How many papers? Week of 8/31/14 — REVISED because I’m clearly insane

The week of 8/31/14, we’re expecting one insert: A P&G. See the full list at Coupon Previews. We are NOT expecting five — please excuse my earlier bout of lunacy where I was looking wishfully at 9/7.

  • Use this as a general guide, because coupons and values vary regionally. Sometimes our papers will not include one or more of the coupons listed, or that one area will get one $ amount on their coupons, we will get another.
  • In Chicagoland, the Chicago Tribune has the most coupons in it — even if the Sun-Times, or the DuPage Daily Herald, or the other smaller papers have the same inserts, they’re thinner. (Occasionally, the Sun-Times will contain a coupon not found in the Trib, but overall you’ll find many more in the Trib.) If you are outside Chicagoland, you will want to buy the largest-circulation paper in your area.
  • In IL-Chicagoland, you can pick up the early edition of the Sunday Chicago Tribune on Saturday morning for $1.00 at Menards or Dollar Tree.
  • Be sure to check to make sure that the inserts are in there before purchasing — since they are no longer in plastic bags, they’re falling out, not making it in, or getting swiped.
  • Check out the Mashup Mom Coupon Trading Group on Facebook if you’re looking for different coupons or have some you want to trade.
  • Places to pick up additional coupons.

So, what looks good to me?

  • Clairol $3/1 natural instincts hair color. These go on sale and on clearance a lot, and a nice high value.
  • Dawn $.50/1 hand renewal, power clean, bleach alternative or oxi. Use on the little hand renewal bottles at CVS when they go $.99.
  • Gillette $3/1 men’s razor.
  • Pantene $5/3 products (9/14). Use on the $5 instant savings deal at Meijer.
  • Venus $3/1 razor excludes disposables. Use when the singles are on an ECB deal at CVS, although they’ve been getting more expensive.

So, how many?

I like to go with four on a P&G week, but hate the holiday weekends where there is just one insert, so might actually just do two. (Yes. One insert. Sorry again about earlier!)

