A little shopping amidst driving around

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I had to drive around hither and yon on various errands today, so figured I’d stop into the stores I was by anyway. Like: I had to pick up a prescription at CVS, then realized I need to color my hair before my brother’s wedding, then realized I had no hair color at home — the magic machine gave me $4/$20 John Frieda and it’s buy one get one 50% off this week, so I bought two even though I didn’t have my ECB with me, lol.

I stopped into Jewel with Mr. 7 and got $1.50 back for post-redeeming my Barbara’s coupon for yesterday’s trip (dropping that to net $.64 after coupons, Checkout 51, and Shopmium — thanks to David for pointing out the Shopmium!). Then we discovered that if you redeem a Kids Club Produce Card for a free apple and don’t buy anything else, it locks up the register, causes consternation, and requires the override key. (One apple before the free card, by the way? $1.15. Not pictured, because Mr. 7 ate it down to the seeds.)

So what is pictured?

CVS

  • Two John Frieda hair colour, $19.48 after buy one get one 50% off sale.

Used $4/$20 from the magic machine and paid $17.09. (Didn’t realize it wasn’t up to $20, oops, I totally did not do that on purpose because my bad math in the store made me think it would be $20.48.)

Caputo’s

  • 2 Lunchables with Smoothies, $4.00. (Mr. 7 has been jonesing for Lunchables, which I buy maybe once or twice a year, because, ick.) Used two $1.00/1 printables here.
  • 4 Fisher almond pouches, $8.00. Used four $1.00/1 from the 6/15 SS.
  • 3 artichokes, $1.00.
  • Pineapple, $.99.
  • Blueberries, $1.50.
  • Corn, $.75.
  • Sour cream, $1.00.

Paid $11.44

Ultra Foods

  • Green Giant Idaho Potatoes, $2.00. Used exp. $1.00/1 Green Giant bagged veggies from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • 3 Borden sliced cheese, $5.94. Used exp. $3.00/3 printable (no longer available).
  • 3 lb Granny Smith apples, $2.50.

Paid $6.62. That’s $35.15 total. Darn hair color, lol. For the week so far I’m at an out of pocket cost of $53.21 and a net cost of $46.46. How’s your shopping going?

Reader deals 7/21/14

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.

Ancestry research

  • Charlotte shares: “I tried this, but because I’m from Europe (as in born in Europe), Ancestry.com doesn’t have very good coverage over European ancestors. Kinda bummed.”
  • Patty suggests: “Check with your local library. Sometimes they have the subscription and you can either access it from their website or using a computer in the library. All you need is your library card number. Also, many libraries hold classes on this subject to teach you how to start searching on your own. A fantastic use of your tax dollars!”
  • Connie adds: “It’s a great show, really enjoy it. Often you can find it and its British counterpart on YouTube (the British one is better, of course!) They still run the reruns on TLC and I bet they are on the TLC website. Ancestry is a good deal, but there are many other sites that can be helpful in genealogy that offer free assistance or low cost assistance. Places like FamilySearch (familysearch.org) , US GenWeb (usgenweb.org) and others offer many original records to anyone. If people really enjoy it I’d be happy to write up a bunch of the money saving habits I’ve learned since I started to do genealogy when I was 10 years old.”

Costco

  • Something seachicago noticed: “Recent, I saw a 96 pack (8 dozen) of Ticonderoga pencils for $9.49 at Costco. Go to the store, though, because Costco.com has them for $14.99.”

CVS

  • Scott M. says: “The CVS Deals for Dial can be stacked with a promo that expires on Monday at 11:59PM Eastern Time, where if you buy $25 of Dial products, you get a free $10 gas card: www.dialsoaprewards.com/#tcshow

