A little shopping amidst driving around

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

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

So what is pictured?

CVS

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

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

Caputo’s

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

Paid $11.44

Ultra Foods

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

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

Ultra Foods deals week of 7/23/14 – 7/29/14

Here are the best Ultra Foods deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 7/23/14. Note: Ultra Foods ads have changed to Wednesdays!

  • I’m using the Lombard ad for these deals, so note that some pricing can vary at other stores and alchohol deals will vary in Indiana. Check your own store’s ad to verify.
  • Ultra takes expired manufacturer coupons back 30 days.

Confused by abbreviations in this post? See lingo for newbies.

Top deals

  • Koepplinger’s 20 oz split top wheat, Italian pan bread, 24 oz 100% whole wheat bread, or 20 oz Wonder classic or whole grain white bread, $.98.
  • Centrella 64 oz apple juice, $.88 limit 2.
  • Dole 59 oz OJ, blends, select, $2.28.
  • 5 lb Green Giant Idaho potatoes, $2.00. Huh, I wonder if the exp. $1.00/1 Green Giant fresh bagged veggies from the old Big Book at Jewel would work.
  • Yoplait yogurt cups original, whips, select, $.48 each. Use the $.40/6 printable coupon here or $.40/6 or $.50/8 in the 6/8 SS.
  • Johnson’s 15 baby care: Bubble bath, shampoo, powder, select, 3/$5.00. Print $1.00/1 coupons for powder and no more tangles on Facebook. And, print several $.75/1 coupons on Healthy Essentials. As low as $.67 after coupon.
  • Suave shampoo or conditioner, $.68. Use $.50/1 any Suave item and pay just $.18.
  • 4 lb Centrella sugar, $1.48 limit 1.

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

Reader deals 7/16/14

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

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Food 4 Less

  • Carolanne reports: “Went to Food 4 Less on Sunday and scanned the 2pk Dial Men and 2pk Dial regular bars which both qualified on Ibotta paid .89 each for a total of 1.78 and redeemed for 1.00 each on Ibotta for a 0.22 MM”

Loyalty programs

  • A heads up from Outlander: ” I have a little update on Driscoll’s surveys- I was trying to enter codes for some berries I bought yesterday, but it was all glitchy and asking me to register again, and not sending coupon emails, so I called, and they said they got a new server for those surveys and they are having lots of trouble with it. They said NOT to enter any new surveys for awhile, at least until the beginning of next week, while they resolve that issue. Maybe tell others that so that they don’t lose any of their credits and coupons. Thanks.”

Mariano’s

  • For those who got the $1.50/1 Honest Tea coupon, SoapboxTray reports: “They were $1. at Mariano’s this morning (7/16)”

Office Max

  • From Andi: “OfficeMax will accept this [Staples $5/$25] (will accept competitor’s coupons). I just used on Monday. Also took a printout of Staples online ad, and used to price-match items I purchased @ OM. Did so as I had $26 in MaxPerks to spend, so I bought 95% of the remaining school supplies my kids needed for about $0.50 oop after everything was said and done.”

Piggly Wiggly

  • A heads up from Becky: “Beware. The Woodstock, IL piggly wiggly will often NOT accept printable coupons. They will give you a hard time about it and sometimes put it through or deny you completely. Hope it saves someone some aggravation.”