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 8/24/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 8/24/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • Look for a one page Pier One flyer with a $10/$40, $25/$100, $50/$200 coupon.
  • In your 8/24/14 SmartSource:
    • $42 Visionworks eye exam coupon.
    • $1.00/2 Orville popcorn — Through 8/24 at Menards, get 10 pack Orville micro popcorn, $3.33, so just $2.33 after coupon.
    • We got another $1.50/1 Speed Stick Gear coupon, and these have made for deals at CVS and Target, so we’ll see what comes up.
    • There is an ad to enter here to win tickets to The Boxtrolls from Sun-Maid.
    • We got $.50/1 Sargento cheese slices.
    • And $.55/1 Popchips.
    • And the $1.00/1 various Colgate — wait for CVS deals later today and I’ll tell you how to use these.
    • $1.00/1 Pearls Olives to go. I have seen these on clearance at a couple of Jewels lately, so keep your eye out.
    • We did get $1.00/1 wet n wild — exp. 9/6, and doesn’t say on $1.50 or more this time.
    • We did get the $5.00/2 select Purina pet care Target coupon.
    • Buca di Beppo coupons — see Chicago Restaurant Coupons for details.
  • HOBO coupons in their ad include slimline shelf magazine rack for $1.99, Lay’s Stax for $1.00, Klements beef summer sausage for $2.50, assorted big packs Huggies $15.99.
  • Cost Plus ad has a 10% off coupon good through 9/7 excludes alcohol and more.
  • GFS Marketplace ad has a ton of store coupons, including $2 off bacon, $5/$50, $3.00 off a tray of mac & cheese, $2.00 off jumbo chicken wings, and more.
  • In your 8/24/14 Red Plum:
    • We did get $2.00/1 TRESsemme shampoo or conditioner and $2.00/1 styler.
    • $2.00/1 AXE bodyspray or deodorant.
    • Surprise: $1.00/4 Libby’s veggies and $1.00/3 Libby’s fruit.
    • $.50/3 Scotties tissue — Dollar Tree, or wait for it to go $.88 at Ultra.
    • $1.50/1 Smuckers Fruit-Fulls.
    • $.50/2 Zatarains rice or pasta mixes.
    • Target ad in Red Plum: Free $5 gift card when you buy two Tums products 140 ct+. Plus, $1.50/2 Tums coupon.
  • Although Totally Target reports that some regional Target ads will have a $10/$50 groceries or a $10 gift card wyb $50 in groceries ad, ours… does not. :(
  • The Kmart ad has a $25 gift card with transferred prescription coupon on the wraparound.
  • Single page flyer of Steak & Shake coupons.
  • The back of Life+Style has a 40% off one regular price item at Hobby Lobby.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 8/17/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 8/17/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • Peel off coupon on the front page for $1.00 off Hudsonville Bear Traxx ice cream.
  • In your 8/17/14 SmartSource:
    • $42 eye exam at Visionworks.
    • $1.00/1 Nutella.
    • $1.00/ Dole fruit squishems.
    • $5.00/1 insysnc probiotics. May be useful at Walgreens or CVS at some point.
    • $.50/1 Murphy oil soap.
    • Carrabba’s coupons.
    • Harbor Freight coupons for freebies now say free with any purchase.
    • $.55/1 Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup.
    • Mail in rebate for up to $5.50 back on one Clearasil Hydra-Blast, plus $1.00/1 Clearasil product. Specifically says “combine offers for a free Hydra Blast product.”
    • $4.00/2 Pantene shampoo, conditioner, and $2.00/1 styler or treatment.
    • Musselman’s coupons, plus send in 20 UPCs for various $10 gift cards.
    • $1.00/2 4 oz+ Blue Diamond almonds. Does not specify bags as it did in previews.
    • $1.00/1 any Sharpie product. Stack at Target with the $1.00/2 store coupon here.
    • $.50/1 PaperMate pack, $1.00/1 PaperMate Inkjoy 2 ct+.
    • $1.25/1 4 pack+ Expo.
    • $1.75/1 Mr. Sketch markers 6 ct+.
    • $.50/1 Uni-ball 2 or 3 pack.
    • $1.00/1 Uni-ball 4 pack+.
    • $1.00/2 Welch’s fruit snacks.
    • Jennie-O deli turkey, bacon coupons.
    • Chi-Chi’s salsa coupons.
    • $.55/1 Sara Lee or Bimbo bread.
    • Chuck E. Cheese’s coupons on back.
  • In your 8/17/14 Red Plum:
    • JCP ad for $29.99 kids glasses and $39 kids eye exams (for school age children 16 and older).
    • Baker’s Square coupons.
    • Burger King coupons.
    • $.50/3 Hot Pockets.
    • Target store coupon: $2.00/3 Quaker ready to eat or hot cereals.
    • Target ad 8/3-8/30: Buy ten participating Juicy Juice, Market pantry fruit snacks, or Quaker chew products get a $5 Target gift card.
    • $.55/1 Quaker protein baked bars or Protein instant oatmeal.
    • More Unilever at Target — buy three personal/skin care participating items 8/17-8/30 get a $5 gift card. Buy four participating skin/hair/personal care items get a $5 gift card. See ad or shelf tags for details.
    • $1.00/1 Marcal bath or towel 6 roll+ or 2 napkins.
    • Popeyes coupons.
    • Sam’s club coupon join now 15 weeks for $15 + $5k instant savings coupon booklet.
    • Meijer ad: kids eyeglasses 2 for $69.98.
    • Epipen $0 co-pay offer.
    • Steak & Shake coupons on back. Plus: Buy $20 in gift cards get a free $5 certificate through 8/17/14 at participating locations.
  • JCP ad has 20% off with credit card or 15% off any form payment various categories.
  • Single page flyer with P&G coupons: Buy Crest toothpaste multipack get one free Crest rinse 473 or 500 ml. $1.00/1 Crest Complete Whitening+Scope. $1.00/1 Scope rinse 500ml+.
  • Carson’s ad has a savings pass with up to 25% off sale price apparel, etc., through Thurs Sept. 4.
  • Front page has a $10/$30 at Fannie May retail stores.
  • Page 5 of the front section has a 20% off Macy’s coupon for sale & clearance apparel, etc 8/17 only.
  • The back of the life+style section has a coupon for 40% off one regular price item at Hobby Lobby.

