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Deals on Cards and Other Printed Products

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At SeeHere.com, use the coupon code cards-38 to take 40% off all holiday photo cards, and if you order 60 or more your order ships free.

High-end card company TinyPrints.com now has a deal of the day. (Who doesn't!) Today it's 50% off all business cards with the coupon code DOD1014. This makes them about 12 cents each, which does not compare to free business cards at Vista Prints, but my friend uses Tiny Prints as says they are worth it because of their designs. See all Tiny Prints special offers, including up to $40 off holiday cards.

At Snapfish, photo mugs and blankets are already 25% off, and you can take off another 25% with the coupon code WARMUP25, through Oct. 24.

If you subscribe to Shutterfly emails, check your latest for a 30% off photo books coupon code, good through 10/20. I can't share because it looks like one of those long, single-use-only codes.

Photo from Shutterfly.




Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups: Week of Oct. 14

See my separate post for the deets on the General Mills Catalina deal. Unfortunately, other than that deal, it's a pretty slow week for grocery deals at Chicago's Jewel-Osco.

THURS-SATURDAY ONLY

asparagus $1.49/lb.

Fannie May assorted chocolate buy one get one free @ $19.99

Hormel Always Tender fresh center cut pork rib or loin chops $1.99/lb.

SPECIAL DEALS

Buy 2 Tropicana Pure Premium OJ @ $3 each, get Trop50 59 oz. (use the $1/1 Trop50 from the Dominick's $70 Savings book, or the $1/1 from the 9/26 RedPlum)

Buy 2 Marzetti's Dips @ $3 each, get a 3-pound bag of apples for 99 cents

REGULAR ALL WEEK SALES

Crest is still on sale for 99 cents, use the $.75/1 from the 10/10 P&G insert

Michelina's frozen entrees $1 (use the $1/5 from the Dominick's "$70" booklet or two different $1/5 printable coupons)

Carnation Evaporated Milk $1

Jewel canned beans 15 oz. 59 cents

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

Driscoll's raspberreis 6 oz. or strawberries 1 lb. @ $3.99, Oberweiss chocolate milk 64 oz. @ $3.99, Dean's ice cream 1.5 qt., Brownberry bread @ $3.99

MANUFACTURER'S COUPONS IN THE AD

$5/3 Brita filters, expires 10/20

STORE COUPONS IN THE AD

$.44/1 American Greetings card $1.99 or more, expires 10/16

 Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.

This Week's Shopping: Catalina Fun and a Wedding

 

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This week there wasn't much time to shop on account of my brother getting married. OK, I made multiple trips to all kinds of stores, but those were errands that I ran for the wedding and don't count.

Here's what I did for our family:

Spent 35 cents at Dominick's getting Barilla pasta, sauce and cheese. How so cheap? I used a $10 Catalina I had in my wallet -- without that my total would have been $10.35 for four jars sauce, four boxes of spaghetti, two blocks cheese and one jar O Organics baby food. The deal was "buy 2 pasta, get 2 sauce free," and the $1/1 coupons didn't work because they were for the wrong variety of pasta, but not a bad deal anyway. Oh! Also I forgot to report that I got a $1 Catalina coupon for buying Barilla products -- not sure how many I would have had to buy to trigger that, but if you count that and the $1.25/2 sauce coupon I used, I paid $5.75 for 4 sauce and 4 pasta -- not bad!

At Dominick's I also found more "Save $70" coupon booklets, with that $.50/1 any Healthy Choice coupon so useful in the Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco.

At Jewel I have done 2 rounds of the current Catalina deal. The first time I spent $5.92 on 9 cans of Healthy Choice soup ($.88/can x 9 = $7.92 - $2 in coupons = $5.92). The second time I got 9 cans soup with no coupons and some grapes. I paid with the $10 Cat from before, and I only owed the tax -- 23 cents. (And of course I received a $10 Catalina coupon for each of those transactions.)

At CVS, I spent 35 cents after Extra Bucks on some milk and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

So, my grocery spending for this week was $6.85, plus my normal $32 for the organic produce box. I donated 9 cans of soup to the Girl Scouts food drive and shared some of our produce with the babysitter, since we were going out of town and couldn't eat it all. $38.65 out of a possible $100. No wonder we hardly have anything to eat around here!

I won't detail our meals, since we ate most of them out of town, at parties and restaurants. But I am happy to report that I can add $60 to the "buy a cow 2010" fund, bringing my savings up to $95.

Healthy Choice "Progressive" Coupon

 

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Well, I have to hand it to ConAgra for a clever new idea in social media marketing. Today they're asking people to "Like" Healthy Choice on Facebook, and they say that you can sign up to receive a coupon. How much is the coupon for? That depends how many people sign up. They're calling it a "progressive" coupon.

I "liked" them, and those quotation marks are very literal because I may "like" Healthy Choice but I don't actually like to eat their products nor do I like the way major food conglomerates like ConAgra operate.

Once they found out how much I "liked" them, they confided that the coupon is currently up to a whopping 75 cents off one Healthy Choice entree, but that if we all clap our hands hard enough and say "I believe in factory farming," it will magically grow all the way to a buy one, get one free.

Oh dear. I don't think this is the kind of coverage they were hoping for.

Oh well, point is, go "like" Healthy Choice and get a BOGO coupon, but not in time to use it for the current Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco. Don't worry, there will be more.

20% Off at JCPenney Coupon Code

Use the coupon code ALLHERE at JCPenney's Web site, JCP.com or through their catalog and get an extra 20% off regular, sale and clearance purchases. I like taking a discount off clearance stuff, don't you? Too bad they charge shipping, though.

Six Flags Fright Fest BOGO Coupons at Dunkin Donuts

My Dunkin' Donuts put out a stack of coupons for buy one, get one free tickets to Six Flags' Fright Fest Oct. 2-11, or $15 off Oct. 15-Oct. 31. The signage said you were supposed to buy something, but my shop was just giving them away.

Of course, if you buy the season pass for next year you can go to Fright Fest as much as you want for the rest of 2010. And you know, it's only open on weekends.

And, yes, yes, I used to work there as the Bride of Frankenstein. Tell us another one, Granny.

More Dunkin' Donuts deals available now:

  • Free treat bag with purchase of 1 dozen doughnuts or 50-count Munchkins. They are small but cute, and really, I'd rather my kids have small bags, wouldn't you?
  • Use this Amex card at DD, get $5. Still available, and I really need to do this since we are at DD at least 3x a week since it opened up right outside the gymnastics center in Oak Park. (In fact, Nutmeg and I are there right now.)
  • Free doughnut with purchase of medium or larger beverage. This offer is on the bottom of every receipt at my location: Go to Telldunkin.com within 3 days and tell about your visit.
  • Free medium beverage when you enroll in Dunkin' Perks, plus another on your birthday.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of Oct. 7

Here are the best sales and deals at the Chicago grocery store Jewel-Osco for the week of Oct. 7. Jewel, always obliging, only put a few items on sale this week because they probably know I am so busy today. Thanks, Jewel! (sarcastic grimace)

THURSDAY-SATURDAY ONLY

bananas 38 cents/lb.
Fritos or Cheetos $1.69
2L pop 7-Up, Dr Pepper, Sunkist or A&W 77 cents

SPECIAL DEALS

See separate Catalina deal post for the "spend $25, get $10" offer

Buy 2 T. Marzetti apple dip, get $2 off instantly any 3 lb. bag of apples (The ad says "instant savings," not "with in-store coupon." I've heard that people are finding tearpad coupons with this same offer. So, if this deal happens without the coupon, you could add the coupon to get an additional $1 off the apples. Or maybe the ad just forgot to mention that you need to grab the tearpad coupon. Please report back if you try this.)

Buy 2 Palermo's Pizzas at $5.50, get 1 12-pack Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, or 6-pack 24 oz. bottles Pepsi or Aquafina, or 8-pack 12 oz. bottles Diet Pepsi or Crush

(print $1/2 Palermo's coupon)

REGULAR ALL WEEK SALES

California crimson red seedless grapes 99 cents/lb. 

Minute Maid orange juice $2

mushrooms 8 oz. $1.79

Athenos hummus 7 oz. $1.99 (use $1/1 from the 9/12 SmartSource for a very good deal on hummus)

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

Perdue Short Cuts 9 oz (use two $.75/1 from 10/10 RedPlum).; Scotch-Brite sponges 6 ct. (use two $1/1 from the 9/19 SmartSource)

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.


Jewel-Osco New Catalina Deal for Free or Very Cheap Food

UPDATE: FREE SOUP. GET SOME FOR YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK OR GIRL SCOUT FOOD DRIVE.

I'll post the regular deals for this week at Jewel-Osco next. But first, finally, a big fat Catalina deal has come back to Jewel-Osco. Like it or loathe it, this is big agriculture food at its cheapest.


(See my explanation of how Catalina deals get you cheap or free groceries if you're new to this.)

This week's Catalina deal is already active, and it runs through next Wednesday, 10/13/10. Buy $25 worth of select products, get a $10 coupon to use on your next order -- of anything. Some products with pretty good sale prices: 

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Dominick's Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Oct. 7

UPDATE -- JUST ADDED PRINT TWO $1/1 PASTA COUPONS WHICH MAKES THE "BUY 2 SAUCE, GET 2 FREE PASTA" DEAL SWEETER. Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

You know when you are waiting for a certain date for a long time, like your due date to have a baby, and then all the sudden one day you pick up a gallon of milk with that date on it and you realize, whoah, it's right around the corner? That just happened to me when I typed Oct. 7 up there in the title. Oct. 7 is my brother's birthday, but way bigger than that, it's the day before the day before he's getting married!

Which is to say, I'll be a little scarce around here starting tomorrow, though the weekend. Don't worry, I'll set you up with at least a giveaway while I'm gone. Also, if you want to write me a guest post this weekend, please email me at carrielynnkirby AT gmail.com.

Now, the Dominick's grocery deals for this week.

SATURDAY-MONDAY DOMINICK'S SALES

Buy 1, get 1 free strawberries or raspberries @ $3.99

Kraft salad dressing $1.33 (use expired $1/1 from the 6/20 SmartSource or $.55/1 from the 8/29 SmartSource, or expired ones from old Jewel-Osco ads)

Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese 6-8 oz. $1.67

Safeway Select Artisan Italian Breads 99 cents

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$10 Off Beauty and the Beast Coupon

 

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I'm not a huge Disney fan, but Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. The music is Broadway-musical-fab and hey, the heroine is a brunette who loves to read, aka, me. Today Disney released a $10 off coupon for the new Beauty and the Beast Blu-Ray Combo Pack. That's for the BluRay 2-disc set plus a DVD, "Diamond Edition."

This should be a direct link to print the coupon. If it doesn't work, print the Beauty and the Beast coupon here. But to use that second link, you will have to join Disney Movie Rewards or Disney Online to print it. It only takes a minute.

According to the fine print, you can print two copies per computer, it will be up there until 10/11, and expires 10/12.

The Blu-Ray combo pack is priced at $24.99 at Target, so with the coupon that makes a nice little price for a gift.

Sunday Newspaper Ads and Coupons: Free Eos Lip Balm, Free Schick Razors, Cheap Apple Juice

Lots of freebies in the Sunday paper today! Free Nivea lip balm, free Schick Hydro razors, free Renu contact solution, all kinds of free after Office Depot Rewards stuff, free utility blades, shelf linter and book light at Menards. Scroll down for the deets.

I'm in Milwaukee today, and the Journal Sentinel (home of my first journalism internship) I picked up had only SmartSource and a General Mills insert. But the SS is a nice fat one, with $1/1 GE light bulb which usually results in free bulbs, $1/1 Energizer batteries, $1/1 Tom's of Maine toothpaste and deodorant, $1/1 Frigo string cheese, $1/1 Bush's beans (these usually go on sale for about $1.67) a Walgreen's store coupon for $.50/1 Kleenex 4-pack as well as a $.50/1 manufacturer's coupon for same, and two $4/1 Schick Hydro coupons which make them free at either CVS or Walgreens this week.

There should also be a RedPlum in your Tribune; the JS does not get RP for some reason.

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These Are the Groceries I Paid for ... But Look at the Groceries I Got!

You know those Empire commercials, right? "I paid for this much carpeting," showing a tiny patch of carpet in a bare room, "But look at the carpeting I got!"

Tonight I felt that way at Jewel-Osco. I paid $31 plus tax in two transactions. If I was paying full price with no coupons, I could have afforded this:

(That'd be three bags of coffee.)

But with manufacturer's coupons, a store coupon, instant savings, Preferred Card prices, Catalina coupons and even an Avenue "personalized savings" deal, I got all this for my $31:

 

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Is it any wonder that we get hooked on couponing?

Here's how it went down:

Transaction 1:

Bounty 8 Giant Rolls $9.99 Preferred Card price/$14.99 pre-card

Tide 100 oz.               $9.99/$14.49

Pringles $1.50

Mrs. T's Pierogies BOGO @ $3.49

Starbucks 12 oz. @ $6.99 x 4 =  $27.97

Cheerios 14 oz. $2.50

cage free eggs $3

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Total before any coupons or discounts (except card prices): $58.44 plus tax

MINUS $1 Avenu savings on the Bounty: $57.44

MINUS $7.50 instant savings on the Starbucks/Cheerios $49.94

MINUS $5 Jewel coupon from the mail -- spend $50, get $5 off (I was 6 cents under but it went through) $44.94

MINUS $9 manufacturer's coupons ($2/1 Tide from a magazine, four $1/1 Starbucks from the 9/12 SmartSource, $1/1 Bounty from a booklet I got at BlogHer, two $1/1 Mrs. T's Pierogies from the Save $70 booklet at Dominick's) $35.94

MINUS the $10 Catalina coupon I got for buying $30 worth of P&G products

-----> FINAL PRICE $25.94 plus tax

Transaction 2:

12 Big Roll Charmin $6.79/$9.49

100 oz. Tide               $9.99/$14.49

Mr. Clean @ $2.50/$3.85 x 2 = $5/$7.70

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Total before any coupons or discounts (except card prices): $21.78

MINUS $6.49 manufacturer's coupons ($2/1 Tide from a magazine, $1/1 Charmin from the BlogHer booklet, and $3.49 for the BOGO Mr. Clean coupon from the 8/29 P&G Saver, and FYI I told her it was on sale for $2.50 but she put in $3.49 anyway.) -- $15.29

MINUS $10 coupon for my next order for buying $30 worth of P&G stuff

------> FINAL PRICE $5.29 plus tax

The sale prices, the coffee/cereal deal and the P&G Catalina all end tomorrow, so if you want to copy this, don't dawdle. Mashup Mom and her readers have more transaction ideas here.

Free Kobari Beef at Panda Express Tomorrow: Print Coupon Now

 

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Tomorrow's the day that Panda Express is giving out free Kobari Beef (an Asian barbecue dish). The coupon is up on their Facebook page now. So if I were you, I'd print that baby in case too many get printed and they take it down.

Like that ever happens, right? 

The coupon's for a single serving, no purchase necessary.

Check Out Mashup Mom's Great Jewel-Osco Scenarios

I almost stopped at Jewel today to do the P&G Catalina deal, but I held off because I have several $X/$XX coupons -- $4/$40, $5/$50 -- and I wanted to make sure I could spend enough at one time to use one. I'm so glad I did, because check out Mashup Mom's scearios for Starbucks at under $5 a bag, and free Mr. Clean.

P.S. I want to buy more of those Mrs. T's Pierogies at 75 cents a box, but I don't know if I'll be toasting more in the oven anytime soon; I ran the "clean" function on my oven for the first time yesterday, and I can't get it unlocked now. I think the oven got so hot it warped the metal or something.

Saved 77% at Dominick's: 50-cent Tater Tots, $1.50 Diaper Packs

I spent $13.85 at Dominick's today (after using the $5 coupon left over from the cleaning products Catalina deal). Not bad considering that usually you'd be lucky to get two packs of diapers for that much.

 

I found that my store still had Mom 2 Mom coupons on display at the Pharmacy, and that they are not expired, so I grabbed the two packs of diapers on clearance today, even though they are size 2 and too small for my baby. These are a nice donation item -- especially since they ended up being $1.50 a pack, with more than 40 diapers per pack! I.E., less than 4 cents a diaper!

They were marked 50% off $6.99, but they rang up at $5, so the 50% off bar code on the clearance sticker took off $2.50, making them $2.50 each. Then the $1/1 coupon brought them down to $1.50 each. Here's hoping they put more sizes on clearance!

I also got Super Coupon stuff:

4 bags Ore Ida frozen potatoes, $1.99 each after SC, minus two $3/2 manufacturer's coupons from the Dominick's/Safeway $70 off booklet (I found some by the refrigerator section this time) = 50 cents a bag

2 Safeway frozen pizzas $2.99 each after SC. The cashier tried to also scan the store coupon from the booklet but then the SC wouldn't work. So these are $2.99 whether you use the store coupon or the SC, but you can't seem to use both.

2 Smuckers and 2 Simply Jif (we normally only get organic, no-sugar added PB, but this is nice for holiday baking). $2 for the jam and $1.49 for the PB each after SC, minus two $1/2 Smuckers/Jif coupons from the 8/8 RedPlum = $1-$1.49 each

And not a Super Coupon, but we gotta pack some lunches this week:

Brownberry bread $2.50, minuse $.55/1 Q from the 8/15 SmartSource

My receipt says I saved 77%. Yay!

 P.S. I tried the Mrs. T's Pierogies from Jewel at lunch time today, and I for one loved them although like most foods they did not appeal to the kids. I'm going to buy more when I hit Jewel for laundry detergent sometime in the first half of this week.

Sunday Tribunbe Ads and Coupons 9/26 -- Free Shampoo at Menards, Money Making Natural Cough Stuff at Walgreen's, Hasbro Coupons

This has to be quick this a.m. because I am off to my first Wrigley rooftops experience. On a Groupon, of course. Between the chilly weather and the crappy team, we may have the place to ourselves. Here are the best deals and coupon matchups I see in the Sunday paper for Walgreens, CVS, Target, Toys R Us, Jewel-Osco, Dominick's and more, plus the four coupon inserts -- a SmartSource, a RedPlum, a P&G Saver and a special Hasbro insert.

RedPlum Coupon Insert: $1/3 bags various candy which matches up with the CVS ExtraBucks deal (see below), BOGO full-sized candy bars, Einsteins's Bagels Qs including one for a 50-cent pumpkin bagel.

P&G Brand Saver Coupon Insert: The usual, + Buy a Swiffer Starter Kit, get a refill free and Buy a can of Swiffer Dust and Shine, get one free; BOGO Old Spice products, and of course plenty of coupons that match up with Jewel-Osco's P&G Catalina deal (see below).

SmartSource Coupon Insert: $2/1 Huggies or $3/1 Huggies Pure & Natural, $.55/1 Hershey's Bliss Bar, $.55/1 TomCat mousetrap, $.75/1 Reynold's Wrap, $1/3 Reese's, Hershey or Kit Kat bags which also matches up with the CVS candy deal (see below), $1/1 Krunchers Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, two $1/1 Mountain High 32 oz. yogurt.

Hasbro PlaySaver Coupon Insert: (If you don't get the paper you can get the same coupons online, plus a bunch more like $2/1 Mr. Potato Head.)

Walgreens

Free Fullbar Fit appetite control bar after $1.99 Register Rewards

Free Emergen-C after $3.49 RR

Free Hyland's Cold n Cough 4 Kids after $4.99 RR -- moneymaker if you use the $1.50/1 printable coupon (thanks Common Sense With Money!)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion 99 cents after $5.99 RR

Pampers jumbo packs are $6.99 after RR, and you might have gotten a $3/1 coupon in a mailer If not, use the $1/1 from today's P&G Saver.

For the full Walgreen's deals, see Common Sense With Money.

CVS

Welch's grape juice is 2/$5 after $1 ECB. Use two $1/1 from the 9/12 Smart Source to get them for $1.30 each.

I have a $3/$15 coupon from the in-store coupon printer, and I think I'll use it to get my Halloween candy early and stash it in the basement freezer:

Buy 4 bags Reese's or Kit Kat for $10. Buy 5 bottles Dawn dish soap for 96 cents each. Use one $1/3 from SmartSource. Use five $1/1 Dawn (I got these in a special booklet at BlogHer.) Total should be $15 before coupons, $9 plus tax after coupons. Use the $3/$15 store coupon, and I'll pay $6 plus tax, and get back $3 for a final cost to me of $3 for a big bowl of Halloween candy and a year's worth of dish soap.

For a full list of CVS deals, including a free Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush, see Money Saving Mom.

Target

I actually don't see any deals worth reporting in the Target ad. Am I missing something?

Menards -- mail in rebates require a $10 non-rebate purchase

free Physique shampoo or conditioner after $6 mail-in rebate

Super Hook 20-piece set 29 cents after $3 MIR

Eyewear repair kit 19 cents after $3 MIR

folding utility knife 99 cents after $3 MIR

Toys R Us

They put Hasbro stuff on sale to coordinate with the PlaySaver Hasbro insert. Cheapest thing I see is the Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cruiser RC, $4.99 after the $10/1 coupon.

Lots of gift card deals:

$25 gift card with any Mario purchase of $100 or more

$10 GC with Star Wars purchase of $50 or more

$5 GC with SW purchase of $30 or more

$15 GC when you buy 2 Pampers value boxes (see coupons above)

and then, if I'm reading this right, if you buy any of these things in addition ot the Pampers, you can get more $5 GCs: Tide detergent 150 oz. or larger, Dreft 100 oz. or larger, Pampers value box wipes, Pampers Extra Protection diapers mega pack, Pampers Easy Ups 60-68-ct., Charmin toilet paper 30-ct., Bounty giant paper towels 12 ct. With no prices listed it's hard to see how this compares to Jewel-Osco's P&G Catalina deal.

Speaking of which ...

Jewel-Osco

The Proctor and Gamble Catalina deal is this: Spend $30 on select products in a single transaction, get a $10 coupon to spend on your next order. See my intro to Catalina deals to learn how these special deals work, but keep in mind that if you are calculating the amount you spent on pre-Preferred price, Osco items don't have Preferred prices so they don't work that way.

Promising-looking items in this deal are the 100 oz. Tide liquid at $9.99 (use $2/1 coupons from various magazines), 12-ct. Charmin for $6.99, 3-pack Puffs for $4.99, and Big Pack Pampers for $19.99. A good filler to make sure you spend $30 is the $1.50 can of Pringles. Match with coupons from today's P&G Brand Saver.

Please let me know if you try this deal. I do notice that the Tide, Bounty paper towels ($9.99 for 8 giant rolls), Charmin and Puffs have little badges saying "Preferred Price," so you might be able to get a spread on those.

The Sunday Jewel ad also has that $2/1 Bacardi coupon -- but not the $3/1 Sauza tequila. 

Dominick's weekend update has Super Coupons for Huggies jumbo packs diapers at $7.99 -- so break out your expired $3/1 coupons. There's also a SC for Tide 50 oz. @ $5.99 -- but the P&G deal should get you a better price even before you get your $10 coupon back; at Jewel it's $10 for 100 oz., so even before the deal that's $5 per 50 oz.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has a coupon for 50% off any regular price item, good all week.

Michael's has the usual 40% off one item coupon, and they're having a "Duk Tape Costume Demo" on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Intriguing. 

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for 20% off sale price shoes and bags.

Office Max has two-day deals good Sunday and Monday only, including $50 off a cross-cut shredder, making it $49.99. I need that. Too bad I don't have those MaxPerks available yet.

CVS Family Shop - Made Money, Should Have Made More

This morning my parents were at my house and so my mother, 3-year-old Pebbles and I joined hands and skipped over to CVS together. I had a $5/$30 coupon for my mom's card from this morning's email.

Here's what we bought:

 

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Dominick's Trip: 50-cent Bag of Tater Tots, Great Pizza Coupon That Doesn't Work, More Updates

 

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Today I stopped into Dominick's because I realized only after my kitchen was covered with spilled flour that we were out of eggs, which we needed for the muffins my 3-year-old and I were trying to bake. While I was there, I spent $15.56 on the above and I made lots of exciting discoveries:

1) New Coupon Book. It says "50 Coupons to Save on Frozen, Dairy and Refrigerated Items! OVER $70 in savings"

 

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Some are manufacturer's coupons, some store coupons, and the last coupon in the book says $1 off Safeway SELECT Pizza. Well! As you know, there is a super price coupon in this week's Dominick's ad that takes $1 off Safeway SELECT pizzas, making them $2.99 instead of $3.99. Both are store coupons, but I had hope that since the Super Price coupons are really more like just a sale price, not a $X/X coupon, they'd both come off.

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Print Coupons at New Jewel-Osco Web Site

Not content to let Dominick's hog the spotlight with its new Just for U savings program, Jewel-Osco redesigned its Web site and now has printable coupons up there. They're RedPlum coupons, so printing them may eliminate the ability to print two of each coupon at the RedPlum site. Or, maybe not. I haven't tried printing from the new Jewel site, have you?

Avenu, Jewel's personalized savings program, still looks the same. And speaking of Avenu, I'm seeing $1 off Mitchum antipersperant on mine. So if you have a Mitchum man like I do, you might want to clip the $.75/1 from the 9/12 SmartSource and check the shelf price to see if the combined $1.75 savings brings it down to a reasonable price.

Free Carmex at Walgreens After Coupon and Register Rewards

Print the $1/1 coupon for the new Carmex here.

Buy the new Carmex lip cream for $2.99, get $2 Register Rewards back.

After the coupon, you're paying $2 and getting $2 back. Free!

(As a recovering Carmex addict, I'm almost scared to try. But ... I'll take one for the team.)

Thanks, Cheaper Than Cheap Chicago.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups, Week of 9/23

Stuff to buy at Jewel today because it will be more expensive tomorrow: Campbell's tomato soup is 39 cents today (moneymaker after printable coupon), will be 67 cents tomorrow. 5 lb. bags of Gold Medal flour are 99 cents today if you buy 6 -- I don't know what the price iwll be tomorrow but the ad shows Jewel flour for $1.99 for the same size bag.

Here are the best of this week's grocery deals at Chicago grocery store Jewel-Osco: the best grocery sales, all the buy one get one free deals, the best special offers and the manufacturer's coupons. And guess what? There aren't many special anything, yet again -- no Catalina deal, few BOGOs which is apparently a permanent change. It's no wonder I'm spending more time at Dominick's lately, where at least I can use my expired coupons.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of Sept. 23 -- Free Soup, Free Sandwich, Possible Free Salad

Here are the best deals offered at Chicago grocery store Dominick's this week. These are just the highlights -- the best 3-day sale deals, the best regular all-week sales, the best Super Coupons, the best buy-one, get one free sales.

 

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Coupon Roundup: Kraft, Zazzle, Huggies Wipes, Earthbound Farm, Restaurant.com

High-value Kraft coupons (see Money Saving Mom for instructions on how to use these to get 4-cent Kraft salad dressing at Target)

Target Huggies wipes coupons leads to 40-cents-a-box Huggies wipes, according to Mashup Mom.

$.75/1 Earthboun Farm (organic) coupon and other coupon links from Common Sense With Money

Zazzle coupon code for 10-50% off: AUTUMNZAZZLE

Save up to 50% on photobooks on Shutterfly with coupon code BOOK29 (expires tomorrow, 9/22)

Restaurant.com 80% coupon code: SHARE -- expires tomorrow 9/22 (Usually you pay $10 for a $25 restaurant voucher, but with this code you pay $2. A great deal, but if you don't get a chance to grab it, don't worry -- they'll probably issue another one very soon.)

And I know you will check Ebates.com or one of the other rebate sites before you order so you can get some money back on your purchase -- 10% on Zazzle, 15% on Restaurant.com, 8% on Shutterfly.

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New Grocery Shopping Budget and My Frugal Grocery Shopping This Week

I've been lax about reporting my grocery spending over the summer, but now that it's the first day of fall, I suppose it's time to put the house in order. I have had a hard time sticking to the $80 per month budget while buying the weekly organic produce box and trying to pay off the two humanely-raised meat purchases we made last year. In fact, I just couldn't do it.

This year, we are planning on buying a portion of a beef and a pig again -- although our beef portion will be smaller -- and I'm still getting the organic produce box. So I'm changing my weekly shopping budget to a more realistic $100 a week.

This will include household goods that you buy at drugstores and grocery stoers -- diapers, cleaning products, toothpaste (as if we ever pay for that).

This week I spent $77: $12.18 at Dominick's, $17.30 at Jewel-Osco, $11 at Dunkin Donuts (on whole bean coffee), $4 at CVS (milk, lipstick, mainly just rolling ECBs) and my usual $32 on the organic produce box. 

Next week I'll resume cataloging the meals we make with our $100 weekly spending. This week, I'd just like to point out some bargain shopping priciples illustrated in the week's shop.

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That seltzer water? Got those for $1.79 each with a rain check, and although the rain check was for five cases, the cashier let me buy 2 and just amend the raincheck so I could get the remaining 3 later.

30 pounds of white flour: Well, baking seasons's a-coming, especially with all those apples we got this weekend! (I didn't count in my shopping budget the $40 we spent on entrance to the apple picking place since that was basically entertainment.) The 5 lb. bags of flour were part of the "buy 6, get them for 99 cents each" sale at Jewel, and I didn't want any of the other stuff like cake mix or frosting right now. 20 cents a pound is the cheapest I've ever bought white flour, you?

The organic olive oil is still on sale for $3.99, regular price $10.49. Trader Joe's sells this size (17 oz) normally for $3.50, but not organic. Course, I really don't know how the quality compares or if this is a good thing to buy organic, but for $3.99, what the heck?

Campbell's tomato soup at 39 cents, minus two $.50/2 coupons = 11 cents a can. You won't normally do better than that, except right now -- because you can print and use the $1.50/3 "Great for Cooking" soups, which I didn't have handy today. Yep, you'll make money on tomato soup or get it free.

Baking soda is an all-around frugal thing to have around -- deodorizer, ingredient of homemade cleaning fluid, volcano-maker. It's one of those things you don't see deep discounts on, so even though the store brand was only marked down a dime, I grabbed one. I'm wondering: Does Costco, etc., sell the stuff in bulk?

Pearled barley: another item with tiny sale markdowns but it's a good frugal buy -- more nutritious than brown rice.

Split peas: ditto -- small markdown, but a cheap, good meal ingredient.

Elsewhere this week, I discovered that Dunkin' Donuts can be a good place to buy whole bean coffee. If you get those little booklets of coupons in the mail, look for a coupon for two pounds of coffee for $10.99. Now notice that 12 oz. of DD brand coffee is "on sale" at CVS for $6.99. Most of the time I don't see whole bean coffee in stores for less than $5.99/12 oz. bag. (Sometimes you'll get 8 O'Clock brand for $4 with a coupon, or a really good coupon deal on Starbucks coffee, but usually, no.) In case math is not your strong suit, here's how this compares: Two 16 oz. bags for $10.99 = $5.50 per bag or 34 cents an ounce. The CVS price is 58 cents an ounce.

Do you have basic frugal grocery shopping principles like this? Staple inexpensive, healthy ingredients, or surprising places to get an item cheap? Please share.

JC Penney $10/$10 Purchase Coupon Codes

Money Saving Mom published two coupon codes that would allow you to make two separate purchases at JCPenney.com today nearly free: GO4TEN and LIZ4YOU.

I used GO4TEN to get these skeleton PJs for my 3-year-old for $8 including the $5.99 shipping.

 

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I clicked on quite a few things that were out of stock, and found out that unfortunately Melissa and Doug toys are not included in the coupon deal. Shoes were suggested by Crystal over at MSM, since they are shipping free right now; however I could not find a pair of shoes priced low enough for my taste that I wanted.

Also, you have to select something that costs at least $10 to use the code. $9.99 isn't good enough. The trick, I found, is to click around until you get the option to select a price range comes up in the left-hand border of the page. Like this Girls Toddler Clothes page. Then choose the $10-$19.99 range. Next, sort what you get in that range by price using the drop-down menu at the top left of the page.

 

Coupon Policy Changes at Dominick's

Jill Cataldo has a very clear post up about two changes in Dominick's coupon practices: they will no longer stack a paper manufacturer's coupon with an e-coupon, and they won't take Catalina coupons from other retailers for money off your order.

(I don't see these changes reflected in Safeway's online coupon policy, but Jill is very knowledgable and I'll take her word for it. Also, I've heard that other bloggers have experienced at least the first change too.)

The first change, while disappointing, is easy to understand: The manufacturers don't want to reimburse the store for more than one coupon on an item. I'm sure the ony reason it took this long for Safeway to stop accepting both an e-coupon and a paper coupon for one item was that it took awhile to get the registers to figure out when it was happening.

