11 Bucks at ALDI later…

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Stopped at the Villa Park ALDI (on Roosevelt) today to replenish our cauliflower supply. Found this Little Salad Bar guacamole snack pack on sale for $1.49 each (exp 1/28), so two of those fell in my cart by accident, lol. They also had some kind of organic superfruit Greek yogurt on clearance for $.59 each and chicken leg quarters with $3.00 clearance stickers (big packs originally around $7.00 each at $.95/lb, so a good price there too).

3 heads cauliflower, $2.97. (Two were on the smaller side, but still a great price!)
2 avocados, $1.98.
5 lb flour, $1.28.
2 snack pack boxes guacamole, $2.98.
Baby carrots, $.49.
1 pint grape tomatoes, $1.19.

Paid $11.08. Now MashupDad has some cauliflower to tide him over since he used the last one up making more low carb rolls last night — I think I might make some roasted chili garlic cauliflower later this week, too.

That’s Nuts CVS shopping

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This week CVS decided to email me a $6/$30 coupon. OK, I’ll spend that. So:

  • Six cans Planters nuts, $30.
  • Used $6/$30 and three $1.00/2 coupons. ($1.00/2 in the 11/16 or 1/25 SS or print $1.00/2 here.)
  • Paid with $17 ECB and $4.42.
  • Got back $10 ECB for a net cost of $11.42, or $1.90 a can.

It’s a little disturbing to me that the Planters now only take up a teeny tiny portion of one shelf, and probably 3/4 of the nuts they carry are now CVS Gold Emblem or Abound store brand. Give me choices! :)

Coffee shopping

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So CVS sent me another $5/$15 Happy New Year email coupon this week — I’m not sure how I got on the “nice” list for CVS Santa, but I’ll take it while it lasts. So…

3 bags Starbucks coffee, $20.97. Used previously available $2.00/2 printable and the $2.00/1 printable here.
CVS anti-gas, $9.99. Used $2.00/1 from the magic machine.
Dean’s milk, $2.99. Will get $.25 back from Ibotta.

Used my $5/$15 and $21 in ECB. Paid $2.42 and got back $15.99 ECB ($5 Starbucks, $1.00 milk, $9.99 anti-gas tablets) + $.25 from Ibotta for a net cost of $7.18.

$10 of produce at Caputo’s shopping

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Stopped at the Downer’s Grove Caputo’s today, where they had 3 lb Halos clementines on sale for $.99. They were on the squishier side, but still better than the 3x more expensive ones I saw at ALDI and Target yesterday — so I bit, lol.

3 lb onions, $.69.
8 lb potatoes, $.99.
Pint grape tomatoes, $.99.
Bunch spinach, $1.49.
Yellow bell pepper, $.36.
8 oz mushrooms, $.99.
2 lbs strawberries, $2.58.
3 lb clementines, $.99.
2 honeycrisp apples, $.73.

Paid $9.98. Seems like a decent amount of produce for $10… :) They also had gallons of organic milk for $5.99, if you’re in the area.

What $19 buys you at ALDI, what $19 buys you at Target

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So I was looking at recent shopping trips and realizing that I often spend the same net amount at ALDI without coupons as I do at another store with coupons. Last week I spent about $21 at ALDI and $21 at Jewel, and today (since I was going a little stir crazy) I ventured out and spent about $19 at ALDI and $19 at Target. This time I got more for my money at Target, I think, but often it seems to about balance out — do you guys find this, too?

  • At ALDI, though, I was in and out of the store in probably 15 minutes.
  • My Target trip took almost an hour — finding things, waiting for security to chase the guy in front of me who tried to pass a fake $100 bill and for them to void out his transaction (!), arguing with the cashier about the difference between a “purchase” and a “transaction,” having to stop at customer service because a mobile coupon didn’t come off… plus the time printing, clipping, and loading coupons before the trip.

So in couponing you also have to think: What is your time worth? I like Target, I’m happy with what I bought, and I like wandering around and the unexpected finds. But ALDI has been getting more of my shopping dollars over the last couple of years, because they always have cheap produce and because it’s just so darn easy.


Organic vanilla soymilk, $2.29.
Pint blueberries, $1.99.
6 oz blackberries, $.79.
Organic apples, $3.29.
Red bell pepper, $.79.
Mushrooms, $1.49.
Gluten free bread, $3.99.
Strawberries, $1.99.
4 organic avocados, $2.29.

Paid $19.24 and got back $.25 from Checkout 51 for apples, for a net cost of $18.99.


Enjoy Life gluten free bars, $2.99. Used $1.00/1 from a recent Mambo Sprouts booklet and got $1.00 back from Ibotta.
2 Hormel Natural Choice lunch meat, $5.68. Used two $.50/1 printables.
3 boxes Pure Via, $5.37. Used 10% off on Cartwheel, three $1.00/1 store coupons, and three $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons.
Plum organics mini pizza things, $3.33. Used $2.00/1 printable coupon. (Then found the Ibotta offer had disappeared, oh well.)
2 PF Chang’s appetizers, $5.98. Used $1.50/2 manufacturer coupon, $3.00/2 mobile coupon (THANKS to 827438, didn’t come off) and 5% off on Cartwheel (didn’t come off), so got a refund at customer service.
2 pack clearance Silk vanilla soy milk, $4.05.
Clearance Archer Farms chipotle cheese, $2.08. Got 5% off on Cartwheel.
Mug, $1.99.
2 packs O-Cel-O sponges, $2.00. Used two $1.00/1 printables (no longer available).
10 Yoplait yogurt cups, $5.00. Used $1.00/10 Target printable coupon and $.50/8 from the 1/4 SS.

Got $.10 off for bringing two bags. Paid with a $5 gift card and $18.61 on REDcard (saved $.90) = $20.23 with $1 back from Ibotta for a net cost of $19.23.

