Sunday, February 12, 2012

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!


  1. My star news had smart source and a red plum. My n&o had 2 smart source and 1 red plum, also a couple of coupons on the back of the Walmart ad.

  2. We had ZERO inserts for the Star News south of MJ near Ashley HS and at HT south of MJ. The N&O had one SS and one RP. :(

  3. That is why I have gotten obsessive bout checking mine before I leave the store!

  4. From Monkey Juntion to CBch only found 1 thin redplum, I also didn't see any Walgreens or CVS Flyers and I tried several stores ..What is happening with Star News??