Reader deals 7/17/14

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.

CVS

  • Shirley asks: “I used the $5/$30 store coupon to purchase $35 worth of diapers. I gave that coupon first and took off fine until the cashier scanned all MQ ($9) and the store is voided automatically. Does this happen to anyone? Do we now have to hit $30 after all MQ in order to use that coupon?”

Household tips

  • Regarding freezer space, Callie shares: “Yes, I took them all out of the boxes and dumped them in the right side of our pullout freezer inside the house. Left side is dedicated to meat/frozen entrees and the right side is now solid popsicles lol! They don’t take up as much room as you think when they all escape from their cardboard prison!

Jewel

  • A find from Mandy: “The Jewel on Army Trail Rd. and County Farm in Carol Stream had Miracle Whip on sale today for $1.99 and a lot of them had $1.00 off peelies on them. I also found a 10% off coupon for this Jewel only. Even without the 10%, this was a great buy on Miracle Whip.”

Kohl’s

  • Kristin comments: “The company wide policy has just changed regarding accepting expired Kohl’s cash. As of August 1st, it is the new policy that no store will be allowed to accept expired Kohl’s cash. Apparently the company was losing money because many people discovered that when they used their expired Kohl’s Cash coupon, the cashier had to manually enter a “dollar transaction discount” which is not recognizable on the original receipt.” To translate: This means if a customer makes a $500 purchase, and earns $100 Kohl’s cash. Once their Kohl’s Cash coupon expires, they use it to buy $100 worth of merchandise. They then take their original $500 purchase and return it for a full $500 refund. Therefore “working the system” as they call it. I had no idea Kohl’s even accepted expired coupons until a cashier volunteered this info at check out when I mentioned that I had $10 expired. I rarely shopped at Kohl’s to start with but they had a clothing item that my daughter wanted that a friend of hers had and it was from Kohl’s. Since they seem to be so highly priced to begin with along with their fake sales, I won’t be shopping Kohl’s in the future.”

Reader requests

  • One from Alicia: “If anyone sees any deals on portable or window air conditioners, please let me know! I’ve been looking for sales or clearance, but haven’t found much yet. Thanks!”
  • Brian is wondering: “Are people having luck redeeming these free offers at Food 4 Less? The Bolingbrook store either doesn’t have the items or remembers seeing them and can’t find them again.”
  • Shandelle responds: “Did you try looking in the bakery cold case near where they have ready made cakes? That’s where I saw them at Kroger and where others reported finding them. They are refrigerated.”

Smartphones

  • A question from grandma g: “Has anyone actually used an android phone without activating, just using Wi-Fi? I already have a basic cell phone, but I would like to be able to access some apps and use Wi-Fi at the store, like adding to my Cartwheel while shopping, but don’t want the extra cost involved with changing to a smartphone.. I have Wi-Fi at home and if I can access it at most stores, let the grandkids play some games, and take pictures sounds like just what I want. Thanks for any input.”
  • An experience from peaches: “I actually got a smart phone a few months ago, when my basic phone died on me. You can get this smart phone, and just use a prepaid plan on it. That is what I am doing on mine. There is a learning curve involved on these phones compared to a basic flip phone though. I just finally signed up for ibotta last night, but I haven’t downloaded it to my phone yet. I don’t have wifi at home. I wonder if I can do ibotta at a store that has wifi, so I don’t have to pay for texting charges? My prepaid charges 10 cents for every text that I send or receive.” For Ibotta, you don’t need texting and you should be able to use anywhere that has wifi, but you’ll need the product to scan the barcode and the receipt to take the pic of to redeem.
  • Becky responds: “You can use a smartphone without a contract with wifi. I do this with my DD. She uses my old smartphone to download free apps and play them on the phone. So, I see no reason why you couldn’t do what Rachel said with ibotta. It’s a great idea actually. Especially if you don’t want the hassle of a pre-pay or contract phone.”
  • And jaci weighs in: “So weird that phone is my old phone just bought a new one. Wifi streams no problem at home my new phone is 4g and works night and day faster and better that particular phone is not compatible with ibotta or new saving star upgraded app. If that helps u.”
  • And feelgood shares: “I have a Sprint smartphone for which I cancelled my Sprint service a month ago when I switched phones and carriers. I still use that old smartphone around the house using wifi, and at places that have hotspots. I can browse the web, use apps, check emails, take pictures, etc., basically anything I did before except make phone calls. There’s even phone service, texting and a number to go with it using the free Talkatone app from the Google Play store.”

