Reader deals 4/19/14

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.

Dollar Tree

  • Outlander shares: “I found at Dollar Tree big boxes of Kellogg’s Fruit Loops so 3 free after $3/3 Qs. And also Honey Bunches of Oats Greek yogurt, so 50 cents after $1/2 from 4/13 SS1.”
    dollar tree cereal

Internet service

  • Priscilla comments: “Don’t forget if your kids qualify for reduced or free lunch you should qualify for Internet Essentials through comcast for 9.99 a month internet.”

Target

  • For anyone still heading to Target tonight for Bounty, new2q says: “There is also a $1/2 bounty rolls Q in the energizer battery packs that had ‘ Save over $20 PG items ‘ . These where the 20- pack batteries that were free after rewards at Office Max.”
  • And Samantha says: “There is also a $1 off 6 pack or larger Bounty when you text offers. You know, if you need some more PT ;)”
  • A tip from Kari O.: “Target will tell you it’s the discretion of the manager or cashier to accept or not accept coupons. I’d suggest buying the items then returning to customer service for a refund of your “missed coupons”. They allow that for at least 3 days, sometimes a week.”
  • Jaimene says: “The Target mobile app has ALL of the mobile coupons and bar codes Including the special deals and baby mobile coupons” You may still have to be signed up for the mobile coupons in order to get them in your app.

Ultra Foods

  • Something to look for from Linda: “When buying the Keebler crackers, look for peelies for buy 2 boxes of crackers, get a dozen eggs free!”

Whole Foods

Reader deals 4/18/14

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.

Berkot’s

  • Jane says: “I used my 2- $1/1 printables for the Challenge butter Wed. to get them for $1.28 each….but then I noticed in this weeks Berkots ad, they had them for only $2 each. I was going there anyway this morning, so I tried to get another 2 for only a dollar each but they denied my coupon because it had a JEWEL LOGO on it! She even brought out the manual showing me the policy. It is a manuf. coupon and does not say ONLY at Jewel….I left them on the belt. Silly. Just wanted to share it w/ others who may shop there.”

Gardening

  • Nikki shares: “I purchased the rain barrels Aileen is talking about last year. Unless they’ve changed it, it is a limit of 2 per household. They were not delivered in the time frame promised (shocker, right? LOL) but they were nice enough to hide them from street view, as we were not there when they were delivered. They were easy to install, came with instructions, & all the necessary hardware. After researching many rain barrels, these were the cheapest we found at the time.”

Jewel

  • Something to look for from Outlander: “At Jewel, if you are doing $5/5 Kraft deal with Kool Aid Jammers, look for clearance ones (lemonade and watermelon flavors) for $1.58, so only $0.58 after the discount.”

Online deals

  • On the cheap refurbished desktop, Matt says: “I would add is that refurbished with desktop computers typically just means the computer was used, so they just wiped the hard drive and reinstalled a fresh copy of Windows. Individuals or businesses refurbishing computer are basically just part of a program where Microsoft allows them a cheaper license to put Windows on a used computer that has not had a motherboard change or processor upgrade so that it can resold or donated. Other types of refurbished products actually had something wrong with them and were repaired, so there may be a little more risk involved.  Definitely for the kids a machine like this is slightly faster than an old XP machine. Pick up a cheap flat panel monitor from the Good Will for under $10 and they’re ready to go. This machine was probably around in the early days of Vista (pre-2009) and may have had Vista or XP on it originally. You can usually get a decent used dual core machine on eBay for $100, but a lot of times the machines don’t come with an operating system. The biggest thing to check on a machine like this is to do a quick Google search to determine how much RAM you can put in these because that is the main thing that can be upgraded in a machine like this.” He also shares this link.

Target

  • For the paper products deal, Kari O. says: “don’t forget there is a $1/1 Bounty DuraTowel in the coupon booklets from Pampers diaper cases! Also Target sent out those Spring mailers last month with $1/1 and $1/2 Paper Items which include Bounty 6ct+ packs.”
  • A deal from Jordan: “Use the Aveeno coupon in the latest of the Target Baby mobile coupons and the 5% off Aveeno on Cartwheel, then get $2 back from Checkout 51 for Aveeno baby lotion for as low as $.74 each.” Not everyone will have the Aveeno baby offer, but definitely worth checking your Checkout 51!

Walmart

  • For more cheap detergent, Mallory realized: “If you “unlike” Ajax on Facebook and “relike” them again, it will let you print it more than once! :)”

Reader deals 4/17/14

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.

Devon Market

  • John W comments: “You can get the same deal on the butter this week at Devon Market, 1440 W. Devon in Chicago (www.devonmarket.com/weekly-ads). I think they accept these coupons. Also at Devon Market, 99 cent sugar (limit 1 with $10 purchase), $1.99/lb ground beef.”

