When life gives you avocados…

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If you ever feel like you have too many cheap avocados lying around when they’re in season (I know, too many avocados is hard to believe!), then start loading up your freezer. Last night I made a giant batch of 12 avocado guacamole — we ate some, and froze three packs of it in one quart freezer bags against a later time when avocados may be less plentiful or ripe. (Just don’t add tomatoes, because they get watery when you freeze them.) Thaw overnight in the fridge or just place the bag in a bowl of warm water to thaw out, then add chopped fresh tomatoes if desired.

Alternatively, Jennifer suggests: “I had to weigh in here-Avacados freeze so well! I stock up whenever they go on sale. (I have been avocado hoarding weekly at Aldi.) They should be at peak ripeness. Cut them in half, remove the seed (pit?) and I leave the peel on for more convenient thawing. I lay mine on a pan to freeze and then dump them into a freezer bag. They retain their color and texture well. I just pull them out as needed!”

ALDI deals week of 5/20/15 – 5/26/15

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Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 5/20/15 – 5/26/15.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; these ALDI deals are from Chicago ads.
  • These ALDI deals are from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad. To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons. ALDI does not take credit cards, only cash or debit.
  • Bring a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart, and you get it back when you return the cart. Bring your own reusable bags; ALDI does not provide free bags.

Produce deals

  • 4 pack corn, $1.49.
  • 6 oz raspberries, $1.29.
  • Pint blueberries, $1.79.
  • Pineapple, $1.69.
  • Cantaloupe, $1.29.
  • Seedless watermelon, $4.29.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

$.39 avocados shopping

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Stopped by the Villa Park ALDI on Roosevelt earlier today to take advantage of the last day of the $.69 avocado sale — and they’d marked them down to $.39 each! I bought 12, lol — they’re perfectly ripe to use right now, so I’m going to make a giant batch of guacamole tonight and freeze some. (Just leave the tomatoes out for freezing because they’ll get watery and freeze in quart bags — you can always add some fresh diced tomato in once you thaw it.)

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For $16.19, I bought 12 avocados, 2 lbs Vidalia onions ($.79), knockoff Atkins bars ($3.99), the cutest little set of bowls ($2.99 on clearance), raspberries ($1.29), and pork chops (supposed to be half off $5.75 but she rang them in as $2.00). I normally don’t buy ALDI pork chops since they’re solution added and cook up watery, but I punted because I didn’t know what to make for dinner and am now making skillet salsa verde pork chops. (Oh, and I’ll get back $.25 on Checkout 51 for avocados. It’s something!)

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Seriously, aren’t these bowls adorable? They’re plastic and I think perfect for kids’ snacks, fresh berries, etc. There was a lot of other clearance in the store today, but this is all that spoke to me. What have you picked up at your ALDI lately?

May be done for the week shopping

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I just added up all the grocery/HBA shopping I did this week and I’m at a net cost of $78.55, including these above trips to Caputo’s/Fresh Thyme/ALDI yesterday. I try to keep it around $75 (although hmm, do the plants here count? if not, I’m at $75.21, perfect!) and was well over last week after the Costco fun. I’m thinking I might actually relax this a little bit now that I’m doing less coupon shopping and more whole foods (the foods, not the store) shopping, but we’ll see. What’s your weekly target these days?

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And yes, that’s a lot of stores — yesterday was coffee and shopping with a friend day, and Caputo’s & Goodwill are in the strip mall with Panera, kitty corner from Fresh Thyme. We also went to Goodwill, but I didn’t buy anything! Including these somewhat disturbing plates….

ALDI

Raspberries, $1.29.
8 avocados, $5.52.

That’s $6.93.

Caputo’s

Kumato tomatoes, $.65.
5 limes, $.50.
Campari tomatoes, $.22.

That’s $1.39.

Fresh Thyme

Bulk nutritional yeast, $.60. 2 packs sliced mild cheddar, $2.13 total.
2 Earth Balance baking sticks, $5.98. Used two $1.00/1 from the Gluten Free Expo.
Earth Balance shortening sticks, $2.99. Used $1.00/1 from the Gluten Free Expo.
Cayenne pepper plant, $1.67.
Chives plant, $1.67.
2 Earth Balance organic frozen veggies, $3.00. Used $1.00/2 printable from their e-club.
Van’s waffles, $1.99.
Enjoy Life cookies, $2.50. Used $1.00/1 from the Gluten Free Expo.
Chicken brats, $2.66.
2 packs blackberries, $1.76.
2 bunches parsley, $1.00.
3 red bell peppers, $1.00.
Red grapes, $1.05.
Vidalia onion, $.39.
Tuna steak, $5.49.

Paid $31.73.

Reader deals 5/12/15

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Reader deals 5/12/15: Here are the deals, heads up, and requests you shared over the last 24 hours — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment below, or on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Mashup Mom Facebook page.

*** 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.

ALDI

  • Kristin shares a find on Facebook: “Aldi in Buffalo Grove had all the mother’s day flowers on clearance. 1.99 for 6 roses. I got 2 sets. Lots left this morning!”