However, it will be annoying. Since e-coupons hang around on your card for quite awhile after you load them, you might not know what you have e-coupons for. Then if you bring in paper coupons for the same items, you won't realize why they're beeping at the register.

The second change has to do with those Catalina deals, where you buy $x worth of stuff and in return, you get a coupon for $5 or $10 off your next order. Those usually say "manufacturer's coupon," it made perfect sense to me that I'd be able to take one I got at Jewel and redeem it at Dominick's. I wonder why Dominick's has decided this is a problem. Here's hoping that Jewel, which specifically says in its coupon policy that it'll take such coupons from other stores, sticks with that policy.

Show a Little Skin at CVS to Make Sure Those Coupons Go Through

 

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Tonight after a whirlwind trip to Wisconsin for Packer football and apple picking, we put the kids to bed and I ran over to CVS for milk, moneymakers and freebies. The basics, you know.

I gave the (male) cashier a big smile, got my stuff, and checked out. There was some beeping with the coupons, but the cashier was very friendly and when he'd checked and double checked that I bought the right stuff, just manually put in the $2/1 Revlon coupon.

When I got home, I tried on my new lipstick right away. I wanted to see how it looked with the new haircolor I got with a Groupon yesterday. (I'll do a review of my many recent Groupon purchases soon.) Only after admiring the new color did I notice something: I'd walked down the block and into CVS with my shirt unsnapped from nursing the baby.

Hmm. Maybe that's why the cashier was so nice tonight.

In my defense, my bra might have looked like a tank top to the casual observer, rendering the outfit an acceptable-if-sloppy look. Barely.

Anyway, before I go yell at my husband for letting me leave the house like that, here's my transaction:

2 Right Guard deodorant @ $2.99 each ($2 ECB each)

1 Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick $6.99 ($5 ECB)

1 gallon Dean's milk $2.79

Total before coupons: $15.76 + tax

Coupons used: $3/2 Right Guard from Coupons.com, $2/1 Revlon from Facebook

Total after coupons: $10.76 + tax

Extra Bucks received: $4 ECB for deodorant, $5 ECB for lipstick

Cost to me: $1.76 + tax (which unfortunately almost doubled what I paid)

See more details about this week's CVS freebies and moneymakers on this week's Sunday newspaper ads write-up.

Boo: No Amazon Diaper Coupon in October Parenting, But a Few Other Good Coupons

I got my October issue of Parenting: Early Years magazine today, and I immediately searched it for a card with another coupon code for 20% off diapers at Amazon. Was hoping to join Amazon Mom (I haven't gotten around to it yet) and use more codes to get a super-cheap order of diapers that was still big enough to extend my Prime membership. If there is even a box of diapers expensive enough to still be $25 after all the discounts, which there probably isn't.

(You really have to read my original Amazon Mom post if that all sounded like gibberish to you.)

But, no dice. No Amazon diaper coupon in there this month. There are, however, a few other nice Qs:

  • 20% off entire purchase at Gymboree, in-store or online, through Oct. 31.
  • $1-/$25 at JCPenney apparel and shoes from the children's department, in store only. Expires Oct. 11.
  • $2/1 Tide Stain Lift

I would tell you about the code for 15% off your first order at Soap.com, but I won't. Not because I don't like you, but because I have a better deal for you:

20% off your first order at Soap.com. (Or Diapers.com.) Just use the code CARR0281.

That's an exclusive coupon code for Frugalista readers, and yes, I get a kickback if you sign up using it. Also, the Amazon link is an affiliate one. Yes, I am working every angle I can find here.

Two Ways to Get Half Off on Photo Books and Other Photo Gifts

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UPDATE: I just saw that there is a $10 off any code expiring today for Snapfish. The code is WOW10OFF, and while it doesn't cover shipping you can go to the site through Mr. Rebates to get 8% cash back to defray the shipping expense.

(Thanks, Money Saving Mom.)

Today's Groupon for Tulsa, which anyone can buy, is half off at Zazzle.com -- the same company from which I recently ordered business cards. (I got them free with a coupon code that's, alas, no longer available.) You pay $25 and get $50 to spend on the site, which sells photo calendars, cards and other custom stuff.

Or, use the coupon code BOOK29 on Shutterfly through Sept. 22, and get 50% off a variety of photo books. (Shutterfly also has a coupon code for free shipping with orders over $30 -- SHIP30. Probably can't be combined.)

In either case, going throughthe rebate site ShopAtHome.com will get you back some or all of the shipping cost -- they're paying 14% cashback for Zazzle and 10% back for Shutterfly.

These things make great gifts, although it is a little early in the year to start compiling holiday photo books for the grandparents. Surely you'd want to get at least Halloween in there.

Photo from Shutterfly. Disclosure: There are some affiliate links in here.

Amazon: $3 Off One Album Download Tuesday Only

 

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Tomorrow only, Amazon is offering a coupon code for $3 off a download of one of 35 new release albums. The coupon code is PICKDEAL, and the eligible items are listed here. Choices include Hurley by Weezer and 34 other albums by bands I've never heard of but hip people like you probably really love. 

The albums are priced from $5.99-$7.99 to begin with, so $3 makes for a very good deal, if you download music.

$.75/1 Coupon for Pasteurized Eggs

 

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Print this coupon for $.75/1 dozen Davidson's Safest Choice pasteurized eggs. They're certainly striking while the iron is hot with this massive egg recall.

I do like the idea of buying pasteurized eggs for baking with kids -- no worries about licking the spoon -- or making sunny-side ups. But for regular dishes, I've been reassuring myself that I'm not buying eggs from that nasty Iowa farm by buying them at the farmer's market, where the farmer is there to vouch for them, or buying a brand that has posted clear signage about where its eggs come from and that none have been recalled.

Photo by -Gep-, used via Creative Commons license.

Dominick's Sales and Coupon Matchups Week of Sept. 8

Here are the best deals and coupon matchups for Dominick's this week. My favorite deal is the Welch's Healthy Start juice. It's $1.99 for a 59-oz. box with Super Coupon (limit 4), and you can print a $1.50/1 coupon from Coupons.com. Ragu pasta sauce is also good at 99 cents, but you have to buy 6, so if you can find three $1/2 coupons, you're good.

See below for the full deets.

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of Sept. 9

Here are the best deals and coupon matchups for Jewel-Osco for the week of Sept. 9. Don't forget to print Jewel-Osco's official coupon policy so cashiers don't give you any guff.
 
THURSDAY-SATURDAY ONLY
 
California red green or purple grapes 99 cents/lb.
Doritos $1.88
Jewel sugar 4 lb. or vegetable oil 48 oz. $1.88
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Crush 2 L 88 cents
Lipton Tea 1.5L 88 cents
 
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That 50% Off Shipping at Office Depot Coupon

Well, Office Depot posted a coupon on their Facebook page today as promised, for 50% off one package mailed via USPS. However, people are complaining that it prints out quite illegibly.

If I were you, I'd call my local store and make sure they know about the coupon and can deal with it even though it's blurry. One helpful commenter says that the code the cashier needs to type in is 23985147.

Also, getting the coupon is a little confusing. First you go to Office Depot's wall on Facebook. Look for the post that says:

"Special One Day Only Coupon! 50% off Shipping of Any One U.S. Postal Service® Package! Click the Picture Below for More Details. http://pub.vitrue.com/ldI."

But, don't click on the link. Click on the picture below, which looks like a video because it has a little "play" arrow on it. This should bring up the printable coupon, which as I warned, will be blurry.

Why do I suspect that the U.S. Post Office had a voice in setting up this coupon? It has government written all over it.

(Sorry, Dad.)

(My dad carried the mail for 30 years and is now a retiree, meaning that his livelihood depends on the USPS not going out of business. So, you know, USPS ROCKS!)

50% Off USPS Shipping Tomorrow Only at Office Depot

This is unheard of! Ship one package for half off at Office Depot Tuesday, Sept. 8 only. You need to print a coupon on Facebook that will go up tomorrow morning.

40% Off Angie's List Membership

Angie's List is a good way to save money to begin with. I'm a member and just this week used it to research good exterminators. (Yes, I know, the best way to get rid of mice is to get a cat, but we have a family member who's severely allergic.)

Today, joining Angie's List is an especially good move, because you can get 40% off with the coupon code REDPLUM.

It's today's installment of RedPlum's Dash for Deals, which is their way of celebrating National Coupon Month.

What, you didn't even get me a card?

Deals From My Inbox

Don't you hate subscribing to companies' email lists just so you won't miss that one big sale? Luckily, I subscribed to all of them for you so you don't have to wade through the crap. Here are a few highlights from my email this morning:

  • $10/$50 printable Party City coupon. Online, use the coupon code PCL9CEM. Also, they've got summer clearance stuff at 60% off over there.
  • Free shipping at The Disney Store with coupon code FREESHIP. Through Monday.
  • Print this coupon for $20-$50 off at Coldwater Creek, or use the coupon code WHH8293 online. Good through Sept. 12.
  • Double cash back at a number of retailers through Ebates through the holiday weekend.
  • RedPlum is offering $10 off a gift certificate for Spa Wish as part of its Dash for Deals short-term deal thingy. I think it's for National Coupon Month.
  • Not from email, but FYI: CVS summer clearance should go to 75% off on Sunday. If you need flip flops, Slip N Slide, etc.

Shopping Trip: Free Cheese at Jewel, 60% Savings at Dominick's

 

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Tonight I went to Jewel-Osco and did the Kraft Catalina deal for the second time and confirmed that, despite the wording in the ad, you can use the $5 Catalina coupon you get to pay for it and still get another one printed out. That is to say, it rolls. So if you have a few of the $5/5 printable coupons, you can invest $5 on your first purchase of 5 packs of cheese, then use the $5 Catalina coupon that spits out, plus a $5/5 coupon, to get more packs of cheese without paying anything but the tax.

Besides the five cheeses, I got a rain check at Jewel for Super Chill Seltzer @ $1.79 (I guess it's a good thing that my tiny Jewel is so often out of things), four 8-packs of Diet Sierra Mist, and a couple liters of seltzer to tide us over. I used the $5 Catalina I got the other day to pay and my total was $11, plus of course I received another $5 Catalina coupon for the cheese.

At Dominick's, I used the $5 Catalina and a fat stack of coupons to bring my total down to $44.56. BOGO Ball Park beef franks (They are $4.79, so if you use two $2/1 from the now-over Facebook promo, you can get them for 40 cents each. But I had a $.75/1 e-coupon on my card, apparently, so hurray, I got them for 2 cents each and am darn glad I didn't blow my coupons on "meat" franks at Jewel last week.) 

If you think there's a lot of junk food on this table, you should know that there are also 3 pints Starbucks and 2 pints Ben & Jerry's in my freezer. Also, there's a huge bottle of pre-mixed Jose Cuervo margaritas still in the car. (I used an expired $5/2 coupon for that and the little bottle of Smirnoff.)

I guess writing about how important a diet is to weight control gave me a craving for chips and ice cream. Also, we're having a little happy hour tomorrow.

Considering that the alcohol I bought alone was $32 before the coupon, I did well getting out of there for $40 plus tax. And I think I got overcharged for the grapes, so I might get $2.50 back on that the next time I go in.

3 Suburban Deals: Cosi, Back-to-School Physicals and Music Institute of Chicago

Print this coupon for buy one, get one free entrees at Cosi in Oak Park.

Get a back-to-school or sports phsyical for $30 at the Ressurection Immediate Care Centers in Norridge, Park Ridge, Des Plaines or Elmwood Park. ($30! That's what it used to cost for my mom to take me to the doctor 30 years ago!)

Family Open Houses at the Music Institute of Chicago With Free Frozen Custard. Sept. 11 in Lake Forest, 9/12 in Highland Park, 9/15 in Lincolshire, 9/18 in Winnetka, 9/19 in Evanston and 9/25 in Northbrook.

Sunday Ads Deals and Coupons: Free House Wash, Free Tampons, $1 Off Nutella

Well, it's late Sunday afternoon, but if you still haven't decided whether to pick up a Sunday Tribune, here's what's in that plastic bag of ads.

Parade has coupons for $1/2 Libby's fruit products and $1/3 canned vegetables, and another for 60 cents off 1 Kellogg's Raisin Bran.

There's a P&G BrandSaver that includes several BOGO coupons as well as a mail-in form for that P&G Everyday Solutions coupon book -- but you have to spend $50 on P&G products first. The total is before coupons, so if you have any amazing P&G deals planned, it could be worth it. Personally, I am too busy these days to jump through all those hoops.

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Jewel-Osco Coupon Policy for Download

I just figured out how to post the Jewel-Osco official coupon policy as a document you can download. This way, it has the company logo and all the other official things that Jewel put in, so it looks like the official document it is if you need to show it to your local cashier or manager.

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Here is the post version of Jewel-Osco's coupon policy, and here is my commentary on Jewel's coupon policy, which is a good place for you to comment as well.

(And in case you're wondering, a Jewel spokesperson was nice enough to email the document to me. It's not yet available on their Web site, but it's not a leaked document or anything.)

Noteworthy Sections of the Official Jewel-Osco Coupon Policy

I recently posted Jewel-Osco's official coupon policy, which you should print out and keep in your coupon file to head off any trouble with cashiers trying to deny legitimate coupons. Here are a ten sections worth special attention:

1. "Coupons are a form of tender..."

I like that they say this because it's a reminder that coupons are a legitimate way to pay for something -- not a way to sneak out of paying.

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Official Jewel-Osco Coupon Policy

Today I have a special treat for you -- I've been saving it until we began this grocery savings leg of The Frugalista Challenge. A Jewel-Osco official recently emailed me their official coupon policy. Woot! I haven't seen this anywhere else on the Web. It may be a Frugalista exclusive. Am I wrong?

If you are a hard-core couponer, you'll want to print this out and keep it with you when you shop at Jewel. (You can download the original document for print-out here.)

I highlighted a few interesting sections, which are discussed in this follow-up post about Jewel's coupon policy.

  

COUPON POLICY

 The following policy and guidelines provide a definition of the various coupon types and the Company's respective redemption policies and guidelines for each type. All associates are expected to adhere to these policies and guidelines.

 Coupons are a form of tender presented by the customer to reduce their order total based on merchandise purchased in stores where the retailer has agreed to accept manufacturer coupons. Retailers are not required by law to accept manufacturers' coupon. Coupons can be printed and/or in electronic form, and maybe integrated into the register systems where they are deducted automatically when all purchase requirements are met. Coupons can not be doubled.

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$2 Off Ball Park Franks Coupon = Free Hot Dogs

 

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Ball Park has a coupon on its Facebook page for $2/1 product. As is often the case with these high-value coupons, they say people are having a little trouble accessing it right now, but hopefully with a little patience you can get one.

Ball Park Franks are $1.50 at Jewel-Osco this week, so there you go: Free franks. Maybe even overage. Happy Labor Day.

Thanks to Ball Park for emailing me about this hot offer.

30% Off Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic

Print this coupon for 30% off at the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic through Sunday, August 29. It's a Give & Get promotion, and 5% of what you spend will go to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Take the kids back-to-school shopping, or just get a little sumpin' for yourself. And thanks for participating in the charity aspect, on behalf of my father in law, who has lymphoma. He's in remission, thanks.

My husband sent me the email, so I'm not gonna credit any of the other bloggers who have already published it. Sorry, suckas ;-)

And no, you probably cannot get away with using this coupon with that Groupon. But if you try it, go ahead and let us know how that went, just in case.

Exclusive 20% Off thredUP Coupon

OK, I promised that this week's leg of the Frugalista Challenge was going to be all about grocery shopping. And here it is Wednesday evening, and before we even start all that, I have a few more items to share about school clothes shopping. Don't worry -- by the time we get to the Thursday drawing tomorrow, we'll have talked shop. As in, awesome grocery shop. Ping. Tips.

Ahem.

But first, back-to-school shopping agenda item no. 1: Here is a coupon code just for Frugalista readers. It will get you 20% off all swaps through the end of September on that thredUP site I told you about.

The coupon code is: frugalista

When I ran the thredUP contest, I said that everyone who entered would get this coupon code as a prize. Well, guess what? You all get it, even you ne'er-do-wells that didn't bother entering.

Up next: Gap discount and ideas for saving on school clothes.

Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of August 26

Not a bad week at Dominick's, especially for fresh organic produce -- you can get a huge 3-pound clamshell of organic grapes for under four bucks. I like the "buy 5 or more, get them for $1.99" deal, when combined with the coupons I list below, for ice cream, bars, and that ever-tempting junk food item, pizza rolls. (Or am the only one tempted by those things?)

THURSDAY-SATURDAY ONLY

Wish-Bone salad dressing 99 cents (use expired $1.50/2 from the 5/23 RedPlum)

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 5-pack $2.99 (60 cents a box)

Safeway Select or Minute Maid OJ 59-64 oz. $1.99

Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese 6-8 oz. $1.67

Waterfront Bistro extra large cooked shrim $4.99/lb. (in a 2-lb. frozen bag), limit 2

Signature Cafe take and bake pizza (or hot) $5.99

Safeway SELECT Artisan Angel Food Cake $1.49

Cheez-It crackers 7.5-9 oz. $1.25, limit 4

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of August 26: Free Ken's Salad Dressing

This week the big Jewel-Osco deals I see are free Ken's salad dressing after coupon, cheap 12-packs pop when you buy 4 and $1 Goldfish crackers. Unfortunately I think all the Goldfish coupons are now expired. There's a "10 for $10" sale, but you Frugalistas know that this just means a bunch of items are on sale for $1 each -- you don't have to buy 10. So I just listed the best deals of those in the regular all-week sales.

It seems that some changes at Jewel-Osco are becoming permanent, from the looks of this flyer. Still only a couple buy-one-get-one-free items and no Catalina deal, only an "instant savings" offer that takes 50 cents off per item. Hmph.

Buy 10, Save $5 Instantly Deal (ConAgra)

Ad lists Marie Callender's and Healthy Choice meals @ $2, Pam spray @ $2.50, Wesson @ $2, Reddi Wip @ $2.99, Egg Beaters (15-16 oz.) @ $2.99, Snapple @ $4.49 and 7-Up @ $2.49 per 6-pack .5L bottles, Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn 6-pack $2.99

Wasn't this the deal that overlapped with a Catalina last year leading me to fill the trunk of my car with Dr Pepper? I got so sick of Dr Pepper from the bottle (I prefer from the can) that if this were to turn into a moneymaker this year, I swear I would give all the pop away. Hold me to my word, readers!

I don't see many coupons for Con-Agra out there right now: Just $1/1 Reddi Wip from August All You. Am I missing some? Please share.

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$25 Off Blue Man Group Tickets

When you order tickets for Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre, use the coupon code FALL8 to take $25 off. That makes them $44 each. This offer ends August 29. 

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Sunday Ads and Coupons for August 22

First off, a gripe: I hear a lot of people talking about picking up early Sunday Tribunes on Saturday at various stores for extra coupons. But whenever I buy one, the plastic bag in the middle is always missing lots of inserts, namely the coupons! I have vowed time and again to never waste $2 on an early paper, and yet today I did it again since I'll be too busy tomorrow to summarize the ads for you. Bought it at Walgreen's on Harlem and Lake in River Forest, and, you guessed it. No coupons.

(According to Couponing for 4, this week's Sunday paper should have just one Smart Source in it.)

Here are the only interesting ads I go in my early Sunday Tribune:

Target has a diaper gift card deal. Buy 2 value packs of Huggies or Pampers, get a $10 gift card. Use $2/1 Huggies printable from Coupons.com, $1.50/1 Pampers from the 8/1 P&G, or check your mail -- I got a $3/1 Pampers this week.

Jewel-Osco has added a sale on Italian sausage or bratwurst @ $1.99 a pound. (Jewel shoppers, I have a big treat in store for you later this week with the grocery shopping installment of the Frugalista Challenge. Stay tuned!)

Walgreens is still low on Register Rewards deals. Instead they're having "coupon days," with lots of in-ad coupons. If you still need school supplies, there's one for BOGO backpacks at $9.99. There are RR deals on Pampers and Crest dental care stuff, if you're into that, but no money makers. Blah.

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for 10-20% off, depending on the merchendise, that's good Sunday through Tuesday. To use it online, enter coupon code BTSWK4AG810.

Michaels has the usual 40% off one regular-price item product, plus a bonus coupon good all week for 40% off regular price artist paints, pencils, pastels and markers.

Jo-Ann has the usual 40% off one regular-price item coupon.

I will try to add more tomorrow but it may be tough as we are driving to Milwaukee to drop the kids off with their grandparents, and then coming all the way back to Ravinia. La vida mama.

15 Percent Off First Order at Soap.com or Diapers.com -- or 50% Off

UPDATE 1: Officials at Soap.com told me today that the SHIP25 coupon code does stack with "all offers." Nice!

UPDATE 2: Look what was waiting on my porch already this afternoon. I just ordered Monday. Impressive.

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After I wrote the following post, I saw Money Saving Mom's post that daily deal site Ideeli is selling a $20 voucher to Soap.com for $10 through the end of today. I get the impression that you can use a coupon code along with the promotion code you'll get from Ideeli, so you may be able to combine that deal with the following deal.

At BlogHer, Diapers.com had a booth with their new sister site, Soap.com. It's like Alice.com -- it sells toilet paper and aspirin and other drugstore stuff.

If you want to try it out, use the coupon code CARR0281 to take 15 percent off your first order. (The bummer is, if you already belong to Diapers.com, they don't consider you new to Soap.com. On the upside, the code works at Diapers.com too.)

That's a unique coupon code just for my readers, and, yes, if you use it to make a purchase I'll get an affiliate payment. By way of further disclosure, I picked up a card at their BlogHer booth with a one-time use coupon code that I used to get myself some free stuff.

Oh, and looks like the coupon code SHIP25 gets you free shipping. So unless the codes stack, use your judgement about which one gets you a better deal.

The fine print: While I do participate in affilate programs (see my full disclosure on my About page), I don't generally accept gift cards or payments from companies looking for coverage here. I usually steer the offering company to bestow their generosity on the readers instead with a giveaway. And in fact many of the coupons I picked up at BlogHer are headed to giveaway-land. However, I decided that stuff I picked up at BlogHer is ok to use myself if I want to, since it was available for the taking to anyone who paid $300 to attend that conference. What I mean is, I don't take payments or discounts that are offered to me only because I write this blog. But a freebie that's on a table at a trade show for anyone to pick up? That seems like fair game.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups, Week of August 19: Cheap Meatballs, Lots of Coupons

Thurs-Sat Only

Illinois sweet corn 25 cents

Michigan green peppers 50 cents

Michigan celery sleeve 88 cents

Michigan green beans 88 cents/lb.

Indiana whole watermelon $2.88, limit 2

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Dominick's Trip: Accidentally Paid for Granola Bars

 

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A moment of disorganization turned a potentially moneymaking Dominick's trip into nearly almost-free. I paid $1 for four boxes of granola bars, when I was hoping to get five for free or at a profit.

 

But first, what do you suppose the nice cashier asked me when he saw my coupons?

"Do you ever read that blog, Mashup Mom?"

I sighed.

"Yes. Yes I do." Then a little tear rolled down my cheek.

Now, to the oopsie shopping trip. I arrived at Dominick's at 9:45 with instructions from Epu to get some kind of liquor and bubbly water for his enjoyment. Because I am a surrendered wife, I of course hopped in the car and rushed on over there before they stop selling booze at 10.

OK, for real I wanted to do that granola bar Catalina again to stock up for school lunches. I had e-coupons loaded on my card for both regular Nature Valley granola bars and those new Thins, as well as Fiber One bars (aka "cover 'em with so much sugar they'll never know it's healthy bars"). I also had paper coupons for both kinds, plus one more $1/1 NV Nut Clusters. I figured that if I bought four boxes granola bars and one bag Nut Clusters, I'd pay $7.50 pre-coupon, $4 after paper coupons, and maybe around $2.50 or less after e-coupons because you never know what will come off there. And, I'd get a $3.50 Catalina coupon back.

Got that?

First I had to hustle to pick out my booze, of course, and then just as the manager got on the speaker to tell me to hurry up cause liquor sales end in 10 minutes, I darted into the cereal aisle to grab my granola bars. Except, all the Thins were maybe never put out yet or maybe gone. And all the Nut Clusters were just gone since apparently other people found out those were free after coupons and Catalina.

They probably read about it on Mashup Mom.

So I ended up with just four boxes granola bars along with my Sauza Tequila and bubbly water. Then, at the register, I couldn't find my Dominick's card. I dug around for at as long as I could, and then finally just gave my phone number. Problem is, I for some reason don't have a phone number linked to my current Dominick's card, or I don't know what number it is. The phone number I use at Dominick's is the one to my old Safeway card that I used in California. With no e-coupons loaded on it.

On the up side, the 3 $.50/1 Nature Valley Thins coupons I was using worked just fine on the regular granola bars. I know that many couponers think using a coupon for one specific product for any old product in the same brand is a major sin, but I chatted about this with a marketer recently and she laughed at the idea that the manufacturers would care.

"If people only knew how little time the brand manager spends deciding which variety to put on the coupon," she said.

So, anyway, $6 worth of bars, minus $2.50 in coupons, means I paid $3.50 and got only $2.50 back. So I paid 25 cents a box.

I also got the Tequila with an expired manufacturer's coupon from Jewel, prompting Epu to Tweet:

short on booze, @carriekirby offered to hustle to the store. she came back with tequila, bought with coups. what a lady!

And epu, at least, doesn't read Mashup Mom.

25% Off at Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy

Tonight through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time only, take $25 off a $100 purchase with the coupon code FALLAFTERS at Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy. Or $30 off if you use a store credit card.

In stores, this runs through 9 p.m. locally, I suppose when stores close.

$1/1 Hillshire Farm Deli Select Printable Coupon, and a Free Anecdote About This One Time When I Ate a Sandwich

Another one of the goodies passed out at BlogHer: This URL for a printable coupon for $1 off 1 Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat. Use the back button on your browser to print twice.

Also, did I tell you about how when you're at BlogHer, you can get a sandwich via Twitter? Well, almost. I was sitting in a session, taking notes, when I tweeted about how hungry I was. The clock on my laptop was still on central time, making me think that lunch was farther away than it really was.

Well, the folks working the Hillshire Farm booth saw me tweet and urged me to come over to the Expo for a free sandwich. Naturally, I closed my laptop abruptly and hustled right over.

The sandwich was ok. Too much bread, but that's not exactly Hillshire Farm's bread and butter, if you know what I mean.

CVS: Only Two Bucks for School Supplies and Milk

At CVS today, we got the following:

2 Caliber spiral notebooks 2/$1

2 Caliber glue bottles buy-one-get-one-free @ 99 cents

1 bottle Refresh Tears eye drops $7.99 ($7.99 ECB)

1 gallon 2% Dean's milk $2.79 ($1 ECB)

Throat Cooler pops clearanced @ $1.29

Pre-coupon total: $14.06 plus tax

Coupons: two $1/2 Caliber products from coupon printer (no longer printing), $1/1 Refresh

I paid: $11.06 plus tax (I used a $10ECB and change)

I received $7.99 ECB for the Refresh and $1 ECB for the milk

So, I'm behind $2 and change for that transaction. Not bad for milk plus knocking another two items off the school supplies list!

More Consolation for Lack of Free Pants: Coupon for The Children's Place

 

 

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Print this coupon for 15 percent off at The Children's Place, or use the coupon code F9A2010 online. It's good through Monday, August 16.

This is a GREAT time to use one of these coupons to stock up on summer clearance items for next year. I consistently find that clearance price items from The Children's Place are cheaper or the same price as similar items at resale events or consignment shops, and the quality is very good.

For instance, check out this floral halter for $2.99:

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And all backpacks are $10 right now, or $8.50 after your coupon. And if you buy one Sunday, you'll still get that 5 percent off your taxes, too.

Great Clips Coupon in Today's Tribune

Don't throw out today's Tribune without fishing out a single-page coupon for a kids' or "students" hair cut at Great Clips for $5.99.

I knew I should have waited before getting that back-to-school haircut for Nutmeg.

That is all.

Jewel-Oco Grocery Deals for Week of 8/5: Very Slow Week

Manufacturer's Coupons: Free Snuggle fabric softener 32 oz. or 70-80 ct. dryer sheets when you buy one All Liquid Laundry Detergent; $2/2 American Greetings cards priced $1.99 or more.

Thurs-Sat Only

Banquet Brown n Serve sausage 6.4-7 oz.

Arctic Shores shrimp $4.99/lb. (in 2 lb. frozen bag)

Catalina Deals

Buy $10, Save $5 Instantly

Various Kraft products and Kellogg's products, including Kellogg's cerals and bars @ $2.50 each, Nabisco crackers @ $2.99, Kraft cheese @ $2.49 and $3.49, Starbucks coffee @ $9.49.

See my Dominick's post for some places to find Kraft and Oscar Mayer coupons. (Sorry for being lazy, but I'm halfway out the door to BlogHer!)

Edy's Catalina Deal: Spend $12, Get a $4 for your next trip

Includes buy-one, get one free Edy's ice cream @ $6.49, $2.99 fruit bars, Drumsticks and Dibs, $2.99 Haagen-Dazs ice cream or bars, $1.25 Skinny Cow cups, $1 Edy's or Haagen-Dazs cups, and $3.99 larger boxes Edy's fruit bars, Dibs and Haagen-Dazs snack size bars. (For coupons, all I see is $1/3 from the July All You magazine.)

This should work like Catalina deals usually do at Jewel, that is, you can spend $12 before Preferred Card discount. But beware! BOGO deals do not ring up that way. So if you buy 2 Edy's for $6.49, that adds only $6.49 to what you've spent.

Deal idea: Buy four cartons Edy's ice cream for $12.98, get the $4 coupon, meaning your final price is $8.98, or about $2.25 per package. Big whoop.

Regular All-Week Sales

Perdue boneless, skinless chicken breasts $2.99/lb.

blueberries 1 quart or raspberries 12 oz. $2.99

Banquet dinners or Chef Boyardee cans 88 cents

Vienna Beef regular or natural franks 12 oz. $4 (I found a coupon in store for $1 off if you buy 2 VB plus 2 Rosen's buns; not a huge deal but if you're buying ...)

Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of August 5

This week the best grocery deals I see at Dominick's are the super coupons for $2.99 a half gallon of O Organics milk (since I still have a couple $1/1 coupons left), 99 cent mushrooms and $1.69 Pepperidge Farm bread. There's also a Kellogg's Catalina deal. Oh, and check out Mashup Mom's instructions on how to use the "buy 5, save $5" deal to get free Kraft cheese.

THURS-SAT ONLY

2 lbs. blueberries $3.99

Waterfront Bistro raw shrimp $4.99/lb. (2 lb. bag frozen) (load $1/1 e-coupon onto your card)

Signature Cafe chicken tenders $3.99/lb.

Hellmann's Mayo 22-30 oz. $2.49 ($.75/1 printable)

Buy 5, Save $5

This week's ad shows the following Oscar Mayer products, with the $1 per item discount already reflected in the price: Beef Franks $2.99, Deli Fresh shaved lunchmeat $2.49 ($1/1 printable), beef bologna $2.49, cooked bacon $2.49, Lunchables Fun Packs or Creations $1.49, Kraft Natural Slices or Deli Deluxe Singles $1.99 ($1/1 printable). For more coupons, look at any old Jewel-Osco ads you have sitting around since many of them have expired OM Qs, and as you remember, Dom's takes expireds.

Friday Only

8-piece fried chicken or whole roasted chicken $5

CATALINA DEAL

Buy 10, get $10 off next shopping trip: Kellogg's cereals and bars, Keebler cookies and crackers. Prices are $1.99, $2.49, $2.99 and $3.49.

Find various Kellogg's cereal printables here and in the 8/1 RedPlum.

Deal idea to get cereal and Pop-Tarts for 55 cents a box: Buy 6 boxes Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, Apple Jacks or Froot Loops and 4 boxes Pop-Tarts for $20.

Use three two $1/2 Pop-Tarts coupons from the 7/11 RedPlum and two $1.25/3 from the 6/27 RedPlum. That takes off a total of $4.50.

Pay $15.50, get $10 coupon back, making the final cost for 10 cereals and pastries $5.50, or 55 cents each.