Freebies

  • Caroline posts on Facebook: “FYI Liberty Savings Bank is having their free monthly shredding event this Sat the 19th at 7111 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago from 9-12pm.. Every month from now on they will have a free shredding day at their other locations. I changes every month.”

Gardening

  • Aileen emails: “If you get water service from the Metropolitan Reclamation Water District of Greater Chicago, you can get a 55 gallon rain barrel for $58 plus tax delivered to Cook County addresses. A variety of colors and includes installation harware and mosquito screen. www.mwrd.org/irj/portal/anonymous/rainbarrel Chicago residents can also get a rebate of 50% for purchase of a rain barrel, compost bin, tree or native plant here: www.sustainablebackyards.org/

Kmart

  • Matt sends over: “Kmart has Cottonelle TP for $5.49 and an additional $3 off WYB 3. So basically $4.49 plus tax WYB 3. Then when you combine with any surprise points it’s an even better deal. Also Kmart has a promo going this week. Buy a $25 gift to Kmart and get an additional $5 and an additional $2 in points. So that’s basically $25 for $32 worth of credit. I believe that Kmart gift cards are also good at Sears. So what you could do is buy some stuff at Kmart with SYW points and SYW coupons and then pay the remainder for it with the gift card. When you look at the fact that Kmart offer $10 off $50 coupons in addition to surprise points and this promo it’s easy to see how the deals could stack together.”

Loyalty programs

Meijer

  • A warning from Brian: “Be warned that I had trouble at the Bolingbrook (I-355) store; they refused the Target coupons stating that “they don’t accept the ‘Web’ coupons. I was able to get them to accept them “this time”. I do not see that distinction in their policy. Be prepared to argue.”
  • Anne adds: “I had the SAME thing happen to me at the other Bolingbrook store this week and was floored. I thought that Meijer had long settled this issue with the stores, but they also did accept my one puny coupon.”
  • Some things to look for from Ashley: “Lots of Almay are now under $4 with the 25% sale. Every time you buy one you get $2 coupon for another, buy two it prints a $4 coupon. Coupon is not scanning on any of the remover products which are also on sale, it has to be typed in. Remember their type in limits per transaction are $20 so split it up. Also make sure to clip the $6/$30 beauty reward and $15/$525 total reward. My local stores are substituting for the Miracle Grow that has the $15/5 mperk that they don’t carry, the substitution bags are $3.99 so $0.99 each and you’ll earn the reward for garden. Also Cranium party is on clearance 50% for $7.49 so $2.49 after coupon and you can use it towards the $5/$25 in toys. Combine it with Sofia the First doll and you’ll pay 7.50 oop and earn $5 back. When you buy three kraft cheese you get $2 instantly off chicken, so buy three cheese, two Kraft dressing, use three $0.75/1 peelies on them, $0.75/2 kraft dressing, and $5/5 Valli coupon, pay $1.58 and you can get $2 in chicken free Pompeian olive oil is BOGO $3.19 so use the $1/1 coupon and you’ll pay $2.19 for two ($1.19 if you have a store that allows it, some do, some don’t)” Clearance can vary by store. Mperks rewards offers will vary by account. Meijer’s official policy does not allow a coupon on the ‘free’ item. The 3.19 price is probably on the olive oil “blends” not the pure olive oil. Also, substitutions will vary by store. Finally, the $5 off 5 Kraft Valli coupon is a competitor coupon which stores may or may not honor depending if there is one in your area and they consider a local competitor.
  • She adds: “Also Fisher Price laugh and learn are BOGO half off and there’s mperk coupons for money off each”

Olive Garden

Reader requests

  • A question from liz: “looks like a trip back to Meijer…has anyone tried the California pizza kitchen pizzas or should I waity for digorno..the b1g1 free peeps will be on checkout 51 .25 back starting tomorrow”
  • Debbie L. is wondering: “Does anyone know if the Algonquin Meijer will take the Target Web coupons? At one time, they did then I thought I heard that they didn’t but I haven’t tried recently. TIA”

Sam’s Club

  • From shirley: “Sam’s club has 32 ct Go-Gurt for $4.68 and 2 x 8 oz Pam spray for $3.88 after instant savings. Last day is 4/19.”

