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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of Oct. 21

Dominick's grocery deals this week: I'd drop by for bananas and barbecued meat.

FRIDAY-MONDAY ONLY

Lloyds shredded pork or beef tub 18 oz. $2.99 (use $1/1 from many SmartSource inserts: 
1/27, 5/18, 6/29, 8/26) I've never tried it but for $1.99 I might. Never seen it this ceap.

Buy one, get one free pumpkins at $6.99

Snapple 12-pack $4

Doritos $1.79

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of Oct. 14

Here are the hottest grocery deals at Chicago's Dominick's grocery stores this week. Because Dominick's accepts expired coupons up to one year, I have included those in my coupon matchups where available.

Is it worth it to visit Dominick's this week? I'd consider a trip to stock up on Cambell's soup at 50 cents a can, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on Super Coupon for 69 cents, and maybe 99 cents/pound grapes or 99 cents/8 oz. mushrooms.

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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.

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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Dominick's Just for U Review and Giveaway

Gather round while I tell you about my experience trying out Dominick's Just for U personalized savings program -- then comment for a chance to win one of eight $25 gift cards!

I just logged into my Dominick's account to try out the Just for U personalized savings program. Since I already had a sign in to the Web site with my card number entered, I didn't actually have to sign up for Just for U. The personalized deals just popped up, and I could hit a button to add them to my card just like I add regular coupons to my card.

The free eggs was the first thing I added to my card -- 12 Lucerne Grade A eggs.

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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of Sept. 30

Here are the best grocery deals I see for Dominick's this week, with coupon matchups.

SATURDAY-MONDAY ONLY

pork loin back ribs previously frozen $2.99/lb.

Hass avocado 99 cents

Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese $1.67

ALL WEEK SALES

fresh safeway boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs $2.49/lb.

Perdue ground turkey 16 oz. $1.99

red, green or black seedless grapes 99 cents/lb.

Bartlett pears 49 cents/lb.

broccoli crowns or cauliflower 77 cents/lb.

Lay's or Lay's Kettle potato chips 8.5-11 oz. $1.99 (I have $1/2 tearpad)

O Organics milk half gallon $2.99 (I found more O Organics coupons!)

Lucerne cheese 32 oz. $5.99

BOGO: Rancher's Reserve beef London Broil, Farmland bacon 16 oz. @ $6.49, Hillshire Farm smoked sausage or bratwurst 14-16 oz. @ $3.99, Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll sor fully cooked selections @ up to $4.49, Gorton's large or value pack fish fillets 14-24.5 oz. @ up to $7.99

Buy 2 get 2 free: Froot Loops or Post Honey Bunches 12.-14.5 oz. @ $?? (If you want 3, add the $1.50/3 coupon to your card on Shortcuts.com)

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

Tyson breaded chicken selections 22-28 oz. (use $1/1 from the Jewel Fall Into Good Things booklet)

Fresh GreenLine beans ? oz. $1.99

Betty Crocker Cake Mix 89 cents

Jell-O Pudding mix 89 cents

Miracle Whip or Mayo 22-30 oz. $1.99 (use $1/1 from the Jewel "Fall Into Good Things" booklet)

Sorrento String Cheese 13.3-16 oz. $2.49

Bright Green Laundry Detergent 100 oz. $7.99

6-pack Pepsi brands 24 oz. bottles pop $1.99

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.

This Week's $100 Shopping: Stayed Well Under Budget, Saved for the Next Cow

Naturally the week after I increased my weekly grocery budget to $100 from $80, I only spent $65.70 on groceries, making it seem like the change was not at all necessary. But this is a great thing, because it allows me to start saving for the bulk beef purchase we'll make this fall.

I spent:

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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.

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.

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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Dominick's Just for U Program -- Free Eggs, Personalized Deals

Today at Dominick's I picked up a flyer for the new Just for U personalized savings program. You get a free dozen eggs for registering, which I guess kills two birds with one stone for Safeway since they also need to get people buying those Lucerne eggs after the massive recall.

What is Just for U? According to the FAQ, it sounds a lot like Jewel's Avenu -- they offer you discounts on items they think you want based on your purchase history. And yes, you can use manufacturer and store coupons with the offers.

Here's hoping the program is a little better than Avenu, which rarely gives me a deal worth getting excited about.

By the way, if you signed up for Just for U early -- before yesterday -- and loaded offers onto your card, you may have been disappointed that the offers weren't live yet. To make up for it, Safeway is giving those early birds a $5 credit on their cards, according to Jill Cataldo.

Really Cheap Garbage Bags at Dominick's -- Today Only?

 

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Did you get the "Summer Savings" coupon books at Dominick's? If you have three of these books, I just noticed today that you can get a very good deal on garbage bags -- 3 cents a bag.

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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.

The Good-Enough Bargain Shopper

Two morals of today's shop:

1) Even if you don't execute every deal perfectly, you're still saving money if you get most of the discounts you're going for.

