My free Redbox cost me $20 at Ultra Foods

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So I went to Ultra Foods to pick up my free Redbox rental, and … spent $20 on groceries, but tried two new things with coupons! Over by the deli two of the bags of The Better Chip had “try me free” coupons taped to the front, so I took one and left the other for some other lucky person to find. The chipotle kind is very spicy. Good, but spicy, so I’m going to try some with guacamole later to balance that out.


I also picked up Screamin’ Sicilian pizza for the first time (punch out mustache on the back of the box, lol). It was pretty good — I added some mushrooms and stuff, cooked one up, and had a couple of pieces for lunch. The crust is very good for a frozen pizza, and it has lots of cheese.


So here’s what I bought — hmm, this is not a shopping trip o’ health, but I already bought produce etc. at Pete’s & ALDI a few days ago. :)

Dole OJ, $1.88.
Oasis hummus, $.98 with store coupon that came in the mail.
Better Chips, $2.99. Used FREE coupon on package.
2 Screamin’ Sicilian pizzas, $8.88 after instant savings when you buy two. Fill out this form for a $2.00/1 printable coupon (ZIP 60126), so used two of those.
4 Sargento shredded cheese, $8.00. Used two $.50/2 from the 11/9 SS.
Mushrooms, $1.50.
Corn King lower sodium bacon, $2.99.

Got $.10 off for bringing two bags and paid $19.62.

I know hash browns aren’t latkes shopping

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Life just isn’t always structured around Chanukah, so don’t tell anyone that I bought ALDI hash browns as ersatz latkes tonight… So 5 avocados, hash browns, gluten free pretzels, 2 packs clearance boneless skinless chicken thighs, and fingerling potatoes for $13.46 out the door today.

Shopping sick, wasting money…

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I haven’t been this sick in a long time, guys — Which is why it was so quiet around here last night and Zack kindly wrote up the CVS deals for you all (thanks, Zack!). Went to bed at a crazy 8PM last night and woke up at 9:15 today, feeling somewhat better — so foolishly decided I had the energy for a quick trip to CVS. Where I forgot to take a $1.79 ECB out of the stack of coupons I gave them, so instead of kicking it out the register reduced my $4/$20 coupon down to $2.24 and I wasted $1.76. Doh. :)

Milk, $2.99. Will get back $.25 from Ibotta.
Nestle Pure Life water, $2.79.
CVS probiotic, $9.99.
Excedrin, $4.99. Used $1.50/1 printable.

Used a $4/$20 email coupon (reduced to $2.24, see above) and $17.02 in ECB. Paid $.32 and got back $13.49 in ECB ($1 milk, $2.50 Excedrin, $9.99 probiotic) plus $.25 back from Ibotta for a net cost of $3.60. Don’t be me; do math better. ;)

$4.13 at Jewel shopping

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Went to Jewel today (piece of advice: Don’t go to Jewel on a Friday during the holidays at lunch time!), and after a little argument about whether spinach & arugula is a “blend” for purposes of the coupon: Four La Brea take & bake and 2 salads for a total of $4.13 after two $1.00/1 Fresh Express coupons from the Nov. Big Book of Savings and four $.75/1 La Brea printables (77477).

Free Mayo Whole Foods Shopping

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Sometimes when I need a break from the computer and the online shopping deals, I drive to Whole Foods, walk around, soak up some atmosphere, eat some fancy cheese samples… and find free stuff. Like: You already know about the free Spectrum canola oil spray (on price cut for $3.99 through 1/1, use $2.00/1 in this month’s Whole Deal + $2.00/1 manufacturer coupon here). But, select varieties of Spectrum mayo are also on price cut for $3.99 through 12/16. Print $2.00/1 Spectrum mayo on Facebook, then stack it with the $2.00/1 Whole Deal coupon for free mayo.


If you’re looking for cheap gluten free organic cornmeal, Arrowhead Mills is on sale through 1/1/15 for $1.99. Use the $1.00/1 in this month’s Whole Deal to get it for $.99.