Reader requests

  • From Amanda on Facebook: “I was wondering if you could make a post or reader request for some of the awesome deals people are finding on clearance items at toys r us and target? Everyone posts but none of them are stores near me so maybe if people shared their deals they’ve found around the ones in IL, it could help some of us score these excellent deals!
  • One from Wende: “Rachel, I know you have cats and I’m hoping your other readers can help, too. ‘Lily’ came to live with us when our daughter moved back home. She is just the sweetest cat and our dog, Tracker, loves her too ( : The problem is with her litter box. My daughter is buying Tidy Cat clumping litter, but it’s not doing the job. The clumps start to break apart as soon as you start to scoop them. Most of them break into pieces so tiny that they fall through the scoop. Consequently, the litter box fills up with these tiny pieces and is NOT fresh smelling at all! Could anyone please recommend a clumping litter that really works?”
  • Connie replies: “My friends have two cats and they use a mix of Feline Pine (the clumping kind) and World’s Best Litter (again, the clumping kind). The Feline Pine takes care of the smell and cuts down on the tracking from the WBL, but the WBL does the bulk of the work in clumping up the litter. The other thing that you can do is add some additional bentonite clay to the litter, because that’s what really makes the litter “clump”. You can usually find it at natural foods stores or natural gardening centers, as its also used for gardening and bug issues. “
  • On the Mars prize, Charlotte wonders, if anyone has tried: “I wonder if you can use it towards Comcast internet if you have that?”
  • She updates: “Yes and no. I got an error message on the first 3 attempts, on the 4th, I get a confirmation that it has gone through. I’m assuming it’s being sent to a person to apply rather than automated. We’ll see in a month or two if it worked :P”
  • From amy: “Just curious, how does one find room in freezer for 9 boxes [of Bomb Pops]? I am so jealous. Freezer space at my house is a luxery.”
  • Kari O. answers: “We bought a chest freezer at Best Buy for $389ish. It’s amazing. We store it on our front porch since we have a teeny tiny house, but it came with a lock and key. Now I can stockup on ice cream and frozen turkeys that I find such good deals on.”
  • Teri is wondering: “Does anyone have a price per pound on the Harvestland chicken [at Jewel], blsl, thin, or tenders? Trying to decide if it worth a trip with 25% off and $1 Q.”

School supplies

  • Kim says: “Ticonderoga pencils are the best. Many schools request them specifically on their supply list.”
  • And julie says: “Just and FYI on pencils, the Walgreens/Wexford brand are best used as firewood, lol.”

Target

  • Krystle shares: “Read over on hip2save.com, there are 3 threshold coupons coming in next weeks’ ad! $5/$15 Personal care (excludes power shave and power dental), $10/$50 Home purchase (excludes infant dept and outdoor decor) and $15/$50 pet purchase (excludes rawhides). Get your coupons ready!”
  • Brandy shares: “Yesterday, I scored some serious sunscreen deals at the 63rd Downers Grove/Woodridge Target. Located in the back near the summer clearance and on the endcap near the clothing and cosmetics were 3-pks (as listed above) but instead of ringing up 13.99 like they were listed, they were ringing up $1.39, 90% off. Then B3G1 and coupons on top of that and Cartwheel. I think they ended up being just over a quarter a piece. Expirations 2017! I got two summers worth for less than $15 with probably tons to spare. This deal isn’t marked, so there might still be some left because no one thinks to scan. Very small amount of summer clearance, but it was marked 70% when ringing 90% off. Got a great tablecloth for $.49, regularly $4.99.”
  • Kari O. warns: “Be careful with this one. My mother in law bought it and it turned my kiddos clothes orange. The swimsuits, their clothes and my towels. The chemical used in the spray reacts badly to well water. Coppertone gives a little orange color, but the Up&Up destroyed everything. We were disappointed.”

Ultra Foods

  • Tami comments: “Is it just me or does anyone else cringe when having to pay $1 for a box of cereal instead of getting it for .25 or .50? I MISS THE CATALINA DAYS OF YORE!!! I don’t know why I can’t get excited paying .98 for a box of Frosted Flakes.”

Walmart

  • On the Bomb Pops, Callie says: “These are at my Walmart for $1.74 and all the boxes have peelies for $0.75 off!!!! So check yours to see if they have peelies for even more boxes of cheap bomb pops! I bought 9 boxes, should be stocked for the rest of the summer lol!”
  • Elaine: “Just noticed when I printed [the gift card from the Farmland bacon deal] out that it says it can also be used at the Sam’s Club.

Whole Foods

  • Linda found KeVita at Orland Park Whole Foods for $2.50. Use the $1.50/1 coupon here and get $.50 back from Ibotta to get one for just $.50.