Amazon

Buona Beef

  • Letsshop shares a May 30 only offer from Buona Beef — get throwback prices when you show the app offer or your Buona card to your cashier. Plus, 10″ beef for the price of 7″ all month long — probably also need card or app.

Meijer

  • Andrew clarifies some things about the Meijer refund policy: “Regarding Joanne and her refund issue. It sounds like one of two things are at play here (or both). One case is that the item she returned was part of an instant savings promotion, like buy $20, save $5 instantly. The receipt won’t show the deduction under the item purchased, but will proportionally associate the discount with each item. For example, you bought 5 items at $4.19 each in a buy $20, save $5 instantly promotion. If you were to return one of those items, you would only receive $3.19 back, since the $5 instant savings is proportionally split among the 5 items purchased, or $1 off each item. The other case involves redeeming earned personalized rewards as part the transaction. Like case one, a $5 off your next order is proportionally associated with every item in your order, so if you buy 20 items in your transaction, returning any item on that receipt will end up with a reduction of $0.25 per item. It can be confusing, but you have not been cheated out of anything if you’re actually returning the item for a refund. On the other hand, the same problem will occur if you try to do an exchange, for example, trading a medium size shirt for a large. The register will actually suggest you owe money if you redeemed a personalized reward in the original transaction, which is just plain wrong.”
  • LauraC asks: “Does anyone know if Meijer will take Whole Foods coupons? Meijer carries he Enjoy life products. Has anyone had issues with using Target coupons paired with a manufacture coupon at the Meijer in Melrose Park? I was thinking of using my Iams coupons there.”
  • And ann suggests: “Laura, now the Melrose Park Meijer is good about taking Target coupons with a manufacture coupon. A few months ago I asked on facebook if we could combine, was told yes, then asked them to advise the Melrose Park Meijer. Have not had a problem since then.”

Target

  • LauraC confirms on the Nature Made deal that: “For NatureMade it does include the kids vitamins along with Vitamin B, B-12 and D. My target in Wheaton appeared to be out of the regular B.”
  • Kelly found: “Thera a nice little deal going on at Target on Powerade 8pks. They are on sale for $4 (list $5.09). There is a 10% cartwheel so get them for $3.60. The 12pks are also on sale with a 20% cartwheel but my Target didn’t carry the favors I wanted.”

ALDI deals week of 5/13/15 – 5/19/15

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Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 5/13/15 – 5/19/15.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; these ALDI deals are from Chicago ads.
  • These ALDI deals are from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad. To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons. ALDI does not take credit cards, only cash or debit.
  • Bring a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart, and you get it back when you return the cart. Bring your own reusable bags; ALDI does not provide free bags.

Produce deals

  • Large Hass avocados, $.69 each.
  • 20 oz beefsteak tomatoes, $.99.
  • 2 lb Vidalia onions, $.79.
  • 6 oz raspberries, $1.29.
  • 6 oz blackberries, $.99.
  • Mangoes, $.49 each.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Coupon free shopping under $20

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Realized I hadn’t been to ALDI in a week, so popped over to see what’s new. The answer? $1.99 pints of blueberries. Then, Pete’s Market is right across the street… :)

ALDI

Strawberries, $1.49.
2 pints blueberries, $3.98.
2 packs tortillas, $.66.
3 avocados, $2.37.

Paid $8.65.

Pete’s

Romaine lettuce, $.50.
4 limes, $.50.
Apples, $1.36.
Green onions, $.33.
Portobello mushrooms, $2.84.
Poblano peppers, $.86.
8 oz mushrooms, $.98.
Sourdough bread, $3.29.

Paid $10.85. So, $19.50 all together — and I’m doing a lot more shopping without coupons lately, how about you?

ALDI deals week of 5/6/15 – 5/12/15

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Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 5/6/15 – 5/12/15.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; these ALDI deals are from Chicago ads.
  • These ALDI deals are from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad. To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons. ALDI does not take credit cards, only cash or debit.
  • Bring a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart, and you get it back when you return the cart. Bring your own reusable bags; ALDI does not provide free bags.

Produce deals

  • Organic bananas, $.60/lb.
  • Organic baby spinach 5 oz pkg, $1.69.
  • Pineapple, $1.29 each.
  • 4 lb navel oranges, $1.99.
  • 16 oz kiwi, $1.99.
  • 16 oz strawberries, $1.49.
  • 6 oz blackberries, $.99.
  • Pint blueberries, $1.99.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Reader deals 5/4/15

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Reader deals 5/4/15: Here are the deals, heads up, and requests you shared over the last 24 hours — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment below, or on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Mashup Mom Facebook page.

*** 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.

ALDI

  • Charlotte shares on Facebook: “Aldi has the cheaper grill on sale starting Wednesday. (The $99.99 one) I won’t be getting one, as I got the fancier one for $25 off today 😀 And already assembled. It was a pain to get in my car! ;)”

Amazon

Apps

  • A find from Kitty: “Jingit has a new grapefruit juice offer.   There are 3 parts.   The 3rd part is a video.   All you have to do is watch it and you get 25c.”

