Perhaps they could have more than one person host the grocery store deals. For example beans and rice host the Safeway deal and she was traveling on vacation and couldn’t do it. If they have more than one person then we should always have a report each week.

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momsoffaith May 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I LOVE GROCERY GATHERING! I will say that the only problem I have is that SaveALot is not one of the featured stores. I know it’s a regional thing, but it would still be great to see it on there for those of us who live near one!

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Heather May 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Charlene’s comment via email “For Grocery gathering I would love to see Raleys and/or Longs Drugs. Also some of the ladies are a little slow to post deals (like Denise or Sisterly Savings) and by the time they get them up the stores are out of nearly everything. This week’s Rite Aid is a great example since makeup is BOGO with MQ out there making lots of stuff free and she still doesn’t have the breakdowns listed. HTH!”

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Sarah May 5, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I love this resource!! If I had to pick some things, though…it would be..1. Add Marsh to the list. I know they went bankrupt a while back, but there are still quite a few stores out there. I’d even be willing to host it when I got my new site up.2. The site definitely needs a redesign. Again, something I’d offer to do if they were interested…something much cleaner and three columns. Those are my two biggest. It would be great if they were self-hosted…but that kind of goes against the whole “centsable” part of it since it costs money *lol*

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Ats' parents May 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm

I think it’s a great concept. The site as it is right now is not very user-friendly. I think they can reduce the fonts so as to make it more compact. Also, the color scheme looks very dull. Maybe they can brighten things up a little that way.

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magidraki May 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Store suggestion: Wegmans ๐Ÿ™‚

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Marin May 5, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I love BeCentsible; it has SO many great resources! But I agree that it doesn’t feel very user-friendly. I’ve found it tricky to find things; it takes a lot of steps to get where you want to go. A more compact format would be great!

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laura May 5, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I found it tough to navigate, but great resource

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rondadoug May 5, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Interesting concept…but not very user friendly..maybe with more visits it will become easier.

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Toystory May 5, 2008 at 7:23 pm

First day here, but I love the freebies list from Walmart and I’d love to be entered.

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Lorraine May 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm

where it says no gimmick here on right side, there seems to be some type overlay.

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CanCan May 5, 2008 at 8:07 pm

This doesn’t really have much to do with the weekly deals, but I think it would be nice to have an Aldi price list where you could compare, for example, a jar of pasta sauce is regularly $1.09…is that better or more expensive than this weeks deal on pasta sauce at another store?

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The Pelhams May 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I would like to se Hy-Vee and Fareway on the list. Also King Soopers which is in Colorado would be great, my sister lives out there and shops a lot there, and i know she would love to be able to find some great deals!!

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NeedANap2 May 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Like another commenter, I didn’t realize I needed to scroll down to see what was going on. It might help to specify regional store sale dates (I know Kroger sale ad dates are different in other areas). And adding a comment besides just listing what’s on “sale” this week but if it’s actually a *good* price.

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Jenna May 5, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I enjoy checking out all the great deals, like a previous comment HyVee and Fareway would be awesome!

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One Frugal Girl May 5, 2008 at 11:03 pm

The concept is a great one, but to get to the information I had to scroll and click quite a bit. One suggestion: try to condense the size of the text and consolidate the links.

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Bunny B May 5, 2008 at 11:21 pm

It’s a great site although I do think that they need a better site design/theme. It would be easier to navigate that way. Thanks!

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topaztook May 5, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I looked at this last week at your suggestion and was glad to see that they do have Cub on the list (so many times it seems that we Minnesotans get left out of such lists) — but no Rainbow (Roundy’s), the main competitor here. I like the easy navigation to the different stores deals, within one post. I also read the tips on coupon organization and am trying their method for now. It would be helpful if the deals listings included expiration dates for the coupons suggested: I wanted to do a Mission tortilla deal last week with a coupon, but I didn’t get to the store until Friday. The coupon expired on Wednesday.

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ispeakbeanish May 6, 2008 at 12:51 am

I love the Grocery Gathering. I think my only suggestion is to see if there is any way to have all of the Monday posts/stores in one place and all of the Thursday posts/stores in one place. It seems to be a bit dis-jointed sometimes. But I definitely appreciate getting the information! Thanks!

