Jewel parent buys Safeway, Jewel buys more Dominick’s, Staples closing stores

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Let’s just lump all our dizzifying news announcements today, mm-kay?

Jewel buying more Dominick’s

Jewel has a new president and is buying five more former Dominick’s stores. Locations:

  • 763 Howard Street in Chicago
  • 424 W. Division in Chicago
  • 3243 S. 115th St in Merrionette Park
  • 800 NW Highway in Fox River Grove
  • 345 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

Jewel parent company is buying Safeway (who just closed Dominick’s)

Jewel Owner to Buy Dominick’s Parent for $9B.

Safeway says it has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerebus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains.

Investment Firm Cerberus to Buy Safeway for $9 Billion.

Under terms of the long-rumored deal, Safeway will merge its brands with Albertsons. The Idaho-based grocer, the naton’s fifth-largest, is controlled by Cerberus, which operates more than 1,100 stores under the Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco and Shaw’s brands.

Wait, so they closed our Dominick’s and now Jewel is merging with Safeway? I’m so confused… lol.

Staples will be closing up to 225 stores by 2015

Staples Closing 225 Stores, Strengthening Online Focus.

Staples said Thursday it will close 225 stores in North America by the end of 2015 amid falling fourth-quarter revenue as sales increasingly shift online.

Keep stocking up on that free after rebate paper while you can!

Did I miss anything?

Or is that enough news for today. :)

Bannockburn Dominick’s 75% off — last one

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Here’s a comment from Judy S. “Bannockburn Dominick’s is at 75% off everything in the store. Hours are 10-6. They had lots of Tide and Charmin when I left today at 5:45. I wish I had known so I could have brought more coupons.”

  • This is the last open Dominick’s in Chicagoland, guys — so if you are in the area, you might want to stop by on Friday morning.

Reader deals 1/21/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • A find from seachicago: “On Saturday at Aldi (SW Chicago), the multigrain chips and cheddar multigrain chips (Aldi version of Sunchips—tastes identical to me) were marked 99 cents. Great buy!”

Amazon

  • Lora shares: “Stay away from the sugarless [Haribo]! These reviews on Amazon are crazy funny!”
  • Cindy likes the glitter headbands: “Perfect!!!! Great for dance and pom kids too!”
  • And Kim found: “If you are buying a bunch of them, there’s a better deal here. You can get 12 of them for $12 and you get to pick your colors too.”

Dominick’s

  • Reported yesterday by letsshop: “75% Off today at Dominick’s 31 st Wolf road ,Think its Westchester and liquor 40%”
  • And Karalyn posts on Facebook: “Dominicks is 75% off now. There wasn’t much left at the Buffalo Grove store. Mostly candy and miscellaneous things left, plus some vitamins. No liquid milk or meat left”

Freebies

Household tips

  • From D: “For things that are “pinked” from the mysterious red sock in the white laundry (or anything red that runs) try this: Do not dry after taking out of the wash. Heat will set the dye Immediately put it in a bucket of cold water with vinegar and peroxide. soak overnight. Then wash only in cold. You may have to repeat. Ive only done this with whites or light colors so Im not sure about darks, but its worked like a charm.”

Meijer

  • Anne found: “At Meijer, Catalina running through 1/26, if you buy two select Post cereals, you get free milk (up to $4) OYNO. Stack that with the Buy Two select Post cereals, get free milk coupon in the 1/19 SS. I bought two Great Grains @ 2/$6, milk for $2.49, got $4 off using coupon (register took full amount automatically), AND I got the Catalina coupon back for free milk up to $4.”

Reader requests

  • Don asks on Facebook: “I heard something about a new Petes Market coming to the Burr Ridge area in the near future ? Anyone else hearing anything about this? Something about taking over a previously closed Kmart?”
  • From Kaitlyn: “Does anyone have recommendations on a good deal fordishwasher packs? I have no preference I’ve used finish or cascade, whichever I can get the cheapest. Amazon has them for 20 cents each…”