SUPER COUPONS (require $10 purchase, can be combined with manufacturer's coupons)

Lucerne butter 1 lb. $1.99, limit 4

Duncan Hines cake mix 89 cents, limit 5

Goldfish Crackers 6.6-8 oz. $1.25 (use expired printables, no longer available)

white button mushrooms 8 oz. 99 cents, limit 4

Pepperidge Farm 15 Grain or Cinnamon Bread $1.69

O Organics milk half gallon $2.99 (use $1/1 O Organics coupon if you have any left)

Regular All-Week Sales

grapes, nectarines 99 cents/lb.

Rancher's Reserve boneless beef cross rib steak $1.99/lb., or boneless top sirloin $2.99 (load e-coupon for $2/$10 RR purchase)

all Safeway frozen chicken 20% off

Buy one, get one free: Ball Park beef franks @ $3.99 (use $.75/2 printable), Tyson breaded chicken 25.5-30 oz. @ $7.49, Mission tortilla chips 14 oz., Eating Right salad blends

Coupon matchups from Money Saving Mom's database.

Sunday Tribune Ads and Coupons: Free Crayons, 99-Cent Pistachios

My favorite deal this week is a school supplies deal (that 24-pack of crayons on every elementary supply list for free), so let's start with the back to school:

Walgreens is giving away free Crayola crayons this week: buy a 24-pack for $1, get $1 Register Rewards. Also free after RR: Alive! multivitamins at $10. And Crayola washable markers, the 8-pack classic or the 20 pack "Super Tips," are free after mail-in rebate.


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Free Cheesecake! National Cheesecake Day!

Eli's Cheesecake is giving away free slices of cheesecake all day today! A different flavor per hour, and you could actually get one slice per hour through 6 p.m. if you have the whole day to hang around eating cheesecake and no concern for calories.

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That's at  6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. The phone number is 773-205-3800.

Or, "Like" the Cheesecake Factory on Facebook for a coupon for a $1.50 slice. Or just go there tomorrow, July 30, and get any slice of cheesecake half price.

(Thanks, Free Things to Do in Chicago!)

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of July 29 - Free Hummus

The best deal at Jewel-Osco this week is free Athenos Hummus. A 7 oz. container is BOGO at $3.99, and if you print the BOGO coupon here (use the back button to print twice) you should get two packages for free!

There is also a Very Nice Manufacturer's Coupon: $1.50/1 Neutrogena item, excludes sun care, cosmetics and trial sizes, good through 9/30/10. Despite the exclusions, this is a good coupon if you're a freak for Neutrogena lotion like I am, with plenty of time for a good CVS or Wag's deal to come up.

Thurs-Sat Only

StarKist chunk light tuna 5 oz. 39 cents

California seedless red grapes 88 cents/lb.

Stone Ridge ice cream 1.5 qt. $2.50

Ice Mountain 24-pack .5 liter or 12-pack 700 ml. water $2.99

Buy one, get one free mix and match with in-store coupon: Jewel boneless, skinless chicken breast; Jewel split chicken breast; Stockman & Dakota round roast; S&D sirloin tip roast or boneless chuck steak; pork back ribs or St. Louis style ribs.

Regular BOGO: Athenos hummus 7 oz. @ $3.99, use BOGO printable to get two free!!; Ball Park meat franks 16 oz. @ $3.49; Hebrew National beef franks 12 oz. @ $5.99; Entenmann's Little Bites @ $3.99; Dean's Ice Cream 1.5 qt. @ ?; Thomas' Bagels @ $4.79; Ruffles potato chips @ $3.99

All-Week Sales

cucumbers 49 cents each

Birds Eye steamfresh rice or vegetables 10-16 oz. $1

California peaches or nectarines 99 cents/lb.

wild salmon $8.99/lb. (use the $1/1 store coupon from that booklet found by the fish case)

snow crab clusters $7.99/lb. (previously frozen)

Jewel English Muffins 6-ct. $1.29 (the refrigerated kind are $1.50 -- what the heck is the difference?)

Wild Harvest Organic peanut butter 18 oz. $3.49

Prego pasta sauce 26 oz. 99 cents

General Mills cereals, bars and fruit snacks $1.88, plus if you buy four you get 2 free RedBox codes. Print coupons: $1.50/2 kids cereals, $1/2 cereal in the 7/11 SmartSource, various on Coupons.com, EatBetterAmerica.com, BettyCrocker.com. However I rarely buy GM products at Jewel anymore because with the Cellfire and Shortcuts coupons it's almost always a better deal at Dominick's.)

Natural Harvest bread $2

Coupon Matchups from Money Saving Mom's database.

Chicago Tribune Sunday Ads and Coupons: Free backpacks, 90-Cent Fannie May Ice Cream Pints

Here are the best deals to be found in today's Sunday Chicago Tribune. It's back to school season, so I pulled out the school supplies deals separately at the bottom of this post.

In today's Sunday paper, in the front section, look for Fannie May coupons. There's one valid Sunday, July 25 only, that will get you a pint of their ice cream for one dollar -- from their retail store only. Not bad if you live near one! There's also a buy one, get one free coupon for the ice cream pints, good Monday July 26-July 31.

Parade has a $.50/1 coupon for any Walgreens brand over-the-counter medication, good through 7/31.

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Today's Groupon: Cheap Sunday Tribune = Cheap Coupons

For quite awhile it's been possible to get a Sunday-only Tribune subscription for just 99 cents a week, and since I'll use more than $1 worth of coupons from the average Sunday paper, I've been meaning to add an extra subscription in my husband's name.

But I'm glad I never got around to it! Because today's Groupon is a whole year of Sunday Tribunes for just $13. I just noticed this on Mashup Mom, who calculated that this is a cost of 25 cents a week!

One per household, but you can get additional Groupons as gifts -- I got one for my mom and dad as well as for my hubby. There is some question of whether they will delivery this deal to another name at the same address as an existing subscription -- if not, I'll just gift both subscriptions to relatives or neighbors who will appreciate the free paper and save me the coupons.

Kmart Not-So-Super Double Coupons

In the old days, we couponers used to have a lot of fun when Kmart's "Super Doubles" double coupons promotion rolled around. We'd gather up lots of $1 and $2 coupons for low-price products and bring home cartloads of free stuff.*

It was always a hassle, but in those days it was worth it. Then they started adding restrictions to the number of coupons you could use, and most of us dropped out.

Starting Sunday, Kmart will be offering double coupons for a week, but with even more new restrictions than the last few times. This time, they will only double coupons up to 99 cents. Since there aren't 99-cent coupons out there, this really means that the best you're going to get is a $1.50 discount off any given product, with a doubled $.75/1 coupon.

Once again, they're limiting it to five coupons per day, and you have to use that Kmart Shop Your Way Rewards Card so they can keep track.

Sorry, Kmart, but it would take a lot bigger incentive than that to get me to brave the crazy customers, understocked shelves and confused employees at my local store. If you're braver, the list of participating locations includes lots of Chicago stores.

 P.S. If you live near the Tinley Park store, when you sign up for the rewards card you can get a coupon for free bread up to $1.99 every time you spend $35 on food.

Chicago Deals of the Day - North Coast Music Festival, Sushi Pink, Spa Chakra

 

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Here are the offers from Chicago's daily deals sites for Friday, July 23. Some are available for more than a day; check the individual sites for details and restrictions.

Groupon

51% off North Coast Music Festival. That's $17 for a day pass or $40 for a 3-day pass, worth $35-$75, for the Sept. 3-5 Union Park festival. Side deal: 50% off at Eppy's Cafe and Deli. That's $5 for a $10 voucher to the downtown restaurant.

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50% off at Sushi Pink. That's $20 for a $40 voucher to the West Loop restaurant. Side deal: 64% off yoga at The Peace School. That's $40 for 12 classes, worth $110. Side Deal: 53% off self defense class at The Peace School. That's $35 for a 5-week class, worth $75.

Living Social

67% off massage or facial at Spa Chakra. That's $90 for either service at the salon in the Palmer House Hilton, worth $270.

Tippr 

55% off permanent makeup at Amazing Faces Chicago. That's $199 for up to $510 value at the Gold Coast salon. Up to 87% off laser hair removal at Spa La La. That's $60 for removing hair from one body part, plus a manicure, worth up to $180. Over 54% off remote computer repair from FixIt99. That's $49 for the normally $99 service. 

We Give to Get

38% off Bacon Hot Sauce. That's $14.99 for a three-pack, normally $23.99. Side Deal: 64% off exercise classes at Interchange Medical Wellness Center. That's $45 for a $125 value near the Roosevelt CTA stop.

Two Buck Duck

50% off at Cans Bar and Canteen. That's $2 for a $20 off $40 purchase coupon for the Bucktown bar.

You've Gotta Get It!

60% off at Ciao Amore Ristorante in Pilsen. That's $10 for a $25 voucher. Side deal: 60% off custom framing from Framing Mode. That's $40 for a $100 voucher. Monthly deal: 50% off at Keep the Beat Wellness. That's 48 for 12 workouts in Northbrook.

KGB Deals

68% or better discount on AMC movie of your choice. That's $4 for one movie ticket by mail, worth up to $12.50. AVAILABLE AGAIN!

The Big Deal Chicago (from Angie's List)

54% off air conditioner maintenance. That's $55 for members, $75 nonmembers, for service worth $119.95.

DailyDeals

50% off pizza at Bricks on the Run. That's $15 for a $30 voucher ot the N. Elston restaurant.

Jewel-Osco Deals Week of July 22: Peanuts 2/$1.89 With Coupon

Manufacturer's Coupons: Buy 2 Ore-Ida frozen potatoes, get 1 free; $1/1 Wesson oil; $1.50/2 Classico pasta sauce (use this at Dominick's this week!); $5/2 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 33.5 oz. box. And a bunch more that are not as exciting.

Thursday-Saturday Only

8-piece Chef's Kitchen fried chicken $5.88

strawberries 2 lb. $2.99 (use $2/2 produce coupon -- get one by signing up here with code PRODUCE)

All Week

Buy 4 participating Quaker or Kellogg's cereals, get them for $1.75 each

whole watermelon $3.49

organic Braeburn apples $1.99/lb.

OK, maybe I'm just tired but I'm not seeing anything else that's a really good sale in there!

Buy one, get one free: cantaloupe @ ?; Jennie-O Turkey Store burgers 16 oz. @ ?; Eat Smart bagged veggies 10-12 oz. @ $2.49; President Chunk Feta cheese 8 oz. @ $6.29; Reggio's Dinner Size Pizza 18-20 oz. @ $6.99; Dean's Sherbet 32 oz. @ $3.79; Carapelli Olive Oil 17 oz. @ ?; Fisher Dry Roasted Peanuts 14 oz. @ $3.89 (use 2 $1/1 Fisher coupons from the 1/10 or 6/20 SmartSource or $1/1 printable; Orbit gum 14 ct.

Dominick's Grocery Deals Week of July 22: Cheap Butter, Tuna and Ritz Crackers

Well, if you need to stock up on butter and tuna fish like I do, you'll want to stop at Dominick's this week, but I can't promise mad excitement. At $1.88 a box, minus some old $1/1 coupons I've got rattling around, Ritz crackers might accidentally jump into my cart and make my 3-year-old happy. And wait -- butter, tuna and Ritz ... I believe I've got the ingredients for some kind of hot dish, no?

I'll also be checking to see if Huggies wipes are still on sale for $1.99, since last week I totallly failed to use one of the $2/1 coupons currently on Coupons.com.

THURS-SAT ONLY

Bumble Bee tuna 5 oz. 44 cents

Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken $5.49

ALL WEEK

Rancher's Reserve boneless round steak $1.69/lb.

grapes 99 cents/lb.

corn 20 cents each 

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$4 Movie Plus $1 Popcorn Plus $1 Drink = 1 Heck of a Cheap Date

 

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This Sunday, July 25, use this coupon at an AMC theater to get any size popcorn for $1 and any size drink for $1. (Thanks to the brilliant posters on Slickdeals.net.)

For a really cheap date, combine with $4 AMC movie tickets from KGB deals.

Hm, we're rid of 2 of our kids this weekend. Maybe a date for Mr. and Mrs. Frugalista? 

My Free Bread, Almost-Free Produce at Jewel-Osco

I printed out about 10 each of those produce and bread coupons (Mashup Mom reports the bread one is no longer available) from Jewel-Osco, which expire in a week. Now if only I had time to stop in constantly I could feed my family for free every day!

Today I found time for one trip, with all 3 kids. We got:

 

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1 pint blueberries, $1.28 + 2 green peppers, 58 cents each

produce total: $2.26

produce cost after $2 produce coupon: 26 cents!

 

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1 bakery focaccia, $2.79

cost after free bread coupon: free!

2 Wonderful Pistachios, BOGO @ $4.99

cost after two $1/1 printable coupons: $2.99

With tax, I paid $3.55 for this bag of groceries. Yay!

Oh, and here's a pic of that booklet with the coupon for wild-caught salmon in it:

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Dominick's Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of July 15

Here are the weekly grocery deals and coupon matchups for Dominick's. The only thing I see worth getting excited about is frozen shrimp for $3.99/lb., which is my target price.

BUY 4, SAVE 4: Ad shows General Mills cereals Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, plus Betty Crocker fruit snacks and Nature Valley granola bars, and says you'll get a free box of the Nature Valley Granola Bars as well when you buy 4. Man, does Dominick's ever love to give away the GM products! For coupons, hit up Coupons.com ($1/2 GM cereals), SmartSource.com ($.50/2 fruit snacks), Box Tops for Education ($.50/1 Nature Valley, $.55/1 Cheerios, more), Eat Better America (more of the same). Plus of course stack with those your Shortcuts and Cellfire coupons from the Dominick's Web site (Shortcuts: $.75/2 Nature Valley, $.55/1 Cheerios, Cellfire $.75/1 Nature Valley and Golden Grahams, more), and let me know if you end up getting five boxes of GM products for free or better.

THURS-SAT ONLY

Tyson frozen chicken products, limit 4 (pic shows nuggets) 25.5-30 oz. $3.99 (try the $.55/1 coupon from the 5/16 SmartSource)

Waterfront Bistro Medium cooked shrimp $3.99/lb., limit 2

Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams or Chips Ahoy! $1.88 (use $1/1 Chips Ahoy! from July All You, or the $1/3 from the 6/27 SmartSource but you also have to buy a 6-pack Hershey's and a Kraft Jet-Puff marshmallows)

Signature Cafe pizza $3.99

18-pack Miller, Bud or Coors cans beer $9.99

FRIDAY ONLY: fried or roasted chicken $5 for 8 pieces

REGULAR ALL WEEK SALES

Red Lion nectarines 99 cents/lb.

Sweet Ranier Cherries $2.99/lb.

mangoes 50 cents/lb.

romaine, red leaf or green leaf lettuce 99 cents/lb.

Dominick's hot dog or hamburger buns 99 cents

Breyers ice cream, Popsicle novelties or Klondike bars $1.99 when you buy 3 (use $1/2 Klondike or $1/2 Popsicle coupons from the Sizzling Savings booklet at Jewel-Osco)

2L Coke, 7-Up or A&W 99 cents

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE: Healthy Life or Butternut Bread @ $2.99, Perdue boneless skinless chicken breasts @ $5.69, Jennie-O Turkey Store ground turkey 20 oz. @ $5.49; Hillshire Farm smoked sausage or bratwurst @ $3.79 (use $1/2 from almost any recent RedPlum, or $.55/1 printable), Ball Park Beef Franks @ $3.99 (use $.75/2 from 3/14 RedPlum and look for tearpads for free Sara Lee buns at Jewel-Osco); Dial hand soap @ $2.49 (use $.35/1 from 6/13 RedPlum); Doritos @ $3.99

Coupon matchups from Money Saving Mom's database.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups: Week of July 15

Very little to get excited about at Jewel this week, except that it's summer and produce has gotten cheap everywhere. Oh, and sign up for Jewel's new email coupon service with the code PRODUCE and get a printable for $2 off any produce valued at $2 or more. With no print limit! (I probably first read about this at Mashup Mom.)

Eat up those good free vegetables!

THURS-SAT ONLY

corn 22 cents an ear (limit 12)

cabbage 28 cents/lb.

green peppers 58 cents each

vine ripe tomatoes 78 cents/lb.

blueberries $1.28/pint (limit 3)

ALL WEEK REGULAR SALES

Michigan cucumbers 49 cents

General Mills cereals (smallest boxes) $1.88 (use $1/2 printable coupon, $.50/1 from the 6/27 SmartSource). larger 12-17 oz. boxes are on sale for $2.50

Jewel fruit cups four-pack $1.79

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE: Wonderful Pistachios 10 oz. @ $4.99 (use two $1/1 printable coupons, Doritos @ $3.99, Dean's Ice Cream @ ?; Steak-Umm 32 oz. @ $8.99; Krakus sliced honey or Polish ham $7.99; Entenmann's Donuts 8-12 pack $4.39

REDBOX OFFER: Buy 2 participating Chips Ahoy! cookies, get a free Redbox code (use the $1/1 from the July All You magazine). Or just try DVDONME or BREAKROOM -- both those codes worked last time I heard.

STORE COUPON: $5/2 Homelife charcoal, 16.6 lb. bags. expires 7/21.

MANUFACTURER'S COUPON: $2/1 Bacardi rum 750 ml. expires 7/21

Coupon matchups from Money Saving Mom's database.

5 More Secrets of Extreme Couponers

 

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Last week I shared the top 5 things that extreme couponers know about using coupons. Here are five more:

6. Most retail employees are not very familiar with the store's coupon policy. This point is not meant to insult cashiers, but as a practical point, don't assume that you can't use a certain coupon just because one cashier told you no. Consult the store manager, or, if available, the companywide coupon policy. Hardcore couponers carry print-outs of store policies with them.

For Dominick's, see parent company Safeway's policy here.

Jewel-Osco's policy as of 2009.

Target's policy is here.

7. Some store policies are better than others. In the Chicago area, Dominick's accepts expired coupons up to a year old, but Jewel-Osco doesn't.

8. If a coupon says "manufacturer's coupon" at the top, and has a store logo on it, you may be able to use it at other stores. For example, Dominick's will take a manufacturer's coupon with another store's logo as long as it's for a specific product.

9. If a product on a great sale is out of stock, get a raincheck! A great sale may last a week or less, but a raincheck may last 90 days, giving you plenty of time to wait for a good coupon to be released to make your great deal into a phenomenal one.

10. Good coupons aren't only found in the Sunday paper. In fact, some of the best coupons are found online. You'll also collect lots of good ones in the aisles of grocery stores, and increasingly, in booklets on display at the front of stores.

Photo by BargainBri, used via Creative Commons license.

Sunday Ads: Here Come the School Supplies Deals

On the second Sunday in July 2009, I wrote up the Sunday ads from the alternative birthing center at the hospital, the morning after our little boy joined the family. Today I'm going to dash this out because friends and family are descending on the house and yard at 3 p.m. for a first birthday barbecue.

But guess what? Fourth of July is in the rearview mirror, which means It's time for back-to-school deals. (Insert lament here about how the retailers rush everything these days.) Actually, the fact that they start early is a good thing for bargain hunters, because it gives us six weeks to stalk the loss-leader offers to fill out our kids' supply lists.

The School Supply Deals

Walgreens: 10 Crayola markers 99 cents, Fiskars kids scissors 99 cents, and with in-ad coupon, erasers and novelty pencils 9 cents, legal pads 29 cents, Mead envelopes 69 cents, pocket folders 8/$1.

CVS: Sun-Tues only, get free Paper Mate pens and kids scissors after 99 cents ExtraBucks. Limit 1 each.

Staples: Thru Wed only: 1 cent each with $5 purchase: folders (limit 10) and 8-pack pencils (limit 2). a ream of mulitpurpose white paper is 1 cent after $4.98 easy rebate, limit 2. There's a coupon in the ad for $5 off a $30 purchase, good all week.

Office Depot: Buy Mr. Sketch Markers at $7.99, get a $7.99 prepaid Visa card by mail. Buy a Singline stapler for $15.99, free after $2 instant rebate and $13.99 mail-in rebate. $1 each after sending away for Visa cards: ream of multipurpose paper, 25-pack sheet protectors, Pentel mechanical pencils.

Toys R Us: Free lunch kit up to $9.99 when you buy any backpack at $12.99 or more. Buy one, get one free Crayola crayons and markers

Kmart has a free lunch kit with backpack purchase.

World Market has a cute little food thermos there for $5.99 this week.

Other Deals

Parade has a coupon for $.75/1 pound cake or cream pie

For the rest of the Walgreen's deals, see Money Saving Mom.

CVS: Complete multipurpose contact solution is free after $7.99 ECBs, and a moneymaker if you use the $2/1 from the 5/16 RedPlum. has Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup for 50 cents, milk is still $1.69 after ExtraBuck (limit 2, and don't forget you get a free gallon for every five you buy). For the full CVS deals, see Mashup Mom.

World Market will give you a free tote bag with purchase of $10 or more.

Jo-Ann has a coupon for 50% off one regular priced item. And their patriotic stuff is down to 70% off. 

Michael's has the usual 40% off one regular priced item coupon.

Toys R Us/Babies R Us has a coupon for 20% off any regular priced baby item. And a free gift card offer when you buy 3 Enfamil Premium 6-can cases of formula. (Use formula checks plus any coupons you might have.) Plum Organics baby food pouches are on sale 10/$10, use the printable coupon for $.50/2.

At Jewel-Osco the only new thing I see is watermelons for $3.99, limit 2, which is awesome because I'm about to run over there to get balloons and asparagus for the party. And, now, watermelon.

Target gift card offers: Buy 3 Starbucks coffee @ $6.99, get a $5 GC.

Coupons: The SmartSource insert has a BOGO coupon for Earth Options Raid bug spray, a BOGO for Olay cleansers, BOGO for Head and Shoulders shampoo or conditioner, $3/1 Bic Disposable shavers. Redplum has $1/2 Pop-Tarts in case you need coupons for the Jewel-Osco deal this week.

Top 5 Secrets of Extreme Couponers

 

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This post sharing some extreme couponing tips went out as the Deals and Steals newsletter this week. Next week, the newsletter will share five more tips. You can subscribe here.

You might want to share this list of coupon tactics with friends who want to get started in couponing. For you advanced couponers, I'd love to hear your top "secrets"!

The Frugalista is an extreme couponer. That means she doesn't just clip coupons, she collects coupons and uses when they yield the highest savings. By using the tricks below, the Frugalista frequently pays pennies on the dollar - or less - for staple food and household items.

1. Unless you really need the item, save your coupon until it goes on sale. Everything goes on sale eventually, usually every six weeks. At full price, the store brand is probably a better deal than the name brand with a coupon. It's not unusual for a high-value coupon paired with a good sale to result in a free item.

2. Smaller packages are usually a better deal when buying with a coupon. This isn't the environmentally friendly choice, but when looking at savings only it makes sense: A small $1 bottle of dish soap is 75% off when paired with a 75-cents-off coupon, but a large $3 bottle is only 25% off with the same coupon.

3. When purchasing buy-one-get-one-free items, you can use two manufacturer's coupons, or one coupon good for $1 off two items, or, best of all, a buy-one-get-one-free coupon, which usually results in getting both items for free. Not all stores have this policy, but in the Chicago area I have had few problems doing this at Jewel-Osco, Dominick's, CVS and Walgreens.

(Caveat: Dominick's parent Safeway specifically forbids this in its new coupon policy, but so far my local store has not enforced it.)

4. You can stack manufacturer's coupons with store coupons pretty much everywhere. At Dominick's, that means using a manufacturer's coupon along with the Super Coupons printed in the flyer. At Target, that means using an MC with store coupons printed from the Web site or arriving in your mailbox.

5. You can order coupons from clipping services in order to stock up at a great sale. These services deliver quickly, so if you check Frugalista's write-up of the weekly ads on Wednesday, you have plenty of time to order and receive coupons for use the same week. I often find my coupons on Ebay.

Photo by bargainbri, used via Creative Commons license.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Fourth of July Week

Can I just tell you that since I can hardly eat anything right now due to my dental problem, typing these ads is making me so freakin' hungry? On the upside, I guess having an abscessed tooth is turning out to be a great summer weight loss plan.

On Thursday July 1 there's a one-day sale: Tyson boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts $6.99 for the 3-lb. box, 8-ct. Bounty paper towels or 12-ct Charmin toilet paper for $4.99 (regular $10.99, use $.25/1 from the 6/6 P&G and load a UPromise coupon as well), Frito-Lay multi-pack $4.49; Corona 12-pk. $9.99

For your Fourth of July weekend, Jewel-Osco has a THURS-MONDAY sale: sweet corn 19 cents, sweet cherries $1.99/lb., whole watermelon $2.99, Lay's potato chips $1.77

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Macy's: Donate $3 to Get a $10 Coupon

 

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Starting today, Macy's will give you a coupn for $10 off a $50 purchase, if you donate $3 to Reading is Fundamental. You make the donation and get the coupon in store. There are restrictions but I don't know what they are since Macy's page about the program is not loading right now.

The program is called Book A Brighter Future, and it runs through July 31.

Dominick's Deals Week of June 24: Goldfish Very Cheap or Free!

 

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BUY 4, SAVE 4 PROMO, MIX AND MATCH: Picture shows Breyers ice cream and novelties, Starbucks ice cream (use $.75/1 printable coupon plus add $1/2 pints coupon to your Dominick's card), Klondike bars, Ben & Jerry's, Popsicle. Runs 6/24-6/30. 

THURS-SAT ONLY

Goldfish 6.6-8 oz. 88 cents or as low as FREE after coupons (Load a $.50/1 and a $.75/1 onto your card on Shortcuts.com! The $.75 one says it's for the grahams flavor while the $.50/1 says it's for original, baby, pizza, pretzel or parmesan. But with Shortcuts you never really know -- both coupons might come off from buying one bag. Stack with $.75/1 and $.35/1 coupons recently available on Coupons.com. You may be able to pay just a few cents a bag, plus get overage via Shortcuts. I love it that it still costs a few cents after the paper coupon, because you'll be less likely to get flack from the cashier this way.)

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Dominick's Deal Highlights Week of June 17: Good Weekend Sale

Dominick's has a coupon for $4 off a $25 Rancher's Reserve beef purchase.

Super Coupons: Kleenex tissue 79 cents; Lysol disinfecting wipes $1.79 (limit 1, so the $1/2 from the 4/25 SmartSource won't help), Huggies or Pampers jumbo pack $7.99 (use $3/1 Huggies printables and don't forget you can used expired ones at Dom's!), Clorox bleach $1.69 limit 2 (use the expired $.50/2 from the 1/31 SmartSource), Safeway 16 oz. frozen vegetables 99 cents; Sargento slices $1.99 limit 3 (use the $1/2 from the Dairy booklet or $.55/1 printable)

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Sunday Ads: Cheap Organic Strawberries, Free Razor, Moneymaking Body Wash

Hey, wow -- Target is selling Kindle now. This is not a deal at $259 -- the same price as Amazon sells it for -- but I love my Kindle. And for those who've never had the chance to see and handle one, it's nice that you can now check one out at Tar-zhay. Just sayin'.

And here are the best deals I see advertised in the Sunday paper this week:

Target gift card deals: $30 if you buy an Xbox 350 system @ $199.99, $10 if you buy a Cisco wireless router @ $49.99, $20 for buying an iPod touch @ $195, $25 if you buy a Braun Series 5 shaver @ $149.99, $5 when you buy Pedigree 40 lb. dog food and one selected dog treat.

Target freebies: free dozen eggs if you buy two 59oz+ Tropicana OJs, free 16 oz. Archer Farms salsa when you buy 2 Archer Farms chips, free 2L Coke when yo ubuy two 9-12" AF pizzas.

And a Target coupon for a $10 gift card when you sign up for auto refill and purchase a prescription. 

Redplum has a coupon for a free Visine after mail-in rebate (up to $7.99), BOGO soft scrub product, $5/2 Diageo liquors, $1/2 Pop-Tarts (use at Jewel this week)

SmartSource has a free Marcal toilet paper OR paper towel OR facial tissue. Also Neutrogena coupons that could be good for the ongoing Walgreens (buy 3 select prodcuts, get $10 Register Rewards). In fact, one is for $1/1 facial cleanser -- it doesn't show a picture of the $2.99 facial bars (or since Neutrogena is 25% off this week, these should be $2.25) but I will sure try to see if it works on them. $1/1 Tom's of Maine toothpaste, mouthwash or deodorant, which I have not seen coupons for before. $1/1 Energizer.

Dominick's has organic strawberries or raspberries for $3 -- I'm glad to hear that since not a single vendor I could find at the Oak Park farmer's market this week had strawberries that had not been sprayed. Also Lucerne whipped cream BOGO @ $4.99. (Mashup Mom, who always remembers about these things, says to load the strawberries $.50 e-coupon onto your Dom's card).

CVS will give you a Schick Hydro razor and a free Gillette (with $5 coupon from 6/13 SmartSource) or Old Spice body wash (no coupon needed) this week. For the rest of the CVS deals, see Mommy Snacks. Oh, and if you buy a $50 gift card to Sears, Sony Style or Golfsmith, get $10 Extra Bucks. But I hear you can't use a gift card for the $50 Sears rebate.

Walgreens also has a free Schick Hydro with that 6/13 coupon, or with the $4/1 coupon in this week's SmartSource, since the cost after Register Rewards is $3.99. Bags of Hershey candy are $1.25 after RR if you buy 4, honey is $3.99 for a 32 oz. bottle with in-ad coupon. For all the Wag's deals including moneymaking Nivea body wash, see Mommy Snacks.

Old Navy has a $10/$50 coupon.

Macy's has a coupon for an extra 20% off select sale and clearance apparel or 10-15% off other stuff.

Sports Authority hs a coupon for a $100 cash card when you spend $300.

Parade has coupons for Pravacid (up to $7), $10/1 Oral B electric toothbrush 

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

In the wake of that Walgreens/CVS spat, the Tribune today had an article on saving money on prescription drugs with some pretty good tips. Here's what I would add:

1) Use those coupons for gift cards with new or transferred prescriptions. When a coupon comes out, especially if it's for a $30 Dominick's gift card, I will transfer every scrip I have available, even if I am not out of the medicine yet, so I can collect multiple gift cards. And yes, I've even been known to put off filling my scips until a new coupon comes out. (It's just allergy meds, don't worry.) And remember that some CVS stores will take the coupons from other stores, so save the Target and Kmart $10 ones too.

2) Use drug company coupons. Do you ever hear that little extra tag at the end of a drug commercial where it says, "If you can't afford your prescription, so-and-so can help?" If you truly can't get your medication in generic form, it is worth looking around or contacting the manufacturer to find out if there is any kind of coupon or rebate program. I don't really like the idea of such programs, since they encourage patients to use medicines that may be more expensive for their insurance companies, raising costs for everyone. But you do what you have to.

3) Revisit the topic with your doctor. I mentioned to my allergist the high cost of my Rhinocort prescription once, and he said it was not available in generic. But when I raised the issue again at my next visit, he offered up a scrip for the generic of Flonase, with the caveat that he did not like this drug because it had fragrance and other additives. After trying the Flonase, I agree that the produce is less desirable, but since it costs 1/6 as much for me I will use it for now.

4) Change doctors. My allergist has on display a No Free Lunch pledge, meaning that he will not accept anything from drug companies. If you wonder if your doctor is prescribing drugs that are more expensive than necessary, you might want to look for a doctor who has also taken this pledge. Also, some doctors seem to be more familiar with which drugs are expensive on which insurance plans.

Dominick's Deal Highlights for the Week of June 10

Here are the best Dominick's deals starting today.

tomatoes on the vine $1.99

large raw shrimp $4.99

fresh Perdue whole chicken 79 cents/lb.

Brownberry bread 24 oz. $1.99

O Organics 1/2 gallon milk $3.39 (use the $1/1 coupon found near the pharmacy to get it for $2.29)

12-pack Coke $2.79

Ice Mountain 1 L sparkling water 49 cents

Buy one, get one free: Rancher's Reserve top round London Broil. Farmland bacon @ $5.49, Perdue ground turkey @ $3.99

Super Coupons: 18-ct. Lucerne eggs $1.49, Safeway SELECT frozen pizza $2.99, Palmolive 20 oz. detergent $1.99 (stack with $.70/1 from the 4/25 SmartSource)

Buy 8, save $4: (prices reflect the discount) Reddi Wip $1.99, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 49 cents (use buy 3, get 1 from the 12/13/09 SmartSource), Breyers Ice Cream $2.49, Vlasic Pickles $1.99, Mission Tortilla Chips $1.49, Cheerios $1.49 (use $1/2 printable coupon, plus load a $.55/1 to your card on ShortCuts, Capri Sun 10-ct. $1.49 (use $1/1 Sunrise if that variety is included from 4/25 SmartSource).

