Reader deals 9/30/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • Kerri says: “Saw on theshoppersapprentice about the ad that started for us in Indiana on Sunday. Buy a Meier shampoo or conditioner and get a free goody hair brush. Kids 2 in 1 is 1.79. It was tagged on the shelf that it qualifies for the free hairbrush (up to 6.99!) I tried it and it worked no problem!” This will start Thursday in Chicagoland.
  • A heads up from SmartShoppper: “I got both yogurt coupons too! Note that the free yogurt coupons are good thru 10/2. Only a few days to redeem them.”

Online deals

  • Meg warns: “I bought these [Finish Line fleece] last year and the quality was horrible.  They looked nice out of the box, but started losing their shape and pilling after the first wash.  I also got the sweat pants and they are ridiculously short; they looked like capri pants.  These are not worth even the 2/$40 price.”
  • Charlotte shares: “I saw over on Hip2Save that Carter’s is having a 50% off outerwear sale. I managed to get 2 sets of winter clothes (coats + snowbibs) for $66 total. (Plus some taxes and ended up around $72) I used the code JUST4YOU to get an additional 25% off the order. Now for snowboots, and we won’t be caught in the snow like we were last winter… 5 months of snow, if it happens again this year, we’ll be prepared! :D”

Reader requests

  • One from shirley: “Do diapers count towards the $25 purchase requirement at Kmart? I saw it from somewhere that no points can be used to pay for purchase if you want to earn points? Is it true? Thanks for the help.”
  • Ande H asks: “I can’t get the RedPlum coupons to print in Chrome, Explorer or Firefox. Can anyone give me instructions on how to get these coupons to print? I did download the software that pops up, but it still just sat there, and did not print.”
  • From Charlotte: “Got any tips on how to navigate the new mPerks site? For some reason, I’m struggling, especially on my phone. Maybe I’m just getting old?”
  • Shandelle replies: “Are you using a smart phone? They have an iphone app which is pretty easy to use I think. I had an old old version of it and then noticed in the app store a couple months ago they put out a completely different one. At least for iphone.”
  • Sabrina adds: “If you are using the app, click the search tool and enter the code in the search box.”

Whole Foods

  • Eun reports: “the Imagine soups weren’t 2/$5 at the south Evanston WF when I shopped 9/24. I just bought 2 of the $2.99 varieties.”
  • Something to look for from peaches: “I just got a coupon in the mail from Whole Foods good for $10 off any $50 purchase. The coupon is good through the month of October, but is only good for the downtown Evanston store.”

Top ten Angelo Caputo’s deals week of 10/1/14 – 10/7/14

Here are the top ten Angelo Caputo’s deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 10/1/14. Joe Caputo’s runs different ads, so these prices are only good at Angelo Caputo’s.

  • Usually by late Tuesday night, you can check out the rest of the new Caputo’s ad here.
  • Caputo’s does not have a published coupon policy but they do have rules the employees follow. They do accept printable coupons, just not over $2 and not for a free item with no other purchase required (BOGO are fine). They do NOT accept coupons with the name or logo of another store, even if they are manufacturer coupons.

Top deals

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast family pack, $1.99/lb.
  • XL red peppers, $.59/lb.
  • Honeycrisp apples, $.99/lb.
  • 3 lb bag yellow onions, $.79.
  • Limes, 12/$1.00.
  • 8 lb bag local Russet potatoes, $.99.
  • Local green or Lacinato kale, $.59/lb.
  • Green cabbage, $.20/lb.
  • Heirloom tomatoes, $.99/lb.
  • Cantaloupe, $1/50 each.

Top ten Tony’s Finer Foods deals week of 10/1/14 – 10/7/14

Here are the top ten best Tony’s Finer Foods deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 10/1/2014.