Target

  • From grandma g: “Target is having a sale on wrapping paper, gift bags,and ribbons. Buy 3 get 1 free, plus there’s a 30% off wrapping paper on Cartwheel. I have 3 birthdays coming up so this worked out good for me.”
  • Michelle warns: “At the Broadview store they have plenty behind the service desk, though, as Vanessa says, they aren’t accepting the coupons. I am just going to take them to a diff. store to use coupon.”
  • If you find a store doing this, Kari O. suggests: “Buy it full price and go back to customer service within 3 days for “missed coupons” and get your cash back.”
  • Patrick asks: “I went to a Target store in the northern suburbs and reached into a stack of 9 oz. (I think) M&Ms and pulled out a bag with a $1 off peel-off coupon sticker on it. I then found one more there but many other bags had the sticky residue on the front of the bag but no coupon sticker. Has anyone been to any Targets lately and noticed bags of M&Ms with the coupon sticker still on them? Thanks.”

Walmart

  • Kristina shares: “Don’t miss out on the Dr. Pepper deal at Walmart. Price match the $2.50 Target sale. It comes out to 68 cents w/tax per 12-pack after the $10 gift card.

Whole Foods

  • On the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, David shares: “A heads up – Wheaton did not have these in stock, Naperville said they would be willing to order them. Forest Park (on Harlem) had them on the shelf. St. Louis (Brentwood) had a big basketfull of them.”

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.

New Dial coupons to mash up with your Ibotta rebates

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Here are a couple new Dial coupons for your morning:

Look in Ibotta under Walmart, Dollar General, more and you’ll see three rebates:

  • $1.00 back on one Dial body wash 11.75 oz+.
  • $1.00 back on Dial for Men body wash or bar soap any size.
  • $1.00 back on Dial bar soap any size.

Three ct Dial bar soap is on sale for $2.00 at Dollar General this week, while body wash or 6 ct bar soap is $3.00. I’m not sure how much it runs at Walmart, but at DG (or price match at Walmart) you could buy one body wash + one six ct bar soap for $6.00. Use the $2.00/2 printable coupon = $4.00. Submit for $1.00 back on the bar soap and $1.00 back on the body wash from Ibotta for a net cost of $2.00 for two, or just a buck each.

 

Reader deals 7/14/14

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.

7-Eleven

  • Shandelle shares: “Update on 7-Eleven: www.7-eleven.com/7-eleven-week They shared that on their facebook this morning and have changed the schedule to account for the technical problems and no freebies Sunday or today. To make up for it, they’re giving an extra 3 days of freebies next week.”

Boston Market

Freebies

  • Sent over by feelgood: “Starting this Monday, June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile Test Drive at t-mobile.com/testdrive.  A few days later, they’ll receive an iPhone 5s fully loaded and ready to go, and they can put T-Mobile’s data-strong network to the test for seven full days on the “most forward-thinking” smartphone.  After the test drive, just drop it off at any T-Mobile store.  That’s it.  Absolutely no money down.  No obligation.  No strings attached.”
  • For the Nesquik, Christina M. suggests: “Don’t put that you don’t have kids in the request; you won’t qualify for the sample!”
  • And Jane says: “Well, I put that I don’t have kids AND then tried that I did have kids (to see what would happen) and I did not qualify on either! Seems a rather strange way to market your product….I just wanted the coupon!”
  • Jan C reports: “I qualified. Have 2 kids (9-12 years old) and 1 drinks Chocolate Milk at least once a week. Not at home. But did when school was in session.”
  • Kerri adds: “I qualified. 2 kids 3-6 drink once a week.”

Great America

  • Sue posts on Facebook: “Jewel is also selling discounted tickets. I believe they are $44 something.
  • Heather comments: “Or you can get a season pass for $75 and go more than once. And that includes hurricane harbor.

Household

Reader requests

  • From Mary on Facebook: “Looking for a good recommendation for a limo company from Elmhurst area to Midway. Price is a factor but so is reliability. Thanks!
  • About the free Fruit 2O in the 7/13 SS, anna is wondering: “who carries that free water?”
  • Shandelle responds: “I found them at Jewel in the city. I also checked a Walmart and they were not carried there.”
  • Shandelle asks: “If anyone has any winning codes they won’t use because they don’t have cable, please let me know.. I can always use the option to have it deducted from my RCN bill. Thanks!!”
  • She also wonders: “Did you ever get a response from Amazon [about not being able to use the winning Mars gift card to buy an Amazon card]? I googled about this and found many posts and forum discussions where people were talking about this and someone said that Amazon and Paypal both have stopped accepting the gift cards from this promotion, my guess by request of M&M/Mars.”
  • Cari noticed: “A friend of mine bought the pods today….UPC is only 8 digits long….how do you enter that on rebate? Its asks for 12 digit code.”