2) Mine your coupons for those high-value Qs to use at Dominick's, which is so kind as to still accept expireds.

Last night while we watched a movie from the library ("Milk," which was not as amazing as a lot of people said but interesting and compelling enough), I reorganized my coupon file and found several high-value expired coupons. Lucky for me, some of those turned out to be useful in my first shopping trip of the week, to Dominick's.

 

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I spent $12.18, after all coupons, sales and a $5 Catalina coupon from Jewel. I also received a $5 Catalina, so that's a wash and $12.18 is my final total. I didn't execute perfectly -- now that I think of it, I might been able to get most of these cleaning products totally free instead of paying $2 for all five of them, or even make money on them. And I might have been able to make money on the Mission Tortilla chips. Still -- it's a good haul for $12.18.

The 5 cleaning products you see were the Catalina deal -- spend $15 and get a $5 coupon back. I had a $3 CRT coupon sitting around from Jewel that made the 409 free once I convinced the checker to reduce it. For the $2.50 Soft Scrubs, I had $2/1 coupons, two expired printables, one from RecycleBank. I might have been able to use the Super Coupon from Sunday to bring the price of those down to $1.99, but I was afraid that this would mess up the $15 I was supposed to spend and cause me to not get the Catalina. Anyway, I think the Sunday ad only shows regular Soft Scrub and it probably wouldn't have worked on these sprayable ones.

The two bags Mission tortillas for 55 cents each after combining store coupons and an old $1.50/2 tearpad. These were supposed to have an e-coupon but somehow I misplaced my Dominick's card again so I was using my old phone number which isn't the same as the account where I load my coupons, but who cares because other people were reporting that the e-coupon wasn't coming off anyway.

My other mistake was promising my 3-year-old that we'd be buying milk and cookies with a $1 off milk when you buy Nabisco coupon I'd found in the file, only realizing when we got there that the $1.99 Nutter Butters and Oreos was a 3-day sale, now over. Oh well, she was too whiny to deserve cookies anyway.

The DiGiorno pizza was $1 after the store Super Coupon brought it to $4 and the $3/1 coupon I found in my file took care of the rest.

The nitrate-free ham was $1.45 a pack after blinkie coupon, which by the way are still available at the Dominick's in Oak Park. I think I'm stocked for school lunches for a long time now!

Oh, and all those vegetables in the picture are our $32 worth of organic produce from Angelic Organics. So, add it up and I have already spent $44 on groceries this week -- pretty good haul though, eh?

P.S. Why no Healthy Start juice for 50 cents after coupon? I picked those up yesterday.

Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups: Cheap Hot Dogs, Refried Beans and Tortillas

Saturday-Monday Only

Ball Park Franks 99 cents (I have an expired $.75/1 Angus but don't know if those are included; otherwise use hte $.75/2 from the 8/1 RedPlum insert)

3 lb. clamshell red or green seedless grapes $2.99 (wouldn't it be great if organic were included again?)

Signature Cafe Pizza $5

12-pack Sam Adams, Dos Equis or 18-pack Bud $9.99

Buy 5, Save $5 Mix and Match: The ad shows Edy's ice cream, Skinny Cow novelties, Bertolli frozen meal, Green Giant vegetables and Healthy Choice or Hungry Man frozen dinners.

Inside, there is a SEPARATE Buy 5, Save $5 + Donate 5 Meals offer for Kraft products only: Prices after discount include a 5-pack of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for $3.39, Capri Sun 10-pack for $1.49 and Deli Fresh shaved lunchmeat for $2.49.

Super Coupons (require a $10 purchase, can stack with manufacturer's coupons):

Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn 3-pack 99 cents (use $.50/2 from the 8/29 RedPlum)

There are other Super Coupons but they're just not worth mentioning.

Special Deal: FREE Mission Soft Flour Tortillas When You Buy 2 Rosarita Refried Beans @ $1 each. (If you still have your 4/25 SmartSource, try this: Combine the "buy 2, get 1" coupon with the $.50/3 coupon for the beans. Also use the $.75/1 Mission Tortillas from the 8/1 SmartSource. If they accept all 3 coupons, you should pay 75 cents for all 4 items.)

Regular All-Week Sales

 Rancher's Reserve round steak $1.99/lb.

assorted pork loin chops $1.49/lb.

peaches 99 cents/lb.

Nancy Martin bread, white or whole wheat, 88 cents

10 lb. bag Russet potatoes $1.99

Duncan Hines Cake Mix or Brownie Mix 88 cents (use $.55/2 from the 3/28 SmartSource)

organic heirloom tomatoes $1.99/lb.

Dairy Glen gallon milk $1.99

Buy one, get one free: Oscar Mayer ham or turkey lunch meat 10 oz. @ up to $4.99 (print $1/2 OM lunchmeat), Lucerne whipped cream 14 oz., Hefty One-Zip Storage Bags @ $2.99

Buy 2, get 2 free: Tostitos or Ruffles 9-13 oz.

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.