Target

  • On the Mini-Wheats deal, ElizabethF shares: “I checked all the prices at my store: Regular 18 oz – $2.50 Touch of Fruit Raisin – $2.50 Chocolate – $2.99 Strawberry – $3.14 Touch of Fruit Raspberry – $3.14 Little Mini Wheats – $3.14″
  • From feelgood: “Heads up on the cheap Heinz ketchup deal. I went to the Lemont Target last night, the 38 oz bottle was marked $2.69 on the shelf. Tried to do a self price check but scanner said item not found. All the larger sizes were even more expensive. Smaller sizes were cheaper, but the coupon reads: “Save 50 cents on one Heinz Tomato Ketchup 38 oz or larger.” Anyone have luck finding a 38 oz or larger Heinz Ketchup for $1.87 at their Target?”
  • Karalyn on Facebook reports: “The Schaumburg Target on Barrington Road has a ton of frozen food on sale!!”
  • A reminder from Adrianne: “If you text spring to 827438 you can get .50 off market pantry eggs making the eggs only .49.”
  • And from Jordan: “Don’t forget that the two mobile coupons that expire on 4/23 (I think they’re SPRING & THANKS?) each have a 50¢ off eggs, making eggs $.49 each.”
  • An idea from Diane: “Just a thought on the Starbucks coffee at Target – you could price match the CVS add & get the coffee for $6.99 each – $2/2 Q & then submit for $5 Starbcks GC for net cost of $6.98 for 2 bags. Not too bad!”
  • A heads up that prices can vary by store, from Outlander: “But, I forgot to mention that of course my store was almost completely out of Mini Wheats. I would have loved to get more. And Jimmy Dean is $3.99 at my store and not $2.99. And Bagel thins were $5.58 for 2 and not $5.08 like at yours. Must be all around more expensive store. That’s where those mini Nivea lotions were $2.74, instead of $2 too.”
  • An idea from julie for the children’s apparel deal: “if you have tween girls, you can also stack with a 20% bra and bra accessories. I’m stocking up on leggings and bras for my 2 tweens. I’m not quite sure what a bra accessory is though. Like a cup holder? or reading lamp? :)”
  • To add to the Bounty/Charmin deal, Diane found: “ok, I don’t have a smart phone so I am only passing on what I read on hip2save – there is a $1/1 Paper Item Target Mobile Coupon (text SPRING to 827438) & $1/2 Paper Item Target Mobile Coupon (text THANKS to 827438) that you could use also?” Yep!
  • Amanda H spotted: “Found from another website, on pgeveryday.com website has another link for the $1 off 6pk or more, was able to print all three coupon’s from one computer.”
  • For the Eggo deal, Cari explains: “They are $2.39 and there is a 20% cartwheel. Plus the $0.75/2. Add in to the $10/$50 and cheap waffles!!! My kids are obsessed with the new bites. Go through a box a day. There is/was an ibotta offer for them too.”

Reader deals 4/16/14

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.

AAA

  • Megan posts in Hot Deals: “I think it’s worth it – we use it on hotel deals (it’s almost always cheaper than any other price for a hotel) and towing/jumpstarting cars.”
  • And jen likes it too: “I have been a member of AAA for 5 years. Not only is it great to have for cars when they go out of warranty but there are great store and travel discounts as well.”
  • As does theresa: “AAA membership and can use the service even if a passenger in someone else’s car. Nice added teenager on and then if car issue can always call. Love the discounts at hotels and really have not used the restaurant discounts. Also like the free maps and books. I like them in my hand sometimes not just in electronics”
  • But jennyh shares: “BEWARE AAA! I was a member for over 5 years. The one time i needed a tow it was -10 degrees at 8 oclock at night (on randall road just north of St. charles). It was really really cold and my husband had a flat. I thought, “Finally! I get to use AAA for what we bought the membership for!” We called the number on the back of the card only to recieve an automated message that “because of a high volume of calls they are unable to take any service calls. Sorry.” And. Click. Left us in the lurch with very little phone battery in the cold (this was a few years ago and we didn’t have smartphones to find a tow company on our phone). I will never be a member again after that. Like theresa says, “if there is a car issue you can always call” …. but don’t expect to get help. Also I have heard from others that their pool of tow trucks from companies they dispatch from are terribly slow. A person I know has spent hours waiting for a tow on the expressway (and not because of traffic back ups either).”
  • Nora says: “I’ve had AAA for nearly 30 years and wouldn’t live without it. That being said, they ARE terribly slow during blizzards and frigid weather (below zero) for obvious reasons – they get thousands of calls from people with dead batteries (and can’t possibly get to everyone within 15 or 20 minutes). Admittedly, that sucks, but it’s also fairly unusual. Most of the time, their response time is great and the providers they use are extremely professional.”
  • An alernative from Artie: “You can add road service to almost all car insurance policies at a fraction of the cost of AAA. I pay about $5.00 every 6 months for it on my GEICO policy. I used them once last year for a dead battery. They estimated the time to come out at 1 hour. 1 hour later they arrived and jumped my battery.”

Amazon

  • An endorsement from Caroline: “If any of your readers are wondering about the quality I’ll say that the scarves thst you have posted and I have ordered are of very nice quality and have been happy with every one of them.”