Target

  • From Eun: “I unlocked a Candle Counter (for its b-day) badge on Cartwheel somehow. I’m not sure if it’s because I opened the app, added an offer or used cw today, though.” I think if you add an offer from the birthday collection, you get that and another slot.
  • Charlotte found: “Target (Bolingbrook) had Sally Hansen polishes on clearance yesterday. Triple Shine, foil, jellies and others at 50% off. Would pair nicely with the coupon. I am not sure if the triple shine is 1.97 or more oz, but the foil was.”
  • Ashley found: “Unruled 100ct Notecards are $0.50 so free with this coupon
  • Krystle reports: “Index cards were 49 cents at my store, coupon auto adjusted down to $1.47 (bought 3). No beeps, Yay! Also 2pk erasers are only 52 cents each, so u could snag 2 packs of index cards and 1 pack of erasers also free. Print this target coupon now, as Target tends to change the verbiage on their coupons once word of a free deal gets out.”
  • Krystle shares: “Idk if this has been mentioned yet, but Wet Ones canisters are on price cut @ Target for $1.99. Buy 2, use $1/2 mfg printable, 2 x $0.50 TQ (if your store allows), and redeem $1/2 through Ibotta. So your unit cost will be 49 each.”
  • A coupon find from grandma g: “There is also a $1/1 Target coupon for the Market Pantry Ice Cream.”

Walgreens

  • From feelgood: “Heads-up on the Schweppes 20 oz Seltzer Water advertised I this week’s Walgreens ad for $1, with $1 RR. Went to Walgreens Sunday morning, brought a lemon-lime one (ad shows a green bottle which is lemon-lime) to the counter. Cashier scanned my card, Schweppes rang up $1.79 Cashier price modified to $1.00. Paid with $1.00 Starbucks RR and $0.08, Schweppes RR did not print. Tried again Sunday evening, same thing. Rang up $1.79, and no $1 RR issued after paying.”
  • A question from letsshop: “Can the $14 [Planters] cashews be used towards the $25 for the 5000 points deal ?”
  • Patty reports on the $1.75/can deal: “Thanks for the heads up Rachel. I just got back from Walgreens; it also works with the lightly salted cashews. Great deal!”

Walmart

  • Carolyn reports: “I did the ground beef/Hamburger Helper MIR- I got mY CHECK FROM Walmart a couple of weeks ago. HTH.”
  • A report from feelgood: “I’ve used Walmart E-gift cards in-store before…but it can be a PITA when the cashier and the supervisor have no idea how to input them, even after reading the instructions.”

Reader deals 7/13/14

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.

7-Eleven

  • Shandelle says: “The 7-Eleven FB page is full of complaints that the app doesn’t work and many clerks refuse to honor the freebies. I think that’s pretty sad and I’ve had both stores nearby tell me that in the past, though when I complained to corporate they told me they are supposed to manually honor coupons in the app. I went super early yesterday and was able to get the Big Gulp but the clerk at first had issues and started to give up and tell me no but finally she got it to go through. I guess 7-Eleven sent out a text (some people showed screenshots, I didn’t get one nor did my friend I asked?) saying they were cancelling the freebie for today, the birthday cake M&M’s, due to technical problems. I went to get my morning paper and thought I’d pickup the M&M’s but sure enough it is not in the app and the tab advertising their birthday celebration says they’re offline. The app hardly ever works for me so most of the time I don’t even bother since rude clerks usually refuse to honor them if it won’t scan.”

Boston Market

Coupons

  • Something to check for from Aggie: “In Tribune Lifestyle insert there is a $3.00 off $15.00 at Walgreens good 7/13 to 7/27″
  • And some more information: “It’s on page 9. Page says visit our newly remodeled Glen Ellyn store. 324 Roosevelt Rd. Glen Ellyn. Coupon says Good at Walgreens with Coupon and card. Doesn’t say only at Glen Ellyn store.”