  • These deals are are based on the Chicago ad, so if you are shopping elsewhere, check your ad. Tony’s has different ads, one for the original Chicago locations, one for Melrose Park and North Riverside (sometimes separate), one for Niles, one for Bridgeview, one for Plainfield, one for Hanover Park, and now one for the new Lincoln Square store. The differences are often on front-page deals, produce, and ethnic items.
  • Usually by early Tuesday morning, you can find the new ad for your Tony’s store here.
  • Tony’s coupon policy allows printable coupons, but not for a free item with no other purchase required. BOGO printables must have a stated max value.

Top deals (Chicago)

  • Green seedless grapes, $.99/lb.
  • Chicken drumsticks jumbo pack, $.69/lb.
  • Pork spare ribs family pack, $1.99/lb.
  • Tomatillos, $.59/lb.
  • Old Orchard apple blends 64 oz juice, $.99 limit 2. Print $.50/1 here to get it for $.49.
  • Limes, 15/$1.00.
  • Green cabbage, $.25/lb.
  • 3 lb bag yellow onions, $1.00.
  • 8 oz whole white mushrooms, $1.00.
  • Red Gold mix & match after $4.00 instant savings wyb 10:
    • 14.5 oz tomatoes, 15 oz tomato sauce, or 10 oz tomatoes with chiles, $.39 each.
    • 28 oz tomatoes or 16 oz salsa, $.69.

Reader deals 9/29/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • Something to look for from Caroline in Hot Deals: “Keep a look out at Aldi I found [Ghirardelli brownie mix] for .99 a box recently.”


  • Found by grandma g, the Starbucks Refreshers deal has returned: “$14.11 ($0.10 / Fluid Ounce) after 20% discount But then there was a coupon, I think 25% off, to bring it down to only $9.70 for 12. I like these for a nice little treat, at .83 each seems like a good deal.”


  • On the Curad PDF, Jane wonders: “Do you have to print the whole page of coupons?”
  • Kari O. replies: “Yes, you probably should. At least on my computer if you tried to take a screenshot of the PDF there are little black lines that show up on the image that don’t print out on the paper. So, it becomes very apparent to the manufacturer than you copied the image and didn’t just print the whole page.”

Food 4 Less

  • Shandelle shares: “Just got an email from Saving Star stating that Food 4 Less will be a supported store as of October 1st. I can’t remember if I saw a post about it or not, but they announced a week or so ago that Kroger and all their affiliate stores won’t do store cards for credit anymore and we will have to start scanning the receipts manually into the app like with all the other non loyalty card stores.”


  • On the Maxwell House coffee, Laura on Facebook says: “You can place more than one order, its limited to two per order!”


  • Brandy shares: “Also, bought McDonald’s Halloween $1 booklets with 3x of each: apple slices, small juice or milk, gogurt, hamburger (total 12 coupons). Only one per person, under 12yo. Burger King did not have Halloween booklets but BK Scholars booklets which are also $1 and 3x value fries or onion rings & 3x ice cream cone (total 6 coupons). One per person per visit BUT no age limit because not for kids..everyone! Looks like I will be hitting up McD for the burger and going across the street for the fries via drive thru. Hah!”


  • Brandy reports: “Saw backpacks on 70% off clearance at Diehl Target in Warrenville yesterday. Tons. “


  • A Colgate report from LovinSavin: “[The $3 RR wyb one] just worked for me at 12:44 pm on Max Fresh Intense with Whitening.”

Whole Foods

  • A question from peaches: “Does anybody know if the Imagine soup is still on sale at Whole Foods because I did not see any of it marked at 2/$5. BTW when I was at the Whole Foods in downtown Evanston today, there was actually an employee at the front entrance to the store handing out Whole Deal coupon books. Of course probably 90% of the customers turned her down..”


Free with coupons 9/29/14

Here are a few items that are free with coupons right now — no Catalinas, no Register Rewards, just straight up free. In IL, grocery store sales now generally run through Tuesday 9/30 (except for a few stores like Meijer, whose sales change on Thurs.), and drugstore, Target, Walmart sales through Saturday 10/4. So, let’s shop for free!