Eurofresh

  • Francesca found: “Eurofresh has farmland bacon for $2.99 if you saved your internet printables I think NLA”

Jo-Ann

  • From Julie in Hot Deals: “FYI – the JoAnn Fabric store in Bourbonnais has Easter baskets, eggs and other decor at 60% off. :-)”

Meijer

  • From Ashley: “Also through today only Greenworks All Purpose Cleaner is $0.50 each with the $1/1 peelies on the bottles, the $1/each mperks store coupon, and price cut”

Mariano’s

  • Soapboxtray shares: “I used some older IPs that I am not sure are still around, but if you have them or they still are: Hawaiian Punch Aloha $2.39 and used $1. IP Double Daze for 39¢ drink. Minute Maid Boxes 10 pack 100% Juice $3.19 used $1. IP Double Daze for $1.19 juice boxes. Farmland Bacon Apple Smoked is price cut $2.99 (just that variety) used $1. IP Double Daze for 99¢ bacon. De Waffelbakkers Mini buttermilk pancakes $3.29 used $1. IP for $1.29 pancakes.”
  • She adds: “PS. I also noticed they had bags of the Farmland cubed ham for 3.99 regular price. Bacon other varieties is $4.99.”

Menards

  • Liza found: “At menards they have clorox 2 laundry soap for 2/3 and it is q out there for 2 off which makes them free and oxi clean laundry soap a dollar which makes them free with q”
  • Jane wonders: “which menards? is it just a closeout or they may have them at others you think?”

Reader requests

  • From Kristin on Facebook: “Can someone help me? I just got a Costco membership. They run instant savings on a handful of items for the month. If there it states a quantity limit, is that a per membership or per transaction? Thanks!”
  • Laura is wondering: “I was driving by the closed down Dominicks in Merrionette Park tonight and saw a sign that told the Merrionette Park shoppers to get ready for the Jewel opening soon. Does anyone have any information on if they are going to close the Alsip store, or are they just adding another store to the mix?”

Sears

  • Something to check for, from Matt: “Sears sent me a free apparel coupon today for the Sears Outlet store. Did anyone else get one?”

Target

  • Shandelle shares: “Also for anyone still doubting Target because of their issue last year… I never noticed any fraudulent charges on my account. Like 6 months later, PNC decided to issue me a new card out of nowhere. I monitored my account closely and never saw anything unauthorized. Target also offered credit monitoring to Red Card holders, as well.. I accepted. I have had no problems at all to date. I just save lots and lots of money. :)”
  • Jane reports: “I went to Target this morning and they still had signs up for the $3.49 Starbucks, had a few dark roasts, yet scanning at $12.99. I would have bought them to use towards my $50 but they were out of most of my list. I’m going back Friday, but assume the signs for the coffee will be down by then.” Signs were not up at Hillside and the coffee they had scanned at $12.99.
  • A tip from Amy: “You can also go to cartwheel.target.com on the web – I have done that many times when the app refuses to load at the register (which is often).”
  • And one from Samantha if you have trouble loading the app: “Maureen, Cartwheel has a Widget you can add to your home screen. As long as your offers are loaded, it’ll work fine. I’ve long since given up being able to load the actual app in the store!”
  • Maureen shares: “If you purchase Disney gift cards with your Target red card you save 5% on each card (and if you have a RxRewards you’ll get another 5%). We’ve got a summer trip planned so each time I’m in Target I throw one or two $50 gift cards in my cart since they’re right at checkout (make sure the card says “Shop, Dine, Stay, Play”). The cards can be used to pay for Disney hotels, park tickets, Disney Cruise Line, pretty much anything Disney vacation related. 5% doesn’t sound like much, the savings is only $2.50 per $50 card, but for us, we should save enough to pay for an airline ticket. Plus, it’s great for our budget to pay off the trip a few hundred dollars at a time.”

Reader deals 4/15/14

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.

Apps

  • A tip from Mari on Favado: “If you go to settings, you can toggle the “Show Final Prices” option to show the final price as you’re searching or browsing for items next to the paperclip (instead of going into the actual item listing). You can also set notifications to let you know when a new circular is available on the app. I’ve had mixed results doing this with the Jewel ads. They sometimes have the bigger ads like CVS, Wags, Target etc. the night before they go into effect. You can also set favorites from a list of categories and brands to let you know when particular items are on sale, and you can view them in the “For you” section when browsing a particular ad. I have mine set to cereal, because we go through tons of it here, lol. I find the app useful when I’m searching for a particular item that’s on sale, and compare prices across stores I have set. It saves me a bunch of time, personally!”