Coupon matchups from Money Saving Mom's database.

Printable Coupons: Granola, Crackerfuls

$1/1 Special K Granola printable coupon

$1/1 Ritz Crackerfuls printable coupon

Have you seen any hot printables lately? Do tell.

$10/$10 Coupon Codes at MedCo Make Expensive Sunscreens Affordable -- Hurry!

Remember when I said I couldn't find a sunscreen with a high safety rating for under $2 an ounce? Today you can get one of the safest products out there for just $1.25 an ounce -- if you hurry.

I just used this coupon code at MedCo Health Store to take $10 off my order of a $13.99 tube of Vanicream Sport SPF 35 sunscreen: MHS10. Shipping is 99 cents, so my total order cost was $4.98 for a 4-oz. tube. 

This stuff get a rating of 2 on a scale of 1-10 from the Environmental Working Group. It's on the Best Sunscreens list.

This other $10/$10 coupon code should be good for a second order: TENOFF.

I used the second coupon code to order a 5-oz. bottle of Blue Lizard sunscreen, priced at $13.99, for $3.48 shipped. That stuff gets a 3 rating, so still better than anything I'd found so far -- and only 70 cents an ounce.

Thanks, Mashup Mom!

Our $80 Shopping Budget: 9 Weeks' Worth of Diapers + Food

I'm sure you were all really bummed that I didn't post our spending last week. But, moving on, here's our over-budget spending for this week. We spent $129! Course, that includes nine weeks' worth of disposable diapers, but still, it's a lot. Especially since now that the week is over I feel like I need to shop again soon. First I'll break down our spending; then I'll dither on whether we really need to adjust our weekly budget.

 

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Deals from the Sunday Ads: Holiday Coupons for Michael's, Diapers, Deck Box

 

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It's a GORGEOUS holiday weekend, so don't waste time poring over those Sunday ads. In fact, don't even read this post until it's raining tomorrow and you're lying around the house bored. Here are the best deals from this week's Sunday newspaper:

 

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Huggies at Less Than 10 Cents Apiece (aka The Holy Grail of Diaper Shopping)

 

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I heard a rumor that mega packs of Huggies were being spotted at CVS marked down 50%, to $8.74 each. Since I had to go tonight anyway to finish out the ThermaCare deal, I printed some extra $3/1 Huggies coupons, then stopped by the diaper aisle to check.

Eureka! I have found it! I bought the three remaining mega packs in size 3, but my store had plenty clearanced Huggies in other sizes. Above you can see those there packs, balanced next to my Blackhawks-watching husband.

After the $3 coupons my price was $5.74 per pack of 52 diapers, or 11 cents a diaper. But of course, it got better than that.

Before I break down my transaction, here is a link to Crazy Coupon Mommy, who lists the many places to print Huggies $3/1 coupons, which have been reset so if you already printed two, you should be able to print two more.

1 ThermaCare 3-pack $5.99 (buy 2, get $5 ExtraBucks)

3 Huggies Natural Fit Mega Pack $8.74

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Total before coupons: $32.21

Coupons used: $5/$30 from email, three $3/1 Huggies printable coupons, one $3/1 ThermaCare printable coupon = $17 coupons

I paid $15.21 (plus tax) and got back $5 ExtraBucks for the Thermacare (I had previously bought another one).

Take out the $3 I paid for the ThermaCare, and I paid just over $12 for my three mega packs, or a measly $4 each. That's 7.6 cents per diaper!

Scooooooore!

The Perfect Dominick's Trip: Saved 100%

 

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I'm enjoying a sunny Memorial Day weekend with family, but I just had to pop in to say that I had the perfect Dominick's trip on the way back from the Oak Park farmer's market.

Yep: Saved 100%. Didn't even pay tax.

I stopped in to see if they still had those O Organic coupons out and if they still had O Organics pasta clearanced to 69 cents a box. Yes on both counts. So I brought my one box of O Organics macaroni up to the register with one coupon, and the cashier of course says she can't take the coupon because it's more than the cost of the item. I ask her to just try scanning it, and she calls the service desk, which tells her to go ahead and scan it. She scans and it does that thing where it adds 1 cent and then takes off 1 cent. She asks me to scan my card, and once I punch in my phone number, the order rings up as "RegPrice 69 cents" and "card savings 69 cents." Therefore, no tax! Free pasta.

Then I walked over to the Starbucks counter and handed over my empty beans bag and they filled my reusable "Oak Park Farmer's Market" cup for free.

Nutmeg and I walked out of the store pushing the sleeping baby in the stroller, and we were both grinning because I did not even get out my wallet for the whole trip.

P.S. My Dominick's also had a bin of Pantene products. The sign said Pantene shampoo was marked down to 99 cents, but the bin was full of styling products. I think there were $1/1 Pantene couposn in the February and March P&G inserts? And there was a $1/1 on the back of the 5/23 Parade? Some or all of these are expired but Dom's takes expireds so that's OK.

Jewel-Osco Deal Highlights Week of May 27

Memorial Day cookout deals, here we go!

(If you are heading in today, don't forget that Catalina-sweetening ConAgra coupon from the Ultra flyer. And note that some prices listed here will already be good; last night the River Forest store already had the Mountain High yogurt down to $2.29 and the Breakstone sour cream at 99 cents.)

Catalina deal: Spend $25 on participating Kraft products, get a $5 coupon for your next order. 5/27-6/2. Jell-o, Capri Sun, the bogo Oscar Mayer weiners, Kraft salad dressing. I don't see any appealing deals, you? 

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Dominick's Deal Highlights Week of May 27

 

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Memorial Day weekend, people! Do you get Memorial Day and Labor Day confused? I always thought it would make more sense to have Memorial Day at the end of summer, because we could pause to remember what a great summer it had been before heading into Misery, I mean Winter, once more.

But whatever you call Memorial Day and Labor Day, they both mean one thing at the grocery store: Deals on hot dogs, beer, grilling meats and chips. It's usually a good week to put some encased meats in the freezer for spur-of-the-moment grill-outs all season long. This Memorial Day week is no exception at Dominick's, where I see bratwurst, hot dogs, chips, fried chicken, watermelons and beer on sale.

 

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Today Only: Use $5/$15 ConAgra Coupon at Jewel-Osco

Did you get your Wednesday paper with the grocery ads? If you get Ultra, there's a manufacturer's coupon in there for $5 off a $15 purchase of select ConAgra products. If you take that coupon to Jewel-Osco today only, you should be able to considerably sweeten the ConAgra Catalina deal that's ending today.

Products listed on the coupon: Healthy Choice All Natural Entrees, Soup, Micro Bowls and Fresh Mixers. Hunt's BBQ sauce and tomato sauce. Banquet Chicken and Dinners. Marie Callender's Pot Pies, Dinners and Pasta Al Dente. Gulden's mustard. Van Camp's Pork and Beans. Manwich. Act II Popcorn 3-pack. Alexia Crunchy Snakcs. Wesson Oil. Kid Cuisine.

The most obvious deal that pops out is the Wesson Oil, which was already a good deal in the Catalina. What will you do with this coupon if you have it?

Coming later today are both the Chicago daily deals and my summary of the grocery ads, if I can squeeze all that in. Right now I'm off to visit a friend with the kids.

Get $20 Worth of Plants for $12.95 Shipped

Since moving to the Chicago area, I've coveted these purple globe thistles. Aren't they cool?

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I found out from a neighbor that the bulbs are kinda expensive. So today when I got the chance to get some for $2 each, shipped, I jumped. Here's what I did, and you can use this coupon to get anything you want for your garden:

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Tips for Eating Out on a Coupon or Certificate

Between Restaurant.com, GrouponYouSwoop and all these other daily deal sites out there now, lots of us are using a coupon or discount certificate every time we eat out. So I was glad to see this little post with a few reminders to mind our coupon manners:

Kyla Kyles wrote up these tips for using a Groupon when you dine, like showing the coupon right away and remembering to tip on the pre-coupon price. Have you wondered whether the server is silently judging you when you show one of those things? She's got some interesting quotes from the servers on this post too.

Later this morning, I'll post a rundown of all the Chicago daily deal sites' deals of the day. It's something I'm trying out as a daily feature -- do you like it?

Oh, and psst! Restaurant.com certificates are 80 percent off through the end of the month with the coupon code FLAG.

Look for All 5 of These Coupon Booklets at Dominick's

Oops, I thought I published this great field guide to coupon booklets at Dominick's last week. Well, hopefully most of these are still out there to find! Here is what they look like and what's in them.

Title: Make It Tonight

 

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What: Store coupons for 20% off all Waterfront Bistro items in a single transaction; 50 cents off Safeway Artisan French bread; $1 off Safeway Select pasta/sauces; $1 off any Eating Right salad. All expire 5/31.

Where: By the seafood counter.

Why it's exciting: I got a raincheck for the $5.99 16 oz. bags of Waterfront Bistro frozen salmon, so when I come back and get five of those, that first coupon will take off $5.99. That's like, one bag free!

 

Title: Mom to Mom

 

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What: Store coupons for $4 off Mom to Mom formula, $1 off any Mom to Mom product, expires 9/30/10

Where: Near pharmacy and baby products

Why it's exciting: Would be good if they had any purse packs of wipes. Also look for baby washes or lotions that might cost close to $1 -- I didn't have time to check.

Title: Save Over $25 With These Coupons May 2010

 

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What: manufacturer's coupons for $1.50/1 Biz detergent, $1/1 OxiClean, $1/1 Arm & Hammer Power Gel, $1/2 Kleenex, $.50/1 Speed Stick, $1.50/1 any Neutrogena product (excludes cosmetics, suncare and trial sizes), $2/1 Nexxus, $2/1 Complete Multipurpose Solution (expires 12/31/10), $2/1 Coppertone, plus more.

Where: On some random shelf near front of store. I probably walked by this one many times because it looks the same as the previous booklet -- I didn't realize until yesterday that they're publishing a new one each month.

Why it's exciting: Neutrogena cause I can use that on my favorite hand lotion and normally you only see $1/1, Complete because that's free after Register Rewards at Walgreens this week, so this coupon makes it a moneymaker.

Title: O Organics

 

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What: Store coupon for $1/1 O Organics product, expiring at end of the year

Where: pharmacy

Why it's exciting: Many O Organics products under or close to $1 that become free with the coupon.

Title: Crunchmaster

 

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What: Manufacturer's coupon for $1/1 Crunchmaster multiseed crackers, expires 8/31

Where: I forget

Why it's exciting: OK it's not really that exciting, but "Crunchmaster" is fun to say. Kind of sounds like you'll be exercising when you're spending time with your "Crunchmaster," but you'll really be eating. Which is even better than supposedly getting toned while putting in no effort with those silly new shoes, don't you think? Hey, maybe I should sell some regular shoes, but name them "Crunchmaster" and promise the same effect, except without the annoying feeling that it's suddenly gotten difficult to walk across the room. What do you think?

OK, baby woke up from his nap, which is probably for the best at this point. Bye bye.

ConAgra and a Helpful Site for Catalinas

The latest ConAgra deal is already active at Jewel-Osco, and you can see it advertised in tomorrow's Sunday newspaper ad. From what I am seeing other people buy, the best deals are on Wesson oil, Pam grilling spray and Orville Redenbacher popcorn.

Personally, I will probably get some Pam, some Hunt's tomatoes and/or sauce and a can of Reddi-Wip. I'll post my transaction when I do it.

But I wanted to tell you about a Web site that offers a lot more help with these Catalina deals than I do: Calculate Your Shopping. This site provides unbelievably organized spreadsheets showing all the information you need to work Catalina deals as well as some suggested transactions.

The site author, Mary, says she has verifed every price in the ConAgra Catalina offer, and the spreadsheet for the current ConAgra deal is here. It tells you the item's Preferred Price, pre-card price, where to find the coupons, and the percentage you will save item-by-item or transaction-by-transaction. So at a glance you can look at her "shopping lists" and see that you can save "104%" (i.e. make money) right now if you buy seven popcorns with seven coupons, or that you can save 77% on Hunt's spaghetti sauce with no coupons.

I hope she keeps this site up -- it seems like a lot of work -- and I will definitely be looking here for Catalina help in the future.

Dominick's Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of May 20

Don't forget: If you go to Dominick's this week, look for that clearanced organic pasta I found and the $1/1 O Organics coupons that can make it free.

Not even Labor Day Weekend until next week, but already hot dogs are going on sale left, right and center. Dominick's has Nathan's Famous Beef Franks (12-16 oz.) buy one, get one free @ $5.99, and Johnsonville Smoked Sausage 13.5-16 oz. for $2.99. I've tried those Johnsonville things, and they do not compare to a nice juicy brat. Just a little culinary tip there.

THROUGH SUNDAY ONLY

Seafood and wine sale; the only thing I see that looks affordable are previously frozen cod fillets for $3.99 a pound. Course, my wine threshhold is generally $4 a bottle so that's why I'm not considering any of the wines listed affordable -- they run $6.99 for Beringer through $16.99 for Simi.

SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Buy 4 12-packs Coke @ $2.79, get two free boxes Nabisco crackers (shows Triscuit and Wheat Thins). Use expired $2/2 Diet Coke coupons from past booklets that were all about heart disease or diabetes -- I still have those both. Also use $1/2 Nabisco crackers from the 5/16 SmartSource.
  • Buy one, get one free Deli signature sandwiches, through 6/5. Limit one free per card per week.
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Dominick's: Clearance Alert, Coupon Alert, Multiple Alert Alert!

 

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I know you're on the edge of your seats waiting to find out about the sales that start tomorrow morning at Dominick's, but before I even begin to type them up, I have to tell you about my great visits to that very store today.

First order of business: O Organics whole wheat pasta for 69 cents. Both linguine and elbow macaroni, possibly other varieties too, are clearanced at 69 cents for a 16 oz. box. My "buy it" price for whole wheat pasta is usually $1.25 for 12 oz., although I did manage to get a bunch for a quarter a box like a year ago that we have been eating ever since.

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CVS: How I Got Frozen Pizzas for 65 Cents Each

 

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Here's what I ended up getting at CVS this morning:

1 Dove peanut butter bar 49 cents

2 Aussie mousse $5.98

2 Ladies Speedstick $5.98

1 Blade razor $6.99

2 DiGiorno pizzas $7

2 Covergirl Wetslicks $5.99

2 CVS shampoos $1.98

Pre-coupon cost: $34.41 + tax

Coupons deducted: $5 email coupon, 49 cents free Dove from coupon printer, two $1/1 Speedstick, $2/1 Aussie, two $1/1 CVS haircare from coupon printer, $5.99 for BOGO Cover Girl coupon, $2.50/2 CoverGirl coupon.

Total coupons: $20

I pay: $14.41 plus tax

ExtraBucks received: $16 -- $4 for Aussie products, $4 for Speed Stick, $6.99 for razor, $1 for Green Bag tag.

Yet I managed to pay only $1.31 net today, not even paying the whole tax. How's that? The register did not take off the $5.99 for the BOGO Cover Girl WetSlicks. So at first I paid my $15 ECB, plus $3 more ECBs, plus $5.31 in cash.

Once I realized what had gone wrong, I had the cashier refund that one, and she gave me the $6 or so in cash. So instead of $23.31, my expense was $17.31 with $16 back. Hey, I didn't want any of this stuff except the frozen pizzas, but we were out of those and now I got them for 65 cents each!

Sunday Ads: Take a Week Off or Grab a Few CVS Freebies

I'm pretty busy this week (when am I not?) so I felt a sense of relief as I paged through the ads in today's Sunday Tribune. I'll be making one CVS run, but maybe I can get through the rest of the week with only a couple grocery runs.

CVS:

Free after ExtraBucks and coupon are Herbal Essences or Aussie (limit 2), Speed Stick (if you have the $1/1 Q from Reinventing Beauty) and CVS brand Blade 5 Razor System. For the full CVS deals, see Money Saving Mom. Also see my planned moneymaking transaction.

Walgreens:

Free after Register Rewards is just Gilette or Old Spice  body wash @ $4.99. Oh, but here are a couple items you could get free with coupon: Reese's peanut butter cups are 49 cents with in-ad coupon and there's that $.55/1 from the 3/14 SmartSource. For the full Wag's deals, see Mashup Mom's posts here and here.

 

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More $3/1 Huggies on Coupons.com

The good news: You can print fresh $3/1 Huggies manufacturer's coupons on Coupons.com right now, which are great to use on the CVS deal through tomorrow -- pay $8.49, get $2 ExtraBucks. Or pay $5.49 after coupon, get $2 ECBs, for a final cost of $3.49.

The bad news: When I hit up the CVS coupon printer yesterday, it was no longer producing $2/1 CVS Huggies coupons, even for the card I hadn't printed one on originally. (I use my husband's and mother's cards as well as my own, and shop plenty for their needs too.)

So unless it starts again, you probably won't get a pack of Huggies for $1.49 like I did. Still, $3.49 is a darn good deal!

Thanks Money Saving Mom for the coupon heads up.

Good Time to Stock Up on Cereal at Jewel-Osco or Dominick's

 

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Yesterday I reported that Post cereals are $1.49 at Jewel-Osco and that Kellogg's are $1-$2 at Dominick's. But what I forgot -- who can keep track of all these promotions? -- is that both brands have small Catalina deals going right now that will give you money back for buying them. Between coupons, the sale and the money-back coupons, you can get your price down to 25 cents a box or even free.

At Jewel-Osco, you'll get a $3 coupon for your next visit if you buy four boxes of Post. (You could get a $5 coupon if you buy five, but the $1.49 price is for multiples of four only.) Print two copies of the $1/2 Post cereals manufacturer's coupon at Target.com, and you can pay just under $6 for four boxes, take off $2 in coupons, and pay $4 to get $3 back. 25 cents a box.

You could also buy 8 boxes for $12, use four $1/2 coupons to get the price down to $8, and collect a $4 Catalina coupon, but that would bring the price up to 50 cents a box.

At Dominick's, you also have to buy four boxes to get the special sale price, but you have to buy five boxes to get a $4 Kellogg's Catalina coupon. The best you can do with current coupons is to buy 8 boxes of Corn Flakes for $8, and use four $1/2 from the 4/11 RedPlum or from RedPlum.com, paying $4 and getting $4 back for free cereal. However, there are all kinds of expired Kellogg's coupons out there, which Dominick's should take.

Like, I have some expired $1/1 blinkies for Froot Loops. If I bought 8 boxes of those for $12 and took off eight $1/1 coupons, I'd be paying $4 and getting $4 back -- again, free cereal.

See what expireds you might have to sweeten this deal. There is also a $1.50/2 Kellogg's on RedPlum.com, but the cereals it shows on the coupon are not shown in the ad. That doesn't mean they're not included in the deal at the store -- I don't know.

Thanks to Mashup Mom for posting about both these Catalina deals.

Photo by Malias, used via Creative Commons license.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of May 12

Here are the best deals I see this week at Jewel-Osco. I probably won't shop there this week, but if I did the only things I'd get are the blackberries for $1.49 or the organic strawberries at $3.99/lb., and the cage-free eggs at $2.50.

CATALINA OFFER: Spend $20 on participating General Mills products, get $5 and 50 Bonus Box Tops (worth 10 cents each to your school, so this is like a $5 bonus for your school). Products include cereals @ $1.99, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, Progresso soup, but I don't see any truly exciting deals here. Any of you?

THURS-SAT ONLY:

blackberries or blueberries 4.4-6 oz. $1.48 (limit 3)

Smirnoff Vodka, Captain Morgan or Parrot Bay Rum or Seagram's 7 Crown Whisky 750 ml $8.88 (Did we get a $5/2 in the 5/2 RedPlum, or was that just Wisconsin? If you have that coupon, this looks like a very good price.)

ALL WEEK

POST CEREAL $1.49 EACH WHEN YOU BUY 4 -- Fruity Pebbles, Just Bunches or Shredded Wheat.

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE: Jewel split chicken breasts, Jewel bone-in pork chops or roast, Dean's ice cream 1.5 qt., Jennie-O 93% lean ground turkey 16 oz., Louis Kemp Crab Delights 8 oz. @ $3.49, McCain frozen potatoes 16-26 oz.

organic berreis $3.99: 1 lb. strawberries, 4.4 oz. blueberries or 6 oz. raspberries or blackberries 

Egg Innovations cage free 1 dozen $2.50

Sabra hummus 10 oz. $2.99

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World database

Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups at Dominick's for the Week of May 19

These are the highlights of the Dominick's sales this week:

THURS-SAT ONLY

Tyson boneless skinless chicken breast fillets 3 lb. frozen $6.99

Breyer's ice cream $2.50

Cheetos or Fritos 7.75 oz. to 9.5 oz. $1.29

 

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CVS: More $2/1 Huggies From the Coupon Printer, and I'm on a Roll!

I just got back from a stroller walk to CVS and everything went great -- until I parked the double stroller in front of my house and a neighbor walked by and grabbed the sleeping baby's hand until he woke up. Realllly, neighbor who has six kids of her own? Have you learned NOTHING so far? The worst part was having to smile and say, "Oh, it's OK" when I really wanted to have her put in jail for contempt of the Parents Code.

Anyway, great news: The coupon printer/price scanner at CVS is spitting out store coupons for $2/1 "any Huggies Supreme diaper." Remember that Huggies jumbo packs are an ExtraBucks offer this week at $8.49, get back $2 ExtraBucks.

If you pair the $2 store coupon with a manufacturer's coupon of $1 or more, you're looking at paying $5.50 OR LESS for your pack of diapers -- meaning your cost after getting the $2 ExtraBucks is just $3.50. Or less.

I have a bunch of $3/1 expired printables left, and have found that CVS is usually not too strict about expireds. Which makes Huggies $1 after coupons and ExtraBucks. Yahoo!

Also, my transaction over there was another moneymaker. See the numbers below this shot of my loot and my slightly-under-the-weather helper: 

 

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Good CVS Week for Freebies and Moneymakers: Diapers, Floss, Feminine Products, More

Last night I stopped into CVS and got the moneymaking U Kotex products -- they're $4.99 with $4.99 ExtraBucks back, and I used a $1/1 printable coupon, which is no longer available but you can use the $1/1 from the 4/18 SmartSource. (Now I see from Mashup Mom that there's a $1/1 store printable as well, so this is a $2 moneymaker.)

I also snagged free Energizer battery four-packs from the clearance bin with the $1/1 from the 5/2 SmartSource. More about that below.

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Sunday Ads and Coupons May 9 - Mother's Day Edition

Here are the best deals and coupons I see in the Mother's Day May 9 Sunday newspaper.

This morning I picked up a copy of the coupon inserts right at WGN radio at the Tribune Tower. At first I thought I had a bum early paper, since there was only one coupon insert in it -- SmartSource. But then I found out that everybody only gets SmartSource this week. It's got  $1/1 Ken's salad dressing or Lite Accents, and you may well get one free with a good sale. $1/1 Werther's Original Caramel Chocolates. $3/1 Infusium 23 shampoo or conditioner, which should lead to a freebie on sale.$5 off Schick Hydro razor, which would come in handy at CVS, Walgreens or Target this week (see below).

 

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UPDATED WITH DOUBLE TIP: 3 Catalina Deals for Jewel-Osco This Week, Including Plenty of Ice Cream

UPDATE: Thanks to one of my awesome readers, info about a double-dip Catalina on the Nestle Lil Drums has been added below.

There are three new Catalina offers this week at Jewel-Osco: Unilever, a Dr Pepper/ConAgra/Hershey's (or maybe just a bunch of random products), and a Nestle Ice Cream Catalina! The Unilever deal also includes ice cream so it must be almost summer, no? This is good because all that ice cream we bought on Halloween is almost gone.

(If you don't know what Catalina deals are, read my Catalina primer that explains how to work these deals at Jewel to get the freebies and the extremely cheapies.)

 

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Did You Get This Week's Newsletter About Free Stuff at CVS? Here's an Update.

This week, the Deals & Steals e-mail newsletter covered the basics of getting stuff free at Chicago drugstores through the CVS ExtraBucks and Walgreens Register Rewards programs. Old news to a lot of you, but if you're just getting started on that, you'll want to read the newsletter, below.

And, if you're here from the newsletter, you should know that more than just Depends is free at CVS this week! Read how I actually profited more than 11 bucks at CVS this week buying Depends, Nivea body wash and Reach toothbrushes.

Here's the newsletter:

Get Free Household Items

Last week we talked about getting free food using money-back programs at grocery stores. I ended up getting nine cans of soup at a profit, which will go to the Letter Carriers' food drive Saturday, May 8. Keep watching for freebies this week (I'll post the grocery deals here tomorrow with freebie alerts) and you can put together a big bag for your carrier to pick up.

This week, let's get some free or better household items. Both Walgreens and CVS offer money-back programs that routinely result in a profit for the shopper when combined with coupons. Because of these programs, I have not paid for shampoo, toothpaste or deodorant for two years.

This week, CVS will pay you $2 to buy Depends. OK, you might not need those! But I'll bet a local charity does. If you buy and donate them, you can use the CVS ExtraBucks you earn on another money-making item next week and slowly grow your ExtraBucks wealth.

Step by step:

1.  Print this coupon for $2 off Depends.

2.  Take the coupon to CVS and get a store card if you don't have one.

3.  Check the weekly ad to find the exact packs of Depends that are paying ExtraBucks.

4.  Buy Depends for $6.99, and pay $4.99 plus tax after coupon. Make sure the cashier scans your card.

5.  Check the receipt: You should have $6.99 ExtraBucks, which you can spend on nearly
     anything in the store.

6.  Make sure to use those ExtraBucks before they expire, preferably on something that generates more ExtraBucks.

Don't want to buy Depends? Every week the offers change, and if you glance through the flyer each Sunday before long you will find an offer that works for you. Walgreens' Register Rewards program works in a similar way. Each Sunday I highlight the week's best drugstore deals on the Frugalista blog.

Sunday Newspaper Coupons and Deals May 2

This week multiple stores -- Kmart, Jewel-Osco, Toys R Us, Walgreens -- are offering P&G money-back offers. And, as luck would have it, there's a P&G coupon insert today. So, you know, put those things together and maybe they'll breed. But my favorite store of the week is CVS, Where I'm hoping to make a tidy profit this morning.

Bah! My Tribune has no SmartSource this morning. I went online and reported an incomplete paper. RedPlum has a coupon for $5/2 various boozes, buy 2, get 1 M&M bags (12.6 oz. or larger), and yes, those Nivea coupons for the big CVS deal (see below).

Kmart has a P&G deal: spend $35, get $10 off your next order. Sure, it's a slightly better payoff than the P&G Catalina at Jewel-Osco, but you have to go to Kmart. Next!

Target is surprisingly low on gift card deals. Market Pantry cheese is $1.89 for 8 oz., though.

CVS has that awesome Nivea deal. (That  link also has info about the free Depends and Reach floss.) If you get All You magazine, check out Mashup Mom's scenario instead of mine. That's actually what I'll be doing this morning. Also, Dawn dish soap is 97 cents, and there is a $.50/1 for a certain variety in today's P&G.

Walgreen's has a similar Nivea deal as CVS, with slightly different prices. Same price on the Dawn dish soap too. Also free Stouffer's meals with online coupon, and 3 hydrogen peroxide for $1. See Money Saving Mom for the full details.

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Profit $6.40 or More at CVS This Week!

Here's my plan for CVS tomorrow. This is the most exciting CVS week I will have had in awhile:

1. I got a $5/$25 in the email on Thursday, good through 5/2. Print that.

2. Buy 3 Sunday papers. (Does Mendards get the Sunday paper the night before? Anyone??)

3. Nivea products are "spend $15, get $5." Buy 3 body was at $4.88 each and one small product (Abundant Food Savings recommends the 99-cent hand cream.) to bring the total above $15.

3. Buy one pack Depends at $6.99. Yes, to donate!

4. Buy two Reach floss at $3.99 each.

5. Total should be $30.60, or $25.60 after my CVS coupon

6. Hand over $19 in manufacturer's coupons: three $4/1 Nivea body wash from tomorrow's paper, $2/1 Depends printable, bogo Reach from 1/3 RedPlum, $1/1 Reach from the 1/3 RedPlum.

7. Pay $6.60 plus tax.

8. Get  back $18 ECBs: $5 for Nivea, $6.99 for Depends, $4 for Reach. $11.40 profit!

9. Repeat, except without $5/$25, meaning that I'll "only" make $6.40 profit.

Terrible, Wonderful, Crazy Dominick's

Don't EVEN ask me why I have no photo of my groceries tongiht. You're lucky I made it home alive to tell the tale.

After the kids were in bed tonight I thought I'd slip out for a little shoppy shop. I gathered my coupons, looked around for my cell phone, didn't find it, thought, Oh, what the hell, and left.

First stop: Jewel-Osco, where I needed to hit the service desk to take off a few coupons I'd forgotten on my last trip and pick up an extra flyer for $2/2 CheezIt coupons. Also grabbed free 7Up with coupon, three bunches of cheap bananas and a pot of mums on clearance for $2.50. Spent a Catalina and about $5, went swimmingly.

Second Stop: Walgreens, where I spent the $3 RR I'd gotten yesterday plus a buck and change for the razor on a pack of Stayfree (99 cents after $2 coupon) and Plackers ($2). I also got three rolls of Scotch packing tape with the $1/1 coupons and a caramel as a filler. The cashier was a young dude who was having a serious conversation with a friend about needing to intercept the mail before his parents got to it and needing to hire an attorney. They conversation went on even as the cashier had trouble scanning my Scotch coupons and punched in the number. This was delightful to me not only because their conversation was intriguing -- was someone mailing him drugs, or what? -- but because far from scrutinizing me and my coupon use, the cashier seemed barely aware I was there. So I felt not at all self conscious about taking the $3 RRs from the Stayfree and immediately buying a 3-pack of Schick razors ($2.99 after $3/1 coupon) and another caramel. (Also paid 97 cents cash.) If I had not by then figured out what they were talking about -- drunk driving arrest -- I probably would have gone back for more transactions.

Instead, I took my $6 in RR (plus the $1 still unspent from yesterday -- not bad for my cash investment of about $4) over to Dominick's, where I started off at the service desk getting $4.49 taken off a past receipt because I had failed to use my free item raincheck. That should have gone smoothly because a great service desk guy was there, but instead it went slowly because he was trying to get one of the cashiers to do it since his drawer was apparently already closed out, and the cashier was not too into learning how to do the refund.

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Join DSW Rewards to Get $10 Off a $10 Shoe Purchase --> FREE SHOES

 

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A month ago or so I bought a pair of sandals at DSW and signed up for their free rewards program at the register. Today I received a certificate for $10 off, in store and online, with no minimum purchase listed. There are a lot of shoes in their clearance section for $9.94, so this could mean free shoes!

You'll also get a $5 certificate on your birthday -- and you can even combine up to three certificates on one purchase. And if you give them your email they say they'll give you 500 bonus points, too.

I shop at the DSW in Wauwatosa, Wis., when visiting my in-laws, but Chicago-area DSW stores are at Oakbrook, Clark and Halsted and Southgate Mall.

Grocery Deal Updates

In addition to the weekly deals I listed for Jewel-Osco and Dominick's, some late-breaking news:

1. CheezIts are actually free at Dominick's through Saturday. I pointed out earlier that they are 99 cents a box, and that Jewel-Osco has a coupon for $2/2 in this week's ad. Can anyone do that math better than I did when I said this would make them 50 cents? (Instead of being boring and blaming my 3 crazy kids for distracting me, I blame Canada.) 

2. Julie of Clever Couponing reports that that $1/1 7-Up printable coupon is still available (now gone -- but apparently this is a weekly thing? Try again later, I'd say!), so free 7-Up 2 Liters at either Dominick's (all week with Super Coupon) or Jewel (through Saturday). She also points out that Motrin PM is $2.99 at Jewel, so the $3/1 from the 4/18 RedPlum makes it free.

3. Mashup Mom points out that there could be crazy overage at Dominick's with overlapping Windex deals. I may try this! I'm feeling about that crazy this week! (UPDATE: IT WORKS!)

4. I just realized that the Letter Carrier food drive is next Saturday, May 8. That makes me wonder if I have time to go back to Jewel-Osco tonight for more free soup. (Answer: No, I don't! But I might, still.)

5. OK this ain't a deal but can I mention why I love Trader Joe's so?

Reason A: While shopping there today all I had to do was mention that I'd gotten some bad apples in my last purchase of organic pink ladies and the manager ran back and got me a free bag. No receipt, no return of the produce needed.

