Reader deals 3/14/14

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  • From Carol S-T: “I was on the fence for a long time about joining Amazon Prime. I did so about 3 weeks ago (after the free first month) and I am so glad that I did. The 2 day shipping is great and I am now streaming shows that I never was interested in previously. I will definitely renew when the membership ends.”
  • Pam shares: “I just saw an article about amazon being sued for inflating the prince on items to amazon prime members. Basically making you pay for your shipping anyways. . It was staggering but thought I’d share this.”
  • Suzann saw it too: “There’s is a story out today about Amazon and their prime shipping. They are tacking on the cost of shipping to your product price. I picked the story up on I have never used prime since there is not anything I buy that cannot wait for the slower free shipping for over $35–I just let an order accumulate until its $35. And that kind of knocks impulse purchases!!”
  • Kristy’s experience: “I think you’ll love it. Between the Prime streaming, the S&S discounts, and the free 2 day shipping, I think it’s a great value, even with the price increase. At $99, that’s about $8.25 a month, which is barely a quarter more than other streaming subscriptions. Plus you get discounts and free shipping! I cloth diaper (two kids now) 90% of the time, but on long road trips, we use disposables to avoid having to do laundry at the hotels every night. (because it’s my vacation and I don’t wanna do laundry every day, dangit!) Also our sitter (free to us Sister In Law) does not do cloth, so I keep a stash on hand for her. I could get better deals on diapers chasing down clearance items and matching them up with coupons (and I do scoop those up when I happen to see them), but I do not have the time to do that for full time disposable diapering. When I start to run low, I can just hop on Amazon and add a package and it comes with my next S&S order. I keep a S&S wish list and usually can find five things that we actually do need at a great price.”


Checkout 51

  • For those with the pizza offer, Shandelle points out: “If you login to your Checkout 51 account, you can upgrade the $.50 on any frozen pizza to $1 if you share on twitter or facebook!”
  • And she has some ideas for using it:”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?”
  • Another one: “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.”

Dollar Tree

  • From Margie: “The dollar tree has the generic brand of St.Ives scrub. Seems like the same to me!”



  • Francesca found: “Menards has 130ct force flex for $14”


  • Another source for an alphabet play mat, from meg: “I got a very similar one at Michael’s for about $15 and was able to use a 40% off coupon on it.”

Nutritional yeast

  • Sandra’s experience: “I used nutritional yeast for a few months about a year ago when I had to eliminate all dairy from my son’s diet. I used it in some enchilada recipe at the time and we really liked the taste. We also put it on popcorn. We used it all up. I may take a look at this as I’d like more nutritional yeast and the stuff I bought at the health food store last year was actually already expired. Here is the link to the enchilada recipe we made using the nutritional yeast. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a recipe my family did like”
  • And e. says: “We use it everyday. My two boys ask for it. It is great on any pasta dish. Also great on a pizza. It adds the umami flavor to the dishes. Great product, highly recommended. Sometimes we buy it in bulk at Whole Foods.”
  • Annie shares: “Our family follows a vegetarian diet, so we use nutritional yeast all the time. It’s definitely quite different from cheese, but has a nice flavor. I don’t think this is a very good deal though. I’m pretty sure I pay around $9.99/lb to buy nutritional yeast out of the bulk bins at Whole Foods. At that price, the 4.5oz package on Amazon should only be about $2-$3.”

Pizza Hut

  • Darlene posts on Facebook: “Pizza Hut coupon code: I ordered on-line from Pizza Hut and they sent me an email link to a survey. Took the survey and got a $10 coupon code back to use next time (& within 30 days). Redeemed this week and got another email survey and ANOTHER $10 code to use again… wondering how long this could keep rolling. 2 Lg Pizza for $10.70 using the code each month is not a bad deal!”

Ultra Foods

  • Kim reports: “The froot loops end up being 48 cents a box with qs, cat and checkout 51. I bought 6 boxes and used 2 1/3 qs, 1/2 checkout 51 and got a 3$ cat.”


  • Theresa sends over: “SC Johnson Cat”
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  1. Anne says

    I kind of think it’s a given that the shipping costs are built into item prices on Amazon, and I personally am okay with that. I would rather pay a little bit extra per item, rather than being hit with a shipping charge at checkout between $6-11. Hey, we are couponers, but we can’t expect everyone to give us everything for free! You do have to watch the prices on a lot of things (especially things under $5), and don’t expect that because it’s Amazon, it is automatically a deal.

  2. Matt says

    I guess with Prime I am always concerned about purchasing services that require regular use. Meaning once you up for a year with Prime you have to buy stuff or you just wasted your money on the service. I think it is sneaky to inflate the prices when you’re advertising free shipping. Either this service is saving people on shipping or it isn’t and if it isn’t the company is lying. Amazon is supposed to be a company that is above those type of sneaky practices like the manufacturers who shrink products.

    • says

      Only you can decide whether Prime is worth it to you. We use the streaming almost every night, I use the free shipping (more so around the holidays, but also year round), I get the 20% off subscribe & save instead of 15%. For us, it pays for itself — and I re-upped this year knowing that it will continue to pay for itself, because I use the heck out of Amazon. If you don’t, then maybe it isn’t — so, don’t subscribe, lol. If you subscribe and find part way through the year it is not actually worth it, they will also give you a prorated refund.

  3. Matt says

    Speaking of sneaky practices, have you ever noticed how most of the store bought ice cream brands are soft in the freezer after they’ve been in the freezer overnight? Remember how the ice cream was super hard after it was in the freezer for a short time. Well, just all of the ice cream brands including Breyers put things like Tara Gum and Carob Gum in their ice cream. Only Haagen-Dazs, Oberweis and a few others actually have the traditional texture of ice cream. The rest of the stuff is soft in the freezer at all times. Jill Cataldo actually wrote an article about this a couple years ago.

    • says

      Oh and as far as Breyers — read the cartons. Most of them now are “frozen dairy dessert” rather than true ice cream — they are not legally allowed to call it ice cream unless it meets certain standards. We’ve talked about this here before — I no longer buy Breyers or Edy’s here because it’s not the same as it used to be.

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