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morgan May 6, 2008 at 9:36 am

Like the idea of the site but I found it hard to use. And the stores I use are not up to date. I would also like to see Frys up there.

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dolls123 May 6, 2008 at 10:04 am

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Gina @ MoneywiseMoms May 6, 2008 at 11:57 am

I think it’s a great resource, but I think there should be some consistency between the sites. For example, some of the sites list applicable coupons to make truly good deals. The one that I always check (because it’s my local store) only repeats what’s in the ad, and that’s not helpful at all. I want to know what’s actually a low price and what coupons (newspaper or IP) that I can apply to save even more.

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Heather May 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

April’s entry via email “Anyway, I love the grocery gathering! The only thought I had, like many others, is that it is a little difficult to navigate.”

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Frugal in Virginia May 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

I love the Grocery Gathering, but I agree with the others that its a bit difficult to navigate. Also, I would love to see Giant and Harris Teeter added.Thanks!

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Holly May 6, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I think it is a great resource. I especially like the broken down prices of diapers. But, like others, I found it difficult to navigate. I also thought the top banner was too large. A little too much scrolling needed to figure out what you were going to get to.

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My Good Cents May 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

I agree it’s an excellent idea and resource.. I get a bit confused trying to navigate the site… I think with a few tweaks in the design, it would be HUGE… It’s truly an excellent idea!

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Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy May 7, 2008 at 7:45 am

We just used the Walgreen’s offer for the free 8*10! I only paid 21 cents! Great site, I added your link to my blog!

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Sara L May 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I wish deals from Giant (different from Giant Eagle or Giant PA) was offered.

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brenda914 May 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Alittle difficult to navigate…but over all nice site.

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Melissa Osborn May 8, 2008 at 7:48 am

I think it is a great resource and kudo’s to all the hard work going on. My suggestions might be a bit of leg work, but I’d love to see a Sam’s list. They don’t have a flyer, but they do have deals. I’m in OK and we have Crest. If that’s more than just here, it would be awesome to have a list for it. They have a great meat counter.

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K.Q. May 8, 2008 at 8:21 am

Ohhh! I was thinking Sam’s too. But, it would take some work! Love the site.

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Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad May 8, 2008 at 8:32 am

Maybe letting us know who all doubles coupons? I am not sure…your site is great!

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Amy Elizabeth May 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

I have been interested in starting a Long’s Drugs habit too. Only I have trouble finding resources online for that store so have been hesitant to start. I pick up the rebate books and fliers each month and they have some great deals. Deals that could be amazing with coupon match-up too. As good as Walgreens? CVS? Not sure, but Maybe it is time to check it out.

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margie May 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

I would love to see more stores like Albertsons or Vons featured. In CA we don’t have all those stores mentioned like aldi, hy-vee,Fareway. Thanks.

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icunursemicki May 8, 2008 at 10:57 am

Love the site…..my suggestion would be aome kind of chart that lists store, items, price, and coupons needed (links if necessary)…..this would make it alot easier and would be easy to copy and take to the store with me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Diana May 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I just learned about this site and I am excited to get started.

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Kari May 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Just learning the site! It is wonderful that this is offered! Is there a place that shows what stores do doubles? Just curious! Wow this seems like a daunting task…way to go!!!! It is showing to be helpful already for me.

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Ruth Ann May 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I’ve been to the site before – but haven’t frequented it b/c I find it difficult to navigate.

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Heather May 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Jonna’s entry via email “I am really new to this idea of checking out deals. I had a hard time figuring out how to post. I love all the coupon’s a great money saving deals. I will continue checking you all out frequently. Thanks”

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Heather May 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Colleen’s entry via email “I also agree to add Wegmans..it is a great store with lots of variety.”

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binkwaffle (Holly) May 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm

How about a gallery of sorts for all of our photos of our savings?I didn’t know about this site until just now. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this.

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callmekelly May 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

I don’t know that I have any suggestions on improvements. There is a lot of information to take in. Very helpful though.

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Heather May 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I’m closing this giveaway to entries.

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