Freebies

Household tips

  • From Steve F.: “About those white rings on furniture…..This product works great. Had huge white ring on table after Thanksgiving where the hot gravy bowl sat on the tablecloth. Found this Jasco Furniture White Ring Remover up at Clark-Devon Hardware in Chicago…Didn’t pay the high price of Amazon tho! It’s a cloth with stuff on it, you follow the instructions and the ring came out completely. Polished up the table and you couldn’t even tell. Saved the antique table from the dump ditch!!! Link and pic is here, but I think you can find it cheaper other places.”
  • He adds: “Oh….and it’s just not a one time use thing. Put it in a Zip-lock sandwich bag and it’ll last for years.”
  • A question from maggie: “Hi Steve, just saw your reply here. I wonder what the active ingredient in this cloth is – spending $ 26 on a cloth is a bit over my budget but I’d love to try something like this! :)”
  • Steve F. responds: “Maggie, I have no idea what’s in it. I still have the original wrapper, and there is no ingredient listed anywhere on the package. I’ve had mine for probably 10 years or so, and it still works like brand new. Like I said above, I didn’t buy mine from Amazon, and I keep mine sealed in the original zip bag it came in, plus I keep that in another zip bag. I know that I have rescued countless pieces of furniture from thrift stores and alleys in Chicago that had white rings on them with this stuff! , so I’m thinking it’s cheaper to use this rag for years and years, instead of buying new furniture every time a piece gets ruined with water rings. Of course, there is always grandma’s doily to strategically place over that nasty water ring!! :0″
  • Anne found: “The MSDS for the product is here: www.highlandwoodworking.com/msds/188321-msds.pdf.”
  • Another option, from mama: “Liquid Gold would probably work on the white marks on the table. It does wonder for stains on my wood floors!”
  • And one from Jill: “For all the “white ring” problems, if the methods suggested don’t work, I work for a furniture repair company that can help. Depending on the extent of the damage, we charge $120 and up for the repair of a table. Here is the website if you are interested. gfpwis1.guardsmanfurniturepro.com

Jewel

  • Susan C. reports: “Just came back from the Jewel on Janes in Woodridge. Signs say $1.99/lb . Grocery person said he didn’t know about a [$1.49/lb cherries] sale. Went to the register, they rang at $1.99/lb but the checkout clerk was nice enough to adjust the price. Be aware.”
  • A deal from John W: “Also at Jewel this week, the 7-Up/Sunkist/etc soda for 79 cents when you buy 4 includes the 10 varieties, so you can use the 55 cent or $1/2 coupons for 24-29 cent soda. The Sunkist 10 is hard to find, but most Jewels seem to have a little of the other 10 soda. And the new Jewel at Clark and Howard in Chicago has bananas for 19 cents/lb, an in-store special at that store only.”

Meijer

  • From Joy: “My mPerks had a store coupon for $1/4 granola bars, including nutrition bars (any brand). It pictures boxes, but I bought 4 single Clif bars as part of my $10/11 items and it came off! About $.66 each all told. I imagine it would work fine on the Larabar or Luna singles, too.”

Online deals

  • From cowsarecool22o on Twitter, on the cheap Android phone: “Phone runs Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich) which was released 2 yrs ago. Ibotta runs on all Android 2.2 or newer.”

Reader requests

  • From peaches: “Does anybody know if there are ever any coupons for Hair Cuttery? Do they accept competitor’s coupons? I know that most people here go to Great Clips because they have coupons all the time, and are a lot cheaper, but the last two times I have gotten a bargain haircut at Great Clips, I have been really disappointed with my haircut. At least at Hair Cuttery you get a half way decent haircut most of the time, and sometimes you get a great one. The last time I got my hair cut, I went to an independent salon in Evanston, that did a wonderful job. I got a lot of complements about my hair, but it cost me $45, and I don’t have that kind of money right now.”
  • Michael asks: “Does anyone know whether you have to order a “movie on demand” to apply the $6 credits to or if it just goes to the cable bill whether you have ordered movies or not?”
  • One from Kimberly: “Any good stainless steel appliance cleaner recommendations? We like the stuff we’re using now but the shipping costs are outrageous! Thanks!”