Ultra Foods deals week of 7/16/14 – 7/22/14

Here are the best Ultra Foods deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 7/16/14. Note: Ultra Foods ads are changing to WEDNESDAYS starting THIS WEEK 7/16/14.

  • I’m using the Lombard ad for these deals, so note that some pricing can vary at other stores and alchohol deals will vary in Indiana. Check your own store’s ad to verify.
  • Ultra takes expired manufacturer coupons back 30 days!

Confused by abbreviations in this post? See lingo for newbies.

Top deals

  • Aunt Millie’s deluxe bread, hot dog, or hamburger buns, $.98. Print $.35/1 buns here. Just $.63 after coupon!
  • Gatorade, Prime, Prime Chews, $.68 each must buy 12 limit 2 offers.
  • 59 oz Pure Leaf, $1.50. Use exp. $1.00/1 in the 5/4 RP and get it for just $.50!
  • 8 ct Yoplait Fridge Pack or 16 ct Go-Gurt, $2.88. Use $.35/1 or $.75/2 Go-Gurt in the 6/8 SS or print $.75/1 here (ZIP 77477 if you don’t see it) to get this as low as $2.13 for a 16 pack of Go-Gurt.
  • Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks, select, $.98 limit 12. Use $.50/2 in the 6/22 SS or print $.50/2 here or print $.60/2 here.
  • 7.5 oz Softsoap hand soap, $.88. Use exp. $.35/1 in the 6/1 SS (just a few more days to use) and get it for $.53.
  • Colgate 4.6 oz paste, $.88. Use $.50/1 in the 7/13 SS or exp. $.75/1 in the 6/15 SS to get it as low as $.13.
  • El Sabroso tortilla chips, $1.28.

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

Sunday morning shopping with Mr. 7

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

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

CVS

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

Target

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

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

Ultra Foods

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

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

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

Stopped by the new Caputo’s in Downers Grove today

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I will take some photos the next time I go in — it was kind of a zoo today — but it was somewhat disturbingly still Dominick’s-like! They used the existing aisle signage, seafood & meat department signage, produce section lighting, bakery displays and more, so it looked like a Dominick’s with Caputo’s kind of stamped on top.

  • Popchips were on special 4/$5.00, and there is a $.55/1 in the 6/29 SS to make them $.70!
  • Earthbound Farm salads are $1.99, so use $1.00/1 from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • Family pack chicken drumsticks are $.79/lb — but a bunch of smaller packs like this one I picked up were also tagged at the same price.
  • Driscoll’s strawberries are $1.99, if you have survey coupons.
  • The corn was 6/$1.00.
  • 2% Borden milk is $1.99, limit 1.

I bought

  • Borden 2% milk, $1.99.
  • Earthbound Farm organic salad, $1.99. Used $1.00/1 from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • Chicken drumsticks, $1.60.
  • 3 heads garlic, $.56.
  • Tomatoes on the vine, $.55.
  • Bananas, $.60. Will get $.25 back from Checkout 51.
  • 6 ears of corn, $1.00.
  • Asparagus, $2.15.

Paid $9.61 with $.25 back for a net cost of $9.36.

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I’m now also stocked up on olive oil, thanks to Trish, who kindly picked me up this rainchecked Goya using my coupons at her Ultra Foods after my stores didn’t carry it on the recent sale. These six bottles ran about $11 after coupons, rain check, and tax, making this day a little over $20.00.

Reader deals 7/10/14

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

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • A find from Kari O.: “Just scored $12 Butterball Smoked Turkey’s at the Aldi’s in Round Lake. They’re $10 off the sticker price and the expiration dates go til 2015!  Check your local store or if you’re near Round Lake run! There was 10+ left around 5pm [yesterday].”

Amazon

  • Outlander reports: “Just got my 2 cases [of organic tomato paste] today. Didn’t try it yet, but this should last me for a couple of years. They expire sometime in 2016.”
  • Sandra says: “I didn’t realize how many free books Amazon has for the Kindle, but today I had another mom tell me about the top 100 free list on Kindle. You click on Kindle ebooks, then click on Kindle Store: Kindle Books under “Bestsellers” on the left. The top 100 paid comes up, but then you can click on the top 100 free. They also have categories along the right to click on. I didn’t realize there were that many free books to choose from. It also says it’s updated hourly.”