Reason B: Those cashiers are like free psychologists, I swear to God. Somehow today instead of a young hipster/unemployed actor I got a mom of grown kids -- just the person to confide in that Toth has been on a nursing strike for two days now. OK, maybe nobody needs to hear about my mammary problems, but Nice TJs Cashier sure acted interested and sympathetic.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups, Week of April 29

There is a P&G Catalina offer this week -- spend $20, get a $5 coupon -- but I'm not too excited about it because they all look like Osco items and those items typically are not very advantageous to buy in a Catalina deal. (Don't know what the heck I'm talking about? Read up on Catalina deals here.)

Better, there is the chance to double-dip on Kellogg's cereals Saturday only. The current offer is Buy 4 boxes Kellogg's cereals at $2.99, get $4 coupon at the register. (This is supposed to end 5/1, although it doesn't say so in the ad) See Mashup Mom's heads-up on the new Catalina offer that starts Saturday -- which will pay you a $3 Catalina coupon if you buy 4 products. So buy four boxes cereal at $12 and get $7 back, at a cost of $1.25 a box. Use coupons to bring that into a more desirable range.

Thurs-Sat only: bananas 38 cents, 7-Up, RC, Sunkist or Dr Pepper 2 Liter 77 cents (use that $1/1 7-Up coupon if you got it while available), Jose Cuervo tequila 1.75 L $26.99 (the $5/2 coupon will be back in this Sunday's insert 4/30. Is this a good price? Or maybe I should save the coupon for two smaller bottles, eh?)

All Week:

Brownberry bread buy one, get one free at $3.89

Mission Tortilla Chips 14 oz. $1.79 (use that $1.50/2 tearpad found at Dominick's)

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce 10 oz. $2.99 (use the $2/1 printable coupon)

Tabasco Pepper Sauce 2 oz. 99 cents (use $.50/1 from the 4/25 SmartSource or $.50/1 printable coupon)

Manufacturer's coupons in the ad: $1.50 off when you buy one Nabisco cookies 4-26 oz. and one gallon milk; $2/2 Cheez-Its, $2 off 3 American Greetings cards

Store coupons in the ad: $5 off a decorated cake

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World.

Dominick's Sales Week of April 29: Kraft Dressing, Mission Tortillas

Good morning, here is my scaled-back review of the Wednesday grocery ads, with only my favorite, best-deal items highlighted.

Dominick's

Thurs -Sat only: Kraft salad dressing 99 cents (there are expired $1/1 in a couple different booklets if you saved them), 16 oz. strawberries or 6 oz. blackberreis $1.50. Tropicana OJ 89 ozl. $2.99 (use $1/2 from the 4/18 or 4/25 RedPlum or $1/2 printable coupon). Medium raw shrimp 2 lb.s for $6. Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna 5 oz. 44 cents. Starbucks coffee $5.99 (use $1/1 from the 3/21 SmartSource, March and April All You, and there was a $1.50 in a past Dominick's booklet.) Cheez-Its are 99 cents (limit 4), and if you bring the $2/2 manufacturer's coupon from today's Jewel-Osco ad, you can get them for 50 cents a box.

Super Coupons (good all week, require $10 purchase): Mission tortillas 99 cents, limit 10 (use the $.75/1 from the 3/7 SmartSource OR I just found a tearpad at my Dom's for $.150/2 any Mission products; there are supposed to be $1/1 blinkies out there somewhere as well); Sargento shredded cheese $1.69 (use $.75/1 printable coupon); 7-Up or A&W 2 liter 69 cents (if you got that $1/1 printable that is no longer available, you should get it free. Make sure to hand over manufacturer's coupons before the store Super Coupon.)

All Week:

Barilla whole grain pasta 13.25 oz. $1, Lucerne 32 oz. selected cheese $4.99, Brownberry & Thomas' selected varieties mix and match buy one, get one free.

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World.

To ConAgra or Not to ConAgra: A Coupon Mom's Dilemma

 

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This weekend I broke down and brought home two packs of Lunchables, free after coupon at Jewel-Osco. Unlike one of my favorite bloggers, I can no longer brag now that I have raised my kids without ever feeding them these nasty little trays of fat and sodium -- I had a good run at six years, but that Lunchables is in Nutmeg's lunch kit today. Much to her joy.

That little drama is an ongoing conflict for me. I love freebies but I also love to feed my family healthy food. The more I learn about the industrial food system and the health hazards posed by eating processed foods, the more I want to opt out and provide my kids with healthier and less guilt-laden foodstuffs bought directly from farms.

But I still love freebies, and I do allow that acquiring food for free is good for my family too. Every time I feed them something I didn't pay for, this leaves money in our grocery budget that actually makes the purchase of those pricier "good foods" possible.

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Sunday Ads: Free Stuff at Walgreens, Menards and CVS

I picked up a Sunday Tribune at Jewel-Osco today and all it had was the CVS ad, Menards and Carson Pirie Scott, Jewel and Dominick's, plus the two coupon books. Thank goodness those were in there or I might have had to drive back to that Jewel-Osco and had an on-the-floor tantrum right there. I don't know why I even buy advance copies of the Sunday paper, because they are always missing something.

SmartSource has $.70/1 Palmolive dish soap to take to CVS this week, $.75/2 Dole fruit bowls, parfaits and another for gel fruit bowls, $1/1 Stayfree to take to Walgreens this week, $1/1 Johnson's baby product which is always good for a tiny bottle of baby shampoo at CVS (if you need a filler). RedPlum has $1/1 any Dove deodorant which could probably get you a travel size one free.

CVS has that Schick Hydro razor free after ECBs and coupon (3/21 SS, any disposable) AGAIN, and Softsoap Nutri Serum body wash is free if you have the $1/1 coupon from the current Reinventing Beauty magazine. (Which by the way has pretty crappy coupons this time around, mostly manufacturers'.) If you're almost out of dish soap like I am, you'll be happy to see Palmolive on sale for 88 cents, since there is a $.70/1 in the 4/25 SmartSource that takes the price down to a quite manageable 18 cents. Oh, and if you got a $2/1 store coupon for Huggies wipes like I did, combine it with the $.50/1 from the 4/18 SmartSource and get them free this week. Finally, Mashup Mom has a hot tip on how to get Fig Newtons or Wheat Thins free.

So, I don't have a Walgreens ad yet but I know there are moneymakers with coupons -- Stayfree and Plackers flossers -- becaues I read about them on Money Saving Mom.

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for an extra 20% off sale price apparel and fine jewelry, or lesser discounts off other stuff.

Menards has free deck wash after rebate. 

So, when I get a real Sunday paper tomorrow, maybe I'll update more. I say maybe because tomorrow is Nutmeg's 6th birthday, I've got family coming over, and it will probably be pretty crazy all day. But yay Epu and me for successfully raising a child through the end of "early chidlhood" into well, regular childhood.

New York Times Coupon Privacy Article

The New York Times published this interesting piece showing how much information about a consumer can be embedded in those printed coupn bar codes.

I think most of us bargain hunters are fine with trading information about ourselves for good deals. In fact, many of us outright sell that information by filling out paid surveys and such. And after all, when you shop online or, often, anywhere, you are already sharing your credit card number, email address and address.

Still, it's a little eerie to find out that these Facebook coupons will link back to your personal Facebook page. Helps explain the sudden explosion of Facebook coupons out there -- when in the past could a company find out that its consumer has two kids with blond hair, a dog, and likes to waterski, all without paying for a focus group?

Free Coasters, Cheap Pampers at Jewel-Osco and Other Quick Deals

Oh, readers, I had hoped today was the day we'd get to sit down over a steaming mug of coffee and really talk. The middle child is up in Wisconsin for a few days.* The bathroom remodel was supposed to be finished.

But then ... oh, never mind. Point is, the day is slipping away and I don't want you guys to miss these deals while I cater to a sick kid and a baby who apparently can't sleep when mom mixes Sudafed with caffeine** while breastfeeding:

  • Two free photo coasters, shipped, first 3,000 only so skedaddle. You have to shill the Web site to three friends, but you can placate two of them by giving them each a free coaster, right? (Thanks Hip 2 Save, who also notes that the Rayovac printable coupon has reset, and that gets you free batteries if your Target has them in the Dollar Spot. UPDATED TO ADD: AND I just followe4d Hip 2 Save's advice and used a $20/$20 coupon code at Springhill nursery. H2S, please stop posting such good deals so I can get something done around here!)
  • Cheap Pampers with a double-dip Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco, today only. And free Scrubbing Bubbles at Dominick's. Thanks, Mashup Mom, you're a monument to American Catalinahood.
  • Walgreens actually has two moneymakers going on right now if you gots the coups, reports Money Saving Mom. But hurry lest the vitamins and aspirin involved in the deals be sold out.

* What? If 3 is old enough to walk a tightrope over a tiger pit, it's old enough for co-ed camping trips, right? Americans, so prosaic.

** See *. 

 

 

Sunday Ads: Free Kotex, Free ThermaCare, Free Jig-a-Loo Lubricant. Not That You Need That Combination of Stuff.

Target is having a TV clearance, with a 47" Philips LCD HDTV for $799.98 (from $979.99 and a 19" one at $179.98. Also Thomas' English Muffins in assorted varieties for $1.89. Storage bins and shelving are on sale, which I'm psyched about because Money Saving Mom's big clutter clean-up and garage sale has inspired me to really get going on some decluttering of my own.

Kmart has an offer through its new rewards card program: Buy 5 items on the page, get $5 Rewards. Seems like you can spend these rewards like cash when you scan your card at the register. If you are like me and shop at a store that accepts the $10/$20 coupon (no longer available), here is a deal idea for getting paper towels at 30 cents each:

1. Buy 5 two-roll packs of Bounty extra-soft paper towels @ $3.99 each.

2. Add a 5-cent or more filler if necessary.

3. Use the $10/$20 coupon to bring your total down to $10.

4. Use two $1/2 from the 3/7 P&G insert to bring your out-of-pocket cost to $8.

5. Get your $5 Rewards, making your final cost $3 for 10 rolls paper towels, ro 30 cents each. 

Kmart's ad also has a $10 gift card coupon for a new or transferred prescription, save this to use at CVS if your location takes competitor Rx coupons. And, if you have a scrip for foilic acid (i.e. if you're pregnant), you can get a free one-month supply of supplements through 5/1. And the ad has a coupon for $30 off a $100 housewares purchase.

 

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How to Get Those $2 Diapers at Dominick's

 

I was just telling a friend to stop by Dominicks before Thursday to pick up a $2 pack of Huggies. Thought I'd rehash how to do that, just for everyone's convenience:

1. Print a $3/1 Huggies coupon from Coupons.com. (In fact, print two and save one.)

2. Go to the Dominicks Coupon Center (not Shortcuts, not Cellfire), register your Fresh Values card, and add the $3/1 e-coupon to your card.

3. Clip the Super Coupon from this week's Dominick's ad that takes $2 off to make the sale price $7.99. ($10 purchase required, but I believe that's before coupons? So some milk or whatever will put you over the top.) If you don't have the ad from the paper, just pick one up at the store and tear it out with your fingers while you're waiting in line like I usually do.

4. Get one jumbo pack of Huggies at the store plus something else to put you over $10.

5. Get in line and get all your coupons out.

6. Hand over your Fresh Values Card, your Super Coupon and your printed manufacturer's coupon.

7. The diapers should ring up at $9.99, and on your receipt right below the price you should see, in bold, e-coupon -$3. Or something along those lines. At the bottom of the receipt you should see -$2 for the Super Coupon and -$3 for the manufacturer's coupon.

8. Et voila! $9.99 - $2 - $3 - $3 = $1.99

Free Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

 

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Become a fan of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (and who isn't a fan?) on Facebook and get a coupon for a free box or cup of crazy new Mac & Cheese flavors. The new flavors are Cheesy Explosion Cheddar Explosion, Extreme Cheese Explosion and Grilled Cheese Explosion.

As a mom, "explosion" is not a term I really want associated with food, much less TWICE in the name of one food product. I have enough explosions in my life the way it is. (Just today my morning schedule, the baby's diaper and my temper.) But for free, I'll try one box.

I first read about this on Cheaper Than Cheep Chicago, a Facebook page with lotsa good deals every day. But it's all over the Web now.

Get Previews of Upcoming Deals on Slickdeals and Other Forums

Did you know that you can find out online what sales and ExtraBucks offers are coming up at CVS, Walgreens and some other stores weeks or even months in advance? Slickdeals is the site I use the most for checking out upcoming deals, but I Heart CVS and I Heart Wags are also sites with previews.

This can be really handy when you get a good store coupon out of the coupon printer at CVS and you're wondering if you should use it right away or save it. For instance, for the past week the coupon printer has been spitting out coupons for $1/1 CVS paper product. In fact last I heard they are still printing these. The first one I got, I spent right away on a single roll of CVS toilet paper and paid 15 cents for it.

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Sunday Ads and Coupons: CVS Freebies, Toys R Us Gift Card Offers

Last night I only managed to write about the Target deals before crashing, which turned out to be a good thing since the baby had me up from 3:30 to 4:30 in the morning. This week I'm kind of excited about CVS for the first time in a few weeks; at the end of the week I'll be over there looking for Easter stuff at 90% off as well.

Coupon Inserts: RedPlum has two coupons for $1/1 32-oz. Mountain High yogurt, which I love. Also $3.75 off Vaseline Sheer Infusion lotion. Buy one, get one Cover Girl face product, which often combines real nice with a CVS or Walgreens deal. SmartSource has $1/2 Scotch-Brite Greener Clean products, $.75/1 Tribe Hummus, buy one, get one free Ziploc, $2/1 Boudreaux's Butt Paste or other product

CVS Free After ExtraBucks: Dove shampoo or conditioner at $4.49, a moneymaker with the $1.50/1 in the 3/28 RedPlum. Free after ECBs and coupon: Dial bodywash @ $5.49 with the $1/1 printable coupon, Schick Hydro razor with the $3/1 from the 3/21 SmartSource. Free after coupon: CVS Earth Essentials single roll toilet paper is 50 cents, so if you printed any $1/1 CVS paper product from the machine in the past week, you can get two rolls free. Cheap after coupon: Fillippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil 17 oz. is just $2.99 after the $1/1 printable coupon, Simply Asia bowl or entree buy one, get one free @ $1.99, use two $.50/1 from the 2/7 RedPlum to get them for 50 cents each. For the full CVS deals, see Money Saving Mom.

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New Dominick's Coupon Booklet: $1/1 Produce, $1/1 Pickles

I went to Dominick's today and found a new coupon booklet called "Serve Up a Sandwich." It's yellow and contains the following manufacturer's coupons:

$1/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip

$1/1 Grey Poupon mustard

$1/1 Ritz Toasted Chips

$1/1 Claussen Pickles

$1/1 Kraft Singles

and one "Safeway Coupon" (that is, a store coupon): $1/1 any produce item, minimum $5 produce purchase required. Expires 5/4/10.

That last one is pretty awesome! Here's hoping for some produce deals where the produce looks fresh enough to actually buy.

Kmart Trips: That $10/$20 Coupon Works Just Fine

I've been holding out on you. I visited Kmart twice this week and haven't had time to blog about it. But the news from the front is good: I used the $10/$20 coupon multiple times with no problems. I was not questioned, and tonight I saw the cashier add mine to a large stack of the coupons so obviously the cashiers are all quite familiar with is.

Tonight I almost had a transaction ring up as exactly $0 plus tax. that would have been neat! Instead I ended up paying $2 for the two bags of organic potting soil I really needed plus a small stack of freebies and fillers.

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Dominick's Sales and Coupon Matchups Week of April 8: Good Super Coupons

Here are the best deals I see at Dominick's this week. I bolded the stuff I think is worth buying. I like some of the Super Coupons this week, especially the Ore-Ida potatoes if you still have that $1.50/1 printable (I do.).

Special Offers

There's a coupon on page 3 for a free reusable shopping bag with $40 purchase.

Bright Green (looks like a new store brand) cleaning products: Buy 2, get one free, mix and match, through 4/28.

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Tax Time Savings

The Frugalista filed her taxes already and even received my refund already! Neener neener!*

But if you haven't filed yet, you have 7 days left. And I wanted to mention the following tax time deals:

Tax Filing Deal 1: Prepare and file your taxes online for free. (Assuming you are filling out a basic 1040 and earned less than $57,000 adjusted gross income.)

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$5 Coupon for Scotts Grass Seed

 

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I returned from spring break to find things growing all over my yard -- the strawberry plants survived the winter and are sprouting new leaves, many of the wildflowers we planted last year have returned, and the grass I planted last spring is really not looking too bad.

So maybe I should spread a little more seed on my shady, overtrafficked lawn. Lucky for me, Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed is offering a $5/1 printable coupon.

Oh, and speaking of the lawn and garden, I want to do this deal to get 200 bulbs for $11, shipped, pointed out by My Brain Is Inside Out. She even provides helpful instructions for novice gardeners like me! (Updated to add: I just ordered this. The first time I tried to order, right before entering my payment info I got a message that my selected product could not be found. I tried again and the second time the order went through fine. They take PayPal!)

P.S. That's not my lawn, that's my dad's. It gets A LOT more pampering than ours does.

Monday Morning Photo Deals

Get a photo turned into a canvas (8X10) and pay only shipping and handling from the Canvas People. I took advantage of this offer at Christmas and I thought the results were pretty nice, even if the idea is a little bit cheesy. We had our family portrait put on canvas and it now hangs on my parents' living room wall. I paid $14.95 shipping and handling at that time. Make sure click no when they offer you add-ons like a frame or a photo effect or it will not be free.

At  Christmas I also took advantage of this nice cashback offer from Cashbaq.com that brought my out-of-pocket cost down to $4.95. It's still available:

1. I signed up for Cashbaq.com through a link offering a $5 signup bonus.

2. I clicked through Cashbaq.com to the Canvas People and got a $5 rebate for my purchase.

So that's $14.95 in shipping and handling minus $10 into my new Cashbaq account --> $4.95 out of pocket.

 Another photo deal:

Get 100 prints, shipped, for $10 at Snapfish with the coupon code APR5BD through Wednesday April 7. There are always offers for free prints out there when you sign up for a new account with Snapfish, CVS.com or Shutterfly, but if you don't want a new account, 10 cents a print with free shipping ain't bad.

If you click through Cashbaq you'll get a 10% rebate,  8% through Mr. Rebates, or 7.5% through Ebates.

Huggies for $2 a Pack OR LESS at CVS, Kmart, Diapers.com

 

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Those $3/1 Huggies coupons have made for some amazing diaper deals lately. Yesterday I visited my favorite CVS (in Kenosha, where I've been staying with my parents all week), and did two transactions, one yielding Huggies diapers and Pull-Ups for $2 per jumbo pack and one for 50 cents a pack!

How did I do that? As always, a combination of luck and skill. ;-)

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Kmart Super Doubles Starts Sunday

Kmart will be doubling manufacturer's coupons up to $2 from Sunday, April 4 through April 10. There are five participating Chicago stores and more in the area listed here.

A lot of people are not excited about Kmart doubling coupons this time around, since they're strictly limiting it to five doubled coupons per day, enforced by the new loyalty card which you will have to use to double. I dunno ... if I take the kids to the zoo I might stop on the way.

After all, I still have my prints of the $10/$20 coupon and my local store is on the list. Anyone successfully use that thing lately?

New Printable Coupons: Malt-o-Meal, Mom's Best, More

When it's sunny and in the 70s, eating hot cereal is the last thing on my mind, but these companies do make cold cereal too. I just got both these printable coupons in email so I believe they're new:

$.75/1 Malt-o-Meal

$.75/1 Mom's Best Naturals (This brand was at CVS for $1, then clearanced for $.75. Not sure where you could find it now, though.)

Here's a high-value Facebook coupon: $3/1 DiGiorno pizza and breadsticks (it's an April Fool's thing so today only), thanks to Money Saving Mom.

And since it's the first of the month, there are new coupons out on all the major printable coupon sites and e-coupon sites:

Coupons.com The $3/1 Huggies coupon appears not to have reset but it's still there. Apparently new ones include $1/1 Windex multisurface cleaner and $.75/1 Angus Ball Park franks.

 There are new e-coupons to load on UPromise and on Dominick's e-coupon programs

 

 

JC Penney and More Retail Deals

Need to get all fancy for Easter? Well, maybe it's too late for standard shipping, for that. But not too late to shop anyway!

(Nice lead-in, eh?)

  • At Coldwater Creek, take 70% off everything on the entire site with coupon code WHH5238, through Thursday 4/1 ONLY.
  • Today through Saturday (4/3), get a discount equal to or greater than the sales tax at JC Penney. in store. (Jeez, is it illegal to say "We'll pay your tax"? So clunky the way they say it.) Or, print an instant savings coupon for $15/$75 or $10/$50. Or save the same online with the code RICHES4U.
  • Print this coupon for $15 off at Express for every $60 you spend, through April 5.
  • Today only, 30% off dresses at Ann Taylor with coupon code DRESS30. Free shipping on orders of $150 or more.

For all these offers: Restrictions, naturally, apply

 

WeUseCoupons.com on ABC News and the Difference Between Male and Female Couponers

Wow, I thought maybe the mainstream fascination with couponing was fading, but maybe not, because Nightline just featured WeUseCoupons.com, and it's the No. 2 search on Google right now! Way to go, We Use Coupons! I like that they use the phrase "extreme couponing" in the piece. The piece also features our local super coupon queen bee, Jill Cataldo.

They pitted Cataldo against a super-couponing dude to see who could get more groceries for $50. They show pretty advanced techniques, like using Catalina deals, getting overage and rain checks.

 

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Jewel-Osco Grocery Deals Week of March 25

CHEAP PASTA UPDATE: Ronzoni Smart Taste or Healthy Harvest (whole wheat) pasta 12-14.5 oz. is on sale for $1.29, and there are three different links for $.75/1 PRINTABLE COUPONS for the SmartTaste just posted at Money Saving Mom. Thanks, Crystal!

Jewel-Osco has so many different deals going on, it takes HOURS to go through them all!

First of all, the new Kraft/P&G Catalina deal started today: "Buy $20 worth, get a $5 coupon" for your next purchase of just about anything. (If you haven't done a Catalina deal before, read my overview on Wise Bread.)

Apparently there's a double-dip Catalina when you buy the Philly Cream Cheese. The Triscuits or Wheat Thins are a pretty good deal if you still have the $1/1 coupon from 1/24 SmartSource or if you print $1/1 from Facebook. Planters Peanuts are included ($2.50 card price, $3.95 listed as the before Preferred Card price in the ad), so if you have any of those $1.50/1 printables (no longer available) that could work. Oh, and Kraft cheese is included again, card price $2.49, pre-card price $4.29 (that's probably only for the shredded cheese, the brick cheese are less, I think), so if you have some of those $1/2 blinkies still, buy 5 bags of shredded cheese, ring it up at $12.50 and after two $1/2 coupons you're paying $10.50, getting $5 back. $5.50 for four bags of cheese, PLUS there is a new YourBucks offer for $1 Catalina coupon when you buy 2 packages of Kraft cheese. So really it's like $4.50 for four bags.

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Dominick's Sales for the Week of March 25

Thurs-Sat ony:

Safeway thick-sliced bacon 3 lbs. $4.99

Lucerne Eggs 99 cents

Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads 50% off

raspberries or blackberries bogo @ $4.99

Starbucks coffee 12 oz. $5.99 (limit 8) (use $1/1 from the 3/21 SmartSource or if you still have any, $1.50/1 expireds from whatever Dominick's booklet had that)

Minute Maid or Florida's Natural OJ 64 oz. $1.99

All Week:

$1 each: Fresh Express Salad (free if you still have expired $1/1 from the Jewel Heart booklet); 1 lb. pears, 1 lb. zucchini, 1 lb. tangelos, Del Monte Fruit Naturals $1 ($1/3 printable)

Lucerne yogurt cups 40 cents

Pepsi or 7-Up 12-packs buy 2, get 3 free

Betty Crocker Cake or Brownie Mix 69 cents

Gold Medal flour 5 lb. $1.29 (use $.75/1 printables, no longer available)

Hershey's Robin Eggs 99 cents (use $2/3 Hershey's Easter Candy printable or from 3/14 SmartSource)

Super Coupons ($10 minimum purchase): Safeway Select Pizza $2.99

75 cents each when you buy 4 or more, mix and match: Rosarita Refried Beans, Manwich (use $1/2 from ConAgra booklet or $1/4 from 3/14 SmartSource); Chef Boyardee pastas (50 cents/2 printable or that same 3/14 SmartSource Q), Kraft BBQ sauce, Hunt's Pasta sauce (use $1/3 printable)

Buy one, get one free: Brownberry or Arnold breads @ $3.99, Hebrew National Beef Franks @ $5.49 (use $1/2 from 3/7 SmartSource); Oscar Mayer bologna @ $5.29; Farmland sliced bacon 16 oz. @ $4.99 (use $1/2 from the 3/7 SmartSource); Perdue Breaded Chicken Selections @ $9.99

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World database.

 

Online Toy Deals

 

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If you don't have time to hit Kmart or Target this week to use those great Hasbro coupons, Amazon is also offering some Hasbro and Fisher-Price deals right now:

By the way, if you are planning to shop bricks and mortar, you can get more of those Hasbro coupons as printables.

One more and: Mashup Mom's got some nice finds from the Amazon Toy Clearance up, too.

Free Pastry at Starbucks Tuesday March 23

 

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Tomorrow before 10:30 a.m., if you buy a drink at Starbucks they'll give you a free pastry. You need to print this coupon to get it.

They still have the new bold brewed coffees for $1.50 so pairing that with the free pastry would make for a pretty good deal.

I got myself a Starbucks gift card with some of my SwagBucks* so I should really pop in there tomorrow morning, shouldn't I?

* You know about SwagBucks, right? If you search the Web through SwagBucks.com, they give you points called, well, SwagBucks, which you can redeem for gift cards and stuff. Last year I saved my SwagBucks all year and did most of my Christmas shopping for my husband with Amazon gift cards I'd purchased with my points. If you are able to get anyone to sign up for SwagBucks through you -- if you have a blog or even if you put your referral link on Facebook -- your points accumulate much faster. Signing up through my referral link is a great way to help support this blog!

Kmart $10 Coupon Scenarios, If You Dare

Despite all the complaints about Kmart's ridiculous (but predictable) handling of the $10/$20 coupon*, don't forget that it is being accepted at the Chicago stores listed. If you're game to try it out, there are two scenarios I see in today's ad for free products.

(Since shoppers have reported that the coupon will work as long as your total is $20 BEFORE manufacturer's coupons, these should work. I'd advise handing over the Kmart coupon first, then the mannies.)

1. Two free Monopoly games.

Monopoly is on sale for $10. After the Kmart $10/$20, your cost is $10. Use two of the $5/1 coupons from the Hasbro insert in today's Tribune, and they're free.

2. Hormel Compleats meals.

My Dominick's (I think it was there, or maybe it was Jewel-Osco or both?) has $1/1 blinkies for Hormel Compleats, which is like a TV dinner that sits on the shelf. I know, the kind of processed food that anti-couponers warned you about. But if you want some, they're on sale at Kmart this week for $2. Buy 10 for $20, the $10/$20 takes it down to $10, and use 10 $1/1 mannies from the blinkie box to get the total down to $0.

And by the way, I still see a $3 "reward" offer if you spend $20 on certain household products. Huggies is no longer listed, but let's hope it's still included along with the new items. Glade, I see, is just $1, which would make a good filler to get you over $20 after two Huggies Jumbo packs at $9.99 each.

* Today I'm not seeing the coupon on that link anymore, but a reader told me she'll be emailing me an active link, so if that works out I'll post it.

From Kmart's Facebook Page: "Unauthorized Circulation"

From Kmart's Facebook page: Kmart A coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase has had unauthorized circulation and we have had to stop accepting it at most stores. The coupons will still be honored in the intended stores in the New York, Baltimore and Chicago area. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. Thank you for your continued patronage... and we do look forward to sharing other deals and offers with you in the future.

What every person who tried to use this coupon, labeled as valid at all Kmart stores, and was turned down or even accused of fraud: "What continued patronage?"

By the way, when I try to print the PDF coupon now, I'm just getting a blank document.

I Actually Got Overage at Dominick's

Since I'd already seen my daughter perform in the ice show twice, tonight I dropped her off and headed down the block to Dominick's. Things went so well that I'm starting to realize that the evening hours are a good time to visit my local store. The people who work in the evenings seem a bit more relaxed -- except for the floral manager, who was totally ripping this customer a new one when I stopped to get Nutmeg some flowers.

Anyway, I got me some overage at Dominick's tonight, despite that store's propensity for turning down coupons if they make items free or even too cheap. 

I brought three $1.50/1 expired Kraft salad dressing manufacturer's coupons from a Jewel flyer a few weeks ago, and used them to get three bottles of dressing which were $1.29 through today. They beeped, but my cashier typed them in, for 63 cents overage on the three. I had to read a lot of labels to find three varieties without high fructose corn syrup.

I also got three tubes of Colgate for $1 each, and used three $1/1 store coupons from the booklet in the pharmacy. I handed over three $1/1 manufacturer's coupons, but the cashier only managed to put two of them through. Whatever, that's still $2 in overage.

That $2.63 overage paid for my copy of the Tribune so I could write up the Sunday ads, but guess what? When I got home I realized that the copy I grabbed didn't have the plastic ad insert in it. So annoying, especially since I KNOW I saw the plastic bags in the other papers on the stack. Guess I'll have to stop in tomorrow and swap it.

 

Sunday Ads: Free Sobe and $2 Monopoly at Target

 

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There's an extra coupon insert today that could be really handy if you like to stock up on kids' gifts: HASBRO! $5/1 Monopoly, $4/1 Busy Ball Popper (we have that one, it's great), $4/1 Connect Four., and more.

But it gets better: Target has Monopoly and Connect 4 on sale for $7 each. I really hope I have time to get over there this week and restock my gift stockpile.

And as long as you're going to Target, here's how you can get free Sobe at there this week: Buy 10 bottles @ $10, get a $5 gift card, making them 50 cents a bottle. Target has a $.50/1 printable store coupon here, There's a buy one, get one manufacturer's coupon here. I also have some $.50/1 tearpad manufacturer's coupons from CVS. If you can print five of those bogos (hit the Back button to print two per computer), you'll pay $5 and get it back as a gift card, making the Sobes free. As many store coupons as you can print will just be overage.

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Reprint The New Version of That Kmart Coupon, ASAP

As many expected, there have been problems with the $10/$20 Kmart coupon being accepted today -- but the good news is that it IS a totally valid coupon and Kmart is standing by it. They have just changed the coupon to list the Chicago-area stores where it's valid, so revisit this link and print and save again to get the new version.

If you see a coupon that looks the same as yesterday, with no stores listed, try refreshing your page. I had to delete my browser history before I could see the updated version.

Who knows how long this will stay online, so get yours saved and/or printed while you can!

Oh, and by the way I misspoke when I said the Huggies Catalina deal was a P&G deal. As one reader pointed out, Pampers are P&G, not Huggies. The "spend $20, get $3" thing includes both Huggies and Colgate, but I don't see any Puffs on the ad so forget I ever mentioned those.

Kmart Coupon Updates: Huggies Scenario and Success Reports

You know that $10/$20 Kmart coupon I posted about yesterday? (By the way, I updated the link to the Chicago version in case you felt funny about using a coupon labeled NYC.) Here's a great scenario for using it to get Huggies diapers for practically nothing with a hot new manufacturer's coupon and a Catalina deal:

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Get Your Tots: $1.50/2 Ore-Ida Coupon

Don't Napolean Dynomite jokes make me so au courant? Hands off my Tots!

Here is a $1.50/2 printable coupon for Ore-Ida products including Tater Tots. Use your browser's Back button to print it a second time.

DEAD DEAL: Kmart $10/$20 Coupon Makes Almost Everything Half Price

 

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 THIS COUPON IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Print this Kmart coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase, or save it on your computer -- it's a PDF so you should be able to print as many of these as you want. A coupon of this high a value is rarely seen, especially one that you can print unlimited copies of, so I wouldn't expect it to last long on the Web site. And it doesn't expire until May 15!

 

This coupon is going to bring a lot of us into Kmart who don't normally shop there, which I suppose is the idea. Think about it. A jumbo pack of Huggies or Pampers diapers at Kmart is normally $9.99 -- with this coupon two packs would come out to be just $5 each, minus any manufacturer's coupons you bring. Or, say 12-packs of soda are $4 there. Buy five of them for $10, pretty much the lowest sale price that's ever seen.