Sam’s Club

  • Interested in the Groupon, Kristen asks: “Been waiting for this to come around again. My membership expires today, anyone know when I’d be able to use it? Or if my husband can sign us up since he is my 2nd person? Thanks”
  • Margie is wondering too: “If you had a membership and it has been expired (since may) is it considered a new membership if you buy this groupon?”
  • Monique reports: “It worked for us last year with the March Livingsocial deal. I can’t remember the actual dates. The sequences was… bought Livingsocial deal, Sam’s membership expired a month later, waited a month just to be sure, and then redeemed the livingsocial code before its expiration date.”
  • Jackie says: “Mine expired this past March. I was waiting for a deal like this, so I didn’t renew. I bought the last one they had and signed up as a ‘new’ member in June- no problem.”
  • Kim adds: “It worked for me last time. I think spouse was primary on the old membership and then now I am primary on this one.”
  • A tip from Kari O.: “Did you know the Sam’s Club app has a scannable image of your membership card? No photo or name, just membership number and barcode. I am logged into my mothers account in Utah and when my sisters run into Sam’s Club for something they always text me “Send me the card!” And I send them a screenshot. Works every time and they don’t ask for ID. Just a strange loophole in case someone loses their card or their spouse is near Sam’s Club and forgot their card. The only bad part is the sample machines aren’t big enough for my phone to slide into. So, no free Luna bars for me. You need an actual membership card to scan in order to use them.”
  • Another from peaches: “You know you can become an associate member for $10 a year. The only downside to it is if you decide to order anything on their website. I tried to order tires on their website recently, and it asked for my sister’s password, because she is the primary member. She lives in New Orleans, and I had to call her up and ask for her password, and after asking me why I had to buy the tires online, and why did I have to buy them at Sam’s Club, and was I sure that I needed new tires, she told me that she did not have a password. She does not order much on line. She is on a guilt trip about not paying sales tax at Amazon. Yes, she can afford to pay sales tax, and plus sales tax in Louisiana is a lot less than it is here. She finally figured out that she did have a password, and gave it to me, and I copied it wrong. It was a long password. I did not want to call her back, so I ended up going to Sam’s Club, and they were able to order the tires for me on line, once I gave them my member ship card.”

School supplies

  • Some tips from mama: “The worst pencils are Target’s own. They break easily and are a waste of money at any price. Our teachers specify Ticonderoga on their lists. And it’s a huge help if you can take the time to sharpen pencils before donating :)”
  • Allison shares: “TextbookRentals.com is a good price comparison website for book rental sites. I also use BookScouter.com when I need to sell my textbooks. I tend to find that if it is a newer book that I can sell it for a higher price using Half.Ebay.com.”

Target

  • Sarah shares: “Target has a coupon $1.50/2 cleaning products. It excludes items under $1. At my store the 2 pack up&up sponges are $1.04 so double check the price at yours. Buy 2 and pay $0.58 after coupon for 4 sponges! Just did it this morning and no beeps!”
  • A scenario from Krystle: “Awesome Target trip/idea I had to share. Buy 2 bags pedigree dog food @ $12.99 ( i found 20 lbs bonus size bags), 2 x pedigree dog treats @ $2.99 each, 2 x Beneful baked delights @ $3 each, 1 12LB bag of Purina Pure Nature kitty litter @ $12.99. Total = $50.95, minus $5/15 TQ, 2x $1/1 pedigree dog food TQ printable, 2x $3/1 pedigree mfg 6/29RP, 1x $1/2 pedigree treats coupons.com printable, 2x $1.50/1 Beneful baked treats 4/27SS, and 1x $2/1 purina pure nature printable NLA. Pay $21.95, plus earn $10 in gift cards from the dog food/ treat combo, and submit for the Purina Pure Nature MIR( option to submit online!) for $10.99. So 96 cents excluding tax!” She adds: “Oops meant $15/50 Pet TQ. Also tax was around $4 for me for this transaction, something to keep in mind.”
  • A deal letsshop did: “Got 3 boxes for my daughter Tampax pearl 36 ct. for about $4 (: nobody mentioned it ! isn’t it a good deal ?I am definitely to old and its been to long since I bought any !!Just trying to help my non couponer daughter .”
  • She clarifies: “$5/$15 Target coupon today’s paper and (3) $2/1 and 5 % Cartwheel and receive $5 GC making and $1.65 each”
  • And Sarah adds: “Maybe it is what I did this morning. 4 boxes of radiant tampons or pads at $4.19 each = 16.76. Use the personal care coupon, 5% cartwheel, and $2/1 coupons. Works out to a little over $3 total for all four boxes.”
  • Cynthia emails about the Frozen Sparkle Elsa doll: “I know you had posted about this doll coming in and out of stock on Amazon.  I’ve been watching the Target websites, and checked tonight and almost all the local Targets (Bolingbrook, Wheaton, Orland, etc.) have her listed “in stock” right now.  My mom picked up one in Orland for my daughter’s birthday.  Hopefully this helps other readers with Frozen fans in their homes!”