Did I miss anything? Comment here.

Coupons for free products

  • There is a $1.00/1 Wet ‘N Wild in the 9/21 SS. Use it at Meijer, Jewel, CVS, etc. for free nail polish, liners, and single shadows.
  • Enter this Bic instant win game on Facebook. Even if you lose, you can then print a coupon for $1.00/1 Bic stationery product. Pens go on sale for $1.00 all the time, so use it for free pens.


  • Biore cleanser 1 oz tubes, $1.99. Use $2.00/1 in the 8/10 SS for free face wash.

Dollar Tree

Finds at Dollar Tree will vary by store!

  • PediaCare daytime multi-symptom, $1.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 9/7 SS for free medicine.
  • 20 ct Gain dryer sheets, $1.00. Use $1.00/1 fabric enhancer in the 8/10 RP (expires 9/30!) for free dryer sheets.
  • Efferdent 16 ct., $1.00.  Use $1.00/1 in the 8/3 SS for free denture cleaner.
  • Colgate Max Fresh, $1.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 9/28 SS for free toothpaste.
  • Playtex 4 ct tampons, $1.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 8/24 SS for free tampons.
  • 12 count Fisher Boy fish sticks. Print $1.00/1 here and another $1.00/1 here for free fish sticks.
  • Westsoy soy milk carton, $1.00. Print $1.00/1 here for free non-dairy milk.
  • Firefly mouthwash $1.00. Use $1.00/1 in the in the 5/4 SS for free mouthwash.
  • Firefly toothbrush, $1.00. Use $1.00/1 in the in the 5/4 SS for a free toothbrush.



Unadvertised pricing can vary by store and by region.


Unadvertised pricing can vary by store and by region.

Whole Foods

  • Some Clif Mojo bars are regular price $.99. Stack the $.50/1 coupon in this month’s Whole Deal (in-store or print here) with the $.50 manufacturer coupon in the 6/8 SS to get them free.
  • Pacific Organic almond milk singles, $1.00 through 9/30. Use $1.00/1 coupon from the July/August Whole Deal for free almond milk.
  • So Delicious dairy free yogurt cups, $1.00 through 9/30. Use the regional $1.00/1 from the 6/15 SS (was in Sun-Times, not Trib) or the latest mailed Mambo Sprouts booklet for free non-dairy yogurt.

Reader deals 9/28/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • On the Amazon Mom changes, Mary Jo on Facebook shares: “In good news, current members get a $30 credit. I suppose they are trying to keep me happy. It’s kind of working.


  • BethP noticed on Ibotta: “And Mariano’s is added too, yay!”

Dollar General

  • For the $.85 sale, Jane says: “I see a new coupon in todays red plum for Renuzit, buy 3 get 3 free, max value $3.30!”
  • From renee: “Check your dollar General stores also for the cascade rebate. I work in a advertising company and we put those rebates up in there this week.”


  • A question from katy on the double coupon event: “Any good diaper deals for this scenario. Tia”
  • A warning from lisa: “Km art (in Joliet anyway) will not take ANY coupons that are printed by you.No manufacturer coupons you printed.just so people don’t go with them and get disappointed…..”


  • Rangerdave says: “Meijer has backpacks on clearance.and they will be an additional 25% off Sunday through Saturday. The store on Boughton and Weber will have a larger variety of clearance backpacks.”
  • A find from kim: “At Meijer the 18 ct popsicle brand air head popsicles are $2.14 and there is a $2.00 off 9-24 ct popsicle brand. 14cents!”

Reader requests

  • DON is wondering: “Someone once mentioned that Goodwill gets Target stuff on Tuesdays – any truth to this?”
  • Kari O. responds: “Goodwill does receive Target Salvage, but the day is dependent on the locations. The super northern Chicagoland areas gets them on Friday. But keep in mind they price the items for more than the 70% off clearance price was. So you’re better off catching the items before they are Salvaged.”