Sometimes when Internet coupons are this high value, with no print limit, it's correct to be suspcious. But this all checks out to me. The Web site is www.Kmart.com. The bar code is there. While the name of the PDF file says something about NYC, the text of the coupon clearly says "Valid at all Kmart store locations."

You might also want to know that Kmart will be doubling coupons in April. They're only going to let customers double five per day, enforced by a Kmart savings card this time, so a lot of us bargain shoppers were planning to blow it off. But this ... this changes everything.

There are restrictions on the coupon: certain merchandise doesn't qualify. But it looks like puh-lenty of stuff does, including those diapers that I will definitely be after.

Thanks to Bethany at My Brain Is Inside Out for the heads up! Photo from the Sears corporate Web site.

Jewel-Osco Grocery Deals: Good Deal on Ice Cream, Free Milk

Here are the best sales, special offers and coupon match-ups for Jewel-Osco the week of 3/18:

Gift Card Offer: Jewel-Osco today is advertising its usual tax-time program where you can get up to 10% back on your money if you buy a gift card. It's called Refund Rewards, i.e., you spend your tax refund on a grocery gift card. If you buy a $250 card, you get an extra $20 on it, and if you buy a $300 card, you get an extra $30. The limit is $1250 in cards per person, and it runs through April 15. Two years ago I bought two of these and -- aargh! -- lost one when my coupon file slipped out of my grocery cart. You can imagine the emotional anguish this caused to a frugalite with a family to feed. Jewel-Osco told me there was nothing they could do and the cards were just like cash. Oh, maybe I should have begged and pleaded with them more, but think about that before you buy one. Still, I might trust myself enough to try again this year. Will you buy one?

Coupons: Jewel also has more manufacturer's coupons in the flyer this week, including a $2/2 Pepsi 24-packs products that will bring the 2/$11 deal down to 2/$9. There are also store coupons for $1/1 Pampers Dry Max big pack or $.50/1 for a jumbo pack, which can be combined with manufacturer's coupons to bring the price down a bit. There's also another $1/1 Colgate Total in the Osco section of the ad.

 

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Gotta Buy Some Clothes? How 'Bout Maria Pinto?

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Maria Pinto, whose original designs have famously adorned the First Lady, is liquidating her West Loop boutique and has her clothes marked down 50-70% starting tomorrow, Tuesday. It's sad for Chicago, but here at Frugalista, we love to prey on others' misfortune, right?* Now, these clothes are still not going to be in my range -- the Trib article I just linked to says a sweater runs several hundred dollars -- but if you yearn for designer fashions this could be an opportunity.

There are some less rarified clothing deals out there as well today. There's a sweet 30% off Gap coupon beyond the break. 

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Sunday Ads - Even More Cereal Deals

 

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This might be a good week to hit Target. Other than that, not much about the Sunday ads say must-shop to me. Of course there are continuing cereal deals at Dominick's, and a freebie has popped up at Jewel-Osco for frozen chimichangas (don't get the jalepeno variety).

Target has a Kellogg's gift card offer that will get your four boxes of cereal or 12-count Pop-Tarts for $2-$3 -- 50 cents a box for cereal or 75 cents a box for Pop-Tarts. Buy four @ $2.50 each and get a $5 gift card for a cost of $1.25 a box. To sweeten it, print any of these manufacturer's coupons: $1.50/2 cereal$1/2 Pop-Tarts coupons and $1.50/3 Kellogg's cereal.

Another good deal at Target is Starbucks coffee -- it's on sale $7 for a 12 oz. bag, and there's a $1.50/1 Target store printable coupon. There are $1/1 out there on tearpads, or in the March All You magazine. Combining the two coupons would get you down to $5.50 for the bag, and remember that an empty bag of Starbucks beans can be redeemed for a frew cup of brewed coffee at a Starbucks cafe.

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Saved 99 Percent at Dominick's Today

 

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OK, I only got there by using $25 in Catalina coupons, which to me are more like cash than coupons, but still, today I saw something on my Dominick's receipt that I have always wanted to see:

Total Savings Value: 99%.

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Coupon Books at Dominick's

I'm working on a post about all the free stuff I got at Dominick's today, but first, here are two coupon booklets I found there:

 

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It's Never Too Early to Heart Your Heart has STOREcoupons that expire 3/23. The values are not that exciting, but considering you can combine them with mannies, there should be some good deals to be found, like with the $1/2 Coca-Cola combined with same from the Jewel Heart booklet. $1/1 Colgate, sure, always comes in handy. $2/1 Nature's Bounty vitamins.$1/2 Barilla Plus Pasta. More.

 

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This one says simply "Save Up to $15 With These Coupons March 2010," and its coupons are good through April 30. There are better ones including $2/1 Huggies, $1/1 Huggies wipes, $1/1 Stayfree (which can be used at CVS all month in conjunction with some other coupons as a moneymaker). 50 cents off Suave hair care -- where were you when the getting was good at Jewel-Osco with YourBucks??

Oh, I also got something interesting from the Catalina machine when I checked out at Dominick's today: a strip of little manufacturer's coupons including $1/1 2L of Dr Pepper and $3/1 Eggo Syrup 23 oz. and $2/1 Keebler Pecan Sandies. I love those Pecan Sandies. Hey, Girl Scouts. You should make your next cookie a total copy of Pecan Sandies. I would buy even more boxes.

That Dominick's $5 Off 5 Sale Is Better Than I Realized

Money Saving Mom today posted some coupon matchups for the Dominick's (Safeway) $5 off 5 cereal deal. It shows that you can get Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal for free if you use the $1/1 coupon from the 2/13 RedPlum. Also that the Catalina offer for the fruit snacks is apparently still going so those can be a moneymaker with coupons. Don't forget to load your Cellfire and ShortCuts coupons too if you are doing that.

It just figures that I only have one RedPlum in my file for 2/14 -- not enough to get five free boxes of cereal. Oh well, we have tons of cereal on hand. Doesn't every couponer have tons of cereal on hand at all times?

Oh, and THEN Crystal posted a link to a printable coupon that will get you the Marie's salad dressing, also on $5 off 5, for free.

It's not clear to me if the two "buy 5" groups advertised in this week's flyer -- one cereals, one salad stuff -- are mix and match with each other. Seems like no, but maybe I'm wrong? Anyone?

Dominick's Sales: It's Corned Beef and Cabbage Time

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Yes, yes, there is corned beef for $1.67 a pound or another kind for $2.49 a pound and another kind for $3.99 a pound. And there is green cabbage for 29 cents a pound and that's always a good healthy veggie to pick up cheap.

But that's not what I'm excited about at Dominick's this week. Here's what I am excited about:

Buy 5, Save $5 includes Fresh Express salads this week, at 99 cents when you buy 5. Why yes, I do have left over $1/1 Fresh Express coupons from the Jewel-Osco Value Your Heart booklet, and remember that Dominick's takes expired coupons. Five free salads, hooray! I hope this includes the spinach which I can cook up to make it keep longer. Also includes 10-oz. bags of Monterey Mushrooms, Marie's salad dressings and Eating Right salad blends, all at $1 each when you buy 5. (Now, if Dominick's lets me GET the five bags of salad for free, I'll be happy. I'll let you know if it works out.)

Also listed as "buy 5, save $5" are these cereals: Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Quaker Squares, Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers @ $1, Post Fruity Pebbles, GM Honey Nut Cheerios and Nature Valley bars @ $1.50, and Post Honey Bunches, Kellogg's Raisin Bran and GM Lucky Charms @ $2. All those prices are if you buy 5.

You should be able to do pretty well with that one if you combine printable coupons, Cellfire and Shortcuts. Coupons that immediately jump to mind are $1/2 GM from the 3/7 SmartSource, 50 cents/2 Gushers and 40 cents/1 Nature Valley on a number of sites like this one. Then there are CellFire coupons: $.55/1 Honey Nut Cheerios, $.50/2 Gushers, $.40/1 Nature Valley, and more of the same on ShortCuts plus $.55/1 Lucky Charms.

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Jewel-Osco Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of March 11

I imagine that all Jewel-Osco shoppers are ready to take a break after a week of hitting two Catalina deals and the YourBucks deals hard. Jewel is accommodating us by not offering many deals of interest this week.

 (FYI, the freebies on YourBucks have ended, as Mashup Mom pointed out; Catalina is actually saying that a few shoppers "abused" the program by buying things that were a good deal. Hm; I guess I was giving Catalina Marketing way too much credit before because I thought they appreciated the online aggressive bargain hunters who spread the word about their promotions free of charge, but apparently they see us and our readers as taking "questionable actions.")

Jewel's ad has manufacturer's coupons again for Kraft products, and as always these expire in one week. The prices aren't all that great when you combine these coupons with store prices, but you can always save the coupons for use at Dominick's, which takes expired coupons.

There is also a $3/1 Huggies Big Pack manufacturer's coupon in the Osco section of the ad.

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Arctic Shores shrimp cooked or raw $5/lb.

 

 

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Dominick's Trip: Frozen Food Deal and Cheap Cheese Sticks

 

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My 3-year-old, she only ever wants to eat "snacks."  We do make her sit down at the table for three meals a day, and we do insist that she try things before she leaves the table, but we can't force the dreaded non-snack foods down her throat.

What we can do is work with her definition of "snack" and make the healthy foods available that fit her definition. Things that come in individual packages generally fit her definition, hence, cheese sticks qualify. (Pebbles is no environmentalist.) So when I saw that Frigo Cheese Heads string cheese sticks were on sale at Dominick's this week I had to stop in. Sixteen-ounce packs are $2.99 if you buy two. I uesd one $1/1 printable -- I could have printed more but the Frigo site kept crashing my browser. But I have a little section in my coupon file for really good expired coupons to use at Dominick's, and I found one of those $1.50/2 lbs. cheese coupons. So I paid $3.50 for both packages -- $1.75 apiece.

That's 32 times I can say "Yes," when I hear that little voice ask, "Mommy, can I has a snack?"

 

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Sunday Coupons and Ads, March 7

Some nice coupons this week -- I will pick up extra papers if we hit Menards to shop the kitchen and bath sale going on there. The rest of the ads are kind of a yawner, but nice coupons.

Target has a coupon for  $10 gift card with a new or transferred prescription, which you can use at CVS if your location takes competitors' RX coupons. That's nice because the normal CVS coupons are only for transfers.

Other Target gift card offer: $5 with purchas of 2 All or Snuggie @ $7.99.

Apples and grapes are on sale for 99 cents/lb. (Those are both items that are high on the pesticide list, so I buy organic, but if you don't, it's a good deal.) And if you buy 3 boxes General Mills cereal @ $3, you'll get one box free (lowest price item free). (Use $1/2 from the 2/21 SmartSource or the 3/7)

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Dominick's Deals and Sales Week of March 4

Here are the best deals I see at Dominick's this week. I like cheese, so I'm impressed by the Frigo cheese sticks and Freschetta pizza deals. If you use printable coupons, you can get some cheese sticks (my 3-year-old has been asking for these about 20 times a day) for $1 per 8 oz., and pizzas for $2 each.

 

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Green Giant Just for One Printable Coupon

General Mills Pssst program sent me the link to this printable coupon for their Just for One vegetables and sauce. My printer is acting up and I can't see the value though -- anyone want to fill me in?

And Start Sampling sent $1.50 off Ore-Ida printable coupon. Ore-Ida potatoes ($3) were featured in last week's Just Chill ad (buy 10, get a $10 coupon), so if the sale price is still going the coupon should sweeten up the deal quite a bit. Hit your back button to print two.

To to Facebook.com/nabiscocookies for a Chips Ahoy BOGO Coupon

As far as Facebook promos go, this is not all that exciting, but here you go: Go to Facebook.com/nabiscocookies  today and become a fan to get a coupon for free Chips Ahoy! cookies. when you buy a package of cookies, AND a gallon of milk.

They say they'll do this today, March 1, and then the first Monday of each month, until they've given away 500,000 coupons.

Jeez, don't break the bank or anything, Nabisco. Speaking of Facebook promos, I never got my free eggs coupon from Davidson, did you?

Sunday Newspaper Ads - Sudafed Moneymaker, Free Saw

This morning we loaded all the kids into shopping carts at Fry's and bought me an MSI Wind netbook. My husband's computer abruptly stopped working about 10 days ago, and then Friday my laptop finally succumbed to a longstanding charging difficulty, and we found ourselves without a computer in the house. That wouldn't do.

So what I'm saying is, please forgive any typos in this post as I get accustomed to this new, smaller keyboard. To make it extra challenging for myself, I'm typing in the dark while watching Saturday Night Live.

Hey, let's get crazy and start with Menards this week! Free saw after $10 mail-in rebate. That would really come in handy if you are a magician and need to saw a lady in half. Or preferably, if you need to present the illusion of sawing a lady in half. Because, why waste money on a really expensive saw when it's all a trick anyway, right?

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Cuties Clementine Coupon

Print a $1/1 for the 5 lb. Cuties Clementines box, and a $.55/1 for the 3 lb. bag. Then use your browser's Back button to print again.

Love a coupon for fresh fruit! Even if somehow my kids got sick of these. I don't care, I'll eat 'em.

Thanks to my friend Marta for the heads up!

Dominick's Sales and Coupon Matchups - Week of Feb. 25

Hey, something new about the Dominick's flyer this week: They actually tell you how much you're saving with the sale price. Jewel usually gives the regular price and of course that helps me figure out whether to include it in the write-up, so I hope Dominick's stays with the new way.

And that's pretty much the most exciting thing in the Dominick's flyer this week, unfortunately. Here are a few of the better prices but there's nothing I'll be heading over for.

 

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Feb. 25, Free Salad

Let's keep this quick and dirty today: I've got a laptop struggling to stay powered up, a sick schoolkid at home, a cranky baby who won't stay asleep and when the toddler wakes up, she will probably be even more ornery than she was when she went down.

I guess kids don't like February either.

Anyway, Jewel-Osco has Fresh Express salad bags -- romaine, green & crisp or spinach -- on sale for 99 cents through Saturday, limit 2, which is AWESOME if you have the $1/1 coupon from that Value Your Heart booklet found at Jewel earlier this month. It's about to expire so go nuts if you got 'em.

Other than that, I don't see anything worth going to the store for, unless you're doing the General Mills Catalina deal. I may try to get out tonight and hope the salad is already on sale while I grab a few of the deals ending today.

 (UPDATE: I went, but neither the salad nor the Nut Clusters were ringing up at sale price yet. Drat. Got some Greek yogurt 6/$1 though Thanks to Mashup Mom for pointing out the ad and coupon for that in the 2/21 SmartSource.)

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LAME CVS Trip

I usually have great trips to CVS, but tonight was pretty lame. I needed to pick up a gallon of milk, so I decided to gather my DiGiorno coupons and take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer ending tonight.

I could only find one $1/1 for regular DiGiorno pizzas, but I found a bunch of coupons from a blinkie box that were for a specific variety and I thought they might work just as well.  A lot of coupons say they are for a specific product, but are actually coded to work for anything of a certain brand or product line.

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Feb. 18

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Attention shoppers: The Fav 4 meat deal is back -- four packs of meat for $19.99. As always, check out Mashup Mom's explanation of how to get a better deal. Although I think some store staffs may be taking steps to close this loophole.

Also, Jewel wants to give you a free 2 Liter of Diet Dr Pepper on Saturday, Feb. 20. No purchase required. 

And, there's another $3/1 Huggies box manufacturer's coupon in the Osco section of the ad.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Feb. 18

Nothing huge at Dominick's this week, but enough halfway decent deals. Potatoes and pineapple are both cheap, in case you want to whip up your famous potato-pineapple hot dish.

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Primo Taglio deli turkey meat $4.99/lb.

whole pineapple $1.99

Nature Valley granola bars $1.50 (limit 6; load a $.40/1 coupon onto your Dominick's card on Cellfire, load another $.40/1 on Shortcuts, and use $1/2 from the 2/7 SmartSource. Probably the e-coupons won't both come off for the same purchase but if you buy 2 you should get one of each? One e-coupon and one paper coupon, however, will come off if you buy just one box.)

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CVS: Going Rogue for Super Cheap Coca-Cola

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Lest you think I am getting all hoity toity with my healthy-ish meat purchases, tonight I walked off the frustration of a bad baby sleep day by hauling the kids' wagon over to CVS and stocking up on 12-packs of Coke. The deal this week is buy 3 Coke 12-packs for $10 and get a Diet Coke 12-pack free, but it works if you just buy four regular. The manager at my store said so, since they were out of Diet, and sure enough, the register worked it without intervention. I ended up getting everything pictured above for $8 including tax, after coupons and Extra Bucks.

This was a "rogue" shop because I used the $5/$20 coupon that says "Northern California only" and is also expired. I'm not recommending that others use this coupon; only if you want to bring down the entire CVS corporation with your wily coupon ways. Or something.

Other things I noticed tonight: Besides there still being Physician's Formula Organic makeups on sale 75% off (many free after the $3/1 coupon from the 1/24 SmartSource, which is expired but my store has been accepting expireds lately), there are a lot of 75% off stickers on Rimmel products as well -- foundation, powder, lip gloss, various eye makeup. There's a $3/1 mascara coupon in the March 26 All You (got mine today), there was a $2/1 in the December All You, a buy one, get one in the October All You, and a $1/1 in the 12/13 RedPlum. These prodeucts are pretty cheap -- like $6 or $7, so at 75% off the $1 and $2 coupons could make them free or close to it.

 

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Sunday Ads: Yawn, Pass the Candy Hearts

Kind of a slow day in the Sunday ads on Valentine's Day, maybe so you can better concentrate on exchanging doily-and-paper hearts with your one true love. Or whatever.

There's only one lousy coupon insert this week: RedPlum. It has a few buy-one-get-one-free Renuzit coupons, $1/1 Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal and not much else exciting.

Target has a coupon for a $10 gift card with new or transferred prescription; I'm glad to see it because I have a couple of new scrips to bring to CVS. My CVS takes competitor RX coupons, and the RX coupons CVS puts out are generally for transferred prescriptions only, so I can use these to get a $10 CVS gift card on new scrips.

Target also has some free item offers: Buy Prevacid for $23.99 and get a free 160-count Up & Up antacid; Buy Tylenol Cold for $5.49 and get free cough drops; Buy Band-Aids at $2.59 and get free .5-oz Neosporin; Buy a 6-pack Clif or Luna bars and get a free single bar; Buy 200-ct. Origin fish oil soft gels for $8 and get a 100-ct. B12 tablets. Oh, also some $10 and $20 gift card offers when you buy Duracell batteries, USB thumb drives, Lexmark ink cartridges, Linksys Wireless-N router, Sony Handcam and a few other techy items.

Jewel-Osco has Kraft Mac & Cheese or Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soup for 69 cents (use $1/4 printable for the soup), Chobani Greek Yogurt is $1 (in case you still have the $1/1 from the 12/13 SmartSource, if not there's a buy 2, get 1 printable), Frigo String or Snack Cheese is $2.49 for 10-12 oz. and there's a $1/1 printable).

CVS: Buy 3 12-packs Coke and get a 12-pack of diet for free. This works out to bge 4/$10 which is the best deal I've seen so far this year. DiGiorno pizzas are bogo and there is a $1/1 in the 1/24 SmartSource. You can get free Crest after coupons and Extra Bucks and a few other freebies -- check them all out at Money Saving Mom.

Walgreens, like Jewel, has Campbell's soup for 69 cents (you need the store coupon). Not much for free, but see the full deal list at Money Saving Mom.

Michael's has a coupon for 50% off one regular price item Sunday and Monday only, in addition to the normal 40% off one item. Also there's a coupon for Monday only that's for 20% off entire purchase including sale items.

Coupons, Print Yer Money-Savin' Coupons

$1/1 Aveeno

75 cents off 1 Malt-O-Meal (considering you can get higher quality cereal for free or really cheap, I don't bother with this stuff anymore, but sometimes it can make for a good filler at the drugstore)

Become a fan of PopChips on Facebook and get a buy one, get one free coupon. (Thanks Oh Captain My Captain, Money Saving Mom.)

 

 

Free Shipping at Snapfish and President's Day Deals

Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln! Maybe I'll send you some prints: Through Monday (President's Day), get free shipping from Snapfish with the code PRESDAY.

Also remember you can pick up a free 8x10 print at Walgreen's with code VDAY. You have to select a collage print for the code to work. Not sure if there's still time to order that in time if you're heading over there today to get super cheap Huggies (as low as $1.64 a pack!) with the 15% off coupon.

Get $25 off an order of $100 or more, plus free shipping, at Coldwater Creek with code WHH4484. (I'm not ordering again; I ordered a cute cardigan during their last sale and the button fell off after one wash.)

I'm off to Wag's today and hopefully Old Navy if the tot isn't behaving too badly. Then the children's library. Would love to hear if any of you score major Walgreen's deals today!

Reminding Me Why I Love CVS

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After a typically trying day with the kids, I slipped out for a little CVS fun. I had a $4/$20 coupon from my email burning a hole in my coupon file and 30 minutes before Grey's Anatomy.

I got all this for $2.70 out of pocket. That was all tax. The actual cost of the stuff I paid with  $12 ExtraBucks slip, and I got $13 ExtraBucks back. So in that way, you could say it was all free. Here's what I "bought":

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of 2/11

Epu won't have to avail himself of any of these Valentine's deals since he already sent a beautiful pink azalea for me to kill. He probably didn't even use a coupon code, but just to be romantic I'm gonna restrain myself from asking. 

But if you lack Epu's get-it-done-earliness, Dominick's is there for you. For Valentine's Day, there's a coupon for $3 off if you buy 3 Hallmark cards and an arrangement of a dozen or more roses. And a heart-shaped box of Fannie May chocolates is on sale for $17.99, doesn't say how much that weighs.

Also these Saturday-Monday only deals: 16 oz. strawberries bogo @ $4.99; Starbucks coffee 12 oz. $5.99 (use $1.50/1 from the Nabisco booklet previously found at Dominick's; expired); Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream 14 oz. to 16 oz. $2.50; filet mignon $8.99/lb., Pepperidge Farm cookies $1.88.

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups: Week of Feb. 11

Not much exciting going on at Jewel this week in my view. I might be tempted by boxes of Kellogg's cereal at $1.88 since there are new $1/1 coupons for those on Coupons.com -- but only if the new granola is included, and that's a big if.

Thursday through Sunday Only (Smoochy stuff for your Valentine): Korbel Brut or Extra Dry champagne 750 ml $8.99, Fannie May Mint Meltaways bogo @ $19.99, and a bunch of flowers and stuff.

All Week

asparagus $1.99/lb.

kiwi 50 cents

cantaloupe $1.50

sliced white mushrooms 8 oz. $1.79

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$1 Off Cheerios Printable Coupon

I got this printable Cheerios coupon from Pampers Gifts to Grow. Hit your browser's Back button to print it a second time. And maybe save them for the General Mills Catalina reportedly coming to Jewel-Osco Feb. 24.

Win Five $1.25/1 Chocolate Cheerios

From Suburbia is giving away the five $1.25 Chocolate Cheerios coupons that Pssst! sent her, which will probably get you a free or very cheap box when paired with a good sale. There aren't any entries so far, so you might have a high chance of winning. She's picking the winner on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Sunday Ad Flyers 2/7 - Cheap Triscuits, Cheap Camisoles

Today is not just the Superbowl, it's also the third anniversary of the day I had a six-hour labor and barely made it to the hospital in time to give birth to Pebbles. So here's a gratuitous picture of Pebbles making her red velvet birthday cake (you know the mix was bought on sale and with a coupon) and looking disturbingly like the clown in It:

 

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I already posted about the one-day only deals at Dominick's, which are pretty sweet and soon to be tapped by me. Here's the rest of the action in this Superbowl Sunday's ad flyers:

Jewel is offering its annual freezer deal today 2/7 and tomorrow 2/8 only, where you buy a $149.99 freezer from them and they give you $150 worth of frozen food coupons. I thought about doing this last year but read some online reviews that the freezer failed for some people after a short time. However people on Couponers Wanted who have done the deal before seem quite excited about it, so I guess some folks are quite satisfied. Today's also the last day to get Pepsi 12-packs and some 6-packs of bottles 4/$9. But to my frustration I don't see Sierra Mist listed in the choices -- what the what, retailers? I am almost out of Sierra Mist and I'm gonna have to go out and pay money for it before my parents visit next, and that's just not cool.

 

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Coupon Book at Jewel with Good Coupons

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At Jewel this morning I saw a brand new display full of coupon books called "Value Your Heart." Turns out there are a couple good manufacturer's coupons in there that could result in free or nearly free products: $1/1 Fresh Express salads and $2/2 Quaker Instant Oatmeal.

While I'm kinda bummed that it's for instant not any kind of oats, still, I won't complain about free oatmeal. And the salads are $1.50 at Jewel this week, so there's a 50-cent bag of lettuce right there. At some point, they usually go on sale for $1.

Don't Forget Free Eggs Coupon on Facebook

So far the Facebook page of the Incredible Edible Egg is pretty slammed and I haven't been able to print the buy one, get one free coupon.

However, I was able to load the page and read that the coupon is good only up to $1.50, which is disappointing because it means I won't actually get a free dozen eggs. I buy cage free, which are usually around $2.50 on sale. And I have to buy eggs today to make Pebbles' birthday cake. (Happy Birthday to Pebbles, who will be 3 come Sunday!)

Anyway, coupon will be available today only and there is a limited number so print it if you can.

Jewel-Osco Sales and Deals, 2/4-2/10

Like Dominick's, Jewel has plenty of junk food and frozen party foods on sale for the Super Bowl. I will be stocking up on frozen pizzas this week for sure! They also have manufacturer's coupons on the back page again, including a $1.50 Kraft dressing (makes them 99 cents at Jewel) and a $2/3 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.

For details about the ConAgra Catalina deal advertised in today's flyer, see my separate post.

THURS THROUGH SUN ONLY

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Dr Pepper Cherry or Sunkist 12 pack 12 oz., or Pepsi or Aquafina 6-pack 24 oz. or Mountain Dew 8-pack 12 oz. 4/$9 when you buy 4. Limit 8.

Jewel Choice beef: bone-in strip steak, porterhouse steak, Stockman & Dakota Premium Angus boneless; top sirloin steak $4.99/lb.

Lay's potato chips $1.88

Pom Wonderful Pistachios bogo @ $4.99, use two $1/1 from the 11/15 SmartSource to get them for $1.50 each.

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Jewel-Osco ConAgra Catalina Deal

Because you're obsessed with grocery deals, you've heard about the ConAgra Catalina deal coming soon to Jewel-Osco. Well, it's already active, from what I hear! I'ts a "spend $20, get $5" -- not that great of a deal compared to the "spend $30, get $10" or even "spend $25, get $10" at other times of the year, but there are still some possibilities here if you work it.

(For an introduction to Catalina deals and how to work them to get free or very cheap stuff, read my Wise Bread post.)

Here are the included items that go on sale tomorrow; many Jewels will already have the sale prices up and running. I'll note the "without Preferred Card" price where listed in the ad, but keep in mind that these are not always accurate for all stores so definitely pay attention as you ring things up to make sure you hit the $20 before you scan your card! Also, look in the 1/24 RedPlum for more ConAgra coupons.

 

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of Feb. 3 -- Free Tortillas, Free Sudafed and Lots of Cheap Junk Food

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Dominick's really brung it this week, with store coupons for stuff that just happens to match up with the manufacturer's coupons printed in last week's and this week's Jewel ad. The coupons from Jewel all expire today, while the new Dominick's store coupons aren't good until tomorrow -- however since Dominick's accepts expired coupons it shouldn't be a problem.

Whether you plan to watch the Super Bowl Sunday or not, this is the week to stock up on any junk food, frozen pizzas and stuff that you might want throughout the rest of the winter.

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Buy One, Get One Free Dozen Eggs on Facebook

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Become a fan of the Incredible Edible Egg on Facebook, then go back on Friday to print a buy one, get one free coupon for a dozen eggs. There will be 30,000 coupons available to visit the page early Friday.

Now you've got that "incredible edible" jingle stuck in your head, right? Sorry.

Photo by cursedthing, used via Creative Commons license.

Sunday Ads: Free Dog Food or Cat Food! Free Toblerone, Free Toilet Paper

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It's a pretty good week for freebies, mainly at PetSmart and Walgreen's. By using coupons and other offers this week, you can get a free bag of dog food or cat food, free men's body wash, a free box of chocolates, free lip balm, free eye drops, free Joint Juice and free toilet paper.

Wrapped around the front of the Tribune is a Dominick's ad with four freebie coupons: 1 free pound of 80% lean ground beef, 1 free Fresh Express salad, 1 free 14-16 oz. Kraft salad dressing and 1 free 12-16 oz. Prince Pasta. That's supposed to be a free pasta meal, and, no offense, Dominick's, but fatty ground beef over white flour spaghetti and an iceburg lettuce salad (that's the variety they show in the picture) with Ranch is, well, the less said the better here, I guess. I don't worry about offending Dominick's, which is a big grown up grocery chain and can take it, but want to offend any readers who might consider that meal the height of culinary fanciness. Anyhoo, the same coupons are also in the flyer inside the paper, and you have to spend $50 to use them and it's good Sunday through Wednesday.

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Jewel-Osco Deals: Cheap Oatmeal and Bananas

 

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This week Jewel-Osco has the thing again with the manufacturer's coupons: They're in the flyer, you can use them anywhere because they say "manufacturer's coupon" right on 'em, but unlike the coupons in the paper, they're only good for a week. All Unilever products: $1/2 Ragu, $1/2 Hellmann's, $1/2 Skippy, $1/2 Breyers Ice Cream, Bertolli Pasta Sauce, Wish-Bone Salad Dressings, Suave products, Lipton Tea -- everything is $1/2 except for the $1/1 Bertolli frozen meals.

Oh! But way more exciting to me is the manufacturer's coupon in the Beauty Care section: $1/1 any Neutrogena product. I can use this for the only hand lotion I can stand to use, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, which is expensive but great. And this one is good through 3/31/10. I need to pick up like 10 flyers this week to clip these.

Fav 4 deal is back on meat: Four packs of meat for $19.99. See Mashup Mom's instructions for making this even cheaper by picking small packs of meat.

Buy 1, Get 3 deal: Buy one Orville Redenbacher 2-4-pack microwave popcorn @ $3.59, get another box free plus two 2 Liters of 7-Up or A&W. (or just buy Pop-Secret for $2)

Quaker Oats Shopportunity: the 42 oz. oats or the instant are $1.39 each if you buy 5. If you managed to print five $1/1 coupons (also here without having to do as much work), you'll get them for 39 cents each.

The deal also includes Quaker cereal and chewy granola bars. If you clipped the $3/5 from recent store flyers (I know my Centrella store had one, maybe Ultra too), you're paying 79 cents each. Or there was $1/2 the Chewy Granola Bars and $1/2 the Oatmeal to Go bars in the 1/24 RedPlum, or use the $1/2 printable.

Or Post cereals are $1.49 when you buy four; use $2/1 to get one of them free plus possible overage.

To go with all that cereal, pick up a pound of bananas for 39 cents. I always buy bananas when they go on sale under 40 cents, in fact last time I bought about four pounds and the kids devoured them all. Not a single one made it into the freezer for banana bread, which is a shame, because this recipe is amazingly delicious (and fattening).

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Did the Eucerin Deal at CVS

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When I couldn't take watching my old boyfriend Brett Favre get hurt anymore (I didn't know I still cared!), I slipped across the street to CVS for milk and high-grade lotion.

The deal is "spend $20 on Eucerin, get $10 back." For some reason these always exclude Aquaphor. I got a tube of Calming Cream Daily Moisturizer for $7.99, a tube of Calming Itch Relief for $7.99, and a tube of hand cream for $5.49. Used a $4/2 and a $1/1 from today's paper, plus an expired $5/$20 from the Fresno (or was it Sacramento?) Bee Web site (no longer available). So I paid about $11.50 plus tax, and I got $10 back.

Doctors always recommend Eucerin for my daughter's eczema, and I used to blanche at the price. But 50 cents apiece? I'll take it!

I also wanted to do the Stacy's chips with the "spend $20, get $10" Pepsi deal (it's not a moneymaker as I earlier posted, I found out from a reader, because the coupons labeled "CVS Coupon" are actually manufacturer's coupons.

Still, after I brought home one bag of these pita chips from Wag's last week, the family gave them the thumbs up, and if I bought seven for $21 and used seven $1/1 manufacturer's coupons, I'd still be paying $14 and getting $10 back -- less than 50 cents per bag.

Sadly, though, someone had cleaned out all the good flavors of Stacy's chips AND the good True North snacks from my store. I guess since this promo was going on last week too they probably did it then.