Toys R Us

  • Ruth reports: “Toys R Us had these exact same [Frozen] dresses for $19.99 as of yesterday (7/18)”

Walgreens

  • A deal from Maggie2: “Found a great deal on Centrum vitamins at Walgreens today. 125 count were on sale for $9.99, plus BOGO 50%. I bought two for $14.98, used a $5/2 Centrum coupon in the Wags July coupon book, and two $4/1 coupons from the 7/13 RP. $1.98 for 250 vitamins!”
  • From letsshop, you might find Capri Sun 10 packs for $2.00 and producing 2,000 points when you buy two, so net $1.00 each after points if you find this deal.

Whole Foods

  • Liz shares: “Right beside the Pacific non-dairy beverages are Dream Latte™ Coffee + Almond Non-Dairy Drinks (www.tastethedream.com/products/category/851.php). They were $1.99 for me and there is a $1.00/1 in this month’s Whole Deal. Not free but only $0.99 to try something new. Maybe this will stop me from hitting Dunkin Donuts each workday morning.”
  • David says: “Last month’s whole deal (expires July 31) had $1/2 tasty bite. You can find the coupons here still
  • A find from Krystle: “K stopped at the hinsdale location on the way to breakfast this morning, picked up some free clif mojo bars, and noticed they had Kettle chips with $0.55 MFG peelies. Stacked with the instore coupon they were $1.44 each, not bad IMO. No hassle check out either, oh and Rachel is correct the way they deducted my coupons was just weird. Some scanned, and others were bulk discounted. Overall nice experience, will be adding whole foods to my monthly rotation!”
  • Diana shares: “I go to Wheaton and also can’t wait for Elmhurst to open! I have to second the bulk bins! We get dried beans, rice, oats, coconut, the list goes on and on. The bulk spices are really great and like peaches said are better quality. Plus, you only have to pay for what you need. If my memory serves me right, they had vanilla beans for around $2.60 EACH. There is also a tour you can take that will explain how to save on their items. I think you just need to ask at customer service. I only wish it was easier to know what all their prices were, on produce for instance, since I don’t go too often. All in all, I love going for the great selection and nice employees.”

Walgreens Photo Codes and CVS Photo Codes 7/20/14

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Here are your CVS photo codes good online only from 7/20/14 through 7/26/14.

Here are your Walgreens photo codes.

The code below is good online 7/20/14 through 7/26/14 only!

Older and monthly online-only Walgreens Photo coupon codes that are good 7/1/14 through 7/30/14:

Money making CVS shopping — nail polish, paper towels, bar soap

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Stopped by CVS this morning with my 7 year old shopping buddy, who picked out purple sparkle and blue sparkle nail polish for me. They had only one Benadryl itch stick left, so just got:

Two 3-packs Dial bar soap, $4.00. Used $1.00/2 printable here and already got back $1.00 from Ibotta.
Just the Basics paper towel roll, $.79. Used $.79/1 from the magic machine.
Two Sally Hansen Xtreme wear nail, $6.38. Used two $1.00/1 from the 7/13 RP.

Used a 20% off coupon that came in email (took off $1.28) and $5.00 in ECB. Paid $1.85 and got back $7.00 in ECB ($5 Sally Hansen, $2 Dial) for a $.15 money maker, then got back another $1.50 from Ibotta ($1.00 for soap, $.50 for triple play bonus for redeeming 3 offers in a week) for a total of: Up $1.65 on this trip.

CVS deals week of 7/20/14 – 7/26/14

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Here are the best CVS deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 7/20/14.

Top CVS deals week of 7/20/14

  • Buy two Benadryl or Aveeno anti-itch items, get $5.00 ECB limit 1. If your store carries them, your best deal here is on Benadryl itch sticks at around $3.49 each: Buy two for $6.98. Use $3.00/2 in the 6/8 SS (exp. 7/20!) or two $1.00/1 printables here or the $2.00/2 printable here. Pay as low as $3.98 with $5 back for a $1.02 money maker.
  • Buy two Sally Hansen cosmetics, get $5.00 ECB limit 1. No prices in the ad, but online Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear runs $3.19. Assuming around that price in store, buy two for around $6.38. Use two $1.00/1 from the 7/13 RP or previously available printable, and pay $4.38 with $5 back for a little money maker.
  • Single roll Just the Basics paper towels, $.79. Get a $.79/1 coupon from the magic machine this week and get one free.
  • Dial bar soap 3 pack, Complete hand wash 7.5 oz, 2/$4.00 get $2.00 ECB limit 1. Print $1.00/ 2 here. (Note: It has a Walmart logo, although it’s a manufacturer coupon. CVS’s official policy says they will not take coupons with other stores’ logos; in practice, some do, some don’t.) Get $1.00 back on any Dial bar soap any size on Ibotta through 7/23. If your store takes the printable; get two 3-packs bar soap for free after ECB, coupon, and Ibotta cash back. If not, get two for $1.00 after ECB + Ibotta.
  • Dial body wash 16 oz, bar soap 6 pack, Right Guard or Dry Idea deodorant (excludes sprays and roll-ons) or Total Defense 16 oz body wash, 2/$6.00 get $2.00 ECB limit 1. Your best deal is on Right Guard Xtreme Clear: Buy two for $6.00. Use two $1.50/1 in the 7/13 RP or $1.50/1 printable here. Pay $3.00 with $2.00 back for a net cost of $1.00 for two, or $.50 each.
  • Starbucks iced coffee or Refreshers single, $1.50. Load $1.00 back on one coffee and $1.00 back on two Refreshers on SavingStar. Print $1.00/1 Refreshers here.