Coupons

  • On the $1.00/1 Johnsonville sausage, ellen says: “exp 12/31/14! and I got a cat alert for Johnsonville at meijer the other day- although I can’t find it to post the details, I know it has not started yet”
  • Jane’s Driscoll’s experience: “I have been buying so many berries since I joined the survey panel (who knows how long ago?) They sent me a nice email to ask for my US snail mail address because since I bought so much of their product (it seemed like they said over 100) they were going to send me a gift! It took a couple months but a week or so ago I received my package. Sorry if I have already bragged about this on your blog….I cannot recall…but it was a reusable shopping bag and a cutting board and a strainer (all with Driscolls logos on) and 2- $2 off any product coupons! I was floored. The shipping on the box cost them almost $10. They have a customer for life in me! Keep doing surveys, it pays off! :>)”

LivingSocial

  • An idea for the $5/$15 code from Cesar: “I used it to get 4 movie tickets for a total of $11 at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville.  The deal is 2 tickets for $8 but purchased one for myself and another as a gift to get over the $15 mark :)”
  • Another one, from Samantha: “Make a masterpiece is $15″

LOLShirts

  • Advice from julie: “LOL Shirts has some great deals and designs, but their shipping is terribly slow. If you want to give one as a mother’s day present, you should probably order this week.”

Reader requests

  • From Martha on Facebook: “We are going to attempt to put some work into the lawn to grow at the house we are renting. Our friend who is a landscaper in another state recommended going to “where the landscapers get their materials” for quality stuff, but I don’t really know where that is around here? I live in Naperville, but obviously the only places you’ll find around here are box stores like Lowes/HD or expensive places to buy fancy landscaping stuff. I just want good quality grass seed and fertilizer for a good price since this is out of our own pocket and our landlord is not reimbursing us for it, and we’re willing to drive for it. Thanks!!”
  • Kathy in Hot Deals asks: “Any deals ever on AAA membership? Anyone a member? Is it worth it? Thank you.”
  • Charlotte posts on Facebook: “Does anyone know of a good children’s hairdresser in the Bolingbrook area?”

Target

  • Amy emails: “The Target by Springhill Mall (soon to be closing) in Dundee is offering 30% off all food products.  Sale prices and coupons are being honored.  The sale includes Easter candy.  The $10 off $50 food purchase is also active.  Big Deals going on!”

Walgreens

  • Tamara reports: “My Morton epsom lotion rang up at $4.99 today and I still got the $6 RR.  :)”

Reader deals 4/14/14

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.

Coupons

  • Samantha posts on Facebook: “The $2 Dream Non Dairy coupon has reset!! Now printing with SmartSource”

Dollar Tree

  • Jane says: “Not about corn dogs….but I found Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen meals today at DT! There were several kinds in freezer. I found the printable on Coupon tom for $2/7 and when you click the link it pops up a place to vote on a video and you will then get a $5/7 coupon! I tried to vote but cannot find the coupon to print up. Has anyone else got the $5 one to print? It says the contest goes on for 10 more days I believe. I clicked on the $2 link (thinking it may be boosted to $5) but nope. Thanks if anyone can assist me.”

Famous Footwear

  • Jane’s experience: “Just got to the mall today and they would not honor the $10 code they texted me! We tried to buy socks and the register said offer not valid on that purchase. We tried sale and regular and even over $10. I am going to email or call them because both my husband and I are rewards members and he even entered his info in. It was not a barcode to scan, just some numbers too. That was very disappointing to say the least.”
  • She adds: “Calling them was unreal, she told me they had to pull the offer because, get this: “too many people were getting that deal that were not supposed to” I told her I am a member and I texted the deal and received back a code to enter in store before they ended the offer. My code says it expires 4-21. She said she was sorry but they cannot do anything about it! I emailed them and complained. We will see if they reply. That is terrible business practice if you ask me.”

Jewel

  • From Jeanne: “I notice that my local Jewel at Rt. 59 and Caton Farm in Plainfield/Joliet has begun sprucing up their produce department. I hardly shop there anymore since they can never seem to beat the prices of Tony’s across the street. They are putting in the vertical shelving similar to Whole Foods and Mariano’s, looks like they are adding more organic and the prices seemed a little lower. I have a feeling this is due to Mariano’s getting ready to open. Has anyone else had their local Jewel improve prices and or selection when Mariano’s came?”
  • Maureen reports on Annie’s mac & cheese: “These have been on sale at Jewel for $1.25/box for the last week. They have gone as low as $1.00/box at both Jewel and Target. This is not their 100% organic line which is usually over $2/box”

Lowe’s

  • Kari O. says: “If you’re looking at Lowe’s website keep an eye out for their 12# Kingsford charcoal too. It’s a clearance item that has dropped to 90% off at certain locations. My parents got it for $1.28. So far I’ve only see $5.99 near me, so I’m waiting. I would do this deal but I don’t need that much charcoal.”