Oh, also in the weekend shopping category? The hubs stopped at Target for me before a manly Menards run, and he did the Pampers deal. He got three jumbos of the Sensitive Swaddlers at $8.99 each, used a $2 Target coupon and a $2 manufacturer's coupon for each one, paid $15 and got the $5 gift card back. He called me to report his success at getting diapers for just over $3 a pack, and I could hear the coupon victory rush in his voice.

I didn't even have the heart to make fun of him for not thinking to use the gift card at the cafe where he was having lunch with Nutmeg. Well, at least not to make fun of him very much.

Sunday Flyers Coupons and Deals: Diapers and Kraft Products

In this week's coupons, RedPlum has a bunch of L'Oreal coupons, and the SmartSource has a $5 off Science Diet Nature's Best pet food, $1/1 Nabisco crackers, and a bunch of ConAgra coupons. Do I smell a ConAgra Catalina deal coming? There's also a $.55/1 Breakstone sour cream and $1/2 Kraft for using on the last day of the Kraft Catalina today (along with the printable cheese and sour cream).

Very little new in the Jewel flyer, except that Beech-Nut baby food jars are 39 cents for the 4 oz. or 59 cents for the 6 oz. Use the $1/6 from the 1/3 SmartSource.

Ultra Foods has Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for 38 cents and a gallon of milk for $1.88 (limit 2). Banquet dinners are 68 cents, and there's a $1/10 in the 1/10 SmartSource.

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JC Penney Free Shipping Code and More Coupons

JC Penney: Free shipping on orders $49 with code 10BEGINS, through Feb. 12. Can also use with phone orders at 800-222-6161.

100 free prints with purchase at Snapfish with coupon code MT572.

I Heart Wags has a link to a bunch of printable Walgreen's coupons.

Coupons.com has the hot $1/2 Kraft cheese coupon again (print it while it lasts), and $.55/1 Breakstone sour cream.

The awesome $1/1 Wild Harvest coupon is back for Jewel's organic products (unfortunately this time it's a SmartSource link that can only be printed twice per computer, not unlimited like last time). (thanks Mashup Mom)

OK, and this is not a coupon, but a confession: I am addicted to trying to find coffee bargains. So I had to check out Amazon's coffee sale, even though I've got a few pounds of various crappy varieties tucked away in my freezer. At least I read the reviews and I think picked a good bag of organic whole beans for about $8.65 a pound. Although come to think of it, I forgot to save 15% by doing subscribe and save. But here's what I love about Amazon -- I'll just cancel and redo my order. Excuse me. 

(Whoops -- looked like someone snapped up my bag right after I returned it. Thanks, random buyer, for saving me from myself.)

 

Maximizing the Splurge When Your Store Credits Are Expiring

Walgreen's Register Rewards and CVS ExtraBucks can be such a money saver -- if you're able to keep rolling them onto good deals week after week.

But sometimes, your store credits expire before anything good goes on sale, and you completely lose the initial cash investment you made to earn them. If that happens to you a lot, maybe this game is not for you.

Other times, you might not lose your credits but you find yourself having to spend them quick before they expire. If you just blow them on whatever comes to mind, like overpriced full-price items that you could have bought cheaper somewhere else, it's almost like you lost them.

Today I was faced with that situation. I noticed a whopping $15 worth of CVS ExtraBucks were expiring. Actually, they had expired yesterday, but my CVS is usually nice about taking recently expired ECBs.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of 1/21: Fruit Snacks Moneymaker

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Dominick's this week has a Buy 3 Save $3 deal that will result in free fruit snacks. Here's how:

Buy three Betty Crocker fruit snacks at $1 each after instant savings. Use the $.50/2 from the 1/3 General Mills insert and/or a $.50/2 and a $.40/1 from Coupons.com. This brings your out-of-pocket price down to $2 or so. Then, according to Money Saving Mom, a $2.50 Catalina coupon will print out which you can spend just like cash on your next order. So it's a small moneymaker if you have the coupons!

The Buy 3, Save $3 deal also includes (prices reflect instant savings): Quaker cereals $1 (Buy six cereals for $6 and use one of those $3/5 Quaker coupons from various grocery flyers to get them for 50 cents each); Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.50 (use $1/1 printable to get it for 50 cents); General Mills cereals $1.50 (use $1/1 printable to get them for 50 cents); Post Fruity Pebbles or Honey Bunches of Oats for $2 (use $1/2 from 1/17 SmartSource) or GM Wheaties (use $1/3 from the 12/13 or 1/3 GM inserts)

Thursday Through Saturday Only

Safeway Select or O Organics Pizzas $2.49, Breyer's Ice Cream or Klondike Bars $1.99, 2L 7-Up or A&W 77 cents; Waterfront Bistro raw shrimp $4.99/lb.; Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 6.6.-8 oz. 88 cents (use those $.75/1 printables if you still have them to get them for 13 cents!)

All Week Regular Sales

5 lbs Russet Potatoes 99 cents

6 oz. blueberries 99 cents

gala or Fuji apples 99 cents/lb.

Fresh Express salads 99 cents

Honeysuckle or Jennie-O turkey breast 99 cens/lb.

pork sirloin chops 99 cents/lb.

Hershey's single bars are buy 3, get 3 free (if this includes Special Dark, use three buy one, get one free coupons from the 1/10 SmartSource to get six free)

Buy one, get one free: Brownberry or Arnold bread @ $3.99; Nature Made Vitamins or Schiff Move Free; Lay's potato chips @ $3.99

Photo by Oskay, used via Creative Commons license. Coupon matchups from the Hot Coupon World database.

Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchtups -- Week of Jan. 21

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Lots of special deals at Jewel this week, the cheapest thing being Betty Crocker fruit snacks with a double-dip instant savings and Catalina deal -- through Sunday only. But hey, you can do a similar deal and get them free at Dominick's! So, um, I guess that makes going to Jewel kind of pointless this week.

Thursday through Saturday Only

Perdue fresh whole roasting chicken 88 cents

pork chops 99 cents

cantaloupe $1.28

Jewel butter 1 lb. $1.99

Home Run Inn 10" pizza $4.77

All Week Special Deals

Fav 4: Pick four participating fruit or vegetable items for $9.99 total -- no meat this time which means this is not such a great deal.

General Mills cereals $1.75 when you buy 4 (bring it down to 75 cents each with this $1/1 printable coupon). and Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $1.25 when you buy 4. You can double dip the fruit snacks with the Catalina (money-back coupon) offer going on through Jan. 24. Buy 4 for $5 after instant savings, and get $2.50  back, making your final price 63 cents each. Use two $.50/2 from the 1/3 General Mills insert or from Coupons.com you're getting them all for $1.50 or 38 cents each.

Buy a 3-lb. or more roast (beef or pork) @ $2.99/lb., get a pound of carrots, 5 lbs potatoes and a pack of celery free.

Buy two 64 oz. bottles Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drink, get 5 lbs. fresh grapefruit free

Buy 4 Special K products and get one free instantly. Bars, cereals or crackers are all $2.49. Have all the coupons for this stuff expired?

Buy one, get one free: Lay's potato chips @ $3.99; Jennie-O turkey burgers 16 oz. @ $5.49; Perdue Short Cuts 9 oz. @ $6.29; Butterball ground turkey, sausage or burgers @ $4.99; Dean's Ice Cream 1.5 quart @ ?; Baldwin Ice Cream 1.5 quart @ $6.69; Pillar Rock red salmon @ $7.99; Thomas' bagels @ $4.89; Fuze 18.5 oz. @ $1.49; Equaline by Osco vitamins and supplements @ ?. 

All Week Regular Sales

navel oranges $3.48 for 8 lb. bag

Driscoll's blueberries, 1 pint $3.99 (use $.50/1 printable coupon)

green cabbage 49 cents/lb.

yellow onions 3 lb. bag $1.99

Healthy Choice frozen dinners $1.99

Campbell's Chunky Soup 99 cents

Kellogg's cereal 12-16 oz. $1.88

Malt-O-Meal bag cereal 17.5-22 oz. $1.49 (use $.75/1 Honey Graham Squares printable coupon or a $.75/1 off any Malt-O-Meal on Coupons.com)

Wild Harvest organic coffee $5.49/10 oz.

There's a coupon for $3/1 L'Oreal lip color in the Osco section, which might come in handy with all the makeup on clearance at Walgreen's right now.

Photo by Oskay, used via Creative Commons license. Coupon matchups from the Hot Coupon World database.

Quick Deals and Coupons Wednesday

Party City $10/$30 printable coupon

Coldwater Creek $25/$100 printable coupon through tonight only (online use coupon code WHH1270)

Become a fan of Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs on Facebook and print a coupon for $1 off (No print limit. These are pasteurized eggs, and apparently they have a cage-free variety although I have not seen it it stores.)

OK, my morning paper just arrived so that's all the online deals for today. Running out to grab those grocery flyers!

Free Milk and Other Coupons

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Lots of hot printable coupons out there right now:

Enter a contest to win milk for a year, or just print two coupons for a free gallon with $100 grocery purchase (hit the Back button on your browser to print. Since the coupon is good for up to $4 and milk these days often only costs $1.99 a gallon, I like to use these coupons to encourage myself to buy organic milk. (Thanks Krazy Coupon Lady and pretty much everyone else.)

Coupons.com has new Huggies coupons including $2.50 off the Pure & Natural variety (by the way I bought a few packs of these with coupons and they work fine), $2/1 overnights and 75 cents off wipes.

Print $1/1 Quaker oats (instant or regular) here and here. I'll let you know if I see any oatmeal on sale for a buck or close to it, which would make for free oatmeal with this coupon. (Thanks Common Sense With Money.)

Mommy Snacks lists a bunch of new printable coupons including $2/2 Nabisco crackers.

Mashup Mom has links to coupons for Edy's ice cream and Coke. The Edy's is $1/1 and the Coke is $2/4 -- and there is no print limit! That Edy's coupon is sure to come in handy for the next big Jewel-Osco Catalina deal.

This $3/1 Neosporin Lip Health coupon must have been reset because I was able to print two more, which will make for a $1 moneymaker at Walgreens. (Thanks Surviving the Stores.)

Finally, a warning: If you were planning to buy $30 worth of Johnson & Johnson products and submit for a $10 rebate, My Brain Is Inside Out reports that people are only getting the check if their total was $30 after coupons. Bah.

Photo by Joe Shlabotnik, used via Creative Commons license. 

Sunday Ads: Pepsi 12-packs for Under $2

Nothing too exciting in this weekend's ads unless you need to stock up on Pepsi products, then it's an AWESOME week with 12-packs below $2 each at both CVS and Walgreens (after instant rebates).

Coupon inserts: There is a SmartSource, a RedPlum and a P&G. SmartSource has a $1/1 Colgate which often results in free toothpaste at CVS. $1/1 Dreamfields pasta which is somehow high-fiber without being whole wheat. BOGO Weight Watchers yogurt. $.55/2 -- one Tostitos and one Tostitos brand dip (use at CVS or Wag's on Pepsi deals).

The P&G insert has a NyQuil coupon that would come in handy at Walgreen's this week, a buy one, get one free Febreeze coupon and Duracell coupons.

Walgreens and CVS both have Pepsi offers, like they always do when the Super Bowl approacheth. At Wag's, Pepsi 12-packs are 5/$15 and you get $10 Register Rewards when you spend $20. At CVS, it's 6/$20 with $10 ExtraBucks back. So, let's see, at Wag's you'd have to buy 7 12-packs to hit the threshhold, then after the RR you'd have paid $11, or $1.57 each. At CVS, you'd pay $10 for 6, making them $1.67 each. So Wag's wins if you're just planning to buy pop. At Wag's you can also combine in Tostitos chips and dip if you want and use the $.55/2 coupon from today's SmartSource to do a hair better. At CVS, the other Pepsi products like chips and nuts are a separate "spend $20, get $10" deal.

For all the details and some more deal ideas, see Money Saving Mom's CVS and Walgreens summaries.

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Our $80 Shopping Budget: Spent Most of It on Nothing Much

I've been thinking about it, and I decided it was silly to calculate my shopping for grocery stores and drugstores in different ways. So for now on, I'm reporting my weekly shopping in terms of what I spent out of pocket, period. I will not subtract the value of Catalina coupons from my costs, and when I spend Catalinas and other coupons, they will not show up as expenditures. At any rate, I'll make it clear here what's going on when I'm using coupons so I hope this will clarify things rather than obfuscate.

I'm sure you've just been on the edge of your seats about that so now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekly peek into my grocery cart.

This week I spent about $73 of my $80 grocery budget for what feels like very few groceries. For instance, I'm fresh out of vegetables right now, either fresh or frozen (although I do have some nice fruit). I stopped by a number of different stores:

 Whole Foods: $2.46 for a carton of hummus, minus a dime for bringing my own bag. (No, I didn't go into WF just for hummus, I went to see if Steaz were buy one, get one free, which they weren't.)

Dominick's: $26.64 for two bags of groceries -- I was really happy with this shop. A bag of Caribou Coffee (Got this for just $1 since there was apparently still a $2 coupon loaded on my card, plus I used a paper $2 coupon. Nice!) 10 boxes of Mac & Cheese @ 40 cents each, three bottles of Indian curry clearanced to $1.50 each, and the Hormel nitrate-free ham for $1.25 after coupon.

Jewel-Osco: I can't find my receipt but I think I spent about $23.50 on one round of the P&G Catalina (NyQuil/DayQuil + Puffs, small moneymaker after the $10 Catalina coupon) and a few groceries and clearance items (like coffee).

Target: About $7.50 on groceries including a pound of beef for 47 cents after coupon, a ham steak for 36 cents after coupon, a whole "natural" chicken which was delicious, and four boxes of Morningstar Farms fake meats for free.

Walgreens: $1.20 out of pocket on Electrasol, cookies and aluminum foil.

CVS: 83 cents (blew $6.50 worth of ExtraBucks on Christmas clearance stuff and $5 ECBs on Clorox wipes).

Woodmans: We stopped while in Kenosha in to buy a cheesecake sampler for a half-time dessert at my parents' house, for $10.

What we ate:

Breaskfasts were cold cereal or oatmeal and clementines or raisins. Lunches were leftovers or sandwiches unless noted. 

Wednesday: canned soup with homemade bread

Thursday: lunch = macaroni & cheese, dinner = homemade ham & bean soup with homemade bread

Friday: frozen pizza

Saturday: dinner = tacos made with 47-cents-after-coupon beef from Target

Sunday: Ate at my parents house while watching disastrous Packer playoff game.

Monday: roast chicken, potatoes and carrots

Tuesday: salsa/sour cream casserole w/ leftover chicken

Because there's only $7 left over this week, I'm not going to bother applying the savings to our bulk meat purchase, on which we still owe $220. I'll just keep it in the coffers in case I want to spend it this coming week.

Another Borders Coupon Code

BMC7135K will take 33% off one item at Borders, through Jan. 18.

And now I can't stop typing in red. FYI, this is not a Facebook meme where the red text is supposed to symbolize the color of my socks for bunion awareness or anything. I just pasted the red-text coupon code from my email and I can't seem to get my text back to black.

Carry on.

Ads in the Sunday Paper: Lots of Target Grocery Deals

Target has some great grocery deals with coupon matchups this week.

Did you happen to find the $.50/1 tearpad coupons for SoBe Lifewater when they were available at CVS? If you have five of those coupons, you can get 10 bottles of SoBe at Target this week. The offer is "buy 10 at $1 each, get a $5 gift card." With 10 of those 50-cent coupons, which say CVS but are manufacturer's coupons, you'd pay $5 and get $5 back.

Lean Cuisine is $1.88. Print a $1/1 Target store coupon and get one for 88 cents. I think there was previously a $1/3 manufacturer's coupon on the Target site, so if you printed some of those, you can combine the store and manufacturer's coupons and really make out with 33-cent meals.

Kashi GoLean Crunch is $2.75, or $2 after the 75-cent Target coupon on the same site. Special K bars (6-count) or 8-oz. crackers are $2.39, and there is a $1/1 xx coupon on the site that's good for either one.

There's a $5 gift card offer if you buy 3 bags of Dunkin Donuts coffee for $6 each, and you can use three $1/1 coupons from the 12/13 RedPlum to bring the final price down to $10, or $3.34 a bag.

Target will also give you two bottles of Vaseline lotion (either 20.3-24.5 oz. bottles of MEN Body & Face or the 6.8 oz. Sheer Infusions) for $1.50 each. The offer is "buy 2 @ $5, get a $5 Target gift card," and you can use two $1/1 coupons from the 12/13 RedPlum (if you printed any $1.50/1 when they were available, so much the better).

 

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Coupons: Menards and Con-Agra

Sign up here to get a $17 ConAgra coupon book

Also from ConAgra, $5 off 5 Healthy Choice meals.

Apparently Chicago Now has sponsored blogs now? This Menards blog offers a post with the money-saving tips you've heard a million times before, but wraps it up with a PDF coupon for $20 off a certain exterior door, $2 off energy-saving light bulbs, 10% off weather stripping and 10% off orders of a particular kind of windows. Good through the end of March.

Dominick's Sales and Coupon Matchups Jan. 7

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Guests what? There's a coupon for  $30 gift card in this week's Dominick's ad if you transfer a prescription by 1/26. Love those free groceries! As for the other Dominick's deals, Macaroni & Cheese is just 40 cents through Saturday, there are some pretty good Super Coupons this week and if you are on a New Year's fitness kick, you can get Lean Cuising frozen meals for 79 cents after coupon.

Oh, Mac & Cheese, the food I'd love to stop buying for my kids due to lack of healthiness, yet it's the only lunch my 2-year-old ever gets excited about and actually eats. Yes, one of these days I will have to try the Pioneer Woman's homemade macaroni & cheese recipe; all attempts to whip up delicious homemade mac have thus far failed.

But enough about my culinary problems, on with the deals!

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Jewel-Osco Sales and Coupon Match-Ups Jan. 7

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Here are the best sales and coupon match-ups for Jewel-Osco for the week of Jan. 7. Lots of buy-one, get-one free deals (on which you can use two coupons to save even more), and a new General Mills Catalina deal which I posted about already.

THURS-SAT ONLY

10 lbs. Russet potatoes for $1.99, 3 lbs. frozen Country Pride boneless skinless chicken breasts $5.99, Ice Mountain water 24-pack $3.49 (use the coupon for a free pack when you buy 2 packs from Coupons.com)

 

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Jewel-Osco General Mills Catalina Deal - Possible Moneymakers or at Least a Freebie or Two

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Here are the details from today's Jewel-Osco ad about the new General Mills "spend $20, get $5" Catalina deal, which is already active:

 

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Two Ways to Save on Leapfrog: Coupon Code or Paper Coupon

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Use the code LEAP30 through 1/14 to take 30% off all books, games and accessories at Leapfrog.com. Also get 4% cash back if you shop through Mr. Rebates. That would make this pack of 12 books for the Tag Reader a steal at $17.34.

Or -- and this should actually be a better deal if they have a decent selection at Target -- print a $4/1 coupon for Tag Reader books, which are on sale at Target for $9.99. These coupons were in this Sunday's Parade, if you still have it. 

I'm thinking about dragging the 2-year-old and baby to Target tomorrow, so I'll let you know if I snag any decent Tag Reader and Tag Junior books for my little ones.

A Few Tuesday Deals

Here are some great deals for today, Jan. 5: a free magazine, half-price sushi, cheap car chargers and super cheap women's clothing:

  • Free subscription to Cosmopolitan from Mercury Magazines.
  • Today's Groupon is a $40 gift certificate to Tank Sushi for $20. This used to be our neighborhood sushi joint when we lived in Licoln Square, and I can vouch that it is delish. I am tempted to snag one even though it's a long drive for us nowadays.
  • Today's Woot is something I never even knew existed: a 2-pack of car-to-car jump starters that go through the cigaret lighters. Jump start without the scary jumper cables thing? I will confess here that I have always been scared of jumper cables which makes me kind of a damsel in distress any time my car battery dies, which is more often than it should (I have little munchkins in my car who sometimes turn on the dome light without my noticing.)

The cost for this two-pack is $14.99, plus $5 shipping. The comments on the Woot page are mixed: Most people agree that this is a supplement rather than a substitute for jumper cables, something to try first but it might not work. Hmph.

  • At Borders, you can take 33% off the list price of any one item with the coupon code BSL7108N.
  • And this one's for my mom: Through tomorrow 1/6 only, take 75% off everything at Coldwater Creek with the coupon code 75SALE. (Thanks Wantnot.net!) (Wow -- that would make this top $7.50 and this cardigan $10. Shipping starts at $5.95 for up to $25 and goes up from there, but you can get a 4% rebate through Mr. Rebates or Shop at Home which would partially defray that cost. Will I turn old if I buy some stuff where m mom shops? I think I'm about to find out!)

Our $80 Spending for This Week: Moneymaking SoyJoy Bars, Free Electrasol, Free Cookies

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I didn't write about grocery shopping over the holidays, and to tell you the truth I didn't do much. I'll jump right to the first shopping trip of the new year, and then sum up what I did with the last few after that.

This week, we came back from our Christmas visit to our parents' houses on Tuesday night, and although there wasn't much fresh in the house, I didn't grocery shop until today. It was so frigid out, and we were busy dealing with our end-of-the-year flexible spending account issues and searching for lost keys and whatnot, so I let it slide and we ate from the pantry and freezer. Epu stopped at Dominick's for me one day picked up a take-and-bake pizza and celery, onions and carrots so I could make our Christmas hambone into split pea soup. That was $15.

Tonight, tempted by Walgreen's and CVS deals, I finally broke down and ventured out into the cold night. I hit one Wag's, one CVS and Jewel, and got everything in the photo above for $74 out of pocket. I received a $10 Catalina at Jewel (the "spend $25, get $20" P&G Catalina deal -- I realized just before going to the store that we were almost out of Size 4 diapers), earned $7 Extra Bucks more than I used at CVS, and $15 in Register Rewards at Walgreens, for a whopping total of $32 back at all three stores.

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Sunday Ad Flyers 1/3: Free Electrasol, Free GE Energy Smart Bulbs

I summed up the five awesome coupon inserts in the 1/3 Sunday paper already, but let's look at the other sales and deals advertised in the papers this week:

CVS has one-packs of GE Energy Smart bulbs for 99 cents after Extra Bucks, which means they're free after the $1/1 coupon in the 1/3 SmartSource (there was also one in the 11/22 SmartSource, and there's a $1/1 printable too). Also at CVS: "spend $10, get $5 Extra Bucks" offer for Nivea products, which could probably result in free lotion or lip balm after coupons from this week's inserts.

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Snapfish: 50 Prints for 50 Cents

Use the code NEWYEAR50 at Snapfish to get 50 4x6 prints for a penny each, through 1/7. This is assuming you don't want to just open a new account, which will always get you 50 free prints and a free gift. But if you already have a lot of images uploaded to your current account, it certainly seems worth 50 cents to not have re-upload them.

Unfortunately, you can't select store pick-up for this offer, only mail order, so you would still have to pay shipping -- I think it's $3.44 for 50 prints.

Don't forget that you'll get 12% cash back if you order through Mr. Rebates. Yes, that's a 6 cent rebate.

(P.S. According to For the Mommas, if you start a new Shutterfly account right now through this link, you can get a free calendar in addition to your 50 free prints, using the code CALENDAR2010. Shipping is $4.99.

Or, you can sign up with Kodak and get 50 free prints with only $1.99 shipping. Thanks again, For the Mommas!)

Guess the photo gift freebies didn't end with Christmas!)

 

Three 85-cent Sunday Papers Will Get Me $60 in Free Loot

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I just returned from Menards, where I picked up three Sunday papers at 85 cents apiece. How? Why? Read on.

 

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Hot! Wonderful Pistachios Printable Coupon for Jewel Sale

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This blog has the best commenters in the world. A reader who goes by Bargains815 just posted this link to a printable $1/1 for the Wonderful Pistachios that are on sale buy one, get on free this week at Jewel-Osco.

You should be able to hit the Back button on your browser and print two, then bring both to Jewel and buy two bags for $4.99, with the two $1/1 coupons bringing it down to $2.99, or about $1.50 per 8 oz. bag. Nice!

Coupons for Your Holiday Scramble

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Today begins three days of the madness known as winter break in my three-kid circus, so forgive me if I'm scarce around here. But you guys are all set for Christmas and don't need to shop anymore anyway, right?

Right?

Me neither. Here are a few coupons to help with last-minute prep:

1. I failed to mention that there's a $5/$50 coupon for Jewel-Osco in the Sunday Tribune. Reader Bargains815 points out that it is on p. 11 of section 1. Also, Mashup Mom points out that the $9 off a ham coupons in the Sunday flyer or any Jewel flyer you find at a store are great for lower-priced hams like a shank or butt portion, which she has found for $11-$12.

2. Here's a printable version of that Old Navy coupon for 30% off any single item. I'm about to email it to my husband who says he's stopping there after work to shop for me. (Oh, what a Myster Man, lol.)

3. Code 33PAYPAL will get you $10 off an order of $49.95 or more at 800Flowers.com. I am not sure if this will work if you don't pay with PayPal. And they'll give you $10 off your next purchase. Still not a frugal gift, but if you suddenly realize you have a last-minute guilt-inspired gift emergency, there you go.

4. This buy-one, get-one-free coupon for Wholly Guacamole will get you some free at Jewel, where they are on sale bogo. Great appetizer for a holiday party, and you can print as many coupons as you want! Thanks again to Mashup Mom

Sunday Ads 12/20: Christmas Prep Edition

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There are no coupons in today's paper and all I'm really thinking about as I read this morning's Sunday newspaper ads is how to fill the gaps in my gift-buying, stocking-stuffing and wrapping inventories. So here's my last-minute gift guide based on the sales advertised in today's Sunday paper:
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Coupons: World Market and Rayovac

I love World Market for stocking stuffers, and who doesn't need batteries this time of year?

$5/$20 and $15/$50 World Market printable coupons (can't be used on alcohol but coffee is fair game)

$10/$30 for World Market (thanks Deal Finding Chik!)

Become a fan of Rayovac on Facebook and they'll email you a $3 coupon! (Thanks For the Mommas)

 

Walgreens Trip: Not Great, But I Got a Discounted Snuggie

You know how weird couponing has made me? So weird that when my grandmother told me that she really wanted some Viactiv vitamins this week, I was thrilled because it gave me an excuse to get over to Walgreens and combine the 15% off Friends and Family coupon with the Spend $25, Get $5 Register Reward offer.

Sadly, in my case the two deals worked against each other and I had a bit of a fail. Still got a nice deal -- paid $13.82 for $28 worth of merchandise -- but not the great deal it could have been. I COULD have, really should have, gotten that merch for $6.82.

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10% Off Coupon for Target.com

FreeBizMag.com usually offers popular magazines as an incentive for considering signing up for trade journals and the like. But today they emailed me asking if I would like to get a 10% off certificate for Target.com.

Well, yeah, I would!

I didn't have to answer a survey or anything, just follow this link and click through a couple screens telling them what my industry and job function are. Then I got an email saying that the info had to be approved by the publisher before I could get the 10% discount.

I'll let you know when I get it. I have never had a problem before receiving free magazines from this company, so I have every expectation that I'll get a discount coupon or code as promised.

Walgreens Facebook Coupon and Deal Ideas

Become a friend of Walgreens Facebook, and they'll give you a 15% discount Thursday and Friday only. Actually, you may even be able to print it from this link without "fanning" them.

I wasn't impressed by Wag's midweek ad, but some other people came up with some pretty good ideas for how to make the most out of the new spend $25, get $5 Register Rewards offer:

Viva Paper Towels

Almost free Lubriderm

Will you be hitting Walgreens this week? What's your plan?

All These Groceries and Two Christmas Gifts for $40!

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Quickly before I run to pick up my kid from stupid Wednesday eary dismissal, I got some AMAZING deals at Jewel today. You can too if you get over there today -- and if your store managers allow you to do it.

I got all the food pictured above -- over $100 worth before I scanned my card and rang up my coupons -- for $39.19 + $2.44 tax. And because $20 of this purchase was for Christmas gifts, I only used $20 of my weekly $80 shopping budget. Here's how:

1. I used the $9 ham coupon in the weekly ad from today's paper, AND the "buy a ham, get a free turkey breast" coupon found in store, which ends TODAY. The smallest ham I could find was $17.26, and the biggest turkey breast was $18.86. Using the two coupons, I paid $8.26 for BOTH.

(The cashier at self check first went to customer service, who said I couldn't use the two coupons together. Then a manager passed by and she got drawn into the conversation, and she asked, "Doesn't it scan?" Since it scanned, I got it. Yay!)

2. I used a $5/$50 coupon I got in the mail that was about to expire.

3. Did one round of the GM Catalina deal ending today. Got four boxes Green Giant vegetables, one box cereal, one pack Simply cookie dough and one bottle Sobe. Cost me $5.50 after coupons, got a $5 Catalina back, for a net cost of 50 cents.

4. The 16 oz. Pixies, which are for a birthday gift, were buy one, get one free at $19.99, which makes them a better deal than using the $10 gift card on the Web site. For gifts.

5. That just leaves some on-sale eggs, two jars of mustard from the clearance cart, the pistachios (which were $1.99 after coupon and sale), two cases of club soda and a Christmas tree doughnut I bought my 2-year-old as a reward for being cooperative. You can probably guess why the doughnut is not pictured.

And a (gasp!) full price 12-pack of Miller HIgh Life, which I bought to see if it might produce a rebate form from the Catalina printer. I had asked the staff for a rebate form and they couldn't find one, so they thought it might print at the register. It did not produce a rebate form, but the staff pointed out that the ad actually just says mail-in rebate with Budweiser, which I wasn't going to buy. Oh well, my dad, the Miller drinker, is arriving at my house tonight and that is some pretty cheap beer even not on sale.

Another thing I did not receive was the Redbox code that was supposed to print out, but I don't really care because I know you can get RedBox codes free online anyway. As if I have time to watch movies!

Dominick's Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of Dec. 17

This is apparently the last weekly ad before Christmas, because it says these prices are good through Dec. 25. Egads, is it really so close No wonder I can't stop cruising Amazon. Anyway, the best deal I see at Dom's this week is Coca-Cola products: 5 for $9.95! Personally, I stocked up at Walgreens last week, but if you didn't, now's your chance.

Don't forget that Dominick's is giving away a free item each day until Christmas, as long as you spend $20. The free item coupons are in Sunday's ad, today's ad, or online. Today's free item: Hillshire Farms L'il Smokies. Which you might be able to pair with this $.55/1 printable coupon to get overage.

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Jewel-Osco Grocery Deals for the Week of Dec. 17

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The best deal at Jewel-Osco this week can be had today only -- ham, turkey breast AND beer for $8 or even less after coupons and rebate (see No. 1). Artctic Shores shrimp is a good deal at $3 a pound  if you have the $2/1 blinkie coupons. Other than that, I'm not terribly excited, and will probably make my only Jewel trip this week today to take advantage of this and other sales for the current week (like the Wonderful pistachios at $2.99 and of a couple more rounds of that General Mills Catalina deal.)

1. There's a coupon for $9 off a holiday ham on the front. Read Mashup Mom's explanation of how, today only, you can combine this with the "buy a ham, get a turkey breast" coupon and a beer rebate form found in store to get the turkey, ham and beer all for under $10. (Now, Jennie-O turkey breast will go on sale bogo tomorrow -- if your store has the bogo operating today, maybe you can get all this and two turkey breasts for the same price?)

2. 3-Day Sale through Saturday only:

asparagus $1.99/lb.

Tropicana OJ 64 oz. $2.50

Arctic Shores previously frozen shrimp or crab clusteres $4.99/lb. If you have any of those $2/1 blinkie coupons, now's the time!

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CVS Freebie Report

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Today I took Nutmeg on a walk to CVS and Jewel to get her wiggles out, and because I had a beef stew simmering on the stove that lacked nearly-free frozen vegetables.

My CVS was well stocked with the three free-after-Extra-Bucks Christmas items, probably because only one of them was marked as a freebie. I was pretty happy with these items -- a lot of times the seasonal freebies are useless tchotchkes, but this is obviousy the most useful stuff possible if you celebrate Christmas. I especially liked the tissue paper and hope to get some more on my parents' card and my husband's tomorrow. I'm thinking that with some paper and gift bags I got on clearance after Christmas last year, plus this tissue paper, I won't have to buy an paper this holiday season.