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

Reader deals 7/17/14

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.

CVS

  • Shirley asks: “I used the $5/$30 store coupon to purchase $35 worth of diapers. I gave that coupon first and took off fine until the cashier scanned all MQ ($9) and the store is voided automatically. Does this happen to anyone? Do we now have to hit $30 after all MQ in order to use that coupon?”

Household tips

  • Regarding freezer space, Callie shares: “Yes, I took them all out of the boxes and dumped them in the right side of our pullout freezer inside the house. Left side is dedicated to meat/frozen entrees and the right side is now solid popsicles lol! They don’t take up as much room as you think when they all escape from their cardboard prison!

Jewel

  • A find from Mandy: “The Jewel on Army Trail Rd. and County Farm in Carol Stream had Miracle Whip on sale today for $1.99 and a lot of them had $1.00 off peelies on them. I also found a 10% off coupon for this Jewel only. Even without the 10%, this was a great buy on Miracle Whip.”

Kohl’s

  • Kristin comments: “The company wide policy has just changed regarding accepting expired Kohl’s cash. As of August 1st, it is the new policy that no store will be allowed to accept expired Kohl’s cash. Apparently the company was losing money because many people discovered that when they used their expired Kohl’s Cash coupon, the cashier had to manually enter a “dollar transaction discount” which is not recognizable on the original receipt.” To translate: This means if a customer makes a $500 purchase, and earns $100 Kohl’s cash. Once their Kohl’s Cash coupon expires, they use it to buy $100 worth of merchandise. They then take their original $500 purchase and return it for a full $500 refund. Therefore “working the system” as they call it. I had no idea Kohl’s even accepted expired coupons until a cashier volunteered this info at check out when I mentioned that I had $10 expired. I rarely shopped at Kohl’s to start with but they had a clothing item that my daughter wanted that a friend of hers had and it was from Kohl’s. Since they seem to be so highly priced to begin with along with their fake sales, I won’t be shopping Kohl’s in the future.”

Reader requests

  • One from Alicia: “If anyone sees any deals on portable or window air conditioners, please let me know! I’ve been looking for sales or clearance, but haven’t found much yet. Thanks!”
  • Brian is wondering: “Are people having luck redeeming these free offers at Food 4 Less? The Bolingbrook store either doesn’t have the items or remembers seeing them and can’t find them again.”
  • Shandelle responds: “Did you try looking in the bakery cold case near where they have ready made cakes? That’s where I saw them at Kroger and where others reported finding them. They are refrigerated.”