Meijer

  • Emily is wondering: “There was a dollar coupon in this weekends paper for Birds Eye Recipe Ready vegetables. There are some Birds Eye vegetables on sale at Meijer this week for 1.00. Does anyone know if the Recipe Ready veges are included in this? Thanks!”
  • Melissa N says: “I miss the days of free Wesson. :( moment of silence observed. :). Anyway, starting on Thursday for you Chicagoland people at meijer (everyone else now). Wesson is $2.50/ bottle, use .75 coupon knocks it down to $1.75. It’s not free, but not bad.”

Menards

  • From peaches: “Save your money, and go to Menard’s and get their 8.8lb. bags of Royal Oak charcoal. It is on sale right now for $4.99 a bag, and there is a $20 rebate out there. This is way better charcoal than Kingsford is.”

Reader requests

  • One from tracey: “Can you please ask your readers where to find deals on or inexpensive graduation announcements.”
  • Elizabeth posts on Facebook about the coupon/stockpile swap: “is there anyone willing to do this in the des plaines area..on a weeknight somewhere?”
  • A question from cj: “i see there is a free coupon for 5 lb of shredding at office depot. is this good at office maxx as well? i heard the companies were combining. thanks!”

Target

  • From liz: “I went to target yesterday with the 10 off 50 and spent $20.40 !! I got so many groceries using cartwheel mobile texts, coupons..ideas include stoffers family meals(get a free garlic bread) use the 1.50 coupon plus 1.00 target coupon(hip2save site, la Croix water was on sale for $3. (had a 1.00 off coupon), triscuit on sale for $2. (had $1.00 man. coupon), mini wheats cereal 50% cartwheel and $1/3(mashup), 2 dozen eggs, .50 mobile text, 2 driscoll strawberries 2/$4 with 2/5 produce text and 2 .50 coupons from their site, I found ground pork 3.74/lb, some had $1.00 stickers (because if a meat has a sell by date within a day or 2 you can ask them for a sticker coupon,,,I also used the $1 off fresh meat text and I had a $1.00off pork man coupon for .74 pork), .walk around your own store and take advantage of this coupon..use that coupon before any other coupon or text”
  • Something to look for from VB on the Mini-Wheats: “Th e mini what’s I bought where the ones for $2.99 the strawberry kind. Because those have the Spiderman codes. so by spending an extra 75 cents for three boxes I was able to get $5 In concession cash.” Be on the look out for special codes in general. Some of the regular have $5 cash with three codes, any of them could have $10 in music money with five codes, free books with three codes, $15 in coupons, etc. It all depends on when the boxes were printed and what ended up where.

Walgreens

  • A heads up from liz: “The $1/2 doesn’t work on the mars that are 2/$3. The coupon lists very specific sizes (2oz or larger) for the products and the snickers/m&m’s that are included are only 1 oz.”

Reader deals 4/13/14

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.

Amazon

  • Outlander is wondering about the Coffee-Mate: “Isn’t that the same size that’s in Dollar Tree for $1?”
  • Nora says: “The ones on amazon are 11 ounce; the ones at Dollar Tree are 6 ounce. So, amazon’s price isn’t bad (but it isn’t great, either).” Dollar Tree would be 16.7 cents an ounce, Amazon 15 cents an ounce on the 5% tier, cheaper if you are on the 15-20% off tier.

CVS

  • Allison posts on Facebook: “Found this at CVS in Bloomingdale”
    antacid chews

Target

  • Shandelle shares: “if you use the Jingit app, I noticed $.60 back on strawberries there for Target. I just got this app a week ago so no experience yet redeeming their offers.”
  • Mary on Facebook reports: “Shopped at Target today and was sad that I didn’t have a $10 coupon off a $50 purchase that atleast 4 employees told me about. I was so tempted to leave my cart at the service desk and run out to the Dollar store to get an Early edition of the Sunday paper , so I could get a coupon. I don’t have a smart phone and am unable to get the mobile coupons. I decided to go to customer service and ask if they could give me the $10 off coupon when I check out. I was told “Yes” and just have the cashier call the supervisor over to approve. The supervisor also informed me that if I know of certain mobile coupons I wanted to use, just to let them know and they would take the coupon price off my purchase. :)”

Reader deals 4/12/14

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.

Coupons

  • Artie comments: “Anyone else notice that perhaps because of the price increase Tribunes were selling faster at Dollar Tree? My store opens at 8AM and by 9:15 over 80% were gone. How long before people try to start reselling them?”
  • Jane says: “Did you also notice the exclusion on the Vidal Sassoon coupon, excludes 12 oz. size! That is not a tiny bottle. This was the one we got free at Family Dollar a few weeks ago. Geez.”