  • Sent over by Kitty: “There’s a $20 rebate on Olay facial skin care products wyb $50 worth.   it expires 9/30 but some of us may have purchased Olay products this week at Target and there’s still time to get to the $50 if you are close.”
  • Jane wonders: “On the rebate for the Action Pacs (Cascade), do you think they will send you the Visa card for $5 no matter what price you’ve paid? Like when you bought yours at DG, even without a coupon, it was less than $5. So, are we smart to shop around for the cheapest pacs if they issue a $5 card no matter what you paid. I wonder if they can actually issue a card for say $3.29? I see the rebate started 9-1….possibly others can chime in on what they did.”


  • Susie shares: “Try the target in crestwood, I just picked up some backpacks @70% off on Friday. I got my 6th grader a black one on clearance for $11.98 to keep as a spare, it was originally $39.99. Also I picked up some other ones for $4.98 and $5.98. Call around because each location does markdowns at different times. The back to school clearance was between the sporting goods and toys department”

Top ten Peapod deals 9/27/14 – 10/3/14

Here are the top ten Peapod deals and coupon matchups for the current sale, which runs through Friday, 10/3. Other than groceries delivered to your door, other things to know about Peapod:

Top ten Peapod deals week of 9/27/14

  • Free delivery offers:
    • Buy $30 in select P&G household through 10/3.
    • Buy $20 in select Reckitt Benkiser household through 10/10.
  • S.Rosen’s 24 oz bread, 2/$4.00 with clipped coupon limit 2 coupons.
  • Select Kashi cereal, $3.00. Print $.70/1 Kashi cereal here. $.75/1 Kashi cereal in the 9/7 RP to get it as low as $1.50 after double.
  • 18 oz peapod peanut butter, $1.99.
  • Dutch Farms dozen large eggs, $1.50.
  • Barilla blue box pasta, $1.25. Use $.55/2 in the 9/7 SS to get it for $.70 after double.
  • Minute instant multigrain medley rice, $1.99. Use $.50/1 in the 9/14 RP to get it for $.99 after double.
  • Softsoap 7.5 oz hand soap, $1.00. Use $.35/1 in the 9/14 SS.
  • Garlic, 2/$1.00 with clipped coupon limit 2 coupons.
  • 3 lb bag Honeycrisp apples, $1.99.

Top ten Target deals 9/28/14 – 10/4/14

Here are your top ten Target deals and matchups from today’s ad, which runs through 10/4:

Target deals week of 9/28

  • Archer Farms nuts and trail mix, BOGO 50%. Use $1.00/$5.00 mobile coupon (OFFERS to 827438). Get another 5% off with Cartwheel.
  • Tidy Cats 35 lb litter, $12.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 7/27 RP. Stack with $5.00/2 Target coupon in the 8/24 or 9/21 SS. There is also a $10/$40 select pet Target coupon that includes Tidy Cats in the 9/21 SS — REGIONAL, not in Chicago Tribune – that you should also be able to use since it is a threshold coupon, but YMMV by store. Get 5% off the “with Glade” variety with Cartwheel.
  • Hershey’s bagged candy, 2/$5.00. Use $1.50/2 Target printable. Stack with $1.10/2 manufacturer printable. That is $2.40 for two, or $1.20 each.
  • Get a free Aunt Jemima syrup when you buy three Eggo, $2.00. Use $1.00/2 Eggo in the 8/3 RP (expires today, 9/28!) or use your Kellogg’s Family Rewards points to print $1.50/1 or $.75/1.
  • Brownberry wide pan bread, $2.50. Get 30% off with Cartwheel. Use $1.00/2 in the 9/7 SS to make it $1.25 each wyb two.
  • All juice and juice boxes in the juice aisle, BOGO 50%. Obviously, the possibilities are many, but here are a few of the most promising coupons I see:
  • Get a $5 Target gift card when you buy four select P&G hair or personal care items. A one idea:
    • Head & Shoulders, $5.00. Use two $4.00/2 in the 9/28 PG to make it net $1.75 each after coupons and gift card.
  • Fekkai, Nexxus, and Tigi hair care, BOGO 50%. Use $5/$15 select hair care Target coupon including Tigi and Nexxus in the 9/28 RP. If you printed $3.00/1 Nexxus long ago, stack those, but they expire today 9/28!
  • In-ad coupon: $20/$125 select baby purchase (furniture, bedding, nursery, diapers, wipes, training pants, toiletries, bath, infant toys, travel gear, car seats, food and formula, infant and toddler feeding). Text SAVE to 827438 for a mobile version.
  • 64-72 ct up & up baby wipes, $1.00. Get 5% off with Cartwheel. And this is a great filler to get to $125 if you are making a big purchase with the in-ad coupon!