Smartphones

  • A question from grandma g: “Has anyone actually used an android phone without activating, just using Wi-Fi? I already have a basic cell phone, but I would like to be able to access some apps and use Wi-Fi at the store, like adding to my Cartwheel while shopping, but don’t want the extra cost involved with changing to a smartphone.. I have Wi-Fi at home and if I can access it at most stores, let the grandkids play some games, and take pictures sounds like just what I want. Thanks for any input.”
  • An experience from peaches: “I actually got a smart phone a few months ago, when my basic phone died on me. You can get this smart phone, and just use a prepaid plan on it. That is what I am doing on mine. There is a learning curve involved on these phones compared to a basic flip phone though. I just finally signed up for ibotta last night, but I haven’t downloaded it to my phone yet. I don’t have wifi at home. I wonder if I can do ibotta at a store that has wifi, so I don’t have to pay for texting charges? My prepaid charges 10 cents for every text that I send or receive.” For Ibotta, you don’t need texting and you should be able to use anywhere that has wifi, but you’ll need the product to scan the barcode and the receipt to take the pic of to redeem.
  • Becky responds: “You can use a smartphone without a contract with wifi. I do this with my DD. She uses my old smartphone to download free apps and play them on the phone. So, I see no reason why you couldn’t do what Rachel said with ibotta. It’s a great idea actually. Especially if you don’t want the hassle of a pre-pay or contract phone.”
  • And jaci weighs in: “So weird that phone is my old phone just bought a new one. Wifi streams no problem at home my new phone is 4g and works night and day faster and better that particular phone is not compatible with ibotta or new saving star upgraded app. If that helps u.”
  • And feelgood shares: “I have a Sprint smartphone for which I cancelled my Sprint service a month ago when I switched phones and carriers. I still use that old smartphone around the house using wifi, and at places that have hotspots. I can browse the web, use apps, check emails, take pictures, etc., basically anything I did before except make phone calls. There’s even phone service, texting and a number to go with it using the free Talkatone app from the Google Play store.”

Target

  • From grandma g: “Target is having a sale on wrapping paper, gift bags,and ribbons. Buy 3 get 1 free, plus there’s a 30% off wrapping paper on Cartwheel. I have 3 birthdays coming up so this worked out good for me.”
  • Michelle warns: “At the Broadview store they have plenty behind the service desk, though, as Vanessa says, they aren’t accepting the coupons. I am just going to take them to a diff. store to use coupon.”
  • If you find a store doing this, Kari O. suggests: “Buy it full price and go back to customer service within 3 days for “missed coupons” and get your cash back.”
  • Patrick asks: “I went to a Target store in the northern suburbs and reached into a stack of 9 oz. (I think) M&Ms and pulled out a bag with a $1 off peel-off coupon sticker on it. I then found one more there but many other bags had the sticky residue on the front of the bag but no coupon sticker. Has anyone been to any Targets lately and noticed bags of M&Ms with the coupon sticker still on them? Thanks.”

Walmart

  • Kristina shares: “Don’t miss out on the Dr. Pepper deal at Walmart. Price match the $2.50 Target sale. It comes out to 68 cents w/tax per 12-pack after the $10 gift card.

Whole Foods

  • On the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, David shares: “A heads up – Wheaton did not have these in stock, Naperville said they would be willing to order them. Forest Park (on Harlem) had them on the shelf. St. Louis (Brentwood) had a big basketfull of them.”

Reader deals 7/13/14

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.

7-Eleven

  • Shandelle says: “The 7-Eleven FB page is full of complaints that the app doesn’t work and many clerks refuse to honor the freebies. I think that’s pretty sad and I’ve had both stores nearby tell me that in the past, though when I complained to corporate they told me they are supposed to manually honor coupons in the app. I went super early yesterday and was able to get the Big Gulp but the clerk at first had issues and started to give up and tell me no but finally she got it to go through. I guess 7-Eleven sent out a text (some people showed screenshots, I didn’t get one nor did my friend I asked?) saying they were cancelling the freebie for today, the birthday cake M&M’s, due to technical problems. I went to get my morning paper and thought I’d pickup the M&M’s but sure enough it is not in the app and the tab advertising their birthday celebration says they’re offline. The app hardly ever works for me so most of the time I don’t even bother since rude clerks usually refuse to honor them if it won’t scan.”

Boston Market

Coupons

  • Something to check for from Aggie: “In Tribune Lifestyle insert there is a $3.00 off $15.00 at Walgreens good 7/13 to 7/27″
  • And some more information: “It’s on page 9. Page says visit our newly remodeled Glen Ellyn store. 324 Roosevelt Rd. Glen Ellyn. Coupon says Good at Walgreens with Coupon and card. Doesn’t say only at Glen Ellyn store.”