Select Imagine Organic soups are on sale for $2.00 through 12/16. Use the $1.00/1 in this month’s Whole Deal stacked with the $1.00/1 printable here for free organic soup. Some of the 32 oz boxed broth is on sale for $2.50 through 1/1, so $.50 with the same coupons.


Immaculate Baking gluten free refrigerated cookie dough is 2/$6.00 through 1/1/15. Use the $1.00/2 in this month’s Whole Deal stacked with two $.50/1 manufacturer coupons here. (The two kinds I bought are also nondairy!)


Cedar’s hummus is $1.69 through 12/16.

What I bought


So here’s what I picked up today:

Frontier organic herbs de provence, $3.99. Used $1.00/1 from this month’s Whole Deal, $1.00/1 manufacturer printable, and got $1.50 back from Ibotta (last day for Ibotta!).
2 Immaculate Baking gluten free cookie dough, $6.00. Used $1.00/2 Whole Deal and two $.50/1 printables (above).
2 Imagine free range organic chicken broth, $5.00. Used two $1.00/1 Whole Deal and two $1.00/1 manufacturer.
4 So Delicious dairy free yogurt, $7.96. Used four $1.00/1 from a brochure.
Arrowhead Mills organic gluten free cornmeal, $1.99. Used $1.00/1 Whole Deal coupon.
2 Spectrum canola oil sprays, $7.98. Used two $2.00/1 manufacturer printables and two $2.00/1 from this month’s Whole Deal.
2 Spectrum mayo, $7.98. Used two $2.00/1 manufacturer printables and two $2.00/1 Whole Deal.
2 bananas, $.34. Will get $.30 back from BerryCart and $.25 back from Checkout 51.
Enjoy Life gluten free Cocoa Loco bars, $3.39. Used $1.00/1 printable (no longer available) and got $.50 back from Ibotta.

Got $.20 off for bringing two bags. Paid $15.21 and will get back $2.55 from cash back apps for a net cost of $12.66.

Happiness Is…

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… Randomly finding portobello mushrooms on sale at Pete’s Market for just $1.49/lb! We’re having portobello pizza tomorrow. :)


Today, however, we’re having rotisserie chicken — I’m going to be out ferrying kids around all afternoon with no time to make dinner. Have some potatoes baking in the toaster oven right now, and it’ll be chicken, potatoes, and salad for an easy peasy yet non-fast-food meal. At Pete’s, I picked up:

Rotisserie chicken, $5.99.
2 little Cabot sour cream, $1.98. Used $1.00/2 here.
2 lb carrots, $.98.
2 lb key limes, $1.68.
3 packs portobello mushrooms, $3.04.
Kale, which apparently rang up as collard greens, $.41.
Yellow campari tomatoes, $.79.
Honeycrisp apples, $1.85.
Red Delicious apples, $.56.
Italian bakery bread, $.99.
Meat ends, $1.26.

Paid $19.32.

I also went to ALDI

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The Villa Park ALDI on Roosevelt had lemon parfait Greek yogurt cups (exp. today) on clearance for $.10 each. That didn’t sound good to me, but if it does to you, they had a ton! I did get these clearance gluten free cracklebread things for $1.49 each, though.

Gluten free pretzels, $2.49.
3 lb clementines, $2.29.
Blackberries, $.99.
2 gluten free crackle bread, $2.98.
Flour tortillas, $.85.
Corn tortillas, $.33.

Paid $10.10.

Who knew Craisins were high tax shopping

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OK, who here knew that Craisins were high tax? Not I! lol — $.62 in tax for five bags this morning at CVS. My store oddly still had an entirely full shelf of Craisins at 10:45 AM when I went. So: Five bags of Craisins for $7.50. One Dean’s milk for $2.99. Used five $1.00/1 Craisins from the 11/23 RP and got $.25 back on milk from Ibotta, so paid with $4.99 in ECB and $.67 (tax), got back $1.00 ECB and $.25 from Ibotta for a net cost of $4.41.

