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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.

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



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"



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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Mad Crazy Shopping: Never, Ever Pay $3 for a Tiny Box of Cereal

My cereal stock in the pantry was actually getting down to only one shelf. Which meant it was time for another free-cereal extravaganza, which Dominick's stepped right up to provide. Here's the crazy trip I did this morning:

2 Golden Grahams, 12 oz. $1.99 each

1 Cheerios 8.9 oz. 99 cents

1 Nature Valley Cashew Nut Clusters, FREE (why??)

1 Nature Valley bars Sweet & Salty, FREE

This is the "buy 4, save $4 plus free box of granola bars" deal at Dominick's this week. First of all, there's some crazy business with how the prices are ringing up. The cereals should all be $1.99, but as you can see the Cheerios rang up for only 99 cents. I've seen reports of this happening to lots of other people too.

The granola bars came up free as they were supposed to, but somehow the NV clusters came up free too. Huh??

So without any coupons, I'd have paid $5 for these five items. Not good enough, right?

Hence, I used paper coupons: $.75/2 Golden Grahams from a blinkie in the store, $.55/1 Cheerios printable that was probably expired, $.50/1 Nature Valley Sweet & Salty printable, and $1/1 NV Nut Clusters printable.

After the paper coupons, my cost is down $2.80 to $2.20.

Not good enough!

Bring on the e-coupons. I have been sporadically adding e-coupons on ShortCuts, Cellfire and the Dominick's site as they appear, and at Mashup Mom's prompting I went online last night and added new ones. Here's what came off:

$.75 for Golden Grahams

two $.55 for Cheerios

three $.50 for NV granola bars

three $1 for NV nut clusters

So that's $6.30 in e-coupons.

Final cost: NEGATIVE $4.10!

Yes, according to my receipt, buying these five items led to four bucks in overage to apply to the rest of my order. Pretty great considering that the regular price (pronounced in a derisive tone with raised eyebrows) for one box of these little cereals was $2.99.

Oh! More news flashes!

  • Huggies wipes are $1.99, and I had a $2/1 e-coupon loaded. Also used an expired $.50/1 coupon, so that generated overage too.
  • Mom 2 Mom diapers jumbo packs on clearance for $6, and there are small booklets with $1/1 coupons by the pharmacy. Last time I bought a Mom 2 Mom product, a $2/1 printed out. When I used that and bought a pack today, another $2/1 printed.
  • I got 3 Fage (pronounced fah-yay, according to their Facebook page) yogurt cups for 25 cents each after the Facebook coupon
  • And I splurged on  an 8-pack of Starbucks Via on sale for $6.99, used $1/1 printable coupon and two $1/1 e-coupons came off, for a final price of $4 or 50 cents per cup of instant coffee. Sounds crazy, but this stuff is actually good, especially when you pour it in hot milk. I'm going to be spending the weekend with people who brew bad coffee, so I thought it would be a prudent buy.

I also stopped by Jewel-Osco and got a free loaf of bakery bread with the no-longer-available coupon and two packs of blueberries with the $2 produce coupon. So the berries cost me all of 50 cents. Also, Tribe hummus is BOGO @ $3 something and I had two $.75/1 coupons.

People, I'm going offline for the weekend for some family time. Please forgive me for not posting Sunday deals! Have a good one!


CVS Clearance Report: Diapers and Wipes

Stopped into CVS to see if they had any more clearanced Huggies mega packs. They did -- but only size 6, which I have gotten through two kids without ever needing. In fact, I think the size 6 Huggies were even down to 75% off! Naturally, since I passed them up, fate will punish me by making sure that Toth is one of those boys who won't potty train until they're 4. And the way he eats, he'll be husky, too.

But I noticed lots more baby products on clearance:

Pampers wipes refill (two tubs' worth) clearanced to $1.99

CVS brand wipes refills clearanced to $1.30-something, also two tubs' worth

Playskool purse-size wipes pack 50% off at 99 cents

And don't forget that a regular ExtraBucks deal this week is buy one jumbo pack CVS brand diapers at $5.99, get $2 ECBs. I noticed that the shelf price on a pack of CVS' training pants is $10.99, so getting it for $3.99 looks pretty good. I have used their diapers, back with baby #2, and don't remember having any complaints.

I also noticed lots of hardware products including low-energy lightbulbs and 3M Command Adhesive hooks clearanced to 40% off.


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



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


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!


CVS Clearance Alert

Here's what I saw on clearance off when I stopped into CVS today:

Pampers Swaddlers (I think that was the variety) at 25%, making the jumbo pack $8.99. Just an ordinary sale price, but I found a $3/1 store coupon in the current issue of Parents magazine, which I can combine with a $1.50/1 from the 5/2 P&G insert to get it for $4.49.

Pampers wipes tubs and CVS brand wipe refills at 25% off

Rimmel foundation and one mascara at 75% off. I think the mascara was originally $7.50, making it $1.88 now. Use the $2/1 any Rimmel product printable coupon to get it for free.1

Cans of Swanson broth at 3/$1! That was in the clearance cart, however, so it might just be my store.

I was going to do a $30 transaction today, but I just noticed that the $5/$30 coupon I got by email expired yesterday! Watch out for these -- email coupons always used to come out on Thursday and be good through Sunday, but it looks like they're shaking things up.

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.


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.


  • 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!



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.

But wait, it gets better:

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Saw 2 Liberty of London Kids' Items on Clearance



Target afficionadas have probably already heard about the Liberty of London line at Target -- super cute prints on everything from dresses to desk accessories to comforters. Blogger Suburban Matron wrote all about it.

Last night on a speed Target run I spotted a super-cute sundress, and yes, it was Liberty of London, but moreover, it was on clearance for $11.99. I was surprised because I read about a lot of this stuff selling out right away.

Only after I got home and looked the dress up on the Target Web site did I realize that the medium dress I bought was a girl's dress. I tried it on and it actually fits ok, but the elastic top felt a bit confining and is probably not meant for someone with a bust. Today I had my 6-year-old try it on and it's a bit too long for her but will make an adorable maxi dress on her next year. Twelve bucks is pretty steep for a kid's dress for me but oh, let's keep it, can we please?

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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Gotta Buy Some Clothes? How 'Bout Maria Pinto?


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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Clearance Alert: B. Dalton

A friend just told me that everything is 50% off at the B. Dalton store at the North Riverside Park Mall -- brand new current release books, magazines, cards, everything. And it was going fast. Apparently Barnes & Noble is shutting down the B. Dalton chain.

The other remaining B. Dalton in the Chicago area is at Merchandise Mart. I haven't heard about clearance there but I wouldn't be surprised. 

Yorktown Disney Store Closing -- Clearance Coming

I got an email today saying that the Disney Store at Yorktown Center will be closing on or before Feb. 20 and that they will be discounting merchandise. Clearance Mickey!

The email also included a 15% off coupon for the Disney Store at Oakbrook Center. I wasn't able to link to it, but if you didn't also receive a coupon, you could probably email them to ask for one at*

Or, you can just go to the Web site and use this coupon code for 15% off and free shipping on a purchase over $50: FRSHIPFIFTY.

* Sure never hurts to email customer service, does it? Just yesterday I received two $1.50/1 coupons in the mail for Earth's Best diapers. And a letter apologizing that I had had trouble printing their online coupons. I don't even remember complaining about that, but it paid off!

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