Sears

Seeds

  • Some information from Charlotte: “All seeds sold to consumers are GMO free. GMO seeds are only available to commercial growers. Side note, just about all corn, beets, soy beans and rape seeds(canola) that are sold in stores (including products made from these) are GMO. Yes, even at Whole Foods, though they hope to be GMO free by 2018. Now, if you’re looking at seeds that are hybrids, they will say something along the line of: F1-hybrid, this does NOT make them GMO, it just means the parent plants were crossed to get this specific type of plant. This has been going on since the dawn of time. You cross your best plants to get the best seeds for next year. If you collect your own seeds from an F1 hybrid, you will most likely not get great plants from it next year. Heirloom and open pollinated seeds are seeds you can collect year after year and are the ones that are generally really cheap at the stores (11 packs for $1 etc at Menards), because these plants are easy to pollinate and create dependable results every year. Nothing wrong with them and I use them with great results. Unless you have a special license, GMO seeds will not be sold to you.”
  • A recommendation from Suzann: “Try Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds(rareseeds.com). I have used them and if you get their catalog; you will want to order way too much!!”
  • DON says: “If it is certified organic then it is non GMO – far as I know”
  • Pam adds: “I second Baker Creek for non-GMO, my hubby won’t order anything else. www.rareseeds.com

Reader deals 1/19/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

CVS

  • Julie suggests: “For the Huggies deal at CVS where the insert coupons ($3/1 Big Pack) won’t work, keep an eye out for peelies. I found a $1.50/1 and $0.75/1 on the little movers slip on diapers, which we use. The peelies were specific to the slip on kind. Also, check your mail, I received some CVS coupons for $1.50 off 1 jumbo pack, $2.50 off 1 big pack and $3/both diapers and wipes (no size restrictions).”

Dollar Tree

  • Becky reports: “Dollar Tree in Montgomery has the Recipe Makers.”
  • Jane says: “I bought 1 Recipe Makers from DT this week to try it. It was the Verde chicken enchilada one. We thought it was OK, slightly vinegary but not too spicy. I think I tried another variety of these when they first came out and the package says it contains 2 sauces but this one had 3 in it. There was the bottle of “filling” sauce then there were 2 pouches of the “finishing” sauces! I am not sure if this package was a fluke or if there are supposed to be 2 pouches in there. Has anyone tried the Verde one? I may go back and see if they have any left and pick up another……I’d make it again for FREE! (Though you provide the meat and tortillas, it’s just the sauces remember)”

Dominick’s

  • Liz asks: “Do any body know when Dominick’s will be going to 75 off the one I go to still have a lot of stuff at 50″
  • But then she found out: “On 31 and ashland I just called and he said 75 will start tomorrow”
  • Mary posts on Facebook: “Word on the street is Buffalo Grove Dominicks is 50% off.”

Jewel

  • Laura shares: “Just so everyone knows, [Campbell's] Cream of Potato and Cream of Celery are included…woohoo…time to stock up for me.”

Menards

  • DON shares: “Menards had a great selection of vegi/flower seeds and there were just as many Organic seeds as there were non organic – THATS AWESOME PROGRESS !!!!”

Old Navy

  • Aimee found: “Old Navy is having a great sale right now. If your kids need Christmas shirts for next year, they’re deeply discounted – I bought a 4T for 47 cents! There is a lot of winter clothes at the Deer Park location.”

Reader requests

  • A question from cindy: “I was wondering if you or any of your readers have received their bonus $10 Zulily Starbucks voucher. I realized it’s past 1/10/14 and I haven’t heard from them on either one of my vouchers.”

Target

  • ErinN comments on the L’Oreal deal: “I could only print two of the $5/2 coupons cause I only have one computer. I used those two coupons and one of the B1G1 free which auto deducted for $7.49 along with the coupon from the ad. One of the bottles I bought was on clearance for $3.38. Ended up paying only 14 cents per bottle (after deducting the $5.00 Giftcard I recieved.”
  • From kim: “you can add $1/2 simply balanced chip shopkick cpn.”

Reader deals 1/17/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Ace Hardware

Amazon

  • Don posts on Facebook: “I have used very similar [clippers to this $17.99 Wahl set] to groom my dogs – it wont last as long as the other much more expensive units but this is a great price – lowest i have seen has been well over 25 at walmart – HTH”
  • Outlander’s experience: “I have this one too. I use it for my boys, and love it. But I did try using it on my dog too and it did not work good and I would not recommend it for that. Please buy something specifically made for dogs, or your dog will suffer. Btw, that same set is regular price at Meijer about $22 or so. Not $50, like Amazon is lying to make you think you are saving more than you are. Nonetheless, it is still a great price and I like using it.”
  • Chris adds: “I have the majorly expensive Andis pet groomers; if you have small dogs and don’t need heavy-duty grooming I’d say go for this one. It probably will heat up faster, so grab some of that spray that chills down the blade if you run the clipper for a long time. Otherwise it’s very, very uncomfortable for the dog.”

Canning jars

  • Katharine in Hot Deals shares: “I think that is the regular price at Jewel. I bought some cheaper on sale there and also at Meijer. The best deal was at Menards they had them on sale for around $6. this past fall. I know they are not on sale this time of year but as I said, check around if you need them.”