Apps

  • On saving receipts for Ibotta, Outlander says: “I do that all the time with milk, and sometimes if I’m buying more than one gallon, I do separate transactions. Then I submit one now, and the other when it shows up again.”
  • Krystle says: “Update your Savingstar apps! New stores now available, upload receipts like Ibotta and checkout 51! I feel like a dork, because I’m so excited they added Target!”

CVS

  • Sent over by feelgood: “FREE 1oz Gold Emblem Abound Superfruit Baobab Bites @ CVS” After $1.00/1 printable here.
  • If you are having trouble finding the sizes you need at Target this week, julie has an alternative: “phew, I checked iheartcvs and huggies/pull ups are part of the gas card deal next week at CVS.” The printables you will need are here.

Food 4 Less

  • Ashley found: “Good2Grow Juice is now $1.99 at Food4Less In store they have a TP for Buy a starter get a multipack refill free So $1.99 oop for both and get $3.75 back from Ibotta
  • Mandy shares: “Food 4 Less has a good deal for the Budweiser fresh meat rebate of a $15 pre-paid card. The Budweiser at my local store is on sale for $13.99 a case of 24, plus if you buy a 24 case of Pepsi products at the same time, the case of Pepsi is $1.99. They have Tyson fresh wings on sale this week for $1.99 lb., and I was able to use the dollar off Tyson that was printable a while back. You do have to buy more than $15.00 of fresh meat, so, I did buy enough to cover the coupon, as I know rebates are pretty strict about following the rules.”

Jewel

  • Cari comments: “Hershey bars are $0.89 buy 2 get 1 free. I bought 6 today and used 3 tear pad coupons for buy 1 get 1 free. Paid $0.89 plus tax for all 6.” And she clarifies: “Buy 2 get 1 free sale and used 3 bogo coupons meaning I paid for 1 candy bar and got 5 free.”
  • And julie says: “Look in Walgreens and CVS for Hershey BOGO free tarpads for an even better deal. They are on Hersheys cardboard displays”

Reader requests

  • Kristen is wondering about Rakuten.com: “Has anyone ordered from here? Are they reliable?” I have. Not electronics, but my experiences were good. It has been around a long time, formerly Buy.com.
  • Erika posts on Facebook: “Any deals for inflatable water slides right now? I saw blast zone had a sale on their website but wondering if you heard of any others? Thanks!”

Resale

  • Info on a Goodwill Backyard BBQ, sent over by letsshop: “Something that might be fun tomorrow night if you live in Willowbrook area (I do )plus 30% off coupon: ‘Bring in a bag or box of donations and join in the fun at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Willowbrook, IL, from 5-7 p.m. THIS FRIDAY! Watch Food Network celebrity chefs Sarah Simington and John Conley as they battle for the Amazing Goodwill Dinner Plate Award. Enjoy small plate samplings from Wicked Urban Grill chef Jeff Cooper and receive a 30% off coupon with your donation of gently-used clothing and household items. It’s all complimentary with your Goodwill donation.’”

Strack & Van Til

  • Something mari noticed: “Some Bic razors are 2.99 and there are $2/1 coupons from SS6/29.”

Target

  • An observation from julie: “If you have enough computers and friends/relatives with Facebook accounts, you can get multiples of the Hopster $3.50 huggies pull-ups coupons.”
  • On next week’s Tide Oxi, Ashley says: “The new shipments are coming with $2/1 Target Coupon peelies on them!!”