Notes from the 9/28/14 Chicago Sun-Times

Here are some notes of interest to couponers from the 9/28/14 Chicago Sun-Times! Note that ads and flyers can vary by location depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper. Please keep in mind that the Sun-Times always has fewer coupons than the Tribune, so I am not going to list every coupon that is missing. I will make a note of coupons that are not also in the Tribune, hot coupons included in the Sun-Times inserts, and any noteworthy variations in value.

  • P&G was in Friday’s paper, as usual.
  • Red Plum has no unique coupons.
  • Smart Source has no unique coupons.
  • USA Weekend has no grocery coupons.

Reader deals 9/26/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • From Martha on Facebook: “Just read about this and wondered if your readers might be able to donate part of their stockpiles to help a local Wheaton food pantry.”

Household tips

  • Jen k shares: “My kids like to make fish tacos when I do fish this way (usually with Tilapia). Also, homemade chicken fingers are done exactly the same way. Just tonight. I pounded boneless chicken breasts until they were about 3/4-1/2″ thick, and breaded them the same way. Delish. They also freeze beautifully.”
  • Outlander adds: “I always buy my cod (and tilapia) when it’s on sale at Meijer for $3.50/lb. That sale comes around every month or two, so then I buy a lot to last me awhile.”


  • Shandelle shares: “For my fellow sriracha addicts, I just noticed earlier this week that Jewel is now stocking an Essential Everyday brand sriracha sauce that is about a $1 cheaper. Haven’t tried it but I’m always on the lookout because I got through about a bottle a month of rooster sauce. :)


  • Something to check for at your local library, from Matt: “My local library subscribes to service called Freegal Music. Basically they have the Sony music catalog and they let you download 5 songs DRM-free a week and stream up to 3 hours of music each week. “


  • David on Facebook shares: “Meijer will take an additional 25% off clearance back-to-school supplies Sunday through Saturday.”


  • Alicia shares: “For pumpkins, I finally found an Aldi that has them priced. They have HUGE ones that would be great for carving for $3-$3.50 (can’t remember exactly, but that seemed like a great price to me) and small-ish pie pumpkins for $1.49.”
  • Kelly says: “I get my pumpkins at Aldi every year. Best price of any store. And huge!”

Reader requests

  • Wende asks: “I was just wondering if anyone has a 30% off code for Kohls? Thank you so much : )”
  • Monica posts on Facebook: “looking for fruit of the loom or hanes coupons. please let me know if you find any. TIA!”


  • Kitty sends over: “At the Niles Meijer, there were $5 mail-in rebate forms for Cascade Action Pacs.  The rebate form pictures the 14 ct size, which is regularly priced at $3.99.  (There is a personalized reward for household items toward which the purchase would apply.) Says you cannot combine with other offers, including coupons. The rebate appears to be good on any size at any store, and expires 12-31-14.  You have to send in UPC and receipt. The rebate is in the form of a $5 prepaid card.  It also says, “Visit or call 1-855-682-8305 for form and details.” I just got this week’s P&G in today’s Sun-Times and the rebate is in there as well.


  • A find from liz: “My walmart had .55 taffy apples and I got credit from checkout 51 for buying an apple”