Pretty basic transaction:

2 tissue paper $3.98

2 bows             5.98

2 rolls gift tags  3.98

Total: $13.34, minus $2/$10 CVS brand purchase = $11.34 + tax. Paid $10 in ECBs and the rest off a gift card from a prescription, received $13.34 ECBs. Moneymaker!

At Jewel, we did two quick transactions of the "spend $15, get $5" General Mills Catalina deal, with Nutmeg working the self-checkout like a pro.

(If you're wondering what a Catalina deal is, it's only the most awesome way to get free groceries in the world. Get up to speed on Catalina deals by reading this.

First 7 boxes Green Giant vegetables for $16.10 before card, $7 after scanning my card, minus $1.50 from three $.50/2 printables, and I paid $5.50 and got a $5 Catalina coupon back. I also bought a bag each of grapefruit and oranges, so I had no problem using my $5 Cat from a previous transaction to pay.

Then we worked the Progresso trick that I learned about from Mashup Mom, because Nutmeg wants to be a big shot and bring in 25 cans of soup for the school food drive tomorrow. Guess we'll be bringing the wagon.

Got 12 cans of Progresso soup for $1 each, which was $12 minus the two $2.49 "broth" credits, or $7.02. Minus $3.25 in coupons, so I paid $3.77 and got $5 back. Moneymaker! This time I bought two bags of split peas, on sale for 79 cents each, as a filler to boost my total above $5 to use the $5 coupon I'd earned a few minutes earlier.

 

Sunday Paper Ads and Coupons: Free Fannie May Chocolate

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Today's Tribune has a one-page ad for Fannie May chocolates with two $10 off coupons: One for use in-store and one online coupon code, which is 10566. There is no minimum purchase, but it looks like neither coupon can be used on sale items. In-store at least you should be able to get just under half a pound of chocolate for free. On the Web site, though, the cheapest full-price items I see are over $20. Still, the coupon also takes off $7.25 to make shipping free, so if you have a gift recipient who appreciates fine chocolate this would make it a lot cheaper. (By the way, Dominick's has Pixies on sale this week for $14.99 for a 1-lb. box. The coupon and Web site would be a slightly better deal, because the total there would be $14.88 including tax. And no, you cannot use the $10 off coupon at Dominick's -- Fannie May retail locations only.)

Highlights of the other coupon inserts: RedPlum has $3 off coupons for several DVDs or BlueRays, including Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, Coraline, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as well as regular movies like Funny People, Inglorious Bastards and Public Enemies.

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Friday Night Shopping Binge: Free Soup, Walgreens Moneymakers

All week I've been writing up all the good grocery and drugstore deals out there, and not being able to get away from the house due to bad weather, other engagements and a late-working husband. So tonight while Epu put the kids to bed I gathered my coupons, and at 8:30 I zipped up my parka and ventured out into the night. I spent more money than I expected at Old Navy, made money at Walgreens, got free food drive soup at Jewel-Osco as well as cheap pop. All around, three successful missions!

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Fresh CVS $5/$30?

I have taken the Medicare quiz to get a $5 coupon before, but today CVS emailed me about the quiz, so I'm thinking the link may be reset. I can't try it right now because the printer would wake the baby, but if you successfully get and use a new coupon please let us all know.

Transaction Ideas for Freebie-ful Walgreens Midweek Ad

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Crystal Paine just posted a couple of scenarios that could earn you $15 (not to mention net 9 free products) at Walgreens this week, based on the mid-week ad they released. They'll be doing that every week until Christmas, by the way.

Here are my own deal ideas. Each transaction will be $25 before coupons, because Walgreens will give you a $5 Register Reward if you spend $25. (A tip: wait until the cashier tells you the total before you hand out the coupons; according to Mashup Mom they may have to press the Total button before entering coupons to make it register that you actually spent $25.) The items I chose will mostly be going into stockings, except the Coke, of course, which is for holiday entertaining.

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Dominick's Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups Week of Dec. 10

For the first time in awhile, I want to go to Dominick's first this week, mainly for 99-cent cheese, which I didn't manage to stock up on last week. And bananas. Maybe Triscuits, too -- if I have time to deal with a whole rebate thing.

Buy 5, Save $5 on select Nabisco products, through 1/17/10

99 cents after savings: Cheese Nips or Mac & Cheese Crackers

$1.49 ": Wheat Thins, Triscuit, Premium Saltines or Ritz Toaster Chips

$1.99 ": Ritz, Honey Maid Grahams or Stone Wheat Thins

Use various coupons from the Nabisco booklet if you have it, plus the $1/1 from the 11/8 SmartSource. If you buy 10, apply for a $10 rebate with this form.

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Jewel-Osco Grocery Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of Dec. 10

Other than the new General Mills Catalina deal, there are a few other bargains to be had at Jewel this week, including possible free Coffee-Mate and pistachios for just $1.99 a bag with coupon.

THURS-SAT ONLY: Perdue whole roaster chicken 88 cents/lb, Jewel cheese $1.49/8 oz. (Dominick's has Lucerne at 99 cents), Jewel bacon or Bob Evans breakfast sausage $2.28 12-16 oz. ($.25/1 Bob Evans Qs in the 11/22 SmartSource or 12/6 RedPlum)

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Hallmark $5 Off Printable Coupon

UPDATE: THIS HALLMARK $5 OFF COUPON HAS BEEN RESET, SO IF YOU PRINTED IT EARLIER, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO PRINT TWO MORE COPIES PER COMPUTER.

This is the correct link for the current Hallmark $5/$5 printable. I noticed people have been searching for it, and the one I blogged about before is expired. This one is good all the way through 12/24, though, so print away. I suggest you try hitting the back button to print a second time.

Also, check the December issues of on magazines you have on hand (or see in your doctor's waiting room). It's been reported there are more of these coupons in lots of magazines.

Details on the new Jewel-Osco General Mills Catalina Deal: Potential Free Vegetables

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Like I said last night, there is a new General Mills Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco that is already active, and there are more details in today's ad. It's mostly the same stuff we have seen in so many Catalinas before: Chex Mix, cereal, Pillsbury rolls (heehee), cake mixes, etc. But it does include flour and frozen vegetables and I rarely pass up a chance to get such staples for close to free.

The deal says you buy $15 ore more in participating products and get a $5 coupon good on your next order. As always at Jewel, this means your total must be $15 BEFORE you scan your Preferred Card. If you buy only $15 worth of stuff in pre-card prices, then pay the Preferred price minus coupons, you'll get some good deals. See my detailed Catalina explanation if this is your first time.

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Walgreens and Dominick's Facebook Offers: Free Clementines, Free Shipping

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Both Walgreens and Safeway (Dominick's) have offers on their Facebook fan pages today, but I don't believe you need to become a fan to take advantage of them. Which will save you the emarrassment I experienced when I became a Safeway fan and one of my real friends commented, "Seriously??"

Well, OK, Dominick's and I have our differences when it comes to whether cashiers should act all weird every time a coupon leads to getting an item free, but actually I am kind of a fan. Especially since they gave us those sweet gift cards while back.

The offers:

Free shipping at Walgreens.com today only with code WFAN.

Free box of Clementines with $25 purchase at Safeway, Dominick's or other stores in that chain. Click here to load the coupon onto your Club Card, then you can get a free 5-pound box of Cuties Clementines Tuesday, Dec. 8 only, with a separate $25 purchase. Kind of a lot of restrictions, but nice freebie ($4.99 value) if you were going to shop Dominick's this week.

Looking back at this week's Dominick's deals, I think I could spend $25 there by doing the "buy 5, save $5" deal several times and throwing in some bogo berries. And two gallons of milk, we always need milk. 

 

Deals From the Sunday Flyers for Dec. 6: Free Santa Hats!

Here are the most interesting coupons and deals advertised in tomorrow's Sunday paper. I don't have Target yet so I'll update with that tomorrow:

The RedPlum coupon insert has Target coupon including $2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive or $2/1 Pampers Cruisers Premium Absorbancy. These can be combined with the $2/1 from the 11/29 P&G Saver to get a total of $4 off a single pack of diapers.

SmartSource has good chocolate coupons for Christmas stockings, including $1/1 Hershey's Bliss and "buy 3, get 1 free" for Hershey's Kisses. (See below for Walgreens matching deal)

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Leapfrog.com: Free Didj Game or Tag Book and Other Nice Deals

Leapfrog has a couple of Tag books (The Cat in the Hat, Kung Fu Panda Activity Storybook) anjd Didj games on sale for $5 (Super Chicks, Nancy Drew and the something), and there are coupon codes out there that would make them free:

  • AP9TSW takes $5 off one Tag book 
  • WT9DIDJ takes $5 off a Didj game
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30% Off at Yankee Candle

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Whenever I see a Yankee Candle, I think of an old article from The Onion, "Victim of Mall Shooting Determined Not to Die in Yankee Candle."

Nonetheless, I am fond of candles and they make a nice, inexpensive holiday gift for people you don't know all that well but still have to buy something for. So I'm happy to report that there's a printable coupon for 30% off your entire purchase at Yankee Candle or at any participating retailer (not Target). Good today through Sunday, and you can use it on phone orders, too.

Thanks to reader Michelle for the heads up!

Photo by sun_dazed, used via Creative Commons license. 

Chicago Grocery Deals -- Not Jewel, Not Dominick's

Aldi is always a great bargain place to shop, especially if you don't want to bother with coupons, since they don't take them. But this week Aldi is advertising some price cuts that merit notice. I'll also mention a couple deals at other area groceries while we're at it.

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Dec. 3

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Jewel has so many little special deals this week that you'll have to scroll waaay, way down for the regular sales. Nothing that exciting to me, although I know some of you get excited about the Fav 4, which is back. Do you think $5.49 is good for 17 oz. of EVOO? I'll have to check my Trader Joe's shelf price to compare this week. The Palermo's frozen pizza bogo is a good deal -- two pizzas for $2.80 each if you use two coupons. Oh, and you can probably get Banana Nut Cheerios for 50 cents a box. Read on for details.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Dec. 3

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Pretty uneventful week at Dominick's: I'm interested in bogo berries if they're Driscoll's and I can use my coupon, and the Kraft "buy 5 save $5" deal is good with coupons if you need cheese. We always need cheese around here. Always.

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50% Off Restaurant.com Through Tomorrow Only

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When I gave my workshop yesterday, I told my "class" that $25 Restaurant.com gift certificates go on sale for $2 or $3 at the end of the month. I forgot to mention that lately there have been a few steep discounts earlier in the month, too.

Like right now. Thanks to Coupon Cabin, you can get 50% off a gift certificate using the code CABIN. That's not as deep as the 80% discount offered at the end of the month, but it's very useful if there is a popular restaurant you want to snag before it goes out of stock.

This code is valid only through tomorrow, Dec. 3.

Photo by besighyawn, used via Creative Commons license.

Cyber Monday: Bebe Item for $2 With $10/$10 Coupon

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Money Saving Mom posted this Cyber Monday Bebe.com deal, which I find hilarious because Bebe is so slutty it has a partnership with Nicole Richie, whereas Money Saving Mom author Crystal Paine is a Christian, home-schooling mom who used to advertise modest fashions on her old blog, Biblican Womanhood.

Use the code SURPRISE at Bebe.com to take $10 off a purchase of $10 or more, PLUS FREE SHIPPING. Go through Ebates or ShopatHome.com to get cash back, too.

I ordered a pair of legging tights for $12, and my total after the coupon code was $2.12 (including tax).

Cyber Monday Coupon Codes

There are so many deals out there today for Cyber Monday, I can't even begin to list them here. I like Wise Bread's round up of a bunch of deal sites all on one page. But let's do this: So you think you found a good deal on an item. First, remember to shop through Ebates, ShopatHome or MrRebates so you can get cash back -- all are offering EXTRA cash back on certain stores for Cyber Monday. Then, use a coupon code -- here's a list of the Cyber Monday coupon codes I'm seeing:

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Deals and Coupon Matchups from the Sunday Ad Inserts - Nov. 28

OK, after Thanksgiving and Black Friday you've given up shopping AND eating for the rest of the year, right? So I'll just drop these ad flyers in the recycling bin without giving you a preview, right?

Oh, calm down. You and my 2-year-old -- neither of you can take teasing.

This week I'm excited about the Jewel flyer because the the Xtreme Value is 10 oz. bags of Wonderful Pistachios are buy one, get one free at $4.99. With two $1/1 coupons from the 11/15 SmartSource or if you have any of the previously available printables, these will be just $1.50 a bag! I don't know about your house, but Chez Frugalista pistachios are a sought-after stocking stuffer. I'm just kind of bummed that I used two coupons buying two bags of this at Dominick's when it was on sale at $4.99.

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What I Fed My Family of Five for $80 This Week

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I LOVED my Target trip this week. I spent $51.24 there on the above, and the BIG highlight was finding 1-lb. packages of Gold'n Plump boneless, skinless chicken breasts marked down to $2.75 AND with $1/1 coupons stuck to them if you buy the chicken and French's Fried Onions.
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Another Early Black Friday Deal: Leapfrog Sale Starts Tonight

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Starting at midnight tonight, Leapfrog.com will start its Black Friday sale, discounting its stuff by 25% to 75%. There will be Tag books and Leapster games as low as $5, and free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Also, you get $10 off if you spend $100.

Here are a bunch of Leapfrog coupon codes that should make those deals even sweeter.

Sunday Ads: All the Stores Are Warming Up With Price Cuts and Coupons

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The retailers are already pulling out so many stops that I wonder what stops will still be in for Black Friday. OK, actually the Black Friday offers are no mystery at this point, and I'll post some links to all the previews tomorrow. But before then, we can already get games at half price at Target, all kinds of gift card offers and $/$$ coupons, rebates on Kitchen Aid mixers and more. Many of the deals are good through Wednesday only.Why am I just sitting down to post these at 9:30 Sunday night? Well, let's see -- my birthday party last night quite unexpectedly ran until 2 a.m. Then we had to get ourselves up in the morning and drive 90 minutes to get to Wisconsin in time for the Packer game kick-off. Kind of the fall/winter Sunday ritual around here. After putting 3 kids to bed and a little party clean-up, here I am.

Target: 50% off games including Twister, Operation, Sorry, Scrabble, and my favorite kids' present, Hungry Hippos. This makes them just $4.79 to $7.49! I once stocked up on Hungry Hippoes on Amazon when it got as low as $8, so I think this is a great price for stocking the gift closet and helping out Toys for Tots or your charity of choice. Also half price are a Fender acoustic guitar @ $74.99 and a Little People Fun Park set @ $19.99. Other good deals are Xmas PJs: infant and toddlers' for $5-$7, kids for $6-$10 and women's for $10. Some of them are more winter themes than Christmas, but this being Target, all of the designs are cute.

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Quick Deals Before I Go Cook for My Friends: Old Navy, Disney Store, Amazon

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Today is my birthday. Yay, me! I just commiserated with my mom that 36 years ago right now, she was saying to herself, "Thank God THAT's over."

So far I celebrated by listening to the new Chicago Now radio show on WGN, being served homemade waffles in bed, and shopping at Salvage One, a really amazing warehouse full of vintage built-ins and stuff near Damen and Chicago. (More on that later.)

Next I'm going to spend the afternoon prepping homemade cocktail meatballs, two kinds of fondue and other treats for a few friends who are coming over to celebrate. But before I embark on a cook-a-thon, a few deals for you to celebrate my birthday with:

 

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Thanksgiving Week Deals at Jewel-Osco

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Jewel-Osco has lots of the regular Thanksgiving goodies on sale this week, as well as some non-turkey-day-related groceries. Here are the best sales and deals, along with coupon match-ups.

 

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Dominick's: Best Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Thanksgiving Shopping Week

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Tis the week before Thanksgiving, and that means ... deals on sweet potatoes, butter, regular potatoes, stuffing, French's Fried onions, potato chips -- and of course turkey. Later this week I'll discuss where to get the best deal on a turkey and how to take advantage of some of these sales for future meals after the big T-day.

But for now, let's just take a straight-up look at the Dominick's sale flyer for the week of Nov. 19. It's the best one we've seen in awhile.

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New High-Value Kellogg's Coupons

Kellogg's just posted these high-value cereal coupons including a $1/1 for the new Corn Flakes Touch of Honey and $1/1 off Mini Wheats Little Bites. The rest are all $.75/1 or $1/2 or $1/3.

Hallmark Coupons: $5 Off Printable and 30% Off Coupon Code

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This one goes out to my mother-in-law, with her everlasting love for collectable Christmas ornaments: Print this coupon to take $5 off an order of $5 or more at a Hallmark store. Then hit the back button on your browser to print another one.

Make Janice proud and use yours toward one of those Star Trek ships that light up. We have so many of those things, we could probably set up a whole separate Star Trek tree.

Or, spend $30 or more at Hallmark.com and get 30% off with the code HOLIDAY30.

Photo by riptheskull, used via Creative Commons license.

15 Ways to Celebrate Christmas for Free or Really Cheap Without Working at It

Here are 15 amazing offers and ideas that you can use to get free holiday greetings, gifts and more. Soon, I'll be posting about my ideas for generating extra money to spend on the holidays so you don't go into holiday debt.

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$10/$50 at Books-a-Million

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Yesterday I told you about the great deals on kids' books at Books-a-Million, where you could knock out all five of your nieces and nephews and still have change from a $10 bill.

Today, they released a $10/$50 coupon code: ALXCRSGR. And don't worry about saving the coupon field for the free shipping code (BKLVFREE) because shipping is free on orders over $25 anyway.

With their prices, it might be hard work to put $50 of stuff into your cart, but if you want to give some nice hardcovers as gifts (like John Irving's newest, and yes, I'm talking to you, Epu!), you'll get there.

Toys R Us: 40% Off Tricycles and Other Ride-Ons

Remember five minutes ago when I posted about there being a lot of coupons this holiday shopping season? Here's one for today only at Toys R Us, in-store only: Extra 25% off all tricycles, coupes and some other ride-on toys, bringing them to 40% off. Print it.

(Tomorrow, you can use this coupon to make outdoor play sets and such 40% off.)

Department Store Coupons in Today's Tribune

Macy's has a coupon for an extra $10 of a $25 sale or clearance purchase, Tuesday or Wednesday until 1 p.m. Of course, there are a gazillion restrictions including that every single item pictured in the ad is excluded, but oh well. If you're going, get the coupon first. It's on p. 7.

Lord & Taylor has a 20% savings pass, also for sale and clearance merchandise, good Tuesday through Sunday. Also with a ton of restricitons, of course, but maybe not quite so many as Macy's. It's on p. 9 of the Monday Tribune.

Sunday Ad Flyers 11/15: Free Shampoo and Cheap Chocolate Chips

Coupon inserts: There's one RedPlum, one SmartSource and a General Mills insert.

Parade has a bunch of coupons today: $1.50/1 Nancy's frozen appetizer or dessert, $2/1 Fragrance Collection by Glade product and $1/1 Nivea body wash. And apparently today's Tribune has a coupon for $10/1 turkey at Jewel with $20 purchase, on page. 17. Nice! Now that I have that deep freezer I'll be able to take advantage of Thanksgiving cheapness to put away a turkey or two for the rest of the year.

 

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My Day Just Got a Little More Magical

Earlier this week I was disappointed when I ordered five pairs of pajamas for $5 each on The Disney Store and they later informed me they'd be sending only two of the pairs. I was pretty ticked because the site didn't warn me when ordering that some sizes and styles were out of stock. Also, the shipping would have been the same for the five-pair $25 purchase as it was for the two-pair $10 purchase so I felt like the deal I got was not as good as what I had wanted.

Apparently, lots of disgruntled customers have been contacting Disney, because today they sent me a coupon code for $10 off any $10 purchase. I'm not posting it because it looks like one of those long, one-time codes. But if you ordered the Disney PJs and some of your order turned out to be out of stock, look for this email. If you didn't get it, contact Disney at

800) 328-0612
guest.services@disneystore.com
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And, you know, have a magical day.

Must Reads for the Coupon Crazy and the Cheap

1. I loved this post on Chicago Now blog Etiquette Bitch: "When to Skip the Coupon." Really, do you think there is EVER  time when it's not ok to use a coupon? Alright, maybe on that first date.

(By the way I met @etiquettebitch in person recently and she was hardly bitchy at all.)

2. If you haven't already, check out this Slate piece about trying out the hard-core couponing methods embraced here and on other Web sites. It's a fun walk-through for those who are also thinking about trying aggressive couponing tactics, and will give you a laugh if you're already a crazy coupon lady or dude. You'll even recognize the specific Catalina deals the author refers to.

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Target Deals: Cheap Cage-Free Eggs, Diapers, Sheets

Those of you who do not have children, take heed: Have your fun now. Because once you've got a few brats in the house, your idea of a fun night out may be reduced to an hour of pushing a cart with no kids in it around Super Target.

Yep, I went to Target alone, and I liked it. How could I not -- I found some deals that were not advertised in the weekly flyer and I scored diapers for as close to 10 cents apiece as I will probably ever get.

The deals:

1. Spareboe Farms cage-free eggs @ $1.68. I have NEVER bought cage-free eggs for under $2.49. Usually if eggs go on sale it's by a dime or two, but these were $1 off. I bought 3 dozen!

 

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2. Free Archer Farms Artisan mini bread loaves. I used four prints of this coupon good for $1 off ANY AF bakery item to get four little loaves. Unfortunatley in the last hour of the night, my store had nothing out for $1 except these loaves. Oh well, these things are delish.

3. 64-oz. Ocean Spray juice $1 and $1.50 after thie $1/1 coupon on this page. Some people were finding peelies for $1/1 on them, which would have made them free. Alas, only one of mine had a peelie and that was for cranberries. Also, I just noticed that one of the flavors I chose was $2.50 before the coupon, not $1.98, so that one cost me a buck fitty.

4. Campbell's soup 59 cents (including cream of mushroom). Used a 40 cents/2 from a recent insert that I had in my file, so I got the Campbell's soup for 39 cents a can.

5. Wine Cube $15.99 -- that's $2 off, and it holds 3 liters.

6. The Huggies diaper deal I described already -- buy 2 boxes Huggies, get a $10 gift card. I sweetened it by using a $5/$25 baby items coupon that was to expire tomorrow. This coupon was the motivation for this whole trip. With my two $3/1 coupons and the $5/1 and the gift card, I ended up paying $39. There are over 190 diapers in the size 1-2 box, meaning I paid 10.3 cents per diaper. That's probably the cheapest I'll ever buy!

7. Flannel sheets for $14.99 (regular price $19.99). These were in last week's flyer -- turns out the sale lasts through 11/28. The ad said "all sizes" but they didn't have King, so I just got a Full set for Nutmeg's bed. They're cute, kiddie-type winter designs:

 

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I also picked up a couple of cute pieces from the fall clothes on the clearance rack -- a skirt for $4.48 and a top for $3.74. There was a really cute black coat marked down from $40 to $20, but I knew it would just end up covered in spit-up so I passed. It's the three-tiered cotton jacket, apparently from juniors. So cute! I'm kind of kicking myself, looking at the picture online. They had several in medium and in large, maybe other sizes too. This is a the new Super Target on Mannheim in the Western Suburbs.

The other exciting thing about my trip? The cashier took my Walgreen's Register Rewards, including the expired one. Yay!

There were disappointments on this trip, too, though: I couldn't use the $1/1 Bumblebee printables (no longer available) to get free tuna because they were priced at something like $1.29. Same goes for my $1/1 Muir Glen coupons -- even the tomato paste is now $1.40 there. Bah.

And P.S.: I also stopped by the Ultra grocery store in Forest Park, on a reader tip. They have several shelves of clearance items there, with most things apparently marked half price. Nearly a whole shopping cart of Huggies Little Swimmers, and I think they were marked $3 something. There were one or two packs of Pull-Ups as well marked something like $4.50 I think. I got a pack of Crayola Washable Markers for $1.09, but that looked like the only one there. Oh, and a lot of Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta for 89 cents, which becomes 39 cents if you buy two and use the printable $1/2 from Coupons.com.

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Yes, You Can Make Money Buying Blood Sugar Meters. Should You?

This week Bayer meters used by diabetics to measure blood sugar are a $5 moneymaker at Walgreens. Reader Tracy asked me to explain how this works, and I will. I'll follow the walk-through with a little discussion about whether it's ethical to make money buying this kind of item.

Here's how it works:

1. The meter is on sale for $14.99, so if you use the $30 off coupon from the 10/25 RedPlum, they'll adjust the coupon downward and you'll get the item for free.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups - Week of Nov. 12

Another slow week at Dominick's. The only thing that might tempt me would be buy one, get one Ritz crackers -- with coupons and the Jingle rebate you could get 10 boxes for 15 cents each. And the possible 99-cent Caribou Coffee.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY ONLY

Tostitos $1.69

gala apples 77 cents/lb.

 

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Jewel-Osco Deals Week of 11/12: Cheap Cheese, Emerald Nuts, Frozen Fish

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THURS-SAT ONLY

Perdue whole roaster chicken 88 cents/lb.

Ragu pasta sauce 88 cents

Jewel cheese 8 oz. $1.28 (I got a mailer this week w/ a store coupon for 50 cents off Jewel cheese! Will try buying 4 bricks and combining this with $1.50/2 lbs. printable)

asparagus $1.88

Angel Soft bath tissue 12 pack or Sparkle paper towels 8-pack $4 when you buy 2.

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Two New Jewel Catalinas But They're Not As Exciting

Before I get to today's grocery sale flyers, a note: Today's the last day for the General Mlls "spend $30, get $15" Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco. And the two new Catalina deals going on aren't nearly as good, so you'd be better off getting in today while the gettin's good.

(Catalina deals explained.)

The new Jewel Catalna offers:

1. Duncan Hines: Already started, runs through 11/30. Spend $10, get a $2 coupon good on your next order. I found out about this on a little ad from the Catalina machine. Pictured products are Duncan Hines cake and brownie mixes and frosting, Vlasic pickles, Open Pit bbq sauce and Log Cabin and Mrs. Butterworth "maple" syrups.

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CVS Trip: Free Milk, Free Nuts, Free Huggies Wipes, Free Everything

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You know you're a crazy coupon lady when you realize you're out of milk in the evening and say, "Yay! I'll have to run to the store!"
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Disney Deal and Whole Foods Coupons and Possible Free Kleenex at Walgreens, And, And, And!

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I've got simultaneously napping kids here at home and the other one at school. It's been 2 hours of solid getting stuff done around here! I'm kind of giddy!

And here are some exclaimation-point worthy deals I just heard about too!

Today's Disney Store deal is $5 PJs. Normally $16.50! I ordered 5 pairs! Cause I'm on some kinda kids napping high! (Not a kidnapping high! Do not alert authorities!) Use code SHIPTODAY to get $5 shipping on orders of $89 or more (but my $25 order had shipping of just $4.95). Thanks, Mashup Mom!

And at Whole Foods, you can get a 2010 calendar with $30 worth of coupons -- for $2! Proceeds go to charity! Thanks, Garage Sale Warrior!

And, and, free Kleenex at Walgreens, says Money Saving Mom!

(Please see subsequent Udder Covers post before deciding whether to order this one!) And and and, a free Udder Cover to hide your boobs while you're breastfeeding, with coupon code cranberry2, says Money Saving Mom reader Courtney. $32 value! You just pay $8.95 shipping! The other brand of these things is called Hooter Hiders! Personally I can't be bothered with things like that but maybe you're going to a baby shower soon!

Seriously, folks, if you have not experienced having both your at-home kids nap simultaneously while your other kid is at school, you have got to try it. Best legal high I have ever experienced.

CVS Season to Save Booklet and Other Coupons

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CVS hasn't been tempting me lately, which is ironic, because suddenly there are lots of good coupons available to sweeten the deals:

  • Halloween clearance is up to 75% off at my store. Watch for it to go 90% off. Also, some expensive-looking facial sunblock sticks were clearanced to $1, and these are usually good for several years. (Check expiration date.)
  • The cashier should offer you the Season to Save catalog, pictured above, when you check out. Take it! It has a coupon inside good for $4 ExtraBucks when you spend $20. I LOVE this coupon because it means that even if you use other coupons to get your total down to zero, you can STILL save more! Looks like you can only use one of these per card, though.
  • Printable coupons available: $5/$30 for taking Medicare quiz, and $5/$20 just because.
  • $2/2 coupons for CVS brand nuts (Gold Emblem) are printing out of the price scanner again, which Mashup Mom reminded me are good for getting two snack-sized bags of nuts for free. I love these for keeping in my purse for an emergency snack (drive-through deterrent) and for sending with the hubs' lunch. (Mashup Mom also used them to get macadamia nuts, buy one, get one this week @ $5.99. Transferred to a fancy container, these would make a nice Christmas gift!)
  • I've been using my Green Bag Tag toward getting an Extra Buck every fourth time it gets scanned. Once you scan it four times, the 99-cent price has paid for itself.

Sunday Ad Flyers 11/8 - Cheap Huggies, Toy Coupons

Today's ads make it clear that all the retailers are trying really hard to get us really excited about holiday shopping asap. But guess what, retailers? I doubt many of us WILL be that excited about holiday shopping this soon, unless it's to take advantage of deep, deep discounts. Speaking of which, I'll be posting soon with my holiday shopping strategy and the "no credit card bill" holiday agreement I made with my husband.

Coupons

SmartSource has more General Mills coupons good for the Catalina deal at Jewel -- $1/1 Yo-Plus and Yoplait Delights, $.25/1 Progresso. RedPlum also has a coupon for the Catalina deal: $.40/1 Pillsbury frosting. But the coupon I'm most excited about today is the $1/1 Nabisco crackers -- perfect for getting some Triscuits at a profit using the Holiday Jingle rebate if another $1 Triscuit sale comes along!

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Reader Question: Grocery Savings Without Bulk Buying

Jill submitted a great question:

I enjoy your blog, but wonder if you have any tips you can share for
singles (or anyone who does not buy groceries for a large family.)
There are two of us in my household, and we don't eat a lot of
pre-packaged foods that seem to be the center of these Catalina deals;
not to mention it would take us months to go through 5 cartons of ice
cream. It doesn't seem worth it to buy things we aren't going to eat or
that we would be stuck with for a long period. Thanks in advance for
any advice.

So, you mean you don't want your car to look like this every time you come back from the store?

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 (This is the back of my car after triple stacking the current Jewel-Osco Catalina offer; $90 in pre-card prices, paid $52 including tax after Preferred Card and coupons, received $45 in Catalina coupons for my next shopping trip --> $7 for 26 rolls paper towel, 12 cans soup, four boxes broth, and most of that was tax. And I had all 3 kids with me. Why yes, I DID need help getting out to my car, thankyouverymuch.)

 Jill, you bet I have advice for small households who don't want to buy in bulk, and who want to avoid processed foods:

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Jewel Catalina Deal: All This for About $1.64

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Today my parents were here for the morning so I slipped out to run a few errands including, of course, Jewel General Mills Catalina runs. I didn't find everything I wanted in stock, but I did end up getting 8 cans of soup, 3 boxes of Kleenex, 16 rolls of paper towels, 5 pounds of flour and two cans of frosting for about $4. The first store I stopped at was near our local kids' consignment shop, where I was dropping off some of the girls' outgrown holiday dresses to sell.

(If you're wondering what a Catalina deal is, read my Catalina primer. Also, both fellow Chicago deal blogger Mashup Mom and My Brain Is Inside Out have recently posted some great answers to common Catalina questions.)

I had enough coupons to pull off a triple-stacked deal of only Scott single-roll paper towels, but of course couponers have been cleaning those things out everywhere so all I found were two rolls. I looked over the few coupons I've had time to clip for the other items and patched together a quick $30 transaction.

 

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Jewel Catalina Successful Transaction: Made Money on Ice Cream, Progresso and Yoplait

Last night after dinner out with my husband (thank you, Restaurant.com), I convinced him to take me to my favorite Jewel and sit in the car with the baby while I shopped. Oh, it was a night of romance, let me tell you. But I ended up making $6 buying stuff for the freezer, fridge and pantry, so that's always a good night in my book.

Here's my successful $60 transaction:

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Jewel-Osco Deals and Coupon Matchups 11/5-11/11 -- Free Tissues

The main event this week at Jewel is the General Mills Catalina deal, which I already posted about. I even got over there to run a $60 transaction last night and I'll let you know about that soon.

But there are some other good deals this week at Jewel too:

FREE after coupon: Scotties tissues on sale for $1, use $1/1 printable. You can print two of those per computer and also two 50 cents/1 to stock up for flu season.

DiGiorno Ultimate or California Pizza Kitchen $4.99 ($1.50/1 DiGiorno and $1/1 CPK on Coupons.com)

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups 11/5 -- Free Breakfast