Stretch Your Dollars In Our Newest Section: The B-Town Coupon Page!

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We know that all our smart Readers love to stretch their hard-earned dollars, and today we’re proud to unveil the latest new feature of The B-Town Blog which will help you do just that – a local Coupon Page!

These coupons can be printed on demand (put those scissors down – there’s no clipping required!) and used by YOU to save money at our favorite kind of businesses: LOCAL!

To print coupons, just click on “Coupons” in the top navigational menu, then on a specific coupon, then on “Print” and you’re good to go!

We’ve also implemented a new “Featured Coupon” widget in our sidebar. You’ll find it just below the Tin Theater widget, and it randomly displays a different coupon every time a page is loaded.

At launch, we’ve got 15 great coupons from the following local businesses; to go directly to a printable coupon, just click on one of the links below:

If you run a business and would like to hop on board the B-Town Coupon Blog-o-lution Train, just click here to email Sales Diva Janet Grella, and she’ll send you details on how to join (HINT: our Rates are very affordable!). Coupons are an excellent way to Advertise, as they are tangible and trackable – you can really see if your offer is effective. Not only will you get on our new Coupon page, you’ll also get your offer placed in a rotating new “Featured Coupon” widget in our sidebar, just above the Weather widget. This randomly displays a different coupon every time a new page is loaded, keeping our local biz offers front and center for all our Readers to see!

Did you know that the concept of Coupons was invented by a Philadelphia pharmacist named Asa Candler in 1895? Candler bought the Coca-Cola company from its original inventor, then promoted it by placing coupons in newspapers for a free Coke from any fountain. Here’s what many consider to be the very first coupon:

According to Wikipedia:

Candler … transformed Coca-Cola from an insignificant tonic into a profitable business by using innovative advertising techniques. The key to this growth was Candler’s ingenious marketing including having the company’s employees and sales representatives distribute complimentary coupons for Coca-Cola. Coupons were mailed to potential customers and placed in magazines. The company gave soda fountains free syrup to cover the costs of the free drinks. It is estimated that between 1894 and 1913 one in nine Americans had received a free Coca-Cola, for a total of 8,500,000 free drinks. By 1895 Candler announced to shareholders that Coca-Cola was served in every state in the United States.

The word “Coupon” is of French origin, usually pronounced “KOO-pon.” A common alternate American pronunciation is “CUE-pon.” Another increasingly popular term of pronunciation is “CUE-pin” which is especially prevalent in the Southern United States.

No matter how you pronounce it, everyone here at The B-Town Blog not only hopes you enjoy this new service, we hope you enjoy stretching your dollars LOCALLY!

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