Ultra Foods

  • Something to look for from Ashley: “There’s $1/1 tearpads floating around at Jewel and Meijer for the Starbucks 4pk”
  • And melissa shares: “some of the starbucks have 2$ off if you buy a bakery item coupon. last time i bought 4 rolls from the bakery for .33 cents each, and the coupons came off with no hassle.”
  • Cari says: “$1/1 Nabisco multi packs in 6/15 SS”

Enter for a chance to to win free groceries from Ultra Foods + Illinois Farm Families

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The Ultra Foods ad this week has a huge insert about Illinois Farm Families. As part of this, head to their site, like them on Facebook, and enter a drawing for your chance to win Ultra Foods gift cards. You then have to interact with them on their page by commenting, sharing a recipe, etc. to be entered in the drawing.

So anyway, this is an interesting site all told and gives some farmers’ perspectives on things like GMOs, antibiotics, and more, plus videos and articles by “Illinois Field Moms” who have headed to local farms and Ultra Foods this year. You can apply here for upcoming Illinois Field Mom programs. You can also join the discussions on their site and give your perspective on some of these issues.

The site is copyright the Illinois Agricultural Association.

Ultra Foods deals week of 7/10/14 – 7/15/14

Here are the best Ultra Foods deals and coupon matchups I see for the week of 7/10/14. Note: Ultra Foods ads are changing to WEDNESDAYS starting next week 7/16/14, so this week’s ad only goes through 7/15.

  • I’m using the Lombard ad for these deals, so note that some pricing can vary at other stores and alchohol deals will vary in Indiana. Check your own store’s ad to verify.
  • Ultra takes expired manufacturer coupons back 30 days!

Confused by abbreviations in this post? See lingo for newbies.

Top deals

  • Dutch Farms dozen large eggs, $.98 limit 2.
  • 1 lb Centrella butter quarters, $1.98 limit 3.
  • Dannon light & fit, fruit on the bottom, $.38 each limit 12 total.
  • Northwest red cherries, $1.98/lb.
  • Xtra detergent 75 oz, Fresh n Soft 100 ct dryer sheets, Nice n Fluffy 68.75 oz fabric softener, $1.98 limit four total.
  • On the buy four instant savings deal (must buy four mix match items for this price): Starbucks iced coffee four pack, $3.88. $1.00/4 four pack Starbucks bottled iced coffee. (ZIP 90210 then reload if you don’t see it)
  • Barilla pasta, $.88. Use $.55/2 in the 5/18 SS or print $1.00/2 here (they will email after you enter sweepstakes).

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

Reader deals 7/9/14

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

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Apps

  • A tip from Kaitlyn: “Another thing is to keep your receipts. Milk showed up yesterday and I bought it 2 days ago. I was able to get the ibotta 25 cents with my walmart receipt. Ibotta will usually tell you when the purchase date has to be between. I also was able to use the new 2.50 on pull ups that I saw there yesterday with my receipt from Sunday at target when I did the diaper deal!!”

Jewel

  • Eun says: “There’s a new July 2014 coupon policy.  I saw it tonight, but there doesn’t seem to be any changes from what we already know.”

Rugs

  • Kari O. shares: “if you’re in Northern IL try contacting Carpet Concepts Unlimited in Round Lake. Donna sells rugs for $40 in various colors and styles. Lots of options between 4×6 through 7×9. They’re very high quality too!”

Target

  • From Mindy on the diaper deals: “Can also get gift card with luvs, and you get a lot more diapers. I think with size 4s it came out to $.11 per diaper after target coupon and gift cards, without any luvs coupons”
  • On the Head & Shoulders deal, feelgood adds: “And if you try anything other than clinical strength, please comment. I saw two types of Men’s Head & Shoulders, one with Old Spice scent, also tagged $4.99 each. First $5 gift card generates after the third shampoo is scanned, second $5 gift card after the sixth one. So if you try other varieties and the first $5 gift card doesn’t generate, you could always ask the cashier to take those three off and scan the clinical strength variety instead.”

Staples

  • Angela on Facebook reports on the cheap notebooks: “I was just at staples yesterday, and they had them in store too.. 17 cents a piece..

Ultra Foods

  • Sue comments: “For whoever was looking for the Goya Olive Oil, I found it in stock at Ultra in Prospect Heights.I used my rain check and coupon from 2 weeks ago and all is good!!”