Coupons

  • Something to check your stash for, from Kitty: “A month or 2 ago, in the Jewel Big Book of Savings, there was a $1/1 Green Giant fresh bagged vegetable coupon. It expires 1/31/14, and I have been noticing these fresh veggies at several places, including Jewel, Meijer, and Target.  Yesterday, I saw GG bagged carrots at Target for $1.54-$1.69, so makes for a pretty good deal.  Jewel’s snap peas, broccoli/cauliflower and other mixes are around $2.99-$3.99.  I have seen russet potatoes at Meijer.”

Daily deals

  • A recommendation from John W: “A really good LivingSocial deal in Chicago right now is ArtTango Bistro (South American food). Brunch is $8 ($6.40 with discount) for 2 entrees, dinner for two is $20 ($16). It’s in Ravenswood near Architectural Artifacts (which is a great place to wander around).”
  • Pam on Citrus Lane: “This isn’t worth it. I did it during the last half off and it was a crummy box. I thought there would be a food, toy, book etc in it. My box had two toys, an e book and ice pack. First I wouldn’t want my infant watching anne book..give me the real book. All the photos show products from food, etc and I got nothing like it. I called and they said we’ll offer you another month for $20…. No thanks! I wouldn’t recommend this.”

Dominick’s

  • Becky asks: “Does anyone know what is happening with the Bannockburn dominicks, they are still full price and pretty well stocked????”
  • And peaches responds: “Safeway is in a legal dispute with the landlord, and right now they are contractually obligated to keep the store open, even though they were planning on closing it last month. Apparently they started their going out of business sale when most of the stores did last month, and then they were informed by the landlord that they were contractually obligated to keep the store open, and so they had to restock the store. From what I understand most of the stuff in their deli is deeply discounted, but that is about it, and they are not restocking their produce or meat right now. I heard a few weeks ago, that they were hoping to close on January 25, but right now that has been put on hold while they try to work things out. I am not sure when their lease expires.”
  • Tracey J reports: “Shorewood meat was sold out w/in 12 minutes of today’s open. The gallon sized milk was gone too.”
  • But DON says: “NO KIDDING HU ? 12 MINUTES – WOW !!!! I was there about noon and got great deals on cheese and meat from the Deli”

Meijer

  • From savinlikeu: “75/1 in the 1/5 SS Johnsonville chicken sausage 1.25 is a good price for those :)”

Menards

  • A tip from Heather: “www.menards.com/main/rebates has what you need and you can type your address on the form and print it out. I did not need to download any other sites.”

Reader requests

  • From Kristy on Facebook: “Has anyone signed up for the ShopYourWay MAX program with Sears/Kmart? If you have, do you feel it is a good value?”
  • Simi on Facebook asks: “where can I look for more deals on fun things to do with kids”
  • Jane wonders: “Are the whole grains on sale for 88 cents this week at Jewel as well as the reg. Barillas? I see Kroger has them for $1 as well.”

Target

  • For the Purina One Smartblend, Tamara adds: “There’s also Cartwheel! :)”
  • Cherry reports: “Leslie, the Target in Shorewood is still at 50% but my husband got few items at 70%. It was picked over…2 beetle power wheels at 50%. Hth…”
  • And jo says: “i got a ton at 70% including the power wheels beetle and viper! everything i scanned was 70% even if the sticker wasnt that low! several end caps, and an entire aisle worth of 70% off toys yesterday in shorewood! the signs said 50, but they definitely were at 70 joliet and plainfield were mostly 70, but not everything….. hth”
  • Asked about the power wheels beetle, she also adds: “it was $53.xx in shorewood….. i was there yesterday around 11am….. joliet and plainfield had them at 50% (89.99)…. joliet was pretty cleaned out imo add i don’t remember if they had the beetle or not”

Tony’s

  • Some deals from VICTORIA: “HERBAL ESSENCE 2.99 – $2/2 COUPON DIAL HAND SOAP 4/$5 – $1/2 COUPON TEXAS TOAST GARLIC KNOTS 2/$4 – .50/1 COUPON”

Reader deals 1/15/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • A question from kate: “I missed placing my [Zaycon] order last time due to a very hectic schedule, and then took a chance with Aldi’s $1.49/lb b/s. It was very good- and from America, etc etc…so then when they had it again 2 or so weeks ago, I bought a case. Processed and packaged it when I came home, like I do with Zaycon, and it’s been great. I see that Zaycon is saying something about price of chicken going up…anyone know or speculate if Aldi will keep holding this special price now and again? I’d need more chicken before fall, but don’t want to order a huge order from zaycon right now if I don’t need to.”