CVS

  • Julie says: “Check your magic coupon machine coupons for $5/$30 baby to make the gas card deal even better.
  • Something to look for from Valentina S.: “I got from CVS MCM $0.50/1 milk 1 gallon on 7/11/14, exp. 7/25/14. This is the first time I get CVS coupon for milk.” Rachel did too and so did I!
  • From ellen: “i know its ymmv but this is the third time it has worked for me. buy coke 12pks 4/$12 when you buy 4. or $5 each. since they ring up at $5 and the discount doesnt come off untill the order has been totaled after coupons have been entered, the free 12 pk coupons from mycoke rewards are scanning at $4.99. I used two coupons plus a $1.50 ecb for spring spending an paid $.52 plus tax for 4 cokes.”
  • CHRISTINE says: “Awhile back I posted Kellogg Cereal codes with the wording “get $12 in coupons when you enter… codes” on the box. I printed them and lo and behold there are coupons for Jif peanut butter, $1 Smuckers, and lots of good cereal coupons. Bare Naked $1/1 too. go to the Kellogg site and log in and search under your rewards, codes, etc. I found a set of coupons I did not know I had and now have 2 sets of awesome coupons. Long expiration too.”

Reader requests

  • From cconrads: “just wondering, if anybody here has recently had their basement sealed? How exactly is it done? How do I prepare (inside and out)?  How much is it? How long does it take? Any recommendations? Thanks!!!”
  • Melissa posts on Facebook: “Where does everyone get their inserts from? I’m in the NW Indiana area and would love to find someone local so I can pick up instead of having them shipped. TIA!
  • Outlander is wondering: “Did anyone ever get those rebates from Walmart for $6 of ground beef with Hamburger Helper purchase? Also, did anyone ever get those free Almay make up bags with those codes from Walgreens from a few months ago? I never got either.”

Target

  • Michelle points out: “There are also $3/2 and $2/1 Pods Qs in the 7/6 PG if you don’t have the printables.”
  • Sent over by feelgood: “For the Tide Oxi deal, here’s what I’m doing. First I do a store inventory search, and find a store with at least 6. I place an online order with pickup at that store. Total is $60.00 plus tax, which needs to be secured with any old credit card. The store sends me an email and text notification that my order is ready. The credit card is not charged until I actually show up at the store and purchase the items. If I don’t show up in two days, the order gets cancelled and the credit card is never charged. You cannot use Cartwheel or coupons on the online order. If you want to use them, you can show up, they will cancel the order at your request, and give you the items to ring up at the register along with your coupons.”
  • And Steve F. tried it: “Going to try this this morning. You can go on the Target website and search your surrounding stores for 6 Tide Oxi. You can even place an order and pick up at Guest Services. I ordered 6 on Friday and received confirmation they are ready. They don’t charge your credit card until you pick them up. I will ask them to re-ring them with today’s deal and coupons. Will know soon if it works!”
  • And he updates: “Score! 6 Oxi were waiting for me. Coupons deducted $12.99 each! Will add an earlier Tide Pods receipt to claim rebate! Thanks MashUpMom!”
  • Karen says: “Just tried the deal. Couldn’t find any anywhere! According to target.com, they had 6 in Tinley Park. I get to the store, there are none to be had, though their inventory showed 17. They explained it as an accounting error. Tried to order online and called the guest service number, they will not accept coupons on online orders after the fact, I was told.” Right, you have to cancel and buy in-store like feelgood described.
  • Katy shares: “I stopped at the Wheaton Target to look for the Tide Oxi Clean and found none. I talked to a staff member who said all the Targets in the area are having trouble with the supplier and will most likely not have any Tide Oxi Clean.”
  • Krystle reports: “Wow I checked online for instore pickup, just curious. Surprise surprise not 1 store shows stock! That’s searching 91 stores within my zip code search! (Sad, I know that I took the time to count them) I have a rain check from last weeks sale, but I guess they are still out?!?” She adds: “Oh and sold out online!”
  • From letsshop: “Don’t forget 25 cents on Pepsi 20 oz .or larger on #51
  • Nora adds: “It’s apparently a national thing. The Targets in Central Florida don’t have Tide OXI, either. When I read about this deal, I had a feeling there would be a supply issue. It was basically too go to be true. LOL”
  • Jennifer comments: “There is also 15% off on electronics today at Target through cartwheel. They are celebrating 1 year with cartwheel. There are 3 exclusions, I am not sure what they are. Most electronics are included.”

Walmart

Walgreens Photo Codes and CVS Photo Codes 7/13/14

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Here are your CVS photo codes good online only from 7/13/14 through 7/19/14.

Here are your Walgreens photo codes.

The codes below are good online 7/13/14 through 7/19/14 only!

Older and monthly online-only Walgreens Photo coupon codes that are good 7/1/14 through 7/30/14:

Sunday morning shopping with Mr. 7

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Mr. 7 is my new Sunday morning shopping buddy lately. He loves to get up early, and he loves to push the cart, which I can let him do on Sunday mornings before the stores get busy!