Dollar General

  • Darlene posts on Facebook: “If you are at Dollar General anytime soon & see “RubyKist 100% Apple Cider” — have the cashier price check it. $.01 at my Dollar General yesterday!! (Seasonal item from fall that ‘shoulda been pulled’ is what cashier told me) Date on the 8 bottles I bought — for $.08!! — is 9/15/15, so that’s not the issue. I went in for paper plates, napkins, spotted these on an endcap & thought that sounded good with some spiced rum I had at home :) No price on shelf or bottle. When it rang up for $.01, I sent my teenager back to pick up the other 7 bottles on the shelf. WOW!”
  • She adds: “There were some other juices on the endcap, too. Tampico, some v8, etc. Might head in there today to price check some of those — IDK. can’t hurt, I suppose.”

Easter Bunny

Meijer

  • From Kim: “The sara lee boxed snack cakes are 2.50 and there is a 1/1 q making them 1.50 each.” We didn’t get it in the Tribune, unfortunately.

Rebates

  • Kitty emails: “There is a Try Me Free rebate for the Ban Wipes The package sticker says,    Visit      feelbanfesh.comrebate    to complete the rebate form.  UPC, receipt and sticker are required. 1 per household through 4-30-14. Wonder if using the free coupon will affect the rebate. Usually it doesn’t but it did on those glucose meters Walgreens has a while back.”

Tanga

  • Some information on the massager, from letsshop: “Mine helps sometimes depends on how bad pain is ,electrodes can be costly last a short time ,temporary fix on pain in certain parts of body .I put mine up all the way ,so electronic impulses can relieve some of the nerve pain .I get mine free threw Medicare cause of back problems and being a senior. Its generally called 10s unit if its the one I think it is .”

Target

  • An idea sent over by Kitty: “I got a great deal on 12 oz Driscoll’s blackberries at Target.  They are $2.50, less 5% cartwheel ($2.37), less $1 MQ from Driscoll’s survey.  That made them $1.37 for 12 oz.  I am pretty sure the Driscoll’s survey is still active.  I do it every few weeks and can print 5 or more coupons each time.”
  • For the new coupon, Shandelle says: “There’s also 15% off Reddi-Wip in Cartwheel (Exp 4/19). I read elsewhere these are 2/$4 at Kroger right now (not sure which region), so $1 after the coupon.”

Walgreens

  • From liz: “this week I got flat out wraps for 1.99 unadvertised sale at walgreens normally these are 2.99.. they keep them frozen so you can ask for some from the back and keep them frozen at home…once thawed they have a shelf life of 16 days…this is the best price I have seen for these”
  • For anyone going today, letsshop found that the 21 ct Neutrogena wipes are $6.49 and BOGO 50%. Use the $2.00/1 in the April book (will come off each) and $3.00/2 in the 3/23 SS to make your OOP $2.73. Then submit for $2.00 back with Checkout 51!

Reader deals 4/11/14

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.

Famous Footwear

  • On the $10 coupon via text, Vivian in Hot Deals says: “You have to have a rewards card to use it.”

Household tips

  • From Nikki: “Aren’t all the Cracker Barrels some form of cheddar? The sharper the cheese, the longer it lasts- the one dated 4/17 should EASILY last a month beyond that. I’m eating some that expired at the beginning of Feb.” They are, and I totally agree. Still we often try to buy them with dates farther out to give us even more time. I am on my last block from Dominick’s and it has an April date.

Reader requests

  • Kristin in Hot Deals asks: “Anyone seen a cute easter bunny around for pictures?”
  • A question from araceli: “Does anyone know if Chicago is getting the almay coupon?”
  • And Betty is wondering about the massager: “Does anyone have one of these? I’m wondering how well it works.”
  • Monique posts in Hot Deals: “As room mom, I thought I came up with a great idea for the end-of-school-year class gift for our teacher (her first year teaching full time)…an Amazon or Target gift card with a photo of this year’s students holding some sort of banner. I want a physical plastic card that she can keep as a memento, not paper certificate. I can’t find that option anywhere. I know that I did it for my niece year’s ago, but can’t remember what store it was for. Can anyone point me in the right direction?”
  • Lisa in Hot Deals is wondering: “Anyone know of more tax day deals besides these? www.fatwallet.com/blog/tax-day-freebies-and-deals-2014-roundup