Jewel Shopping and new Big Book of “Savings”

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Yes, I went to Jewel and didn’t even buy Febreze — I don’t really want any and that aisle gives me a headache, so I’m giving my coupons to a friend. The Lombard Jewel had broccoli crowns $.39/lb through 12/10; it didn’t look super, but found one decent little bunch to eat within the next couple of days. The price on the Yucatan guacamole was $5.99 if you’re looking to use your $3.00/1 coupon — I’m going to wait and see if it goes on sale next week.

So here’s what I picked up and then what’s in the new Big Book of Savings for December and a little Keebler booklet I found. On the free Sargento slices when you buy 2 Hormel Natural Choice deal, I forgot there was $.75/1 Sargento sliced “blends” in the Oct. AY to use, so throw that one into your order too.

What I bought

2 Simply OJ, $6.00. Used two $1.00/1 printable coupons.
2 Perdue Short Cuts, BOGO at $4.99. Used two $.75/1 from the 10/12 RP.
2 Hormel Natural Choice lunch meat, $6.00. Used two $.50/1 printable coupons.
Sargento cheese slices, free wyb 2 Hormel. Used $.75/1 in the Oct. AY.
Fresh Express salad, $1.50. Used $1.00/1 from the November big book of savings.
Broccoli, $.24.

Paid $12.81.

Keebler Booklet


Found this Keebler Holiday Recipes booklet on a display. Here’s what’s in it. Coupons exp. between 12/31/14 and 2/28/15.

  • Save $1.50 on holiday ham minimum purchase of $10 when you buy two Keebler Town House, Club, or Toasted crackers.
  • Save $1.50 on International Delight coffee creamer when y ou buy two Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars.
  • $1.00/4 Pringles full size cans.
  • $.75/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats.
  • $1.00/1 Tyson Any’Tizers.
  • $1.00/2 Mars 9.4 oz+ chocolate candies.
  • $1.00/3 2 liters Canada Dry, 7-Up, Sun Drop, Sunkist, Squirt.
  • $1.00/1 Kaukana or WisPride.
  • $1.00/1 Wholly Guacamole.
  • $1.00/2 Jif Whips.

And then there’s the Big Book of Savings


Again, these are newsprint flyers the same size as the weekly ads, usually found in the wire racks by the doors with the ads or at customer service.

Prices good through 1/1/15 unless otherwise noted

I’m not listing all of them, because most are … let’s just say uninspiring. Highlights:

  • Mamma Chia, $2.50 through 2/24/15.
  • Nature Sweet Glory’s Tomatoes, $1.99 through 2/24/15.
  • Melissa’s 3 oz shallots, $1.00. Organic, $1.25.
  • Free cheese board when you buy two Boursin cheeses and two Nabisco crackers while supplies last. Boursin is in the big book at a kind of crazy $4.99, but you can print $1.00/2 Ritz, and Checkout 51 is offering $1.00 back on Boursin right now.
  • Banquet pot pies, $.89.
  • Palermo’s Primo Thin pizza, 2/$8.00. ZIP 60126 gets you $1.00/1 Palermo’s flatbread, Primo Thin, or Pizzeria pizza.
  • Heluva Good dips, 3/$5.00. Use $.75/1 in the 11/23 SS.
  • Eckrich smoked sausage, $2.50. $1.00/1 Eckrich smoked sausage coupon is back (ZIP 60126).
  • Louis Kemp 8 oz mock crab, $2.00.
  • 12 oz Mama Lucia meatballs, BOGO at $3.99.
  • Reese 8 oz water chestnuts, $1.00. Essential Everyday 8 oz water chestnuts, $.79.
  • Pompeian red wine vinegar, $2.00. Print $.50/1 here.
  • Little cans Pringles tortilla chips, $1.00.
  • Better Oats oatmeal, $2.00.
  • 16 oz Essential Everyday egg noodles, $1.50.
  • Essential Everyday pasta, $1.00.
  • 32 oz Essential Everyday long grain white rice, $1.50.
  • Reynolds 50 ct baking cups, 3/$2.00. Use $.55/2 in the 11/16 SS.
  • La Preferida black beans or chick peas, $.99. These come up often on Checkout 51.
  • La Preferida diced green chiles, $.89.
  • Manischewitz chocolate coins, $.20.
  • Manischewitz potato pancake mix, BOGO at $2.49.
  • 32 oz Manischewitz chicken broth, $2.00.
  • Tabatchnik frozen soup, $1.50.
  • 12 oz Manischewitz egg noodles, $1.50.
  • Elite chocolate bar, $1.00.
  • Osem wafers, $1.00.
  • Lieber’s candy filled dreidel, $1.00.
  • Rokeach Chanukah candles, $.49 limit 2.
  • Wild Harvest organic garbanzo or black beans, $1.00.
  • Wild Harvest organic 12 oz pasta, $1.50.
  • Argo corn starch or baking powder, $1.50. $.50/1 Argo starch in the 11/9 RP (exp. 12/6).
  • Libby’s canned veggies, 4/$3.00. Use $1.00/4 in the 11/16 RP.