(He also loves Ultra Foods because they were giving away mini cupcake samples at the bakery — nothing like a blast of sugar to start out your day…)

CVS

We started at CVS, since they sent me a 30% off regular price items coupon in email and I realized I still had a $5.00/3 Band-Aid coupon from the free first aid kits earlier this year. Bought three character Band-Aid at $4.29 each, used the 30% off your order printable, $1.00/2 from the magic machine, and $5.00/3 manufacturer coupon. Paid with $1.99 ECB and $1.47, and got back $5.00 ECB for a little money maker of $1.54. Probably should have done Physicians Formula concealer for a money maker with the 30% coupon too, but Mr. 7 is also a distracting chatterbox of a shopping buddy. ;)

Target

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Then we swung by Target, where about half of the Fresh Step cat litter boxes had $1.50/1 manufacturer coupon peelies on them. Bought four for $10.99 each, and used four $1.50/1 manufacturer peelies and four $2.00/1 Target coupons from the 6/29 SS. Got $1.00 off for paying with REDcard, paid $31.02, and got back two $5.00 Target gift cards for a net cost of $21.02, or $5.26 a box after tax and everything.

And no, my store didn’t have Tide OXI in stock either, but I didn’t really expect it to!

Ultra Foods

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Lastly, we swung by Ultra Foods. The Lombard store had several of these whole Kentucky Legend hams (exp. yesterday 7/12, but hey), all on manager’s special for $.99/lb, and all with $2.00/1 manufacturer peelies! Mine’s in the crock pot right now — it was 8.71 lbs, and came to $6.62 after peelie coupon, or just $.76/lb.

3 Borden shredded cheese, $6.84. Used expired $3.00/3 printable from a long while back (no longer available).
2 dozen eggs, $1.96.
2 Dannon yogurt cups, $.76.
Cherries, $4.28.
Clearance ham, $8.62. Used $2.00/1 peelie.

Got $.05 off for bringing my own bag and paid $17.80. So my out of pocket cost today: $50.29. My net cost: $37.30.

CVS deals week of 7/13/14 – 7/19/14

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Here are the best CVS deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 7/13/14.

Top CVS deals week of 7/13/14

Note — There are MANY regional differences in CVS ads this week, so be sure to check your own ad. The ad I’m using here is from the suburbs of Chicago.

  • Spend $30 get a $10 gas card scenario: Buy four packs Pull-Ups for $35.96. Use two $3.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups printable coupons here (must share to unlock, print limit 2), one $3.50/1 pack of Huggies Pull-Ups on Hopster (like them on FB and share the coupon to unlock, print limit one) and $2.00/1 pack of Huggies Pull-Ups on Hopster. Pay $24.46 with a $10 gas card back for a net cost of $14.46 for four packs, or $3.62 each. (If you can get more prints of the higher value coupons, it’s an even better deal!)
  • South Beach Diet Good to Go bars, $1.88. Print $1.00/1 here and get them for just $.88.
  • Edy’s 1.5 qt, Haagen-dazs 14 oz or 3 ct bars, Skinny Cow ice cream 4-6 ct, Nestle 4 ct Drumsticks, Crunch or Fruit bars (should be Outshine) 6 ct, 3/$12.00 get $4.00 ECB limit 1. Print $1.00/1 Outshine here. $1.00/1 Skinny Cow 5/18 RP1 (exp. 7/15). Use three $1.00/1 coupons and pay $9.00 with $4.00 back for a net cost of $5.00 for three, or $1.66 a box.
  • Buy two Physicians Formula cosmetics get $10 ECB limit 1. Look for concealer sticks as low at $6.99 — buy two for $13.98, use the $4.00/$12.00 cosmetics coupon from the magic machine, and pay $9.98 with $10 ECB back! Prices will vary by store.
  • Spend $15 on Sally Hansen cosmetics get $5 ECB limit 1. Use $1.00/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color priced $1.97 or more in the 7/13 RP. No prices in the ad, but online Hard as Nails Xtreme wear is $3.19. Assuming around that price in store, buy five for $15.95. Use $4/$12 cosmetics from the magic machine = $11.95. Your best deal is with multiple papers — if you have five of the $1.00/1, use those to drop your price to $6.95 with $5 back for a net cost of $1.95 for all five.

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