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Dominick's Deals and Coupon Matchups 11/5 -- Free Breakfast

BREAKFAST DEAL

Dominick's will give you the fixings of a free breakfast this week if you spend $50 (card prices, after coupons) on Saturday or Sunday. There are four coupons for free items on the front of today's flyer: one for free orange juice, one for a free loaf of raisin bread, one for free bacon and one for free eggs. All store brands. I estimate these items would be worth around $10 total in your typical sale prices.

This would be a pretty good deal if it weren't for that pesky line about spending $50 AFTER manufacturer's coupons. Who wants to do that? Looking through the rest of the flyer, there isn't $50 worth of stuff on sale that I would normally buy. I can think of a few strategies, though, if you want to try for this free breakfast:

1. Ignore the "after manufacturer's coupons" text. Chances are, if you hand over these special coupons first and then the MQs, you won't have a problem. It would be up to your individual store whether they choose to accept the coupons with a $50 pre-MQ total.
If they let you do it with MQs, there is a decent scenario: Caribou Coffee is on sale for $4.99/12 oz. bag. There are tons of $2/1 coupons out for this -- on Coupons.com, in the 11/1 RedPlum insert and the 10/4 SmartSource. After the coupon, you get a $3 bag of coffee which is a great deal if it's palatable.* If you buy 10 bags (plus any tiny item for filler), you'd hit the $50 threshhold, pay $30 after coupons, and get your free breakfast items.

* I have had Caribou coffee in the shop and found it kind of bad, but it might have just been because the staff burned it. Has anyone bought this coffee in the bag before? Any good?

2. Did you recently get a booklet of Dominick's store coupons? I did. These coupons are for deep discounts, like $2 off any Green Works cleaner and $1 off a box of Kleenex, so if you used a bunch of those it would help boost your total to $50. The ad text does not say that the $50 total must be before store coupons, only manufacturer's coupons. Then again, your cashier might not make that distinction so if you try this, be prepared to argue for it.

3. Get your Thanksgiving turkey. Frozen birds are on sale for 69 cents a pound Jennie-O, 99 cents a pound Butterball. It's not like these are the lowest prices you'll see in the Thanksgiving season, but if you really want those free breakfast items a 20-pound Butterball will get you almost halfway there.

4. Use this week's other special offer, "spend $25 on select items, get a $5 coupon to spend on your next order." It doesn't say if this stacks, i.e. if you could spend $50 on the included items and get two $5 off coupons, but if it does, you could get the $10 back AND the $10 in free breakfast. Then again, many of the same items (Gold Medal Flour, Lipton Onion Soup, Betty Crocker Potatoes, brownie mix and cake mix) are in the "spend $30, get $15" Catalina deal at Jewel which is hands-down a better deal. And by the way, although Jewel's deals of this nature usually use pre-card prices to calculate how much you spent, this one probably doesn't.

SUPER COUPONS -- $20 purchase required

Safeway tater tots 22.5-32 oz. $1.99
Yoplait multi-packs (8-pack) $3.99 (could possibly stack with this unbranded yogurt coupon or )
$2 off Kleenex, must buy 4 (stack with $1/3 Kleenex printable)
Thomas' English Muffins $1.99

BUY 3, SAVE $3, includes over 50 items

the ones shown in the ad are General Mills Cheerios and Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats at $2.50, Quaker Life or Kellogg's Mini Wheats @ $2, and Kshi Heart to Heart or GoLean Crunch @ $3.50.

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

Healthy Ones lunch meat @ $2.69, Ruffles potato chips @ $3.99, Perdue ground turkey, 16 oz., or chicken or turkey meatballs ? oz. @ $3.99/lb., Progresso broth @ $3.29 (use any of the 50 cents/1 printables on Coupons.com, Smartsource.com or Eat Better America, but it's only $1.49 at Jewel AND it's a great item for the Catalina deal over there)

OTHER DECENT SALES

asparagus $1.47/lb.
Hass avocado 77 cents
Batter Blaster canned pancake mix $3.49 (use ..)
Safeway ice cream 1.75 quart $2.99, must buy 2

Betty Crocker cake mix or frosting, buy 2, get 3 free (much better deal in the Jewel Catalina though, I think) (use $1/2 from the 10/25 SmartSource, or the 50 cents/1 printable on Coupons.com)

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.

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