Target

  • Shandelle shares: “I’ve noticed at 3 different Targets in the last week that the Ling Ling frozen products are being clearanced out. I’d been holding onto a couple $3 printables (NLA) from several months ago because I could never find the egg rolls priced $3.19 in stock anywhere. The only other place I’ve seen this brand is Jewel and they never seem to be on sale. I think the coupons are good until the end of May but I finally just caved and used mine to buy a couple bags of the pot stickers which Targethad marked down to $5.94 from $6.99. Not a fabulous deal but after my Red Card discount, I figured it was the best price I was gonna find on these in the city.”
  • From Cari: “New text code for Target. Text GROCERY to 827-438 to get a $10/$50 FOOD and or Beverage purchase (this coupon will be in Sundays ad) excludes alcohol, baby food, nutrition shakes and bars, pet food, target cafe, & starbucks café.” The coupon will also be in Sunday’s ad.
  • A find from Shirley: “Target has 3 pack Extra gum Buy 2 get 1 free. My target sells them at $2.04. Use 2x $0.5 TQ and get three 3 pack for $3.08.”

Reader deals 4/10/14

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.

Checkout 51

  • A tip from letsshop for using the app without a smartphone: “For the easiest way I just scan my receipts , taking picures for me and my old fashion cell phone to much trouble . So anyone else like me ! scan perfect every time (:”

Gas

  • Tips from feelgood: “For anyone registering for BP Rewards: If you also have an American Express card, check your AMEX account online under “Offers for You”. Mine has “BP: Spend $30, Get $5 Back”. If you have an American Express card but don’t have this offer for your card, you can sync it to your card through your Twitter or Facebook account.”
  • Jen k says: “I’ve been using BP rewards for about 6 months. Doesn’t save a lot but it’s something. The BP on Lawrence at 90 actually has good (city) prices to begin with so it’s not like I’m paying more just to save a nickel.”
  • He also says: “I don’t know if I have the same FRN card (there are several varieties). A few months ago, I went inside the Shell station and got a free FRN card from the clerk, registered it online without having to link a debit card, and have been getting $0.03/gal off every time since. Then I pay with a cashback or rewards credit card for even more savings!”

Harbor Freight

  • For those interested in more than just free tools, Steve F. comments: “Make sure you check your Sunday inserts too for coupons. We’ve had 25% off Q’s down here for awhile….and the dates go out pretty far .”

J.C. Penney

  • Ashley says: “Just a reminder that JCP in Stratford mall is closing this month, still a lot left, most 50-70% off.”

Jewel

  • Shandelle found: “Jewel has select packets of McCormick seasonings on sale for $.69 right now, including taco and fajita seasonings and some others. They are also Monopoly bonus items. If you use the $.75 coupon from 4/6, you receive $.06 overage per packet applied to the basket also. Bought 4 tonight and it worked just fine.”

Resale

Target

  • Shandelle shares: “There’s a $1/3 Hot Pockets in zip 03103 on coupons.com which stacks nicely with the Target deal going on right now. Buy 5 boxes of Hot Pockets for, $8 for 4 AND Buy 4 Get 1 Free. Use $1 off 4 Hot/Lean Pockets Target printable, get 10% off Hot Pockets from Cartwheel ($.70 ; EXCLUDES Lean Pockets). Use $1/2 printable AND $1/3 printable. Final cost is $4.30 for five boxes or $.86 per box! Or if you have a Red Card, $4.08 or $.82 per box! This will only work on Hot Pockets. If you want Lean Pockets, you lose the Cartwheel discount.” She adds: “I realize you could use TWO of the $1/2 printables also but if you hoped to do the deal twice due to have 2 of the $1/4 Target printables, this would be a good way to do that.”
  • From andi: “Unless this deal was corrected, I got the $5 GC @ Target this past Sunday when I bought 1 Nasacort. Tag on shelf did not indicate two. Had a $5 MQ and a $4 TQ. MM, and coupon printer @ checkout spit out another $4 TQ.”
  • Brian is wondering about Angry Birds Jenga: “Anyone have any luck getting a rain check?  Woodridge had one in stock; said no to a rain check and no to giving me 25% off of the one.”

Ultra Foods

  • Mandy found: “The Miracle Whip at Ultra in Lombard had coupons on them for $1 off tuna with the purchase of the MW. A couple of the brands of tuna were on sale for a $1 a can. Nice bonus to the buy ten items deal.”

Walmart

  • Suzann says: “The everyday price for the meow mix cups is $0.48 at WalMart. I have been finding a lot of clearance cat food on the end cap in the pet food aisle particularly the meow mix cups and Sheba cans.” Print BOGO Meow Mix here.
  • Renee found: “I was at Walmart in Joliet on Jefferson and they had the 2liter bottles of a&w 10, 7up 10, Rc 10 and a few more for a dollar but there was tags hanging off them for .55 so that would make them .45 per 2liter!!”
  • Shandelle adds: “Did you get the printable for $1.50/2 or $.50/2 TEN two liters from Walmart.com??”