Amazon

  • Outlander is a fan of the fondant tools: “I bought those before Christmas, after seeing them elsewhere for $15-$20! They look great and sturdy, but I haven’t used them yet. I haven’t decided yet if I’m gonna use them for fondant or clay! :)”

Apple juice

  • Some information from peaches: “You can buy refrigerated juice that is made with US apples. I know Zeigler’s is one brand and there are several brands at Whole Foods, You can also buy it at the farmer’s markets in the fall, The fresh juice is much better than the juice from China that most people buy in the stores. It is more expensive though, but it is worth it.. I know Costco was selling fresh pressed cider from Michigan too, but I am not sure if they are right now or not,”
  • And jennyh says: “Indian summer apple juice. Says US apples right on the front. You can find it almost everywhere (except aldi)”

Carson’s

  • From DON: “‘JANBDAY‘ yielded free s/h on $35″

Dominick’s

  • Renee reports: “Went to the Shorewood Dominicks today around 10:30. Lots of items left, although most everything is full price. The deals are not as good as the deals were in December. Meat,, cream, milk, eggsand alcohol are excluded.”
  • Margaret is wondering: “Did anybody weny to the Dominiks in Aurora? I am wondering it is worth it to go???”

Jewel

  • Kitty sends over: “The Starkist tuna pouches are on sale at Jewel for $1.29.  There’s a $1/2 in the 1-5 SS, so 79c each WYB 2.  (X 1-26).”
  • Ashley found: “There’s tearpad store coupons on the farm stand displays for $1/3lbs of apples any variety”
  • Cathy posts on Facebook: “Was just at the Wheaton/Danada Jewel and they have many gluten-free cake and brownie mixes on clearance. Some are by Glutino and the others are by Pam (?). $1.25-$1.50. Also had boxes of Glutino gluten-free flour mix for $2.50. Located on a mid-store end-cap near the greeting cards.”

Meijer

  • Kim comments: “The Tropicana 50 is on sale for 2.50, and there is a 1/1 each mperks coupon. I bought 5 in one transaction and it took off $5.00.” The sale may end today, but I am not sure.

Target

  • Shandelle shares: “There are two new Target mobile codes available. Text CHEESY and BLEND to 827438 for a number of mobile coupons. Both of these have $1 off fresh vegetables, $1 off fresh fruit, and $1 off fresh meat, so two of each!”

Reader deals 1/14/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

7-Eleven

  • Shandelle found: “There is a free Milky Way Simply Caramel ice cream bar available in the 7-Eleven app (Exp 1/19 or while supplies last). My local store had these in stock but I saw on some other coupon blogs that if your store doesn’t have Milky Way, have them try scanning one of the other Mars ice cream bars (Snickers, TWIX, etc), as those supposedly scan, too.”

Aldi

  • Patty shares: “I went to Aldi’s to buy apple juice.  All the bottles were marked as containing apples from China.  Then I checked their organic apple juice.  It’s made with concentrate from Turkey.  I’d really like to know how the USDA can certify anything organic from Turkey.  And they certainly can’t certify anything safe from China.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a reliable source of apple juice.”

Amazon

Dominick’s

  • Yesterday, kristi said: “Dominick’s in Aurora on new York St went 50% off today.”

Meijer

  • Nikki noticed: “Meijer also has the [Bic] wite-out for $1.”

Reader requests

  • One from Callie: “Does anyone have any suggestions for meal planning apps/websites. I would prefer it to be free or very low cost.”
  • Shandelle responds: “Are you looking for meal planning apps for an iPhone/Android? I briefly googled about this as I’m also interested in doing this sort of thing and found this article reviewing some and it looks like they’re all free.”

Target

  • A tip from Samantha on using apps that require internet in-store: “I had this issue in the beginning, and a super helpful cashier told me with the Cartwheel App, you HAVE to log into the Target Guest Wi-fi before you can go and add or delete from your Cartwheel. Hope that helps!’ That is just to use the wi-fi, if get a good signal using your mobile network, you can just use that.
  • Jen k adds: “I also wanted to comment on the Target wi-if. The locations on Touhy and on Addison in the city have the free guest logon now. Just try to open your browser when you get into the store and the page will automatically load. Works great for Cartwheel and Shopkick scans.”