CVS

  • If you’re buying Glade on this week’s CVS deals, roni comments that: “There’s also Glade offers from Savingstar”
  • And Victoria says: “The sally hensen nail ploish is suppose use the $1 coupon not $1.50 as it is a hard as a nail product plus polish.”

Jewel

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  • Kitty found the above signage showing that the Unilever instant savings deal from this week’s ad runs all the way through 5/26.
  • Pam found: “The Pure Leaf carafes (59 oz) are a really good deal now with the $1/1 carafe MQ in the 5/3 SS—this makes them only 89 cents each!” This is on the buy five save instantly Quaker sale through Tuesday.
  • Cari asks: “I got the $1.50 catalina for buying Tyson today as well. CS lady was so excited, she wanted to see if it worked on 1…nope…so must be quantities of 2 . Anyone know specifics?”

LivingSocial

  • CynthiaW highly recommends this Brickworld deal: “Brickworld Chicago is the most AWESOME LEGO event possible; even though it is not officially sponsored by LEGO. It gets bigger and better every year; they had to move it to the Schaumburg Renaissance two years ago because it keeps growing. My hubby, son, and I all LOVE it; thus, I’m sad we’re going to be out-of-town during the event this year. It’s always on Father’s Day week-end. We’ve been the last five years. The original creations on display are made by LEGO fans of ALL ages from all over the world. LEGO has later taken and turned some of the creative ideas into actual sets. This event includes displays, contests, stop motion LEGO movies, vendors, etc. It is well worth the visit! Happy building!”

Meijer

  • Things to look for from llz A: “I have a free 18ct Meijer tampon coupon on my mperks, there is also a coupon to clip on there buy 2 p f chang 22 oz frozen meals get a free appetizer-combine this with the ibotta rebate of buy 2 pf chang frozen entrees get 2.00 back.”

Reader requests

  • Question from Joanne: “I’m in the market for a new mattress and I’ve been looking at the brand “Natures Sleep” – does anyone have anything good or bad to say about this brand? Thank you for your help.”
  • Nancy M. has a question on the Fitbit Flex deal: “Are people happy with the Fitbit Flex??? I would like opinions before I go out and buy one! Thanks!!!”
  • Monique asks in the Hot Deals group: “I guess it’s the time of year to start asking about deals for Six Flags Great America. Our youngest will go once with her Read to Succeed pass,. But the teen wants to go several times starting with this weekend. His buddies fail to see the logic of buying 4 passes at the same time to get that discount.” A few responses in the group; please add more ideas!
  • Kristin is wondering: “Any good tablet deals?” The Kindle Fire is still on sale — other ideas?

Rebates

  • A question from feelgood: “Anyone else having problems with Smirnoff rebates? I submitted my claim for $60.00 the beginning of January. Finally got a $60.00 postcard check from Diageo a week ago. I immediately deposited the check at Chase bank. Today I got a letter from Chase that the check bounced. And an extra charge of $12 for a returned item fee!”

Sports Authority

  • And on the Fitbit Flex deal, comicbob comments: “Sports Authority has it on sale as well. You can buy an e gift card and get an additional 10 percent off.”

Target

  • From ann: “The deal that Pookie mentioned at target regarding the huggies catalina is still working this morning (Monday, May 4th)” And Patti confirms: “I passed on the coffee but got a $5 on your next shopping trip Catalina for buying 2 Huggies wipes!”
  • On the Playtex deal, Michelle b comments: “My stores are out of the 3.99 packs. Bought 6 of the 6.99 ones used 3 bogo q’s and received a $5 cat from Huggies”
  • Sue got a Playtex Catalina too: “So I went to target and bought 6 playtex tampons. Used three BOGO coupons and a $2 and $1 coupon. Got two $5 gift cards and then I got a coupon for $5 off next purchase so I got them all free.”
  • A heads up from grandma g: “I bought the Sonic toothbrush with Cover Girl mascara and the gift card was not prompted. I went to the service desk and she said the toothbrush was not considered personal or beauty, but she did get me the gift card.”

Remember your cheap apples at ALDI

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ALDI in the Chicago area still has 3 lbs Red Delicious apples for $.99 through tomorrow 5/5 — I bought some last week and they were so good I picked up another bag today! Also get $.25 back on Checkout 51 if you haven’t claimed your produce rebate yet this week, dropping your net cost to just $.74.

Here’s what I picked up today:

Cauliflower, $2.29. Might make more of these low carb cauliflower waffle rolls!
6 avocados, $3.54.
El Milagro corn tortillas, $.33.
3 lb Red Delicious apples, $.99. Will get $.25 back on Checkout 51.
16 oz quesadilla cheese, $3.99.
8 ct Hot Shot ant bait, $2.99.
3 poblano peppers, $1.29.

Paid $15.87 with $.25 back for a net cost of $15.62.