Manufacturer coupons

  • $1.00/1 Pearls specialty olives through 1/4/15. Manufacturer coupon with Jewel logo.
  • $.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter exp. 12/31.
  • $2.00 off potatoes when you buy two 45 oz Country Crock spreads exp. 12/31.

Didn’t buy pumpkin cheesecake shopping + Meal Planning check in

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If you’re near the ALDI on Roosevelt Rd in Villa Park, they had their pumpkin cheesecakes on clearance for $2.99 today. Lucky for you, I hate pumpkin, Mr. 7 hates cheesecake, and Junior High Guy can’t have dairy… so left them all there for you.


Anyway, I hadn’t been shopping since before Thanksgiving so did a little run to Pete’s and ALDI this morning. The above ran $29.50 after Checkout 51 cash back for bananas — no coupons! Highlights: Sourdough bread and pineapple spears were each clearanced at $.99 at ALDI, and the 10 lb bag of potatoes was $1.29 at ALDI. I foolishly bought the clementines on impulse at Pete’s for $3.99, then got home and saw that they are $2.29 in tomorrow’s ALDI ad… so don’t be me. Got a couple little clearance top round steaks at ALDI with $3 off stickers, making them $1.83 and $1.33 respectively. The ham ends were $2.44, and I feel some kind of potato/egg/ham thing coming on…


So how’s your meal planning going for the week — sick of turkey, yet? Here’s ours so far:

  • On Sunday, we had tired of turkey carryout. :)
  • Monday, leftover turkey sausage soup. I used this recipe here, except used turkey dinner sausage, substituted cayenne for crushed red pepper, kicked up the black pepper a lot, used portobello mushrooms, and used a wild & mahogany rice blend instead of plain wild rice. It’s hard to tell from the above photo, but it turned out a really rich reddish-brown and has a nice peppery kick.
  • Tonight, leftover turkey. I’m going to make some potatoes and saute spinach to go with.
  • Wed., steak fajitas with the cheap little steaks & peppers I picked up today.
  • Thurs., some kind of eggy-ham thing with the ham ends I picked up today.

Annnnd that is as far as I can plan ahead this time of year. You?

Quick quick ALDI trip

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You may have noticed that the Black Friday week madness has… kicked up a notch. But we still gotta eat! Yesterday I made a big pot of soup and overnight in the crock pot went the old standby salsa chicken, so popped by ALDI for tortillas and a couple other things. We should have leftover soup for lunch, salsa chicken leftovers for tomorrow and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. :)

Celery, $.79.
Onions, $.79. Will get back $.25 on Snap by Groupon.
Fingerling potatoes, $1.49. (There are also potatoes offers on Snap and C51, but I used both already.)
Tortillas, $.85.
Gluten free pretzels, $2.49.

Paid $6.52 and will get $.25 back for a net cost of $6.27.

Picked up the sneak peek ad and they will have silicone baking mats for $4.99 starting Wed., plus some other nice looking kitchen deals!