Reader deals 1/13/14

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

Big favor: If you mention other sites, online coupons, etc, please include the link. Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • Jane says: “Went to Aldi’s for the blueberries and ended up finding tons of Christmas candy left on clearance. There were bags of foil wrapped chocolates for 49 cents and tins of Christmas tree cookies for 85 cents. I was afraid the chocolate would taste waxy since there were so many left on the shelf, but it is very smooth and creamy! That’s always the case when I only buy 1. The cookies are good too. Aldi is selling good quality stuff…..the candy is called “Choceur” and is made in Germany and the cookies were from Belgium. I may have to go back tomorrow!” I noticed some of that in the clearance bin today as well.

Amazon

  • Priscilla warns: “Beware of the reviews! I was going to order this [Hello Kitty] watch for my daughter, but I changed my mind.”

CVS

  • Jenni reports: “scott extra soft was included at my CVS”

Daily deals

  • A heads up from Christina on Facebook: “I am not sure if you posted about this yet but… I never received my Costco coupon book from the Zulily deal in December. I called this morning, concerned about the Jan. 30 expiration and they said they just sent out the books on Friday because they had an issue with them and that the free coupons they just sent out will have a July 31 expiration! Yay!”

Dominick’s

  • From peaches: “There are some legal issues with the Bannockburn store, and that is why it is still open. The landlord says that Dominick’s is legally obligated to keep the store open, and so I do not know when it will be allowed to close.”

Food 4 Less

  • Something to look for from Charlotte: “There is also a juice included in the buy 5 get $5 off deal, making it $0.88/per after discount. I can’t tell you WHICH juice it is, as I could not figure out the shelf tag and they were sold out. I’ll be heading back later in the week, when there might be more in stock.”

GFS

  • Jen shares: “All gfs stores have these candies. I work at the Burbank location we have tons left also starting February 1st we will have over 70 items from Market day in our new store reset.”

Kroger

  • From Suzann: “For those with a Kroger close by–check dry good clearance often. Some deals are store specific but some are regional(discontinued, holiday baking), I scored Nestle butterscotch baking chips for $0.30 a bag–my store had about 5 boxes-I must have bought close to 50 bags but I love my blondies.”

Printers & ink/toner

  • Brie suggests: “Those with the ink issues – you might want to look into CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System). Basically, you hook it up and you have ink for life. For my printer, it was about $60. Looks like for the HP 6600 it’s $109 on Amazon. It’s a bit of an investment, but then you don’t have to worry about ink again! To learn more (and to see what printers are compatible) just do a google search for CISS and whatever your printer model is.”
  • Suzann recommends: “For printer ink–try printpal.com. Sign up and they send %off and free shipping offers. And they ship very fast.”
  • A question from Sandi: “I was just wondering if anyone could recomend a printer that has reasonable replacement ink cartridges? I had an older HP and it finally died…all the new ones seem to be more pricey on ink.”

Target

  • Christina did the Nature Made deal: “Thanks for posting this! It worked perfectly. The bottles had a $3 off any Nature Made VitaMelts product coupon attach to them as well as VitaMelt sample (which someone stole off of every bottle). Target also has baby wipes on sale for $1. I tried to stack with the 11% Cartwheel per the tag on the store but the app wouldn’t load inside the store.”
  • Cari says: “For the Skinny Cow deal at Target….there is also a 10% off on Cartwheel.”
  • And donna noticed the same: “Liz thanks for the skinny cow deal! There is also 10% off on Cartwheel! Yay!!”
  • Janell on the fish oil gummies: “They don’t taste fishy to me. I think they are pretty good:)”
  • Matt comments: “If you take a fish oil supplement it’s always best to get one that does not give give fish burps. There are specific kinds like the ones from Nature Made that don’t give fish burps because the pills are coated and if swallowed whole the fish smell does not go back up into your mouth.”
  • Becky likes them too: “The fish oil gummies from nature made taste great…like candy. I”m NOT sure IF they are actually efficient though. My DH usually takes the softgels and they have definitely helped his cholesterol level. I’d be curious to see if the gummies REALLY work.”
  • Cari shares: “Found a decent deal on C9 track pants (actually a friend passed the info along since she knows my 10 year old will ONLY wear them) Info came from hip2save. I found some C9 track pants for $9.99. There is a 20% C9 Cartwheel as well as a 20% off children’s apparel on Target.com ( you can only use 1 per transaction as coupon is for item not items. Combining those 2 discounts got me pants for $6.39. Then I bought 2 more pair for $9.99 (there are more expensive pants)- 20% Cartwheel….I was shocked this actually came off 1st….then used a $3/$12.99 or higher childrens apparel Target shopkick coupon. Paid I believe $6.49 a pair. After each transaction a $5/$25 C9 Target coupon printed out…..back to Target I GO!!!”