Reminder — Chicago Restaurant Coupons Database

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I just wanted to remind you guys that I’ve been keeping an ongoing alphabetical list of the Chicago Restaurant Coupons found in each Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. Each Saturday, I remove outdated listings and add the new coupons in my early Sunday edition of the new week’s Chicago Trib. You can access the Restaurant Coupons here, or always find it under the “newspaper coupons” menu at the top of the page.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 8/10/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 8/10/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • Check the front section for a peel off Dunkin Donuts coupon: Free chicken biscuit sandwich when you buy any medium beverage August 10-16.
  • The back of the wraparound on the Kmart ad has prescription transfer gift card coupons.
  • Single page Cost Plus flyer with a $10/$40 coupon exclusions apply through 8/24.
  • In your 8/10 Red Plum:
    • Popeye’s coupons. See Chicago Restaurant Coupons for full details.
    • We did get $.50/1 ThinkThin bar, and they go on sale for $1.00 fairly regularly.
    • Our Horizon coupon is $.75/2 mac & cheese, snack crackers, grahams, or sandwich crackers.
    • There’s a one week only $7/1 30 ct+ Mucinex allergy, which you can use with 25% off on Target Cartwheel.
    • We did get the $1.00/1 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer, so check Dollar Tree for small boxes of dryer sheets. We also got $1.00/1 Rimmel eye, so check the makeup section while you’re there, too. And we got $1.50/2 Hefty slider bags 12 ct+ — DT carries 12 ct, making them $.25 each after coupon. Have a fun trip. ;)
    • $.55/1 Smuckers jam, jelly, preserve, or fruit spread. At Jewel through Tuesday, Smuckers jam is $2.00 on the mix/match sale (must buy ten participating items for instant savings price).
    • Baskin-Robbins coupons. See Chicago Restaurant Coupons for full details.
    • $42 Visionworks eye exam coupon on the back.
  • Store coupons in the Target ad: $10/$40 dog/cat food litter treats excludes rawhide (text PETS to 827438 for mobile version). $5.00/3 Fruit of the Loom underwear, socks, tops (text FRUIT to 827438 for mobile version). $15 off home purchase $75+ excludes infant furniture & bedding and outdoor decor (text HOME to 827438 for mobile version).
  • In your 8/10 SmartSource:
    • $1.00/1 Ken’s dressing. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this go on sale for $1.00, but hope springs eternal.
    • $1.50/1 Seattles Best ground coffee or K-Cups.
    • $4.00/1 Almay cosmetic product.
    • Auntie Anne’s coupons. See Chicago Restaurant Coupons for full details.
    • Um… Yogurt & Cereal Together at Last. At last, I tell you! YoCrunch with Yelloggs cereal. $.75/1 coupon for the new YoCrunch Cereal Bowl.
    • Olive Garden coupons. See Chicago Restaurant Coupons for full details.
    • Harbor Freight coupons including 20% off one item and free tarp. Go a few more pages for more Harbor Fright coupons including free LED light. And then look on the back of Parade for more, more, more Harbor Freight coupons including a whole ton of free gifts with any purchase.
    • $1.00/2 Ziploc bags. Stack with the new $1.00/2 Target store coupon here.
  • JCPenney friends & family 25% off coupon 8/10-8/12.
  • Kohl’s intimates flyer has $10/$40 intimates coupon. Use online with code INTIMATES10. Regular Kohl’s flyer has a 15% off yes pass through 8/17. Use online with code BTS2014. Plus get $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent after coupons.
  • Carson’s back to school flyer has a $10/$25 regular or sale price coupon good in store only exclusions apply. Plus a savings pass. Both good 8/10-8/13.
  • The back of the Life+Style section has a 40% off one regular price item at Hobby Lobby coupon.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 8/3/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 8/3/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • We DID get the Skippy coupons.
  • In the 8/3 Smart Source:
    • Bonefish Grill coupons.
    • $.55/1 any GUM oral care and $1.00/1 Squeeze-A-color toothpaste or power toothbrush.
    • $.50/4 Chef Boyardee canned pasta or microwave cups.
    • $1.00/2 Kraft Natural cheese (shreds, slices, or blocks). Yay, cheese!
    • $1.00/1 fully cooked Johnsonville meatballs or sausage slices.
    • The $4.00/1 Brita pitcher 3 pack or pitcher and $2.00/1 water bottle are Target coupons.
    • Target coupon: Free 8 pack Hidden Valley ranch to go dip when you buy a Brita kids’ character bottle and Glad food storage containers.
    • Walgreens ad for Seniors Day Wednesday. 8/5. 20% off regular price merchandise.
    • $.75/2 Skippy 15+ oz and BOGO Skippy singles (up to $2.50).
    • Harbor Freight coupons: 20% off one item, free flashlight, free power strip, free tape measure, free scissors, free headlamp, etc.
    • $3.00/2 any Enfamil or Enfagrow and $2.00/1 Enfamil Reguline.
    • $1.00/2 Bic stationery products. Should be useful for school supplies deals.
    • Walgreens ad for 3,000 points when you spend $15 or more on Huggies and/or Kotex.
  • In the 8/3 Red Plum with Smart Must Haves on the front:
    • Buy $25 in “Smart Must Haves” (shows All, Brawny, Sparkle, Angel Soft, Dixie, Snuggle, and Quilted Northern), get a $10 prepaid card by uploading your receipt at smartmusthaves.com through 9/7.
    • $3.00/1 10+ lb Pedigree dry dog food.
    • B10G10, B5G5, and $2.00/24 cans Sheba cat food.
