Reader deals 3/13/14

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

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  • Sandra warns: “I got mayo from Amazon about 2 weeks ago and it had separated probably due to freezing during shipping. Just something to keep in mind depending on where you live. I contacted Amazon and they gave me a refund (even though these items say they are not eligible for return) apology, and assurance it wouldn’t happen again when I told them what had happened. I’m thinking, though, that mayo may not be a good choice to get through the mail.”
  • Tina on Facebook suggests buying yourself a gift [Prime] membership and setting it to deliver after your current one expires, then cancel the current one before the gift one starts.
  • An option from Mari: “For those who think Prime is still expensive, you can share your membership with a friend or family member. I currently am added to my friend’s Prime account (where I guess he has me listed as his brother/sister), and as a sub-member, I am only eligible for the free 2-day shipping/$3.99 1-day (no minimum). This means no free streaming video, but as I have other ways to watch television and movies, I can live without it. We split the cost of Prime down the middle, and it’s a great arrangement as I get much use out of it. Even at full price, it’s totally worth it, IMO.”



  • Outlander comments: “Also use those BOGO Qs for Nutella. They expire 3/15.”


  • A warning from Sandi: “Be careful with these shoes! They are made for speciality runners and only should be worn a short periods at a time until you become used to them. Read the reviews…also there use to be a warning when you placed them in your cart stating this.”




  • An idea from Shirley: “You can also buy 4 Totinos Pizza Rolls for $10. Use $2 in ad coupon and 4 x $1.25 off IP (NLA) to get it for $0.75 each.”

J.C. Penney

  • Allison comments: “JcPennny in Stratford Square mall is closing. Everything is 30% off.”


  • From letsshop on the tiny Tides: “No problems in Countryside or Willow-brook still has display”


Piggly Wiggly

  • Outlander says: “Piggly-Wiggly in Carol Stream opened yesterday 3/11.”

Reader requests

  • From Katharine in Hot Deals: “Has anyone seen a coupon from Office Depot for free printing? They usually have coupon for free printing around tax time. Thanks!”
  • Outlander is wondering: “Is that CB meat any good? What does it compare to? Thanks.”
  • And Maribel asks: “Anyone knows if the Jewel in Elk Grove has any [tiny] tide?”
  • From Nancy: “I would love a few ‘sisters’ to join my family as my [Prime] membership with my other family is not being renewed.  I think the limit is 5 so I am looking for 4 ‘family’ members!”


  • From mary: “I have been a member of [Global Test Market] for a long time, and they do send out a lot of surveys, and you won’t qualify for all, but I have qualified for a ton of them, as well as many at home trials of products. The points you accumulate you can redeem for cash as well.”


  • Kelly on Facebook reports: “”I finally broke down and bought the Belvita Soft Baked breakfast biscuits today at Target because it kept showing up on my Checkout 51 week after week. As someone posted yesterday, it is also on Shopmium and Ibotta. So I bought 1 box for $2.99 (not a sale price) and got back 50 cents from Checkout 51 (mine was good for 1 box, not 2), 75 cents from Ibotta, $1 from Shopmium, and 15 cents for using my Target Redcard (5% off) for a grand total of 59 cents plus tax. It would have been even cheaper if I had remembered to use my Cartwheel! Tried one as soon as I got home–it tastes just like a Fig Newton! Now we’re eating cookies for breakfast!”

Ultra Foods

  • Something susie remembered: “Last week someone on here posted about a catalina that if you buy 10 items we get a $5 OYNO, and I think the fruit snacks were included. If so that could make for some cheap fruit snacks.”
  • And susie confirms: “The Kellogg’s Catalina is printing at Ultra, I tried it today when I bought for boxes of cereal and i earned a $3 OYNO”


  • Kitty emails: “did anyone notice that the $2 colgate rr is rolling?? and  it comes out as soon as the toothpaste is rung up. I have been getting the optic white but should be the same for all.”

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  1. Shandelle says

    Deal idea for using the new $.50 back on any frozen pizza from Checkout 51 (Upgrade to $1 if you share on Twitter or FB):
    I’m not sure what the Target regular price for these is, the best I could come up with was a photo on an unrelated coupon blog posted 2 days ago indicating $5.49 each. If I had to guess, I bet these will be $5.99 in the Chicago area?

    Buy 2 Limited Edition variety of California Pizza Kitchen, $5.49 to $5.99 (estimated)
    Use $2/2 Target printable (Exp 4/10)
    Get 5% off California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition varieties ONLY
    Use TWO $1.50/1 printables-
    Extra 5% off if you have a Red Card!
    Final Price: Varies; Submit for $.50 to $1 back from Checkout 51 (Exp 3/19)

    No idea if Target will be putting these on sale with the new ad on Sunday, so I might just wait and see , as they’re regular price now so it wouldn’t hurt. There was also the DiGiorno Rising Crust pizzas 2/$10 and use the $2/2 printable with the $2/2 Target printable and 5% off on Cartwheel… but the $2/2 Target printable didn’t reset for me from February. Other frozen pizza deal ideas (depending on price) would be $1 back on Annie’s family size pizza in Ibotta or $1 back on Freschetta from Shopmium if you have that. I can confirm my local Target doesn’t carry Freschetta. Perhaps if you have some referral money in Shopmium this could make for a free pizza somewhere, though?

    • Shandelle says

      I also noticed 5% off Archer Farms and Market Pantry pizzas and there are likely some Target coupons for those, as well, either printables or mobile coupons.

  2. Shandelle says

    I can confirm what Kitty mentions above.. I got 3 of the Optic White earlier this week. What I did was buy the first 1, then in transaction 2, buy an Optic White and a roll of the Sunny Smile paper towels that are $.50 with the ad… pay just tax after the $1.50 coupon and the $2 RR and you can just keep doing it as many times as you have the patience for. I used my last $2 RR to get a couple of two liters of Diet Sunkist, since 7-UP products are $1 this week.. so only paid the high tax on those, too. :)

  3. focadima says

    funny you should mention the fruit snacks ( Ultra) catalina, I tried it yesterday. 8 boxes of fruit snacks and JUST in case some how the instant effected the catalina, I added a granola bar ( full price *gasp* ) I did NOT get a catalina :(
    It should have worked with just the 8 since the instant comes at the end

  4. LovinSavin says

    I still send e-mails to my friends because I don’t have a texting plan on my phone. Can you really text someone from your e-mail for no charge to yourself or them? My friend told me to look it up. Is this true?

    • Shandelle says

      Yes, but it will still use txts for the recipient who is receiving the messages from an email address. To send someone a text from your email, you have to know what format each cellular provider uses. I have AT&T and the format they use is for a message with only words or for a message with a photo. While it’s free for the sender, another to consider is length. Because the cellular provider will start breaking up email chains into multiple text message parts and each 1 counts as a text for the recipient. If they have unlimited texts they probably don’t care but otherwise it could eat up their monthly supply really fast.

    • Kari O. says

      Another thing too is I have Verizon and use to get a lot of email to text spam. So I had Verizon block it. You’d have to make sure your receipients have this messaging type turned on.

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