CVS

  • Julie says: “Check your magic coupon machine coupons for $5/$30 baby to make the gas card deal even better.
  • Something to look for from Valentina S.: “I got from CVS MCM $0.50/1 milk 1 gallon on 7/11/14, exp. 7/25/14. This is the first time I get CVS coupon for milk.” Rachel did too and so did I!
  • From ellen: “i know its ymmv but this is the third time it has worked for me. buy coke 12pks 4/$12 when you buy 4. or $5 each. since they ring up at $5 and the discount doesnt come off untill the order has been totaled after coupons have been entered, the free 12 pk coupons from mycoke rewards are scanning at $4.99. I used two coupons plus a $1.50 ecb for spring spending an paid $.52 plus tax for 4 cokes.”
  • CHRISTINE says: “Awhile back I posted Kellogg Cereal codes with the wording “get $12 in coupons when you enter… codes” on the box. I printed them and lo and behold there are coupons for Jif peanut butter, $1 Smuckers, and lots of good cereal coupons. Bare Naked $1/1 too. go to the Kellogg site and log in and search under your rewards, codes, etc. I found a set of coupons I did not know I had and now have 2 sets of awesome coupons. Long expiration too.”

Reader requests

  • From cconrads: “just wondering, if anybody here has recently had their basement sealed? How exactly is it done? How do I prepare (inside and out)?  How much is it? How long does it take? Any recommendations? Thanks!!!”
  • Melissa posts on Facebook: “Where does everyone get their inserts from? I’m in the NW Indiana area and would love to find someone local so I can pick up instead of having them shipped. TIA!
  • Outlander is wondering: “Did anyone ever get those rebates from Walmart for $6 of ground beef with Hamburger Helper purchase? Also, did anyone ever get those free Almay make up bags with those codes from Walgreens from a few months ago? I never got either.”

Target

  • Michelle points out: “There are also $3/2 and $2/1 Pods Qs in the 7/6 PG if you don’t have the printables.”
  • Sent over by feelgood: “For the Tide Oxi deal, here’s what I’m doing. First I do a store inventory search, and find a store with at least 6. I place an online order with pickup at that store. Total is $60.00 plus tax, which needs to be secured with any old credit card. The store sends me an email and text notification that my order is ready. The credit card is not charged until I actually show up at the store and purchase the items. If I don’t show up in two days, the order gets cancelled and the credit card is never charged. You cannot use Cartwheel or coupons on the online order. If you want to use them, you can show up, they will cancel the order at your request, and give you the items to ring up at the register along with your coupons.”
  • And Steve F. tried it: “Going to try this this morning. You can go on the Target website and search your surrounding stores for 6 Tide Oxi. You can even place an order and pick up at Guest Services. I ordered 6 on Friday and received confirmation they are ready. They don’t charge your credit card until you pick them up. I will ask them to re-ring them with today’s deal and coupons. Will know soon if it works!”
  • And he updates: “Score! 6 Oxi were waiting for me. Coupons deducted $12.99 each! Will add an earlier Tide Pods receipt to claim rebate! Thanks MashUpMom!”
  • Karen says: “Just tried the deal. Couldn’t find any anywhere! According to target.com, they had 6 in Tinley Park. I get to the store, there are none to be had, though their inventory showed 17. They explained it as an accounting error. Tried to order online and called the guest service number, they will not accept coupons on online orders after the fact, I was told.” Right, you have to cancel and buy in-store like feelgood described.
  • Katy shares: “I stopped at the Wheaton Target to look for the Tide Oxi Clean and found none. I talked to a staff member who said all the Targets in the area are having trouble with the supplier and will most likely not have any Tide Oxi Clean.”
  • Krystle reports: “Wow I checked online for instore pickup, just curious. Surprise surprise not 1 store shows stock! That’s searching 91 stores within my zip code search! (Sad, I know that I took the time to count them) I have a rain check from last weeks sale, but I guess they are still out?!?” She adds: “Oh and sold out online!”
  • From letsshop: “Don’t forget 25 cents on Pepsi 20 oz .or larger on #51
  • Nora adds: “It’s apparently a national thing. The Targets in Central Florida don’t have Tide OXI, either. When I read about this deal, I had a feeling there would be a supply issue. It was basically too go to be true. LOL”
  • Jennifer comments: “There is also 15% off on electronics today at Target through cartwheel. They are celebrating 1 year with cartwheel. There are 3 exclusions, I am not sure what they are. Most electronics are included.”

Walmart

Walmart Farmland bacon coupon + rebate — just got mine!

farmland

I just received and printed out my $5.00 Walmart gift card from Farmland from this afternoon’s trip, so thought it deserved a separate post so it didn’t get buried in the shopping trip post. :) The fact that it comes fairly immediately is really nice!

Farmland Bacon Deal

Farmland bacon is regular price $4.98. You need to buy two for the gift card deal, which is itself limit two. So:

Note: the manufacturer coupon prints with “redeemable at Winco Foods” on it — but doesn’t say “only” at, is a manufacturer coupon, and scanned fine at self-checkout.