    • In addition to Maybelline $3.00/1 face and $1.00/1 lip, we also got $2.00/1 mascara and $1.00/1 shadow or liner. Will be good this week at CVS.
    • Sweet Tomatoes coupons.
  • Parade has:
    • $10.00/1 Cardiovira 60 or 90 ct, expires 9/15/14.
    • $5.00/1 The Prostate Formula, expires 12/31/14.
  • Office Depot/Office Max ad has school supplies deals like (see ad for individual limits):
    • Marble composition books, $.10.
    • Single Sharpies, 4 pack glue sticks, 2-hole manual pencil sharpeners, $.25.
    • 3 pack highlighters, 24 ct Crayola crayons, $.50.
  • Michael’s ad has 40% off one regular price item, exclusions apply.
  • Old Navy flyer with $10/$75 or $15/$75 with card through 8/13. Also Super Cash through 8/24.
  • Walmart ad has P&G rollbacks, including Tide 92-100 oz “more than $2 off each, was $11.97″ but they don’t show the price, lol.
  • Sports Authority has 20% off your entire purchase, exclusions apply.
  • In the 8/3 Red Plum with Kellogg’s on the front:
    • Kellogg’s coupons:
      • $1.00/4 Pringles.
      • $.50/1 Pringles Stix.
      • $1.00/2 Capri Sun 10+ ct.
      • $1.00/3 Keebler cookies.
      • $.75/2 Rice Krispies treats.
      • $.75/2 Nutri-Grain.
      • $1.00/2 cereal.
      • $1.00/2 Eggo.
      • $1.00/2 To Go.
      • $1.50/2 12+ ct multi-pack snacks.
      • $.75/2 Keebler sandwich crackers 8+ ct.
    • Target ad for a free child’s Legoland ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. They show specially marked Del Monte packages but don’t say you have to buy them.
    • Target ad for B3G1 Knorr through 8/30. Includes Homestyle Stock, sides, bouillon, recipe mix, Recipe Secrets.
    • $.55/1 Park’s Finest product and $.55/1 ANY Ball Park product.
    • Pentel coupons: $.50/1 EnerGel 2 or 3 pack, $1.00/1 EnerGel 4+ pack.
    • Target ad for B3G1 Unilever ice cream products through 8/30. That will match up well with this coupon and this Target coupon.
  • Harbor Freight ad has another 20% off a single item, free 6 piece screwdriver set, etc.
  • Menards flyer: 11% rebate on everything 8/3 through 8/9.
  • Flyer of Steak ‘n Shake coupons.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 7/27/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 7/27/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • We did NOT get the Post cereal coupons.
  • We did get that nice $5/$20 meat purchase coupon in the Target ad, good on fresh, frozen, or deli.
  • The Kohl’s ad has a $10/$50 home coupon on the back. Use online with code HOMESALE10 and see other stackable codes here.
  • In the 7/27/14 SmartSource with Healthy Essentials on the front:
    • There’s a $1.00/1 Clean & Clear product — like all J&J coupons, this is limit one per person, but you can also print an “unlike” $1.10/1 Clean & Clear product coupon here.
    • $1.00/1 Sharpie Clear View coupon. These appear to be highlighters.
    • Longhorn Steakhouse coupons. See Chicago Restaurant Coupons for details.
    • $1.00/1 wet n wild or fergie nail color of $1.50 or more.
    • $1.00/1 Fisher snack nut item — the 5.5 oz bagged almonds are $2.00 at Caputo’s through Tuesday.
    • $2.00/1 Mitchum.
    • $1.00/1 Kemp’s frozen yogurt. This is on sale for $3.00 at Jewel through Tuesday.
    • Harbor Freight coupons including free tape measure, scissors, LED flashlight, rope, 6 pc screwdriver set.
    • $42 eye exam at Visionworks coupon on the back.
  • The Ulta Beauty ad has $3.50/$10.00.
  • In the 7/27/14 SmartSource with Red Lobster on the front:
    • Red Lobster coupons.
    • $.55/1 ZonePerfect single bar.
    • $3.00/1 Revlon nail product.
    • Chuck E. Cheese coupons on the back.
  • Look for a single page Pier One flyer with a $10/$40 coupon.
  • JCP Salon is advertising $10 kids’ haircuts.
  • World Market ad has a 10% coupon 7/26-8/10.
  • In the 7/27/14 Red Plum with Real Simple 15 minute solutions on the front:
    • $1.00/1 Suave Kids hair or body wash should make for a nice deal.
    • Our Ragu coupon is the $.40/2.
    • $1.00/2 Welch’s jams, jellies, or spreads. Wait for another Ultra sale.
    • $.75/1 Land O’ frost premium, bistro favorites, or Canadian bacon.
  • In the Kmart ad, details on the Downy deal: The Catalina will be redeemable the day after issuance. So you can’t use it the same day. The points post 24 hours after purchase and expire two weeks + one day after posting.
  • On the back of the Kmart wraparound: Coupon for SYWR members get a $25 gc with transferred prescription.
  • In your 7/27/14 P&G insert:
    • $.50/1 box Glad trash bags. Shows with Febreze but doesn’t specify.
    • We did get the $2.00/1 Tide as well as the $5.00/3 Tide, Downy, Bounce.
  • In your 7/27/14 Red Plum with Nesquik on the front:
    • Buy a specially marked pack of Nesquik save up to $10 on Crayola, plus a couple Nesquik coupons.
    • Meijer optical ad: Buy one complete pair eyeglasses get one free.
    • Enter here for your chance to win free Purina coupons, plus click the coupons tab for printables. Which right now is only Mighty Dog, which is weird, since the ad says $10 in savings. Hopefully they’ll add some more.
    • Target store coupons for Tide, Febreze, more. Stack with the manufacturer coupons in the 7/27 PG.
    • Popeyes coupons.
    • $1.00/2 Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, a couple $1.00/3 coupons.
    • Baker’s Square coupons.
  • Page 11 of the front section has a 40% off one regular price item Hobby Lobby coupon.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune 7/20/14