Jewel-Osco Catalina Craziness

I'm kind of on a break from aggressively scooping up grocery deals lately. I think it's necessary for extreme couponers to allow themselves to step back when it becomes a bit much, otherwise it's just not fun anymore, and if it's not fun, it's not worth it.

But if you're all systems go, check out Mashup Mom's post about coupons for free pop 12-packs printing out when you buy a bunch of Chex Mix, which is already part of Jewel-Osco's instant savings deal this week.

Then there's this $1.50/1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments coupon, which can also become a freebie by combining deals at Jewel. (Or at Dominick's by combining with e-coupons you may already have on your card.)

What are Catalina deals, you ask? I explain Catalinas from the ground up in this Wise Bread post.

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.

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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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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Food Shopping Today

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(Note: If you wanna replicate this deal, hurry! These prices should end tonight.)

Took all 3 kids and walked over to get our CSA box, stopping at Dominick's on the way there for processed food to balance out all that organic goodness.

The Good: CSA

organic carrots, lettuce, cucumber, corn, green peppers, hot peppers, onions, celery and cantaloupe for $32.

Dominicks

The Bad (Sorry, but I looked at the list of various sugars on those bars and teh 14 g sugar per serving. Bad.)

5 boxes "soft" granola bars for the 1st grader's lunches $7.50 before coupons

5 boxes Simply Fruit Roll-Ups $5 before coupons

My total after coupons and $6 in Catalina coupons was $6 even, and I got $6.50 in Catalinas back -- $3.50 for the granola bars and $3 for the roll-ups.

Granola bars: $7.50 - $.75 e-coupon - $2.25 in paper coupons = $4.50, got $3.50 Cat back so the cost was $1 for 5

Fruit Roll-Ups: $5 - $.50 e-coupon = $4.50, got back $3 Cat so cost was $1.50 for 5

Could always pull some Fruit Roll-Ups coupons and bring them in with receipt next time to make it even lower.

The ugly: Clearance items including 2 bags butterscotch baking chips and a bag of lentils. These didn't turn ugly until I left the groceries on the deck too long waiting to get around to photograph them. Now, I have two bags with one very large butterscotch chip each! (But, you know -- only 69 cents each.)

Speaking of clearance, they also had cans of O Organics soup at half price, making them about $1.30 -- cheap soup if you still have the $1/1 O Organics coupon.

Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups for the Week of August 19: Cheap Kettle Chips and Del Monte Fruit Cups

This week the best grocery deals I see at Dominick's are Kettle Chips for $1 after coupon,

CATALINA DEALS

(See my Catalina guide if you don't know what these delightful money-back deals are.)

Edy's "Spend $12, Get $4 Off." It doesn't list the prices, but the ad shows Edy's ice cream, Fruit Bars and novelties; Skinny Cow and Haagen-Dazs. This deal isn't as good at Dominick's as it is when it runs at Jewel-Osco, since Dominick's caclulates your spending based on the sale price after Fresh Values Card. Not bad, though.

Coupons for this deal: $1/2 Edy's ice cream from 5/16 SmartSource, $1/2 Edy's Fruit Bars from May 2010 All You, $1/3 Edy's, Skinny Cow or Haagen-Dazs cups from May 2010 All You.

There is also an offer for a $10 coupon "toward a gift card" when you spend $25 on P&G stuff, but that is just ridiculous so let's not waste our time on it.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY ONLY

Safeway Select frozen pizza $2.99

Dominick's Italian sausage $2.99/lb.

Nabisco Premium Saltines 11-16.5 oz. $1.50

Lucerne butter $1.99/lb., limit 2

Crisco vegetable oil 48 oz. $1.99, limit 2

Kettle Chips 9 oz. $1.99 (Use $1/1 from the 6/13 SmartSource -- great deal!)

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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.

She Shops, She Scores

 

You've been wondering, I know. The Frugalista -- doesn't she ever shop anymore?

 

Well, summer has been hectic, but yes, I have shopped without sharing. Tonight I have a nice little trip to share, though.

I stopped into Dominick's after picking up a Freecycle thing, and spent $17.68 on all this. I also got back a $5 Kraft Catalina, making the cheese free:

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Since most of these deals ended tonight, I won't go into tons of detail. The cheese was a combo of a "buy 5, save $5" offer that ended tonight, five $1/1 coupons, and the $5 Kraft Catalina offer. The pens were free due to a combo of Dominick's e-coupons, a paper coupon and a Super Coupon that ends tonight. The bread was $1.69 after a Super Coupon, the shrooms were 99 cents each after SC, the milk was $1.99 after SC and the O Organics coupon (and you can't beat that for organic milk!). The mangoes were just a regular sale of 3/$1.

I also got some of that random double-deduction love that happens at Dominick's with Super Coupons sometimes. The 40 cents for the milk came off twice. Oh, and I saved 16 cents in state tax on the pens due to the state sales tax holiday. Whoo-hoo!

67% savings, and that doesn't take into account the $5 Kraft Catalina coupon I get to use on my next order.

Still got it.

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