CVS Bayer + Flintstones money maker

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Thanks again to Julie for sharing this deal — I went and did it at my CVS today, where they were fully stocked on both Bayer and Flintstones. Note: The coupon did beep, but after going over all the fine print several times, they put it through.

4 Bayer chewable 36 ct low dose, BOGO50% off at $3.29 = $9.87.
2 Flintstones vitamins, BOGO50% off at $8.49 = $12.73.

Used two $10/3 Bayer Brands coupons from the 1/4 SS2 and $2.00 in ECB. Paid $.97 and got back $6.00 in ECB (on the spend $20 get $6 ECB Bayer brands deal), for a $3.03 money maker. It’s not as big a money maker as if you find the low dose Bayer in stock at Walmart, but probably a lot easier than chasing it down there by the coupon’s 1/11 expiration date.

Punted with coupons I had with me CVS shopping

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CVS sent me a surprise Happy New Year $5/$15 coupon, so I popped over there in the snow intending to get the Sundown Naturals Gummies and the little Zarbee’s things. They had neither, so I put this together with the Finish coupons I had sitting in my purse from yesterday’s abortive Target trip. (Oh, Lombard Target Saturday: Finish was $3.99 and sold out.)

Dean’s milk, $2.79.
2 boxes of Finish tabs, $8.00. Used two $2.15/1 from the 1/4 SS1.
Bengay, $4.99. Used $2.00/1 from the first aid kits earlier this year.
Caramel, $.33.

Used my $5/$15 coupon and $4.00 ECB. Paid $1.55 with $3.00 ECB back (for Bengay), for a net cost of $2.55. I did get my quarterly $1.00 ECB out of the machine today, so does that make my net cost $1.55?

What $21 gets you at ALDI + What $21 gets you at Jewel

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I stopped at both ALDI and Jewel today, and spent about the same amount at both places: ALDI was $20.75, and Jewel was net $21.32. Which was the better trip, here? Hard to say, lol. I also spotted a bunch more Christmas clearance both places…


Flower bouquet (not pictured), $1.99.
2 cans organic garbanzo beans, $1.58.
Cauliflower, $2.49.
3 lb clementines, $2.29.
Broccoli, $.99.
Pint blueberries, $1.99.
Peanut brittle, $.49.
2 bags sugar snap peas, $1.98.
Ninjabread cookie kit, $1.99.
Fit & Active low carb flatbread, $2.29.
Corn tortillas, $.33.
Flour tortillas, $.85.
Peppercorn feta, $.99.

Paid $20.75.


4 bags Starbucks holiday blend, $17.96. Used $2.00/1 printable and a $4.00/3 printable (no longer available).
2 holiday storage containers, $1.98.
2 jars herring, BOGO at $5.99.
Fresh Express baby spring mix, $1.50. Used $1.00/1 from the Big Book of Savings.
Bananas, $.46. Will get 20% back from SavingStar, $.25 back from Checkout 51, and $.30 back from BerryCart.

Paid with a $5.00 Catalina (from the Pure Life water) and $16.50 for a net cost of $21.50, or $21.32 after all the different cash back apps.

Jewel clearance


I was at the Glen Ellyn Jewel late this morning and they were just starting to pull out some of the holiday clearance to endcaps and change the markdown prices, so you might try again tonight or tomorrow! Also look for cardboard clearance stands in the aisles, like this Torani syrup display — $2.99 each with $1.00 tearpad coupons. Starbucks holiday bagged coffees were $4.49, and VIA was $3.99.


Also look for displays of Kraft BBQ sauce. They’re on sale for $1.50 this week, and lots of them had $1.00/1 peelies on them to make them just $.50 after coupon.

ALDI clearance


ALDI on Roosevelt in Villa Park has a ton of clearance. Organic grass feed ground beef was $2.99 — this is an excellent price, and I stood there dithering for a while but have a bunch of ground beef in the freezer so passed and left it for someone else. Lots of $2.00 clearance stickers on pork chops, chicken thighs, chicken tenders, and more.


And walk the aisles to look for Christmas clearance. Wilton candy melts, $.99. Old Dominion Peanut Brittle, $.49. Baker’s Corner holiday morsels, $.99. Holiday flavored marshmallows, $.49. Dipped peppermint pretzels, $.99. Clearance toys, including wooden easel for $14.99 and more. Peppercorn feta, $.99. Bagged cut veggies (exp. today and tomorrow), $.99. Clementines were tagged $2.99 and rang up $2.29.

What good Christmas clearance have you spotted today?

Picked over Target clearance shopping

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Mr. 7 and I went to Target this morning. Christmas clearance was pretty picked over at Lombard, and food was still 50%/other items 70%. The highlight of our trip, though? Light up Star Wars light saber lip balm!

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So our little holiday clearance haul: Light saber lip balm, $.60 Chanukah candles, a $.60 Hexbug ornament, and two bags Emerald holiday blend nuts at $1.99 each. You still finding anything good at your store?

It annoys me that HE Tide at CVS is smaller bottles

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Stopped by CVS this morning — and really, so many people have HE machines now, why do they just have a tiny section of smaller bottles of HE, but so many bigger bottles of various kinds of regular? But it is what it is. :)

5 bottles 25 load HE Tide, $29.70. Used three $2.00/1 from the 12/28 PG and two $2.00/1 from the 11/30 PG.
Milk, $2.99. Will get $.25 back from Ibotta.
PediaCare, $5.99. Used the $1.00/1 printable here.

Used a $4/$20 that came in email and $22 in ECB. Paid $4.02 and got back $16 in ECB ($10 Tide, $5 PediaCare, $1 milk) + $.25 back from Ibotta for a net cost of $9.77.