Some notes of interest to couponers from the 7/20/14 Chicago Tribune, including some coupons and values that differ from the previews. Note that store ads and flyers can vary, depending what stores are near you and what they decide to put in your paper.

  • Chicago Restaurant Coupons — I add the coupons from each Sunday’s paper for an easy way to access the Chicago Restaurant Coupons list, since they’re not always in the general databases. Restaurant coupons vary by region, so this list reflects coupons found in the Sunday Chicago Tribune only.

Notes from the Chicago Tribune

  • As expected, no inserts this weekend.
  • Stay tuned for the top ten Target deals tomorrow and see this week’s Target school supplies deals here, but the Target ad has three nice store coupons: $10/$50 home (text DECOR to 827438 for mobile version), $5/$15 personal care (text CARE5 to 827438), and $15/$50 dog & cat food, litter, treats (text PETS15 to 827438).
  • Single page flyer of Steak & Shake coupons — See details in Chicago Restaurant Coupons.
  • Single page flyer of Sweet Tomatoes coupons — See details in Chicago Restaurant Coupons.
  • Harbor Freight flyer with coupons including free portable LED light, free poly rope, free tape measure, 20% off single item.
  • Page 1 of the front section has $10/$30 at Fannie May retail stores through 7/26.
  • The back of Life+Style has a 40% off one regular price item at Hobby Lobby coupon through 7/26.

Free eBooks from the Chicago Tribune Books App

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Here’s one Vivian spotted (page 27 of the Nation section in the 7/13 Chicago Tribune if you want to take a look). Head to your App Store or Google Play and download the free TribBooks app. This week’s free book is Water for Elephants, so look under “exclusive offers” in the app and scroll until you see the free offer — then read your free book!

The ad says that Printers Row Journal and DigitalPLUS subscribers also receive 10:10:Life to the Fullest as a free download this week — I am neither of these things, but the app is currently showing me that book for free as well. (This may change?) It also says to check back next week for a new offer, so we’ll see if it keeps giving us freebies. :)